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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Mackmyra Midvinter, 46,1%

Review #759
This is the second release from the Mackmyra series “Seasons”. It is finished in Bordeaux, Sherry and Glühwine casks. Maybe strange, but the first thing I get in the smell is bubblegum. Hubba Bubba! Loads of fruits – baked apples, red berries, dried apricots, raisins, you name it.

It´s busy in the taste. You definitely get that it is a mix of different finishes. Heavy flavours – cherries and dried fruits with oak and spices coming through as well. Some sweetness comes forward in the finish, where the oak and spices gets a bit more dominant.

This is definitely not for everyone, but I enjoyed it, and even if you are not to wine finishes, I think you should give it a shot. However, the many different styles, can make the palate seem a bit (too) “busy”. I think it would go great with a Pilsner. I will give this 83/100 (21/21/21/20).

Monday, March 18, 2019

Highland Park 12 yo, 1990s Dumpy Bottle, 43%

Review #758
This is the old version of the Highland Park 12 year old in the dumpy bottle. Oak, raisins and marmelade in the smell. Light citrusy notes, some salt, peat and ashes as well in the background.

A bit rough (in the good way) with the Island salty-earthy character in the taste. The oak plays its part as well. Getting quite sweet actually alongside the dried fruits and cigar notes. It´s only 43%, but the finish is actually quite long. The sweet vanilla is the last thing left.

This just taste like old school - good quality – whisky. Good from the moment the smell hangs in the air, until you feel the last flavours disappears in your mouth. If the new Highland Park 12 yo tasted like this, I would come back often! I will give this 88/100 (22/22/22/22).

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Glenfoyle 12 yo, 40%

Review #757
This is a Highland single malt whisky from an undisclosed distillery by Longman Distillers. Vanilla and citrusy notes in the smell. Some white fruits as well, and in the background, some burned caramel peeps out.

Classic Highland character in the taste. A little roughness, some burned oak, vegetation, citrus and white fruits. The finish is over fast, but the burned caramel is actually doing an okay job.

Not a very exiting dram, and the whisky isn’t top quality. But if you can get it for next to nothing, then sure – why not? I will not be going back though – a bit of waste of time, and I will rather spend a little and get some better quality. I will give this 73/100 (19/18/18/18).

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Johnnie Walker 15 yo, Green Label, 43%

Review #756
This is the revival of the famous old popular Green Label, and it´s a blended malt of whiskies from Speyside, Highland, Lowland and Islands. White fruits, a bit of salt and citrus, and burned caramel in the smell. Some hints of oak as well.

Loads of things is going on in the taste! Oak, honey, canned fruits and just a touch of earth and a (little) dash of smoke. Some sweet vanilla comes forward in the finish and lingers great with some peaches.

Actually quite flavourful for a whisky watered down to 43%. Would love to try the old version, as it seems to be a bit better. Still a fine dram, with a little bit of each region in it. I will give this 82/100 (20/20/21/21).

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Aberfeldy 1994 (bottled 2014), Wemyss Malts, 46%

Review #755
A single cask bottled from a hogshead, for the series “Melon Vine”. Only 242 bottles were made. Clean and crisp on the nose, with loads of white fruits. Then some melons, apritcots and some white chocolate.

You get some more action in the taste. Not so “clean” anymore, but in a good way, with a rough touch (also due to the alcohol coming forward). Spices (mostly peppery) with the white fruits peeping out again. Some oak and toffee in the finish, which unfortunately is a bit too short to be really good…

It´s a fine dram, but for an old single malt (and for the price) I would expect a bit more. To be fair, it does get better after some time in the glass, and the time in the cask starts to show a bit more. I will give this 84/100 (21/22/21/20).

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Bulleit Small Batch 95 Rye, 45%

Review #754
This is called “95” because it is made of mash consisting of 95% Rye (and 5% malted barley). The expression is released in small batches. Burned caramel and red berries in the smell. Oak and oak spices – cinnamon and hints of sweet tobacco leaves.

Sweet vanilla joins in the taste. Mixes great with the oak and oak spices. Classic Rye! The sweetness really shines through in the finish. Sugary oak, and with the cinnamon it almost reminds me a cinnamon bun.

You really get the high Rye content in this expression! It would be great to try the best casks they use in these small batches, and I would love to try it at cask strength! Still, a very fine and affordable whiskey, so if you love Rye, you can easily go for this. I will give this 82/100 (21/20/21/20).

Friday, March 8, 2019

Balblair 2000 (bottled 2011), 2nd Release, 43%

Review #753
This is matured in ex-Bourbon casks. Loads of white fruits and just a hint of citrusy notes in the smell. Some tropical fruits comes forward as well – pineapple and coconuts. So fresh!

Baked apples and vanilla in the taste. Honey and candied apples. The finish is full of tropical fruits – again a great mix of pineapple and coconuts. The sweetness comes forward as well, in the finish, but it is not the focus of this whisky.

This is so fresh, and would be perfect with a beer on the side a hot summer day in the garden! If you like a young (relatively) good quality ex-Bourbon matured whisky, this is something you should go for! I will give this 86/100 (21/22/22/21).

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Glenfiddich, Experimental Series #02 – Project XX, 43%

Review #752
This is made by 20 Malt Masters. They each picked an expression from the Glenfiddich warehouses, which was then married together by Malt Master Brian Kinsman. A sweet mix of vanilla and honey in the smell. Spices and herbs mixes with the oak. Just a small hint of dried fruits - like raisins.

Quite tasty in the taste. The oak really comes forward with notes of tobacco and tannins. Some more dried fruits as well. The oak has quiet down in the finish, and leaves room for some sweetness. Burned caramel in particular, but honey smooth.

Started a bit boring perhaps, but took my by surprise. A great dram if you like oak influence. Especially I find those tobacco notes enjoyable! I dark fruity dram, that would compliment a cigar nicely. I will give this 87/100 (21/22/22/22).