134 – Cadenhead Small Batch Glengarioch 24
Chocolate, vanilla ice cream, some formic acid, orange zest and nutmeg. Smoke comes and goes, powdered ginger, chocolate.
135 – Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel
Yeasty, cedar, bananas and vanilla cream and cucumber. Dulche de leche! Ginger, meringue and vanilla.
136 – Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu – on the way
Vanilla and toasted grain, yeasty, banana. Great stuff.
137 – SMWS Never Ending Cask at Whisky & Alement
Bacon bits, green herbs, smoke, seaweed. Syrupy, honey and tea then smoke and peanuts. I reckon Caol Ila because of the peanuts.
133 – Michel Couvreur The Unique
Ok this is a bit of a strange one for me. Onion skin, tobacco smoke, leather, slight sulfur and a touch of vanilla. It’s not bad just not my thing. It tastes hot, way more than 44%. Just not sure about it.
130 – Cadenhead Small Batch Auchroisk 24 Years
Brown sugar and butter, with wattle seed and cola. Buttery palate with a hint of rubber.
131 – Yamazaki 1998 Rare Sherry Cask
Banoffee pie, cola, peanut butter and Pedro Ximenez. This thing is delicious, expensive, but delicious.
Yamazaki 1998 Sherry Cask
132 – Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 1
Spicy banana bread, yeasty, nutmeg and a slight green medicinal tone. I found tropical fruit, almost like the tropical cordial I remember as a kid and some orange peel on the palate.
A friend asked me for my favourite drops from 2014. Here they are in no order:
White Oak Sherry Cask 5 Year
Adelphi Glenrothes 2007 7 Year Australian Release (67.6%!!!)
Gordon & MacPhail Glenburgie 1964
Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Port Pipe 2009
As you can probably tell, I’m a bit of a sherry head. I don’t mind a bit of peat every now and then, but I’ll probably complain about it being like licking a fireplace or too medicinal.