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Monday, June 8, 2020

Imperial 17 yo (1995/2013), Signatory Cask Strength, 54,8%

Review #824
Review #824

A lovely single cask, bottled from a hogshead with the cask number 50131. Only 265 bottles were made. Classic Imperial in the smell – grass, hay and white fruits. Baked apples and pears.

A fun combination of a farm-like feeling, mixed with fresh white fruits in the taste. Loads of hay at first, with the Bourbon hogshead doing its part in the finish, with vanilla and marzipan complimenting the grassy notes.

It is great, but maybe a bit simple for a 17 year old single cask. It’s a bit more farm-like than what you normally get in an Imperial, so if you enjoy that style, this is definitely something for you! I will give this 87/100 (21/22/22/22).

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Springbank 9 yo (2007/2017), Duty Paid Sample, 56,5%

Review #823
This is a (big) duty paid sample from Springbank. It’s from a refill Bourbon barrel, with rotation number 242. Grassy damp peat in the smell. White fruits and peach flavoured ice tea. Unfortunately, considering the age, you are in no doubt about it being a refill cask…

Classic signature Springbank peat at first in the taste. White fruits and some grassy notes. Not much changes in the finish, where the flavours just lingers out with some vanilla on the side…

I wasn’t expecting much after the initial nosing, and (unfortunately) the experience lived up to the expectation… It’s not always price and quality goes hand in hand, and this is a good example. So much better Springbank out there for considerably less! I will give this 81/100 (20/21/20/20).

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Longrow 11 yo (2007/2019), Springbank Society - Sherry, 56,9%

Review #822
Another great Springbank Society bottling! This one is from refill, re-charred Sherry butts. Only 2250 bottles were made. Wow – Sherry influence as it should be, in the smell! So much dried fruits and charred oak, that the peat is living in the background.

Aaand here comes the Longrow peat rushing in, in the taste! At first you get a blast of flavours – peat, vanilla, dried fruist – swirling around in the mouth, and what a pure pleasure as they start to settle down! The finish is long and a nice touch of oak spices joins.

It might not be overly complex, but my God what a balance! Safe to say that it has been a while since I have had a <12 years old whisky like that! The more I taste, the more I’m leaning against Longrow being my favourite Springbank brand! I will give this 90/100 (23/22/22/23).

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Singleton of Dufftown, Spey Cascade, 40%

Review #821
This is a Singleton from Dufftown distillery. It is matured in ex-Bourbon and Sherry casks. Fresh and citrusy in the smell, with hints of sweet raisins. A bit of caramel as well in the background.

A bit youngish in the taste. Some grassy notes accompany the citrus. Not much happens here... Unfortunately a bit watery in the finish. However, it is some of the good flavours that stays behind.

This is not an overly exiting experience... However, the price tag is very low (somewhere at least), and I wouldn't mind have it as a sidedish for some beers. Then again, I would probably still choose something better, even for that... I will give this 78/100 (20/19/20/19).

Monday, February 10, 2020

Glen Scotia 15 yo (1999/2014), Cadenhead’s - Sherry, 58,7%

Review #820
This is from the Wood Range series and is bottled from a Sherry cask. Only 588 bottles were made. A lot of dates and over ripe plums in the smell. Oak as well, but somehow it still feels light and sweet.

Oak and tannins in the taste. The tannins had me quite surprised at first, after the lightness in the smell. The tannins carries all the way out in the finish. Some fruity sweetness and dried fruits comes forward as well.

I’m not very sensitive to Sulphur, but I think you have to stay clear of this if you are! For a 15 years old Sherry cask matured whisky, I find it lacking some complexity. Not much is going on here… I will give this 85/100 (22/21/21/21).

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Glen Scotia 14 yo (2002), SMWS 93.75, 56,9%

Review #819
This whisky is called “In an octopus's garden” and comes from a refill ex-Bourbon barrel. Only 218 bottles were made. A sugary, almost rum-like, sweetness at first in the nose. Baked apples and a vanilla creaminess.

White fruits and sweet rum soaked raisins in the taste. It is slightly salty with just a hint of tobacco. Extremely sweet in the finish. Alongside comes some oak and great oak spices, but in the end, it’s the sugars and vanilla you are left behind with.

A great whisky overall. I’m especially enjoyed by the complexity. It’s one of those whiskies where something new emerges after each sip. Loads of flavours for a refill ex-Bourbon barrel. I will give this 86/100 (22/21/21/22).

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Tamdhu Batch Strength - Batch 004, 57,8%

Review #818
This is batch number 4 in the Batch Strength series. It was bottled in 2019 from Sherry casks. First thought is that it seems a bit young in the smell. After some minutes in the glass, some dried fruits comes more forward, but it still seems a bit young. Some red berries and a dash of vanilla as well.

Very powerful in the taste at first. Some sweet Sherry influence – chocolate covered raisins – and a bit of caramel. This vanilla touch comes forward again in the finish alongside the dried fruits - reminds me of waffles with vanilla ice cream.

Maybe an off day, but the alcohol is quite (very) overwhelming at first in the taste. However, the finish is great, and maybe it seemed young in the smell, but not so much in the rest of the experience. And be aware, even though it’s sweet, it’s maybe not as dessert-sweet as this review might ended up describing. I will give this 84/100 (20/21/22/21).

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Tamdhu 15 yo (bottled 2019), Limited Release, 46%

Review #817
This is a Limited Release by Tamdhu from 2019, limited to 24.000 bottles. It’s a 15 year old, matured in Sherry casks. Dried fruits with a sweet vanilla touch in the smell. A little dry oak goes well with the dates and raisins.

Some sugary sweetness joins the dried fruits in the taste. Quite oily mouthfeel. Just a hint of white fruits, like apples, and honey as well. The oak comes forward in the finish alongside some spices and a peppery touch.

Wow – this was better than I expected. Great balance between the dried fruits, sweetness and the oak. Even the price is good. If you like Sherry matured whiskies like I do, then you have to give this a go. I will give this 88/100 (22/22/22/22).