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Glen Moray – Tweet Tasting

Glen Moray – Tweet Tasting

I was very privileged to be able to take part in the 3rd Glen Moray Tweet Tasting run by The Whisky Wire. As always with these things, there’s a huge amount of fun involved, as well as the serious business of actually tasting the product.  We were joined by Graham Coull, Master Distiller, his wife, Faye, and Iain, the Brand Ambassador; lofty company indeed!  If you know anything about Glen Moray, they are all about producing the best possible product,…

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Glenfarclas – 25 Years Old

Glenfarclas – 25 Years Old

Huge thanks to Whisky Santa for this surprise he sent out to me in the middle of the year. I understand from the chaps at Master of Malt that he had over-ordered for 2017 and so decided to offload before restocking for 2018. Very kind of him indeed!  Bottled at 43% ABV. Nose: Marzipan, raisins, rum, milk chocolate, light hints of oak, almonds. 8/10 Palate: Sweet, peppery spice, honey, oaky dryness, charred wood, black tea. 7/10 Finish: Lingering spice and…

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Glengoyne – Cask Strength (Batch 5)

Glengoyne – Cask Strength (Batch 5)

I’ve had this bottle on my shelf for months and have steadily working my way through it, so I thought it was high time to add a review, particularly with it being on the 101 whiskies list. This is bottled at a hefty 59.1% ABV! Nose: Chardonnay when smelt from afar, loads of cereal. dried fruit – a tell-tale sign of the sherry influence. Can tell it’s high ABV. Watch those nose hairs! Honey sweet. Christmas spices. 7/10 Palate: Lots…

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Lagavulin – 16 Years Old

Lagavulin – 16 Years Old

This was always a bit of a go-to dram in bars before I really started getting in to whisky. I’ve never formally sat with it and explored the flavours, so thought I’d get hold of some and give it a going over. It’s the archetypal smoky scotch that you’ve got to try and either love or hate. I don’t know if I got a bad sample, but I really didn’t get on with it. It’s meant to be a big,…

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Four Roses Small Batch

Four Roses Small Batch

Massive thanks to Vin PF of No Nonsense Whisky for this sample. I actually tried it ages ago, but lost the notes, then found them again amidst a tidy up. Bottled at 45% ABV Nose: Classic bourbon nose. Vanilla, oak, brown sugar. Then some heather and mint as it develops. 7/10 Palate: Quite lively and prickly with chilli spice. Pepper too. Nuts, drying oak, but with sugary sweetness too. Well balanced. Some beeswax bitterness. 8/10 Finish: Long and warming with…

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Talisker – Port Ruighe

Talisker – Port Ruighe

A relatively new release from Talisker which has no age statement. It’s been finished in Port casks in an attempt to bring something unusual to the table. Read on to see my thoughts! Bottled at 45.8% ABV Nose: Peat, walnuts, I want to say port, but I can’t place it at all.A little oak. You really have to work hard to get anything actually. A little smoked mackerel late on. 3/10 Palate: Heavy oak, peppery spice, harsh and very dry….

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Kilchoman – Sanaig

Kilchoman – Sanaig

Kilchoman is the newest distillery on Islay. They also only produce relatively small batches of their products. These two things combined make their spirit quite desirable, and therefore quite expensive to buy. Vatted in bourbon and sherry casks, bottled at 46%ABV.   Nose: Peat smoke, followed by damp charcoal, treacle toffee, baked apples with cinnamon, traces of cordite. It’s November 5th in a bottle! Old leather bound books, rain on a hot day. So much going on. 10/10 Palate: Loads…

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Starward – New World Malt Whisky

Starward – New World Malt Whisky

Something a little different here. This is Australian whisky, made with Australian barley and matured almost exclusively in Australian Apera barrels. Apera is a fortified wine, similar to Sherry. It’s always good to see new places making whisky, and it’s a treat to try them, even if they are a bit strange. Spoiler: I found this a little weird. Bottled at 43% ABV. Nose: Marzipan, mint, candied peel, milk chocolate, nutmeg. Really unusual. 8/10 Palate: Very oaky, spicy and prickly,…

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Oban – 14 Years Old

Oban – 14 Years Old

It’s International Scotch Day, and that calls for a decent dram, or 2! Bottled at 43% ABV. Nose: Raisins, peat smoke but very gently, a little vanilla, lots of briny seawater, almond essence 6/10 Palate: Brine, pepper, oak, quite mellow and smooth, gentle peat 5/10 Finish: Dry and warming 5/10 Value for Money: We’re talking £46 a bottle here. A good price for 14 years of storage, but, honestly, I wouldn’t buy it at that price. 5/10 Looks: Understated and…

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Maker’s Mark

Maker’s Mark

A staple bourbon – one you’ll see in so many popular TV series and films from America. Interestingly this has no rye in the mash. It has been replaced with Red Winter Wheat. This is to reduce the burn you get from rye and make it a lot smoother to drink. Bottled at a decent 45% ABV. Nose: Vanilla, malt, stewed fruits, brown sugar, artificial strawberry flavouring – like you get in strawberry laces. 6/10 Palate: Medium spice. Sweet, sugary…

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