Whisky 2018 – 17-19 – The Gresham, Brisbane

17 – SMWS B4.2 Intense woody spice and perfumed sweetness
Nose: rhum baba, vanilla, honey, candy lemon, salted liquorice, quite floral, wood glue
Palate: caramel, slightly bitter (not in a bad way), tomato sauce
Finish: caramel, green herbs

18 – William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon 67.3%
Nose: brandy snaps, musk, intense tomato paste, crushed ants, vanilla cream, roses
Palate: wow wonderful sweetness as soon as it hits the tongue, chips and gravy, marshmallow, loads of berries, cinnamon
Finish: cream, vanilla, strawberry jam

19 – Old Rip Van Winkle 10, 107 Proof
Nose: apricot, chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, stone fruits, flapjacks with golden syrup
Palate: caramel, wine tannin, raspberry leaf, massive stone fruits
Finish: huge vanilla, cream, juicy, toasted coconut


Whisky 2017 – 130-135 – Balvenie Tasting

Huge tasting on at the Elysian. Alex Moores from Dark Valley brought back some very good hand drawn single cask bottles from Balvenie. Alex and I shared a few other drams afterwards. 

130 – Balvenie 13yo ex-bourbon barrel matured, cask #2022, 61.7%
Ice cream on warm pine apple pudding, red apple skin, choc-banana muffins. Super huge raspberry, choc-banana muffins, loads of vanilla cream, gooseberry, leather, dried apple.

131 – Balvenie 14yo ex-bourbon barrel matured, cask #13330, 53.2%
Fruit tingles, lemon and coconut cake, vanilla cream, strawberry jam. Great mouth feel, short bread, toasted coconut, strawberries, loads of cream, wood shavings, green herbs.

132 – Balvenie 14yo ex-sherry butt matured, cask #2378, 62.7%
Roasted corn cobs, treacle, crushed cloves, roasted almonds, peanut brittle, marshmallow, Earl grey tea cream. Woody, beef jus, rubber, peanut brittle, caramel taken too far, hazelnuts, Musk sticks, mushroom pate, tea tannins.

133 – The Whisky Find and The Mash Tun Craigellachie 1990 Cask 5401
Candle wax, soft gooey French cheese, dried apple, rock melon skin, caramel, fruit sherbet bombs, lemon butter. Bees wax, coconut, rock melon, coffee, strawberries, flowers, nasturtiums, caramels, salt.

134 – The Whisky Agency 2003 13 Years JD for Bistro Inn, The Elysian Whisky Bar and Drunken Master Bar
Butter soaked toast, crushed ants, tomatoes, rhubarb and whipped cream. Butter, cultured butter, cream, formic acid, cinnamon toast, dusty, raw almonds.

135 – The Arran 21st Anniversary Edition – Ex-Olorosso Cask
Cream, metallic apricots, toffee, chocolate, pouch tobacco, peanut brittle, hazelnut paste. Tobacco, apricots, green grass, cream, tinned pineapple, hazelnut butter.

Whisky – 58-62 – Kilkerran Tasting

I don’t know what was going on with my palate last night. Really didn’t enjoy these Kilkerran when I have previously – the felt very underpowered. I was under an air-conditioner which cooled my glasses significantly and may have not allowed the whisky to shine. 

I’ve had Work In Progress 1, 3 and 5 before so they aren’t in my count for the year, but I thought it was interesting to show the progression. 

WIP 1 Kilkerran
Pineapples, wild fresh mint, glue, salt and pepper, arrowroot, rosemary. Cream, salty, malt cake, slight leather.

WIP 3 Kilkerran
Apple tree ash, fruitier, glue, hand cream, pencil shavings, wild herbs, pineapple. Light palate, cream, tobacco, peaches.

WIP 5 Kilkerran Bourbon Wood
Hand cream, ash, leafy, brown sugar, hand cream, maple syrup, slight peach. Butter, peanuts, salty, burn toast, slight cream and vanilla, leafy.

58 – WIP 6 Kilkerran Sherry Cask
Glue, flint, leather, salt, egg white, pencil shavings, hand cream, Sherry fino. Salty, leafy, gasoline, dry leaves, slight cocoa.

59 – WIP 7 Bourbon Cask Strength
Toasted coconut, lemon zest, glue, pencil shavings, hot ashes, bruised strawberries, eggy chocolate pudding. Toothpaste, preserved lemons, leafy, pencil shavings.

60 – Kilkerran 12
Egg white, Xmas pudding, lemon zest, tropical fruit, tobacco, herbaceous, sea salt, soap, apricots, oysters. Bananas, tropical fruit, olive oil, brown sugar, pencil shavings, leafy.

61 – Cooper’s Choice Ledaig 1998 Cask 0035
Hay, soy sauce, Xmas cake, burning plastic. Barnyard, burning plastic, rubber, sulfur, jersey caramel. Weird but pleased I’ve tried it.

62 – Noah’s Mill Bourbon
Bananas, ice cream with my mum’s chocolate sauce. Bananas, brown sugar caramel, salt, pretty simple.


Whisky 2015 – 22-25

Last night’s drinking.

22 – Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15
Cordial, pink musk, vanilla, marshmallows and buttery popcorn. Formic acid, light rubber, vanilla, honey.

23 – Signatory Fettercairn 1996
Grains toasted in butter, a touch of caramel and banana. Cucumber, a little smoke.

24 – Signatory Miltonduff 1995
Rock melon, slight kiwi and chocolate. Instant hit of cocoa, some spring onion, greenery, hay and dry grass. Normally I react poorly to this onion taste but I like it in this.

25 – The Whisky Exchange Edeadour 2006 oloroso sherry cask
Rubber, coffee, maple syrup, milk chocolate and caramel, slightly salty and dusty note. Vanilla, cola, oysters. Delicious.