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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Tormore 20 yo (1992/2012), Berry Bros & Rudd, 55,7%

Review #786
An uncoloured and unchillfiltered single cask from Berry Bros & Rudd. It´s from cask 100154. Dry oak, dirt and ripe apples in the smell. A bit strange combination, but the balance gets better after a couple of minutes in the glass.

Vegetation and those ripe white fruits again in the taste. The fruity sweetness is accompanied by some vanilla. Loads of tobacco and hay with the vanilla in finish. You don´t need a cigar alongside this!

I was a bit skeptic after the initial smell. But especially the play in the flavours in the taste and finish, really took me by surprise. What an interesting dram this is! If you are looking for a classic Speyside whisky, you should probably steer clear of this one. I will give this 87/100 (21/22/22/22).

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Tormore 20 yo (1984/2005), Authentic Collection, 60,4%

Review #785
From Cadenhead´s comes this single cask from a Bourbon barrel bottled at cask strength. Only 258 bottles were made. Sweet ripe white fruits and a little burned oak in the smell. Grain and caramel in the background.

After the initial alcohol burn, sugars come rushing in. Burned caramel and canned peaches in the taste. Sweet vanilla and oak in the finish. It stays for quite a while, and it´s just an absolute pleasure! Oak spices joins the sugary sweetness.

The smell was fine, but nothing spectacular, so I didn’t expect that much – safe to say I was in for a surprise! Great taste and a fantastic finish! This makes it an overall, very fine whisky. I will give this 88/100 (21/22/23/22).

Monday, July 15, 2019

Tullibardine 21 yo (1993/2014), Cadenhead’s Small Batch, 46,9%

Review #784
This is from the Small Batch series and is bottled from a couple of Bourbon Hogsheads. Only 492 bottles were made. White and sweet exotic fruits in the smell. Some baked fruits, burned sugar and vanilla as well.

Baked apples, oak and burned sugar in the taste. Spices and roasted pineapple. Candied apples in the finish. Some faint citrusy notes, but not in the young kind of way. Quite sweet in the end. Just a vague hint of the classic Tullibardine floral notes beneath it all, but not too much.

Definitely one of the best Tullibardine’s I have tried. Not spectacular, but solid and good quality, where the age plays a big factor. I am yet to try an old Sherry matured Tulli, but I have the feeling that it would fall right in my taste. I will give this 87/100 (21/22/22/22).

Monday, July 8, 2019

Tullibardine (1993/2008), GM – CC, 46%

Review #783
This is a 1993 vintage from Gordon & MacPhail’s “Connoisseurs Choice” series. White fruits, hay, grass and hints of citrus in the smell. Malted barley and vanilla.

Green apples , dry oak and a dash of floral notes in the taste. Grass and citrus again, and the finish is full of warm vanilla and some spices. After a couple of sips, the floral notes seems to get more noticeable.

Very classic Tullibardine! In its purest form. However, a bit too floral for my taste. But the 46% makes it quite flavourful, so if you don´t mind (or even enjoy) the floral notes, this just might be right up your alley. I will give this 79/100 (20/19/20/20).

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Speyburn 7 yo (2004/2012), Spirit & Cask Range, 55,5%

Review #782
This is bottled by Whiskymax, and comes from a Sherry butt with the cask number 8667. Only 716 bottles were made. Vanilla, ripe pears and crisp apples in the smell. Still hints of new make, and some citrus as well.

First… Alcohol burn! Then some floral notes in the taste. White fruits and lemon grass. Basically everything but classic Sherry influence… Burned caramel and vanilla in the finish. Again the new make notes are visible…

If you expect this to be a Sherry-bomb, you are in for a big disappointment… Very under-matured, and because of this, it’s closer to new make than to a Sherry-bomb. I will give this 79/100 (20/19/20/20).

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Imperial 15 yo, 46%

Review #781
This is one of the only distillery bottlings from Imperial, and part of the series “Special Distillery Bottling – Allied”. Sweet cooked fruits in the smell. Some hay and vanilla as well. Reminds me of old school malts.

Somewhat the same in the taste, but I do get a hint of soapy notes as well. Like old bitter wood mixed with flower water... Kind of make me loose focus... Some burned caramel as well. The sweetness is back in the finish. Sweet white fruits.

This would have been rated a bit higher if it werent for the soapy notes... Luckily they are gone in the finish! With that said, nothing spectacular, and usually I find Imperial to be higher quality. Well, everything cant suit your palate. I will give this 80/100 (21/18/21/20).

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Nantou 4 yo (bottled 2014), SMWS 138.1, 57%

Review #780
This whisky is called “All in the game” and comes from a refill ex-Bourbon barrel. Only 207 bottles were made. Sweet and grassy in the smell. Lightly peated with hints of citrus and vanilla.

Sweet vanilla peat in the taste, with a little alcohol burn to go along with it. Again the grassy notes, but slightly more salty. A thick layer of caramel in the finish, and it stays for quite a while.

A fine young Taiwanese malt, with the finish as a highlight. Very tasty and the sweet peat really suits it. Not in the Kavalan league yet, but I will definitely look forward to new SMWS bottles from this new distillery. I will give this 86/100 (21/22/22/21).

Friday, June 14, 2019

English Whisky Co. 5 yo (bottled 2016), TBWC – Batch 1, 49,5%

Review #779
This is from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, and only 964 bottles were made in this batch. White fruits and a dash of oak in the smell. Hints of vanilla, caramel and canned fruits.

Mostly it reminds me of a classical Highland malt in the taste. Crisp apples, malted barley and a great burn from the alcohol. The finish is continuation, but some sweet vanilla mixed with burned sugars (nothing overwhelming) joins in.

The smell is a bit basic, but the rest of the whisky is actually quite well put together. Great balance and loads of taste. Maybe not that complex, but loads of flavours, and even if it´s young (and you can taste that it is young), it still delivers a great performance. I will give this 83/100 (20/21/21/21).