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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!) (89 p)

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. (88 p)

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) (87 p)

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. (86 p)

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. (83 p)

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. (89 p)

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. (88 p)

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