Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Fettercairn Fasque

Fettercairn Fasque

Official bottling (Tesco exclusive)
Single malt - East Highlands
Amber Copper
42% ABV
Dram

Nose: Red fruits, bananas, chocolate, vanilla, hints of nutmeg. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, loosens on the tongue. 
Tasting: Sweet. Bananas, red fruits, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, hints of cinnamon. 
Finish: Medium. Sweet, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon. 

Comments:

This is a Tesco exclusive bottling. Fettercairn was a favourite of an old gentleman who was a kind and gentle chap. This is the first Christmas without him. Great tasting, decent value on Christmas offer at Tesco. I especially like the spicy notes that seem to spark in the mouth and in the finish.


Verdict:

I like this a lot.


Thursday, 21 June 2012

Crown Royal Canadian Blended

Crown Royal Canadian Blended

Official bottling
Blended malt
Amber
40% ABV
Dram

Nose: Bananas, cardboard, brown paper, black pepper, orange peel. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, loose, watery. 
Tasting: Sweet sour. Bananas, brown paper, orange peel, vanilla, cardboard. 
Finish: Short. Sour, vanilla, cardboard. 

Comments: 

Reminds me of bourbon (which it is, really), and a poor one at that. Cardboard all over the place. Marginally better than the previous blend.

Verdict:

Not bad.


King of Scots

King of Scots

Official bottling
Blended malt 
Golden
43% ABV
Dram

Nose: Marker pens, cereal, cardboard, rope, grass. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, smooth, loose. 
Tasting: Salty. Oranges, pears, cardboard, grass, hints of oats. 
Finish: Short. Bitter, oats, grass, rope. 

Comments:

Strange-tasting sort of blend. Quite salty on first taste, but that evaporates to something more herbal. Shame about the cardboard - that sort of note really kills a whisky.

Verdict:

Not bad.


Friday, 11 May 2012

SMWS G7.3 (Girvan 27 yo 1984/2012)

SMWS G7.3 (Girvan 27 yo 1984/2012)

2012, SMWS
Single grain - Lowlands
Golden
59.4% ABV
Dram

Nose: Vanilla ice cream, popcorn, bananas, baked potatoes, hints of rope. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, oily, smooth, mouth coating. 
Tasting: Sweet sour. Bananas, leather, popcorn, vanilla, cardboard, white pepper. 
Finish: Medium. Leather, cardboard, white pepper. 

Comments: 

Starts out promisingly, with lots of tasty fruity fragrant notes, but then fades into a slightly unpleasant welter of rope and leather. Normally I find leathery notes to be a tasty sign of nice aging, but here it tastes somewhat musty.
 

Verdict:

Not bad.


SMWS 128.3 (Penderyn 5 yo 2006/2012)

SMWS 128.3 (Penderyn 5 yo 2006/2012)

2012, SMWSSingle malt - South Wales
Straw
61.3% ABV
Dram

Nose: Vanilla, raspberries, chestnut puree, chocolate, cherries. With water, pineapple, starfruit.

Mouthfeel: Light body, airy, foamy, tingly.
Tasting: Bitter sweet. Chocolate, chestnut puree, raspberries, bananas, condensed milk. With water, vanilla, more milk.

Finish: Short. Chocolate, bananas, condensed milk, cherries. 

Comments: 

Yum yum! Very nice indeed. Surprisingly complex for its age. Penderyn always seems to be fruity. More of the same please, Welsh Whisky!

 Verdict:

 I like this a lot.


 

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