Been a while…

Hi folks, not written anything here for far too long. I could easily roll out a list if excuses but, to be honest, I’ve not been buying or drinking much in the way of new whisky. Sad, eh?

This week has been a good week though with the arrival of 3 new bottles of Glenglassaugh. The old 12yo a bargain at ~£25 and the Douglas Laing cask 5362, both from popular whisky auction sites. The 3rd is the newest release from the distillery Chosen Few range, 33yo Mhairi McDonald.

Now I’m as surprised as the next man because Mhairi doesn’t look anything like 33yo but apparently she’s smooth, short and sweetly citric.

Hmmm.

Tasting notes to follow, I promise!

Slainte!

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North British 50yo

My first post in an awfully long time but I just had to share this…

50yo North British single grain from Adelphi.

A deep mahogany red, silky and velvety.

Old, old sherry oak on the nose. Surprisingly vibrant fruit.

Hugely flavourful, fudge, dark intense fruit, bursting with character. Oaky but remarkably subtle. Black pepper. Amazingly complex: fruit to cereal ti warm spices to ancient wood and all the way back.

Lingering finish, warming and very, very satisfying. £270 rrp and what a bargain.

5/5

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Dramnews – Kilchoman Sherry Cask

Tasting notes as soon as I can get my hands on a bottle!

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KILCHOMAN LAUNCHES A SHERRY CASK RELEASE

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The Sherry Cask release is Kilchoman’s first fully matured sherry release.
It has been matured for 5 years in Oloroso sherry butts and has a unique flavor, different to that of previous Kilchoman releases.

This release is a limited bottling of 6,000 bottles at 46% available worldwide.

Official Tasting Notes
Colour: Rich Golden
Nose: Soft peaty aromas and a blend of soft fruits and spice
Palate: An initial sweetness is followed by soft peaty aromas, mixed fruit and spice
Finish: Long and clean with a character and richness that belies its tender age

GlenDronach Batch 6

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GlenDronach Releases Latest Batch of Single Cask Bottlings

THE BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd. has today, Friday 13 July, released the latest batch of single cask bottlings from its GlenDronach Distillery.

This is the sixth batch of GlenDronach single casks to be released by the award-winning Aberdeenshire distillery.

The five casks were all bottled in June and are available as of today.

The batch comprises five sublime casks with vintages ranging from 1971 to 1993. Two have been matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry puncheons, one in an Oloroso sherry butt, one in an Oloroso sherry puncheon and the fifth in a Moscatel Barrel. The Moscatel cask (1989 cask # 4885) is a particularly unusual release from GlenDronach, given that the distillery tends to focus on sherry cask maturation.

All five have been hand-selected by The BenRiach Distillery Company’s Managing Director Billy Walker, and all share GlenDronach’s typically luxurious, richly-sherried characteristics, plus a fantasia of dates, orchestras of spices and explosions of honey, Demerara sugar, sweet molasses, mocha…and even fruit cake!

The cask details are as follows:

1971 cask # 1247 / 41 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 47.9% vol. / approx 529 bottles

1978 cask # 1068 / 33 years old / Oloroso Sherry Puncheon / 52.9% vol. / approx 318 bottles

1989 cask # 4885 / 23 years old / Moscatel Barrel / 53.9%vol. / approx 286 bottles

1990 cask # 2966 / 22 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / 55.1% vol. / approx 539 bottles

1993 cask # 536 / 19 years old / Oloroso Sherry Butt / 59.4% vol. / approx 596 bottles

Last year, after tasting and evaluating over 4500 whiskies worldwide for his “Whisky Bible 2012”, Jim Murray singled out GlenDronach as the distillery “with the most consistently impressive output throughout 2011” and placed it “in the Grand Crus of Scottish Malt Distilleries”. He added: “If there was a Whisky Bible Scotch Malt Whisky Distillery of the Year, GlenDronach would be it.”

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page over the coming weeks for more information on these new releases, tasting notes and exclusive product photography.

If you would like to receive more information regarding Batch 6 releases, please contact us on info

The Dram per Day Solera Cask

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Take one 20L new oak cask and add some fine single-cask whisky…

Aberlour
Ardmore
Arran
BenRiach
Bruichladdich
GlenDronach
Glen Goyne
Highland Park
Macallan
Mortlach

It’s a 14yo cask-strength blended malt, the cask is less than a third full and, so far, it’s bloody good!

Glenfiddich 1972 Vintage Reserve

Dry, surprisingly so. Heavy, dense spirit.

Very sweet – banana loaf, creamy vanilla, fruit cake, bruised strawberries.

Warming, incredibly smooth, Beautifully balanced and perfect neat: a stunning dram.

5/5

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Dailuaine 1973 (Berry Bros)

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A Berry Bros single cask from Dailuaine – 1973-2010 37yo. At a guess, a refill butt.

Orange peel, dark fruit and surprisingly youthful malt on the nose.

Palate: toffee, cherries, pastry, light spices, a slight rubberiness (PX?). At 37yo it’s nowhere near as oaky as it might be.

Nicely balanced but I’m ever so slightly disappointed at the lack of drama.

4/5

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