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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Chivas Regal 18 yo, 40%

Review #516
This is called ”Gold SIgnature”, and this specific bottle is bottled 09-02-2017. Fine elegant Sherry notes and wood spices in the smell. Some notes of dark chocolate, vanilla and honey as well, but a bit in the background.

Some elegant oak and spices in the taste. Very gentle. Some dark chocolate and nuts in the finish which is medium long. The dried fruits are there all the time, but they hide in the background. There are some smoke or burned oak as well. Not much, just a touch.

The oak certainly makes the whisky in this case! Burned oak, spices, elegancy, you name it. Many things is going on in general, so both a great whisky to sip, but also to discover. I will give this 85/100 (20/22/21/22).

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Chivas Regal Extra, 40%

Review #515
This was introduced to the core range in 2015 and includes extra Sherry cask matured whisky. I get some tobacco notes and dried fruits at first in the smell, but it is still very fresh. Perhaps because of the low ABV and youthfulness of the whisky, which also makes it a bit subdued in general.

It gets a bit more flavourful in the taste. Again, the tobacco is in focus and some leather comes forward as well. The dried fruits are there, but in the background. They come forward in the finish though alongside some fruity sweetness.

I actually quite like this. I really like when the Sherry cask matured whiskies pick up the tobacco/leather/old dusted books notes. This is a fine example, but the 40% does that you have to look for it, and unfortunately you don’t have too much time to look, as the finish isn’t too long… I will give this 83/100 (20/22/21/20).

Friday, August 18, 2017

GlenDronach 8 yo, The Hielan, 46%

Review #514
This was introduced to the core range in 2015. It is a mix of Bourbon and Sherry casks. Dried fruits and a little alcohol burn to the nose. Sweet raisins and honey. Dates and a little vanilla. Pretty much what you would expect from a mix of Bourbon and Sherry casks.

The dried fruits comes first in the taste. Then the sweetness. Sugary vanilla sweetness. Again mainly sweet raisins, but also faint notes of figs and dates. A little coconut as well. The dried fruits and the sweetness mixes great in the finish.

GlenDronach could (should) easily make something like this in cask strength. The finish would have been superb if it had stayed a little longer! It´s not a heavily sherried dram, but it isn’t supposed to be. Only 8 years old – No problem! Thanks for the age statement! I will give this 84/100 (21/21/21/21).

Friday, August 11, 2017

Caol Ila DE (2003/2015), 43%

Review #513
This is the 2015 Distillers Edition and it is finished in Moscatel wine casks. Light sweet peat in the smell. Very gentle on the nose. Very sweet actually. Dried apricots, fresh peaches and peachy sweetness.

More peat in the taste, but still very sweet. Still the fresh fruit sweetness, but mixed with some sugary dessert-like sweetness. The finish is sweet as well, with warm peat. It is medium to long. Some ashes is also present in the background.

Like most Distillers Edition´s, this is very enjoyable. Classic Caol Ila, but with a fun, and suitable, sweet touch. Yet it holds its Islay character. I can only dream about how this would be at cask strength! I will give this 86/100 (21/22/22/21).

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Port Dundas 27 yo (1988/2016) DL Old Particular, 57,3%

Review #512
From Douglas Laing comes this refill hogshead with the cask number DL 11129. Only 249 bottles were made. Very sweet in the smell. Elegant oak and peaches. Honey and wood spices.

Again the sweetness is dominant in the taste, and that is meant in the most positive way! The oak tickles your tongue and carries on the finish that goes on forever. The sweetness, sugary burned caramel, gets a bit subdued but funnily enough, it is the flavours that stays the longest. The oak and the wood spices comes a bit more forward.

Another great old grain whisky. When the independent bottlers keep grain casks for so long, it must be because it is superb casks, and it almost always is! I can only encourage people who haven’t had old grain whisky to get it tried! I will rate this 89/100 (22/22/23/22).

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Port Dundas 11 yo (2004/2016), DL – Old Particular, 48,4%

Review #511
From Douglas Laing comes this refill barrel with the cask number DL 11224. Only 840 bottles were made. So pale you might think it is water at first! But what does that matter, when a burst of flavours is the first that hits your nose? It is very fresh and the alcohol tickles your nose. Some white fruits and pear sweetness.

Very floral in the taste. Lavender, apples, pears and candy sweetness. The oak is present, but in the background. It turns very sweet in the finish. The candy sweetness is accompanied by burned sugar and loads of vanilla. Burned oak is there as well, very well mixed with the sweetness.

At this price it is quite impressive. It delivers the sweetness you normally get in old grain whiskies. I would be a bit careful if floral whiskies wasn’t me. It is quite present in the taste, but already in the finish, it is almost gone. I will give this 83/100 (20/20/22/21).

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Wolfburn 3 yo (bottled 2016), Aurora, 46%

Review #510
The Aurora is made from 40% first fill Bourbon barrels, 40% second fill quarter casks and 20% Oloroso Sherry hogsheads. Very calm in the smell. Some fruity and vanilla sweetness. Hay and dirt. All very subtle though!

Some fresh fruits accompanied with some dried fruits in the background in the taste. It is not very sweet, and the sweetness you get is from peaches and raisins. Rough as well, with hay and gentle oak. The finish, which is medium long, don’t change much. It just carries the flavours out in a warm manner.

Another (young) expression from Wolfburn that shows me that they are on the right path! Surprisingly enough, I wouldn’t guess this to be only 3 years old, and only very few notes tell me this is young. I will give this 81/100 (20/20/21/20).