Aged Spirits  

Fahrenheit 173 - Aged Spirits

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

Seven single cask whiskies from Signatory

 18 May 2011  

Bladnoch 1974 cask 283, 25 y.o. (54.8%):
Sherried, very nice nose with dried fruits, orange marmalade, oak and a little peat. Rich, big palate - fruity and zesty with orange, apricot, honey and oak. Oaky finish with a note of citrus. All in all bouncy and en­ter­tain­ing, very nice and more-ish. By far the nicest Bladnoch I've tried! (Thanks, Lukas!) (90 p)

Caperdonich 1970 cask 3335, 38 y.o. (43.5%):
Unusual yet fairly nice nose with oak, linseed oil and note of vanilla. The oaky character is similar to a Spanish brandy. Rich, dry, nutty palate, very oaky and rather dry but saved by a nice note of pepper­mint. Dry, spicy, dis­ap­point­ing finish with mostly oak but also a note of gin­ger­bread. Verdict: Quite dis­ap­point­ing as it's spent much too long in the wood. (82 p)

Dufftown 1984, 25 y.o. (58.1%):
Complex, rather nice nose - very sherried with prunes, figs, gin­ger­bread and oak (re­min­is­cent of a Spanish brandy). Rich, sherried palate, at first sweet then drying. Fairly oaky but very dry finish. (85 p)

Glencadam 1989, 19 y.o. (57.6%):
Very nice nose with dried fruits and orange marmalade, also a note of gin­ger­bread. Nice, rich, sweet palate, also spicy. Hot, spicy, slightly dis­ap­point­ing finish. (86 p)

Glenlochy 1980, 29 y.o. (52.8%):
Fragrant, very fruity, very nice nose with orange, lemon, crème brûlée and vanilla, also oak. Sweet, fruity palate with citrus and pepper­mint, de­velops oak. Oaky, spicy finish. (87 p)

Imperial 1982, 27 y.o. (58.3%):
Orange marmalade, apricot and lemon on the nose but also a note of sulphur (but adding water tames it a little). Sweet, bal­anced palate with orange, de­velops oak, gin­ger­bread, white pepper and some heat. Nice spicy, oaky finish with a note of basil. (86 p)

North British 1963, 45 y.o. (50.7%):
A single grain whisky. Huge, fragrant nose with vanilla, caramelized sugar and lemon candy - rum-like and very nice but there's also a note of solvent. Fruity palate with mango and citrus but also dry and fairly oaky. (86 p)

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