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Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Speyside 1994 (22 year old) 58.2%

Sherry Hogshead?/ Dist: 1994 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

Deep and fragrant, Armagnac-esque aromas of prune, raisin and walnut. Intensely herbal with hints of menthol and rye-like notes. Layered and fresh with hints of gooseberry, lime, cocoa powder and dark chocolaty spices.

The palate is intense and full with plenty of dried fruit – fig, prune, plum and raisin. Lavishly sprinkled with cocoa powder, walnut and spice. Long and herbal with a touch of vanilla and rye-like spices. A little drying at the death as the spices become quite dusty but the juiciness of the malt balances.

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Speyside 1991 (25 year old) 62.5%

Sherry Butt 940/ Dist: Nov 1991 Btl: Feb 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A heavily oxidised fruit and balsamic Oloroso nose with edgy cinnamon, clove, liquorice, citrus. Give it some time and it settles down to show some barley, apricot, rose petal and nutty oak notes. The sherry character becomes quite grapey and almost Pedro Ximinez –like, but the fresh citrus balances well.

The palate is juicy with nutty Oloroso, oxidised fruit and syrup. Succulent but integrated citrus gives it a lift and a touch of cinnamon comes through on the middle with a little tannin. Mouth-wateringly citric and alcoholic finish with the spices bittering a little and a touch of sweet wood smoke, clove oil, treacle, dried grape and heather lingering.

Dilution doesn’t make any changes to the nose but the palate is softer and nuttier with a more earthy character. The spices are dustier and sweeter and obviously it’s not as eye-wateringly alcoholic! However it is incredibly succulent and juicy with bucketful’s of sherried dried fruit and dark chocolate. Now, that’s a very fine sherry butt.


Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Speyside 1993 (21 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2475/ Dist: Oct 1993 Btl: Apr 2015/ Tasted: May 2015

Dusty but fresh on the nose with an almost grain spirit nip. Juicy coffee laced dried fruit follows along with herbal, baked apple, a touch of vanilla and pastry.

The palate displays more of the dried sherry fruit, spice and treacle, along with malt and dark, baked fruit. Hints of toasted oak and drying tannins come through on the middle with again, that grain-like note. Long and succulent with hints of marzipan and gentle Cognac-esque oxidation notes in the finish. Pleasant nutty after-taste.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Speyside 1993 (21 year old) 50%

Refill Sherry?/ Code: OMC2543/ Dist: Dec 1993 Btl: Mar 2016/ Tasted: Apr 2016

The aromas are quite balsamic and malty with subtle sweet sherry notes. Hints of sweet barley, ginger, vanilla and spice appear with time. Very well balanced.

The palate is light and elegant. Malty and earthy with barley, green apple and hints of lime. Again the sherry sweetness is very subtle and not intrusive allowing a light toffee note to come through on the middle. Long, crisp and fresh with lingering barley and green apple.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Speyside 1996 (21 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon?/ Code: OMC2719/ Dist: Sept 1996 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

The nose is tight and mineral with some lovely, sawdusty American oak, greengage, apricot and sour cherries. Wow! The nose becomes very sour with time!

The palate is dry, dusty and resplendent in its taught oak character. Hints of vanilla cream, barley and citrus follow along with some developing sweet wood spice. Deep but straightforward with an extremely sour, mouth puckering finish.


Hunter Laing Distillers Art Speyside 1993 (21 year old) 48%

Sherry/ Code: ART0026/ Dist: Oct 1993 Btl: Apr 2015/ Tasted: May 2015

Quite malty and fragrant on the nose with sweet, dried plum, prune, aromatic, sweet spice and hints of violet pot pourri. With time it becomes quite herbal with a touch of toasted vanilla, caramelised sugar and a Pedro Ximinez-like dried grapiness.

The palate is beautifully soft with plenty of raisin, sultana, prune, Demerara sugar and a touch of honey. Very malty on the middle with developing sweet spices. Long and succulent with lingering dried fruit, malt, liquorice, dark chocolate, burnt coffee grains, walnuts and hazelnuts. Superb bitter/ sweet after-taste!

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Speyside 1999 (13 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0945/ Dist: Feb 1999 Btl: Nov 2012/ Tasted: Nov 2012

An earthy and dare I say it slightly cardboardy nose. Oily, youthful and displaying some slightly feinty notes although the honey tries to counter. 

Slightly gristy on the palate with again a touch of the feints. Lightly oiled with hints of cereal and oat cakes. Dry slightly astringent finish.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Speyside 2000 (15 year old) 48.3%

Refill Bourbon Barrel/ Code: OLD0388/ DL11483

Dist: Dec 2000 Btl: Nov 2016/ Tasted: Feb 2017

The nose is lightly herbal and fresh with soft fruit, barley and citrus. Hints of malt, herbs and subtle American oak notes, which become creamier and slightly dusty with time.

The palate is soft and barley’d with a touch of toffee. Pleasantly mature with herbal nuances and a touch of creamy oak and wood tannins on the middle. Long, citric finish with lingering marzipan and drying tannins. It’s good to see Speyside sans sherry!

Douglas Laing Old Particular Speyside 1996 (17 year old) 48.4%

Sherry/ Code: OLD0034/ Dist: Nov 96 Btl: Jan 14/ Tasted: Feb 14

A dark, treacly and malt nose with plenty of dark, pepper spice, fragrant barley and balsamic notes.

The palate is like the nose, dark, treacly and balsamic with dark spices and hints of camphor. The middle is all baked fruit and sherry, but very chewy. Good length with the barley taking on a pleasant muscavado sugar coating.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Speyside 1996(?) (18 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0145/ Dist: 1996(?) Btl: 2014(?)/ Tasted: Dec 2014

The nose is initially rather dusty with some soft spice. Then the slightly balsamic baked fruit arrives along with hints of dark chocolate and plums. It’s a very autumnal nose! Broad and juicy with time.

The palate is dusty and lightly musty with baked fruit and nippy spices. Hints of honey and red liquorice come through on the middle and some tart citrus on the finish.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Speyside 1996 (21 year old) 51.5%

Refill Sherry Butt/ Code: OLD0503/ Dist: Sept 1996 Btl: Sept 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

A huge hit of herbal Oloroso and mature Armagnac-esque dried fruit and green nuts. Faintly astringent with a subtle dark chocolate note.

The palate is rich and full of Oloroso dried fruit, green nuts and dark chocolaty tannins. Subtly mature Armagnac-esque fruit on the middle and lingering treacle and sweet but dusty spice.


Douglas Laing Single Minded Speyside 15 year old 46%

Bourbon/ Code: SIN0012/ Tasted: Jun 2015

A nose of earthy and sweet barley with citrus, aromatic apricot, vanilla, toffee and freshening mineral notes.

The palate is quite toffee’d but pleasantly mineral with sweet barley and citrus. Relatively straightforward but deep with a good spicy finish.

Douglas Laing Single Minded Speyside 24 year old 46%

Sherry/ Code: SIN0013/ Tasted: Jun 2015

A curious nose of ozone, bleach and subtle dried prune and walnuts. Hints of perfumed spice and dried citrus peel emerge.

The palate opens with cinnamon, clove, raisinated fruit and toffee. More toffee comes through on the middle along with a light nuttiness. Short, dry and a little tannic, but pleasantly spiced.


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Speyside 1996 (16 year old) 50%

Sherry Finished/ Code: OMC2207/ Dist: Apr 1996 Btl: Nov 2012/ Tasted: Nov 2012

Quite sweet and sugary sherry aromas with a big spicy note along with some malt and a light balsamic note.

The palate is soft and feels a lot more mature than 16 years. Gently sherried with hints of dried fruit and spice. Quite full with a developing earthy character – loam and damp soil (and fust?). Good length, a little tart on the finish but there are some lingering sweet spices.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Speyside 1992 (20 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2186/ Dist: May 1992 Btl: July 2012/ Tasted: July 2012

A dense and fragrant nose of golden syrup coated sweet fruit along with hints of orange and succulent spice. Slightly nutty with earthy nuances. Wonderfully deep, showing some mature oak and a touch of dark, treacly malt.

The palate is soft, opening with the herbal, sherry notes entwined with the golden syrup coated sweet fruit. Gently spiced with a touch of barley. Quite a nutty middle with a long, warming spiced finish and the herbal wood notes return along with just a touch of bitter tannin and liquorice. Lovely, malty after-taste.


Drumguish 40%

Tasted: Oct 2004

A flat and ever so slightly cardboardy nose. There is some pleasant crisp barley and vanilla but it’s a bit on the hard and spirity side. The palate seems to be caramel flattened with a pleasant depth of fruit and vanilla, although it is a bit undistinguished. A late, brief spicy flourish.

Speyside Distillery ‘Beinn Dubh’ 43%

The Black Mountain/ Matured in ruby and tawny port casks./ Tasted: Oct 2015

A nose of bitter and burnt oak, toffee and cola along with raisins, prune, sweet, burnt brown sugar and wait for it….. Port….. And lots of it!

The palate is thick and sweet. A dark, porty fruit overload with raisin, treacle, toasted oak and dark chocolate. Very bitter finish with lingering toasted toffee and treacle. Good job it wasn’t bottled at 40%!

Speyside Distillery ‘Chairman’s Choice’ 46%

Btl No: 97-15349/ Tasted: Oct 2015

A very nutty, fresh and herbal refill sherry nose with hints of barley and sweet vanilla. Pleasantly balanced with late hints of toffee and banana.

The palate is soft and a little under-powered, which is surprising given its abv. Again showing a gentle refill sherry sweetness and a light nuttiness along with a touch of dried fruit. Good, woody spice finish with hints of bitter chocolate and liquorice.

Speyside 10 year old

Tasted: Oct 2004

Quiet weighty with some deep citrus, honey and a touch of smoke, vanilla and gristiness. The palate is slightly watery with some confected orange fruit along with a violet note. It gains some malty weight on the middle with some honey and smoke. Clean, straightforward with a good peppery finish.

Speyside Distillery ‘Spey Tenne’ 46%

Bourbon/ 6 months finishing in ex tawny port casks

Tasted: Oct 2015

The warm, soft, ripe, dusty, tawny port notes appear first along with some herbal spice notes. The barley and apricot attempts to come through but the finish is too dominant.

The palate is like the nose, opening with the port notes, followed by the barley, light honey and spice. Medium length and a little hot with hints of vanilla and slightly bitter, duty chocolate notes. Pleasant spicy after-taste through.

Speyside Distillery ‘Spey 12’ 46%

Bourbon/ 6 months finishing in Virgin oak

Tasted: Oct 2015

Good depth and intensity of barley and herbal accented green fruit. The oak starts off quite subtly (vanilla) but builds to become rather toasty, creamy, nutty and sweet. However the citrus balances.

The palate shows plenty of toasty, creamy and nutty oak with hints of sweet barley and juicy citrus. Good, spicy and herbal finish with a slight bittering from the oak. Lovely red liquorice and dusty spice after-taste.

Speyside Distillery ‘Spey 18’ 46%

Sherry/ Tasted: Oct 2015

A lovely, elegant and full nose of succulent, slightly herbal sherry with hints of sweet, leafy herbs, barley and malt. A whiff of exotic fruit appears (melon, peach and apricot) and with time it becomes fragrant and pleasantly creamy.

Full and juicy on the palate but some crisp citrus adds balance. Gently honeyed and subtly sherried, so the emphasise is firmly on the barley and fruit notes. Lovely building minerality on the middle with hints of fragrant herbs. Long with a light smokiness and a little bitter wood notes. Very impressive!