Secret Speyside 1990 (Asta Morris)

A new batch of Asta Morris bottlings has just arrived in stores. One of the highlights is this Secret Speyside 1990, aged for 28 years in a bourbon cask.

Although the distillery should remain a secret, I can tell you it is in the town of Rothes and that is doesn’t have a tradition of releasing bourbon casks.

 

 

Secret Speyside 1990 - Asta MorrisSecret Speyside 1990 - Asta MorrisSecret Speyside 28 yo 1990 (40,1%, Asta Morris 2019, ex-bourbon cask, 125 btl.)

Nose: entirely on juicy orchard fruits (plums, peaches), orange blossom and old-style waxy notes and lemon balm that you expect from even older neighbours like Glen Grant or Caperdonich. Reminds of the 1970s actually. Whiffs of tangerine, leather and minty herbs. Delicate floral honey, even a mineral touch. Excellent Mouth: a similar delicate style, a great combination of fresh fruits (peach, lime, oranges), natural vanilla and subtle resinous / mineral notes. The waxiness is there again. A hint of silver polish and ginger. Soft herbal tea. Finish: long, lots of fresh citrus notes and traces of waxy oak.

Just lovely. The freshness, juicy fruits and subtle mineral notes are rarely seen these days. Also don’t be afraid of the low strength, it’s delicate but it’s not diluted: flavoursome and easily drinkable. Around € 190, arriving in stores as we speak.

Score: 91/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/undisclosed/secret-speyside-1990-asta-morris/

Laphroaig 10 yo Cask Strength (batch 011)

It’s been a while since I’ve had Laphroaig, especially the recent Cask Strength batches. Although this was bottled March 2019, Batch 11 took a while before being distributed.

 

 

Laphroaig 10 Years Cask Strength - Batch 11Laphroaig 10 Years Cask Strength - Batch 11Laphroaig 10 yo Cask Strength
(58,6%, OB 2019, Batch #011)

Nose: great ashy notes and crystal clear malt. Perhaps a little lighter and more focused on bourbonny oak than how I remember the early batches, but still great. A little vanilla ice cream and apple sweetness, lemon curd, then dried herbs, balanced medicinal notes and subtle coastal breeze. Asphalt in the background. Mouth: more medicinal now. Liquorice and oily peat smoke. Tangy brine, making this a little sharper and leaner than the nose suggested. A light grassy bitterness. Returns on sweet citrus and a hint of vanilla towards the end, as well as a hint of mocha and tobacco leaf. Finish: quite pepper, with white pepper and acrid smoke, light minerals and lemon.

A really good one, one of the best batches I’ve had, offering intensity and many different nuances while staying really drinkable. Available from The Whisky Exchange for instance.

Score: 88/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/laphroaig/laphroaig-10-yo-cask-strength-batch-11/

Burns Night: 6 Top Whiskies All Scotch Fans Must Try – Scotch Whisky News

 

 

Burns Night: 6 Top Whiskies All Scotch Fans Must Try

Larkfire founder and whisky enthusiast James McIntosh reveals his favourite drams for Burns Night after visiting over 50 distilleries in the past four months

A whisky enthusiast has selected six of the best scotch whiskies to try ahead of Burns Night on January 25th.

James McIntosh – co-founder of ‘wild water’ whisky mixer Larkfire – has compiled the list after visiting more than 50 distilleries in Scotland in the past four months.

James, who likes to add a splash of Larkfire to the whiskies recommended below, has put together tasting notes for those looking to try something different this Burns Night:

1)  The GlenAllachie (Cask Strength, 10-year-old):

We love The GlenAllachie distillery and the people there. It’s a definite must-visit on the whisky trail. This particular whisky has a nose of heather, honey, toffee apples, and a taste of vanilla with Caribbean spices. Billy Walker, co-founder of The GlenAllachie, is a legend in the industry, and won the Master Distiller/Master Blender of the Year at the Icons of Whisky Awards in December. Lovely drinking!

www.theglenallachie.com

2)  Glengoyne (18-year-old):

This is a picture-perfect distillery. We recommend the 18-year-old expression, which uses 50% first-fill sherry casks. It has a tremendous depth and mouth feel, with a taste not unlike a lightly spiced apple strudel.

www.glengoyne.com

3)  Bunnahabhain, Caorag:

Caorag – or ‘small-peat’ in Scottish Gaelic – is a hand-filled exclusive distillery release. A perfect balance with a sweet sherry influence and warming peaty flavour. It’s perfect for a dark January night.

www.bunnahabhain.com

4)  Scapa, The Orcadian:

This whisky offers a very sophisticated, honeyed flavour. It’s mellow and easy-drinking with a very delicate taste. Worth trying in a Mizuwari-style, served using Larkfire.

www.scapawhisky.com

5)  Aberfeldy (12-year-old):

A fantastic whisky with a longer fermentation period, encouraging a honeyed sweetness which works nicely with its little hint of spice. A beautiful Highland single malt, an absolute triumph.

www.dewars.com

6) Blair Athol (12-year-old):

A fantastic, rich, sweet Highland single malt, from the Flora Fauna range. Notes include dried apricots and treacle toffee. We enjoyed drinking this at the unique Mash Tun tasting bar, which certainly adds to the experience.

www.malts.com/en-gb/visit-our-distilleries/blair-athol

James McIntosh travelled the length and breadth of Scotland, visiting countless distilleries ahead of the launch of award-winning ‘wild water’ Larkfire, which releases and enhances the depth of flavour of whisky.

Larkfire was launched after a study by Swedish chemists Björn Karlsson and Ran Friedman in the Scientific Reports journal helped prove that water boosts the concentration of flavour compounds at the surface of whisky, enhancing the flavour.

The wild water was recently named Best Premium/Adult Drink at the World Beverage Innovation Awards, and is sourced from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

James said: “In Scotland there is incredible passion and care involved in making whisky, so if you enjoy a splash of water with your dram, it’s important not to undo any elements of the complex distilling and aging process by ensuring you’re adding the best possible water.

“People often add tap water to scotch, but the water has been recycled several times before it reaches your glass, and the added chlorine and fluoride interfere with the delicate whisky flavours. Bottled water also has a high mineral content which affects the aroma and taste.

“However, Larkfire is the perfect water to mix with whisky as it is pure and naturally soft with an exceptionally low mineral content thanks to the billion-year-old Lewisian gneiss rocks, a key feature of the geology of the Isle of Lewis.”

A percentage of Larkfire sales flow back into the islands via a partnership with The Stornoway Trust, a community landlord which looks after 69,000 acres of land on the Isle of Lewis, where the water is sourced.

Larkfire is the only known canned water for whisky and is now available for just £1 a can at www.larkfire.co.uk.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/burns-night-6-top-whiskies-all-scotch-fans-must-try-scotch-whisky-news/

Burns Night: 6 Top Whiskies All Scotch Fans Must Try – Scotch Whisky News

 

 

Burns Night: 6 Top Whiskies All Scotch Fans Must Try

Larkfire founder and whisky enthusiast James McIntosh reveals his favourite drams for Burns Night after visiting over 50 distilleries in the past four months

A whisky enthusiast has selected six of the best scotch whiskies to try ahead of Burns Night on January 25th.

James McIntosh – co-founder of ‘wild water’ whisky mixer Larkfire – has compiled the list after visiting more than 50 distilleries in Scotland in the past four months.

James, who likes to add a splash of Larkfire to the whiskies recommended below, has put together tasting notes for those looking to try something different this Burns Night:

1)  The GlenAllachie (Cask Strength, 10-year-old):

We love The GlenAllachie distillery and the people there. It’s a definite must-visit on the whisky trail. This particular whisky has a nose of heather, honey, toffee apples, and a taste of vanilla with Caribbean spices. Billy Walker, co-founder of The GlenAllachie, is a legend in the industry, and won the Master Distiller/Master Blender of the Year at the Icons of Whisky Awards in December. Lovely drinking!

www.theglenallachie.com

2)  Glengoyne (18-year-old):

This is a picture-perfect distillery. We recommend the 18-year-old expression, which uses 50% first-fill sherry casks. It has a tremendous depth and mouth feel, with a taste not unlike a lightly spiced apple strudel.

www.glengoyne.com

3)  Bunnahabhain, Caorag:

Caorag – or ‘small-peat’ in Scottish Gaelic – is a hand-filled exclusive distillery release. A perfect balance with a sweet sherry influence and warming peaty flavour. It’s perfect for a dark January night.

www.bunnahabhain.com

4)  Scapa, The Orcadian:

This whisky offers a very sophisticated, honeyed flavour. It’s mellow and easy-drinking with a very delicate taste. Worth trying in a Mizuwari-style, served using Larkfire.

www.scapawhisky.com

5)  Aberfeldy (12-year-old):

A fantastic whisky with a longer fermentation period, encouraging a honeyed sweetness which works nicely with its little hint of spice. A beautiful Highland single malt, an absolute triumph.

www.dewars.com

6) Blair Athol (12-year-old):

A fantastic, rich, sweet Highland single malt, from the Flora Fauna range. Notes include dried apricots and treacle toffee. We enjoyed drinking this at the unique Mash Tun tasting bar, which certainly adds to the experience.

www.malts.com/en-gb/visit-our-distilleries/blair-athol

James McIntosh travelled the length and breadth of Scotland, visiting countless distilleries ahead of the launch of award-winning ‘wild water’ Larkfire, which releases and enhances the depth of flavour of whisky.

Larkfire was launched after a study by Swedish chemists Björn Karlsson and Ran Friedman in the Scientific Reports journal helped prove that water boosts the concentration of flavour compounds at the surface of whisky, enhancing the flavour.

The wild water was recently named Best Premium/Adult Drink at the World Beverage Innovation Awards, and is sourced from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

James said: “In Scotland there is incredible passion and care involved in making whisky, so if you enjoy a splash of water with your dram, it’s important not to undo any elements of the complex distilling and aging process by ensuring you’re adding the best possible water.

“People often add tap water to scotch, but the water has been recycled several times before it reaches your glass, and the added chlorine and fluoride interfere with the delicate whisky flavours. Bottled water also has a high mineral content which affects the aroma and taste.

“However, Larkfire is the perfect water to mix with whisky as it is pure and naturally soft with an exceptionally low mineral content thanks to the billion-year-old Lewisian gneiss rocks, a key feature of the geology of the Isle of Lewis.”

A percentage of Larkfire sales flow back into the islands via a partnership with The Stornoway Trust, a community landlord which looks after 69,000 acres of land on the Isle of Lewis, where the water is sourced.

Larkfire is the only known canned water for whisky and is now available for just £1 a can at www.larkfire.co.uk.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/burns-night-6-top-whiskies-all-scotch-fans-must-try-scotch-whisky-news/

The Macallan Celebrates the Year of the Rat with the Release of a Limited Edition Lunar New Year Gift Set – Scotch Whisky News

The Macallan Celebrates the Year of the Rat with the Release of a Limited Edition Lunar New Year Gift Set  

(NEW YORK, January 22, 2020) The Macallan has revealed a stunning new limited-edition gift set for the Double Cask 12 Years Old to celebrate the forthcoming Lunar New Year. Now in its third year, the Year of the Rat package joins the annual series to commemorate the zodiac on the Chinese calendar.

Featuring two bottles of The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old, the Lunar New Year gift box and label showcase traditional knots with an artistic representation of the rat zodiac symbol. The center of the knot is accented with red and gold, traditional colors in Lunar New Year celebrations. A symbol of longevity and eternity, knots have a long history and symbolic meaning within Asian culture.

The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old limited edition Lunar New Year pack will be available to buy from selected retailers across the USA for a suggested retail price of $140. 

Tasting Notes:

Color: Harvest sun

Nose: Creamy butterscotch, candied orange and vanilla custard

Palate: Honey, spices and citrus, balanced with raisins and caramel

Finish:  Oak lingers, warm, sweet and drying

ABV: 43%

For further information visit www.themacallan.com/en-us

About The Macallan

Founded in 1824, The Macallan is one of the worlds’ most admired and awarded single malt whiskies. The reputation of The Macallan is based on a product of outstanding quality and distinctive character. An obsession with excellence has been the hallmark of The Macallan since its founding, by Alexander Reid, on a plateau above the river Spey in north-east Scotland.

In May 2018, The Macallan unveiled its new £140 million distillery and visitor experience on its Speyside estate, increasing investment in whisky, warehousing and in The Macallan’s signature sherry-seasoned oak casks.  The striking contemporary architecture, cut into the slope of the land, takes its cues from ancient Scottish hills.  It stands nearby Easter Elchies House, the Highland Manor built in 1700 which has been The Macallan’s spiritual home since 1824.  The new distillery marks an important milestone, recognizing the significant journey of The Macallan since 1824 and marking an exciting new chapter in the evolution of the luxury single malt.”

www.themacallan.com

© 2020 The Macallan Distillers Limited, The Macallan ® Scotch Whisky, Imported by Edrington Americas, New York, NY. PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/the-macallan-celebrates-the-year-of-the-rat-with-the-release-of-a-limited-edition-lunar-new-year-gift-set-scotch-whisky-news/

The Macallan Celebrates the Year of the Rat with the Release of a Limited Edition Lunar New Year Gift Set – Scotch Whisky News

The Macallan Celebrates the Year of the Rat with the Release of a Limited Edition Lunar New Year Gift Set  

(NEW YORK, January 22, 2020) The Macallan has revealed a stunning new limited-edition gift set for the Double Cask 12 Years Old to celebrate the forthcoming Lunar New Year. Now in its third year, the Year of the Rat package joins the annual series to commemorate the zodiac on the Chinese calendar.

Featuring two bottles of The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old, the Lunar New Year gift box and label showcase traditional knots with an artistic representation of the rat zodiac symbol. The center of the knot is accented with red and gold, traditional colors in Lunar New Year celebrations. A symbol of longevity and eternity, knots have a long history and symbolic meaning within Asian culture.

The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old limited edition Lunar New Year pack will be available to buy from selected retailers across the USA for a suggested retail price of $140. 

Tasting Notes:

Color: Harvest sun

Nose: Creamy butterscotch, candied orange and vanilla custard

Palate: Honey, spices and citrus, balanced with raisins and caramel

Finish:  Oak lingers, warm, sweet and drying

ABV: 43%

For further information visit www.themacallan.com/en-us

About The Macallan

Founded in 1824, The Macallan is one of the worlds’ most admired and awarded single malt whiskies. The reputation of The Macallan is based on a product of outstanding quality and distinctive character. An obsession with excellence has been the hallmark of The Macallan since its founding, by Alexander Reid, on a plateau above the river Spey in north-east Scotland.

In May 2018, The Macallan unveiled its new £140 million distillery and visitor experience on its Speyside estate, increasing investment in whisky, warehousing and in The Macallan’s signature sherry-seasoned oak casks.  The striking contemporary architecture, cut into the slope of the land, takes its cues from ancient Scottish hills.  It stands nearby Easter Elchies House, the Highland Manor built in 1700 which has been The Macallan’s spiritual home since 1824.  The new distillery marks an important milestone, recognizing the significant journey of The Macallan since 1824 and marking an exciting new chapter in the evolution of the luxury single malt.”

www.themacallan.com

© 2020 The Macallan Distillers Limited, The Macallan ® Scotch Whisky, Imported by Edrington Americas, New York, NY. PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/the-macallan-celebrates-the-year-of-the-rat-with-the-release-of-a-limited-edition-lunar-new-year-gift-set-scotch-whisky-news/

Larkfire founder and whisky enthusiast James McIntosh reveals his favourite drams for Burns Night – Burns Whisky News

Larkfire founder and whisky enthusiast James McIntosh reveals his favourite drams for Burns Night after visiting over 50 distilleries in the past four months. A whisky enthusiast has selected six of the best scotch whiskies to try ahead of Burns Night on January 25th. James McIntosh – co-founder of ‘wild water’ whisky mixer Larkfire – has compiled the list after visiting more than 50 distilleries in Scotland in the past four months. James, who likes to add a splash of Larkfire to the whiskies recommended below, has put together tasting notes for those looking to try something different this Burns Night:

1)  The GlenAllachie (Cask Strength, 10-year-old):

We love The GlenAllachie distillery and the people there. It’s a definite must-visit on the whisky trail. This particular whisky has a nose of heather, honey, toffee apples, and a taste of vanilla with Caribbean spices. Billy Walker, co-founder of The GlenAllachie, is a legend in the industry, and won the Master Distiller/Master Blender of the Year at the Icons of Whisky Awards in December. Lovely drinking!

www.theglenallachie.com

2)  Glengoyne (18-year-old):

This is a picture-perfect distillery. We recommend the 18-year-old expression, which uses 50% first-fill sherry casks. It has a tremendous depth and mouth feel, with a taste not unlike a lightly spiced apple strudel.

www.glengoyne.com

3)  Bunnahabhain, Caorag:

Caorag – or ‘small-peat’ in Scottish Gaelic – is a hand-filled exclusive distillery release. A perfect balance with a sweet sherry influence and warming peaty flavour. It’s perfect for a dark January night.

www.bunnahabhain.com

4)  Scapa, The Orcadian:

This whisky offers a very sophisticated, honeyed flavour. It’s mellow and easy-drinking with a very delicate taste. Worth trying in a Mizuwari-style, served using Larkfire.

www.scapawhisky.com

5)  Aberfeldy (12-year-old):

A fantastic whisky with a longer fermentation period, encouraging a honeyed sweetness which works nicely with its little hint of spice. A beautiful Highland single malt, an absolute triumph.

www.dewars.com

6) Blair Athol (12-year-old):

A fantastic, rich, sweet Highland single malt, from the Flora Fauna range. Notes include dried apricots and treacle toffee. We enjoyed drinking this at the unique Mash Tun tasting bar, which certainly adds to the experience.

www.malts.com/en-gb/visit-our-distilleries/blair-athol

James McIntosh travelled the length and breadth of Scotland, visiting countless distilleries ahead of the launch of award-winning ‘wild water’ Larkfire, which releases and enhances the depth of flavour of whisky.

Larkfire was launched after a study by Swedish chemists Björn Karlsson and Ran Friedman in the Scientific Reports journal helped prove that water boosts the concentration of flavour compounds at the surface of whisky, enhancing the flavour.

The wild water was recently named Best Premium/Adult Drink at the World Beverage Innovation Awards, and is sourced from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

James said: “In Scotland there is incredible passion and care involved in making whisky, so if you enjoy a splash of water with your dram, it’s important not to undo any elements of the complex distilling and aging process by ensuring you’re adding the best possible water.

“People often add tap water to scotch, but the water has been recycled several times before it reaches your glass, and the added chlorine and fluoride interfere with the delicate whisky flavours. Bottled water also has a high mineral content which affects the aroma and taste.

“However, Larkfire is the perfect water to mix with whisky as it is pure and naturally soft with an exceptionally low mineral content thanks to the billion-year-old Lewisian gneiss rocks, a key feature of the geology of the Isle of Lewis.”

A percentage of Larkfire sales flow back into the islands via a partnership with The Stornoway Trust, a community landlord which looks after 69,000 acres of land on the Isle of Lewis, where the water is sourced.

Larkfire is the only known canned water for whisky and is now available for just £1 a can at www.larkfire.co.uk.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/larkfire-founder-and-whisky-enthusiast-james-mcintosh-reveals-his-favourite-drams-for-burns-night-burns-whisky-news/

Larkfire founder and whisky enthusiast James McIntosh reveals his favourite drams for Burns Night – Burns Whisky News

Larkfire founder and whisky enthusiast James McIntosh reveals his favourite drams for Burns Night after visiting over 50 distilleries in the past four months. A whisky enthusiast has selected six of the best scotch whiskies to try ahead of Burns Night on January 25th. James McIntosh – co-founder of ‘wild water’ whisky mixer Larkfire – has compiled the list after visiting more than 50 distilleries in Scotland in the past four months. James, who likes to add a splash of Larkfire to the whiskies recommended below, has put together tasting notes for those looking to try something different this Burns Night:

1)  The GlenAllachie (Cask Strength, 10-year-old):

We love The GlenAllachie distillery and the people there. It’s a definite must-visit on the whisky trail. This particular whisky has a nose of heather, honey, toffee apples, and a taste of vanilla with Caribbean spices. Billy Walker, co-founder of The GlenAllachie, is a legend in the industry, and won the Master Distiller/Master Blender of the Year at the Icons of Whisky Awards in December. Lovely drinking!

www.theglenallachie.com

2)  Glengoyne (18-year-old):

This is a picture-perfect distillery. We recommend the 18-year-old expression, which uses 50% first-fill sherry casks. It has a tremendous depth and mouth feel, with a taste not unlike a lightly spiced apple strudel.

www.glengoyne.com

3)  Bunnahabhain, Caorag:

Caorag – or ‘small-peat’ in Scottish Gaelic – is a hand-filled exclusive distillery release. A perfect balance with a sweet sherry influence and warming peaty flavour. It’s perfect for a dark January night.

www.bunnahabhain.com

4)  Scapa, The Orcadian:

This whisky offers a very sophisticated, honeyed flavour. It’s mellow and easy-drinking with a very delicate taste. Worth trying in a Mizuwari-style, served using Larkfire.

www.scapawhisky.com

5)  Aberfeldy (12-year-old):

A fantastic whisky with a longer fermentation period, encouraging a honeyed sweetness which works nicely with its little hint of spice. A beautiful Highland single malt, an absolute triumph.

www.dewars.com

6) Blair Athol (12-year-old):

A fantastic, rich, sweet Highland single malt, from the Flora Fauna range. Notes include dried apricots and treacle toffee. We enjoyed drinking this at the unique Mash Tun tasting bar, which certainly adds to the experience.

www.malts.com/en-gb/visit-our-distilleries/blair-athol

James McIntosh travelled the length and breadth of Scotland, visiting countless distilleries ahead of the launch of award-winning ‘wild water’ Larkfire, which releases and enhances the depth of flavour of whisky.

Larkfire was launched after a study by Swedish chemists Björn Karlsson and Ran Friedman in the Scientific Reports journal helped prove that water boosts the concentration of flavour compounds at the surface of whisky, enhancing the flavour.

The wild water was recently named Best Premium/Adult Drink at the World Beverage Innovation Awards, and is sourced from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

James said: “In Scotland there is incredible passion and care involved in making whisky, so if you enjoy a splash of water with your dram, it’s important not to undo any elements of the complex distilling and aging process by ensuring you’re adding the best possible water.

“People often add tap water to scotch, but the water has been recycled several times before it reaches your glass, and the added chlorine and fluoride interfere with the delicate whisky flavours. Bottled water also has a high mineral content which affects the aroma and taste.

“However, Larkfire is the perfect water to mix with whisky as it is pure and naturally soft with an exceptionally low mineral content thanks to the billion-year-old Lewisian gneiss rocks, a key feature of the geology of the Isle of Lewis.”

A percentage of Larkfire sales flow back into the islands via a partnership with The Stornoway Trust, a community landlord which looks after 69,000 acres of land on the Isle of Lewis, where the water is sourced.

Larkfire is the only known canned water for whisky and is now available for just £1 a can at www.larkfire.co.uk.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/01/larkfire-founder-and-whisky-enthusiast-james-mcintosh-reveals-his-favourite-drams-for-burns-night-burns-whisky-news/

Elements of Islay Peat & Sherry (for TWE)

I mentioned this in my weekly news overview the other day: this is a version of Elements of Islay Peat Sherry exclusive to The Whisky Exchange. We’ve also seen them exclusive to Belgium, Sweden, Germany, La Maison du Whisky and others.

This peated Islay malt (aged for the first time in sherry casks) is a mix of two single malts (our wild guess would be Caol Ila and Bowmore perhaps?), married in a single sherry butt.

 

 

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Nose: nicely leafy and leathery, with hints of barbecued meat, lots of cold ashes and kippers, and some light medicinal notes (iodine and bandages). Hints of walnut cake, chocolate and subtle tobacco. Also fresh citrus, especially blood oranges. At once deeply aromatic and elegant. Mouth: sweet and earthy, bringing out raisins and cocoa as well as cured meat, pickle brine and orange peel. Candy apples. Crushed black peppercorns. Deeper tarry smoke in the end, mixed with some herbal notes and dark brew tea. Finish: drier and leafy now, with slightly acrid smoke and some peppery heat.

Quite big without overdoing it. This offers serious complexity and great value for money. Only from The Whisky Exchange.

Score: 87/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/blends/elements-of-islay-peat-sherry-whisky-exchange/

Singleton of Glen Ord 18 Years (Special Release)

The last of my Special Releases reviews. This Glen Ord 18 Year Old has been drawn from freshly charred American oak hogsheads where it matured for the full ageing period.

It is the first time that Ord is bottled as part of the Special Releases – most of the production is used for Johnnie Walker and Dewar’s.

 

 

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(55%, OB ‘Special Releases’ 2019)

Nose: sweet red apples up front, with generous baking spices. Vanilla cake with orange peel, nougat and buttery cocoa. Malty notes. Cinnamon. After some time it develops a more grassy / floral side as well. Mouth: good texture but otherwise a similar ‘middle-of-the-road’ impression. Malt, garden fruits and spice. Leathery notes and bitter grapefruit peel. Some peppery prickle, cinnamon and nutmeg. Creamy vanilla too, but it turns towards harsher ginger and grassy tree bark. Finish: quite long but becoming dry, peppery and malty.

Well indeed you may not get many Glen Ord bottlings, especially at cask strength, but put into perspective this feels a tad underwhelming. Available from MoM or TWE among others.

Score: 83/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/glen-ord/singleton-of-glen-ord-18-years-special-release/