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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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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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anCnoc – 18 Years Old

anCnoc – 18 Years Old

The next stop on my 101 whiskies list is this little gem of a dram from the Highlands. Forget about the unpronounceable name, and let’s dive in to the golden liquid they produce. This is matured in a combination of European and American oak. No additional colours or chill filtration which is great. Bottled at 46% ABV. Nose: Coconut, pineapple, banana, sweet vanilla. There’s also a slightly minty medicinal note in there which is hard to place. Fantastically inviting. 9/10…

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Clynelish – 14 Years Old

Clynelish – 14 Years Old

I finally have a functioning nose after the Christmas cold season, so it’s time to get cracking with a backlog of samples to try, and in particular a good few of the 101 whiskies list. Thanks to my friend Crask for the sample. This is a Highland distillery, but with a coastal location so it will be interesting to see how the two factors come out in the whisky itself. Bottled at 46% ABV.  Nose: Fresh, citrus zest, mellow savoury…

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Dewars Aberfeldy Tweet Tasting

Dewars Aberfeldy Tweet Tasting

Last night saw my return to Tweet Tastings with The Whisky Wire. It’s been a little while due to other commitments, but it was good to be back. On the menu was a selection of malts from an unsung hero of a Highland Distillery – Aberfeldy. We had three drams to taste and review, so here is a summary of my thoughts. 12 Years Old Nose: Stewed plums, sweetness, the plums give way to pineapple, There’s a malty/gristy aroma there, a…

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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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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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Tomatin – 1995

Tomatin – 1995

This rather special 21 year old limited release from Tomatin spent 18 years in refill casks before finishing in Oloroso Sherry hogsheads. 1912 bottles were released. Bottled at 46% ABV. Nose: You immediately get wafts of sherry when you pour. Sultanas soaked in sherry. Very good dark chocolate. A little marzipan. A little orange zest. Palate: Very waxy. Lots of oaky spice over mellow honey sweetness. Dried fruit again. The chocolate from the nose is there but in the background….

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