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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tullibardine 24 yo (1993/2017), Maltbarn, 48,7%

Review #702
This is single cask no. 88 from Maltbarn. It is from an ex-Bourbon cask and only 132 bottles were made. White fruits and frosting in the smell. Sweet crisp apples and just a hint of floral notes. Warm apple pie and honeydew melon in the end.

The oak is coming through and mixes with the white fruits in the taste. Some caramel and honey to go with the oaky notes. The flavours seems to be even richer in the finish, and they stays for quite a while! Especially the caramel and oak is last to leave the party.

A great example of a light, fresh and old Bourbon matured whisky! So much flavour coming through and the casks have really given this whisky a lot of character over the 24 years. I will give this 87/100 (21/22/22/22).

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Ben Nevis 22 yo (1995/2017), The Single Cask, 44,7%

Review #701
This is a single cask from The Single Cask. It is matured in cask number BN95A and only 60 bottles were made. Oak, marzipan and that classic Ben Nevis character at first in the smell. The oak gets a bit bitter and some caramel is coming forward alongside some plums.

Loads of flavours coming through in the taste, and the relatively low ABV makes it very approachable. Oak, candied apples, marzipan and just a touch of light smoke. It gets a bit “darker” in the finish. You can chew this for quite a while, with especially the oak staying.

Besides some bitterness/sourness in the smell, I find this quite good. The time of maturation have really made this flavourful and elegant. This would go great with a cigar! I will give this 87/100 (21/22/22/22).

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Lagavulin 10 yo (2008/2018), Malt dé Royal, 56,7%

Review #700
This is batch #2, bottled for GoldenDrops by Gleann Mor Spirits. It´s a single cask from an ex-Bourbon barrel. White fruits and peat with an ashy touch in the smell. Just a hint of figs in the background.

Aaaand here we have the peat! Wow, what a blast at first in the taste! Well, maybe a blast is a bit of an overstatement, but more than what I thought from the smell. Some dark fruits appears after a couple of sips with hints of some citrusy notes. The finish comes with a little sweeter touch.

I miss a bit of complexity, but okay, it´s only 10 years old, and the cask strength makes the taste and finish very flavourful. A fine Islay malt with a little extra touch from what you normally get from young Bourbon cask matured whiskies. I will give this 86/100 (21/22/22/21).

Friday, October 5, 2018

Ardbeg An Oa, 46,6%

Review #699
A new expression to the Ardbeg core range, made up by a marriage of several different cask types, including new charred oak, PX Sherry and first fill Bourbon. Sweet, meaty vanilla peat in the smell. White fruits and smoke.

A bit of saltiness is added in the taste. Different things is happening, yet still light. The peat is mixing with some spice/peppery notes and charred oak. The finish is mainly full of white fruits and peat, with the other flavours dying out.

Fine edition to the core range, as it doesn't remind me of the other expressions. Would still prefer the TEN over this though. With the different cask types I was honestly expecting some more. Still enjoyed it very much though! I will give this 84/100 (21/21/21/21).

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Kilchoman Port Cask Matured 2018, 50%

Review #698
This is the second “Port Cask Matured” from Kilchoman and 10.000 bottles were releases. White fruits and farm-like notes in the smell, alongside some fresh peat. Some vanilla and marzipan, and to be honest, I didn’t notice the Port influence at first. However, some red berries hides in the background with hints of dried fruits. It seems bit young...

The story repeats itself a bit in the taste. Again the classic Kilchoman farm-like peat, hay, vanilla and white fruits like crisp apples. The finish gets a bit sweeter and the Port influence starts to come forward. Sweetness from some fresh red fruits, mainly berries, but also a bit of raisins.

I must admit I think that the whisky haven´t been given proper time to react with the Port casks. It is very minimal what distance this from the normal Kilchoman expressions... I did enjoy it, don´t get me wrong, but don´t expect a well-aged Port-bomb. I will give tihs 83/100 (20/20/22/21).

Friday, September 28, 2018

Kilchoman Loch Gorm (2018), 46%

Review #697
This is the 2018 release of the Loch Gorm. It is heavily peated and matured in Sherry casks. 15.000 bottles were made. Very sweet, fruity sweetness, at first in the smell. Dried fruits, heavy peats and loads of farm notes. Hay, and in the end, some vanilla sweetness. After some minutes in the glass, the sweetness dies down a bit.

The Sherry influence is not as noticeable in the taste as in the smell. Here, the peat and farm notes are dominant. Some peppery notes in the finish with some dried fruits and oak hiding in the background. Definitely not as sweet as what I first picked up in the smell.

I could have wished for a bit better balance between the nose and the taste, but as soon you have had a couple of sips, you know what the dram is about, so it´s not a big issue. The other versions I have tried have been more Sherry influenced, but I still enjoyed this. I will give this 85/100 (22/21/21/21).

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Jack Daniel´s Straight Rye, 45%

Review #696
A relatively new expression from Jack Daniel’s. It is made of 70% rye, 18% corn and 12% malted barley. Sweet burned caramel, oak and wood spices in the smell. Sweet bubblegum and hints of the classic spicy rye character.

Sweet oak (!??), and vanilla again, comes rushing in on the palate. Very light for a rye, but still with the spicy rye touch – especially cinnamon! White fruits is coming through in the finish. Sweet - over cooked - white fruits!

A fine rye from Jack Daniel’s, even though I am missing some complexity and it seems very light/clean… Probably the best whiskey I have tasted from Jack Daniel’s (even though that doesn’t say much…). I will give this 83/100 (21/21/21/20).

Monday, September 17, 2018

Jack Daniel's, Master Distiller #4, 43%

Review #695
This is the fourth edition in the Master Distiller series, and honours the first Master Distiller outside the Jack’s family, Jess Gamble. Sweet vanilla and banana chips in the smell. Very clean, and very sweet. White fruits (sweet pears) and hints of burned oak.

The burned oak is more noticeable in the taste. Still very sweet, and the white fruits is now accompanied by some exotic fruits as well. The finish is medium long, but gets a bit watery… Not much new happens here…

Luckily, at least, this is 43%. This makes it a bit more tasty and last a little longer in the finish. It is very classic, and I miss to be “challenged” a bit. If you’re just looking for a easy drinking Jack Daniel’s, this could be fine. I will give this 80/100 (20/20/20/20).