The Single Cask Glenburgie 1995 (21 year old) 53.1%

Cask AQ795/ Dist: Jul 1995 Btl: Apr 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

The nose opens with some herbal, ferny, rye-like notes and subtly oxidised fruit. Pleasantly balanced by some creamy American oak and barley. The citrus and gritty pepper and cinnamon keep the oak in check.

The palate is a bit of an American oak monster with creamy vanilla and lightly baked fruit. Good depth, if a bit straightforward. Hints of barley on the middle but the oak is very dominating. Good length with lingering sweet oak (surprise!)


The Single Cask Ben Nevis 1996 (20 year old) 51.7%

Cask V196/ Dist: Sept 1996 Btl: Feb 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

Heavy, malty aromas with hints of white wine vinegar and sharp citrus. Subtly oaked with a touch of barley, but those off notes are too intrusive.

The palate is subtly malty and edgy with barley and white wine vinegar. Good intensity but it’s really bitter and citric on the middle. There’s a little creamy oak on the finish, but it doesn’t have enough impact to offset the slightly rough spirit.

The Single Cask Glen Keith 1995 (20 year old) 45.8%

Cask 171225/ Dist: Nov 1995 Btl: Feb 2016/ Tasted: Nov 2017

A gorgeously mature nose of tropical apricot, pineapple and kiwi, augmented with a touch of sawdusty oak and herbal honey. Multi-layered and seriously impressive with late notes of white liquorice, pear, apple and barley.

The palate is fresh, crisp and quite citric with lime and kiwi. Lovely middle, showing mature honey and dusty/ creamy oak, along with some buzzy, bitter spice. Long with some softer spice notes appearing with hints of rose water, pear and white peach on the finish. Delightfully vibrant, floral and honeyed after-taste.

Celtic Whisky Company Fich a Haon (21) 16 year old 46%

Double distilled & first matured in a 1st fill bourbon cask for 14 years. Part of this cask was then re-casked in a specially commissioned 53 litre Pedro Ximenez sherry cask for over 2 years.

Cask 1899/ Dist: July 2001 Btl: Sept 2017/ Tasted: Oct 2017

Nose: Burnt coffee and very herbal Oloroso. Chunky, deep and unfussy, but ultimately pretty simple.

Palate: A mouthful of grapey Oloroso with hints of dark chocolate, but predominantly dried grape.

Finish: A little drying, tannic and bitter, with, wait for it….. dried grape!

Conclusion: One dimensional 

Celtic Whiskey Shop Fiche a Do (22) 16 year old 46%

Double distilled & first matured in a 1st fill bourbon cask for 14 years. It was then re-casked in a red Burgundy cask from Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret for over 2 years.

Cask 0888/ Dist: July 2001 Btl: Sept 2017/ Tasted: Oct 2017

Nose: Lithe sherried dried fruit with dark honey, slightly burnt Demerara sugar, cinnamon and a touch of vanilla.

Palate: Quite light and almost delicate with prune, raisin and hints of cinnamon. Quite drying as the tannins kick in on the middle.

Finish: Long and succulent with lingering tobacco.

Conclusion: A good, clean wine cask, but unfortunately it gives no clues to its country of origin.

Celtic Whiskey Shop Fiche a Tri (23) 16 year old 46%

Double distilled & first matured in a 1st fill bourbon cask for 14 years. Part of this cask was then re-casked in a specially commissioned 53 litre Oloroso sherry cask for over 2 years.

Cask: 1901/ Dist: July 2001 Btl: Sept 2017/ Tasted: Oct 2017

Nose: Quite malty and full with plenty of Oloroso dried fruit. A subtle citrus note balances and with time hints of barley and manure appear.

Palate: Sweeter and showing more treacle, but it also displays a lithe citrus edge. Hints of dried fruit and soft spice.

Finish: Long and vibrant with an interesting battle going on between the treacle and citrus.

Conclusion: Again all sherry cask, but at least it displays a semblance of balance.

Celtic Whiskey Shop Cill Airne Cask Pedro Ximinez 16 year old 47.59%

Tasted: Oct 2017

Nose: Huge, sherried, treacly and almost PX-like grapey wine. Very sweet with dried fruit and a slight burnt sugar note. Pure sherry, no spirit character.

Palate: Mirrors the nose. Sweet, grapey and sherried with burnt sugar and soft tannins.

Finish: Long with burnt coffee grains and drying tannins.

Conclusion: If I wanted sherry, then I would have a glass of sherry!

Celtic Whiskey Shop Cill Airne Cask Oloroso 16 year old 47.85%

Tasted: Oct 2017

Nose: Lightly herbal sherry with hints of dried orange, raisin and malt. Quite mature, but pretty much all cask.

Palate: Soft, slightly treacly with very sweet plum, raisin and sultana. Pleasantly mouth-filling but one dimensional.

Finish: Medium length with lingering treacle, dried fruit and burnt spice.

Conclusion: Another sherry monster!


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Teaninich 2008 (9 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead?/ Code: HEP0298/ Dist: Apr 2008 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

The nose is a little feinty with hints of fragrant barley, vanilla and grass.

The Palate is unfortunately cardboardy and feinty with cereal, citrus and a touch of oak. Medium length with lingering slightly fragrant barley.

Edition Spirits Tullibardine 1990 (26 year old) 44.4%

Bourbon/ Code: EDI0284/ Dist: Sept 1990 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

An earthy and woody nose with hints of lime and greengage. The citrus really picks up and the aromas do become a little on the tart side. With time a light cider apple note appears but overall it’s pretty clean and vibrant.

The palate is earthy with hints of old rose petal marc and bitter wood spice. Hints of barley and honey come through and the lime builds on the middle. Tart and citric finish with the old marc notes returning along with the earthy notes. There’s not a huge amount of oak character, so I’d imagine it was aged in a well used cask!

Edition Spirits Inchgower 1997 (20 year old) 56.1%

Bourbon/ Code: EDI0283/ Dist: Jan 1997 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

A powerfully citric and vibrant nose with balancing castor sugar and barley. With time the oak becomes pleasantly sawdusty and the barley increasingly fragrant. Multi-layered and very impressive.

The palate displays more oak (toffee/ cream) to begin with hints of wood shavings, apricot and honey. The citrus arrives on the middle along with the minerality. The finish is darker than expected with sub-Armagnac-esque fruit, a touch of dark wood spice, liquorice and brown sugar to balance the citrus and bitter oak. Again very impressive.

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.

Edition Spirits Tasting Notes

Posted: January 19, 2018 in Guadeloupe, Rum

Edition Spirits Kill Devil Guadeloupe (Bellevue) Rum 1998 (19 year old) 59.7%

Column Still/ Code: RUM0091/ Dist: Mar 1998 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

The nose displays a wonderful balance of heavy treacle and lighter dried fruit aromas. Very complex with hints of dusty violets, cinnamon, coriander, coffee and citrus. Superb maturity and spiciness with late menthol, honey and sweet oak.

The palate opens with the treacle, cinnamon and brown sugar followed by lovely, dusty, mature oak, dark, dried fruit, violets and pepper. There is a building oak bitterness on the middle but its balanced by the treacle. Lovely, intense and spicy finish with sweet raisinated fruit, dark chocolate and menthol