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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.

Gleann Mor ‘A Rare Find’ Blended Malt 1975 (40 year old) 47.1%

A vatting of Tamdhu, Glenrothes, Highland Park aged in refill sherry

Dist: 1975 Btl: 2015/ Tasted: Feb 2017

Lovely aromas of dusty, mature and chocolaty sherry with hints of malt, violets and Armagnac-esque dried fruit. Wonderfully soft and juicy with the dried fruit showing a delightful sweetness, balanced by granite and citrus notes and the sherry moving in a subtle herbal direction.

The palate is uber soft, chocolaty and malty with a good depth of raisin, dried apricot and subtle citrus. The sherry is wonderfully mature, blemish free and supportive. Hints of mature spice, leather, tobacco and brown sugar come through on the middle. Long and quite fresh as the citrus really kicks in. Light cigar smoke, stewed tea and chocolate-malt finish.

Lombard Blended Speyside Malt 1988 (8 year old) 43%

Casks 1855-1879/ Dist: May 1988 Btl: 1996/ Tasted: Oct 2016

Nose: Youthful cereal, sweet barley and hints of apricot, white fruit and straw. Quite crisp with herbal/ grassy notes. Fills out well as the toasted toffee oak appears.

Palate: Straightforward, youthful, exuberant and very herbal with granity fresh citrus and displaying an almost antagonistic, grain-like vigour. Definitely palate cleansing!

Finish: A little short and austere thanks to the mineral and citrus overload.

Conclusion: Straightforward but bracing and charming with plenty of Speyside character.

Elements of Islay Peat 59.3%

Tasted: Apr 2016

Nose: Lightly toffee’d to begin, followed by fresh lemon, salt, camphor and mint. It unwinds to show sweet, juicy apricot, peach and pear with hints of barley, earthy peat, violets and manure.

Palate: Opens with barley and subtly sweet vanilla. Drying peat, salt and alcohol with underlying lightly honeyed fruit and camphor notes. Water makes it a little homogenous.

Finish: Neat it is very dry and alcoholic with mouth-watering lemon and lingering herbal peat. Diluted there’s a touch of barley, fleshy apricot and wood spice.

Conclusion: Neat this is superb. I love the way the nose slowly unwinds to reveals layers of complexity. Personally I would avoid adding water.

The Exceptional Malt by Sutcliffe & Son, 2nd Edition 43%

Glenfarclas, Ben Nevis, Balvenie, Kininivie, Glenfiddich, Allt-A-Bhannie, Aucroisk, Glenallachie, Westport (Glenmorangie), Speyside and Macallan.

Blended and married in first fill Oloroso butts

Btl: 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

The nose is oily and herbal with plenty of dried fruitcake and dusty sherry spice along with a touch of aromatic apricot. Hints of pepper, cumin, coriander, aniseed and wood smoke. Good vibrancy and intensity with hints of creamy oak, greengage, melon gooseberry and warm vanilla.

The palate is soft and mature with herbal sherry, treacle, liquorice and malt biscuits. Full and rich with an earthy, sort of raw cask intensity. Quite a spicy middle with aniseed and coriander. Long and remaining spicy with a mouth-watering citric fruitiness and a touch of chocolaty tannins and wood spice.

Old Perth Blended Malt Batch 4 43%

A blend of Aultmore, Knockdhu, Blair Athol and Tullibardine

Tasted: Nov 2015

Aromas of fragrant barley and plenty of mature-ish Aultmore with hints of citrus and herbal sherry. Pleasantly full with developing honeyed notes.

Full and juicy on the palate with barley and creamy oak, along with hints of earth, citrus and granity Highland notes. Subtle sherry comes through on the middle along with a light earthiness. Long and citric with an almost tart green fruit and coffee finish.

Old Perth Blended Malt Batch 4 43%

Re-Tasted: Sept 2016

A dense, oily and barley led nose with a good depth of fruit, malt, coffee and citrus. Hints of spice and salt appear with time.

The palate is full and barley’d with apricot, banana and apple. Gently spiced with loads of malt character. Subtle vanilla oak and hints of crisp citrus comes through on the middle. Long and remaining citric with a lightly oiled finish.

Old Perth Blended Malt Sherry 43%

A blend of Glentauchers, Glenfarclas, Aultmore, and Knockdhu

Tasted: Nov 2015

Earthy and herbal sherry with a touch of coffee on the nose. Edgy herbal spices mingle with a touch of boiled sweet sherry, liquorice and balsamic dried fruit.

The palate opens with the soft coffee and toffee, followed by earth, boiled sweets and gentle, herbal spices. Hints of liquorice, raisinated fruit on the middle. Good length with the herbal notes developing and a touch of vanilla and barley on the after-taste.

Old Perth Blended Malt Peated 43%

A blend of Ledaig and Glenfarclas

Tasted: Nov 2015

Coastal, citric and dusty, earthy peat aromas with coal smoke, tar and sweet barley. There’s a very subtle sherry influence, which shows itself as a nutty character. Full and fragrant with a touch of apricot.

The palate is a little cardboard and oily with lanolin, sweet barley and dusty peat. Again the sherry notes are quite subtle and a touch of pepper develops. Long and sweetly peated with a herbal, spirit note on the finish (age giveaway!)

Peat’s Beast 46%

A vatting of Benriach, Laphroaig, Ardbeg and Caol Ila

Tasted: Mar 2012

A pleasant nose of youthful cereal and briny-peat. Slightly perfumed with hints of sugar coated barley and herbs.

The palate displays plenty of youthful and briny Caol Ila with a fresh coastal edge, but beneath is a good depth of apricot and sweet barley with a gentle herbalness. The finish is quite sugared with hints of coffee but the brininess balances.

Peat’s Beast 46%

Re-Tasted: ?

Quite a sweet and phenolic nose of young, crealy ‘phraoig(?) leading off, but tempered by some Coal Ila(?) Quite a gentle beast with hints of bog myrtle-peat, manure, creosote, wet tar, liquorice and rubber. Gently coastal with late burnt wood and a touch of Arbeg-esque blood orange.

The palate opens with a brief granulated sugar note before the very young, oily, peppery, tarry peat arrived. Quite a bracing coastal middle balanced by a malty sweetness leads into a long citrus and tar finish. Lingering peat.

A beast? Well a few years ago it probably would’ve been considered heavily peated, but with Octomore, maybe freakisly raising the bar for peat levels, this really is just a moderately hairy chested beasty. A pleasant beasty at that though.

Peat’s Beast 46%

Re-Tasted Oct 2013

A pleasant nose of youthful cereal and briny-peat. Slightly perfumed with hints of sugar coated barley and herbs.

The palate displays plenty of youthful and briny Caol Ila with a fresh coastal edge, but beneath is a good depth of apricot and sweet barley with a gentle herbalness. The finish is quite sugared with hints of coffee but the brininess balances.

Peat’s Beast 46%

Re-Tasted: Apr 2015

Fresh, crisp, herbal and citric aromas as the Benriach opens the proceedings followed by some gentle medicinal peat. Wow! It becomes very stinky and manurey with time. Beneath the oak and barley adds structure.

The palate is a little fuller than the nose with succulent apricot and honey mingling with dusty, dry peat. The crisp Caol Ila character comes through on the middle with a lightly salted demeanour. Good length with light brine, iodine and medicinal finish with a touch of mocha.

Peat’s Beast Cask Strength 52.1%

Tasted: Apr 2015

The nose is oilier and heavier than the 46% bottling, showing more fleshy apricot, violets and almost rye-like herbs. Tighter and maybe less fragrant than the 46% bottling but there’s hints of manure, burnt wood, coffee and sugar coated almonds.

The palate is full and oily like the nose suggests, opening with burnt wood and coffee. Quite spicy with gentle, dusty peat. The middle is more fishy and maritime than the 46% bottling and shows a little more youthful spirit notes. Long, tongue tingling spicy, lightly salted and peated finish.

With water the nose becomes a little soapy with more manure and farmyard character as well as more sugared barley. The palate is still quite oily and a little watery to be honest. Yes, there are hints of toffee and dusty peat but it’s a bit sugar water-like. Now it lacks the vibrancy of the 46% bottling

Angels Nectar Blended Malt 1st Edition 40%

Tasted: Jan 2015

Nose: Youthful, estery and oily with sweet barley, pineapple chunks, apricot and a touch of acacia. The developing citrus notes add freshness and balance the oils. With time a little American oak character can be discerned.

Palate: Opens with young, oily apricot and barley with developing citrus and mineral notes. It feels a little petilant on the tongue but that morphs into a light sherbet character. Quite herbal on the middle. Pleasantly deep and full.

Finish: Long and lightly gristy with the citrus and minerality making the finish feel a little austere, although the oils counter to certain extent.

Conclusion: A lovely, young, characterful malt which will be fascinating to see how this develops if given more time in the cask.

Angels Nectar Blended Malt Batch 1 40%

Re-Tasted: Aug 2015

A lovely, fresh and citric nose, full of barley, herbal malt and herbal grain. Hints of orange and apricot appear along with some youthful grain notes.

The palate is full, and soft, opening with a touch of barley, toffee and malt. Quite herbal on the middle as the grain begins to emerge, but the fresh fruit and oak balances superbly. Lovely, crisp, herbal grain finish.

Angels Nectar Rich Peat Edition 46%

Tasted: Mar 2016

Nose: Lightly oiled and quite coastal with plenty of sweet peat and hints of heather, honey, crisp white fruit, earth and a touch of coffee.

Palate: Crisp, fresh white fruit and dusty peat. There is a touch more toffee’d oak but the coastal character saturates the mouth. Relatively straightforward but pleasantly deep.

Finish: Very salty with a dry, alcoholic finish.

Conclusion: It’s always fun trying to guess the components of a blend. It comes across like a vatting of Caol Ila, Ledaig and Highland Park.


Poit Dhubh 12 year old 45%

Tasted: Sept 2014

The nose is flat and over carameled. I’m struggling to get much from this. Very homogenous with a touch of citrus, spice and sherry. With time hints of malt, vinegar and mint appears.

The palate is again bland and caramel flattened. There’s a little sherry sweetness, malt and spice. Oh and let’s not forget the bitter oak/caramel finish.

Poit Dhubh 12 year old 45%

Re- Tasted: Apr 2016

A heavily sherried nose. Slightly sulphured and metallic with a fair amount of (non natural?) bitter caramel along with earthy, grubby malt and spice.

The palate is watery and slightly sulphured with grubby spices and sherried dried fruit. Again bitter caramel on the middle with malt, treacle and liquorice. Grubby, slightly smoky, bitter finish. It hasn’t really got any better over the years!


Wemyss Vintage Malts – Peat Chimney 5 year old 43%

Bourbon cask/ Tasted: Sept 2008

A deep, rounded, fruity and oaky nose. I would assume first fill Bourbon. Under all the oak lingers some delicate smoke, fish oils, rubber and a leafy/ camphor note. The palate is a big disappointment. Watery orange fruit and lacking a punch. Ok length. Watery with some peat smoke and a lemonade like after taste! After the promise of the nose it was all downhill!

Wemyss Vintage Malts Spice King 12 year old 40%

Tasted: Feb 2013

Nose: Young, slightly cerealy and oily with some gentle peat smoke, citrus, chlorine and creosote.  

Palate: Soft and slightly cardboardy with hints of earthy-peat. A touch of tart citrus and building tannins.  

Finish: Medium length with a mineral/ citrus finish.  

Conclusion: A charming is rather youthful nose, a bit cardboardy on the palate but a pleasant, crisp finish.

Wemyss Vintage Malts ‘The Hive’ 12 year old 40%

Tasted: Mar 2012 

A fat and flabby caramel dampened nose. There is some soft apricot, a touch of straw and some late matur notes, but that about it. The palate is quite sweet. Rounded and flabby with caramel and toasted oak. A pleasant depth though. Ok length, sift and caramelised