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Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Glenlivet 15 yo (bottled 2013), G&M, 43%

Review #469
This is from the series ”George & J.G. Smith's”. It is from refill Sherry casks and bottled in 2015. Very light with white fruits in the smell. After some minutes in the glass, hints of dried fruits lies in the background. In very pleasant way, I might add!

At first, it surprised me in the taste. Some citrusy notes comes rather sharp, but after it has been in the mouth for a couple of seconds and after you have swallowed, the other flavours comes forward. Some oak and vanilla, and again the dried fruits hide in the background. The finish is very sweet, and the light style of Glenlivet is back.

It is a fine dram, but I think that the standard 15 year old from Glenlivet (French Oak) is better. But as always from Glenlivet (almost), it is a nice and easy going dram. I will give this 82/100 (21/20/21/20).

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Glenlivet, Nadurra Peated Cask Finish, 62%

Review #468
This is batch PW1016 and is finished in heavily peated whisky casks. I have read Speyside peat different places, but not gotten it confirmed. Sweet vanilla, honey and marzipan at first in the smell. Then some very light citrusy peat comes forward.

There is a bit more peat in the taste. Some white fruits as well. Sweet apples and ripe pears. A bit new make flavours as well. The sweetness stays behind in the finish. Light white fruits with just a little hint of peat.

Classic light profile from Glenlivet, yet very different with the peat. And the peated cask finish makes the peat influence a bit different. It is hard to explain, something you have to try yourself.  At 62 % you can easily play around with water. Like many other Glenlivets these days, I think it is bottled too early. The whisky have potential, but haven’t received enough flavours from the casks yet. I will give this 83/100 (20/21/21/21).

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Glenlivet, Nadurra Oloroso, 61,3%

Review #467
This is bottled in 2016 from first fill Oloroso Sherry casks. Loads of marzipan and almonds. Not much Sherry influence at first in the smell, but as it gets time in the glass, it starts to open up, and the fruity flavours comes forward. Still classic Glenlivet though, smooth and clean.

First in the taste I get nuts and spices. Almonds and hazelnuts with light dried fruits on the side. Some chocolate comes forward in the finish alongside some gentle red fruits. It never comes all the way to the heavy dried fruits though...

It is a funny feeling how the Sherry influence never really sets in. It is close all the way, but it never comes in full effect. Still a nice dram, but either it ain´t to old, or the casks are too poor. I will give this 85/100 (21/21/22/21).

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tamnavulin 28 yo (1988/2016), A.D. Rattray, 47,5%

Review #466
This is from the series “Individual Cask Bottling”, and comes from a Bourbon hogshead. It has the cask number 10028 and only 225 bottles were made. It is bottled for Alba Import in Germany. The smell is full of fresh white fruits! Loads of ripe pear. Hints of lemongrass in the background and some light caramel sweetness.

The taste is so fresh! Some grass and hay mixes in with all the above mentioned flavours. Very beautifully I may add! The fresh white fruits lingers out in the finish, as the sweetness takes over, accompanied with some almonds and vanilla.

A great dram from Tamnavulin! So fresh, and the reduced ABV, due to the 28 years of maturation, making it quite approachable even though it is cask strength. And what a great balance. Everything just seems to fit together in this dram. I will rate this 88/100 (21/22/22/23).

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Equipo Navazos, La Bota De Malt Whisky NO 66, 46%

Review #465
Normally, at Equipo Navazos they make Sherry. But every once in a while, they choose one of their finest Sherry casks, and produce a single cask whisky. This is one of them! It is “around” 12 years old, with the last 7 years spend in the dry Oloroso Sherry cask. Only 800 bottles were made. The malted barley used is solely from Castilla la Vieja. Sherry sweetness with red berries, raisins and apricots in the smell. Some marzipan sweetness is present as well.

Dry dried fruits in the taste. Nothing too much though. Actually very little for a fully Oloroso Sherry matured whisky… It’s a bit strange, maybe because it isn’t Scottish, but there definitely is a bit of an off note if you ask my palate. The finish is long and warm, but just a continuation of the taste.

I have no doubt in my mind that this is a top quality cask, but I don’t think the new make spirit is “top quality”… A fine dram, but the smell is way better than the rest. A bit high rating because of the great smell, but I will give this 85/100 (23/20/21/21).

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare 10 yo, 45%

Review #464
This 10 year old whisky from Buffalo Trace is called Eagle “Rare”. Yet it can be bought basically everywhere… The nose is sweet and full of the classic Bourbon notes. Oak, spices, vanilla and honey sweetness. Some dark chocolate and coffee in the background as well.

Very sharp at first in the taste. Then the toasted oak and wood spices comes rushing in. Lots of caramel in the finish. Medium length, and quite warm all the way. I can´t help to notice some off notes all the way through… From smell to finish… Some floral notes… Lavender water perhaps. Almost like FWP!!

Some say that this is a perfect example of a classic Bourbon, and a bargain at the price. I really don’t agree with any of those statements… Classic Bourbon, yes, but I could easily find examples I find more suitable for this label. The same goes for the price. I will give this 80/100 (20/19/21/20).

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Buffalo Trace, W.L. Weller Special Reserve, 45%

Review #463
W.L. is for William Larue and the Special Reserve claims to be “The Original Wheated Bourbon”. It got all the classic Bourbon notes in the smell, like vanilla and honey, but it is actually not very sweet! There is more focus on the spices and the oak. The flavours feels a bit subdued though, and I don’t sense that it is 45 %...

Again, in the taste, the focus is on the wood. Oak spices, vanilla and burned wood. The finish gets a bit sweeter. The vanilla comes forward and is accompanied by some soft caramel. It is not a long finish though…

I was tempted to check the ABV in this bottle… Subdued smell, a watery oaky taste and a finish that fades quite fast. With that said, it is drinkable and I would recommend to play with some water! That really suits this Bourbon, and it would probably have gotten a point or two extra if it was reviewed with a couple of drops. But be very careful you don’t drown it! I will give this 79/100 (19/19/21/20).