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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Fary Lochan 5 yo (2012/2017), Rum Edition Batch #01, 64,7%

Review #809
This was matured in two Bourbon casks for 4 years and then finished in 1 year in two Rum casks. Only 639 bottles were made. The ABV is very high, but the smell is actually quite calm. Very dry, with hints of rubber and white grapes.

Calm on the nose perhaps, but definitely not in the taste! The 64,7% hits you hard at first. Then the Rum influence, and lastly the oak and vanilla from the Bourbon casks. It almost comes in layers. Crisp green apples joins in the finish.

With a very high ABV and Rum cask maturation, I was expecting more on the nose. Lots of power in the rest of the experience though! I´m not the biggest fan, but if you enjoy single malt and the rubbery rums, you might find this very interesting! I will give this 81/100 (20/20/21/20).

Friday, November 8, 2019

Glenmorangie, Legends – The Tayne (bottled 2016), 43%

Review #808
This is a travel retail, and is finished in Amontillado Sherry casks. Sweet light dried fruits in the smell. Some red berries – like marmalade – and some caramel. Very easy!

Actually quite rich at first in the taste considering the low ABV. Honey and oak spices. White fruits in the background. Very sweet in the finish with vanilla and fruit sugars. You are left with some of the spices and a bit of oak in the end.

Very glad they chose to bottle this at 43% and not 40. After a couple of sips, it starts to get a bit watery. A fair whisky, but far from my favourite Glenmorangie. Some further ageing would probably have done wonders. I will give this 83/100 (21/21/21/20).

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Glenmorangie, Legends – The Duthac (bottled 2015), 43%

Review #807
This is a travel retail, and it is partly finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry and Virgin oak casks. Loads of caramel at first in the smell. Strawberry jam, apricots and raisins. Some lemongrass in the background.

Sweet dried fruits in the taste. White fruits then comes forward – mostly green apples. Burned oak and caramel. The finish is a bit oaky, with the dried fruits blending in. Raisins, apricots and some ripe plums.

I cant help thinking this is a bit undermatured. Nothing wrong with the whisky, but I just sense some new make spirit and citrusy notes in the background… Still, it’s a fine dram, and I think it would go well with some vanilla ice cream. I will give this 83/100 (22/21/20/20).

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Imperial 20 yo (1995/2015), The Ultimate, 46%

Review #806
A single cask from van Wees, with the cask number #50234. Only 281 bottles were made from this hogshead. White fruits, vanilla and some toffee in the smell. You sense the classic Imperial grassy touch in the background.

Very mild actually, considering the 46%, in the taste. White fruits and caramel (like Werther’s Original). Then some oak starts mixing in. Vanilla and some sugary sweetness joins in, in the finish. Very mellow!

The balance is fine, but I miss a bit of complexity. It is still a fine whisky, and you definitely win a bit by leaving it in the glass to breath for a while. Not the best Imperial out there, but definitely not the worst either! I will give this 84/100 (21/21/21/21).

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Imperial 19 yo (1995/2015), The Ultimate, 46%

Review #805
A single cask from van Wees, with the cask number #50206. Only 280 bottles were made from this hogshead. Easy on the nose. Baked pears and oak spices. A grassy touch in the background.

White fruits again the taste. The oak comes forward here as well – burned oak - and some honey as well. A very oily (or melted honey) mouthfeel. It is very sweet in the finish, with the oak coming a bit forward as the other flavours dies a bit out.

It is too sad Imperial Distillery closed down, but I am also grateful, that I was alive and drank whisky, when the whisky was still affordable – let us see how long it stays that way! I will give this 88/100 (22/22/22/22).

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Islay Malt (Caol Ila) 10 yo (bottled 2008), Liquid Treasures, 58,7%

Review #804
This single cask is from a Bourbon barrel, and only 171 bottles were made. It is one of Liquid Treasures anniversary bottlings. Simple on the nose. Light grassy peat and vanilla. Simple yes, but good!

It is richer in the taste. The peat is more dominant, and some hay joins in. The sweet peat stays for quite a while in the finish. Sweet ripe white fruits comes forward as well, and gives the whisky another layer.

A simple whisky, but the quality is good! The finish is what stands out to me and gives it a little bit extra. This would go perfectly with a pilsner or IPA. I will give this 85/100 (21/21/22/21).

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Tomatin 11 yo (bottled 2018), The Single Cask, 55,2%

Review #803
A single cask with the casknumber 5777C. It is finished in a Oloroso Sherry cask, and only 70 bottles were made. Dried fruits and tobacco in the smell. It is not sweet dried fruits, and some dry oak sits in the background alongside a little vanilla.

It is rich in the taste and full of dried fruits alongside the Tomatin character. Classic Oloroso influence, and the oak really does a great job. Especially in the finish. The dried fruits are much more sweet than in the smell. Raisins and apricots.

Let the alcohol evaporate a bit after you have poured the whisky, and the flavours just fills the room. It is the best Tomatin I have had in a while – a well chosen cask! I will give this 88/100 (22/22/22/22).

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Bruichladdich 15 yo (2002/2018), Hidden Spirits, 53,1%

Review #802
This is a single Sherry cask from the series “Highproof”. The cask number is BR218 and only 326 bottles were made. Marzipan is the first thing that hits your nose. Then some peat and vegetation joins in. The Sherry influence is mellow, but noticeable.

Light peat and dried fruits in the taste. Oak spices, ripe plums and grapes (almost Armagnac-like). The finish is quite sweet. Burned oak, sweet dried fruits (like sultanas or raisins) and vanilla.

A very interesting, and somewhat different Bruichladdich. Oily and very rich in flavours. A great balance, and if you would like to try something a bit different, you should give this a go. I will give this 88/100 (21/22/22/23).