6 7 14
493 collection
270 reviews
5 friends
K
6 7 14
Wrote a review
Tasted at:
18/09/2019
Nose:
Sweet, creamy, butter dough, barley, light fusel oil notes, a hint of cinnamon, some vanilla, orange peel, sour oak on the background
Palate:
Medium-sweet, honeyed, overripe plums, berry jam, toffee, light ginger, slightly bitter oaky notes
Finish:
Sweet, cherry jam, some malty notes, tad nutty (pecan) with mild oaky tannins at the end
Conclusion:
Simple but rather balanced Macallan with obvious malty nature. Feels quite young despite 12 years of maturation with very subtle sherry influence. In addition, basic strengths makes this whisky quite watery. However, this expression can be a good introduction to single malts.
Rating:
7.8
K
6 7 14
Wrote a review

Bowmore 20 year old 1997/2018 cask 2414

Adelphi Distillery - Selection
8.7 (1)
Tasted at:
15/09/2019
Nose:
Sweet, sharp alcohol at the beginning, sherry, dried fruits (prunes, apricots, dates), a bit perfumy (lavender), dark chocolate, some wood polish and plastic bags, unexpected fresh cucumber note, some earthy/chalky feeling. With water: gets grassy, comes caramel and fresh tropical fruits (mango, banana), gentle smoke
Palate:
Sweet, a bit spicy (ginger), mussels, brine, smoked anchovy, black olives, dark berries jam, light minerality and bitter oak at the end
Finish:
Quite long, sweet, warm, smoky and ashy, atd nutty and leathery, slightly bitter at the end
Conclusion:
Decent Bomore, beautifully sherried, quite complex and quite different on the palate from what the nose suggests - rather coastal and mineral. This dram needs some time for aeration in a glass, otherwise it's quite sharp on alcohol.
Rating:
8.7

Bowmore 20 year old 1997/2018 cask 2414

K
6 7 14
Wrote a review

Talisker 8 year old 2010/2019 cask HL15623

Hunter Laing - The Old Malt Cask
8.8 (1)
Tasted at:
14/09/2019
Nose:
Sweet, very gently smoky, vivid syrup notes (which remind rum quite a lot), dried apricots and sultanas, plenty of vanilla, some lemon juice and overripe banana notes, light minerality, a hint of farmyard. Water amplifies sugar and minerality.
Palate:
Gently sweet, smoky, punchy and peppery, mineral with chalky notes, quite strong industrial notes, later comes salty feeling
Finish:
Pleasantly sweet, tad smoky with old leather notes, cold birch ashes, a hint of raw mushrooms
Conclusion:
Beautiful whisky, surprisingly complex for 8 yo expression. Very sweet and rum-like on the nose, it’s totally the opposite on its palate: minerally and industrial. The smokiness is really gentle here unlike in regular Talisker releases. Being eally expensive as for the age, however, this bottling definitely worth tasting
Rating:
8.8

Talisker 8 year old 2010/2019 cask HL15623

K
6 7 14
Wrote a review

Clynelish 25 year old 1993/2019 batch 19/079

Gordon & MacPhail - Connoisseurs Choice
9.0 (1)
Tasted at:
09/09/2019
Nose:
Sweet, waxy, a lot of fresh juicy fruits (yellow plums and apples, white grapes), a touch of vanilla, citrus zest, honey notes, some minerality, a bit of sour oak. Water amplifies honey and fruits, also releases some floral notes (chamomile)
Palate:
Slightly sweet, spicy (white and rose peppers), oily and slightly mineral, fruit soda, beeswax, dried apples, oatmeal with apple bites, lemon peel marmalade, quite strong oak
Finish:
Medium-long, getting dry quickly, somewhat herbal, leathery notes, fruit jam, dry tobacco and gentle slightly bitter oak
Conclusion:
Excellent bottling, mature, complex and rich. Oak is quite vivid here but it’s rather soft and well-integrated. Easy going on the full strengths, this whisky, however, tastes better diluted to 43-45%. Expensive and hard to find but definitely worth hunting.
Rating:
9.0

Clynelish 25 year old 1993/2019 batch 19/079

K
6 7 14
Wrote a review

Longmorn 27 year old 1992/2019 cask 48501

Signatory - Cask Strength Collection
8.9 (1)
Tasted at:
02/09/2019
Nose:
Sweet, buttery, sherried with a lot of dried fruits (prunes, raisins, cherries) and juicy dark berries (blackberries, mulberries, again cherries), pine resin notes, quite strong vanilla, a touch of old leather, sour oaky notes on the background
Palate:
Medium-sweet, gently spicy (nutmeg and cardamom) slightly astringent and noticeably woody (with wood polish notes), berry jam, syrup, roasted almonds, blood oranges and some notes of tropical fruits
Finish:
Long, sweet, gently oaky, nutty, slightly herbal, tobacco leaves at the end
Conclusion:
Excellent whisky, layered and complex, a good example of proper sherry maturation. Although oak is quite strong, it’s beautifully integrated here and just highlights heavy sherryness. Water doesn’t make any nose or palate changes so I would recommend drinking this dram neat. Quite heavily priced (~ 250€) bottling but we usually agree to pay for quality, right?
Rating:
8.9

Longmorn 27 year old 1992/2019 cask 48501

K
6 7 14
Wrote a review

Glen Moray 15 year old Bavarian Brotzeit cask 35.231

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
8.5 (1)
Tasted at:
29/08/2019
Nose:
Fresh, sweet, fruity (apples, yellow pears, tropical notes), some mineral/chalky notes, vanilla, fruit bubble gum, woody nuances, sweet mustard. Water releases honey and amplifies fruity notes.
Palate:
Slightly sweet, punchy with a lot of spices (chili, ginger), porridge, light minerality, sour orchard berries (red currants, gooseberries), bread crust, bitterish grapefruit zest
Finish:
Medium-long, slightly sweet at the beginning, with vegetables notes (radish, celery, spinach), a bit grassy,a hint of nutmeg, notes of oak at the end
Conclusion:
Pleasant whisky with beautiful fresh and fruity nose. The palate however is quite different from what the nose suggests - rather punchy and mineral. The balance is pretty good, although I didn’t like those bitterish palate notes. Also, I haven't got an impression of German food culture as SMWS bottling name suggests but those kinds of things are very individual of course.
Rating:
8.5

Glen Moray 15 year old Bavarian Brotzeit cask 35.231

K
6 7 14
Wrote a review
Tasted at:
28/08/2019
Nose:
Feeling young, perfumery, sweet, fruity (overripe yellow pears, some tropical fruits notes), vanilla, jelly bears, menthol, a hint of oak on the background. Water opens up fruit caramel notes and a hint of fusel oil
Palate:
Sweet, immediately bitterish, alcohol, spicy (mix of peppers), berry soda, strong fusel oils, vanilla butterscotch, later comes bitter oak
Finish:
Short, bitter, with alcohol feeling, some nutty notes, drying oak at the end
Conclusion:
A good example of whisky I wouldn’t recommend to anyone. It starts with misleadingly pleasant sweet and perfumery nose, which is, however, openly young. But the palate is a complete failure. Strong alcoholic and bitter taste with a lot of fusel oils. So it rather tastes like a new make but not really a whisky. The finish is a continuation of the palate: short, spirituous, bitter, monotone. I’m not that familiar with mizunara profile but I really cannot find here something unusual, which differs from traditionally matured malts. And finally the last but not least - this whisky’s price. How much? Starting from over one hundred bucks?! The world of whiskies is really going mad nowadays, especially regarding Japanese products.
Rating:
7.5

Kaiyo Cask Strength

K
6 7 14
Wrote a review
Tasted at:
22/08/2019
Nose:
Fresh, sweet, fruity (overripe plums and pears, apricots, some tropical fruits, eg. pineapples), a hint of chalk, wood polish, vanilla, citruses, herbs, menthol notes, some wood
Palate:
Sweet, quite spicy (mostly ginger), fruit bubble gum, red orchard berries, lemon curd dessert, eucalyptus, light minerality, bitter oak at the end
Finish:
Short, slightly sweet and fruity (peachy) with some herbal notes, a bit grassy, with a hint of oak
Conclusion:
Pleasant whiskey, balanced and tasty but it doesn’t make the “wow” impression, which you suppose to get seeing word “mizunara” on the label. I didn’t have any previous experience with mizunara finish/maturation but I hardly can see here something really unusual. Maybe the reason is that specific mizunara-induced profile requires long (15+ years) maturation, which is naturally impossible to obtain during even long finishing. But once more: this is a nice whiskey, which worth its every cent
Rating:
8.7

Glendalough 13 year old Mizunara Oak