Saturday, 26 July 2014

Johnny Drum Private Stock

Johnny Drum Private Stock

Official bottling 
Single bourbon - Kentucky
Red, tinge of amber
50.5% ABV
Sampler

Nose: Banana, salt caramel, cinnamon, marzipan, orange juice, vanilla, hints of blueberries, hints of coconut.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, thickens, turns syrupy .
Tasting: Sweet salty. Chillies, marzipan, vanilla, bananas, cinnamon, orange juice, hints of blueberries, hints of coconut.
Finish: Short. Vanilla, marzipan, chillies, cinnamon, blueberries.

Comments:

Another bottling from the probably mythical Willett distillery. Surprisingly salty and spicy, bourbon this old (aged 15 years) is not common. Very tasty, with lots of complexity. Let's see - reminds me of Buffalo Trace...

Verdict:

I like this.



Thursday, 24 July 2014

Lochside 1964 46 yo Single Barrel

Lochside 1964 46 yo Single Barrel

Rare Old, The Whisky Exchange
Single blend - East Highlands
Copper
42.1% ABV
Dram

Nose: Vanilla, bubblegum, roses, oranges, pomeloes.
Mouthfeel: Light body, watery, slippery, airy.
Tasting: Sweet. Vanilla, bubblegum, roses, vanilla, pomeloes, hints of black tea.
Finish: Medium. Pomeloes, roses, bubblegum, black tea.

Comments:

This is a combination of grain whisky and malt whisky, aged together in the same cask. A very unusual style. The grain is very apparent, but the citrusy fresh notes of the malt come through sure enough. There's a slightly astringent bite on the end. Not hugely complex despite the long aging, I think the grain masks many notes.

Verdict:

I like this.



Dalwhinnie 25 yo 1987/2012 Special Release

Dalwhinnie 25 yo 1987/2012 Special Release

Official bottling 
Single malt - Central Highlands
Amber
52.1% ABV
Dram

Nose: Peaches, raisins, dried cherries, salted butter, peanuts. With water, chillies, peanuts, vanilla, cookie dough.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, thickens, turns sticky.
Tasting: Sweet. Chillies, peaches, raisins, dried cherries, vanilla, cookie dough, peanuts. With water, more peaches, vanilla, cookie dough, all these notes double and drown out the rest.
Finish: Long. Cookie dough, vanilla, peaches, raisins, hints of coconut .

Comments:

Tasty, surprisingly sweet and fruity. With water, the Dalwhinnie character - something I label cookie dough, after the Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavour - comes out very strongly. Also turns spicy, and very slightly woody and nutty.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.

St George's Distillery Chapter 6

St George's Distillery Chapter 6

Official bottling
Single malt - East Anglia
Very pale gold
46% ABV
Dram

Nose: Limes, vanilla, bubblegum, peaches, oranges, oats.
Mouthfeel: Light body, smooth, watery around the edges.
Tasting: Sweet sour. Vanilla, oranges, oats, limes, kumquats, hints of peaches, hints of coconut.
Finish: Medium. Oats, coconut, vanilla, peaches.

Comments:

Hmm... young, quite citrusy, but loaded with a rather strong cereally note. Not unpleasant, and the finish is rather different. A very interesting whisky, am looking forward to hunting down the older, better aged versions. The Sassenachs can make whisky too!

Verdict:

I like this.



Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Amrut Fusion

Amrut Fusion

Official bottling 
Single malt - Bangalore
Amber
50% ABV
Dram

Nose: Leather, peat, peanuts, cardamom, chillies, sea salt, blackcurrant, lemons.
Mouthfeel: Light body, watery, airy.
Tasting: Bitter sour. Leather, grilled pork, cardamom, sea salt, blackcurrant, peaches, lemons.
Finish: Medium. Chillies, blackcurrant, leather, peaches, lemons.

Comments:

Mellow gentle peat, so gentle it devolves into leathery notes. There's an element of tart lemon, overlaid with tangy chillies, and something medicinal on that - the blackcurrant. Very nice whisky, with good peat levels. Yum.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Glenugie 31 yo 1966/1998

Glenugie 31 yo 1966/1998

Silent Stills, Signatory
Single malt - Eastern Highlands
Green gold
53.9% ABV
Dram

Nose: Green apples, vanilla, cotton candy, leather, lemons, hints of hazelnuts.
Mouthfeel: Light body, slippery, smooth, airy.
Tasting: Sweet sour . Green apples, cotton candy, hazelnuts, lemons, plums, honey, hints of leather. 
Finish: Short. Cotton candy, green apples, honey, hazelnuts.

Comments:

Oof! This is the priciest dram I've ever had. Was it worth it? Hmm, not sure. It was definitely tasty whisky, loads of tangy green apple sourness, with nice hits of honey and hazelnuts. Very good whisky, in fact. But I conclude that this was expensive because it was rare, not because it was good. That's always slightly disappointing.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Friday, 18 July 2014

Benromach Organic

Benromach Organic

Official bottling 
Single malt - Speyside
Amber red
46% ABV
Dram

Nose: Chocolate, red grapes, peanuts, orange peel, melon, hints of banana. With water, malted grains, more melon, blackberries.
Mouthfeel: Light body, watery, airy.
Tasting: Sweet. Custard, vanilla, chocolate, peanuts, melon, red grapes, hints of orange peel. With water, melon, orange juice, blackberries.
Finish: Medium. Red grapes, melon, peanuts, orange peel. With water, more peanuts.

Comments:

Sweet and rich, although light enough to drink in summer. I normally wouldn't add water to a whisky of this strength, as I like mine a little stronger. But I was glad I did, as it opened up with nice fruity, berry notes and heaps of the peanutty notes that I associate with Benromach.

Verdict:

I like this.



Thursday, 17 July 2014

Rare Ayrshire 36 yo 1975/2012 Cask #3419

Rare Ayrshire 36 yo 1975/2012 Cask #3419

Cask Strength, Signatory 
Single malt - Lowlands
Golden 
46% ABV
Dram

Nose: Raisins, malted grains, orange zest, leather, coconut oil, rhubarb and custard sweets, hints of bubblegum.
Mouthfeel: Light body, thickens, turns slippery in the mouth.
Tasting: Sweet sour. Orange zest, raisins, rhubarb and custard sweets, lychees, coconut oil, hints of bubblegum.
Finish: Long. Leather, orange zest, rhubarb and custard sweets, coconut oil, bubblegum.

Comments:

This is Ladyburn! Light and playful, despite its age. There are heaps of tangy, sweet sour notes, very Rosebank-y, except that there's little or no lemon. Lots of other fragrances, something very like coconut oil, and something much lighter and sweeter, like the bubblegum I used to chew when I was a kid. Very nice. Why is it that the great whiskies come from closed distilleries?

Verdict:

I like this a lot.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Lark Single Cask (#202)

Lark Single Cask (#202)

Official bottling 
Single malt - Tasmania
Dark amber
43% ABV
Dram

Nose: Malted grains, oolong tea, chinese sour plums, dried apricots, strawberries, hints of dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Heavy body, oily, thickens, blobby.
Tasting: Sweet salty. Oolong tea, malted grains, Chinese sour plums, strawberries, red grapes, dark chocolate.
Finish: Long. Oolong tea, Chinese sour plums, red grapes, hints of seaweed.

Comments:

Matured in a quarter cask made from a port pipe. This is oily, heavy whisky, incredibly flavourful. It's one of those where I think one's cultural background matters - I describe those tangy sweet-salty notes as dried Chinese sour plums, and maybe oolong tea. Someone else might say Moroccan salted lemons. It just drives home the fact that tasting notes are personal.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.

Brora 30 yo 2010 9th Release

Brora 30 yo 2010 9th Release

Official bottling 
Single malt - North Highlands
Amber
54.3% ABV
Dram

Nose: Raisins, dried cherries, vanilla, chocolate, lemon zest, salt, peat.
Mouthfeel: Heavy body, thickens, slippery on the tongue.
Tasting: Bitter sweet. Raisins, dried cherries, lemon zest, salted caramel, hints of peat.
Finish: Long. Salted caramel, lemon zest, dried cherries, hints of peat.

Comments:

Last chance to try one of the world's great whiskies. The briny citrusy notes that I associate with Brora are all over this, overlaid with delicious chocolate and more than a little peat. Yum yum.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



 

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