Whisky 2018 – 105-111 – Shinanoya Tasting

Massive Shinanoya whisky tasting thanks to the Elysian in Melbourne. Some real cracking drams, the Coopers Choice wasn’t on the tasting, just felt like an extra.

105 – DOUGLAS LAING OP CRAIGELLACHIE 1995 SHERRY BUTT 20YO 700ml 59%
Nose – rubber, chocolate, mint, dust, honey, red wine cask
Palate – brown sugar, roasted almonds, hay, sherry, dark caramel, musk, caramelized apples
Finish – musk, brown sugar, cream

106 – DUNCAN TAYLOR DIMENSIONS LAPHROAIG 1997 HOGSHEAD – 18YO 700ml 52.8%
Nose – ham and pineapple pizza, custard, oysters, barnyard
Palate – leaves, nuts, green sticks, honey, butter, roasted garlic
Finish – medicinal, glue, salt

107 – GLENDRONACH 1995 PX SHERRY PUNCHEON #4029- 20YO 700ml 55.2%
Nose – heavy brown sugar, dried apricots and peaches, old butter, green pepper, tobacco
Palate – caramel fudge, brown sugar, musk sticks, manuka honey, salt
Finish – melted butter and caramel sauce

108 – HUNTER LAING OMC BOWMORE 2001 REFILL HOGSHEAD – 13YO 700ml 57.3%
Nose – honey, old leaves, glue, yeasty dough, rosemary crackers, lemon pith
Palate – tropical fruit, kiwi fruit, ash, medicinal, minerals
Finish – heather, salty, burnt matches

109 – BERRY BROS RETRO LABEL CLYNELISH 1997 HOGSHEAD – 17YO 700ml 47.1%
Nose – honey, aspirin, mandarin zest, passion fruit jelly, granita biscuits, waxy
Palate – fruity, waxy, red frogs, apricots, pear juice, chicos, peaches, honey
Finish – grapefruit pith, salt, slight smoked ham

110 – KILCHOMAN 2009-2015 OLOROSO SHERRY BUTT FOR SHIMAJI PEN – 5YO 700ml 59.9
Nose – corn chips, smoked fish, barn yard, pickled onions, honey, dusty, lemon zest
Palate – honey, great mouth feel, ashy, pepper, sushi rice, blown out candle
Finish – old apples, pencil shavings, chlorine, melted cheese

111 – The Coopers Choice 1995 Benrinnes port finished 18 years cask 9547
Nose – cream, tropical fruit, toast and honey, wax, apples, raspberries, rock melon
Palate – waxy, chewy, fennel, cream, apricots, egg whites
Finish – salt, cream, old apples, slight woody,

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Whisky 2018 – 72-75 – Baxter Inn, Sydney

In Sydney at The Baxter Inn and half way to my target of 150, celebrated with an old Glengoyne from the 80s. For a low alcohol dram of 43% it really was able to stand up. The Cambus was super disappointing.

72 – Clynelish Adelphi 1996 19 Years ex Bourbon 53.4%
Nose – toasted coconut, coconut rough, green grass, apricot danish
Palate – hot, perfumed, cream, grilled peaches, lemon zest with pith
Finish – cream and perfume, wine tannins

73 – Clynelish G&M 2001 14 Years Sherry casks 307849 & 307850
Nose – typical sherry fino nose, peanuts, rubber, manuka honey
Palate – honey, rose petals, sugar syrup, rock candy, salt, weak ice tea
Finish – aspirin, tea tannins, honey, caramels

74 – Boutiquey whisky company Cambus 24 Batch 2
Nose – roses, heather, cream, pineapple soaked in turps, caramel toffees, plastic
Palate – turps, salt, balsa wood, cream, peanut shells
Finish – cream, old leather

75 – 1980s bottling Glengoyne 17 Years 43%
Nose – wax, rum soaked raisins, fermented figs, the sweetness of cocktail onions, honey, minerals
Palate – wax, pencil shavings, salt and pepper, raisins, spice, OBE
Finish – spicy, pencil shavings, old apples

Whisky 2018 – 20-24

20 – The Ultimate Macduff 2008 9 Years Sherry Butt 61%
Nose: honey, aspirin, bananas, caramel
Palate: caramel, flinty, mineral, grilled pineapple, lemon zest
Finish: sherry, rubber

21 – Wilson & Morgan Glenrothes 1997 18 Years Marsala Cask #8731 56.4%
Nose: Soy sauce, caramel, coffee,
Palate: caramel, stone fruit, rubber, milk duds
Finish: short, caramel

22 – Wilson & Morgan Tobermory 1995 21 Years Marsala Cask #1397
Nose: caramel, cream, rubber
Palate: kiwi fruit, milk chocolate, rock melon, dusty, rubber, soy sauce, caramel
Finish: tropical fruits, rubber, black beans

23 – Silver Seal Clynelish 1993 22 Years 51.7% Cask #7562
Nose: birthday candles, fruit, banana leaf,
Palate: wax, tropical fruit, dusty, caramel, chocolate
Finish: dust, wax, old apples

24 – Silver Seal Pluscarden (Miltonduff) 1977 38 Years Cask WA021 46.7%
Nose: leather, vanilla, cherries, wax
Palate: caramel, leather, melted butter, rock melon, dusty, hazelnuts, toasted almonds
Finish: fruit, old apples

Whisky 2017 – 126-128

Was at Melbourne institution and grand dame of whisky bars; Whisky and Alement with a few of my watch nerd friends. When the owner Julian found out we were drinking IB Clynelish he pulled out a Wilson and Morgan 18 year old Tokaji cask – wow what a dram. Not enough for me to make some notes but very intense clear stone fruit – pure and fresh. That said these bottlings were excellent too – no shame there. 


126 – Duncan Taylor Dimensions Clynelish 19 Years 1995 Cask #4676
Freshly cut stone fruit, apricot log, milk chocolate, corrugated fence on a hot day, pepper, rose hip jelly, strawberries. Cream, salt, licking a knife, slight herbal butter note, stewed apricots with clove and cardamom.


127 – Signatory Clynelish 1996 for The Whisky Exchange, Cask 6509
Red apples, toffee, metallic, stone fruit, peanut brittle, clover, stewed apricots. Brown butter, pancakes, old apples, rubber, cream, orange zest and pith, glacé orange, dark chocolate.

128 – Acorn Clynelish 1997 18 years Homage to Caledonia Cask 6934
Apricots, metallic, yeast, brandy snaps, light honey. Brown bread with butter and honey, stewed stone fruit, very elegant and refined. 

Whisky 2017 – 74-78 Signatory Tasting

74 – Signatory Dailuaine 1997- 19yo
Pineapple, acetone, apricots, dried apples, kiwi fruit, old champagne, egg shells. Salty, green herbs, burnt chocolate, fruity, slight waxy.

75 – Signatory Clynelish 1995 – 20yo
Matches, Forrest wood, leather, mushrooms and earth, maple syrup, nutty. Wood, chocolate almonds, salt, soap bubbles, coffee grounds, tea tannins.

144.2016 – Signatory Bunnahabhain 1989 – 26yo
Pine, orange zest, green bananas, iced coffee, slight medical, old shells. Dusty, flinty, cocoa, an old fire, white wine tannin, old apples.

76 – Signatory Glenlivet 1995 – 20yo
Ice cream cone, wafer biscuit, peanut brittle, ice cream, wood, cane sugar, golden syrup, rock sugar, apple pie, coco pops. Butter, coffee, sarsaparilla, musk, pepper, rose hip jam, tannins.

77 – Signatory Isle Of Jura 1989 – 26yo heavily peated
Leather, quite neutral, mushrooms, dry ginger, nutty, lemon zest, pine wood, walnut oil. Mango, bacon, ice cream, maple syrup, rock melon skin, salted almonds, lemonade.

78 – Signatory Ledaig 2005 – 10yo
Bonfire, medicinal, toasted bread, corn chips, smoked ham. Flinty, Dry, fire, Sherry, slight BBQ meat, apple seeds.

Whisky 2017 – 33-36

33 – Carn Mor “Celebration of the Cask” Clynelish 1989 Cask 5888
Initially young wood shavings, yoyo biscuits, clotted cream, jammy fruit, tinned pineapple, liquorice. Coffee, mangos, baked cheesecake, egg white, wine tannins(?).

34 – La Maison du Whisky Artist #6 Mortlach 15 Years
Musk, wood, perfume, cream, sweat, chicos, cocoa, white peaches. Sarsaparilla, vanilla, artichokes, cream, salty, marzipan, egg yolk.

35 – Kilchoman Original Cask Strength
Lime cordial, band aids, pool chlorine, cherry leaves. Rubber, BBQ meat, smoked paprika, latex, slight cream, ash.

36 – Cadenhead North British 24 Years 1989
Butter, glacé ginger, apple pie, cinnamon, fatty, crushed ants, grilled pineapple, ginger snaps. Chocolate, crushed ants, lemon pith, ice cream.

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.