Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Ardnamurchan AD/12:14 CK.440 (2014/2021), 59,1%

Review #846
This is an unpeated Ardnamurchan single cask, from a Spanish oak Sherry Butt, with the cask number 440. 693 bottles were made. Some dry, dried fruit sweetness in the smell. A touch of oak and vanilla-raisins. Also, a touch of cloves in the background – very intriguing!

Very dry in the taste (in the very good Oloroso kind of way). Loads of dry fruits, with a touch of spices. Just a hint new make notes in the background. The finish is long and warm, and the spices comes a bit forward.

What a smell, what a taste, what a finish and what a balance! This six year old (yes – SIX year old) Sherry matured single cask got it all (except for the elegance of an old whisky)! I’m a fan of Ardnamuchan – that’s it! I will give this 91/100 (23/22/23/23).

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Ardnamurchan AD/04.21:03, 46.8%

Review #845
This is the third release from Ardnamurchan. It is bottled in 2021 and consist of 50/50 peated and unpeated spirit, 65/35 Bourbon and Sherry casks, and 17.502 bottles were made. White fruits and gentle peat in the smell. Fresh cut grass and honey.

First impression is very mild, considering that it is almost 47%. The taste is more or less a repetition of the smell. Even though the taste is mild, it actually stays for quite a bit in the finish. Here, the warming gentle peat is in focus.

The balance is great, and it is amazing just how much they are getting out of this young whisky. I wish the taste were a bit more flavourful – that would have given this whisky a notch up the rating ladder! I will give this 84/100 (21/20/21/22).

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Glasgow Distillery, 1770 Peated (2020) – Rich & Smoky, 46%

Review #844
This peated version from Glasgow Distillery, is matured in virgin oak casks, and finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks. Thick syrupy-like smell. Dried fruits and light meaty peat. Some oak and oak spices in the background.

The peat is the first that hits my palate. A bit more forward in the taste, compared to the smell. Dried fruits and leather. Quite dry in the finish, where some vanilla and spices joins the show. Cinnamon and black pepper.

I am convinced – Glasgow Distillery master the art of peated whisky as well. And a great example as well, where either the peat nor the PX casks overwhelms the flavours in the whisky, but compliment each other very well. I will give this 87/100 (22/22/22/21).

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Glasgow Distillery, 1770 - 2019 Release, 46%

Review #843
This is the 2019 Release from Glasgow Distillery. It is matured in first fill ex-Bourbon casks and finished in virgin oak. Fresh white fruits in the smell. Some grass and vanilla as well, with a bit of toffee in the background.

Quite full in the taste, for such a young whisky. It is the finish in the virgin oak casks that gives it this oaky and spicy palate. Loads of vanilla mixes with the spices and oak in the finish, alongside some butterscotch.

A fine whisky, but an even better example of why I can’t wait to try some older whisky from Glasgow Distillery. The spirit is fantastic, and even at this age, they can produce some whisky that is worth the while. I will give this 82/100 (20/21/21/20).

Monday, May 17, 2021

Glasgow Distillery, 1770 – Triple Distilled Release No. 1 (2020), 46%

Review #842
This is the first release of Triple Distilled whisky from Glasgow Distillery. It is fully matured in virgin oak casks. Sweat over ripe pears on the nose. Cherries and vanilla. After a couple of minutes, some nutty notes comes forward.

A bit more youthful in the taste. Malted barley and spices. A bit of herbs as well. The finish is medium long, and it is mostly the virgin oak influence that is left behind. Quite oaky in the end.

The smell is the most attractive part of this whisky. The taste couldn’t quite follow, and the finish were a bit too simple and oaky for me. It’s not bad, and I am still really curious about what we can expect from Glasgow Distillery in the future. I will give this 81/100 (22/20/20/19).

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Linkwood 12 yo (2008/2020), Wilson & Morgan – Barrel Selection, 58%

Review #841
A two cask, cask strength release from Wilson & Morgan, from the casks #308645-308646. Only 548 bottles were made. Light and fresh at first in the smell. Then it starts to open up, and dried fruit appears. Dates and raisins alongside marzipan, oranges and nuts.

Here, the dried fruits and high ABV comes rushing in straight away. Sweet vanilla raisins and chocolate in the taste. Very delicious, with vanilla and candied oranges and apples in the background! The finish is long, and this “rum-raisin-chocolate” flavour keeps pampering your palate.

A Sherry finish like it should be - I need to try this in a Chesterfield in front of a fireplace! I know it is only a relatively short finish, but in this case, the PX casks and the ex-Bourbon maturation just complement each other so well. A fantastic balance between the vanilla and the sweet dried fruits. I will give this 91/100 (22/23/23/23).

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Torabhaig 2017, The Inaugural Release, 46%

Review #840
The first edition in the ”Legacy Series”, and the first official release from Torabhaig, the new distillery on Isle of Skye. Nice mellow peat in the smell. Vegetation and fresh white fruits.

A little alcohol at first, but when the flavours starts to flow in, you get some peat and vanilla in the taste. Hay, crisp apples and some peppery notes in the finish. The finish is actually quite long, considering the age, and especially the peppery notes stays for quite a while.

Luckily, they have bottled it at 46%, and adding the peat, you can mask quite a lot of the youthfulness in this whisky. A very good first edition from a new distillery, when you take the age into consideration. I will give this 83/100 (20/21/21/21).

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Tomatin 18 yo, Oloroso Sherry Casks, 46%

Review #839
This 18 year old Tomatin have gotten a final maturation in first fill Oloroso Sherry Butts. After a couple of minutes in the glass, it really starts to open up. Dried fruits and marmalade in the smell.

A taste explosion at first in the taste. Besides the dried fruits, you get a little citrus at first and then some oak and coconut. The finish is just sweet and smooth, with the sherried notes staying behind for quite a while.

This just reminds me of a good old Scotch whisky. A bottle that will last for a while, as you can sit and enjoy a dram for quite some time. The Oloroso Sherry butts is really doing a great job, and I wouldn’t mind Tomatin making a full Oloroso matured 18 year old! I will give this 88/100 (22/21/23/22).