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Six single cask single malts from Cadenhead

 6 Dec 2011  

Here are the first of the whiskies I tried at the "Whisky Ship" in Zürich last weekend:

Aberlour 1989 21 y.o. (57.5%):
From a bourbon hogshead (unusual for Aberlour). Nice, fresh, fruity nose with notes of citrus (lemon drops), oak and mint. Fairly light palate with sweet fruits and oaky spices in a very nice bal­ance. Oaky, dry finish (slightly dis­ap­point­ing). (86 p)

Bladnoch 1990 21 y.o. (53.5%):
Fresh, fruity nose with notes of lemon and lime, also oak and vanilla. Quite nice yet a little sour. Fruity palate with notes of citrus and mint. At first briefly sweet, then drying, de­velops notes of oak and cardboard. Not bad, but a little dull. Dry, mostly oaky finish. All in all dis­ap­point­ing despite the promising nose. (83 p)

Caperdonich 1980 27 y.o. (56.8%):
On the nose it's nice yet a little shy with notes of honey, orange marmalade and vanilla. Sweet palate with honey and citrus. Also oaky and a little spicy. Notes of vanilla and custard. Fresh, smooth and bal­anced. Nice finish with notes of oak, orange and pepper­mint. Surprisingly light and fresh for its age. (From the Chairman's Stock line.) (89 p)

Glenfarclas 1990 21 y.o. (54.3%):
Unusually for Glenfarclas, this came from a bourbon hogshead. Fresh, in­ter­est­ing nose with notes of apples, pears and calvados. Un­for­tu­nately also a sour, disturbing note. Very nice palate, however: sweet, fruity and zesty, also oaky. Drying, de­velops more oak. Dry, oaky, spicy finish. Dis­ap­point­ingly dry. (85 p)

Glenlossie 1993 18 y.o. (sherry wood, 55.1%):
Quite nice nose with notes of oak, gin­ger­bread, cardamom and honey. Big, very oaky palate with dried fruits (reminiscent of a Spanish brandy). Sweet at first, then drying. De­velops gin­ger­bread. Oak and gin­ger­bread on the finish. Dry yet nice. All in all power­ful and quite sherried but rather nice. (87 p)

Pulteney 1990 21 y.o. (56.7%):
On the nose it's a little shy yet nice and fresh with notes of citrus, vanilla, custard, oak and pepper­mint. Rich, chewy palate. Sweet, fruity and fairly oaky with notes of honey, orange marmalade and malt. Very nice! Oaky, fairly spicy finish. Nice and complex with notes of citrus, spongecake and mints. Black pepper at the end. (88 p)

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