Archive for the ‘Scotch Whisky A-G’ Category

Edition Spirits Allt-A-Bhannie 1993 (24 year old) 52.9%

Bourbon/ Code: EDI0282/ Dist: May 1993 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

A dense, rich and violety nose with apricot and gooseberry notes punctuating the dark-ish honey. The aromas are stunningly mature and dusty with subtle oxidised fruit and sweet spice.

The palate is dense, but strangely a little flat with dark honey, mature oak and hints of rhubarb, gooseberry and lime. It does liven a little on the middle as the citrus kicks in. Medium length with lingering Cognac-esque dried fruit, violets and wood spice.


Edition Spirits Glen Moray 1995 (21 year old) 51.9%

Bourbon/ Code: EDI0189/ Dist: Mar 1995 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

A lovely nose of dusty American oak, orange blossom honey, apricot, barley. Wonderfully fragrant and balanced with late hints of greengage, gooseberry and lime.

The palate is soft and barley’d with subtle dusty oak and hints of fleshy apricot, apple, orange and honey. The oak begins to bitter on the middle as well as adding some darker wood spices. Long and continuing a little bitter with citrus, camphor and marzipan.

Claxton’s ‘The Single Cask’ Craigellachie 2008 (8 year old) 57.3%

Bourbon Hogshead 1724-4280/ Dist: Nov 2008 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

Very sulphured and feinty with cold tea and a serious cardboard overload! Beneath there’s possibly hints of barley and grass, but who knows!

The palate is not quite as bad as the nose, but it’s still cardboardy with hints cereal, sugar and citrus. Again there’s a cold tea note and it finishes with lingering cardboard.

A drop of water brings out some lemon and vanilla on the nose and palate but the spirit is pretty poor and I doubt leaving in the cask for another decade would do a lot for it!

North Star Spirits Bruichladdich 2002 (15 year old) 57.1%

Radoux French Oak (ex Bordeaux?)/ Dist: July 2002 Btl: Sept 2017/ Tasted: Oct 2017

Dark and malty aromas with an almost sherry-like richness. Hints of heavy treacle/ syrup, vanilla and subtle red wine notes. Very subtly peated with the sweet, but grippy oak in the background.

The palate is rich and dark. Slightly syrupy with dark fruit, malt and hints of red berries. Again the oak is quite grippy and slightly spicy with hints of salt and earth coming through. Long with a subtle peatiness, drying tannins, green oak and lingering sweet bbq sauce.

A drop of water makes the nose a little soapy and the palate becomes a little vague, but emphasises the grippy/ spicy oak.

North Star Spirits Glen Moray 2007 (9 year old) 57.7%

Bourbon Hogshead/ Dist: Nov 2007 Btl: Sept 2017/ Tasted: Oct 2017

Wonderfully fragrant with oodles of exotic fruit – pineapple, banana, peach and pear, along with sweet barley and buttery oak. This is a real fruit fest in a glass! Late hints of charred oak and honey.

The palate opens with some subtly sweet honey, vanilla and grippy barley. There’s some almost sweet corn-like notes and just enough lime to balance. Subtly estery with hints of pineapple and apricot on the middle. Long, crisp, citric finish with a tongue tingling finish. Stunning!

Water emphasises the creamy oak and natural oils. On the palate it brings out a touch of granulated sugar.

North Star Spirits Benrinnes 2006 (10 year old) 49.1%

9 years Bourbon Hogshead, 1 year PX finished

Dist: Nov 2006 Btl: Sept 2017/ Tasted: Oct 2017

A superb nose of fragrant, almost perfumed barley with hints of treacle and pruney dried fruit. Very clean and slightly nutty with sherry coming to the fore, although the buttery American oak adds a counter balance.

The palate is soft and slightly creamy with milk chocolate, treacle, and pruney sherry notes. Quite sweet and viscous on the middle with a lovely mouth-coating softness. Lightly nutty finish with the American oak returning, along with barley, citrus and subtle tannins.

North Star Spirits Glenturret Ruadh Mhor 2009 (8 year old) 57.1%

Peated/ Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Dist: Mar 2009 Btl: Sept 2017/ Tasted: Oct 2017

Aromas of slightly hard barley mingle with honey, flowers and a touch of peat/ earth. With time it becomes pleasantly aromatic and heathery.

The palate opens with the taught American oak, followed by hints of barley and earthy-peat. Subtly honeyed on the middle with the barley displaying a slight hard edge. Intense, smoked meat, bbq sauce and heather finish with a lovely combination of both sweet and bitter tannins. Lovely smoky after-taste.

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Glenlossie 1997 (19 year old) 54.2%

Bourbon Hogshead 6749/ Dist: Nov 1997 Btl: Apr 2017/ Tasted: May 2017

Pleasantly mature and straw-like aromas with fragrant barley, malt and wood spices. Hints of darker toffee appear along with uber soft but chunky vanilla. The oak does become a little dominating and dusty but a touch of citrus injects some freshness.

The palate opens with the creamy oak and zesty citrus. There’s a real battle going on between the oak and the spirit, but the citrus, aided by the alcohol eventually holds the high ground. Hints of straw, toffee, white fruits and minerals. The finish is very limey and austere, which implies it’ll need a drop of water.

Diluted the nose becomes wonderfully perfumed with orange and tangerine notes. The oak is relegated to the background. The palate displays more barley and straw. Like the nose the oak influence is subtler and the orange and tangerine notes appear. Superb, juicy finish with a touch of malt and dark spices in the finish now.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Keith 1996 (20 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2633/ Dist: Aug 1996 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: May 2017

Initially the nose is quite heavy on the toffee/ caramel oak, although a touch of hard barley, pine, honey and grainy dried fruit comes through.

The palate mirrors the nose with the toffee’d oak, although the caramel notes have a burnt edge and the barley is very much of the industrial persuasion. Straightforward and continuing in an oaky manor. Short, grainy finish.

Claxton’s ‘The Single Cask’ Arran 1996 (20 year old) 50.3%

Bourbon Hogshead/ Dist: Sept 1996 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Apr 2017

The nose is quite dark and malty with gritty, earthy, coffee’d tannins. Polished but rugged with a subtle tropical fruit and honey background. With time hints of lime, mature barley and vanilla. Give it some time in the glass and it opens up rather well.

The palate is earthy and malty with again a rugged but polished character. Like the nose the fruit is very subtle which comes through on the middle along with a touch of milky and gritty oak. Edgy, mouth-watering finish with a lovely complexity of citrus, creamy barley, vanilla, apple blossom, hyacinth, white licourice and the returning malt. Wonderful progression and an excellent finish.