Edition Spirits ‘The First Editions’ Glenallachie 1995 (21 year old) 58.7%

Sherry Butt/ Code: EDI0218/ Dist: Mar 1995 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

There’s not much sherry influence on the nose. In fact it is very estery with pineapple, peach, apricot and wonderfully luscious, mature honey. Hints of straw-like barley follow and with time it does develop a slight edginess, but also some floral honey as well.

The palate is maltier and darker with thick slabs of toffee-malt, barley and honey. Lightly herbal (finally a little sherry influence?) and citric with hints of oak vanilla. Slightly masked finish but the juicy fruit returns along with the mouth-watering citrus.

A drop of water makes the nose classically Spey – crisp and grassy. The palate displays more toffee’d oak and less of the citrus, but either neat or diluted it is very pleasant.

Edition Spirits ‘The First Editions’ Inchmurrin 1984 (32 year old) 46.5%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: EDI0213/ Dist: Jun 1984 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is relatively fresh with lanolin, mature, decaying  rose-petal marc, green citrus fruit and a touch of vanilla. It’s edgy with an almost metallic freshness and late malt and herbal rye-like notes.

The palate is edgy and malty with again old marc-like notes, heavy oils, toast and mature rose petals. Subtle, mature dusty eat, apricot, leather, tobacco and rye-like herbs follow. Edgy and oily finish with a touch of sweet raspberry and dusty spice. From the marc-like/ highly rectified character I would assume that a fair proportion was distilled using the Lomond stills.

Edition Spirits ‘The First Editions’ Tormore 1992 (25 year old) 55.9%

Refill Sherry Butt/ Code: EDI0221/ Dist: Jan 1992 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A dense and quite malty nose with baked fruit, dark honey, milk chocolate and subtle herbal-barley. The aromas display a lovely, elegant, Cognac-esque rancio and reek of age. Late hints of straw, old wood spice, vanilla, alcohol seeped apricot and tangerine.

The palate is mature and straw-like with delicate barley and refreshing citrus notes. Cognac-esque notes of apple and apricot come though on the middle. Excellent depth and complexity. Long, subtly spiced and sweet vanilla finish with lingering barley, minerals, malt, coffee, liquorice and almost grainy dried fruit.

Edition Spirits ‘The First Editions’ Braes of Glenlivet 1993? (24 year old) 54.9%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead?/ Code: EDI0216/ Dist: 1993? Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A dusty and mature nose with a profusion of very herbal accented baked fruit, marzipan and gently oxidised apricot. Pleasantly balanced by a fresh sprit character. With time hints of malt, honey, loam and damp wood notes appear.

Mature, malty and oily on the palate with old wood spice, herbs, manure, barley, straw and apricot. A hot on the middle and finish with a touch of baked, herbal fruit, honey and minerals. Lovely liquorice and herbal finish, but overall it feels a little too old.

Edition Spirits ‘The First Editions’ Tomatin 1994 (22 year old) 47.4%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: EDI0220/ Dist: May 1994 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A fragrant and floral nose with buttercup, hyacinth and an almost salty freshness. Hints of vanilla, gooseberry, green apple, mat and scented/ dusty American oak.

The palate is full and barley’d. Slightly malty and citric with a sliver of honey and hints of straw and gritty oak tannins. Darkens on the middle as the malt, treacle and baked fruit emerge. Lovely depth with a long, gently spiced finish which shows a little drying tannins but those are balanced by the malt and sweet honey.

 

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Glen Grant 1996 (20 year old) 55.3%

Bourbon Hogshead 67820/ Dist: Apr 1996 Btl: Feb 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is quite fragrant with barley, sweet heather, rose Turkish delight, grass, white pepper and sweet oak. It shows a pleasant degree of mature duty oak but the intense mineral, edgy freshness keeps it in check. Lovely depth and elegance with late developing dry nuttiness.

The palate is full and barley’d, followed by a dry burst of dusty oak and cereal husks. A subtle, lightly perfumed honey note balances and it becomes darker on the middle as the malt kicks in, along with gentle but lively spices, minerals and toasty ‘Bourbony’ oak. Long, mouth-watering citrus (lime, grapefruit) finish with a lovely tongue tingling spiciness.

A drop of water makes the nose more citric and vibrant, with less oak influence. The same happens to the palate, although the citrus notes have a lovely sweet sheen. A little more malty and subtly nutty on the finish now.

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Grivan 1989 (27 year old) 47.5%

Bourbon Barrel 37527/ Dist: Apr 1989 Btl: Feb 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A high toned but deep nose of slightly smoky dried fruit. There is a slight alcohol prickle which is emphasising the lime notes. It becomes quite nutty as the charred oak begins to assert itself, showing a slight desiccated coconut note. Pleasantly deep and quite elegant.

The palate is a little fuller and oilier than the nose with plenty of robust (by Girvan standards) dried fruit – sultana, apricot and dried grape. The oak comes through with a light coconutty/ marzipan character and some subtle spice notes. Lovely length and intensity with a touch of lime and elderflower in the finish and the toasty oak lingering pleasantly.

A drop of water makes the nose heavier and oilier with less dried fruit and a little more oak – warm almond and hazelnut notes. The palate on the other hand is fresher and grainier with less of the nutty oak and more emphasis on the white chocolate coated dried white fruit and spice.

Carn Mor Strictly Limited Tobermory 2008 (8 year old) 46%

Sherry Butt/ Dist: 2008 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose displays plenty of ‘toshan-esque boiled sweets, Oloroso sherry, rose petals and barley. Subtly coastal with hints of malt, tar and salt. It has unfortunately, a faintly burnt treacle hardness in the background.

The palate is subtly sulphur tainted with a touch of burnt sherry wood and hints of tar, treacle, hard barley, boiled sweets and spice. Good, mouth-watering finish with lingering rose petals and pepper. It’s a hard one to love!

Carn Mor Strictly Limited Teaninich 2007 (10 year old) 46%

Bourbon Hogshead/ Dist: 2007 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is pretty neutral with subtle, hard barley and toffee’d oak. Simple and slightly industrial with a touch of honeysuckle with time.

The palate is like the nose, fairly neutral in character with hints of hard barley and burnt toffee. Again slightly industrial with a suggestion of sweet barley and white liquorice. Dry, austere finish with late sweet barley and grass.

Carn Mor Strictly Limited Glencadam 2011 (6 year old) 46%

Bourbon Barrel/ Dist: 2011 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A full and densely fruity nose with white peach, apple, apricot, pineapple, tangerine and a touch of new world Sauvignon Blanc. With time an almost hoppy cereal note appears along with some gentle toasty oak. A lovely, exuberant and invigorating nose.

The palate shows a touch more toasty oak but there’s still plenty of white fruit and Sauvignon Blanc-esque notes. Fills out well on the middle as the barley and oak come through. Subtly spiced and citric finish with lingering sweet fruit, barley and citrus. Very enjoyable.