The Single Cask Limited American Sour Mash Whiskey 5 year old 59.7%

George Dickle Cask P311/ Dist: 2012? Btl: 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

Intense, earthy aromas of cereal, herbal rye with grippy oak, treacle and balancing notes of fat corn. The corn feels like it could be quite sweet but the alcohol is doing a good job of keeping a lid on it. Quite dark and woody with time, with hints of sour fruit and cocoa powder.

The palate has a good, youthful intensity of herbal rye, wheat flakes and bitter chocolaty spices. Grippy oak and cereal come through on the middle. Good length with herbal rye, off-sweet almond paste, slightly bitter oak and a touch of marc-like spirit character.

With water the nose becomes more whiskey-like with hints of sweet orange and sweeter spices. Quite aromatic now with hints of milk chocolate and toffee. The palate is softer and more toffee’d with sweet corn oil. Mouth-coating treacle/ toffee middle with the rye relegated to the background. Still long with hints of violet, sour fruit and blackcurrant jam.

Advertisements

Rampur Distillery Indian Single Malt 43%

Tasted: Aug 2017

A dense and very herbal nose, which bears a similarity to Langatun, although the herbal character is less Provencal in character. Oily apricot, lime, lemon, thyme and barley mingles with a subtle earthiness. With time a touch of oxidised fruit appears along with hints of cider apple and vanilla.

The palate is subtly oily, opening with the oxidised apricot and apple. Again quite herbal in character with some subtle marc-like spirit notes. Dense and barley’d middle and a good herbal and citric finish with lingering oak and subtle spice.

Bottomley Distillers Tasting Notes

Posted: October 27, 2017 in English Gin, Gin

Pin Gin 40%

10 botanicals including: Juniper, Liquorice, Rose, Black Peppercorns, Lavender, Cucumber, Lemon and Orange Peel and Ground Almonds.

Tasted: Aug 2017

A good balanced nose of juniper, crisp lemon, almonds and oily, almost wheaty spirit notes. With time the rose and black pepper notes appear.

The palate is quite oily and nutty with subtle notes of juniper, pepper and sweet spirit. Rounded and mouth-filling with a balancing citrus character. Long and spicy with hints of cucumber and lavender in the after-taste.

 

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.