Whisky 2019 – 22-24

22 – Benrinnes 1997 Berry Brothers & Rudd 18 years Cask 817
Nose: roses, cream, peaches, lemon butter, spicy

Palate: green grass, salty butter, toasted almonds, peaches

Finish: cream, cold salted butter

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23 – Aberlour 13 Oloroso Cask Hand Filled 57.4%
Nose: woody, vanillin, baking spices, toasted almonds, milk chocolate, peaches, apricots, prunes, cake dough

Palate: woody, spices, cream, dried peaches, butter

Finish: peaches, salted butter, plum jam

****

24 – Highland Park 2003 Single Cask Series Sherry Puncheon 1306
Nose: coffee, medicinal, caramel, vanilla, orange zest, roasted chestnuts

Palate: rubber, campfire, grapes, raisins, coffee, rocks, terry’s chocolate orange

Finish: campfire, leather, old butter, old apples, ashy

****

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Whisky 2019 – 16-20 – Corowa Tasting

16 – Corowa Quick’s Courage 46% (Bourbon, PX finished)
Nose: Pineapple, green pepper, old butter, sulphur

Palate: Salty, pineapple, green vines, white wine

Finish: Salt, passionfruit

**

17 – Corowa Mad Dog Morgan 46% (Muscat cask)
Nose: raw dough, spiced sugar, dried lavender

Palate: salty, blood plum, toast with butter, Xmas spices

Finish: grapes, toasty

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18 – Corowa Hungarian oak red wine barrel, 8 months old cask sample
Nose: light clove, orange zest, raw dough, marshmallow

Palate: juicy apricots, lamb bones, cream, passion fruit

Finish: butter, stones

***

19 – Corowa Bosque Verde 60%
Nose: stewed rhubarb, port, butter, toast, grape seeds, honey, prunes

Palate: great palate weight, toast with butter,

Finish: plums, spice, stone

***

20 – Corowa peated malt 15 months in JD cask
Nose: smoky apricots, band-aids, stony, tar, salted peanuts

Palate: blossom, floral jasmine, old campfire, butter, toasted hazelnut, caramelised apricots

Finish: salted butter, autumn leaves, burnt marshmallow

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Whisky 2019 – 12-15 – Lark Bar, Hobart

12 – Spring Bay Bourbon Cask 2016 Cask #34
Nose: pine resin, wax, mango skin, orange zest,

Palate: Egg pudding, passion fruit, grass, white pepper, tropical, lemon

Finish: vanilla cream

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13 – Spring Bay Sherry Cask 2016 Cask #28
Nose: maple syrup, chocolate bullets, toasted wood, butter, dates, corn chips

Palate: dusty, rhubarb crumble, brandy snaps, melted butter, dried vines

Finish: wet stones, cream, bitter herbs

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14 – Spring Bay Port Cask 2016 Cask #54 “The Rheban”
Nose: baked plum cake warm out of the oven with cream, stewed rhubarb, vanilla sugar, almond crunch

Palate: grape sweetness, plums, plums, plums, coffee, roasted almonds, apricots

Finish: vanilla cream, pavlova, stone fruit

****

15 – Belgrove Wholly Shit Rye 57.8%
Note – this is a whisky where the rye has been “peated” by burning sheep dung. Yeah it’s pretty nuts.

Nose: Grassy, spicy, new make, cocoa powder

Palate: So intensely burnt corn (but in a good way), woody, dark chocolate, wet stones, grass

Finish: Dark chocolate, old bonfire

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Whisky 2019 – 8-11

8 – Springbank 12 Year Old Claret Wood 54.4% bottled 2010
Nose: Honey, heather, glue, caramel,

Palate: Vines, dust, cream, slight peat, wet stones

Finish: Sweet, red wine depth, gentle cream

****

9 – Longrow 7 Years Old Gaja Barolo 55.8% bottled 2008
Nose: super honey, seaside ozone, chocolate

Palate: salted caramel, gentle peat smoke kissing grape vines

Finish: honey, woody, earthy funk

****

10 – Cragganmore 1971 Connoisseurs Choice by Gordon & MacPhail 14 Years Old
Nose: wax, dates, prunes, honey, old peaches, dusty, maple

Palate: pencil shavings, intense stone fruit, cream, tobacco, heather, wax

Finish: apple jelly, cream

*****

11 – Bowmore Hand-filled 54.0% (Olorosso possibly)
Nose: chocolate, cherries, toasted hazelnuts, dry age beef fat, old soft leather, paprika,

Palate: dark dried fruits, rubber, sherry wood, wet stones, dark chocolate, pencil shavings, cocoa nibs

Finish: gun powder, rubber, nutty, peat, cocoa

*****

Whisky 2019 – 6-7

6 – The Cardrona “Just Hatched” 2015, 3 years Sherry Butt 104 63.2%
Nose: honey, grape skins, fino yeastiness, rose petals, strawberries

Palate: hot, gassy, rancio, honey, charcoal, orange cordial
Finish: honey for days, green dried herbs,

****

7 – Eigashima Olorosso Sherry Cask by Blackadder 2014, bottled 2017 Cask #101474
Nose: honey, aspirin, gassy,

Palate: old butter and honey on rye toast, earthy and chalky

Finish: honey, rubber, terrarium, cocoa

***

Whisky 2019 – 4-5

4 – Old Pulteney 1994 bottled 2007 by G&M Sauternes Wood Finish cask 06/125 1-5

Nose: Fairly simple honey, dust, lemon balm, sulfur

Palate: sweet and hollow to begin giving way to loads of cream, apricot danish, elegant stone fruits, walking through a lavender farm, passionfruit vines

Finish: cream, salted butter, bitter almonds and a slight waft of matches.

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5 – Arran 1998, 20 Years for The Mash Tun 14th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel cask 618 53.1%

Nose: Musky, waxy fruit, peanuts and chocolate, chlorine, marshmallow, old whisky

Palate: Huge cream and salt, complex with green pineapple and passionfruit vine, grapefruit pith, terrarium, sour cherries, coffee,

Finish: Lime zest and fruity, pavlova, whipped cream, cream, dried apricots

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