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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dailuaine 23 yo (1993/2017), Gleann Mór, 52,1%

Review #447
This is from the series “A Rare Find” and comes from a Bourbon cask. Only 179 were made. Sweet marzipan and a slight alcohol burn on the nose. Almonds, vanilla ice-cream and fresh sawdust with some spices in the background.

The vanilla is the dominant part in the taste. The oak mixes in beautifully, yet in a simple way. Some of the oak influence comes more forward in the finish. Like tobacco and just plain wood. Some spices, like cinnamon, is present all along.

A good, but simple dram. I don’t quite know why, but my mind keeps going back to vanilla ice cream… The cask is really making this whisky, and you really feel like you know this cask. I will give this 85/100 (21/22/22/20).

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Speyburn Bradan Orach, 40 %

Review #446
Bradan Orach is Gaelic and means Golden Salmon. Reportedly River Spey should be a great place for salmon fishing. Initial thoughts when I smelled this was “is this new make spirit?”. After a little time in the glass, some flavours starts to unfold. Malt, green apples and a light citrusy touch on the nose. A little honey as well, but that’s it…

Not as “new makey” in the taste, but it still feels very young. Some light vanilla joins the party, but else, it is pretty much the same as in the smell… The finish is actually medium long, but nothing new happens. The vanilla gets a touch more noticeable though.

I still think I have a really good idea about what Speyburn´s new make spirit is like! It doesn’t hurt anyone though… This must be meant for mixing, and I actually could imagine it to be good in a drink or cocktail. Well, this is judged by tasting it neat so here we go. I will give this 72/100 (18/18/19/17).

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bunnahabhain 20 yo (1991/2012), The Exclusive Malts, 46,4%

Review #445
From Creative Whisky Company comes this unpeated Bunnahabhain from cask 5417. Only 222 bottles were made. Very malty at first in the smell. Then marzipan and red fruits. Sweet cherries and raisins. Some nuts as well – almonds and walnuts.

This whisky act its age! The oak influence in the taste is so gentle, yet so prominent. Sweet dried fruits gives you both some fruity sweetness and hints of apricots and raisins, but not in a dominant way. The finish is medium long but dies a bit fast unfortunately. It is great as long as it lasts though.

This is a very delicate dram. The age has certainly done its job, and CWC chose a very good cask! Not very classic Bunnahabhain though. If the finish with have been a little longer with a little more flavor, this would have been truly great! I will rate this 89/100 (22/23/21/23).

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bunnahabhain 16 yo (1997/2013), Old Malt Cask, 50 %

Review #444
An Old Malt Cask from Hunter Laing with the cask number HL 10128. Only 348 bottles were made. Sweet rubber and ashes at first in the smell. Some salt and white fruits as well with hints of coconuts, but I keep getting back to the sweetness!

Very rough at first in the taste. In the good way! Peat, ashes and burned oak. The finish is warm and the peat gets a bit vanilla sweet but in the same time mixes with some rubber. A bit strange feeling… Some wet grass as well. Like standing on Islay.

I wasn’t all that impressed to begin with, but after the first dram it started to grow on me! A very earthy, farmer-style Bunnahabhain. Water seems to settle it all the way around, but doesn’t changes much. I will give this 85/100 (21/22/21/21).

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bunnahabhain 10 yo (2005/2015), Adelphi, 57,5%

Review #443
This heavily peated Bunnahabhain is bottled for Adelphi Club Denmark. It has cask number 800140 and only 235 bottles were made. Heavy Islay peat and dried fruits in the smell. Sweet vanilla peat, and if you don’t get your nose too close, you don’t sense that it is almost 60 %.

Very powerful in the taste. Both in peat and alcohol. I also get some lavender notes that goes all the way into the finish. It really overpowers the other flavours that are trying to get forward. Again some dried fruits and vanilla.

Nothing wrong with the quality, but the lavender notes just isn’t for me. Lots of power and flavor in this whisky, so I could imagine it would be a hit if the flavor profile matches your preference! I will give this 83/100 (22/20/20/20).

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Knockando 12 yo, Vintage 2000, 43%

Review #442
This has matured in a mixture of Bourbon and Sherry casks. Lot of malt and grass in the smell. Very classic. It reminds me of a good old malt. A little by little some other flavours appear. Oak, vanilla, orange peel and hints of honey.

Like in the smell, the taste is a bit rough. In the good old way. Grass and hay mixed with some oak and toffee. The finish is more caramel sweet, and actually stays for quite a while considering the low ABV. I get a slight off note, but I can´t quite put my finger on it.

I think it is a fine dram, and haven’t it been for that off note it would have landed a couple of point higher. Maybe it is just me, and you want detect it. It just reminds me of an old honest dram made in the old glens. I will give this 82/100 (21/20/20/21).