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Friday, August 11, 2017

Caol Ila DE (2003/2015), 43%

Review #513
This is the 2015 Distillers Edition and it is finished in Moscatel wine casks. Light sweet peat in the smell. Very gentle on the nose. Very sweet actually. Dried apricots, fresh peaches and peachy sweetness.

More peat in the taste, but still very sweet. Still the fresh fruit sweetness, but mixed with some sugary dessert-like sweetness. The finish is sweet as well, with warm peat. It is medium to long. Some ashes is also present in the background.

Like most Distillers Edition´s, this is very enjoyable. Classic Caol Ila, but with a fun, and suitable, sweet touch. Yet it holds its Islay character. I can only dream about how this would be at cask strength! I will give this 86/100 (21/22/22/21).

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Port Dundas 27 yo (1988/2016) DL Old Particular, 57,3%

Review #512
From Douglas Laing comes this refill hogshead with the cask number DL 11129. Only 249 bottles were made. Very sweet in the smell. Elegant oak and peaches. Honey and wood spices.

Again the sweetness is dominant in the taste, and that is meant in the most positive way! The oak tickles your tongue and carries on the finish that goes on forever. The sweetness, sugary burned caramel, gets a bit subdued but funnily enough, it is the flavours that stays the longest. The oak and the wood spices comes a bit more forward.

Another great old grain whisky. When the independent bottlers keep grain casks for so long, it must be because it is superb casks, and it almost always is! I can only encourage people who haven’t had old grain whisky to get it tried! I will rate this 89/100 (22/22/23/22).

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Port Dundas 11 yo (2004/2016), DL – Old Particular, 48,4%

Review #511
From Douglas Laing comes this refill barrel with the cask number DL 11224. Only 840 bottles were made. So pale you might think it is water at first! But what does that matter, when a burst of flavours is the first that hits your nose? It is very fresh and the alcohol tickles your nose. Some white fruits and pear sweetness.

Very floral in the taste. Lavender, apples, pears and candy sweetness. The oak is present, but in the background. It turns very sweet in the finish. The candy sweetness is accompanied by burned sugar and loads of vanilla. Burned oak is there as well, very well mixed with the sweetness.

At this price it is quite impressive. It delivers the sweetness you normally get in old grain whiskies. I would be a bit careful if floral whiskies wasn’t me. It is quite present in the taste, but already in the finish, it is almost gone. I will give this 83/100 (20/20/22/21).

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Wolfburn 3 yo (bottled 2016), Aurora, 46%

Review #510
The Aurora is made from 40% first fill Bourbon barrels, 40% second fill quarter casks and 20% Oloroso Sherry hogsheads. Very calm in the smell. Some fruity and vanilla sweetness. Hay and dirt. All very subtle though!

Some fresh fruits accompanied with some dried fruits in the background in the taste. It is not very sweet, and the sweetness you get is from peaches and raisins. Rough as well, with hay and gentle oak. The finish, which is medium long, don’t change much. It just carries the flavours out in a warm manner.

Another (young) expression from Wolfburn that shows me that they are on the right path! Surprisingly enough, I wouldn’t guess this to be only 3 years old, and only very few notes tell me this is young. I will give this 81/100 (20/20/21/20).

Monday, August 7, 2017

Wolfburn 3 yo (bottled 2016), Hand Crafted, 46%

Review #509
This is one of the initial expressions from Wolfburn Distillery. It is 3 years old and 16.000 bottles were made. Malted barley and new make spirit is first things that hit my nose. Then some apples, vanilla and sweet fruity notes.

Still young in the taste, but it starts moving away from the classic young-whisky notes. Still some malt, but now mixed with grass and hay. The oak is actually present as well and some spices mixes in. Peppery notes. The finish is long and sweet, but still with the grass and hay and maybe some smokiness (from the burned oak).

The youthfulness shows in the smell, but already here after three years, it is quite flavourful in the taste and finish. Is this a great whisky? No. Do I look forward to other Wolfburn expressions and do I think they have potential? YES! I will give this 80/100 (19/20/21/20).

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Smokehead, 43%

Review #508
This is a great young Islay Single Malt from Ian MacLeod. Un-chillfiltered and natural colour! Fresh, clean Islay peat in the smell. Baked apples, hints of exotic fruits and citrus. On top of it all, a layer of vanilla.

More heavy and full-bodied in the taste. Very oily! The white fruits gets replaced with grass and hay, but still with a little citrus present. In the finish, the peat is left behind with the sweetness. A great combination! Peat smoke and ashes mixed with honey and vanilla. It stays for quite a while with the oils covering the inside of my mouth.

A very fine young Islay malt, like it is supposed to be. Actually quite complex for a young Islay whisky. It is very oily, which helps the finish in both length and taste. I will give this 86/100 (21/21/22/22).

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Kilchoman Loch Gorm (2015), 46%

Review #507
This is the 2015 edition of Loch Gorm. Matured in Oloroso butts as the previous editions, but this has also some whisky from Sherry hogsheads. Dried fruits dominates the smell while some peat is lurking in the background. Plums in particular, but other things happens as well, especially as the dram opens up. The peat comes forward a bit and some citrusy notes appear.

Much like the smell, the dried fruits are in focus in the taste, and again it is plums in particular. The peat is here from the start and mixes beautifully with the Sherry cask influence. Even though it sounds a little strange, I still find this fresh. The peat lingers out in the finish (but doesn’t disappear), and leaves you with some sweet dried fruits.

If you like peat and you like Sherry cask influence, and most important, you like to get those two things mixed, this is for you! This is my first Loch Gorm, but now I have to try the other ones as well! I will rate this 88/100 (22/22/22/22).