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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

WhistlePig Straight Rye, 50%

Review #718
This is made from 100% rye. It is aged in new American oak with a Bourbon barrel finish. Oak spices and a bit of soap in the smell. Be careful, you could lose some nose hairs if you get too close! A bit of peach and fresh plum in the background.

It taste like a mix of a Rye and a Bourbon, but as it is made from 100% rye, it must be the new oak and Bourbon barrel finish that shines through! Actually quite interesting! Burned oak and oak spices. Some caramel and a bit of soapy/minty notes in the finish.

The whisky is fine, but I miss some of that complexity you get in many Rye whiskies. Still a fine dram, and it makes me wanna light up a cigar! I will give this 83/100 (20/21/21/21).

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Famous Grouse 16 yo, Vic Lee, 40%

Review #717
This is the Double Matured, finished in first fill Sherry and Bourbon casks, and the label and box is designed by illustrator Vic Lee. Sweet dried fruits, red berries and vanilla in the smell. Loads of white fruits as well. It’s like you get a little of everything.

Quite flavourful in the taste. The dried fruits is more dominant here, but still very sweet. A boost of vanilla and sugars in the finish joins the sweet dried fruits.

Quite flavourful in the taste considering the low ABV, but the smell and finish is lacking a little... I would love to try this at a higher strength! A true Christmas dram - mild and fruity. I will give this 85/100 (21/22/21/21).

Friday, December 7, 2018

GlenDronach 14 yo, Virgin Oak Finish, 46%

Review #716
This is matured in European oak, before finished in virgin oak casks. 5.760 bottles were made. Oak, caramel and a bit of sourness in the smell. Some sugars and oranges behind the oak.

A bit of sour notes from the wood at first in the taste. Loads of sugar and some white fruits and citrus. Still oaky, but not as much as in the smell. The finish gets a bit better, but the sour notes still hang around...

This is just a bit off for me. Normally I love GlenDronach and their choice of casks, but this  doesn’t seem to be the best casks they have around... I will give this 79/100 (20/19/20/20).

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Wolfburn, No. 270, 46%

Review #715
This is a small batch release from Wolfburn, 3 years old and bottled in 2018. It is matured in 1st fill ex-Bourbon barrels, and 6.000 bottles were made. Light white fruits and some citrusy notes in the smell. Lemongrass and vanilla. I could fear this is bottled a bit young...

Grassy and citrusy notes in the taste. Full of green apples and sweet desert like pears. It gets quite sweet in the finish. The sweetness from the white fruits mixes with the vanilla.

Maybe it would benefit with a bit more time in the casks, but for a young whisky, it already managed to extract some of the good flavours from the casks. I still look forward to some older Wolfburn whisky! I will give this 82/100 (20/21/21/20).

Friday, November 30, 2018

Blair Athol 14 yo (2004/2018), James Eadie - SC, 59,8%

Review #714
This is from the “Single Cask” series and comes from a refill Sherry cask, with the number #99. 529 bottles were made. A marzipan bomb in the smell. You don’t really sense the high ABV. A mix of white and tropical fruits are coming through with a dash of lime in the background.

Again some tropical fruits in the taste, but also some tannins. Oak and dried apricots. The finish is long. At first it’s the the fruits, with some dried fruits added, but in the end you are left with some oak and sugary sweetness.

Nothing spectacular, but a good steady cask strength single cask from Blair Athol. Especially the finish is what gives it a little extra. I will give this 85/100 (21/21/22/21).

Monday, November 26, 2018

Cambus 24 yo (1993/2018), James Eadie - SC, 54,9%

Review #713
This is from the “Single Cask” series and comes from a Sherry cask, with the number #48093. 465 bottles were made. First some cereal with sugars in the smell. Minute for minute, heavier and heavier dried fruits comes forward. Still with the sugars present, and some sweet cherry in the end.

A true Sherry bomb in the taste. The cask is so dominant that you don’t really notice it is a grain whisky at first! Dried fruits and tannins! The grain whisky influence is a bit more noticeable in the finish, where the dried fruits quiets a bit down (but just a bit!), and some vanilla and caramel joins the show.

Normally I love old grain whisky, because of the flavours they bring to the table, but here it is mainly the Sherry cask that dictates the flavours. Therefore, if you enjoy a heavily sherried whisky, this is for you – and just might also for you who normally don’t enjoy grain whisky! I will give this 89/100 (22/22/22/23).

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Dailuaine 9 yo (bottled 2018), James Eadie - SB, 46%

Review #712
This is from the “Small Batch” series and comes from 1st fill and refill Bourbon barrels, with the numbers #310561 & 310191. 703 bottles were made. Citrus, apples and sweet pears on the nose, with hints of new make spirit.

The taste is very much like the smell, however more “matured”. A bit darker in the flavours, but still the white fruits and citrusy notes. Some burned caramel and a touch of oak in the finish.

A fine dram, but nothing super exiting, and in my opinion, it is bottled too young. The finish is by far the best part, and saves the overall impression a bit. I will give this 80/100 (19/20/21/20).

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Dailuaine 8 yo (2007/2016), James Eadie - SB, 46%

Review #711
This is from the “Small Batch” series and comes from 1st fill Bourbon barrels, with the numbers #312447 - 312450. 1373 bottles were made. White fruits, vanilla and citrus on the nose. A bit of marzipan and banana chips as well.

Some more sweetness comes forward in the taste. Candied apples and butter biscuits. Hints of oak mixes with the white fruits. The finish is even more sweet, and stays for quite a while.

This is a good example of what good casks can do in just few years. So much flavour, and incredible sweetness. However, it is not a top scorer and it is still young, but for the age, it is quite good if you like Bourbon matured whiskies. I will give this 84/100 (20/21/22/21).