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Month: February 2017

Port Charlotte – 10 Years Old (2012)

Port Charlotte – 10 Years Old (2012)

First of all, great big thanks to Sean of Dramming UK for the donation of this sample. We did a dram swap but I definitely came off better. This is the 2012 addition to the Bruichladdich core range under it’s peated brand Port Charlotte. This is peated at 40ppm so should be nice and smoky. Bottled at 46% ABV. Nose: Immediately get the smoke of a freshly lit peat fire, but there’s also mango, caramel, roasted pine nuts, vanilla. The…

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Murray McDavid – Select Grain – Loch Lomond 1996

Murray McDavid – Select Grain – Loch Lomond 1996

Another sample donated by the ever-generous Steve Prentice. This is a Murray McDavid bottling from the Loch Lomond distillery. It’s an 18 year old single grain bottled at 46% ABV. Nose: Classic grain nose with foam bananas, vanilla, lemon zest, a little leather. Strangely, a slight note of pan-fried salmon. Palate: Caramel and vanilla with lots of peppery spice. Creamy as you’d expect from a grain. Big Red gum. Blackcurrant jam. Finish: Medium, creamy with pepper.

Compass Box – Spice Tree Extravaganza

Compass Box – Spice Tree Extravaganza

Who doesn’t like a blended whisky? You mean, you don’t? Why ever not? There are some cracking blends out there. Yes there’s some dross, but then there’s some horrific single malts as well. Compass Box have to be up there with some of the best blends on offer today, and the real clincher is the price. You often get so much more for your money if you opt to drink blended. Anyway, enough of the sermon, and on to the…

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Port Charlotte – Islay Barley

Port Charlotte – Islay Barley

This is a real treat. Thanks to @StevePrentice once again for the sample. The last Port Charlotte I tried was the PC9 a good few years ago and I loved it. I’ve read a lot about the work Bruichladdich are doing and it’s intriguing. I’m very pleased to get to try another of their Port Charlotte branded peated expressions. Bottled at 50% ABV. Nose: Smouldering peat fires, but not overpowering. There’s malted milk biscuits and green apples as you go looking….

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BenRiach – 10 Years Old

BenRiach – 10 Years Old

Big thanks to @StevePrentice for the sample. Bottled at 43%, finished in bourbon and sherry casks. Nose: Sweet dried fruits, oak, vanilla, nutmeg and cloves. There’s a sort of potting compost, earthy smell. Palate: Quite oily, with a spicy hit. Honey sweet, with a little oaky dryness as well. Lots of dried fruits. Cinnamon spice. Finish: Long, subtle spice and oaky dryness.

Glen Moray – Elgin Classic – Peated

Glen Moray – Elgin Classic – Peated

I’ve actually tasted this drop before as part of a tweet tasting where we sampled three Glen Moray expressions as well as their new make spirit and their new make peated spirit. If you’re looking for ‘bang for buck’ then Glen Moray is usually very reliable. This bottle weighed in at £25. That’s nothing for a single malt! Bottled at 40% as expected for the price point. The new make is 69% and well worth sampling if you can get…

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Prizefight Irish Whiskey

Prizefight Irish Whiskey

I saw this in Baggot Street Wines in Dublin and the very kind lady gave me a nip to taste. A really interesting label design, and a very interesting whiskey to boot. It’s made by the folks at West Cork Distillers. Bottled at 43% ABV and finished in American Rye whiskey barrels. Nose: Vanilla, greengages, peppermint Palate: Very smooth, slightly oily. Vanilla and citrus. Some woody notes and gentle prickly spice. You can hardly taste the alcohol. Finish: This is where…

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Wemyss Malts – Oak For All Seasons 1994

Wemyss Malts – Oak For All Seasons 1994

Another single cask offering from the Wemyss Malts folks. This was distilled back in 1994 at Braeval and bottled in 2016. Bottled at 46% ABV. Nose: Pink grapefruit and maybe some orange zest. Plenty of vanilla. You can see where it gets the title from with a good smattering of oak. Hints of coriander. Palate: Honey sweetness with sharp pepper. Then you get the buttery mouthfeel and vanilla. Plenty of oaky dryness but it’s offset with the sweetness nicely. Finish:…

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