97 – Bruichladdich 2004 13yo by Silent Third Kyoto Cask 1543
Heavy maple and crispy bacon smoke on the nose, with heather and rich nori butter
Palate of wood smoke with a great heavy coating mouthfeel. The caramel and peat very fell integrated into orange zest scented Xmas pud.
The orange zest continues on the finish and turns dusty into date and date syrup.
98 – Tweeddale “Grain if Truth” 46%
Nose: Honey leads to jersey caramel and a slight earthy new make smell.
Palate: nicely sweet and then some nice chocolate milk notes but that’s about it. It’s simple.
Finish: Stays chocolate milk and hot and a little cream. Pretty flat on the finish though.
99 – Littlemill 1988 bottled in 2015 by Pearls of Scotland Cask #135
Nose is intensely over sherried wood, leather, maple syrup and hairspray.
Initially sweet and spicy, it is rancio in the extreme. Some great plump raisins and cooked pastry but those old wood notes are a frontal assault. There is really clear fresh and dried figs.
Finish is salty and woody, unsurprisingly.
Love this dram for it’s uniqueness… but objectively it is only good as those woody rancio notes are ridiculous.