Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Lark Distiller's Selection Port Cask Matured (Cask 450)

Lark Distiller's Selection Port Cask Matured (Cask 450)

Official bottling
Single malt - Tasmania
Amber
46% ABV
Dram

Nose: Blueberries, vanilla, mint, red grapes, oranges, hints of jasmine. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, thickens slightly, turns syrupy, tingly. 
Tasting:  Bitter sweet. Red grapes, orange peel, jasmine tea, damson jam, hints of clotted cream. 
Finish: Long. Dark chocolate, damson jam, orange peel, hints of ginseng. 

Comments: 

Another port matured Lark, and it tastes pretty similar to the other one. Damson jammy notes, lots of red grapes, and this time, the tang of a fine jasmine tea. Glorious stuff.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Friday, 13 April 2018

SMWS 55.38 (Royal Brackla 15yo 2000/2016)

SMWS 55.38 (Royal Brackla 15yo 2000/2016)

2016, SMWS
Single malt - Speyside
Buttercups
58.1% ABV
Dram

Nose: Peanuts, oranges, pears, peaches, hints of marzipan. With water, lemon zest, more marzipan, vanilla. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, slippery, watery, static. 
Tasting:  Sour bitter. Pears, peaches, almonds, peanuts, hints of oatmeal. With water, lemon zest, almonds, hints of goji berry. 
Finish: Medium. Peaches, lemon zest, white grapes, peanuts. 

Comments: 

A little odd. There's loads of sweetness and fruit on the undiluted nose, but it fades to a tart, cereally bitterness on the tongue. Nice estery notes on the finish, but it was a bit disappointing after that mouthfeel and mouth flavour.

Verdict:

Not bad.



SMWS G1.15 (North British 25yo 1991/2017)

SMWS G1.15 (North British 25yo 1991/2017)

2017, SMWS
Single grain - Lowlands
Bright gold
63.9% ABV
Dram

Nose: Orange peel, cloves, bananas, fresh baked bread, vanilla, hints of chocolate. With water, white pepper, more chocolate, more vanilla. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, astringent, tingly, warm. 
Tasting:  Sweet. Chocolate, blueberries, honey, cloves, bananas, vanilla. With water, white pepper, fresh baked bread, more chocolate. 
Finish: Short. Chillies, chocolate, orange peel, honey. 

Comments: 

The quality of SMWS malt bottlings has been rather static, perhaps even declined, over the decade or so that I've been a member. The single grains however have remained consistently amazing over that time period. This is another hit, loaded with fruit and chocolate, redolent with cloves and vanilla. I feel a bit silly now that I recall how I shunned grain whisky as somehow inferior, back in the day.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Akashi Blended Whisky

Akashi Blended Whisky

Official bottling
Single blend - West Honshu
Orange gold
40% ABV
Dram

Nose: Cola nuts, photocopy paper, orange peel, peanuts, white pepper, hints of cotton sheets. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, thickens slightly, slightly sticky, balls up on the tongue. 
Tasting:  Sweet. Cola nuts, peanuts, honey, molasses, cream. 
Finish: Short. Honey, white pepper, cream, orange peel. 

Comments: 

A proper blended whisky - the flagship White Oak contains some molasses spirit. I believe that this was created for the EU market originally, but can be found all over the world (I bought the bottle in Singapore). It's well constructed, reasonably complex, and very easy-drinking. It's almost swiggable.

Verdict:

I like this.



Thursday, 5 April 2018

Brora 34yo 1983/2017 16th Release

Brora 34yo 1983/2017 16th Release

Official bottling
Single malt - North Highlands
Pink gold
51.9% ABV
Dram

Nose: Peaches, orange peel, roses, sandalwood, malted grains, hints of raspberries. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, loosens, turns watery, airy. 
Tasting:  Sweet salty. Orange peel, peanuts, green tea, malted grains, hints of evaporated milk. 
Finish: Long. Cardamom, orange peel, honey, raspberries, hints of apples. 

Comments: 

What a treat! They must be scraping the bottom of the barrel by now, but Brora remains special stuff. This one is not as good as the 2010 version, but it's still remarkable whisky, nutty and floral, with tons of fruit. Great spicy finish too.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Port Dundas 28yo 1988/2017 "The Crackerjack"

Port Dundas 28yo 1988/2017 "The Crackerjack"

Old Particular, Douglas Laing
Single grain - South Highlands
Dark gold
50% ABV
Dram

Nose: Red grapes, bananas, caramel, green tea, kiwi fruit. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, loose, cool, slightly airy. 
Tasting:  Sweet sour. Green tea, bananas, kiwi fruit, white grapes, vanilla. 
Finish: Short. Green tea, peaches, bananas, strawberries. 

Comments: 

Cask DL 11693. It's been a while since I encountered a Port Dundas! This one is tannic, fruity and light. It's not as sharp and bright as most grain whiskies, perhaps it's been in the cask a little too long. Nice finish, slightly confusing nose.

Verdict:

I like this.



Rosebank 7yo 1990/1997

Rosebank 7yo 1990/1997

Milroy's
Single malt - Lowlands
Silver gold
60% ABV
Dram

Nose: Lemon zest, rhubarb and custard sweets, fresh cut grass, vanilla, hints of olive oil. With water, roses, hints of strawberries 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, hot, turns watery, loosens. 
Tasting:  Sweet sour. Peanuts, fresh cut grass, lemon juice, vanilla, hints of lime zest. With water, strawberries, lime juice, caramel, more vanilla. 
Finish: Short. Vanilla, lime juice, peanuts, cookie dough. 

Comments: 

A very rare chance to try a young Rosebank. It's sweet and tangy, without the brassy metallic taste that the latter day Rosebanks tend to have. It turns very floral and sweet with water. Perhaps it's glass aging / old bottle effect, but it's very mellow, not brash, like the Rosebanks I'm used to.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Speyside distillery 15yo 2000/2016

Speyside distillery 15yo 2000/2016

Old Particular, Douglas Laing
Single malt - Speyside
Golden
48.4% ABV
Dram

Nose: Brass polish, lemon zest, rhubarb and custard sweets, salt caramel, hints of peppermint. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, slightly astringent, turns watery, tingly. 
Tasting:  Sweet sour. Malted grains, lemon zest, salt caramel, rhubarb and custard sweets, vanilla, lime juice. 
Finish: Medium. Lime juice, peppermint, malted grains, hints of white pepper. 

Comments: 

Cask DL 11483. Surprisingly Rosebank-y, especially the rhubarb and custard on the tongue. It's also got that slightly metallic note on the nose. In the mouth though, different story, it's slightly sweeter, perhaps even a little savoury.

Verdict:

I like this.



Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Abhainn Dearg Spirit of Lewis

Abhainn Dearg Spirit of Lewis

Official bottling
Single malt - Islands
Pale gold
46% ABV
Dram

Nose: Orange peel, magic marker, cream, lemon zest, peaches, hints of peat. 
Mouthfeel: Light body, slippery, tingly, loose. 
Tasting:  Sweet sour. Magic marker, lemon zest, limes, camomile, caramel, hints of peat. 
Finish: Long. Fresh baked bread, limes, camomile, peaches, peat. 

Comments: 

The flagship bottling from Abhainn Dearg, the tiny distillery on Lewis. Big fragrant nose, almost solvent-like, but not unpleasant. It softens in the mouth, becoming more tart, slightly herbal. Good long cereally finish. Great stuff.

Verdict:

I like this a lot.



Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Teerenpeli Distiller's Choice Rasi

Teerenpeli Distiller's Choice Rasi

Official bottling
Single malt - Southern Finland
Bright gold
43% ABV
Dram

Nose: Malted grains, white grapes, apples, papayas, hints of peaches. 
Mouthfeel: Medium body, thickens, mouth coating, sticky. 
Tasting:  Sweet sour. Cream, oatmeal, strawberries, lemon juice, white grapes. 
Finish: Long. Lemon juice, pears, malted grains, mint. 

Comments: 

Finished in Moscatel wine casks. This whisky is quite subtle, but oddly sticky and heavy. There's oodles of cereal and fruit, with tropical fruits on the nose and red fruits on the tongue, tempered by a nice sharp oatmeal note. Good stuff.

Verdict:

I like this.



 

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