Four single malts and a single grain from Cadenhead's
| 5 Dec 2013 |
Royal Lochnagar Rum Cask 1996 17 y.o. (57.4%):
Dense, quite oaky nose, also herbal with a note of dried fruits. Rich, sweet, quite oaky palate with a nice
refreshing minty note. Also notes of brown sugar, crème brûlée and orange marmalade. Oaky, spicy finish.
Shows a lot more rum wood character than the Glen Elgin does but here it's a little exaggerated.
Glen Elgin Rum Cask 1991 22 y.o. (56.8%):
Very nice nose with oak, peppermint, brown sugar and citrus. Rich, sweet, chewy palate with oak and orange
marmalade. Dry, quite oaky finish, spicy and hot. All in all very nice but the finish is too oaky. Shows a nice and
balanced influence from the rum wood.
Glencraig 1981 31 y.o. (50.8%):
Fruity, quite oaky nose with orange candy and oak shavings. Unfortunately also a flowery note. Unusual.
Sweet, fruity palate with apples and pears (pears in syrup), develops notes of oak and orange marmalade.
Very nice! Nice finish with notes of oak and orange. All in all unusual and uneven but very nice.
(Distilled in Lomond stills at the Glenburgie distillery)
Highland Park 1985 28 y.o. (48.3%):
The nose is subtle, complex and very nice with oak, green fruits, vanilla and mint, also a hint of peat. Rich, sweet,
fruity palate with notes of vanilla and oak. It's sweet, fruity and oaky in a beautiful balance. The finish is oaky and
spicy but very nice. By far the best independent bottling of HP I've tried (and one of the best bottlings overall).
Girvan 1979 33 y.o. (46%):
Fresh, fragrant, rum-like nose with citrus and crème brûlée, also notes of oak and dark chocolate. Wonderful!
The palate is at first sweet with a note of citrus but quickly drying and turns spicy and oaky. The finish is dry and oaky
but has nice notes of gingerbread and mint. All in all it starts with a wonderful nose but goes downhill from there.
All my tasting notes on whisky from Cadenhead's
All my tasting notes on whisky from Highland Park
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Five single malts starting with T
| 26 Nov 2013 |
These are whiskes I presented at a recent tasting - another attempt at dispelling the myth
that Talisker is the only single malt Scotch beginning with T that is worth drinking =)
There is some truth to the myth, I admit, but not all of the T-whiskies are trash!
Tormore 1988, 21 y.o. (Single Malts of Scotland, 64.8%):
Fragrant nose with vanilla and oak shavings (makes me suspect use of new oak). Also fruity and a little flowery
with a note of straw (like an old barn). Quite nice. The palate is sweet and fruity (candy-like) with oak shavings and
a note of mint. Also flowery, unfortunately. Drying and develops oak. Oaky, spicy finish.
Conclusion: Oak, oak and oak (and I'm not so keen on that flowery note).
Tomintoul 1989, bottled 2008 (Scott's Selection, 56.9%):
Unusual nose with oak shavings, lemon drops and a note of pickles. The palate is surprisingly nice after the
strange nose: sweet and smooth with oak shavings, citrus and peppermint. The finish is rather oaky and spicy;
a little dull, in fact. All in all unusual and quite oaky but the nice palate pushes the score up a bit.
Tamdhu 1984, bottled 2011 (Scott's Selection, 49.6%):
The nose is fruity with notes of orange marmalade and orange candy, also oak and malt. Very nice!
The palate is light and sweet, clean and fresh with notes of lemon, orange, mint and oak. Balanced and more-ish.
Drying, develops oak. Orange, honey and a note of mint on the finish. Also oaky and peppery with a hint of dried fruits.
All in all nice and more-ish but the finish is a little too hot and oaky.
Tomatin 1988, bottled 2011 (Scott's Selection, 50.6%):
Oaky, fruity nose with notes of wild berries, dried plums, mint, custard and cocoa. Complex and unusual
but very nice. The palate is sweet, chewy and fruity, develops notes of mint and oak. Fresh and very nice.
Very nice, refreshing finish with notes of mint, vanilla and cream, also oak.
All in all unusual, interesting and complex yet very nice and very drinkable.
Tamnavulin 40 y.o. (Single Malts of Scotland, 40.4%):
Wonderful, fragrant nose with tropical fruits, oak, linseed oil, marzipan and vanilla.
The palate is at first rich and oaky then turns smoother and sweeter with light, fresh notes of citrus and mint.
The finish is light, minty and refreshing at first, then grows richer as the oak returns together with ginger.
All in all very nicely balanced with a fascinating development. Amazingly fresh for its age!
All my tasting notes on single malts beginning with T
Rare single malts from closed distilleries
| 23 Apr 2013 |
Caperdonich 1972, bottled 2010 (Duncan Taylor, 51.4%):
The nose is quite oaky (oak shavings) with a dull, earthy note but also nice, fresh notes of vanilla, citrus and mint.
The palate is light, subtle and balanced with vanilla and lovely fruity notes of peach and apricot. Develops oak. Oaky,
peppery finish with a note of mint that lingers to the end. Verdict: tentative nose but lovely palate and nice finish.
Lochside 1981, 30 y.o. (Cadenhead, 54.9%):
Huge nose with oak shavings (and lots of it). It's almost vulgar but also has nice notes of citrus and fudge.
After that nose the palate is surprisingly nice: smooth, sweet and fruity with notes of orange and honey. It's still oaky but
to a lesser degree. Very nice, in fact. The finish is oaky but with nice notes of cream, mint and wild berries.
All in all uneven but actually quite nice. (The oaky character makes me suspect a new oak finish.)
Inverleven 1977, 34 y.o. (Signatory, 48.7%):
Fragrant, fruity nose with notes of apple, pear and melon, also vanilla and oak shavings. Amazingly fresh for a 34 y.o.
Fresh, sweet, fruity palate with notes of mint and citrus. Drying, develops oak. The finish is oaky (but not overly so)
and spicy with a note of gingerbread. Very nice. All in all balanced and more-ish. Very fresh for its age.
Glenlochy 1980 cask 2827, 25 y.o. (Signatory, 55.3%):
Malt, honey and orange on the nose. Rather oaky with oak shavings, also a bit sour. Not entirely balanced.
The palate is at first sweet and zesty with citrus and honey, then malty and oaky with a note of mint. Light and
rather nice. Lovely finish with oak and a refreshing citrus note. In the end spicy with notes of gingerbread and mint.
All in all quite nice and more-ish but a little splintered.
Glenlochy 1980 cask 3021, 31 y.o. (Signatory 53.1%):
The nose is quiet at first and takes a while to open up but turns out to be rather wonderful with vanilla and tropical
fruits, also oak and malt. Light, sweet and smooth palate with vanilla and citrus. Develops oak and a note of mint.
Balanced and very nice. Oaky finish with notes of malt and butter but it's mostly oaky and a bit dull (disappointing
after the lovely nose and palate).
Convalmore 1969, bottled 1997 (Connoiseurs Choice, 40%):
Lovely sherried nose with notes of dried fruits, marzipan, honey, oak and coconut. The palate is mild, sweet and subtle
with heather honey, mint and a note of gingerbread. Oaky, peppery finish with a note of gingerbread. Fairly dry.
Ends with a note of cardboard. A little disappointing. Verdict: The nose shows signs of greatness but the palate and
finish don't quite deliver on the promise.
Banff 1974, bottled 1996 (Connoiseurs Choice, 40%):
The nose is quite oaky with notes of caramelized sugar, vanilla and coconut, also a little peat. It's "dark", earthy
and a little dull. The palate is rich with a heavy oak character but the oak is beautifully offset by light, fresh notes of
vanilla, mint and citrus. Lovely! The finish has oak, gingerbread and a note of mint. All in all uneven yet very nice.
Banff 1975, 36 y.o. (Malts of Scotland, 43.8%):
Fragrant nose with vanilla, almonds, coconut, apricot and orange. Also notes of cocoa and chocolate ice cream.
Wonderful! Reminds me of 1960s Springbank. The palate is rich, fruity and yummy, also oaky and fairly spicy.
Milder, sweeter and even nicer with a drop of water. Oak, vanilla and mint on the finish (but mostly oak). Slightly
dull and a little disappointing after the nose and palate. (Water kills the nose, so first enjoy the nose undiluted,
then add water before tasting. Or use two glasses.)
(Some of these were samples I received from Lukas and Bernhard. Thanks!)
A vertical tasting of Old Pulteney
| 15 Apr 2013 |
Old Pulteney 12 y.o. (40%):
Fragrant, yummy nose with tropical fruits, honey and malt. The palate is fresh, fruity, malty and fairly sweet.
Mild and nice (but not as nice as the nose). On the finish the fruits fade and are replaced by malt and oak,
also a little spicy heat. All in all entertaining, drinkable and easy-going. A great session malt. (Good value, too)
Old Pulteney 17 y.o. (46%):
Quiet yet rather nice nose with oak, gingerbread. Oak, gingerbread and dried fruits on the palate,
also notes of mint and citrus. Mild despite the 46% (but improves with a drop of water). Oaky, peppery
finish. All in all complex, subtle and balanced. Very nice!
Old Pulteney 21 y.o. (46%):
Very nice nose with honey, orange marmalade, crème brûlée and oak. Rich palate with oak, honey and orange
marmalade. Quite oaky and fairly dry. Mild for 46% so water is not necessary (but adding a drop makes it sweeter
and less dry). Oaky, dry, peppery finish with a note of gingerbread. Warming. All in all nice but on the oaky side.
Old Pulteney 30 y.o. (40.1%):
Fragrant, fruity nose with vanilla, coconut, custard and a note of oak. Wonderful! Mild, sweet, balanced
palate with notes of vanilla and oak. Very, very nice but actually a little disappointing after the brilliant nose.
Oaky finish with a note of mint.
All my tasting notes on Old Pulteney
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