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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tomatin 6 yo (2009), Chapter 7, 63,2 %

Review #429
From the series “A Whisky Anthology” comes this single cask from a Bourbon Hogshead, with the cask no 1849. Only 335 bottles were made. It is young and that really shows in the smell! But not in a bad way. Hints of new make, loads of green apples, vanilla and marzipan. Just so very fresh!

Very powerful in the taste, but the new make notes mixed with rich vanilla sweetness and apples makes it quite enjoyable! A very long finish, that is mostly just warm. In the end, when the alcohol is gone, the apples and vanilla stays behind.

This really shows that even young whisky with new make notes can be very good. It is very simple and not very complicated which suits this dram! And as a bonus you get a great idea about how Tomatin new make taste like! I will give this 82/100 (20/21/21/20).

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Aultmore 12 yo (2004/2016), Gleann Mór, 55,1 %

Review #428
From the series “A Rare Find” comes this single Bourbon cask. Only 223 bottles were made. Green apples is the first that hits my nose. Then a sharp alcohol burn. Beware! Light citrus and vanilla as well. Considering the high ABV it is very light.

Things are starting to happen in the taste. Very full-bodied and some grass and hay joins the party. This really fills your mouth, and the finish is a bit sweeter but still with that grassy touch. Burned oak as well with some dried apricots in the background.

This is very thick and full-bodied, yet very simple. Luckily, the ABV is high, which gives it a lot of flavour and the possibility to play with water after your needs. I will give this 83/100 (20/22/21/20).

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Highland 19 yo, Chapter 7, 56,2 %

Review #427
From Chapter 7’s series “A Whisky Anthology” comes this 19 yo single malt from an unknown Highland distillery. It is from two Sherry butts and only 1130 bottles were made. Vanilla and marzipan at first in the smell. Slightly floral and citrusy with loads of white fruits and crisp apple pie. Not much oak influence considering the 19 years though.

Strong alcohol and chocolate in the taste. Then some light citrus, sweet vanilla, dark red berries and oak. Just a little hint of tickling tannins in the finish and some great light balanced oak.

A fine dram, but not the “Sherry bomb” I maybe expected here. On the other hand, there is a lot of things going on in this dram if you give it some time and water, so that was very interesting to experience. I will give this 84/100 (20/21/21/22).

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Dumbarton 25 yo (1986/2011), Scott’s Selection, 51,5 %

Review #426
Single Grain from the closed Dumbarton Distillery. Sweet on the nose, but don’t get fooled, don’t get your nose too close! The smell is full of burned sugar, coconut, honey and alcohol tickling your nose.

Very sweet in the taste with great oak influence. Loads of vanilla, honey and sugar so sweet I feel like I am in a candy store. The finish is warm and much like Christmas cake. The sweetness lingers oak with a burned caramel touch and leaves you like ‘aahhh’.

This will definitely warm you on a cold winter day! Grain whisky can really be good if the distilleries are using quality casks. In my opinion the best grain whiskies is above 20 year old. I will give this 87/100 (22/22/22/21).

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Gleann Mor Spirits 18 yo, A rare find, 43,9 %

Review #425
A Blended Scotch. It is a blend of four single malts and three grain whiskies no younger than 18 years old, in sherry casks. 664 bottles were made. The sweetness from the old grain whiskies is really coming through in the smell. Some oak and spices also comes forwards.

Lot of flavours in the taste, and just a very slight alcohol burn (in the good way). The malt whiskies is much more dominant here. Plums, raisins and light citrus. Probably some very different malts they have used here. The finish is long and the mouth stays all oily for a bit.

This really shows that it is possible to make great Blended Scotch whiskies! Perfect combination of the grain and malt whiskies and it has a great deal of flavours and oils even though it is only 43,9 %. This is a perfect dram to serve to your friends who are afraid of blended whiskies. This is might a bit high rating, but the balance and complexity is just fantastic in this one! I will rate this 88/100 (21/22/22/23).

Monday, March 13, 2017

Fettercairn 24 yo (1984/2009), Rare Vintage, 44,4 %

Review #424
Only 6000 bottles were made. Loads of mint in the smell at first. Like a liquid After Eight! After a couple of minutes in the glass, most of the minty notes is gone and some roasted almonds, vanilla, oranges and toasted oak comes forward.

This has all the good “old” notes in the taste. Leather, tobacco and wonderful oak influence. Very fruity as well. A mix of sweet pears, dates and raisins. The finish is long and full of flavour. It keeps the flavours from the taste, but adds some honey sweetness to it all, making it very smooth.

This is just good from the moment it hits the glass to the moment the last drop is savoured! It was very strange with the mint in the smell, that 5 minutes later were gone, but it doesn’t change the fact that I really enjoyed this one! I will rate this 88/100 (22/22/22/22).