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Friday, October 16, 2020

Ardmore 2009 (bottled 2018), W&M - Barrel Selection, 46%

Review #829
By Wilson & Morgan comes this Barrel Selection with the label “Heavy Peat”. It’s a limited release consisting of the casks 706405/60/66/68/69/97. The name is there for a reason – heavy peat, hay and grassy notes in the smell. White fruits, green apples, in the background.

It’s not very old, and that clearly shows in the taste, which is dominated by the peat. It’s not a bad thing, as the balance is great and the whisky delivers exactly what it is supposed to! The finish doesn’t change much, but stays with a great mouthfeel.

As stated, it’s young and it shows, but not in that under-matured way. The balance is great, and this expression just shows that peated Ardmore is at the very top, when it comes to mainland peat! I will give this 84/100 (21/21/21/21).

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Wilson & Morgan Sherry Cask Malt 8 yo (2009/2017), 43%

Review #828
This is a blended Highland Malt from Wilson & Morgan, which is a vatting of three Sherry casks (38418-19-27). My initial thoughts on the nose are not Sherry, but classic young grassy Highland malt. A little baked fruit and raisins in the background.

After the initial nosing, the taste actually took me a bit by surprise. Reminds me of an 80s 12 year old classic whisky. The raisins is a bit more dominant here, and some dried fruits comes forward alongside the grassy notes. The finish is fairly long, and is mainly a continuation of the taste.

The colour of this whisky reveal that it isn’t a heavily sherried whisky, and the nose confirms that. It’s young, but not “overly malty and citrusy” young, and the taste is actually quite rich in flavours. This grows on me for every sip I take. I will give this 82/100 (20/21/21/20).

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Monologue 26 yo (1993/2020), Chapter 7, 44,9%

Review #827
This is a blend from the series A Whisky Anthology. It’s from a Sherry Butt, bottled at cask strength, with a number of 618 bottles. Red berries and dry oak in the smell. Sweet dates and a touch of plums.

Red berries again in the taste. A nice burn, even though it’s below 45%. The oak is more dominant than the Sherry influence. The finish is long, and a lot of flavour stays behind. Especially the dry oak.

A fine dram. Maybe I expected a bit more... As I said, the Sherry influence was a bit overwhelmed by the wood, so maybe it was bottled just a bit too late... So if you prefer the subtle Sherry notes, combined with loads of oak, this might be right up your alley. I will give this 87/100 (22/21/22/22).

Monday, August 24, 2020

Anecdote 24 yo (1995/2020), Chapter 7, 47,9%

Review #826
This is a blended malt from the series A Whisky Anthology. It’s two Bourbon barrels, bottled at cask strength, with a number of 424 bottles. Sweet red apples, vanilla and light citrusy notes in the background in the smell. A touch of bitter oak as well.

Floral and soapy, is the first that comes to mind in the taste. Some perfume as well. It reminds me of the old FWP Bowmore, just without the peat. The best part about the finish, is that these unpleasant notes linger off...

I have such a hard time with this kind of soapy-perfume-floral notes, so this is just not a whisky for me. If you enjoy these notes, then you can’t use my score of this whisky for anything, and you should just go and form your own opinion. I will give this 74/100 (20/17/18/19).

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Chronicle (Islay) 8 yo (2011/2020), Chapter 7, 49,2%

Review #825
Review #825
This is a single malt from the series A Whisky Anthology. It’s from 3 1st fill ex-Bourbon barrels, bottled at cask strength, with a number of 893 bottles. Light, young, Bourbon matured, peated Whisky in the smell. It’s not from a heavily peated Islay distillery, that’s for sure! White fruits and a little floral.

A bit more peat in the taste, but not much. Green apples, vanilla and hints of soap. The finish is warm from the alcohol and some burned caramelized sugar comes forward.

A bit too ‘meh’, in my opinion. Could have used some further maturation, and the peat is quite forgettable. And those soapy notes, just don’t belong in whisky, in my opinion! I will give this 79/100 (20/19/20/20).

Monday, June 8, 2020

Imperial 17 yo (1995/2013), Signatory Cask Strength, 54,8%

Review #824
Review #824

A lovely single cask, bottled from a hogshead with the cask number 50131. Only 265 bottles were made. Classic Imperial in the smell – grass, hay and white fruits. Baked apples and pears.

A fun combination of a farm-like feeling, mixed with fresh white fruits in the taste. Loads of hay at first, with the Bourbon hogshead doing its part in the finish, with vanilla and marzipan complimenting the grassy notes.

It is great, but maybe a bit simple for a 17 year old single cask. It’s a bit more farm-like than what you normally get in an Imperial, so if you enjoy that style, this is definitely something for you! I will give this 87/100 (21/22/22/22).

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Springbank 9 yo (2007/2017), Duty Paid Sample, 56,5%

Review #823
This is a (big) duty paid sample from Springbank. It’s from a refill Bourbon barrel, with rotation number 242. Grassy damp peat in the smell. White fruits and peach flavoured ice tea. Unfortunately, considering the age, you are in no doubt about it being a refill cask…

Classic signature Springbank peat at first in the taste. White fruits and some grassy notes. Not much changes in the finish, where the flavours just lingers out with some vanilla on the side…

I wasn’t expecting much after the initial nosing, and (unfortunately) the experience lived up to the expectation… It’s not always price and quality goes hand in hand, and this is a good example. So much better Springbank out there for considerably less! I will give this 81/100 (20/21/20/20).

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Longrow 11 yo (2007/2019), Springbank Society - Sherry, 56,9%

Review #822
Another great Springbank Society bottling! This one is from refill, re-charred Sherry butts. Only 2250 bottles were made. Wow – Sherry influence as it should be, in the smell! So much dried fruits and charred oak, that the peat is living in the background.

Aaand here comes the Longrow peat rushing in, in the taste! At first you get a blast of flavours – peat, vanilla, dried fruist – swirling around in the mouth, and what a pure pleasure as they start to settle down! The finish is long and a nice touch of oak spices joins.

It might not be overly complex, but my God what a balance! Safe to say that it has been a while since I have had a <12 years old whisky like that! The more I taste, the more I’m leaning against Longrow being my favourite Springbank brand! I will give this 90/100 (23/22/22/23).