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

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Whisky 2018 – 84

84 – Bruichladdich 15 Years The Duke of Edinburgh’s award 50 Years Celebration 1956-2006
Nose – Apricots, seaweed, leaves, rubber, gun powder, formic acid
Palate – honey, vanilla, oak, leaf mulch, pepper, peanut brittle
Finish – chlorine, honey, vines,

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

Whisky 2018 – 72-75 – Baxter Inn, Sydney

In Sydney at The Baxter Inn and half way to my target of 150, celebrated with an old Glengoyne from the 80s. For a low alcohol dram of 43% it really was able to stand up. The Cambus was super disappointing.

72 – Clynelish Adelphi 1996 19 Years ex Bourbon 53.4%
Nose – toasted coconut, coconut rough, green grass, apricot danish
Palate – hot, perfumed, cream, grilled peaches, lemon zest with pith
Finish – cream and perfume, wine tannins

73 – Clynelish G&M 2001 14 Years Sherry casks 307849 & 307850
Nose – typical sherry fino nose, peanuts, rubber, manuka honey
Palate – honey, rose petals, sugar syrup, rock candy, salt, weak ice tea
Finish – aspirin, tea tannins, honey, caramels

74 – Boutiquey whisky company Cambus 24 Batch 2
Nose – roses, heather, cream, pineapple soaked in turps, caramel toffees, plastic
Palate – turps, salt, balsa wood, cream, peanut shells
Finish – cream, old leather

75 – 1980s bottling Glengoyne 17 Years 43%
Nose – wax, rum soaked raisins, fermented figs, the sweetness of cocktail onions, honey, minerals
Palate – wax, pencil shavings, salt and pepper, raisins, spice, OBE
Finish – spicy, pencil shavings, old apples

Whisky 2018 – 71

I bought this bottle on my last trip to Japan. I’ve had it open since January and didn’t think that much of it; it felt hot and one dimensional. How a couple of months open has changed it – noteworthy even.

71 – Arran Private Cask “The Arran First Vintage 1995” for Malt House Islay 21 Years Sherry Hogshead 49.6%
Nose – almonds, flourless orange cake, egg whites, burnt butter, pandanus
Palate – liquorice, cake mix, dried citrus, lantana, apricot jam, maraschino cherries, peach ice tea
Finish – boozy cream, salt, sugary ice tea tannins, rock candy