Whisky 2018 – 134-138

134 – SMWS 27.112 (Springbank) A broadside cannon barrage 1996, 21 Years*
Nose – heady, chocolaty, rum soaked biscuits, tiramisu, caps
Palate – warm honey, gunpowder, old Christmas cake, bruised apples, chocolate dipped apricots, butterscotch, roasted peanuts
Finish – salted fish, soy sauce

135 – Ben Nevis 12 Heavily Peated by Hidden Spirits Cask BN618
Nose – honey, caramel, cherry medicine, sugar syrup, fruit cake,
Palate – fruitcake, maraschino, flinty rocks, green vines, banana leaf, slight ash
Finish – pinot tannin, salt, gravel,

136 – Ben Nevis 20 by Highlander Inn Cask 97 55.9%
Nose – raisins, muscat, sweetened earl grey tea
Palate – toasted pound cake, honey, apricots, tea tannins, dried figs, cherry ripe
Finish – old apples and fruit leather

137 – Mortlach 1988 by Wilson & Morgan, bottled 1997 46%
Nose – leather, apricots, honey, cedar, smells more like bourbon cask
Palate – vanilla, cream, boozy, kiwi fruit, dusty, rockmelon, stewed plums
Finish – bruised apples, salt

138 – SMWS 107.13 (Glenallichie) Andalusian gazpacho 9 Years 65%
Nose – plums, gazpacho, caramel, honey, chocolate milk,
Palate – milk duds, rubber, hot, caramel, stewed plums, almond brittle
Finish – green vines and salt.

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Whisky 2018 – 131-132

131 – Rest & Be Thankful Octomore 2009, Tempranillo Cask #2009004314 65.7%
Nose – Bacon, cherry ripe, leaf mulch, coconut, honey comb, wax, plastic
Palate – chewy, cherry ripe, bacon, ashy stones rolled in honey, sucking on a burning branch
Finish – mint, toasted coconut, leather, thyme, vanilla, burnt hazelnuts

132 – Macallan 2003 Exceptional Single Cask 2017/ESB-8841/03 60.8%*
Nose – wood, vanilla, real strawberry jam, hay, egg whites, pepper, orange jubes, milk chocolate and grilled pineapple, brown sugar, licorice and tar, raisins.
Palate – milky cocoa, leather, cream, super heavy, cloves, cinnamon, sea spray, roasted peanuts
Finish – salted dark chocolate, really intense raisins, super long, terry’s chocolate orange

Whisky 2018 – 126-130, Suntory Essence Tasting

126 – Yamazaki Distillery Exclusive Bottling #258568, 40% (American oak puncheon)
Nose – honey, boiled sweets, green cordial, raw almonds, grape vines
Palate – cream, salt, vines, coffee lollies
Finish – brandy snaps, underripe apples

127 – Hakushu Distillery Exclusive Bottling, 43%
Nose – banana lollies, pine, vanilla, mangos,
Palate – apples, cream, old pineapple, cream
Finish – vines

128 – Essence of Suntory Chita Distillery Grain 2001/2018 4 Years Wine Cask Finish, 49% (corn)*
Nose – raspberry lollies, woody butter, peanut butter, citrus, balsa wood, cream, vanilla, Terry’s chocolate orange
Palate – crushed ants, wine tannins, vanillla, melted butter, milk chocolate
Finish – huge vanilla cream, raspberry leaf, raspberry lollies

129 – Essence of Suntory Hakushu Rye Type 2014/2018, 57%*
Nose – chocobanana paddlepops, berries, jubes, caramel, an old lamington
Palate – pu er tea, raspberry lollies, dirt, minerals, dry ginger, ginseng, coconut gelato
Finish – salt, dusty, my mum’s terrarium, raw chocolate

130 – Essence of Suntory Yamazaki Distillery Peated Malt 2005/2018, 49%
Nose – paprika, smoked ham, lemon curd, band aids, onsen eggs, toast with butter, charred leek
Palate – dusty, pencil shavings, cream, old apples, citrus pith
Finish – cream, medicinal, oily, smoked oily fish

Whisky 2018 – 112-114

112 – Edradour 2006 for the Whisky Exchange Oloroso Sherry Cask 391 58.5%
Nose – malty, dried raspberries, custard, scalded milk, purple sweet potatoes
Palate – dark chocolate peanut brittle, raspberries, vanilla, pastries
Finish – vanilla, salt, caramel

113 – SMWS 7.197 (Longmorn) Mature beyond its years Sherry butt 59.8%
Nose – sarsaparilla, fruit leather, stewed apricots, honey, maple syrup
Palate – pastry, vanilla, prunes, pancakes with maple syrup and butter
Finish – woody and vanillic, salted butter, tannins

114 – Bunnahabhain 1980 by Silver Seal bottled 2014 cask 84*
Nose – Apple snow, wax, white Christmas balls, chi latte
Palate – white chocolate, wax, roasted parsnip, roasted pear, cloves
Finish – cream for days, earl grey tea

Whisky 2018 – 69-70

This Bowmore was outstanding!! And I’m not an Islay guy.

69 – The Whisky Agency Bowmore 1991 25 Whiskyfair Takao 2017 Cask #29736 *

Nose – smoked ham, leather, salt, dates with blue cheese, figs, maple syrup

Palate – leaves, golden syrup, earth, dried mushrooms, candied ham, brown string

Finish – sherry, rubber, coffee grounds

70 – The Whisky Find Glenallachie JAZZIN 12 Years 62% Cask #900755

Nose – honey, maple syrup, green grass, salty cold butter, lemon balm, toffee

Palate – honey, rock melon, pancakes with maple syrup, melted butter, apricots

Finish – rubber, soy sauce, brown sugar, raisins

Whisky 2018 – 44-48

Some incredible drams at the Elysian with Hideo Yamaoka and Toru Suzuki. These were all top level drams but the “Water of Life” Speyside is in my top all time 5, just mind blowing.

44 – Burnside Speyside Blend by The Whisky Find for The Mash Tun Tokyo and Little Happiness Hiroshima 1990, 27 Years Cask 4393
Nose – dusty, apricots, chocolate, liquorice
Palate – wax, apricots, maple syrup, pencil shaving, chocolate, cough drops, caramel, gun powder
Finish – salty, woody, red wine tannins

45 – Chichibu Galaxy Express 999, 2010 bottled 2017 selected by Hideo Yamaoka
Nose – hazelnuts, marzipan, chocolate, menthol, juicy stone fruit, formic acid,
Palate – scones with apricots and cream, almond kernels, bright and spicy,
Finish – perfume, cream

46 – Akashi in Cognac and Chardonnay Cask #61191 Distilled 2011 6 Years selected by Hideo Yamaoka
Nose – honey, maple syrup, butter, yeast, toast with butter
Palate – honey, butter, chili peppers, maple syrup, old tinned pineapple, soy sauce
Finish – cream, honey, salt

47 – Douglas Laing’s Old Particular Longmorn for Mashtun, Elysian, Drunken Master, Etc 1994, 22 Years
Nose – apricots, galvanized fence, Cottee’s caramel
Palate – caramel, salt, nori, stone fruit, minerals, short bread
Finish – caramel, eggy pudding

48 – Speyside (Glenfarclas) Malt 1973, 43 Years “Water of Life” Cask #8 selected by Carsten Ehrlich and Hideo Yamaoka *
Nose – hamburgers, mayonnaise, cream, candle wax, tomatoes, caramel, chocolate nibs
Palate – passiona, cream, juicy, cream, cream, cream, tropical fruits, wax, hazelnuts, toast with butter and brown sugar
Finish – cream, hairspray (in a good way), tropical fruits, cream, cream

Whisky 2017 – 225

My final dram for 2017. A beautiful peated Heartwood. Tim, you’ve excelled yourself!

225 – Heartwood Darkest before Dawn Cask LD559 Olorosso Sherry *
Brown sugar, yoghurt, cream, boozy stone fruits, dried figs, cream, tomato paste, peanut brittle. Toffee apples, dark caramel, bitter chocolate, brown sugar, pouch tobacco, strawberries and cream, fresh and dried fig, chewy and massive, beef broth, salt, gravy granules.