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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak (bottled 2013), 46%

Review #762
Yes, you have guessed it - this is matured in ex-Bourbon barrels – first fill ex-Bourbon barrels that is! Intense vanilla and sweet pears in the smell. Very compact in flavours! White cake sweetness.

The white fruits are more dominant in the taste, mixed with some oak spices. Almost a creamy mouthfeel. A nice dash of citrus in background alongside some burned oak. The sweetness comes back in the finish, classic vanilla and marzipan, but not overwhelming.

A well-priced, well put together Bourbon cask matured whisky. Yet again, Kavalan shows that they are in the same category as the Scottish heavyweights! This would be suitable on so many occasions. I will give this 84/100 (21/21/21/21).

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Four Roses, Single Barrel – Batch 81-3I, 50%

Review #761
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from Four Roses from Warehouse no. NN. Burned oak and red berries in the smell. Oak spices – loads of cinnamon – and burned caramel. Almost syrupy!

The burned oak tickles the tongue. Loads of spices and fruits in the taste. Peaches and plums. Quite smooth for 50%. A rush of vanilla accompanies in the finish, which lingers off great with the burned oak and caramel.

For me, this is just pure classic Bourbon. All the classic flavours, consistent throughout the experience and the quality is good! It’s not a gold medal, but as I said – for me a good classic example of Bourbon. By the way, I don´t sense big difference between batches, but that could just be me not tried enough. I will give this 84/100 (21/21/21/21).

Friday, March 22, 2019

Jameson, Select Reserve – Small Batch, 40%

Review #760
This has a lot of first fill Bourbon and Sherry casks in the mix. This should in theory, make it a much richer whiskey, than what you normally get from Jameson. We shall see. You get the clean and fresh Irish character in the smell, but with an addition of sweet raisins, vanilla and dates.

Exactly the same in the taste, but the Irish character is even more noticeable – and so are the Sherry influence. Very sweet in the finish, with vanilla, white sugar and the sweetness from the dried fruits coming forward. For a 40% whiskey, it actually stays for quite a while.

Too bad it has been discontinued! Definitely one of the better Jameson’s – even Irish whiskey’s (that’s maybe taking it a bit far), out there! Rich in flavours, and so sweet that it reminds you of old grain (I bet there is some good grain whiskey in the mix!). I can only imagine this at a higher strength!! I will give this 84/100 (21/20/22/21).

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).