Tomatin 12 Year Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted November 5, 2022Very restrained nose. Pencil shavings, unripe banana, freshly mowed lawn. The palette is dry and tart with grapefruit, pineapple and mango. A medium finish with celery and a hint of sweet ginger.
Glen Scotia 12 Year (2022 Seasonal Release)
Single Malt — Campbeltown, ScotlandTasted November 4, 2022That famous Glen Scotia character is here in spades. This is the best seasonal release I have tried from them. Nose: stewed fruits, burnt matches, dark tobacco and hazelnuts. That classic Glen Scotia salty, briny background. Palette: Caramel, toasted nuts, brown sugar, smoky barrel char. Needs a little water to tame the high ABV. Delicate strawberry and banana notes linger in the finish.
Mortlach 12 Year Old 2009 Signatory Vintage
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted October 21, 2022A spicy honey nose with dried summer hay and a very faint, peppery smoke. The arrival is on the nippy side, like a bite of hot chilli, which develops into a sweet fruity gingerbread. The bourbon cask influence comes in on the finish with a lingering vanilla and toffee. A nice presentation of Mortlach that leaves the character of the spirit front and centre. Would have scored higher but it does come in a little hot for my taste.
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted October 14, 2022Nose: The nose has pencil shavings, watermelon, grapes and pear. Arrival: Creamy mango, papaya, and strong grapefruit notes. Orange and lemon. An alcohol bite that comes from youth. The finish is dry and a little short, probably due to the chill-filtration. Lacks a little depth and substance but very good value for the 27 pounds I paid for it. A good budget dram.
Inchgower 2008 13yo Signatory Un-Chillfiltered Collection
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted August 16, 2022Nose: floral, citrus and herbaceous notes. Bread and butter pudding. Taste - A crisp grapefruit arrival. Sharp green apples, pears and black pepper. Chilli and wood spices take centre stage in the development, and the finish is long with a mellow sweetness. An extremely good value malt. I’m starting to really trust Signatory in delivering quality bottlings, and this one is at a very good price.
Benromach Cask Strength Vintage 2010
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted August 14, 2022Nose: Heavy raisin, dates and fig notes, balanced with blackcurrants. Gingerbread. Burnt honey. The first thing you notice on the arrival is the thick and sticky mouth feel. The arrival is a burst of fresh fruit, with dark chocolate and the gentlest smoky background in the development. There’s lingering green tea and banana in the finish. A fantastic presentation of an interesting malt spirit. Excellent.
Longmorn 2005 Distillery Labels (Gordon & MacPhail)
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted August 6, 2022A delicate nose, with light floral notes and a confectionary undertone. The arrival is creamy and sweet, with chocolate, toffee and caramel that quickly join cherry, liquorice and wood spices in the development. The finish is long with the toffee and caramel returning. A really top-notch release from G&M that shows off Longmorn at its best.
Deanston 18 Year Old Bourbon Matured
Single Malt — ScotlandTasted June 24, 2022Nose: blackcurrant, leather, stewed apple. Taste: intense wood spices, floral pine and lemon oil. Finish: sweet green grass, ginger and vanilla. One of the best value 18 year olds and a fantastic dram.
Clynelish 14 Year
Peated Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted May 14, 2022The nose is a little shy, and while there’s fruit and a wisp of peat smoke it doesn’t give much away, even with a little water. The arrival however is a honeyed fruit-bomb made of waxy apples, pears and peaches. There’s citrus fruit in the mix too. Oak spice and peat emerge in the development. Sweet vanilla and ginger linger in the finish. This is really good example of how to balance fruit and peat. And it’s very, very tasty.
Nikka Pure Malt Black Whisky
Peated Blended Malt — JapanTasted May 1, 2022The nose brings a gentle minty peat. Theres some dark fruit and a maltiness that presents as damp, days-old grass cuttings. The arrival is sharp, spicy and dry. The peat starts to assert itself in the development, with wood spice and ginger. The mintiness returns on the finish. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad blended Japanese whisky. Maybe I just need to try more! But this is a solid and affordable blend that can definitely be sipped on its own.