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.

Carn Mor Strictly Limited Glenburgie 2011 (5 year old) 46%

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

A pleasantly fresh and grassy nose with lime, barley and subtle, creamy oak notes. Quite charming and classically Speyside with late toffee’d notes which give the aromas some roundness.

The palate is fresh, grassy and citric with barley, white fruit and hints of straw and lightly bittering oak. Good depth an intensity with an alcohol enhanced citric bite in the finish, which does make it feel a little austere.

Jim Beam Tasting Notes

Posted: June 5, 2017 in American Whiskies, Rye

Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye 40%

Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is soft an oaky with lots of sweet vanilla and hints of orange and lightly spiced rye. With time a touch of astringent herbal notes appear but the reality is that the rye character is buried under the mountain of oak!

Soft and watery on the palate with burnt caramel oak and very subtle, herbal rye. Hints of orange and rose petal marc-like notes on the middle but it’s really lacking any intensity. Good herbal/ spice finish with an intensity of oak bitterness at the death. Well, at least it shows some balls at the end!

Rag Time Rye 45.2%

Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is young and oily with plenty of rose petal marc-like notes, chunky, herbal rye and toasted caramel. With time some high toned, almost grain spirit notes appear along with a touch of dusty spice. I’m guessing that this hasn’t spent much more than the minimum time in oak as the nose is pretty much all spirit orientated.

The palate is equally youthful and a little feinty with lightly cardboardy spice, toasted caramel and herbal rye. Straightforward with a very dry and bitter spice middle and finish. Finally a touch of sweet vanilla appears but not enough of it to balance the bitterness.