Whisky 2017 – 64-72 – Heartwood tasting

64 – Redlands newmake
Apples, rock melon, lemon zest, pepper, juniper, cucumber. Roses, apple skin, aniseed, green strawberries.

65 – Adams Distillery 12 weeks old young make
Menthol cigarettes, mint leaves, musk lollies, brown sugar. Prunes, proper smoked bacon, coal, pepper, salt, Japanese black sugar candy.

66 – Belgrove oat whisky
Dust, stones, barnyard, perfume, musk, menthol. Glue, boot polish, brown sugar, butter almonds, pickled onions (but not in a bad way).

67 – Heartwood 3 of 3
Caramel, musk, brown sugar, lemons, prunes, chocolates, stewed apple, ice coffee, old butter. Heavy, kangaroo poo, leather, beef stock, dusty, soy sauce, coffee grounds, tomato paste.

68 – Heartwood We are twisted cousins (Lark)
Prunes, raisins, pastry, strawberry and mango, pine needles, pastis. Menthol, dust, raisins, eucalyptus, slightly medicinal.

69 – Heartwood Beagle 4
Soy sauce, raisins, creme patisserie, stewed apples, beef stock. Raisins, prune, musk, salt, soy sauce, marshmallow, tomato salad.

70 – Heartwood Calm before the storm
Deep malt, soy, deep sweet Asian beef cheeks, huge chocolate, glue, turps, burnt pineapple. Glacé lemon, beef consume, leather, soy sauce, bitter dark chocolate, pine needles.

71 – Arran Madeira Cask
Gas, apricots, a malted chocolate, some sulfur and rubber, acetone, ants trapped in strawberry jam, marshmallow. Brandy snaps, some vanilla, roasted peanuts, old strawberries, zatar, mellows over time – the slightly bitter finish doesn’t help.

72 – G&M Glenturret 2002
Butter, cherries, licorice, toffee, fairy floss. Bit weak, grapes, toffee apples, slight cloves.

Whisky 2017 – 20-23

20 – Liquid Treasures Clynelish 18 Bourbon Hogshead 1997
Tropical fruit, honey, pastries, salty butter, gooseberries, toffee apples. Pie crust, apples, salt, lard, bananas, cloves, mint.

21 – Arran Limburg Whisky Fair 15th and Arran 21st Anniversary Single Sherry Cask, no 913 1997
Bananas and cream, apricot nectar, shoe polish, lemon zest, crushed ants, how I imagine medlars smell, fruit straps. Lemon delicious, egg whites, egg nog, pepper, roasted corn, intense stone fruit reduction, salt.

22 – Sansibar Speyside very old selection
Sulfur, rubber, cream, leather, hairspray. Slightly medicinal, nutty, rubber, chocolate, match heads, plastic and raw cashews.

23 – Benriach 1998 triple distilled PX finish Cask 7758 for the Whisky Exchange
Stone fruit, leather, roast pumpkin, chocolate, strawberry jam, cake mix. Cake mix, dark chocolate, peaches, creamed sugar, slight rubber note, banana smoothie.

Whisky 2017 – 17-19

17 – Arran Private Cask for Mizunara The Library Sherry Hogshead 15 years 2000
Apricots, leather, white pepper, cream, tropical fruit cup, chocolate. Soufflé, green grass, butter, cocoa mousse.

18 – Liquid Treasures 6 Years Islay Port Cask
Honey, leather, gas, pepper, peat, cedar, pickling brine, seaweed, Terry’s dark chocolate orange, dried pineapple. Mineral salts, dry wood, flinty, soy sauce, egg whites.

19 – Hart Brothers Glen Scotia Olorosso Hogshead 24 Years 1992
Musk, pancakes, lemon zest, cake mix. Pancakes, salt, butter, passionfruit, orange zest, rubber

Whisky 2016 – 140-143

140 – Ben Nevis Port Pipe 12 Years 2002
Butter, honey, rose hip jam, cream, salt, pepper. Unmistakable Ben Nevis fruit, heavy maple syrup, burnt butter, musk, jersey caramels, dust, flat Coke, toasted malt.

141 – La Grande Galerie Miltonduff 21 years 1995
Rockmelon, floral, apricot jam, milk chocolate, fruit straps. Tropical fruit salad, salt, butter and honey on crumpets.

142 – Acorn’s Brut de Fût (Bunnahabhain in Wine Cask?)
Honey, smoke, hospital, maple syrup. A beautiful dry sweetness, rich buttery, seaweed, iodine, honey, salt.

143 – La Grande Galerie Arran 19 Years 1997
Chicos, oranges, strawberries and cream, coke foam, fruit tingles, passionfruit. Butter, maple syrup, flinty, coal, gas, Brie, sea water, cream, rubber.

Whisky 2016 – 124-127 Bar Chèvre, Kyoto

124 – 3 Rivers Ben Nevis 1996 19 Years “The Dance”
Unmistakable Ben Nevis cake mix, marmalade, apricots, gentle cloves, pepper, butter powder. Green, coffee, less honey, flintiness, milk chocolate.

125 – The Arran Exclusive for Whisk-e 1997 18 Years Sherry Hogshead
Oranges, vanilla, heady, hand cream. Vanilla, cream, pound cake, sooooo creamy, gas, leather, salt.

126 – 1975 Glen Elgin 34 years for Bar Superhero 3rd Anniversary ny Kingsbury & Co
Melons, kiwifruit, egg whites, pavlova, apples and plums. Tobacco, rum, honey cakes, delightful fruit cocktail.

127 – Salon de Shimaji Pen x Shinanoya Glenfarclas 19 years Cask 3781
Apricots, passionfruit, maple syrup, wood, musk, orange zest. Orange juice, pancakes, maple syrup, Xmas fruit and cream, salt, cloves, coffee.

Whisky 2016 – 117-120 The Mash Tun, Tokyo

Back in Tokyo. As I said to Suzuki-san (owner of The Mash Tun) all I’ve done in Japan is drink these excellent Scottish stuff I haven’t touch Japanese whisky while I’ve been here. 

117 – Springbank 21 Single Cask Japan Only
Boiled sweets, Xmas fruit, kiwi fruit. Honey, green herbs, medicinal, salty, rubber, cigars, bitter chocolate, angry jam.

118 – Springbank 20 TIBS 2016
Hazelnuts, gas, chocolate, candle wax, roses, marzipan. Rubber, salt, bitter herbs, coriander seed.

119 – The Arran – The Mash Tun 12th Anniversary Bottling
Bananas, marmalade, loads of fruit, marzipan and beautiful sweetness. Apricot jam, cream, pepper, cream, chicos, coffee, rum baba, egg whites and clove. (Suzuki had these for sale – I bought one)

120 – The Arran The Devil’s Punch Bowl III
Soy sauce, leather, eggs, dried pineapple, chicos. Stewed apple, blue vein cheese, apricot jam, bitter green herbs, salt, pineapple, lettuce, tomato sauce, Caesar salad.

Whisky 2016 – 107-110 Old Crow, Zurich

107 – The Arran Devils Punchbowl II
White peaches, cream, ice cream, clove, apple snow, apricots. Bitter herbs, cream, brown sugar and brandy snaps.

108 – Royal Island 30 Years Arran (but really Bunnahabhain and Bowmore)
Chalk, pencil shavings, manzanilla Sherry, apples, toffee, stone fruit. Pencil shavings, some cream, pepper, cloves, pop corn, green herbs, salty.

109 – Springbank 12 1990s bottling
Christmas cake, dusty and fruity, brandy, brown sugar, salty butter, rose hips, egg white, apricot . Huge butter, caramel and rubber, coffee, apricot delight, passion fruit. Brilliant, top 5 this year, easy.