45 – Aultmore 11yr exceptional cask series
Nose is sugared almonds, cloves, gulab jamun and dried mango
Palate is light and airy with sugar sweetness, apple skin, rose petals, red berries and some milk chocolate
Finish is relatively complex and shows flintiness, candy, cream and bruised apples
46 – Balblair 2000 18yr Sherry Cask 46%
Nose of sultanas, caramel fudge, golden syrup, cloves in orange. Dried dark fruit, especially prunes and dates.
Palate pecan pie, vanilla bean cream and tobacco. Slight sulphur note.
Finish is warming think brandy cream sauce drenched Xmas pud and a handful of hay.
47 – Inchgower 9yr by Cadenhead 56.5% (3y ex-bourbon 6y sherry)
Nose of warm date scones, honey, milk chocolate
Palate is of medium weight and starts with light maraschino cherry then honey, banana cake, salt, woody and a good lick of date syrup
Finish tea tannins, brown bread, touch of sulphur but a really lovely cranberry jelly note singing.
48 – Cardrona Oloroso Dramfest 2020 cask #735
Nose is really woody to begin, like fresh cut pine and balsa wood. Vanilla essence and dates.
Palate is hot and unbalanced. Eventually some cream, egg whites and cocoa notes. Maybe some dried fruit like fat sultanas.
Finish that pine note returns.
49 – Ledaig 2007 12yrs by Rest and Be Thankful sherry cask #700612 58.5%
Nose of honey comb, home churned butter, band-aids, river stones and tar.
Palate is autumn leaves, honey, salt, coal and plastic.
Finish more river stones and tar