Cadenhead master class - seven single cask single malts
| 16 Dec 2010 |
I visited just one master class at this year's "Whisky Ship" but it was a good one:
the Cadenhead's tasting with Peter & Peter (P. Currie from Springbank representing
Cadenhead's head office
and P. Siegenthaler from Cadenhead's Swiss branch). There I tasted the following seven single
cask single malts:
Glenrothes 1994 15 y.o. (53.8%):
Very nice nose: light and fresh with notes of vanilla, mint, apple, oak and cinnamon. Light, clean, subtle palate. Sweet
and fruity, develops spices and oak, then citrus at the end. Complex and beautifully balanced. Nice oaky finish.
All in all smooth and more-ish. (I usually find Glenrothes too sweet but this one is just right!)
Pulteney 1990 20 y.o. (56.9%):
Fragrant, fruity nose with notes of caramelized sugar, citrus and crème brûlée. Also briny with a note of peat.
Very nice, balanced palate - rich and sweet with vanilla and dark chocolate.
Macallan 1989 21 y.o. (53.8%):
Fresh, fruity nose with lemon and lime. Sweet, fruity palate with a note of orange, develops oak. Very nicely balanced.
(Comes from a bourbon cask, which is unusual for Macallan)
Ledaig 1993 16 y.o. (55.7%):
Interesting nose with notes of apple, cream and wood smoke but also a chemical note of solvent. Light, fresh palate with
notes of citrus fruits and vanilla. An unusually light and lightly peated Ledaig.
Longrow 1998 12 y.o. (55.7%):
Oily, peaty nose with coal, tar and a note of solvent (dirty boiler room). Earthy, peaty palate, also fairly sweet. Nice,
very peaty finish with notes of gingerbread and peppermint. All in all strange and unbalanced but the finish wins me over.
Laphroaig 1994 16 y.o. (53.0%):
Powerful nose with peat, coal, tar and iodine. Rich, sweet, malty, creamy and (of course) peaty palate.
Wonderful finish with peat, peppermint, iodine and citrus.
Ardbeg 1994 16 y.o. (57.0%):
Very peaty nose with iodine, burnt rubber, coal and tar. Light, sweet and very peaty palate with a minty note.
Very nice finish with lots of peat and notes of mint, apple and cinnamon.
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