Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old – Game of Thrones ‘House Baratheon’

Talisker Select Reserve – Game of Thrones ‘House Greyjoy’

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul ma, maart 18, 2019 06:33:35

Distilleerderij:
Talisker
Regio: Schotland (Highlands)
Fles: Talisker Select Reserve, Game of Thrones ‘House Greyjoy’
Kleur: koper
ABV: 45.8%

Iron Islands

Ha,
wie houdt er niet van Game of Thrones? Toen Diageo, in afwachting van het laatste
seizoen dat er in april zit aan te komen, een speciale reeks van 8 single malts
aankondigde, was ik er als de kippen bij om een volledige set te bestellen. Ik
beken, ik keek vooral uit naar de Oban, Clynelish, Lagavulin en deze Talisker.
Ik weet dat ik ze te zijner tijd met plezier allemaal zal proeven, maar de
Talisker kreeg toch voorrang. Die moest er als eerste aan geloven op de dag dat
de flessen aankwamen. Hij vertegenwoordigd House Greyjoy, die op de Iron
Islands de Drowned God aanbidden en een zeevarend volk zijn. Talisker lijkt
alvast een goeie keuze om dit Huis te vertegenwoordigen.

De neus is lekker complex met enerzijds de
typische toetsen van Talisker – rook, peper en citrus – maar anderzijds ook
geweldige toetsen van groene olijven, beef jerky en kruidnagel. Iets van
tabaksbladeren en gezouten melkchocolade.

Prima mondgevoel. Romig en vol. Opnieuw flink
wat peper, houtkruiden, vanille en iets van abrikozen, maar het is de zilte
chocolade (of is dat gezouten karamel?) die de plak zwaait. De peper wordt
groots. Doe maar chili. Hint van heide en menthol.

Dat zet zich lekker door in de middellange
afdronk, die eindigt op chocolade, tabak en peper.

Deze doet me eigenlijk vooral denken aan de
geweldige 8 Year Old uit de Special Release, maar dan in een light versie. Geweldige Talisker, als u
het mij vraagt, die perfect aansluit bij de Ironborn uit de populaire reeks.

86/100

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Glen Grant 1948 (Gordon & MacPhail)

A Glen Grant 1948, a stunning 70 years old and still at a respectable strength of 48.6%. It is the latest addition to the Private Collection range from Gordon MacPhail.

Like the 1948 cask #1369 I could try a few years ago, this is a first-fill sherry butt but a mild one so to speak. It is presented in an engraved, hand-blown crystal decanter, framed in a wooden presentation case.

 

 

Glen Grant 1948 GM Private CollectionGlen Grant 1948 GM Private CollectionGlen Grant 70 yo 1948 (48,6%, Gordon MacPhail ‘Private Collection’ 2018, first-fill sherry butt #2154, 210 btl.)

Nose: starts on typical brass polish with a sweet, honeyed undertone. Rubbed petals, hints of fennel and cut herbs. Mentholated notes, maybe teak oil. After Eight. Cigar boxes. Apricots and orange peel. In the background there’s a hint of dried porcini and old books. A whiff of smoke and old leather as well. A bit fragile but really great complexity. Mouth: a surprisingly dark profile which the colour of the whisky doesn’t suggest. Mexican chocolate, smoke and tobacco leaves. Coffee or even tar liqueur. Old Pu-Erh. Sappy oak. Then cardamom, cloves, aniseed and cough syrup. Very herbal towards the end (reminding me of an old Jerez Quina I once had). Finish: medium, with many teas and herbs, a sourness of charred oak but also dark cocoa.

Always a pleasure to try such an old malt. Maybe not because it is the best whisky ever, but because such old drams are so different from all others. Oak influenced of course but not tannic. Excellent. Available from The Whisky Exchange (brace yourself).

Score: 91/100

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Cardhu Gold Reserve – Game of Thrones ‘House Targaryen’

Talisker Select Reserve – Game of Thrones ‘House Greyjoy’

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul ma, maart 18, 2019 06:33:35

Distilleerderij:
Talisker
Regio: Schotland (Highlands)
Fles: Talisker Select Reserve, Game of Thrones ‘House Greyjoy’
Kleur: koper
ABV: 45.8%

Iron Islands

Ha,
wie houdt er niet van Game of Thrones? Toen Diageo, in afwachting van het laatste
seizoen dat er in april zit aan te komen, een speciale reeks van 8 single malts
aankondigde, was ik er als de kippen bij om een volledige set te bestellen. Ik
beken, ik keek vooral uit naar de Oban, Clynelish, Lagavulin en deze Talisker.
Ik weet dat ik ze te zijner tijd met plezier allemaal zal proeven, maar de
Talisker kreeg toch voorrang. Die moest er als eerste aan geloven op de dag dat
de flessen aankwamen. Hij vertegenwoordigd House Greyjoy, die op de Iron
Islands de Drowned God aanbidden en een zeevarend volk zijn. Talisker lijkt
alvast een goeie keuze om dit Huis te vertegenwoordigen.

De neus is lekker complex met enerzijds de
typische toetsen van Talisker – rook, peper en citrus – maar anderzijds ook
geweldige toetsen van groene olijven, beef jerky en kruidnagel. Iets van
tabaksbladeren en gezouten melkchocolade.

Prima mondgevoel. Romig en vol. Opnieuw flink
wat peper, houtkruiden, vanille en iets van abrikozen, maar het is de zilte
chocolade (of is dat gezouten karamel?) die de plak zwaait. De peper wordt
groots. Doe maar chili. Hint van heide en menthol.

Dat zet zich lekker door in de middellange
afdronk, die eindigt op chocolade, tabak en peper.

Deze doet me eigenlijk vooral denken aan de
geweldige 8 Year Old uit de Special Release, maar dan in een light versie. Geweldige Talisker, als u
het mij vraagt, die perfect aansluit bij de Ironborn uit de populaire reeks.

86/100

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Glen Moray 28 Years (Boutique-y Whisky)

A new Glen Moray 28 Year Old from That Boutique-y Whisky Company.

There’s a red / pink hue to this, which might indicate wine influence of some kind, or maybe a recharred cask?

 

 

Glen Moray 28 Years TBWCGlen Moray 28 Years TBWCGlen Moray 28 yo (47,5%, The Boutique-y Whisky Co 2018, Batch #3, 143 btl.)

Nose: very minty start, with pencil shavings and worn leather, in a rather bourbony way. Hints of red berry pastries and candy. Red apples. Coconut and toffee. Touches of star anise. Burnt orange cake. Mouth: the red berries are back (cranberry juice, hints of raspberry) with a sour and indeed slightly winey side. Rhubarb, cinnamon, violet candy and some pears. Coconut again, old sour wood. Developing a slightly greenish, bitter side towards the end. Finish: woody notes, cinnamon and oranges.

Really interesting, this one, a mix of bourbon and Scotch, with fragrant wood and candied notes. We know Glen Moray likes to experiment, I’d love to find out how they treated this cask. Available from Master of Malt but the price is rather funny.

Score: 83/100

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Singleton of Glendullan Select – Game of Thrones ‘House Tully’

Macallan Enigma

Tasting NotesGeplaatst door Mark Dermul do, maart 07, 2019 07:36:42

Distilleerderij:
Macallan
Regio: Schotland
(Speyside)
Fles: Macallan Enigma Quest Collection, OB 2017, 1st fill European sherry butts
Spanish hogsheads, travel retail
Kleur: brons
ABV: 44.9%

Eik
Gedreven

Deze Enigma – wat zoveel betekent als mysterie – maakt deel
uit van de Quest Collection, exclusief voor reizigers. De volledige reeks
bestaat uit de Quest, Lumina, Terra en deze Enigma. Hij rijpte op Europese first
fill sherryvaten. Het komt niet vaak voor dat je Macallan proeft die op vaten
van slechts 1 bron rijpte, wat hier het geval is: Toneleria Tevasa, een
kuiperij in het Spaanse Jerez, gespecialiseerd in ‘seasoned’ (dus
geprepareerde) vaten voor de Schotse whisky-industrie. Het is mijn 40e
ontmoeting met deze Speysider.

Stevige neus met geel en rood fruit (denk abrikozen, mango,
framboos) met amandelpasta, hazelnoten en kandijsuiker. Het hout – first fill,
weet u nog? – drukt wel zijn stempel met flink wat houtkrullen en kruidigheid
met een drogend element. Denk gember, nootmuskaat, menthol. Een druppeltje
rancio en iets van rosbief. Ik moet bekennen: dit vind ik best lekker.

Op smaak krijg ik eerst donker fruit (dadels, rozijnen,
gekonfijte abrikoos) alvorens de eik zijn stempel drukt. Maar eens dat gebeurt
is het er niet naast: drogend, pikant op kruidnagel, nootmuskaat, chili peper
en een karrenvracht aan kaneel. Dat gezegd zijnde: prima in balans en een mooi
mondgevoel.

De afdronk is middellang met nog meer hout, zonder te
storen.

Deze is oak driven
zoals dat heet. Maar het werkt, hoor. Dit staat me erg aan. De prijs – zo’n 250
EUR – iets minder. Maar je krijgt er wel een mooie doos bij (sarcasm, anyone?).

86/100

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TOMATIN RELEASE THE NEWEST EDITION OF THE WAREHOUSE 6 COLLECTION, THE 1975 – Scotch Whisky News

Tomatin 75

TOMATIN RELEASE THE NEWEST EDITION OF THE WAREHOUSE 6 COLLECTION, THE 1975 

12th March 2019: Tomatin, the award-winning Highland distillery has today announced the release of its third expression of the acclaimed Warehouse 6 Collection; 1975.

Distilled on 8th December 1975, this precious spirit has been gently maturing for the past 43 years in Warehouse 6, laid low on antique wooden rails above cool earthen floor and stacked single level, in a traditional dunnage warehouse.  Nestled in a quiet corner of the distillery, Warehouse 6 houses the distillery’s most treasured casks. At Tomatin’s very core, Warehouse 6, is a truly special place.  

The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection, has spent over four decades slowly maturing in a hand-selected Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butt, cask number 35834. This limited and luxurious cask has wielded just 300 bottles at 46.5%. 

Stephen Bremner, Managing Director of Tomatin, said: “I’m so pleased to announce the release of The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection; these limited-edition expressions from the Warehouse 6 collection enjoy the perfect atmosphere during maturation, providing the flawless environment for exquisite whisky to come to life in all its glory.” 

The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection is encased in a hand-blown Glencairn Crystal decanter within an exquisite case fitted with a unique opening mechanism, featuring two rose gold metal buttons on the sides. Accompanied with glasses decorated with solid copper bands, a solid copper stopper and a numbered certificate detailing the story of the whisky. Stitched and debossed details on the leather wrap adds to the elegance. Protected in a secure material bag for transit and deliver, the 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection offers the ultimate in luxury.

Graham Eunson, Distillery Manager at Tomatin, said: “With patience comes reward, The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection provides a perfect harmony of tropical and dried fruits, dark chocolate and warm spicy notes balanced with the complex background aromas created by decades of slow oxidation in its unique warehouse locale before a long and elegant finish.”

The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection is expected to retail for £2,400 in the UK for a 70cl bottle, and is available to purchase from specialist retailers worldwide.

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, The 1975 release is a part of Warehouse 6’s limited edition range, which includes the 1971 and the 1972.

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). Tomatin is one of the fastest growing whisky brands in the UK and recently announced that it is officially the fastest growing top ten single malt whisky in the USA. Tomatin recently reported its turnover increased by almost 25% during the company’s most recent financial year (Dec 2016 – Dec 2017). Tomatin won Distiller of the Year 2016 and Brand Innovator of the Year 2017 at the Icons of Whisky Scotland Awards.

 About the The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection:

  • Cask Number: 35834
  • Cask Type: Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butt
  • Strength: 46.5% alc./vol.
  • Distilled on: 8th December 1975
  • Number of bottles: 300

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/tomatin-release-the-newest-edition-of-the-warehouse-6-collection-the-1975-scotch-whisky-news/

TOMATIN RELEASE THE NEWEST EDITION OF THE WAREHOUSE 6 COLLECTION, THE 1975 – Scotch Whisky News

Tomatin 75

TOMATIN RELEASE THE NEWEST EDITION OF THE WAREHOUSE 6 COLLECTION, THE 1975 

12th March 2019: Tomatin, the award-winning Highland distillery has today announced the release of its third expression of the acclaimed Warehouse 6 Collection; 1975.

Distilled on 8th December 1975, this precious spirit has been gently maturing for the past 43 years in Warehouse 6, laid low on antique wooden rails above cool earthen floor and stacked single level, in a traditional dunnage warehouse.  Nestled in a quiet corner of the distillery, Warehouse 6 houses the distillery’s most treasured casks. At Tomatin’s very core, Warehouse 6, is a truly special place.  

The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection, has spent over four decades slowly maturing in a hand-selected Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butt, cask number 35834. This limited and luxurious cask has wielded just 300 bottles at 46.5%. 

Stephen Bremner, Managing Director of Tomatin, said: “I’m so pleased to announce the release of The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection; these limited-edition expressions from the Warehouse 6 collection enjoy the perfect atmosphere during maturation, providing the flawless environment for exquisite whisky to come to life in all its glory.” 

The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection is encased in a hand-blown Glencairn Crystal decanter within an exquisite case fitted with a unique opening mechanism, featuring two rose gold metal buttons on the sides. Accompanied with glasses decorated with solid copper bands, a solid copper stopper and a numbered certificate detailing the story of the whisky. Stitched and debossed details on the leather wrap adds to the elegance. Protected in a secure material bag for transit and deliver, the 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection offers the ultimate in luxury.

Graham Eunson, Distillery Manager at Tomatin, said: “With patience comes reward, The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection provides a perfect harmony of tropical and dried fruits, dark chocolate and warm spicy notes balanced with the complex background aromas created by decades of slow oxidation in its unique warehouse locale before a long and elegant finish.”

The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection is expected to retail for £2,400 in the UK for a 70cl bottle, and is available to purchase from specialist retailers worldwide.

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, The 1975 release is a part of Warehouse 6’s limited edition range, which includes the 1971 and the 1972.

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). Tomatin is one of the fastest growing whisky brands in the UK and recently announced that it is officially the fastest growing top ten single malt whisky in the USA. Tomatin recently reported its turnover increased by almost 25% during the company’s most recent financial year (Dec 2016 – Dec 2017). Tomatin won Distiller of the Year 2016 and Brand Innovator of the Year 2017 at the Icons of Whisky Scotland Awards.

 About the The 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection:

  • Cask Number: 35834
  • Cask Type: Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butt
  • Strength: 46.5% alc./vol.
  • Distilled on: 8th December 1975
  • Number of bottles: 300

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2019/03/tomatin-release-the-newest-edition-of-the-warehouse-6-collection-the-1975-scotch-whisky-news/

Arran 21 Year Old

Arran distillery celebrated its 21st anniversary in 2016 and they already had a limited anniversary bottling, but we had to wait some more before a wider public release was announced.

Launched at the end of 2018, this new Arran 21 Years is the oldest official expression to date. A mixture of bourbon and sherry casks.

 

 

Arran 21 YearsArran 21 YearsArran 21 yo
(46%, OB 2018, first edition, 9000 btl.)

Nose: sweet fruit candy with mocha and toffee. Takes a while to open up. Apricots and pineapple, as well as rhubarb jam and dried fruits like prunes. Walnuts and cigar boxes. Hints of buttery pastry and herbs. Mouth: much more spicy. Ginger, cinnamon and pepper, including some charred wood. Malty notes and a light bitterness. Also dark chocolate and hazelnuts, later also walnuts. Back to sweet berries and light floral hints. Finish: medium, more of this dark chocolate character with spices and bitter orange.

A nice nose, a bit darker than expected, but I must say I expected more fruitiness and complexity on the palate. The oak spices are starting to become quite heavy. Available from Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange among others.

Score: 85/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/arran/arran-21-years/

Arran 21 Year Old

Arran distillery celebrated its 21st anniversary in 2016 and they already had a limited anniversary bottling, but we had to wait some more before a wider public release was announced.

Launched at the end of 2018, this new Arran 21 Years is the oldest official expression to date. A mixture of bourbon and sherry casks.

 

 

Arran 21 YearsArran 21 YearsArran 21 yo
(46%, OB 2018, first edition, 9000 btl.)

Nose: sweet fruit candy with mocha and toffee. Takes a while to open up. Apricots and pineapple, as well as rhubarb jam and dried fruits like prunes. Walnuts and cigar boxes. Hints of buttery pastry and herbs. Mouth: much more spicy. Ginger, cinnamon and pepper, including some charred wood. Malty notes and a light bitterness. Also dark chocolate and hazelnuts, later also walnuts. Back to sweet berries and light floral hints. Finish: medium, more of this dark chocolate character with spices and bitter orange.

A nice nose, a bit darker than expected, but I must say I expected more fruitiness and complexity on the palate. The oak spices are starting to become quite heavy. Available from Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange among others.

Score: 85/100

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/arran/arran-21-years/

Glen Grant 18 Year Old “Rare Edition” at K&L California – Scotch Whisky News

GG18

Glen Grant 18 Year Old “Rare Edition” Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) $129.99

92 points Wine Enthusiast

  The aroma entices with vanilla, fresh fruit and waxy honey. Meanwhile, palate surprises with spice and light smoke, as mouthwatering waves of cayenne, jalapeño, mesquite and black pepper give way to soothing vanilla and honey. Dilution makes this dram more easy sipping and plays up the vanilla, but doesn’t change the peppery profile overall. (KN)   (12/2017)

KL Notes; The 2018 Whisky Bible “Scotch Whisky of the Year”

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