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June 30, 2022


Extra stuff and issues from Scotland

Extra whiskies and mixtures of unsure origins, most likely all good however an unsigned Vincent Van Gogh, nonetheless stunning, isn’t precisely a Vincent Van Gogh, is it? (higher drop attempting metaphoriation for some time, S.) (and sorry to your eyes)

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The Epicurean 'Ruby Port Cask' (48%, Douglas Laing, Lowland Blended Malt, 684 bottles, 2021)

The Epicurean ‘Ruby Port Cask’ (48%, Douglas Laing, Lowland Blended Malt, 684 bottles, 2021) Two stars

A curious single cask, not too positive about what that is, a real blended malt or a ‘teaspooned ‘single’ in disguise? It appears that there have been different batches. Color: pale apricot. Nostril: an ideal instance of a reasonable conflict between some sweetish purple wine and malt whisky, even when that one was, apparently, simply ‘only a lighter Lowlander’. I am not saying this is not likeable, however I discover the purple berries solution to a lot within the entrance, like in, say some flavoured tea. Liqueurs, grenadine, hibiscus syrup… Mouth: more durable. Pickles fruits, bell pepper, raspberries, Campari, cloves… It might quite quiet down over time and since nearly built-in, however the normal model right here is simply too removed from my preferences. Keep in mind, one man’s style and preferences. End: lengthy, peppery, spicy. Cloves, liquorice wooden and ginger within the aftertaste. Feedback: you can not not surprise what was fallacious with this Lowlander within the first place, and why it was essential to season it like a Doritos. Nonetheless downable, having mentioned that.

SGP:661 – 76 factors.

Coig Deicheadan 17 yo (46.5%, Chorlton Whisky, Blended Scotch, sherry butt, 211 bottles, 2019)

Coig Deicheadan 17 yo (46.5%, Chorlton Whisky, Blended Scotch, sherry butt, 211 bottles, 2019) Four stars

A real blended malt, not only a teaspooned single, harbouring, apparently, some Bunnahabhain 1968 and varied youthful parts, specifically Macallan, Highland Park and Glenturret, whereas all the pieces right here sounds very ‘Highland Distillers’. Color: amber. Nostril: malt, truffles, pipe tobaccos and varied honeys, all the pieces in complete sync, with extra complicated floor that will contain steel polish, beef jerky and bresaola, mosses, walnuts, drops of sourer wines, brown ale, mead and touches of mustard… You do really feel the Glenturretness, if I could. Mouth: you do really feel it on the palate too, there’s some previous walnuts and mustard, leather-based, bits of cigarette tobacco, then rounder parts, honeys, chocolate, butterscotch, glazed chestnuts, raisins… End: quite lengthy, on raisins stewed in heavy beer. Goes effectively with hen. Feedback: naturally, understanding about what’s inside with out understanding concerning the proportions is a bit of ineffective, however it’s nonetheless good when the whisky’s as good as this one good whisky.  All proper.

SGP:451 – 86 factors.

Secret Speyside Distillery #1 9 yo 2007/2016 (51.7%, The Boutique-y Whisky Company, sherry, 1220 bottles)

Secret Speyside Distillery #1 9 yo 2007/2016 (51.7%, The Boutique-y Whisky Firm, sherry, 1220 bottles) Four stars and a half

Mentioned to be Glenfarclas, however since we have now no useless proof, we have put it into the hotchpotch. Color: deep amber, very Glenfarclas (positive malts have particular colors, caramel or not caramel!) I could also be joking… Nostril: barely flinty at first, then filled with toffee and roasted peanuts, with whiffs of fern and actually numerous chocolate. I can not see why this would not be Glenfarclas. With water: hay and half-burnt grasses, plus a double-espresso. Sorry, espresso doppio. Mouth (neat): wealthy, deeply sherried as is usually the case with this make, very chocolaty, with numerous Demerara sugar, roasted honey-glazed nuts and 7 family-packs of soppy nougat. Glorious. With water: geared in direction of rhum agricole of nice provenance. No no no we cannot point out Neisson. End: lengthy and wealthy. Honeys. Glorious. Feedback: glorious. It could have benefitted from a couple of years in glass.

SGP:651 – 88 factors.

Wait we have additionally obtained this one from the identical steady…

Secret Speyside #2 25 yo (51.6%, The Boutique-y Whisky Company, sherry, 2415 bottles, 2018)

Secret Speyside #2 25 yo (51.6%, The Boutique-y Whisky Firm, sherry, 2415 bottles, 2018) Four stars and a half

Two-thousand-four-hundred-and-fifteen bottles, that is quite rather a lot. Color: gentle gold. Nostril: positive the Van Gogh is unsigned however it’s nonetheless a Van Gogh. I do know what I am attempting to say. Fats, oily spirit, with an exquisite, deep fruitiness and certainly fat and waxes. It is a distillate-driven single malt with an old-school model that will please many. With water: these mirabelles and tangerines lead us straight to Dufftown and I would not cry wolf, do you have to declare that the title right here would begin with B and finish with nie. Keep in mind the knights who say ‘nie’? Mouth (neat): terrific, beginning with varied bonbons and the tiniest contact of coconut ever, occurring with liqueurs and cordials of varied kinds and origins (that does not inform a lot, S.) With water: mirabelle and quince jams, plus orange cake and a few pale ale. End: great, lengthy, a bit of extra on candied citrus. Mirabelles within the aftertaste. Feedback: very beautiful drop.

SGP:551 – 89 factors.

Blended Malt 7 yo 2013/2021 'Ukraine Bottling' (65.6%, North Star Spirits, butt, bottled exclusively for the people of Ukraine, 500 bottles, 2022)

Blended Malt 7 yo 2013/2021 ‘Ukraine Bottling’ (65.6%, North Star Spirits, butt, bottled completely for the individuals of Ukraine, 500 bottles, 2022) Four stars and a half

It says ‘From Scotland with love’, we may add ‘From Alsace with compassion’. What’s extra I do know for a indisputable fact that that is honest and by no means any ‘yellow and blue washing’, as could be seen at another locations. Color: full gold. Nostril: a couple of pencil shavings at first, then only a excellent nutty, roasted, caramelised unfolding, with a really excellent younger maltiness. We hope we’ll quickly be capable of share these marvellous drops freely with our Ukrainian pals. With water: nearly all on malt, plus flints and simply previous iron instruments. Wrecked Russian armoured autos? Mouth (neat): butterscotch and cinnamon liqueur, deep malty beer, chocolate and candied fruits, cinnamon cookies… And, effectively, 65% plus. With water: glorious, reminding me a little bit of that Mac 10 c/s of previous, actually. End: lengthy, malty, wealthy, feeling 15 quite than simply 7. Extra butterscotch and tea with milk. Thoughts you, who would drink tea with milk? Feedback: Slava Ukraini! Ought to any pals in Russia nonetheless learn little Whiskyfun (there was once quite many), I simply hope you will eliminate the butchers finally, and that we’ll quickly be capable of share drams once more too.

SGP:551 – 88 factors.

Speyside Malt 14 yo 2005/2019 (50.4%, Maltbarn, sherry, 175 bottles)

Speyside Malt 14 yo 2005/2019 (50.4%, Maltbarn, sherry, 175 bottles) Three stars and a half

Color: deep gold. Nostril: feels a bit like an ex-peater cask with a couple of mineral touches and a mossy character on prime of the anticipated malty and caky profile. Backyard earth and chalk. With water: uncooked maltiness, grasses… Some half-sherried Mortlachs might be like this. Mouth (neat): agency, barely smoky, mineral, you could possibly nearly say Highland Park, with these vegetal honeys. Some mossy bitterness too, chlorophyl maybe… With water: improves mucho, will get simpler, saltier, extra bouillony… A bit of leather-based. End: medium, grassier, quite rustic. Rustic-like. Marginally rustic. Feedback: wants your water and your $100,000 digital pipette, delivers then.

SGP:462 – 84 factors.

Speyside Region 26 yo 1995/2021 (51.9%, Maltbarn, sherry, 140 bottles)

Speyside Area 26 yo 1995/2021 (51.9%, Maltbarn, sherry, 140 bottles) Four stars

Somebody positive is/was an ideal photographer in Maltbarn’s household. Maltbarn is about nice whisky, however it’s additionally a bit of bit about arts and images, which I discover implausible quite than all the time enjoying it ‘Moon Import’, with all due respect to sig. Mongiardino. Color: gold. Nostril: age counts, numbers depend, and that is simply one other proof (as they used to say on the Division of Strategies and Statistical Methodologies, scr*w exceptions!) Fantastic panettone topped with caramel sauce, selfmade custard and melted butter. Butterscotch. With water: will get grassier, with touches of cardboard. Mouth (neat): tight and severe, on Stolle and fruitcake, malt extract, the heaviest brown beer (and that is not Guinness), plus touches of candy turmeric discount and bell pepper. Effectively, roughly. With water: takes off this time, with some candy natural teas and a real, correct maltiness. Fatter physique, might be from Craigellachie’s small stills. End: quite lengthy, with a bit of honey added, in any other case ‘malt’. Honeyed aftertaste. Feedback: malty malt whisky that is doing greater than its job. I discover it glorious, if not completely revolutionary.

SGP:551 – 87 factors.

A final one, let’s make it an previous mix…

Royal Salute 38 yo 'Stone of Destiny' (40%, OB, blended Scotch, 2008)

Royal Salute 38 yo ‘Stone of Future’ (40%, OB, blended Scotch, 2008) Five stars

It is quite unimaginable that Chivas would have bottled this at 40% vol., even fifteen years in the past (prehistoric instances for whisky). I completely adore it that at our pals, they might presently run a ‘purchase 11, get the twelfth without cost’ operation with this bottle. The latter appears to be like like they’ve co-designed it with some ex-Franklin-Mint exec, or with somebody from Buckingham. Having mentioned that, we won’t wait to style it, even when they may have murdered it with this bottling energy… Color: amber. Nostril: after all not, they know what they’re doing and so they already did again in 2008. Extraordinary syrups and previous fruit liqueurs, figs, jujubes, rambutans, quinces, wild strawberries (very apparent), then beeswax and contemporary putty. Let’s be trustworthy, past the awful design, this nostril is quite terrific, delicate, complicated and good. Now as soon as once more, the satan’s on the palate… Mouth: not fairly. Certain a bit of extra oomph would have been welcome, however aside from that, that is superior, complicated, with quite all the pieces from ripe fruits to waxes and from honey to floral flavours. Oh and the grain do not actually really feel, ought to there be any. Now whether or not these decanters do taint the whiskies, that is attainable, there’s a feeling of clay, rust and cardboard, however we have now no proof that that is the decanter’s fault. Cannot be as dangerous as all these high-brow decanters which are bought in Chinese language mahogany circumstances… mendacity on their sides. Horrible. End: medium if not brief, however pretty, waxy and honeyed. Jogs my memory of some previous Glenlivets of, effectively, of previous. A drop of salty bouillon within the aftertaste, that is one more dimension. Plus one black olive, trustworthy. Feedback: simply completely great, critically. We prefer to joke about these ‘bottles’, about gold, Wedgwood, Limoges, Baccarat or Lalique – to not point out Aston Martin, LOL – however to be completely trustworthy, the liquids which are normally housed therein would are usually of utter-top-quality; that is one other proof. Unbelievable, however cautious, one may down a bottle whereas watching solely two episodes of season 6 of Peaky Blinders.

SGP:551 – 91 factors.









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