Dram data: Distillery: Ben Nevis
Age: 49 years
Limitation: 524 bottles (50cl)
unchillfiltered; natural colour Whiskybase link
The nose opens with very noticeable, fragrant old wood on dried dark fruits. Like entering a carpenter’s cupboard where he hides his old dried snack plums. Continue reading →
On the 22nd of April 2015 whisky geeks on twitter followed the call from Steve Rush (@TheWhiskyWire) and @ArranWhisky to taste four different drams from the beautiful distillery on the Isle of Arran under the Hashtag #ArranWhisky
Thanks everyone involved for the great time and organising the event – looking forward to the next tweet tasting!
You can find detailed tasting notes on all the drams we tasted on the night below. (The 18yo tasting notes are a bit expanded from my original review on this site, no need to completely rewrite them 😉 )
Also see my travel report here for more information about the distillery. Continue reading →
Dram data: Distillery: Glen Elgin
Bottler: Scotch Single Malt Circle for Scots Whisky Forum, Collection No. 4
Age: 26 years
Limitation: 111 bottles
unchillfiltered; natural colour Whiskybase link
The nose opens rather dark and moody, driven by active wood. It doesn’t say on the label but I’m going with European Oak (possibly 2nd fill with a not too long previous fill). Old oak spices, like licking an old cabinet from the room of a heavy smoker. This isn’t peated whisky, but oak can impart smoky smelling flavours, that’s the case here. Continue reading →
When on Islay one of the must-do tours is the warehouse tasting at Lagavulin, especially if Iain “Pinkie” McArthur is hosting it. This year will mark his 45th year in the whisky industry and during that time he’s probably forgotten more about whisky than some of us will ever learn in a lifetime. He’s fun, engaging and famous for baptising people with Lagavulin when sloshing it around after pouring from the casks. But this article is not about the warehouse experience – it’s about the whisky we (my two brothers and I) got to taste in the summer of 2014. I was the designated driver so I decanted most of what I was served into sample bottles and tasted them later on.
10yo “Baby Lagavulin” from an ex-Sherry cask (Hogshead?) Colour: red copper Nose: Young, a bit harsh and spirity, peat smoke, hints of dried fruits in the background. With water: Sweeter, less peaty, still young-ish in style Palate: Alcoholic, strong, some new make still to be detected? Bonfire smoke. With water: Less intensity, still young and metallic, more sweetness and fruits in the background Finish: Coating, sweet, phenolic, lingering for some time, not overly complex Verdict: Very young, really “baby” Lagavulin – too young to “die”. Score: 79 Continue reading →
Dram data: Distillery: Benromach
Bottler: Original Bottling
Age: 8-9 years
Limitation: 3600 bottles
Casks: 18 months Sassicaia finish
Probably chill filtered; natural colour Whiskybase link (where you can also find my initial tasting notes on this dram from a year ago 😉 )
The nose opens with a hint of light, fragrant campfire smoke paired with a summer fruit sweetness which begs to be investigated further. Continue reading →
Colour: Bright gold
The nose is light and a wee bit shy with the alcohol dominating slightly over the delicate notes. Dried summer flowers mixed with hay. Violets, roses and the faintest hint of lilac. Continue reading →
In the past year there were 68 whisky reviews, 3 dedicated picture posts and 12 miscellaneous articles.
I am very happy to report I am still staying true to my initial vision: An industry-independent blog, focusing on reviews of drams and stating my thoughts. The site is also completely free from advertising and the big corporate Analytics networks tracking us all over the web. I am very happy with the way it is progressing, visitor numbers are on the rise (especially the last 3-4 months) and the feedback is amazing.
There are still some areas with room for improvement. I haven’t completed the 2014 Scotland travelogue series, I haven’t managed to put up a report from any of the events I attended. I was just too busy chatting and dramming to think about taking pictures. Sorry about that. There have also been less articles on current topics and issues than I would’ve liked, but there are only 24 hours in a day.
I’m hopeful I’ll manage to post more general articles in the next 12 months and I hope I can expand my reader base the way it has been going for the last several months. I will definitely carry on publishing 2 tasting notes per week (Sunday and Wednesday) with the odd review and whisky related picture sneaking in here and there off schedule.
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Dram data: Distillery: Glentauchers
Bottler: Dewar Rattray
Cask: Sherry Puncheon 900389
unchillfiltered and uncoloured Whiskybase link
The nose opens with a very distinctive sweetness of honey and malt. Creamy toffee, milk chocolate, caramelised almonds and custard with a flowery (lilac, violets), powdery perfume note on top. Continue reading →
Colour: light gold
The nose starts out creamy and jammy with vanilla pudding, sweet cream, strawberries, gooseberries, green peaches, kiwi, slightly sour grapes, grape kernel bitterness, a hint of lemon, malt and woody notes in the background. Continue reading →