Bendistillery Tasting Notes

Posted: August 25, 2017 in American Whiskies, Rye

Crater Lake Oregon Rye Whiskey 40%

95% Rye mashbill/ Tasted: Jun 2017

The nose opens with the soft, toffee’d oak and one thinks that’s it’s going to be an over oaked young rye. Yes, it’s young, but not too young and the gentle citrus and subtle spicy rye balance. With time hints of orange and dusty wood spice.

The palate is soft and gentle with lightly herbal rye to begin with, followed by a touch of toffee’d oak. Lovely orange and tangerine notes appear on the middle along with some developing spice. Lightly bitter but very spicy finish. Considering its relatively placid start I wasn’t expecting that level; of intensity on the finish.


The Single Cask Diamond Distillery Guyana Rum 2004 (12 year old) 57%

Cask 96/ Dist: 2004 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Jun 2017

A distinctly Guyanan nose of pungent, youthful, oily, vegetal, high toned, column still spirit. There’s a touch of tropical fruit but the vegetal notes dominate. With time a little sweet vanilla and wood spice appears.

The palate mirrors the nose with plenty of pungent, oily, high toned and estry fruit. Raw and vegetal but pleasantly intense with quite a spicy middle. Long and dry with a little bitter spice and dark chocolate.

Water does it no favours at all and completely flattens it!

The Single Cask Invergordon 1988 (27 year old) 45.8%

Cask 8118/ Dist: Feb 1988 Btl: Feb 2016/ Tasted: Jun 2017

A very neutral nose with sweet and fragrant grain spirit notes. Hints of grass, toffee and oak char appear and with time a subtle dried fruit and butter cream note.

The palate opens with some very subtle dried fruit and a touch of vanilla oak. The edgy grainy notes come through on the middle and the oak begins to develop. Medium length with lingering dried fruit and citrus. Pleasant enough but a little too neutral.

The Single Cask Tomintoul 1995 (22 year old) 53.2%

Cask 2156/ Dist: 1995 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Jun 2017

Dense and succulent aromas of honeyed, sub-tropical apricot and melon with hints of lime, dusty oak, malt and coffee. Lovely depth and elegance with the oak becoming pleasantly creamy with time.

The palate is full and dense with plenty of mature honey and a soft minerality. Subtle wood spice notes and vanilla come through on the middle but it’s the mature spirit character that shines through. Long and very mineral with plenty of citrus and finally malt, barley and the returning honey.

The Single Cask Miltonduff 1995 (21 year old) 45.8%

Cask 2594/ Dist: Feb 1995 Btl: Feb 2016/ Tasted: Jun 2017

Aromas of heather honey and hints of toasted oak and scrubby herbs. Wonderfully fragrant apricot and vanilla with barley, white fruit and minerals. it certainly doesn’t seem like it’s 21 year old, but the oak does have a slightly mature edge.

The palate is elegant, juicy and mineral with apricot, white fruit with hints of toasty oak and subtle tannins. Quite malty and heathery on the middle and now the oak starts to show some mature character. Lightly nutty and grippy finish with a light citrus and barley note. That’s a lovely finish.

The Single Cask Macduff 1997 (19 year old) 53.5%

Cask 5278/ Dist: 1997 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Jun 2017

OMG! Amazingly fresh, fragrant and almost perfumed with orange blossom honey, white fruit, apricot and mature, dusty oak. Where’s the burnt rubber and funkiness? Impressively clean with a touch of baked apple and lime. Very juicy and wonderfully balanced.

The palate is a little edgier but still pretty clean, with barley husks, cereal and lovely soft honey and mature oak. Supple wood tannins add hints of coffee and spice on the middle and the finish is long and grippy with those wood spices dancing on the tongue. Lovely length with lingering baked apple, hickory, grainy and coffee’d tannins. I’m seriously impressed by the progression and the cleanliness!

The Single Cask English Whisky 2009 (7 year old) 60%

Peated to 62PPM/ Cask B1/443

Dist: 2009 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Jun 2017

The nose opens with some Lowland-eque, floral white fruit, grass, barley and honey. It develops some almost Alsace-like fruit notes along with lime oil, creamy oak and subtle spices. Although it is fairly heavily peated, the peat is actually quite subtle. Still it’s a lovely nose.

The palate is lightly honeyed with white fruit, apricot and plenty of alcohol, which keeps the creamy oak in check. Supple vanilla, spice and peat comes through on the middle and although the finish is masked by the alcohol it does show some lovely barley notes.

Water brings out hints of tangerine and orange as well as emphasising the barley. It shows a lovely balance between the oak and fresh, grassy spirit and with time, there’s even a slight Riesling-esque petrol note. The palate is fresh and lightly citric with barley and just like the nose that Riesling-esque petrol note. Pleasantly oiled middle with a long, crisp finish with a touch of during spice and oak.

Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin 45.7%

To a rice base spirit the following botanicals are added: Juniper, orris, ginger, bamboo leaves, red perilla, lemon and yuza peel, sansho pepper, kinome leaves, gyokuru green tea and hinoki wood. The botanicals are separated into 6 different categories (base, citrus, tea, spice, fruit, floral and herbal) and distilled separately. The second batch is then blended with the preceding batch to achieve consistency.

Tasted: Jun 2017

The nose is rounded and soft with subtle smoky juniper, leafy herbs, lemon grass, pepper, lemon, pine resin and warm spice. Very aromatic and different with a late hint of earth.

The palate is elegant, delicate, soft and rounded with juniper, lemon grass, pepper and a lovely resiny middle. The sharp lemon notes balances and the finish is long and spicy with pepper, ginger, lemon and some lingering lightly woody spice notes.


Villa Lobos Tasting Notes

Posted: August 25, 2017 in Tequila, White Spirits

Villa Lobos Tequila Blanco 40%

Small Batch/ Btl: Mar 2016/ Tasted: Jun 2017

Oily and dense with hints of sweet-ish agave and subtle vegetal notes. With time hints of vanilla and a light musky floral note.

The palate opens with the sweet-ish agave and vanilla, along with a touch of pepper. Lightly vegetal but creamy middle. Long and very peppery with a pleasant, mouth-watering spiciness. The finish is however, the best part!

Burrito Fiestro Mezcal Joven 40%

Tasted: Jun 2017

Pungent, almost biscuit spirit nose with ascetic agave and hints of earth, pepper and manure. Very natural in character, but….!

The palate is softer, creamier and peppery with like the nose some ascetic agave and earth. Good spicy finish with lingering pepper and raw agave notes.