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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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Craigellachie – 19 Years Old

Craigellachie – 19 Years Old

This was originally released as a travel retail exclusive, but has been available at other retailers. Sadly it’s now discontinued and replaced by other expressions in the core range. Bottled at 46% ABV. Nose: Sweet golden syrup, actually more like the McVitie’s Lyle’s Golden Syrup Cake. Nuts, stewed plums. After a while I’m reminded of the baked sand and grass smell you get on the beach in Cyprus. Maybe a little salt, although that could be brought on by the…

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Ben Bracken – Speyside

Ben Bracken – Speyside

There seems to be a real move towards supermarkets producing their own brand scotch at exceedingly low prices (for what you’re apparently getting). Aldi’s 8 year old Highland Black has made it into the latest edition of 101 whiskies to try before you die, and it’s worthy of the spot there in my opinion. This is another example of a whisky coming in at a good price, and promising much. Bottled at 40%, as you’d expect for something at this…

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Glen Moray – Elgin Classic

Glen Moray – Elgin Classic

I bought a bottle of this malt with the intention of reviewing it properly, having had it in a Tweet Tasting a couple of years ago. It’s lasted a few weeks only and suddenly I was on the last small drop last night so thought I’d best get a review written up. It’s the trouble with Glen Moray: the bottles never last long! Nose: Slight acetone, bananas, a little vanilla, peaches, some hay. Marzipan as it opens out. 8/10 Palate:…

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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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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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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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