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

*****

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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.

****

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

****

Whisky 2019 – 1-3

Another year… more drams coming. I’ll add a rating out of 5 stars this year and a bit more detail where I can.

***** – Outstanding

**** – Very Good

*** – Good

** – Fair

* – Poor

No stars – Faulty

Hope you enjoy my tasting notes for 2019.

1 – Ben Nevis 1998 16 years old by Cask & Thistle, Cask 0345
Nose: honey and banana leaf, leather, bee hives, aspirin, musk

Palate: classic Ben Nevis, passionfruit vine, metallic, super intense honey leading to tobacco, orange and musk, rock melon, stone fruit.

Finish: musk, apricots, peaches, honey
****

2 – Springbank 1990 25 years old by SCOMA hogshead 587
Nose: waxy dried fruit, dried apple, honey, figs, old butter, salt, kit-Kat’s

Palate: old apples, wax, strawberries and cream, funky wood, honey, dried apricots

Finish: cream, grape seeds
****

3 – Mysterious distillery 1975 Golden Tiger
Nose: coffee and honey, waxy notes, musk sticks, chlorine, metallic, pepper, chocolate

Palate: old leaves, juicy, cream, green apple, pencil shavings, grilled pineapple, raspberry

Finish: super long cream and melted butter finish that lasts and is interspersed with fruits, dried orange, coffee
*****

Whisky 2018 – 198-200, Copper & Oak, New York

198 – Invergordon 1988 by The Sovereign cask HL10699
Nose – grape vines, cookie dough, milk chocolate, shortbread, raspberry
Palate – chocolate chip cookies, crisps, milk chocolate,
Finish – slight cream and vines

199 – Dew of Ben Nevis 12 Years
Nose – cream, burnt orange, toffee
Palate – green vines, peat, bitter orange, tobacco, honey comb, cream
Finish – marmalade, rubber

200 – Clynelish 1995 by The Exclusive Malts 21 years Cask 10206 52.6%
Nose – wax, banana bread, vanilla, kiwi fruit, raw dough, strawberry mousse
Palate – hot, heavy, waxy, green vines, old whisky, day old pavlova, coffee trifle
Finish – wax, honey

Whisky 2018 – 195-197, Kings County Distillery, Brooklyn

Had a great time touring the Kings County Distillery. Evan our tour guide was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. I really love what they are doing on such a small scale. On to the whiskey… hit and miss! You’ll see I have included a “?” on 196 this means it was disappointing, which is extremely odd considering that the Barrel Strength was one of the best I’ve had all year.

195 – Empire Rye Kings County Distillery 51%
Nose – apricots, tobacco, cream, salted butter, honey
Palate – grilled peaches, cream, dry leaves, butter
Finish – cream, raisins, dusty

196 – Bottled in Bond Kings County Distillery ?
Nose – apricots, leather, spice, maple syrup, grilled peach
Palate – cream, stone fruit, butter, wood, peanut butter, burnt sausage and prawn, boot polish
Finish – cream, bitter arugula

197 – Barrel Strength Batch 10 64.1% Kings County Distillery*
Nose – chocolate, raisins, prunes, apricots, flat coke, sour cream, woody, dried apricots
Palate – chocolate, prune, hot, liquorice, cream, stewed apricots and caramel
Finish – muted finish, slight saline, soy, brown butter

Whisky 2018 – 193-194 – Citizen Public House, Boston

193 – Whistle Pig Straight Rye 10 years single barrel for Citizen Public House 59.4%*
Nose – prunes, figs, toffee, grape juice, stewed rhubarb, dark chocolate
Palate – vanilla ice cream, figs, prunes, great integrated spice, cherries, loads of cream, tomato paste
Finish – cream, rhubarb, custard, red liquorice

194 – Russell’s Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon for Citizen Public House
Nose – peach ice tea, vanilla, caramel, Chicos, milk chocolate, maple syrup, raspberry leaf
Palate – peaches, cream, brandy snaps, grape vine, cream, coffee, toffee, orange zest
Finish – cream, chlorine and Xmas spices