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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).

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Singleton of Dufftown, Spey Cascade, 40%

Review #821
This is a Singleton from Dufftown distillery. It is matured in ex-Bourbon and Sherry casks. Fresh and citrusy in the smell, with hints of sweet raisins. A bit of caramel as well in the background.

A bit youngish in the taste. Some grassy notes accompany the citrus. Not much happens here... Unfortunately a bit watery in the finish. However, it is some of the good flavours that stays behind.

This is not an overly exiting experience... However, the price tag is very low (somewhere at least), and I wouldn't mind have it as a sidedish for some beers. Then again, I would probably still choose something better, even for that... I will give this 78/100 (20/19/20/19).

Monday, February 10, 2020

Glen Scotia 15 yo (1999/2014), Cadenhead’s - Sherry, 58,7%

Review #820
This is from the Wood Range series and is bottled from a Sherry cask. Only 588 bottles were made. A lot of dates and over ripe plums in the smell. Oak as well, but somehow it still feels light and sweet.

Oak and tannins in the taste. The tannins had me quite surprised at first, after the lightness in the smell. The tannins carries all the way out in the finish. Some fruity sweetness and dried fruits comes forward as well.

I’m not very sensitive to Sulphur, but I think you have to stay clear of this if you are! For a 15 years old Sherry cask matured whisky, I find it lacking some complexity. Not much is going on here… I will give this 85/100 (22/21/21/21).