Whisky 2018 – 88-91 – The Glenlivet Tasting with Alan Winchester

This will probably be an unpopular opinion but I wasn’t that impressed with any of these. Now I know I am a Sherry head but to me Glenlivet is at its best when it has had a long time in sherry. They weren’t offensive or poorly executed, just a bit boring to my palate.

88 – The Glenlivet 18
Nose – soap(?), pineapple, stewed pears, orange zest
Palate – jaffas, milk, caramels, pear juice
Finish – burnt milk

89 – The Glenlivet Glenshee Single Cask 28669 15 Years
Nose – scotchfinger biscuits, lemon and coconut cake, toasted pound cake, almond cake
Palate – passionfruit, cream, pear crumble, lemon zest, bitter orange
Finish – vines, salty cold butter, pound cake

90 – The Glenlivet Code
Nose – old bananas, brown sugar, candied orange, full cream milk, oyster
Palate – hay, pears, salt, toast and butter,
Finish – cream, vines

91 – The Glenlivet 15
Nose – Banana, rubber, ozone, soap(?), tinned pineapple
Palate – milk chocolate, banana milk, cinnamon, banana smoothie
Finish – vanilla, caramel, barley tea, peanuts

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Whisky 2018 – 85-87

85 – Burnside (Balvenie) Silent Third Kyoto by Whisky Find Cask 5749 Sherry Hogshead
Nose – rock melon, wax, cake mix, hot chocolate, dried banana
Palate – coconut, dried apricots, chocolate, salty cream
Finish – coconut cream, apricots, bounty bars, burnt butter

86 – Glenrothes 20 Years old by Drunken Master Bar 1997 Cask 7162
Nose – brown sugar, soy sauce, maple syrup, cold salted butter
Palate – cocoa, leather, vanilla, musk, woody, tomato paste, chicos, dark chocolate
Finish – woody, salty, butter, ice coffee

87 – Okayama Takashimaya Buyers Select “Sherry cask debut” 58%
Nose – meringue, caramel, burnt marshmallow, honeycomb, dark toffee, liquorice
Palate – honey ice cream, chocolate, Xmas spices,
Finish – melon, chocolate, cream

Whisky 2018 – 83

83 – Macallan 14 Easter Elchies 1991 Cask 7020 Sherry Puncheon
Nose – musk, sugar, brown sugar, wood, soy sauce, egg whites, apricots in caramel, grilled pineapple
Palate – brown sugar, whipped custard, aero bar, salt caramel, woody, pink marshmallows, super chewy, spearmint, cake mix
Finish – dried apricots, bitter cocoa, huge tannins

Macallan has some serious following not without reason. I get it but it’s always so soft and too much of an almost romantic whisky, for me – if that makes sense. This on the other-hand this had some serious tannins to it and I found it significantly more complex and interesting than any other Macallan I’ve tasted.

Whisky 2018 – 77-82 Small American Craft Tasting

Glad I got to try these but ummm…. they weren’t particularly good.

77 – Barrel Hitch Oregon Oak American Whiskey
Nose – Pina colada, mango, new shoes, caramels, formic acid
Palate – tinned pineapple, spice, cream
Finish – mango, cream

78 – Traverse City Whisky Co. Port Barrel Finished Bourbon
Nose – plasticine, donuts, yeast, stone fruit, maraschino
Palate – spice, weak yeast, figs
Finish – yeasty water

79 – Fremont Mischief Rye Whiskey
Nose – bananas, mango, lemon cake, yeast
Palate – dried mango, tannins,
Finish – mango, cream

80 – Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey
Nose – maple syrup, banana cake, minerals, chicos, dried peach
Palate – toasty, butter, grape seed,
Finish – rancid butter

81 – Greenbar Distillery Slow Hands Six Woods Whiskey 57.9%
Nose – intense malt cake, liquorice, toasted fennel, absinthe
Palate – jeager, malt, molasses
Finish – rubber

82 – Whiskey Del Bac Dorado Mesquite Smoked Single Malt
Nose – smoked praprika, bacon, Cheetos, tomato sauce
Palate – leaf matter, minerals, rubber, apple seeds, maple syrup, prunes
Finish – dusty, Cheetos dust