The Glenlivet Spectra at The Whisky Exchange – Scotch Whisky News

The Glenlivet Spectra – can you solve the puzzle?

The Glenlivet is a tricksy whisky. While the distillery is normally quite transparent about how it makes its whisky, once a year they release a bottle where they hide all the details. First Alpha, then Cipher and Code, and now the latest in the range: The Glenlivet Spectra.

A riddle wrapped in an enigma

The conceit is simple. Firstly: here’s a whisky, and we’re not going to tell you anything about it that we’re not legally obliged to – strength, size of the bottle, ‘single malt Scotch whisky’ and not much more. Then: taste it, write tasting notes and compare them to what master blender/distiller/everything else Alan Winchester thought. And finally: they’ll let you know how closely your thoughts matched up with Alan’s with a percentage score.

Good whisky, a bit of a game, and a score at the end – what more could you want?

What about three whiskies?

If one’s good, why not three?

This year’s release is called Glenlivet Spectra and rather than being one whisky, it’s three, showing the range of flavour you can get from a single distillery – the spectrum of flavour, if you will.

We don’t have any information about the whiskies themselves, but they have been deliberately created to be very different-tasting whiskies while still all being Glenlivet.

And rather different each of the three is.

Oh, SPOILER ALERT: if you don’t want to know anything about the whiskies, jump to the bottom of the post and ignore my tasting notes.

The Glenlivet Spectra

Spectra #1

Nose: Fresh and floral – vanilla, grass and meadows. Nice biscuits and a hint of lemon. Apple and ripe pear notes develop along with caramel shortbread.

Palate: Light, delicate and creamy: apples, pears and green leaves. The floral notes from the nose build, along with more biscuits and a touch of lemon shortbread.

Finish: Damp oak and twiggy hints, with stewed pear and a touch of earthiness.

Comment: This is a zesty and rather traditional take on Glenlivet – light, floral and delicate.

Spectra #2

Nose: What’s happening here? Sweet barbecue sauce, burning wood and a handful of singed leaves? This not what I expect from Glenlivet… Damp peat smoke, menthol and fresh sea breeze follow. Floral notes and crisp apple develop.

Palate: Soft, rounded and focused on charred wood. Roasted bananas on a beach barbecue with salty air whipping around. Pears and creosote appear, accompanied by lemon, grapefruit and a good sprinkling of salt.

Finish: Maritime and smoky – burnt toffee and zingy toffee apples.

Comment: This is not what I expected. It’s still got the orchard fruit and flowers you’d expect from Glenlivet, but someone’s set them on fire.

Spectra #3

Nose: Vanilla toffee with a hint of mint to start. Soft spice builds with fudge and leafy hints. Creamy apple, orange, peach and spongecake follow.

Palate: Very creamy, with loads of spiced apple sauce and a touch of clove-studded orange. Wine-poached pears are drizzled with toffee sauce and crumbled spiced biscuits.

Finish: A burst of mint and menthol is washed away by cream and apple sauce. Hints of charcoal and char build, along with mint.

Comment: Rich, rounded and creamy, this hints at the first whisky while making its way straight to the after-dinner drinks trolley.

Glenlivet Spectra is on sale now

Final thoughts

SPOILERS OVER

In short: mission accomplished – these are all definitely Glenlivet, but they are all very much their own drams. From zingy to smoky to rich and toffee-laden, it’s a demonstration that with a few tweaks here and there in the whisky-making process can lead to a very different end result.

The Glenlivet Spectra website offers a headphones-recommended multimedia experience – accessed via a QR code on the (rather excellent) box – which adds sound and vision to the whisky-tasting experience before you give your tasting notes, and they help steer you in the direction of Alan Winchester’s take on the drams.

Everyone will get something different from these, so don’t pay attention to your score (and I’m not only saying that because one of mine was only 60% – I also got a 90%, so it all evens out) – it’s a fun way of pulling apart the flavours you can find in one of the world’s favourite whiskies.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/the-glenlivet-spectra-at-the-whisky-exchange-scotch-whisky-news/

TOMATIN’S LOCKDOWN WHISKY FESTIVAL RAISES VITAL FUNDS FOR MAGGIE’S HIGHLANDS – Scotch Whisky News

TOMATIN’S LOCKDOWN WHISKY FESTIVAL RAISES VITAL FUNDS FOR MAGGIE’S HIGHLANDS
Popular event raises over £8,000 for cancer charity Maggie’s

18th May 2020 – Tomatin hosted its second virtual whisky festival on 9th May to raise much-needed funds for its charity partner, Maggie’s Highlands.

The event, which was live-streamed on Tomatin’s own YouTube channel, saw over 5,000 individuals tune in across the globe. The Highland distillery partnered with several other whisky brands, with a view to giving back to the community as they share their expertise and insights, and managed to raise over £8,000 for Maggie’s through the virtual event.

Maggie’s, a charity which provides free practical and emotional support to people living with cancer, is currently unable to see people face to face at their 26 centres across the UK and abroad, including its centre in Inverness, close to the Tomatin distillery, which offers support across the Highland’s region.

Maggie’s experts are now supporting people by phone, email and through their online community as they live with the added stress and anxiety of living with cancer, plus changes and delays to treatment and self-isolation.

Jennifer Masson, Head of Brand for Tomatin Single Malt commented: “We were so disappointed to not be able to support Maggie’s Highlands with their golf day last month, which usually raises around £60,000 in one day and unfortunately had to be cancelled. They require over half a million pounds a year in donations to operate so it really was a no-brainer when it came to who we would support.

“This event and the funds it has raised has made a huge difference to them, as well as providing entertainment to whisky fans the world over. We were amazed by the generosity shown by our viewers on the day, and beyond. We aimed to raise £5,000 and this was achieved during the live stream, and the donations continued to come in until today.”

Andrew Benjamin, Centre Manager of Maggie’s Highlands, added: “We feel very lucky that, even with everyone’s attention turned to other issues, Tomatin and other whisky brands have chosen to continue to show support. We have been humbled at how much of the support has come from Tomatin’s global audience, and we can’t thank them enough for doing this. It’ll go a long way to helping us to support people with cancer and their families over this difficult time. “

The recorded streams of both Lockdown Whisky Festivals are available to watch on the Tomatin Distillery YouTube channel.

Maggie’s Highlands are continuing to raise money to fund their online support capabilities, donations can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/maggieshighlands.

Notes:

Tomatin Distillery has been producing and blending malt Scotch whisky since 1897. Over the last 50 years, the distillery has borne witness to vast change. At its peak in the 1970s, Tomatin was the largest distillery in the world operating 23 stills and producing 12 million litres of alcohol every year. Over the last decade, significant time has been invested in rediscovering the distillery, people and values, and in refining the business model to move away from the formerly lucrative bulk commodity market to now focus on Tomatin’s core range of single malts.

Tomatin is located in the Scottish Highlands (near Inverness) and is famous for its portfolio of soft and mellow whiskies, including a core range, a limited-edition range and a premium archive range (prices range from £35 – £10,000). In the last ten years, Tomatin has secured over 60 prestigious awards in a variety of categories, and in 2019 the distillery celebrated its most successful year ever at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition, securing seven Double Gold awards and four Gold awards.

Participating brands:

Blanton’s
That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Douglas Laing
Glengoyne
Mackmyra
Old Pulteney
Raasay
Tamdhu
Tomatin Highland Single Malt

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/tomatins-lockdown-whisky-festival-raises-vital-funds-for-maggies-highlands-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Exchange “Feis Ile 2020 – The Islay Festival online” – Scotch Whisky News

Feis Ile 2020 – The Islay Festival online

The end of May is usually a time for celebration in the whisky world – it’s time for Fèis Ìle, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music. A week-long celebration of Scotland’s most distillery-packed island, with whisky, music, dancing and more. It’s a great week, but not one that’s particularly compatible with current social distancing policies. So, the distilleries have taken the party online and into your home – it’s time for The Virtual Fèis Ìle.

Festival week (Saturday-Saturday: a long week) is usually very simple: there are nine distilleries on Islay, and each gets a day of celebration – newcomers Kilchoman and Ardnahoe share the Wednesday. Things are sticking to the usual schedule in 2020, but now there’s no running around the island to get to your tours and tastings – you just need to open a new tab in your web browser.

Here’s what’s going on:

Friday 22 May – and so it begins

The Islay Festival committee are kicking things off on Friday, with an opening event live on Facebook. They’ve fully embraced the wonders of technology this year, and are organising events and keeping everyone up to date with the latest information via their Facebook page – Fèis Ìle.

The opening event kicks off at 7pm with some chat from the committee and announcements from the distilleries about what they’ll be doing all week. You can tune in via their Facebook event. Keep an eye on the page – it’s the centre for all festival announcements, and it’ll be updating all week with news of what’s going on.

When the announcements are all done, it’s time for the first whisky event – the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Virtual Pub. They’ll have music, a quiz, cocktails and drams all over on the SMWS Facebook page from 8pm. From the lineup in the image above, it’ll be a good night.

Saturday 23 May – Lagavulin

The whisky side of the festival all kicks off with Lagavulin day. Diageo’s distilleries have been surprisingly quiet on the virtual front, but hopefully, that will all change with Friday’s opening announcements.

However, The Friends of the Classic Malts, Diageo’s whisky fan club, is continuing its series of live sessions on Saturday at 4pm, with ambassador Ewan Gunn joined by former Lagavulin manager and Port Ellen revival project manager Georgie Crawford on Facebook, for a session of whisky news and stories – head over to the Facebook event to learn more.

Sunday 24 May – Bruichladdich

Usually the biggest party of the week, Sunday is Bruichladdich day. Being Sunday, it’s the day that’s normally full of off-work locals, and the distillery’s courtyard is packed. This year, the distillery is going to be a lot quieter, but they’ve still got a packed program – it’s time for the Laddie Lock-in.

The distillery has things popping up on its Instagram page every day leading up to the festival, but as I write the Sunday schedule isn’t up – you’ll need to join the Laddie mailing list to find out more. They’ll be live from 2-6pm, so keep an eye on all of their online channels to make sure you don’t miss out.

Monday 25 May – Caol Ila

Normally a day of recovery from Laddie day, Monday is also Caol Ila‘s turn in the spotlight. There’s a virtual festival booked in for 6pm on their Facebook page, but details are few and far between – tune in to the Islay Festival opening event to learn more…

Tuesday 26 May – Laphroaig

Tuesday is Laphroaig day, my favourite day of the festival. Rather than sitting on the beach in front of the distillery, I’ll be logging on to the Laphroaig website at 6.15pm Islay time (which probably means sometime between 6 and 6.30pm – they’re quite relaxed on Islay) for some live chat with distillery manager John Campbell. I might even have a dram…

Wednesday 27 May – Bowmore

Bowmore takes on the centre of the week, and for the first time in years, the streets of Islay’s capital won’t be full of people camping out to get the distillery’s festival bottle. Instead, the distillery is throwing an online party over at bowmoreislayfestival.com. You’ll need to sign up to the website to find out what’s going on, but expect a program of tastings, tours and more. And if you want to make it a truly authentic experience, sleep on your doorstep on Tuesday night.

Thursday 28 May – Kilchoman

Thursday is shared between relative newcomer Kilchoman and definite newcomer Ardnahoe. While the latter has been very quiet lately, Kilchoman has made up for it with a day of activity.

Head over to the Kilchoman website at midday to join in, with talks, tours and tastings running through the day. Tasting packs sold out in seconds when launched, but there’s still lots going on – you can find the full schedule on the Kilchoman website.

Friday 29 May – Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain takes the Friday spot and has a lineup of tastings and tours. The tasting packs (and their festival bottlings) flew off the shelf when The Coterie – the distillery fan club – was told they existed, but there’s still lots going on.

Tune in to the Bunnahabhain Facebook page on Friday at 7pm to join in.

Saturday 30 May – Ardbeg

Last, but far from least, comes Ardbeg with the final bash of the festival – Ardbeg Day. It’s usually a bit party, with fans filling the distillery’s courtyard and taking part in a usually ridiculous day of fun and games. While that’s not possible in person, Ardbeg Day continues as The Ardbeg Blaaack Whisky Trials.

Named after this year’s festival bottling – available on our website on Saturday: Ardbeg Blaaack – it’ll be two hours of virtual Ardbeggery, MC’d by distillery manager and Ardbeg Committee head honcho Mickey Heads. Head to the Ardbeg Facebook page at 7pm to find out what trials they’ll be setting…

More Virtual Tastings

Virtual tastings are really taking off, and there are loads happening around the world. We’re continuing our virtual program, and we’ll be announcing the June lineup very soon – expect whisky, a bit of ‘hello, how are you?’, gin and maybe a bit of chocolate pairing…

If you’ve missed our previous tastings, you can catch up with them all on YouTube or Facebook, and we’ll have a new one going out live every Thursday at 5.30pm on our Facebook page.

Originally published on The Whisky Exchange Blog – Feis Ile 2020 – The Islay Festival online

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/the-whisky-exchange-feis-ile-2020-the-islay-festival-online-scotch-whisky-news/

The Whisky Exchange “Feis Ile 2020 – The Islay Festival online” – Scotch Whisky News

Feis Ile 2020 – The Islay Festival online

The end of May is usually a time for celebration in the whisky world – it’s time for Fèis Ìle, the Islay Festival of Malt and Music. A week-long celebration of Scotland’s most distillery-packed island, with whisky, music, dancing and more. It’s a great week, but not one that’s particularly compatible with current social distancing policies. So, the distilleries have taken the party online and into your home – it’s time for The Virtual Fèis Ìle.

Festival week (Saturday-Saturday: a long week) is usually very simple: there are nine distilleries on Islay, and each gets a day of celebration – newcomers Kilchoman and Ardnahoe share the Wednesday. Things are sticking to the usual schedule in 2020, but now there’s no running around the island to get to your tours and tastings – you just need to open a new tab in your web browser.

Here’s what’s going on:

Friday 22 May – and so it begins

The Islay Festival committee are kicking things off on Friday, with an opening event live on Facebook. They’ve fully embraced the wonders of technology this year, and are organising events and keeping everyone up to date with the latest information via their Facebook page – Fèis Ìle.

The opening event kicks off at 7pm with some chat from the committee and announcements from the distilleries about what they’ll be doing all week. You can tune in via their Facebook event. Keep an eye on the page – it’s the centre for all festival announcements, and it’ll be updating all week with news of what’s going on.

When the announcements are all done, it’s time for the first whisky event – the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Virtual Pub. They’ll have music, a quiz, cocktails and drams all over on the SMWS Facebook page from 8pm. From the lineup in the image above, it’ll be a good night.

Saturday 23 May – Lagavulin

The whisky side of the festival all kicks off with Lagavulin day. Diageo’s distilleries have been surprisingly quiet on the virtual front, but hopefully, that will all change with Friday’s opening announcements.

However, The Friends of the Classic Malts, Diageo’s whisky fan club, is continuing its series of live sessions on Saturday at 4pm, with ambassador Ewan Gunn joined by former Lagavulin manager and Port Ellen revival project manager Georgie Crawford on Facebook, for a session of whisky news and stories – head over to the Facebook event to learn more.

Sunday 24 May – Bruichladdich

Usually the biggest party of the week, Sunday is Bruichladdich day. Being Sunday, it’s the day that’s normally full of off-work locals, and the distillery’s courtyard is packed. This year, the distillery is going to be a lot quieter, but they’ve still got a packed program – it’s time for the Laddie Lock-in.

The distillery has things popping up on its Instagram page every day leading up to the festival, but as I write the Sunday schedule isn’t up – you’ll need to join the Laddie mailing list to find out more. They’ll be live from 2-6pm, so keep an eye on all of their online channels to make sure you don’t miss out.

Monday 25 May – Caol Ila

Normally a day of recovery from Laddie day, Monday is also Caol Ila‘s turn in the spotlight. There’s a virtual festival booked in for 6pm on their Facebook page, but details are few and far between – tune in to the Islay Festival opening event to learn more…

Tuesday 26 May – Laphroaig

Tuesday is Laphroaig day, my favourite day of the festival. Rather than sitting on the beach in front of the distillery, I’ll be logging on to the Laphroaig website at 6.15pm Islay time (which probably means sometime between 6 and 6.30pm – they’re quite relaxed on Islay) for some live chat with distillery manager John Campbell. I might even have a dram…

Wednesday 27 May – Bowmore

Bowmore takes on the centre of the week, and for the first time in years, the streets of Islay’s capital won’t be full of people camping out to get the distillery’s festival bottle. Instead, the distillery is throwing an online party over at bowmoreislayfestival.com. You’ll need to sign up to the website to find out what’s going on, but expect a program of tastings, tours and more. And if you want to make it a truly authentic experience, sleep on your doorstep on Tuesday night.

Thursday 28 May – Kilchoman

Thursday is shared between relative newcomer Kilchoman and definite newcomer Ardnahoe. While the latter has been very quiet lately, Kilchoman has made up for it with a day of activity.

Head over to the Kilchoman website at midday to join in, with talks, tours and tastings running through the day. Tasting packs sold out in seconds when launched, but there’s still lots going on – you can find the full schedule on the Kilchoman website.

Friday 29 May – Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain takes the Friday spot and has a lineup of tastings and tours. The tasting packs (and their festival bottlings) flew off the shelf when The Coterie – the distillery fan club – was told they existed, but there’s still lots going on.

Tune in to the Bunnahabhain Facebook page on Friday at 7pm to join in.

Saturday 30 May – Ardbeg

Last, but far from least, comes Ardbeg with the final bash of the festival – Ardbeg Day. It’s usually a bit party, with fans filling the distillery’s courtyard and taking part in a usually ridiculous day of fun and games. While that’s not possible in person, Ardbeg Day continues as The Ardbeg Blaaack Whisky Trials.

Named after this year’s festival bottling – available on our website on Saturday: Ardbeg Blaaack – it’ll be two hours of virtual Ardbeggery, MC’d by distillery manager and Ardbeg Committee head honcho Mickey Heads. Head to the Ardbeg Facebook page at 7pm to find out what trials they’ll be setting…

More Virtual Tastings

Virtual tastings are really taking off, and there are loads happening around the world. We’re continuing our virtual program, and we’ll be announcing the June lineup very soon – expect whisky, a bit of ‘hello, how are you?’, gin and maybe a bit of chocolate pairing…

If you’ve missed our previous tastings, you can catch up with them all on YouTube or Facebook, and we’ll have a new one going out live every Thursday at 5.30pm on our Facebook page.

Originally published on The Whisky Exchange Blog – Feis Ile 2020 – The Islay Festival online

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/the-whisky-exchange-feis-ile-2020-the-islay-festival-online-scotch-whisky-news/

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 311: Vital Spark 5 Year Old 2013 – Scotch Whisky News

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 311: Vital Spark 5 Year Old 2013

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky vlogger, tries an undisclosed Ileach. Vital Spark is a release from the Meadowside Blending Co, which we are familiar with because of their releases of The Maltman and The Grainman. While it is not mentioned as such on the label, it is a public secret that this third batch is a single oloroso sherry cask of my beloved Caol Ila (which is not necessarily true for batch 1 and 2!). Oh, will you look at that color…

https://youtu.be/RB4ap-AZyfc

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/marks-whisky-ramblings-311-vital-spark-5-year-old-2013-scotch-whisky-news/

Golden Moon Distillery Launches Two New Single Malt Whiskies in Colorado and New York – American Whiskey News

Golden Moon Distillery Launches Two New Single Malt Whiskies in Colorado and New York

Denver Colorado – 13 April 2010 – Golden Moon Distillery is proud to announce the release of two new Colorado Single Malt Whiskies in the Colorado and New York Markets.

Golden Moon Distillery, located in Golden Colorado, was founded in 2008 by Distiller Stephen Gould and Dr. Karen Knight.  Golden Moon currently produces over 20 award-winning products including single malt whiskies, gins, absinthe and a variety of brandies, liquors, liqueurs and other whiskies.

The new releases are Golden Moon Principium, A Colorado Single Malt and Golden Moon Triple, an Irish-Style Colorado Single Malt.

According to Mr. Gould …

We’re really excited to release these two new uniquely Colorado single malt whiskies.  Both are made from 100% two-row Moravian barley, grown in Colorado and the surrounding states and malted right here in Golden Colorado.  Both are milled, mashed, fermented, distilled and cask-matured here at Golden Moon Distillery. We use a unique mashing procedure and a proprietary strain of yeast for fermentation for all our single malts whiskies.

Principium is a double-distilled single malt whiskey that is matured in charred white American oak casks. It is a smooth, approachable whiskey, full bodied with a malty character and nice caramel notes. It is bottled at 46% ABV / 92 Proof.  It took a Gold Medal this past year at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Triple is a limited release (allocated) triple-distilled single malt whiskey that is also matured in charred white American oak casks.  We’ve only produced 500 bottles of this whiskey.  I have been a consulting master distiller in Ireland for the last couple years, and that work has inspired me to play around with traditional Irish-style whiskey production techniques here at Golden Moon. This is one of the results.  It is a light and friendly whiskey with a wonderful mouthfeel, slightly sweet with a touch of brown sugar character.  It is bottled at 46% ABV / 92 Proof.

Golden Moon Distillery’s products are distributed in Colorado by RNDC and New York by Blue Print Brands.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/golden-moon-distillery-launches-two-new-single-malt-whiskies-in-colorado-and-new-york-american-whiskey-news/

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 311: Vital Spark 5 Year Old 2013

Vital Spark is een release van de Meadowside Blending Co die we beter kennen van de releases onder het label The Maltman en The Grainman. Hoewel het niet met zoveel woorden op het label staat, is het een publiek geheim dat deze derde batch een single oloroso sherrybutt betreft van mijn geliefde Caol Ila (wat niet gezegd kan worden van batch 1 en 2!). Oh, dat kleurtje alleen al…

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=6207

Win a Year’s Supply of Wemyss Malts Whisky! – Scotch Whisky News

Win a Year’s Supply of Whisky!

Happy World Whisky Day!

In honour of our 15th anniversary year, we’re giving one lucky person the chance to win a Year’s Supply of Whisky!

There’s two ways to enter: 

1. Buy a bottle of our Batch Strength blended malts and use the code YEAROFWHISKY at checkout for 10 entries into our competition. We’ll also give you £5 off delivery when you use YEAROFWHISKY at checkout.

2. Complete the form on our website for 1 entry into the competition

SHOP BATCH STRENGTH WHISKIES

A Year’s Supply of Whisky is equal to one bottle of whisky per month.
Terms and conditions apply – see website for details

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/win-a-years-supply-of-wemyss-malts-whisky-scotch-whisky-news/

Hard To Find Whisky Distillery Focus: Glenfarclas – Scotch Whisky News

Since 1685 Glenfarclas has been owned and managed by just one family, the Grants of Glenfarclas. Now in the hands of the fifth and sixth generation of the family, the Grants remain committed to the vision of creating the best quality Highland Single Malt Whisky, in the traditional Speyside style.

BROWSE OUR FULL GLENFARCLAS RANGE HERE

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/hard-to-find-whisky-distillery-focus-glenfarclas-scotch-whisky-news/

Caol Ila 12 Year Old for Feis Ile 2017

Distilleerderij: Caol Ila
Regio: Schotland (Islay)
Fles: Caol Ila 12 Year Old for Feis Ile 2017, OB 2017, Amoroso Wood Cask, 1.500 bts
Kleur: vol goud
ABV: 55.8%

Cream Sherry

Van Caol Ila heb ik al veel goeds geproefd, met name de Feis Ile bottelingen doen het steeds meer dan uitstekend. Dus was ik maar wat blij dat ik een sample te pakken kon krijgen van deze 12-jarige die het Islay Malt Music Festival van 2017 opfleurde. Zogenaamd double matured in Amoroso vaten, die eerder werden gebruikt voor de Distillers Edition van… Talisker! De Caol Ila rijpte zo’n 11 jaar op traditionele bourbonvaten alvorens in deze verjongde (nieuwe spiegels) Amoroso vaten te worden overgebracht waarin ze nog een dik jaar mochten overwinteren.

Lekker romige neus op zoete karamel, gerookt spek en zeewier, aangevuld met pijnboompitten, vernis en teer met een mooie toets van peer en limoen. Gaat wat op en neer tussen zoet en zilt, maar op een erg onderhoudende manier. Zachte rokerigheid, licht medicinaal, maar vooral zoet en fruitig. Prima in balans.

Ook op smaak is hij lekker romig. De cream sherry, zoals Amoroso ook bekend staat, heeft duidelijk zijn invloed gehad. Pittig gepeperd en flink wat maritieme, zilte toetsen verschijnen, de turfrook wordt betrekkelijk groot, maar dat neemt niet weg dat de zoete toetsen van karamel en fruit mooi doorschemeren en hem extra cachet geven. Indrukwekkend, hoor.

De afdronk is lang, donkerzoet (chocolade!) en gepeperd. De rook sterft langzaam weg.

Wat een indrukwekkende Caol Ila!

89/100

Geproefd door Mark Dermul op 01-03-2020
(om snel andere tasting notes te vinden, surf naar www.whivie.be).

Article source: https://blog.whivie.be/?p=6183