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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Highland 19 yo, Chapter 7, 56,2 %

Review #427
From Chapter 7’s series “A Whisky Anthology” comes this 19 yo single malt from an unknown Highland distillery. It is from two Sherry butts and only 1130 bottles were made. Vanilla and marzipan at first in the smell. Slightly floral and citrusy with loads of white fruits and crisp apple pie. Not much oak influence considering the 19 years though.

Strong alcohol and chocolate in the taste. Then some light citrus, sweet vanilla, dark red berries and oak. Just a little hint of tickling tannins in the finish and some great light balanced oak.

A fine dram, but not the “Sherry bomb” I maybe expected here. On the other hand, there is a lot of things going on in this dram if you give it some time and water, so that was very interesting to experience. I will give this 84/100 (20/21/21/22).

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Dumbarton 25 yo (1986/2011), Scott’s Selection, 51,5 %

Review #426
Single Grain from the closed Dumbarton Distillery. Sweet on the nose, but don’t get fooled, don’t get your nose too close! The smell is full of burned sugar, coconut, honey and alcohol tickling your nose.

Very sweet in the taste with great oak influence. Loads of vanilla, honey and sugar so sweet I feel like I am in a candy store. The finish is warm and much like Christmas cake. The sweetness lingers oak with a burned caramel touch and leaves you like ‘aahhh’.

This will definitely warm you on a cold winter day! Grain whisky can really be good if the distilleries are using quality casks. In my opinion the best grain whiskies is above 20 year old. I will give this 87/100 (22/22/22/21).

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Gleann Mor Spirits 18 yo, A rare find, 43,9 %

Review #425
A Blended Scotch. It is a blend of four single malts and three grain whiskies no younger than 18 years old, in sherry casks. 664 bottles were made. The sweetness from the old grain whiskies is really coming through in the smell. Some oak and spices also comes forwards.

Lot of flavours in the taste, and just a very slight alcohol burn (in the good way). The malt whiskies is much more dominant here. Plums, raisins and light citrus. Probably some very different malts they have used here. The finish is long and the mouth stays all oily for a bit.

This really shows that it is possible to make great Blended Scotch whiskies! Perfect combination of the grain and malt whiskies and it has a great deal of flavours and oils even though it is only 43,9 %. This is a perfect dram to serve to your friends who are afraid of blended whiskies. This is might a bit high rating, but the balance and complexity is just fantastic in this one! I will rate this 88/100 (21/22/22/23).

Monday, March 13, 2017

Fettercairn 24 yo (1984/2009), Rare Vintage, 44,4 %

Review #424
Only 6000 bottles were made. Loads of mint in the smell at first. Like a liquid After Eight! After a couple of minutes in the glass, most of the minty notes is gone and some roasted almonds, vanilla, oranges and toasted oak comes forward.

This has all the good “old” notes in the taste. Leather, tobacco and wonderful oak influence. Very fruity as well. A mix of sweet pears, dates and raisins. The finish is long and full of flavour. It keeps the flavours from the taste, but adds some honey sweetness to it all, making it very smooth.

This is just good from the moment it hits the glass to the moment the last drop is savoured! It was very strange with the mint in the smell, that 5 minutes later were gone, but it doesn’t change the fact that I really enjoyed this one! I will rate this 88/100 (22/22/22/22).

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Fettercairn Fasque, 42 %

Review #423
This is bottled in 2011 and is an unpeated expression. It is full of fresh fruits in the smell. Apples and peaches. It is on the sweet side this whisky. Some vanilla and fruity sweetness comes forward as well. It smells like there is a fair amount of young whisky in the mix.

Dried fruits is the first I notice in the taste. Nice Sherry influence. Raisins and ripe plums. Still very fresh, and the same goes for the finish. A bit short though, but the dried fruits turns beautifully into fruity sweetness.

I am a bit conflicted when it comes to this whisky. It seems a bit under matured, low in the ABV so it gets a bit watery and the finish is somewhat short, yet I quite enjoyed it. It must be my love for Sherry matured whiskies! I will give this 82/100 (20/21/21/20).

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Ardmore Traditional Peated, 40 %

Review #422
This is finished in quarter casks. It is very light in the smell. Apples and vanilla. I actually get more malt than peat. After some minutes some peat and citrus comes forward. Nothing much really never happens though…

Some more peat in the taste at first. Some light hay, honey and vanilla in the background. This is so light! At the finish the peat is back, but it dies so quick and gets very watery, that you don’t get much more… Perhaps some orangey and citrusy notes…

All these notes tell me this is quite young. In my opinion it is bottled too young… And it is actually quite sad (again in my opinion) as Ardmore can make some, and have made, tremendously good whiskies! I will give this 78/100 (20/19/19/20).