Aged Spirits  

Fahrenheit 173 - Whisky

"The king o' drinks, as I conceive it, Talisker, Isla or Glenlivit"   (R.L. Stevenson)

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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