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Month: March 2017

UK vs USA Tweet Tasting (Glen Grant, Wild Turkey)

UK vs USA Tweet Tasting (Glen Grant, Wild Turkey)

I’m very late to the party on this one! 22nd March saw Steve Rush of the Whisky Wire host a taste off with Glen Grant and Wild Turkey spirits in the ring. Due to a mix up on dates I was unable to make the night itself, but Steve very kindly sent me through the samples anyway, so here are my thoughts. Round 1 (ding ding) Glen Grant – 10 Years Old This is available for less than ¬£30. Bottled…

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Wemyss Malts – Melon Fan 1990

Wemyss Malts – Melon Fan 1990

This is the final dram of my generous prize from Wemyss Malts. It’s a 1990 Bladnoch, bottled in 2015, at 46%. Nose: Honey dew melon, oak, quite sweet, pineapple, maybe slightly sulphuric Palate: Honey sweet with oak, spicy, mango, a little leather Finish: Long, drying and spicy. This was enjoyable enough, but not my favourite of the 5 by a long way. The scores as follows: Nose: 7/10 Palate: 7/10 Finish: 8/10 Value for money: 7/10 Looks: 6/10 Giving a…

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Wemyss Malts – Mocha Moment 1988

Wemyss Malts – Mocha Moment 1988

This is another indie bottling from the clever folks at Wemyss Malts. This time it’s an Invergordon single grain. Bottled in 2015, aged 27 years. It’s definitely a treat to be able to sample this as there were just 240 bottles produced. I cracked this open for my birthday! Bottled at 46% this has a really deep brown colour with really good legs. Nose: Superglue, loads of prickle, fresh ground coffee, kiwi fruit, raisins, slight hints of charred oak. Palate:…

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Review Scores

Review Scores

I’ve read all sorts of opinions on whether or not we should be scoring our reviews or not. I suppose, in the end, it boils down to the opinion of the reviewer, and as such is also very subjective. At the same time I like the idea of being able to see categorically which whiskies I’ve liked, and which I haven’t. So I’m going to experiment with rating my reviews out of 100. Here’s how it will work. I’ve selected…

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BenRiach – 17 Years Old – Pedro Ximinez

BenRiach – 17 Years Old – Pedro Ximinez

This rather delightful Speysider from BenRiach was finished in Pedro Ximinez butts after starting off in American oak. It’s another generous gift from Steve Prentice. It has a very deep colour, which is all natural which bodes well. Bottled at 46% ABV. Nose: Sherry in bags as you’d hope. Raisins, those candied almonds you find in Europe around Christmas. Vanilla. Palate: Oaky spice. Quite sweet with plenty of toasted nuts to compliment the predictable sherry notes. Finish: Sweet with oaky…

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Auchroisk – 13 Years Old – Douglas of Drumlanrig

Auchroisk – 13 Years Old – Douglas of Drumlanrig

Thanks to Steve Prentice for passing over this sample. It’s always good to try new drams, even if they’re not to your taste! This is a 13 year old Auchroisk from The W Club. Bottled at 46% ABV. Nose: The first impression is one of very harsh alcohol. With a bit of persistence there is malt with apples and pears, maybe slight hints of raisins. Not much more. Palate: Harsh spice and alcohol with an oily mouth feel. There’s malt…

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Wemyss Malts – Banquet of Fruits 1994

Wemyss Malts – Banquet of Fruits 1994

I’ve finally found a good reason to open this rather special sample sent to me as a competition prize by Wemyss Malts themselves: it’s a Sunday and I wanted a treat! This is a 1994 Aberfeldy single cask, bottled in 2015 by Wemyss. So it’s a healthy 21 years of age. Bottled at 46% ABV. Nose: Oak, woody mango. It’s quite prickly on the nose at first. Kiwi, tinned peaches. The oak fades along with the prickle as it opens…

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Bruichladdich – Islay Barley 2009

Bruichladdich – Islay Barley 2009

Huge thanks to Bruichladdich for sending me through this fabulous “Wee Laddie” as a competition prize. It’s the 2009 vintage of their “Terroir matters” project, featuring barley grown in 2008 by¬†Gilbie McCormick of Claggan, Hunter Jackson at Cruach, Ian McKerrell of Island and Alastair Torrance from Mulindry. All are farms on the island of Islay. You can’t get more local than that. The idea with these releases is to show the differences you get from factors as small as the…

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