Friday, 19 August 2016

Teerenpeli 10 yo

Teerenpeli 10 yo

Official bottling
Single malt - Southern Finland
Gold, tinge of green
43% ABV
Dram

Nose: Lemon zest, chocolate, grapefruits, cream, malted grains, hints of cotton sheets. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, thickens slightly, oily, slightly sticky. 
Tasting:  Salty sour . Chocolate, cotton sheets, grapefruits, white grapes, rolled oats, hints of peanuts. 
Finish: Medium. White grapes, rolled oats, vanilla, lemon zest. 

Comments: 

It's taken me a while to get round to another one of these, from Southern Finland. This is an older expression. It's tart and slightly sticky, complementing those sour notes with a comforting veil of freshly laundered cotton sheets, even a tad cardboardy (but in a good way). Plenty of tart fruits on the tongue and the finish.

Verdict:

I like this.



Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Smögen 3 yo 2011/2015 (Cask 20/2011)

Smögen 3 yo 2011/2015 (Cask 20/2011)

Official bottling
Single malt - Bohuslän
Golden
60.9% ABV
Dram

Nose: Peat, smoke, blueberries, toffee, vanilla, hints of orange peel. With water, lemon zest, stewed apples, blueberries.
Mouthfeel: Light body, thickens, oily, warming. 
Tasting:  Bitter sweet. Orange peel, chocolate, toffee, vanilla fudge, peat, hints of stewed apples. With water, sweeter, chocolate, salt caramel, blueberries. 
Finish: Long. Stewed apples, vanilla, tamarind, hints of lemon zest. 

Comments: 

Oof. This is pretty uncompromising, and to tell you the truth I wasn't looking forward to it. But it's quite good, with notes of orange peel and blueberries wreathed through with smoke. Quite a sour finish though.

Verdict:

I like this.




Saturday, 16 July 2016

Redbreast 15 yo

Redbreast 15 yo

Official landing
Single malt - Southern Ireland
Gold, tinge of green
46% ABV
Dram

Nose: Chocolate, raisins, lemon zest, brown paper, rhubarb and custard sweets. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, thickens slightly, oily. 
Tasting:  Bitter sweet. Orange peel, raisins, brown paper, dark chocolate, lemon zest, apricots. 
Finish: Short. Dark chocolate, raisins, lemon zest, apricots. 

Comments: 

Finishing the Redbreast official bottling trinity! I've had the 12 and the 21, and this is the last one. It's fruity like the others, a bit more chocolatey and raisiny perhaps. Plenty of fruit and chocolate in the finish too.

Verdict:

I like this.



Strathclyde 28 yo 1987/2015

Strathclyde 28 yo 1987/2015

Old Particular, Douglas Laing
Single grain - Lowlands
Golden
51.5% ABV
Dram

Nose: Salt caramel, chocolate, coffee, orange peel, magic marker, hints of soy sauce. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, loose, oily, volatile. 
Tasting:  Salty sweet. Coffee, magic marker, soy sauce, lemon zest, hints of coffee. 
Finish: Short. Coffee, magic marker, lemon zest, hints of cinnamon. 

Comments: 

Cask no DL 10982. Another aged grain, and like the previous one, it has picked up a lot of savoury, and in this case, slightly bitter notes from the wood. Soy sauce, coffee, even some cinnamony spiciness. Very nice indeed.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Garnheath 41 yo 1974/2015

Garnheath 41 yo 1974/2015

Extra Old Particular, Douglas Laing
Single grain - Lowlands
Dark gold
48.9% ABV
Dram

Nose: Ink, pear drops, magic marker, vanilla, wood polish, hints of chocolate. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, slippery, airy, smooth. 
Tasting:  Bitter salty. Pear drops, magic marker, brown paper, coffee, apricot jam, hints of fresh baked bread. 
Finish: Short. Chocolate, honey, apricot jam, pear drops. 

Comments: 

Cask no DL 11029. A rare find this, Garnheath! I thought my chance to taste Garnheath had gone for ever. Aged grain is so wonderful, light and estery, yet it's picked up savoury notes from the long aging in the wood. Still plenty of fruity notes though.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Blair Athol 18 yo 1995/2014

Blair Athol 18 yo 1995/2014

Old Particular, Douglas Laing
Single malt - Central Highlands
Dark gold
48.4% ABV
Dram

Nose: Butterscotch, orange peel, honey, cinnamon, maraschino cherries, hints of beeswax. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, warming, tingly, thickens slightly. 
Tasting:  Sweet. Orange peel, candied winter melon, vanilla, whipped cream, hints of beeswax. 
Finish: Medium. Mint, orange peel, maraschino cherries, brown paper. 

Comments: 

Cask no DL 10457. This one is fruity and spicy, candied fruits really. Candied oranges, maraschino cherries, even candied winter melon. And beeswax. A very bold and brassy Highlander. Very nice indeed.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Braes of Glenlivet 25 yo 1989/2014

Braes of Glenlivet 25 yo 1989/2014

Strictly Limited, Carn Mor
Single malt - Speyside
Golden
46% ABV
Dram

Nose: Leather, roast pork, condensed milk, nutmeg, apricots, pears, hints of chillies. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, watery, loose, airy. 
Tasting:  Sour bitter. Apricots, pears, apple juice, nutmeg, hints of cucumbers. 
Finish: Long. Leather, coffee, apple juice, toast. 

Comments: 

Meaty on the tongue, plenty of fruit. Tart and spicy, eventually fades away to toasty leather and coffee in the finish. It's not the most fantastic whisky in the world, sometimes stuff gets bottled because it's a bit rare and most of the whisky goes into blends.

Verdict:

I like this.



Nikka 12 yo

Nikka 12 yo

Nikka
Blend
Dark gold
43% ABV
Dram

Nose: Green apples, orange juice, rhubarb and custard sweets, vanilla hints of white chocolate. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, watery, loose, cool. 
Tasting:  Sour . Lemon zest, orange juice, green apples, condensed milk, hints of vanilla. 
Finish: Medium. White grapes, condensed milk, tamarind, rhubarb and custard sweets. 

Comments: 

So this is what Nikka have been putting their Yoichi and Miyagikyo into. It's tart, slightly sweet, quite fruity and light. It's a shame about the single malts, they were so much better than this. It's not a bad blend, just... too easy drinking.

Verdict:

I like this.



Tamnavulin 23 yo 1993/2016

Tamnavulin 23 yo 1993/2016

Malts of Scotland
Single malt - Speyside
Golden
55.2% ABV
Dram

Nose: Green apples, bubble gum, leather, lemon zest, cream, hints of white grapes. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, thickens, syrupy, oily. 
Tasting:  Salty sour . Green apples, white grapes, orange peel, cardamom, brown paper, hints of vanilla. 
Finish: Medium. Toast, white grapes, cardamom, hints of leather. 

Comments: 

Cask #16013. One of those slightly odd whiskies that smell sweet but don't taste that sweet. Aromas of bubble gum and white grapes merge into tart green apple and sour grape skins on the tongue. Tantalising glimpses of sweet fruit hover on the edge of the tongue before vanishing into toasty leather notes.

Verdict:

I like this.



Monday, 4 July 2016

Ardbeg Dark Cove

Ardbeg Dark Cove

Official bottling
Single malt - Islay
Amber
46.5% ABV
Dram

Nose: Raisins, cream, chocolate, cinnamon, peat, smoke. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, thickens slightly, sticky, slightly chewy. 
Tasting:  Bitter sour. Cream, malted grains, apples, sawdust, peat, hints of chocolate. 
Finish: Long. Peat, sawdust, apples, chocolate, smoke. 

Comments: 

Ardbeg 2016 official expression. Creamy, milky even, with plenty of apple. It's peaty and smoky of course, with a woody sawdust note, wreathed with a bit of chocolate. All in all, a decent Ardbeg, I quite enjoyed it.

Verdict:

I like this.



 

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