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November 19, 2021


Unknown Whiskies

Manufacturers. Not too certain about what these are, however let’s strive them with an open thoughts… Particularly since some do bear the title of Henri Matisse. Image, Henri Matisse ‘Grand acrobate’, 1952 – Musée Matisse, Good

Glenwill 'Epsilon S1' (40%, Matisse Spirits Company, Asia, Sherry Butt Finish, Highland Single Malt, +/-2017)

Glenwill ‘Sigma S1’ (40%, Matisse Spirits Firm, Asia, Sherry Butt End, Highland Single Malt, +/-2017) Three stars
That is an unnamed Scotch Highland single malt for Asia solely, I do not suppose you may ever discover this model in Europe. Color: gentle gold. Nostril: contemporary, with reasonably quite a lot of sawdust and tea past a reasonably expressive fruitiness. So, apples, then notes of lager. Kronenbourg, in case you like. Does the job, particularly in case you like lighter beers. Mouth: reasonably all proper, gentle however not empty, with good fruits (extra apples, additionally damsons) plus vanilla and biscuits. A number of raisins from the sherry (I suppose) and as soon as once more just a little sawdust and a few toasted bread. End: brief however clear and malty. No quibbles, I’ve seen that they promote this one for particularly reasonable quantities. Feedback: I feel it is higher than simply ‘common’ – for the Ambassador’s reception! As for what it’s, it is a reasonably lighter Highlander, perhaps Glenmorangie, or younger Dalmore?
SGP:441 – 80 factors.

Matisse 15 yo (46%, Matisse Spirits Company, Asia, +/-2017)

Matisse 15 yo (46%, Matisse Spirits Firm, Asia, +/-2017) Two stars
The blurb on the again label insists on oranges, whereas in my guide, oranges imply Dalmore. By the best way, Matisse Spirits Firm is a reasonably pioneering Taiwanese whisky firm, however thoughts you, you will not discover these Matisse on the MoMA. Color: full gold. Nostril: oranges certainly, Jaffa cake, marmalade, orange blossom water, English breakfast tea, honey, a wee contact of liquorice… Properly I am discovering this actually very good, straightforward, contemporary, reasonably profound, very properly made. May very well be Dalmore certainly. Mouth: begins properly, virtually as contemporary and fruity, however it’s quickly to lose steam, with extra bread crumbles, spent teabags, and even just a little cardboard. A disgrace as a result of it began very properly. End: brief, dry. Burnt caramel, burnt brown bread, tea. A number of wee oranges within the aftertaste however that is method too late. Feedback: I’d guess the issue lies within the discount right here. Absolutely within the low power and probably in the best way they achieved that low power. The in all probability youthful Epsilon kills it. Oh by the best way, I am completely undecided that is Dalmore!
SGP:541 – 75 factors.

Matisse 19 yo (46%, Matisse Spirits Company, Asia, +/-2017)

Matisse 19 yo (46%, Matisse Spirits Firm, Asia, +/-2017) Four stars
Color: Rolex gold (um…). Nostril: a wee smoke and as soon as once more, a Dalmoreness, with yellow flowers, oranges, toffee and fudge, then a small meaty aspect and just a little liquorice and mint. Dalmore has among the best noses within the enterprise, no marvel. Some patchouli a lime blossom. Mouth: the power works higher however there’s additionally just a little extra greenness, extra beer as properly (Chimay, I’d say, boy I find out about round ten manufacturers altogether!) The meatiness could be very nice right here, so are the oranges, these drops of yellow chartreuse, additionally verbena, marmalade, greengage jam… End: medium, fairly good. Marmalade, liquorice and menthol. Feedback: I consider whisky fans are being just a little unfair with Matisse, I do not know why. Maybe due to the title? I imply, would you name your new model Van Gogh or Picasso? Why not Mozart? Anyway, I feel this 19 yr outdated is excellent. Private opinion, as at all times.
SGP:651 – 85 factors.

Let’s change continent (speaking concerning the bottler)…

Peat Reek (46%, Blackadder, hogshead, cask # PR 2016-3, 348 bottles, 216)

Peat Reek (46%, Blackadder, hogshead, cask # PR 2016-3, 348 bottles, 2016) Three stars and a half
All the time a pleasure to strive these wee smoky NASses by Blackadder. That is already an outdated bottling, however our pleasure stays intact. Properly, we will see… Color: as white because the whitest white wine. Nostril: I’ looking for the Distillery that might have made this on Islay, however I don’t handle though it’s a heavy peater. Not L, not L, not A, not B, not C…  What’s it? What’s certain is that it is just about on coal and on bitter fruits and herbs, with reasonably quite a lot of brine, however reasonably no seawater, or shells, oysters and ‘stuff’. Mainland then? Let’s examine if we discover pears on the palate… Mouth: an identical feeling of coal, ashes, one thing fairly drying, not not like some Ardmore that might have been additional boosted with peat. Bitter apples, olive oil, charcoal… I’m just a little misplaced, this isn’t actually a fats distillate. Oh properly, let’s cease making an attempt to play the guessing sport, at all times the simplest method of trying like a idiot. End: reasonably lengthy, cleaner, however the background stays very ashy. Feedback: no concepts. Everybody’s doing peat anyway lately.
SGP:546 – 84 factors.

Speyside Region 10 yo (58.5%, Just-Whisky, Chinese Zodiac, year of the dragon, sherry cask, 2017)

Speyside Area 10 yo (58.5%, Simply-Whisky, Chinese language Zodiac, yr of the dragon, sherry cask, 2017) Four stars
Color: gold. Nostril: smoky raisins and burnt cake, then juicy sultanas and a few orange blossom and elderflowers. Thus far, so good. With water: quinces and hops, plus just a little steel polish. Grandma’s copperware. Mouth (neat): tight, citrusy, contemporary; I do not know why, I am reminded of the outdated Balvenie ‘As We Get It’. That simply crossed my thoughts. Very good. With water: marmalade and quince jelly, what extra does the individuals need? End: reasonably lengthy, on orange cake. Turkish delights. Feedback: this word was brief as a result of the outturn was very small. I do know, no sense in any respect, however the whisky’s fairly pretty.
SGP:651 – 87 factors.

Lowland 'Natural Color' (41%, Spirit Collection, +/-2000)

Lowland ‘Pure Shade’ (41%, Spirit Assortment, +/-2000) Two stars
An outdated price range sequence for France that you would discover in some wine chains similar to Le Repère de Bacchus. A really anecdotal bottle, however that is what this session is anyway, ‘anecdotal’. All the time needed to open this one, now’s the time. By the best way, typical French work, writing ‘shade’ as a substitute of ‘color’. Pff, why not whiskey… What I am additionally discovering reasonably attention-grabbing is the truth that this wee sequence’ essential asset again then was the truth that the color was pure, exactly. We had all found E150! Color: white wine. Nostril: not a lot. White currants maybe, pinot grigio, a bitter word (child v….t), yoghurt, outdated patchouli in an outdated wardrobe… some sides are reasonably charming however you’ll guess issues will get awry on the palate… Mouth: let’s put any attainable OBE apart, this can be a gentle, sugary, uncomplicated, not completely horrible little whisky, most probably Auchentoshan, which was a superb title in France again then. End: brief, candy. Inexperienced plums, saccharin. Feedback: it is okay, we have seen a lot worse, alright.
SGP:630 – 76 factors.

Red Snake (61.3%, Blackadder, first fill bourbon, cask #RC04, 254 bottles, 2016)

Crimson Snake (61.3%, Blackadder, first fill bourbon, cask #RC04, 254 bottles, 2016) Three stars
Color: white wine. Nostril: uncooked, on grist, husk and stones. Was the destoner out of order? Contemporary pancakes, bread, porridge, mashed potatoes, paraffin… Very austere. With water: brake fluid, extra paraffin, sand, contemporary concrete… Glen Spey? Glendullan? What do I do know…  Mouth (neat): very tight, reasonably on cider and extra grist. Biting. With water: limoncello, manzana verde liqueur, white pineapples and granny smith, plus uncooked barley. End: lengthy, tight. Holds your tongue, tight. Feedback: I’d say you may’t have them extra pure. First fill, actually?
SGP:541 – 82 factors.

And now to mop up all that humorous whisky, perhaps one thing by The Sponge!..

Islay Single Malt 28 yo 1992/2021 (52.5%, Decadent Drinks, WhiskySponge, Marcelect Special, 518 bottles)

Islay Single Malt 28 yo 1992/2021 (52.5%, Decadent Drinks, WhiskySponge, Marcelect Particular, 518 bottles) Five stars
No doubts about the place this one is stemming from, as they’ve added {a photograph} of our buddy Marcel’s philosophical mom, Bessie ‘The Look’ Van Gils, to the label. Laphroaig, naturally, based 1625. No wait, 1725. Proper, 1825. Fairly. Color: straw. Nostril: pure tincture of iodine, seawater, contemporary scallops and oysters, ointments, plus in fact, just a little dentist’s professional-grade oude-genever-flavoured mouthwash. With water: water brings out smoked almonds and lapsang souchong, in addition to in all probability much more seawater. Mouth (neat): cuts you into halves at first, will get then just a little smoother, however it’s actually ridden with inexperienced lemons, oyster juice and mercurochrome. With water: purer and fatter on the identical time, with a vegetal sort of oiliness. Will get frankly salty too, you’ll even discover wee salty lakrids lozenges, and this sense of quaffing new engine oil, with just a little coal tar too. A tarry aspect that is reminding us of former quasi-neighbours Port Ellen, and at occasions of the exhaust of an outdated DAF 55. Or perhaps 46. No, wait, 66. Fairly. End: lengthy, phat and but pure, virtually thickly smoky and medicinal. Lime juice within the aftertaste. Feedback: nearly as good as pure outdated trendy Laphroaig will be, that’s to say sensible. Dag!
SGP:467 – 91 factors.









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