Port Charlotte 2004 18 Year Old (Little Brown Dog)
Single Malt — ScotlandReviewed January 15, 2023(Good Spirits Co. Glasgow – Virtual Premium Whisky Tasting, 14 January 2023). Nose: Smoked meat, very savoury, damp peat, rubber, oaky and woody Palate: Smooth and meaty, honeyed, stewed orchard fruit, salty/saline, fruit salad, tobacco, soft fruity peat Finish: Medium long finish. Green pepper, onion gravy, salty, meaty, smoked paprika Filled: 06/07/2004 Bottled: 08/12/2022 1 of 270 bottles from a refill bourbon hogshead In it's 18 years maturing in a refill bourbon hogshead this has turned into a savoury, fruity and salty dram. This would definitely be a dram to ponder over. Absolutely delicious! Came third out of the six drams, with 20% of the final vote for favourite of the night. 76% of those present said they enjoyed the whisky.210.5 GBP per BottleThe Good Spirits Co.
Talisker 11 Year The Lustrous Creature of the Depths (2022 Special Release)
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandReviewed January 15, 2023(Good Spirits Co. Glasgow – Virtual Premium Whisky Tasting, 14 January 2023). Nose: BBQ meat, Frazzles crisps, furniture polish, citrus, coastal salt/saline Palate: Sweet, peppery, peat smoke, bonfire, oak char, dried fruit, salt/saline. Savoury salted caramel Finish: Long finish. Peppery, tannic dry smoke, salty. More dry peat. First fill ex-bourbon casks. This is a sweeter and saltier version than the standard 10 year old. Very tasty and very easy to drink - a quaffable dram! The peat is not as 'in your face' as the standard range, so this is somehow softer and milder than normal. Came last out of the six drams, with 4% of the final vote for favourite of the night. 64% of those present said they enjoyed the whisky.110.0 GBP per BottleThe Good Spirits Co.
Macallan 2000 Speymalt (Gordon and MacPhail)
Single Malt — ScotlandReviewed January 15, 2023(Good Spirits Co. Glasgow – Virtual Premium Whisky Tasting, 14 January 2023). Nose: Fruitcake, cinnamon, cloves, dried fruit Palate: Very sweet, apple, raisins, Demerara sugar, burned toffee, treacle, maple syrup. Quite a savoury note. Finish: Long finish. Heavily sherried, intense, malty, tobacco, char, wood/oak, maltloaf. Wisps of BBQ smoke, leather and liquorice. 1of 248 bottles Cask No: 3241 A sherry delivery vehicle, but with some complexity in the sugar and savoury malt loaf in addition to all the sherried dried fruits. Chewy and unctuous mouthfeel. Harks back to what gave Macallan it's good name and reputation back in the day. A very tasty and chewy sherry bomb. Came first out of the six drams, with 32% of the final vote for favourite of the night. 76% of those present said they enjoyed the whisky.299.5 GBP per BottleThe Good Spirits Co.
Bunnahabhain 1998 Calvados Cask Finish (Fèis Ìle 2022 Release)
Single Malt — ScotlandReviewed January 15, 2023(Good Spirits Co. Glasgow – Virtual Premium Whisky Tasting, 14 January 2023). Nose: Herbal, green, tree sap, struck match/sulphur, dates, prunes, toffee Palate: Sweet and fruity, malt, cereal, toffee apple, dried fruit (pressed dates & figs), wisps of peat smoke, savoury notes, light saline Finish: Medium long finish. Dark, spicy, green/herbal/grassy. Dark dried fruits. The smokiness builds on the finish and becomes dry on the aftertaste. Distilled: 25 November 1998 Bottled: 11 November 2019 Smooth, sweet and fruity. Loads of layers alternating between the malty cereal, through apple and pressed dates all the way to a herbal, grassy and smoky finish. This is a wee cracker of a dram! Came fifth out of the six drams, with 8% of the final vote for favourite of the night. 60% of those present said they enjoyed the whisky. This got my vote for favourite of the tasting.399.0 GBP per BottleThe Good Spirits Co.
Tobermory 27 Year Old 1995 (Thompson Bros.)
Single Malt — ScotlandReviewed January 15, 2023(Good Spirits Co. Glasgow – Virtual Premium Whisky Tasting, 14 January 2023). Nose: Light nose, kids sweets, herbal, oily, woody Palate: Oily, waxy, acidic, fruit (unripe pears), icing sugar, damp/dank, liquorice, cinnamon Finish: Medium long finish. Black tea, oak, caraway seeds, damp/dank, bitter walnut. 1of 285 bottles from a single refill hogshead Oily, damp, dank and a little filthy. Too oily for my palate. Intense, fruity and complex, with a chewy and unctuous mouthfeel. Interesting more than 'nice'. Came fourth out of the six drams, with 12% of the final vote for favourite of the night. 60% of those present said they enjoyed the whisky.220.0 GBP per BottleThe Good Spirits Co.
Dornoch Single Malt 2017 5 Year Old
Single Malt — ScotlandReviewed January 15, 2023(Good Spirits Co. Glasgow – Virtual Premium Whisky Tasting, 14 January 2023). Nose: Acetone, hairspray, Campino sweets, summer berries. Light herbal wisps Palate: Sweet & sour, malt, oak, very light char, caramel wisps, burnt sugar, orchard fruit, icing sugar Finish: Medium short finish. Burnt toffee, banana, earthy, dates, herbal. There's an artificial note on the aftertaste. 1of 72 bottles from a single octave cask £133.50 for a 50cl bottle Young and intense. There is an old fashioned feel to this whisky. Spirit forward, but with a load of cask influence. Savoury, woody and a little fruity. It is a little artificial tasting, but is strangely reminiscent of the whiskies I used to enjoy in my youth - most often when I used to go around the distilleries in the early 90's and get spirit straight from the cask before they all had 'visitor experiences' that sanitised the visits. Came second out of the six drams, with 24% of the final vote for favourite of the night. 68% of those present said they enjoyed the whisky.133.5 GBP per BottleThe Good Spirits Co.
Lagavulin Distillers Edition
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed December 19, 2022Nose: Damp peat smoke, sweet vanilla, plum jam, dried fruit Palate: Sweet peat smoke, dried fruit - dates, salted plum, prunes. Salt/ saline. White pepper and vanilla wisps Finish: Very long finish. Sweet, salted and peaty. There’s a huge hit of sweet dried fruit, with some fresh cranberries and orange peel. Dark chocolate, coffee and wisps of bonfire smoke Distilled 2005 Bottled 2020 Ex-Pedro Ximénez sherry cask finish This is a sweet, fruity and peaty dram. Much sweeter than the standard 16y/o, but maintaining the peat smoke backbone. The dried fruit is beautifully integrated with the damp peat smoke, giving a deep and luxurious note to this sweet whisky. Excellent dram.104.94 GBP per Bottle
Peated Single Malt — Island, ScotlandReviewed December 18, 2022Nose: Fruit - peach, apricot, pineapple. Lightly floral, wisps and hints of wood smoke Palate: Tropical fruit, vanilla, salted caramel and light citrus. There’s a light peated smokiness throughout, but not overtly Finish: Long finish. The finish is far more citrus/sour than the palate. There are more smoky, peaty and peppery notes, before edging towards a citrus and spicy (black pepper, chilli and ginger) aftertaste. This is a fruity and lightly smoky dram. The flavours are not completely integrated through the layers, with a completely different experience from the palate than the finish and aftertaste. It’s easy to drink and has a quite a creamy mouthfeel on the palate, which hardens into a sour and spicy finish. Generally OK.42.9 GBP per Bottle
Pomegranate Gremolata (SMWS)
Single Malt — ScotlandReviewed December 12, 2022Nose: Sweet, summer berries, raspberries, cranberries, caramel, slightly artificial, light baking spices Palate: More of the artificial summer berry, sweet, oak, vanilla, ginger, black pepper, caramel. Finish: Medium short finish. The finish is quite tight, more summer fruit, but more oak/wood and vanilla, caramel. The aftertaste is sweet and more creamy fruitiness. I’m not sure why the SMWS chose not to have a distillery code on this one, not much of a problem but an interesting departure for the society. This is a sweet and fruity dram. It doesn’t taste it’s 50% ABV. There’s a great, full bodied mouthfeel, loads of berry sweetness and a fair amount of oak and vanilla. Distilled: 11 May 2006 Bottled: 23 Feb 2021 1 of 1,367 bottles55.0 GBP per Bottle
Jura Red Wine Cask Finish
Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandReviewed December 12, 2022Nose: Sweet, slightly chemical. Forest fruit, berries, vanilla, caramel. Quite light on the nose. Palate: Spirit forward, barrel char, summer fruit, vanilla, citrus/lime, light tannic spiciness Finish: Medium long finish. Spicy - black pepper, ginger and chilli, toasted oak, maltiness, more of the summer fruit. Tannic on the aftertaste. Fruity and malty, there’s a nice spiciness throughout. Loads of summer fruit and berries with a dry, tannic note.38.94 GBP per Bottle