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Month: September 2016

Tomintoul – 5 Decades

Tomintoul – 5 Decades

To celebrate 50 years of making whisky, Tomintoul released this special edition comprising whiskies made in 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 and 2005. A very special treat to be able to try this. Bottled at 50% ABV. Straw gold in colour, it coats the glass as you swirl it. Nose: Mango and almonds, a little pineapple. Nutmeg. Fresh ginger. Let it stand for a while and you get sweet flapjack and a little leather. Palate: Ginger and pepper with a honey…

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Tomatin 14 Year Old 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask

Tomatin 14 Year Old 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask

Tomatin has been on my wishlist for a good while but never had the chance to try any. So here goes. This was a limited edition release in 2016. Finished in Cabernet Sauvignon barriques. Bottled at 46% ABV. First of all, this has a really enticing rose gold colour to it from the wine. All the colour is completely natural and nothing has been added. Nose: Sultanas and marzipan, honey sweetness, cinnamon. It’s a bit obvious, but a real aroma…

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Douglas Laing – The Epicurean

Douglas Laing – The Epicurean

Part of the Douglas Laing range of remarkable regional malts. This is a blend of whiskies from the Lowland region. Bottled at 46.2% ABV. Non chill filtered, and no evidence of colouring addition. An incredibly light coloured dram. Nose: Fresh cut hay, rhubarb, lemongrass, all slathered in a light coating of vanilla ice cream. Palate: Werther’s Originals, summer fruit compote, quite oily. It crescendos into a spicy climax of summer flavours. A veritable romp in a hay barn. Finish: You’re…

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Bulleit Bourbon

Bulleit Bourbon

The Frontier Spirit. I bought this bourbon because it was on a good offer, and I wanted to get something interesting for the Christmas cake feeding. Naturally I will be drinking the leftovers, so it goes without saying I should add notes here. Bottled at 45% ABV. A deep gold colour that hints at copious amounts of caramel. Nose: Bags of vanilla. citrus zest – grapefruit and orange. Some brown sugar. Hints of marzipan. Background of that smell/sensation when you…

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The Dram Team – Worldwide Whiskies

The Dram Team – Worldwide Whiskies

“To ‘e’ or not to ‘e’, that is the question…” – William Shakespeare, “Dramlet”, 1602. It’s time for the second Dram Team box, and this time it’s Worldwide Whiskies! The quote above comes directly from the welcome letter. I’m a sucker for whisky based humour! This box is a veritable whistlestop tour of whisky from around the world. First of all we head across the water to the USA with Michter’s US*1 Small Batch. Canada next, with Canadian Club Sherry…

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Teeling – Small Batch

Teeling – Small Batch

I’ve had this bottle sitting in my office in Dublin for months but only just got around to tasting it properly. It’s a blend with a high malt content and finished in Rum casks. Bottled at 46% ABV. Straw gold in colour Nose: Fresh cut grass, lots of sweet marzipan, hints of aniseed, digestive biscuits, basmati rice as it opens up! Palate: Quite spicy, and then suddenly smooth and sweet with golden syrup laced oats, orange zest, the grassy notes…

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Redbreast – 12 Years Old Cask Strength

Redbreast – 12 Years Old Cask Strength

Cask strength edition of the very popular Irish whiskey. I’m not sure exactly which bottling I had as it was in a pub in Ireland – Searsons. It’s bottled at around 58% ABV though, so not to be sniffed at. Pardon the pun. Nose: Figs and raisins right away followed by Granny’s very good home made flapjack. Plenty of sweet golden syrup. Treacle pudding with cream. Palate: Huge spice hit which fades to a very sweet golden syrup tang. Slight…

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Kilbeggan – 21 Years Old

Kilbeggan – 21 Years Old

A blended malt with whiskies matured in all sorts of casks, such as bourbon, sherry, madeira, port. 40% ABV Nose: Shreddies and smoky bacon. Palate: Quite thin and watery, vanilla and light oak, some spearmint. Lacking depth for me. Quite underwhelmed by this one I have to say.

Tyrconnell – Single Malt

Tyrconnell – Single Malt

Aged in bourbon casks. 40% ABV Nose: Vanilla and oak feature heavily. They are joined by All Bran with lashings of salted caramel. Palate: Very smooth, slightly oily mouth feel. Lime mixed with vanilla. Quite mellow with gentle peppery spice and some salt. Finish: Lingering gentle spice and a citrus zing.