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Monday, September 18, 2017

Glenfiddich 19 yo, Age of Discovery - Bourbon, 40%

Review #535
This was originally for travel retail. This is the second release in the series. It is very sweet at first in the smell. Fresh white fruits, like apples and pears, but also hints of more exotic fruits like pineapple. Some sugary, biscuit and vanilla sweetness in the end.

Considering it is watered down to 40 %, it is actually very rich in flavours in the taste! Some oak and vanilla sweetness. Wood spices and honey. The finish is full of burned caramel at first. Then some sweet raisins and more vanilla.

A very fine dram from Glenfiddich! The age and the quality of the ex-Bourbon casks have made sure this is still very flavourful, even though the ABV is low. I can only dream about how great this would have been at a higher strength! I will give this 87/100 (22/21/22/22).

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Glenfiddich 19 yo, Age of Discovery - Madeira, 40%

Review #534
Originally for travel retail. This is the first in the series and is finished in Madeira casks. The expression is made in honour of the Portuguese explorers of the 15th century. Honey and caramel sweetness in the smell. Some sweet peaches and red berries as well. The vanilla is present as well, and it is very clear that it is a finish and not full maturation in Madeira casks. Not that it is a bad thing, the mix between the Bourbon and Madeira maturation works very well.

A great mix of spices and fruits in the taste. Black pepper and dates. The finish is a bit more sweet with raisins and burned caramel, but still with the great mix of spices and fruits. The oak is also present from start to finish.

A great dessert whisky. Would go great with some vanilla ice cream, where you don´t want to big an alcohol burn, but the complexity of spices and fruits to accompany the sweet vanilla ice cream. I will give this 85/100 (21/21/22/21).

Saturday, September 16, 2017

St George, M&S, 43%

Review #533
This is a no age statement bottled for Mark’s & Spencer in UK. This cannot be very old. The smell is almost like new make spirit, just a bit more calm. And that is most likely because they have watered it down to 43 %. Malted barley, apples and pears and just a hint of citrus.

The taste is exactly what the nose promises. Very young, but due to the low ABV, not very aggressive. Very much like the smell, but some floral notes comes into play as well. Is it lavender? The finish is medium long and probably the nicest thing about this whisky. Not much changes though…

This is definitely not for the whisky consumers, but for the “mixers”! There is just so much better whisky out there to enjoy, but maybe this is good in drinks and cocktails. Else I don’t know the purpose of this whisky… I will give this 73/100 (18/18/19/18).

Friday, September 15, 2017

Johnnie Walker, Gold Label Reserve (bottled 2013), 40%

Review #532
The Gold Label was first introduced in 1920 to celebrate Johnnie Walkers 100 year anniversary. This is the new relaunched version from 2012. It is built from a base of whisky from Clynelish. Fresh, sweet and fruity in the smell. Vanilla, honey, pears and gentle oak. A very mild expression.

A bit more happens in the taste. Still fresh, but some light smoke appears and just a touch of citrus. Very sweet in the finish. Syrupy honey, vanilla and oak. Some coconut hides in the background with some sweet dessert pears.

As my father well put it, “you could easily serve this for someone new to whisky”. A light expression, yet it offer some flavours. For me, the 40% does make it a little watery, and that’s too bad, as the dram is fine. I will give this 82/100 (20/20/21/21).

Monday, September 11, 2017

Brennerei Ziegler 5 yo, Aureum 1865, 43%

Review #531
This is matured in chestnut casks and finished in ex Bourbon casks. Very mellow in the smell. Deep, dark marzipan, dark chocolate and subtle sweetness. Something there I cannot put my finger on… Probably the chestnut playing tricks on me.

Vanilla and apples in the taste. Wood and some wood spices. The sweetness turns to burned caramel in the finish. A bit bitter wood as well. Some honey in the end as well. Quite flavourful actually!

For a young whisky, it is actually very mellow, yet quite flavourful. You don´t get much of those new make notes you normally get in very young whiskies. Maybe because of the chestnut maturation? I will give this 80/100 (19/20/20/21).

Friday, September 8, 2017

North British 26 yo (1991/2017), Whiskybroker, 51,1%

Review #530
This is from a refill Bourbon barrel with the cask number 200311. Only 206 bottles were made. Sweet marshmallows and burned caramel in the smell. The alcohol is not as noticeable as the high ABV might would suggest. Some light oak and candy as well.

A light alcohol kick and sweetness at first in the taste. Some floral notes as well, like lavender. Then some oak and light wood spices. Especially the spices lingers off in the finish and is accompanied by sweet vanilla and honey.

A fine dram, but the floral notes is a bit misplaced in my opinion. This is just a matter of preference, so if you enjoy the floral notes like lavender, then go for it. Otherwise it is a classic old grain whisky, with loads of sweetness and great oak influence. I will give this 82/100 (21/20/21/20).

Thursday, September 7, 2017

North British 10 yo (2006/2017), Whiskybroker, 52,5%

Review #529
This is from a refill Bourbon barrel with the cask number 818390. Only 245 bottles were made. Some spices is the first thing that hits my nose. Some alcohol, and surprisingly, not very sweet. A bit of marzipan in the end.

Very sharp at first in the taste. And peat! Is this peated? Probably not, but the cask must previously have contained peated whisky! Some white fruits as well. The finish is warm, long and full of vanilla. Still with hints of the peat and the white fruits.

A young cask strength grain whisky, matured in a cask previously held peated whisky (not verified though) – that’s not something you come across everyday! I can understand why they chose to bottle this cask! I will give this 81/100 (19/20/21/21).