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Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Tamnavulin 1991 (24 year old) 50.6%

Bourbon Hogshead 1139/ Dist: 1991 Btl: Oct 2015/ Tasted: Nov 2015

Mature, straw-like white fruit aromas along with a slightly Cognac-esque character. Quite barley’d and amazingly fragrant with subtle honey, crisp white fruit, grass and earth. With time the oak appears with a touch of toffee.

The palate is fuller and shows more honey and vanilla oak. Again there is a Cognac-esque note. Gentle, oily barley and a lovely, intensity of cinnamon and pepper on the middle. Quite a dry finish, but the dried fruit lingers wonderfully.


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

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2451/ Dist: Dec 1993 Btl: Jan 2015/ Tasted: Feb 2015

Luscious and honeyed aromas burst from the glass with sawdusty oak and fresh, minty herbal notes. Soft, generous and appealing with a touch of peach and warm spice.

The palate is quite fugdy and oily, thus not as fresh as the nose. Quite nutty with almond and hints of barley. A little short as the alcohol comes through and mingles with the citrus to give it quite a dry and lightly bitter finish

Gordon & MacPhails ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ Tamnavulin 1990 (20 year old) 43%

Refill Sherry/ Dist: 1990 Btl: 2010/ Tasted: June 2011

A muted, oily, cereal nose. Strangely it seems quite youthful or the light peppery marc note seems to give that impression. Pleasant if unfettered by complexity with a burnt caramel and a slight grape influence. 

The palate is soft, reasonably oily, and straightforward with hints of grass and honey. It does become pleasantly brown sugar coated and has a good spice intensity. Lovely softness and length with a very brief sherry flourish at the death.

Duncan Taylor Peerless Tamnavulin 1967 (38 year old) 46.7%

Sherry Butt 1018/ Dist: Apr 1967 Btl: Jan 2005/ Tasted: Nov 2005

The nose is huge. Big overwhelming Oloroso sherry aromas, followed by waves of creamy white chocolate, orange, earth and wood notes (surprisingly!) The palate is dry and full bodied, opening with Oloroso sherry, roasted nuts, dried fruit and more nuts for good measure. Really intense yet with a delightful softness. Extremely long with hints of coal tar and peat. Descending into a rich, orangey, dried fruit pudding mix and finishing with a lingering smokiness.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Tamnavulin 1989 (21 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2072/ Dist: Oct 1989 Btl: Aug 2011/ Tasted: Aug 2011

The nose is just plain old with no shortage of old wood notes. Rather industrial and spirity. To be honest its lacking in fruit and the aromas are rather hard and waxy. A bit Dufftown-esque! 

The palate is very much the same. Amongst the old wood notes there is some late leafy old tobacco and dried stalky notes, but frankly a bit charmless and hard going.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Tamnavulin 1986 (25 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2180/ Dist: Oct 1989 Btl: June 2012/ Tasted: June 2012

An edgy and amazingly gristy nose, given its age. There is a beautiful depth of sub-tropical fruit, citrus, waxed linen and barley. Elegant and mature with a late touch of pepper and some mature oak coming through. 

The palate is quite light but elegant. Again resplendent in its sub-tropical fruitiness. It becomes quite fleshy with a mineral laced citrus and barley. Slightly earthy with a touch of coal dust and developing dried fruit notes. A gorgeously spicy middle with some light bonfire ash on the finish. All the while those lovely spices linger. Very long and taught. I have to say that the level of spice was rather unexpected as the nose didn’t let on at all!

Douglas Laing Directors Cut Tamnavulin 1989 (25 year old) 48.8% (aprox)

Bourbon/ Code: DIR0088/ Dist: May 1989 Btl: June 14/ Tasted: Aug 2014

Sweet and malty aromas. Very nutty – walnuts and peacan with hints of butter toffee, dusty oak, herbal honey, heather and a slight balsamic intimation. With time it becomes quite aromatic with a touch of sugar coated orange and oxidised white grape emerging. 

The palate is softly spiced with sweet toffee and malty fruit. A touch of baked apple and crunchy barley comes through. Lovely depth and maturity with oodles of soft spice now and a touch of lightly oxidised fruit. Long and a little tart as the citrus kicks in but those spices really linger and a little vanilla comes through at the end.

Dewar Rattray Tamnavulin 1989 (21 year old) 57.4%

Bourbon Cask 1750/ Dist: 1989 Btl: 2011/ Tasted: Feb 2011

The nose opens with a slightly dirty, earthy, malty-coffee aromas followed by some lanolin. I don’t think this has been matured in the best of casks as thereare a few off-wood notes. What fruit there was has become a bit raisinated and is crushed by the old buttery oak – and that is the overriding theme.

The palate is old, oily and full of lanolin and yet more old wood notes. The alcohol is tart and botanical and the finish is bitter and a bit dirty. It seems like both oak and spirt are extremely tired.

Dewar Rattray Tamnavulin 1988 (28 year old) 49.9%

Bourbon Hogshead 10027/ Dist: Jun 1988 Btl: July 2016/ Tasted: Sept 2016

An oily and dusty nose with a slight feinty edge. In fact it smells rather old and long in the tooth to be honest with some hard barley, vanilla, coffee and damp, rye-like herbal notes.

The palate opens with decaying rose petal marc, cardboard and malt. A touch of sweet vanilla and earthy spice attempts to inject some life but it reinforces the feeling that this cask is past it. Short and hot with a cardboardy and sweet jelly finish.