Dewar’s Last Great Malts tasting at Whisky & Alement.
56 – Aberfeldy 12
A little rubber, sea salt, touch of vanilla fudge, slight oil, cucumber skin, pepper, dried orange zest. Slight salty, flinty and mineral, honey.
57 – Aultmore 12
Rubber, salt, cultured butter, chamomile, slight dusty note. Salt, grains, bracken, chamomile.
58 – Aberfeldy 21
Oranges zest, marmalade, pepper. Old leather and salt, dry and dusty. Delicious. (This was not part of the tasting)
59 – Craigellachie 13
Butter, stewed apples, custard, slight rubber. So buttery initially on the pallet, rubber and sulphur and some sugar.
After the tasting I introduced a couple of mates to the Signatory. The savvy Yao suggested the Old Malt Cask… but unfortunately with all the other drams I don’t think this one came through.
60 – Old Malt Cask Craigellachie 18
Suffers next to a half dram of the signatory. Buttery but I can’t pick up much else. I got some crazy like watermelon flavor in there.
55 – Lark Single Cask
Grains toasted in butter, orange zest. Vanilla, cream and some salt.
54 – Overeem Bourbon Cask
Plump sultanas, vanilla, pain au raison, some dusty. Custard, brandy cream and some Christmas pud.
51 – New World Projects Single Cask Release #3
Wood, caramel, maraschino cherries, bubblegum, slight cola, honey, egg whites, peanut butter and cloves. Butter, roasted peanuts, vanilla but the dry red wine barrel kills the finish for me.
52 – Glenmorangie Tùsail
Lovely bready nose, grainy and moist, toast, almost roasted onion sweetness and banana – would go well to finish a ploughman’s lunch. Vanilla, bitter herbs, salt and cream.
53 – Signatory Craigellachie 2002 11 years
Butterscotch, glue, rubber, sultanas, raisins, custard, fucking goddam strudel. Salt, huge caramel, sultanas steeped in brandy and vanilla.
Black Gate Single Malt
Banana, herbaceous greens, salt and pepper, fudge, cottees caramel topping. Caramel cough syrup (is that a thing?!?), a lick of smoke, iced coffee made with Nescafé.
From NSW. Not bad at all.
46 – SMWS G13.1 (Chita) A complete revelation
Mango, dried coconut, tropical cordial, powdered ginger, pineapple doused in rum and cinnamon, chocolate, woody notes, marshmallow, vanilla, lime cordial. Ginger, lemonade spider, dry pound cake.
47 – SMWS G12.1 (Nikka) oh so sweet
Banana paddle pops, dulche and marshmallow. Sweet sweet sweet banana lollies and a touch of dried pineapple. It becomes more complex with opening up including hints of my mum’s lime coconut drizzle cake.
48 – SMWS 120.8 (Hakashu) a sweet surge of peat
Soap (in a good way), salt, pepper, popcorn and musk, salted preserved lemon. Bacon drippings, a smokey fruity sugar punch.
49 – SMWS 124.4 (Miyagikyo) full of secret pleasures
Muscat, port, Sherry fino, rubber, dry warmth, oil soaked rags, spices cloves and anise, maple. German spice biscuits, a rubber fire, cocoa, liquorice, toasted bran, so much going on. Jeezus!
42 – Signatory Series Glenlivet 1997
Musk, rock candy, rubber, lemon and honey in hot water, coconut rough. Dry, sweet sugar syrup, salt and pepper.
43 – Talisker 12
Over ripe apples, wood, maple syrup, sweet salts, plasticine, flowers and cola. A beautiful dram that switches from bitter to sweet – leading to musk and rubber. I really like it.
44 – Compass Box The Last of the Vatted Malt
Hazelnuts, butter, salt, leather, bark. LPG (in a good way), charcoal, passionfruit and a residual candy sweetness.
45 – Gordon & MacPhail 1990 Clynelish (2002 bottling)
Rubber (like bicycle tires), sulfur, tar, cake batter and salted caramel. Rubber, tropical fruit cordial, caramel. One of my faves so far.
I also tried a sip of the Starward Wine Cask. Loads of overripe bananas on the nose and fake banana flavouring on the palate.