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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Auchroisk 27 yo (1989/2016), Cadenhead’s Club, 57,3%

Review #793
Bottled for the Cadenhead’s Club, comes this 27 years old Sherry cask matured Auchroisk. Only 360 bottles were made. Oak and dried fruits in the smell. The tannins tickles the nose. Raisins and some cherries in the background.

Wow! Small explosion in the mouth. What a great mix of dried fruits and age in the taste! Sweet vanilla raisins and light toffee. Not as rich in the finish (still very good though). The oak creeps forward to measure up with the dried fruits.

Great Sherry cask matured whisky. The dried fruits are dominant with some great oak from the 27 years of maturation. Only thing I could wish for, was a bit more complexity. I will give this 89/100 (22/23/22/22).

Friday, August 16, 2019

Auchroisk 22 yo (1991/2014), Pearls of Scotland, 47,7%

Review #792
A Bourbon barrel with the cask number 102225, bottled by Gordon & Company. Only 209 bottles were made. Crisp white fruits in the smell. And alcohol - so don’t get too close! Fresh green apples and light floral notes.

Crisp apples again in the taste! The floral notes are more prominent compared to the smell. The white fruits are dominant in the finish, but some oak and caramel joins.

Not that complex but the balance is fine. A bit too floral for me, and unfortunately nothing special (actually quite forgettable...). I will give this 82/100 (21/20/20/21).

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Longmorn 15 yo, 45%

Review #791
This is the old discontinued 15 year old. Baked apples with sour creme in the smell. Loads of vanilla comes floating in and just a dash of exotic fruits (like pineapple and coconut) appears.

A little oak comes forward in the taste alongside hints of floral notes. Still, the white fruits are dominating. It's not fresh white fruits, but baked. Fruity sugary notes in the finish to compliment it all.

A fine whisky, where especially the finish, where all the flavours come together, and the balance are the highlights. Remember to pour yourself a big dram, as it just gets better and better by the sip! I will give this 86/100 (21/21/22/22).

Friday, August 2, 2019

Glenglassaugh 32 yo (1979/2011), Signatory, 43,7%

Review #790
This is matured in a hogshead, with the cask number #1545. Only 256 bottles were made. Crisp white fruits in the smell. Some oak and spices as well – mostly cinnamon, with a little caramel and vanilla in the back.

A bit and raw in the taste. Oak, burned caramel and just a hint of flowers. Some citrusy notes as well. The burned caramel shines through in the finish alongside some very dry oak. Very warming, and actually a quite long finish.

Some whiskies gets very complex and full of flavours when they get old. This is mostly just oaky… I tasted it blind, and I don’t think it would get so high ratings if most people tasted it blind. Well, taste is subjective, and some people like these “oaky waters”. I will give this 82/100 (21/20/21/20).

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Glenglassaugh Evolution, 50%

Review #789
This is matured in ex-Tennessee 1st fill barrels – formerly containing George Dickel. Seems quite young tho. Notes of new make and crisp white fruits in the smell. Loads of citrusy notes as well.

Again, loads of new make, with citrusy notes and apples in the taste. Not too strong considering the 50%. The finish doesn’t change too much from the taste, but the citrusy notes dominates, with malted barley on the side and a little burned caramel in the background.

This is just too undermatured for my liking… I don’t think there is anything wrong with the spirit, so older/longer maturation time, could possibly do wonders for this. Thankfully, they bottled it at 50%. I will give this 75/100 (18/19/19/19).

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Tormore 10 yo (circa 90s bottling), 43%

Review #788
An old official bottling from Tormore. You can still find some of these old bottlings, fair priced, on auctions. It´s full of vanilla in the smell. Crisp pears and a bit of grass. Almost like apple juice in the background.

White fruits and hints of burned caramel in the taste. Grassy notes again. Lemongrass and a bit of malted barley. Some burned oak peeps forward in the finish to accompany the white fruits, which is what sticks around.

Looking at the price vs quality, I would probably not buy this. However, it´s quite different from todays Tormore, and for that reason alone makes it quite interesting (in my opinion). I will give this 79/100 (20/19/20/20).

Monday, July 22, 2019

Tormore 13 yo (1990/2003), Chieftain's, 53%

Review #787
From Ian Macleod comes this Port finish, drawn from two casks with the cask numbers 90391-92. Only 1650 bottles were made. Sweet red fruits in the smell. The Port finish is clear – raisins and dried apricots.

A great mix of Tormore and Port cask maturation in the taste. Oak, vanilla, oak spices, raisins and hints of oranges. The finish is somewhat the same, but the dried fruits is more in focus here. Some red fruits – especially ripe cherries – as well.

It´s a proper finish, and you really notice the Port cask maturation, without it overpowering the whisky. It just might be a bit high rating, but this whisky is just right up my alley! I will give this 88/100 (22/22/22/22).

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Tormore 20 yo (1992/2012), Berry Bros & Rudd, 55,7%

Review #786
An uncoloured and unchillfiltered single cask from Berry Bros & Rudd. It´s from cask 100154. Dry oak, dirt and ripe apples in the smell. A bit strange combination, but the balance gets better after a couple of minutes in the glass.

Vegetation and those ripe white fruits again in the taste. The fruity sweetness is accompanied by some vanilla. Loads of tobacco and hay with the vanilla in finish. You don´t need a cigar alongside this!

I was a bit skeptic after the initial smell. But especially the play in the flavours in the taste and finish, really took me by surprise. What an interesting dram this is! If you are looking for a classic Speyside whisky, you should probably steer clear of this one. I will give this 87/100 (21/22/22/22).