Blackadder Raw Cask English Whisky Moscatel Cask 2007 (7 year old) 63.2%

Cask 794/Dist: Oct 2007 Btl: May 2015/Tasted: July 2016

An interesting nose of perfumed, dried grape, cereal, malt biscuits and dark honey. Very winey and cask orientated with a late herbal note.

The palate is raw and winey. Really intense with cereal, dried grape and no shortage of alcohol! The finish is seriously alcoholic and Stagg-esque in its intensity, but once it clears it leaves lingering cereal, malt and dried Moscatel fruit.

With water the nose is a little softer and possibly a tad more perfumed. It’s still very grapey though with hints of nuts, wood smoke, earth and orange. The palate pretty much remains about the same, minus the alcohol intensity! A little sweeter now, but still long, herbal and cereally. Definitely unusual!

Blackadder Raw Cask Peated English Whisky Moscatel Cask 2007 (7 year old) 63.4%

Cask 789/ Dist: Nov 2007 Btl: May 2015/ Tasted: July 2016

The aromas are similar to the unpeated cask, showing plenty of lightly perfumed, dried grape, but with the addition of a lovely combination of earthy-peat and mildly astringent-peat. Hints of herbs, burnt wood, creosote and dark grape infused honey follow. Subtle, it is not!

The palate is surprisingly soft and full of grapey, winey honey. The sweetness of the cask has influenced the peat and although it is slightly earthy, it is quite sweet. The alcohol is intense but well integrated and it becomes fairly smoky on the middle. The finish is fairly alcoholic, well, actually it’s eye-wateringly intense and sooty with some lightly medicinal herbal notes appearing along with a touch of coffee.

Water makes no change to the nose but on the palate it has become thicker and more grapey. The peat is less noticeable, although it is still there and like the unpeated cask it’s a little sweeter with lingering Moscatel notes.

Malts of Scotland Bruichladdich 2003 (10 year old) 56.3%

First Fill (?) Sherry Hogshead – MOS13051/ Dist: Jun 2003 Btl: Oct 2013/ Tasted: Nov 2014

A serious nose full of what must be first fill Oloroso. Very clean and leafy with liquorice, treacle, tar and a touch of brandy butter. It’s all sherry, which isn’t a surprise with developing green nuts, tobacco and dried fruit.

The palate opens with an intensity of green nuts, dried fruit, liquorice, treacle and tar. So thick and unctuous you could slice it up and serve it for desert! Again there is zero distillery character or  coastal character for that matter. There is a very minor blemish noticeable on the middle, which unfortunately lingers. Quite a dry, tannic, tart after-taste.

Oh dear. A drop of water brings out that struck match note on the nose. However it is less noticeable on the palate now. It is a homogenous sherry palate, it could be any from distillery and ultimately is rather disappointing.

T.E.A Tasting Notes

Posted: July 1, 2017 in English Gin, Gin, Uncategorized

TEA Jasmine Gin 42%

The base spirit is made from East Anglian sugar beet by the English Distillery Company. The botanicals are macerated in the spirit before being re-distilled. Also some of the Earl Grey tea is vapour infused as well. Botanicals include: Jasmine Silver Tip Tea, English Rose Petal, Bay Leaf, Seville Orange Zest, Juniper and Coriander.

Tasted: Feb 2016

A lovely, pungent nose of slightly oily spirit character. Quite natural, creamy and earthy with subtle juniper, jasmine, coriander and orange.

The palate is soft and oily, opening with un-sweetened rose petals, jasmine and hints of juniper, earth and bay leaf. Wonderfully herbaceous with an almost minty freshness on the middle. Lovely balance and a long jasmine finish.

TEA Earl Grey Gin 42%

Botanicals include: Earl Grey Tea, Natural Bergamot Oil, English Rose Petal, Bay Leaf, Seville Orange Zest, Juniper and Coriander.

Tasted: Feb 2016

Pungent and oily with plenty of earthy spirit character. The bergamot and Earl Grey notes are quite subtle and delicate with a touch of orange and coriander coming through.

Soft and oily with plenty of bergamot to begin with. Gently sweet but earthy with bay leaf and coriander. The rose petal notes come through quite strongly on the middle and linger along with a touch of sweet-ish orange on the finish.

Malts of Scotland NAS Blended Malt Whisky 40%

Sherry/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A big, malty and treacly nose with milk chocolate, warm spice and hints of orange peel, lime and herbs. With time a touch of Demerara sugar appears and the dried fruit takes on a very rum-like character.

The palate is malty and dense with milk chocolate, coffee, spice, herbs and citrus. Good depth with a touch of burnt spice and soft tannins. Long and slightly drying, but the faintly bittering tannins are balanced by the milk chocolate and treacle.

Malts of  Scotland Dalmore 1996 (21 year old) 57.4%

Sherry Hogshead 17063/ Dist: 1996 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

Very soft aromas of coffee and treacle with hints of malt, milk chocolate, raisin, sultana and a touch of citrus. There’s plenty of character from the oak with developing burnt wood, astringent herbs, sweet orange, dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla.

The palate is quite tannic and grainy but supple with plenty of balancing treacle. There’s a touch of dark chocolate, herbs and a slight bittering from the wood, but like the nose the treacle and malt balances. Subtly citric with a touch of coffee. Long and remaining coffee’d  with peppery tannins and drying wood notes. Impeccably clean and quite impressive for a sherry monster!

Highland Laird Port Charlotte 2004 (12 year old) 57.3%

Bourbon Barrel 900/ Dist: 2004 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is intense and briny with a good dollop of medicinal peat, fish oils and underlying, beautifully sweet and balancing barley. Hints of malt, orange, tangerine follow along with some very subtle oak, which adds a very subtle creaminess but more importantly it adds structure. Overall, it’s a classic, fresh, vibrant and briny Port Charlotte.

The palate opens with malt and a touch of  vanilla and milk chocolate before the medicinal peat and dusty peat encroaches along with hints of tar, rope, coal dust, coffee, earth and more malt. Lovely richness and depth with some balancing coastal notes. Long and crisp as the citrus and salt kicks in. Lingering coffee, tar, malt, loam and pure, oily peat.

Highland Laird Isle of Arran 1996 (20 year old) 51.3%

Sherry Butt 1337/ Dist: 1996 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A pruney and winey nose with lashings of Oloroso, treacle, dark malt, wood smoke and hints of raisin, orange, tangerine along with some lightly herbal and coffee’d tannins. Obviously a first fill butt!

The palate is dense and raisinated with pruney dried fruit and coffee. No distillery character but a good depth of clean sherry with a touch of salt and herbs on the middle. Long with bitter chocolate, alcohol enhanced spice, burnt wood and tannin.

Highland Laird Glentauchers 1996 (18 year old) 52.2%

Bourbon/ Dist: 1996 Btl: 2014/ Tasted: Oct 2014

The aromas are quite gristy and fresh with taught honey, grass and robust herbal barley. Lovely intensity with a touch of gritty coffee’d tannins, spice an creamy oak with time.

The palate is dense and honeyed with sweet-ish barley and coffee’d tannins. More mature than the nose suggests and maltier too! Lovely herbal note on the middle and a long finish with the creamy oak coming through with a touch of sweet tangerine. 

Highland Laird Glentauchers 1996 (20 year old) 58%

Bourbon Barrel 7301/ Dist: 1996 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

Crisp, fresh and very mineral aromas with an almost grainy bite. Barley, citrus and grass follows with a touch of honey and creamy vanilla oak. Pleasantly fragrant and aromatic.

The palate is fuller with more oak character and more barley. It’s still quite mineral and citric with subtle honey and building, crisp, grainy spice. Long, white fruit and mineral finish with lingering oak and honey.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Royal Brackla 1998 (18 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Barrel/ Code: OMC2642/ Dist: May 1998 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A softly spiced and deliciously honeyed nose with white fruit and barley. The sweetness is well balanced by a fresh citric note appearing . With time hints of straw and coffee’d oak.

The palate is considerably maltier and darker with a distinct baked fruit character. However the citrus note found on the nose, is here on the palate and along with a subtle minerality adds vibrancy. Hints of vanilla and barley. Long with the oak and barley becoming quite fragrant and lightening the finish.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Dufftown 2007 (9 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: HEP0249/ Dist: May 2007 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

Aromas of damp earth, liqourice, malt, barley and lightly toffee’d oak. It’s a little raw and edgy, but there is a touch of estery fruit and the barley notes develop well.

The palate is relatively robust and barley’d. Relatively clean and displaying a pleasant barley sweetness. A little edgy citrus appears on the middle, but it doesn’t get bent out of shape. Good length with the oak coming through long with hints of greengage and white liquorice.