A lovely shade of gold and a fantastic package made me want to try this dram and I wasn’t disappointed. Lovely legs on the side of the glass made it even more promising The nose is overwhelmingly vanilla and it took a while to get through that but when I did I got lots of … Continue reading Tamdhu 10 year old →
Ruby red thanks to maturation in American and Sherry Oak casks. Powerful legs that promise an oily dram The nose gives honey, toffee, vanilla and rosy red apples On the palette it’s a smooth combination of bourneville chocolate, toffee, coco pops and a wee nip from ginger The finish is great and it coats your … Continue reading Aberlour Double Cask Matured 12 year old →
My go to dram is the Balvenie Caribbean Cask so when a friend posted a bottle of this (online and not actually to me unfortunately!) I was keen to try it. A portion of this dram was finished in barrels which previously held Caribbean rum so the nose is all toffee, fruit and vanilla. I … Continue reading Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve →
The nose offers toffee, honey, brown sugar, Terry’s chocolate orange and sweetie bananas. It’s been finished in Reserva barrels that previously held rum so those notes are unsurprising but very warm, sweet and welcoming The initial taste has a real kick and is spicy. Neat I get vanilla and toffee but when I add water … Continue reading Glenfiddich 21 year old Reserva Rum Cask Finish →
This is a tremendous dram with a great reputation which is well deserved. The nose is sweet with honey, almonds with vanilla and freshly cut timber The palette is really soft with honey, vanilla, Milky Bar and overtones of soft fruits like orange and peach The finish is long and really soft and even my … Continue reading Glenfiddich Unique Solera 15 Reserve →
The name of this dram comes from the size of barrel it was matured in. The quarter cask is, as the name suggests, a quarter of the size of a standard barrel and so has greater wood-to-liquid ratio which accelerates the maturation process and gives a more robust and sturdy finish The nose is fabulously … Continue reading Arran Quarter Cask →
I was really keen to taste this after hearing a glowing review from a close whisky loving pal and it intrigued me. The nose was overwhelming honey but when you get above that it reminded me of butterscotch Angel Delight and dark coffee The neat palette has an edge with an intense hit of treacle … Continue reading Glen Allachie 12 year old →
This dram looks absolutely stunning and has fabulous legs which indicate great character. The rich mahogany colour also promises much. The nose is very woody at first which gives way to sharp orange notes like a freshly peeled satsuma. There’s also toffee with a kick like a dark tray toffee you’d hit with a wee … Continue reading Glenfiddich XX →
This is another expression of the 12 year old Orcadian malt which I’ve grown to love. I’ve previously tasted Dragon Legend and Viking Pride and the notes are on this blog. Viking Honour is different from both and worth investigating The nose has loads of honey with overtones of sweet fruit and fresh cut grass. … Continue reading Highland Park 12 year old Viking Honour →
The nose is caramel, caramel and caramel and once you get past that, there’s apple, pear and plum with an oaky overtone The palette has loads of dark chocolate and orange, a bit like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange but more bitter, with fruity nuances of tinned peaches and dates The finish is glorious too. It’s … Continue reading Arran 18 year old →
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