And we’re away for 2021. Hope you enjoy the reviews, they’ll be cross posted to Reddit and Instagram.
1 – Wemyss Bowmore 1990 “Satsuma Soap” 48% for Whisky Fair Takao
Nose is salty, flinty, I ripe plums, maraschino cherries and honeyed… really inviting minerality. Touches of cream.
Palate is intensely floral, salty, peachy, tropical fruit, slight licks of smoke
Finish is grassy, cocoa dusted and salty
2 – 1976 Blend The Maltman (Clynelish, Dailuaine, Macduff, Teaninich, Ben Nevis, Invergordon)
Nose reminds me of my grandfather’s garden with dried apricots warmed in the hot sun. Day old cream, spice and cloves.
Palate is gnarled woody apricot trees, apricot kernels and more stone fruit. It is salty and loads of vanilla cream. Goes tannic with bruised apples and slightly thin before the great finish.
Finish is super rich vanilla cream.
3 – Secret Speyside 1993 26 Years by TWA and Three Rivers 49.3% Ex-sherry hogshead
Nose is inviting deep sherry with apples, salt and stone fruit
Palate is cream, spice, and well controlled rubbery sulphur. It’s got a lightness of spirit with great nuttiness.
Finish is lots of stone fruit and sarsaparilla