Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Release: 06 Classic 43%

Tasted: Jan 2018

Full, soft and rich on the nose with caramel oak and balancing grain-like notes. Late hints of apple, apricot and cedar.

The palate displays plenty of sweet barley, apricot, malt and sweet oak. Sweetly spiced on the middle with oak bittering slightly. Long, spicy and honeyed finish with lingering oak.

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Gleann Mor ‘A Rare Find’ Tennessee Bourbon 2003 (13 year old) 53.7%

George Dickle/ Dist: Sept 2003 Btl:2016/ Tasted: Dec 2017

A stunning nose of orange liqueur and soft corn, followed by vibrant vanilla, marzipan and herbal rye. Wonderfully complex with developing notes of brown sugar, violets, dark wood spice and subtle sour fruit. Wonderfully balanced with late toasty oak.

The palate opens with some drying, lightly coffee’d wood spice and rye spice. The oak and the corn are sat in the background., although a touch of treacle emerges to offset the dry spices. The sweeter oak vanillins come through on the middle, along with a touch of bitter chocolate and slightly bitter rye. Long with a lovely, intensity of rye character in the finish, plus sour fruit, dark chocolate, tobacco and cigar ash.

Water makes the nose oilier and emphasises the toasty oak, sour fruit and herbal rye. The palate is wonderfully soft and mouth-filling, with a little more sweet corn and treacle. The spicy rye and sour fruit come through on the middle and the finish is much the same as it is neat.

A.D Rattray Blair Athol 2009 (8 year old) 59.6%

Bourbon Cask 333334. re-racked into Sherry Hogshead

Dist: 2009 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Dec 2017

Aromas of herbal rye-like notes with toasted oak and edgy, spirity notes. It’s all rather un-integrated and the slightly industrial spirit notes begin to dominate.

The palate displays more barley sugar and toffee. Again it’s youthful but less spirity than the nose would suggest, maybe that’s down to a touch of honey softening the middle. A little masked with subtle herbal spice finish.

Water transforms the nose and brings out some lovely orange and tangerine, along with a touch of perfumed white fruit and barley. The palate on the other hand has become flat, cardboardy and dull, which was a bit of a surprise. Overall the re-racking into sherry hasn’t enlivened it!

Edition Spirits Deluxe Overproof 4 year old Blended Rum 57%

Code: RUM0090/ Tasted: Dec 2017

The nose is rich, dark and treacly with burnt , raisinated fruit and hints of lighter dried apricot, banana, and pineapple along with cumin, coriander and cinnamon. Lovely depth with late herbal, earthy and walnutty notes.

Full and treacly with, like the nose some balancing, lighter dried fruit and citrus. Molasses, vanilla and rich dried fruit come through on the middle along with some edgy herbal, medicinal and mentholated spirit notes. Long and a little dry with dusty, spicy tannins and lingering sub-agricole-esque mentholated notes.

Edition Spirits Tasting Notes

Posted: May 8, 2018 in Rum, Venuzuela

Edition Spirits Kill Devil Venezulea Cacsa Rum 2004 (13 year old) 46%

Column Still/ Code: RUM0101/ Dist: Mar 2004 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Dec 2017

Incredibly dark and molassed nose with burnt treacle, dark chocolaty tannins and edgy, almost Oloroso-like herbal notes. Hints of dark dried fruit, violets and burnt toast appear. Wow!

The palate initially feels quite mature, certainly older than 13, with walnuts, molasses, treacle and dark, dried fruit. Lightens on the middle as some lighter and crisper spirit notes emerge, along with some herbal notes. Quite tannic on the finish with dark chocolate, coffee, burnt, raisinated fruit, coffee, coated banana and subtle tobacco. Very impressive and balanced.

Edition Spirits Tasting Notes

Posted: May 8, 2018 in Panama, Rum

Edition Spirits Kill Devil Panama Rum 2006 (11 year old) 60.7%

Code: RUM0102/ Dist: Jan 2006 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Dec 2017

Intense and high toned dried fruit aromas with menthol and aromatic honey. Quite acetic with a distinct, natural dunder-like character and an almost young, agricole quality. With time hints of tobacco and orange marmalade appear and give the noise a luscious juiciness.

Thick, luscious and honeyed on the palate with dried sultana, apricot and melon. Juicy and exuberant with again that orange marmalade note and hints of menthol and cigar leaf. Very oily finish with lingering coconut and menthol.

A drop of water brings out the oak and makes it a little less exuberant. Quite nutty with almond and coconut. The palate is still quite honeyed, but like the nose the oak vanillins have been emphasised. The fruit is possibly a little sweeter too, and the finish is nutty.

Lecompte Calvados Pays d’Auge 5 year old 40%

Double distilled and aged in moderately toasted new French oak, before finishing in older casks (called russet barrels)

Tasted: Dec 2017

An aromatic, cinnamon flecked nose of baked apple and hints of toasty oak. Lovely intensity with an almost agricole-esque herbal character.

The palate opens with sweet baked apple and hints of cinnamon and toasty oak. Very elegant and mouth-filling with a slightly herbal middle. Lovely purity and a good, spicy finish.

Lecompte Calvados Pays d’Auge 12 year old 40%

Tasted: Dec 2017

A lovely darker, aged rancio with hints of dark honey, tobacco, baked apple, cinnamon and cardamom. Wonderfully mature and deep with late dusty spice notes.

The displays some lovely, aged apple with hints of dark honey and dark spice – cinnamon and pepper. Very smooth and mature with a long, baked apple and sweeter spice finish with just a suggestion of bittering oak.

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Invergordon 1987 (30 year old) 43.3%

Bourbon Barrel 903820/ Dist: Oct 1987 Btl: Oct 2017/ Tasted: Dec 2017

The nose is slightly herbal with crisp dried fruit and hints of honey, lemon, nuts and a lovely column still nip. The oak is very subtle and adds just a little oily caramel note with time.

The palate is fresh and crisp with dried apricot and white fruit. Elegant and quite nutty with the oak sitting in the background, although it does become slightly milky on the middle. The fresh, nippy column still spices return on the finish along with the dried fruit.

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Glen Garioch 1990 (27 year old) 50.6%

Bourbon Barrel 20251/ Dist: Feb 1990 Btl: Oct 2017/ Tasted: Dec 2017

Intense, almost gritty oak and gritty/ dusty barley. Quite malty which sort of balances the grit with earth, slightly doughy dark fruit and hints of mature honey.

Full and robust on the palate with a lighter barley character. Hints of earth, coffee and mature, baked fruit on the middle. Subtly oak and mineral finish with hints of pepper and slightly bitter chocolaty spices/ tannins. Pleasant and mature, but just lacking the wow factor.

 

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

Sherry Butt/ Dist: 2012 Btl: Feb 2018/ Tasted: Jan 2018

A lightly sulphured nose with herbal-heather, dark honey and dried fruit.

The palate is quite crisp with a good minerality, but again a slight sulphur blemish. Hints of honey, heather, barley and dried fruit. Quite oily middle and a long, herbal and honeyed finish.

Carn Mor Strictly Limited Craigellachie 2006 (10 year old) 46%

Tasted: Dec 2017

A little hard but quite mineral on the nose. Citric (lime) with barley and subtly creamy oak. With time the barley becomes quite fragrant.

Malty and full on the palate with barley, lime, minerals and a touch of oak. Hints of greengage on the middle. Good length, if a little hot and minerally.