Whisky 2016 – 91-96 (Westland Whiskey tasting)

91 – Westland American Oak 46%
Chicos, white peach, passionfruit, chocolate, pears. Didn’t enjoy the initial palate a bit plastic but coffee, peach, pears, vanilla, roasted barley tea.

92 – Westland Sherry Wood 46%
Honey, honey, honey, honey, honey, honey, butter, crumpets. Maraschino cherries, pears, cloves, toasted muesli.

93 – Westland Peated 46%
Medicinal, salted crisps, seaweed, honey, toffee, roast pork. Bracken, toffee, salt, apples – but that damn roasted note keeps coming back.

94 – Westland Garryana 56.2%
Banana split with caramel sauce, pound cake, chicos, pear, apricot, jammy. Rubber, spice, pound cake, strawberry jam, salty, stewed apricot, hazelnuts.

95 – Benromach Organic 2010
Green barley, mint, cold butter, malt, fresh garden peas cooked in butter, green bananas, cooked apples. Fresh and minty, malty, banana with cream.

96 – SMWS 66.81 Black Bun by a peaty hearth (Ardmore)
Oil paints, dry manzanilla sherry, beer nuts, toffee, pork crackling. Soy sauce, dry smoke, oily, sweetness, over ripe apple.

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Whisky 2015 – 145-152 (Adelphi Tasting)

  

 145 – Adelphi Glenborrodale 1
Textas, plums, strawberries, bacon, rubber balls. Crazy sweetness on the palate, plums, xmas fruit, nuttiness like macadamia, some peat in there.

146 – Adelphi Fascadale 9 (Ardmore 14)
Shoe leather, hand cream, white peaches, pepper, walnuts. Vanilla cream, pepper, stone fruit, ashy.

147 – Adelphi Liddesdale 9 (Bunnahabain 21)
Chocolate mousse, struck matches, salty, stone fruit. Cloves, caramlised fruit, stewed apricots.

148 – Adelphi Ben Nevis 1996 18 Years
Rope, honey, hay, plum cake, lemonade, botrytis, really floral. Crazily floral, like a botrytis, chocolate and cocoa. best dram of the tasting… I bought a bottle.

149 – Adelphi Longmorn 1992 23 Years
Maple sugar, salted butter, peanut butter, caramel pudding, dusty, mandarin and menthol. Loads of cream, pepper, golden syrup, coffee.

150 – Adelphi Ardnamurchan distillery new make
Barn yard (but not in a bad way), bog, salt, ethanol. Cucumber, chili, honey, salt.

151 – Adelphi Ardamurchan 11 Month
Banana and caramel, cloves and cola, honey. Spicy, bubble gum, cucumber, honey and salt.

152 – WhistlePig The Boss Hog Barrel:63 13 years (Not part of the tasting, obviously)
Star anise, dry ginger, bubblegum, vanilla pods, watermelon, cream, cloves, fly spray. Rubbery, hot an absolute destroyer, overwhelming crushed ants, loads of dry spice and vanilla cola.

Whisky 2015 – 123-126 (Back in Oz)

123 – Douglas of Drumlanrig Ben Nevis 18
Pine resin, dark chocolate, banana cake mix, hazelnuts, orange zest. Orange rind is really strong, dried figs, pepper and a hint of vanilla cream.

   
 124 – The Arran Malt Port Cask
My mums strawberry jam on picklets, instant coffee, formic acid, wood resin, star anise. Some thyme and banoffee pie, salt and pepper.

125 – The Arran Malt Amarone Cask
Orange pastels, strawberry jam, banana cake, fruit cup cordial, juicy fruit. Vanilla cream and gentle summer fruits and berries, salted cultured butter, dry ginger.

126 – SMWS 66.66 Ginger makes Fred smile (Ardmore)
Burnt butter, bacon grease, BBQ meats, dried and green figs, dates and gassy cream. Campfire, dates, dried fig, watermelon(?). Not a peat guy but this was good.