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"If it's not good enough to drink slowly, then it's not worth drinking"

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. (86 p)

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. (88 p)

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) (89 p)

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). (91 p)

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. (90 p)

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