Whisky 2017 – 87-91 Ardnamurchan Adelphi Tasting

I was very lucky to be invited to a very special tasting for Adelphi’s new Ardnamurchan bottling. While it isn’t ready, it was nice to try the bottle. I didn’t buy a bottle, there wasn’t enough there for me. The 1998 Glen Garioch was pretty damn good. The Inchgower wasn’t on tasting but thought I should get in a dram before it goes – only 56 bottles. 

87 – Adelphi Archives Inchgower 26 Years Cask 14155
Licorice, blackcurrants, chocolate, molasses, prunes, shaving cream, orange zest, dried apricots, warm eggs pudding. Soy sauce, beef broth, tea tannins, dry bones, chocolate and raisins, bitter almonds.

88 – Adelphi Ardnamurchan Spirit 2016/AD American Oak Sherry butt
Stewed apple, green banana leaf, plastic, cloves, lovely fruit cake, pine resin. Pepper, pineapple, cream, dry and boney, cigarette ash.

89 – Adelphi Glenborrodale Batch 3
Rubber, green herbs, pepper, sugar water, white pepper, honey. Wild oregano, cream, weak, slight honey, salty cream.

90 – Adelphi Glen Garioch 1998 Sherry Cask 57.5%
Brown sugar, musk, maple, toasted hazelnuts, slight sulfur, hair spray, apricots. Watermelon, hazelnut, mint, slight sugar, green herbs, chocolate, brandy snaps, kirsch.

91 – Adelphi Ardnamurchan Peated Sample ex-Woodford Reserve barrel 22 months
Bananas, cucumber, caramel, marshmallow, musk, stone fruit. Coffee grounds, cigarette tobacco, fruit tingles, banana and tomato water.

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Whisky 2017 – 82-84

Three outstanding drams last night. How do these become independent bottlings? Glenrothes really need to look at what IBs are doing with their casks – heavy and black sherry bombs!

The Glenrothes was bottled for 6 bars across Asia, including my local The Elysian Whisky Bar and my favourite Tokyo bar, The Mash Tun. It’s an incredibly heavy and complex dram – a huge congratulations to Kelvin and Yao and everyone else involved in this bottling. 

82 – Club Qing 1975 40 Years Speyside Sherry Fino Butt, Cask KT518
Wood glue, hazelnuts, vanilla essence, white pepper, cardamom meringue, pound cake, warm Coke. Golden syrup, loads of brown butter, stewed stone fruit, egg white, raspberry, raspberry leaf, milk chocolate mousse, tropical fruit, licorice. Wow!!


83 – Three Rivers Glen Garioch 1995 21 Years Whisky for Whisky Lovers Nagoya
Coconut rough, turps, cold butter, tropical fruit. Green grass, pepper, tropical fruits, peach Melba, salty butter, old pop corn (but not in a bad way).


84 – The Whisky Agency Glenrothes 1997 (for 6 bars including The Elysian and The Mash Tun)
Butter, rubber, musk, lpg, roast chicken gravy, leather, roasted shallot sweetness, grilled pineapple. Rose hip jam, musk lollies, tea tannins, old butter, cola, salt, coffee grounds, ice coffee, fried eggs, camomile tea. With water maple syrup, pancakes, breakfast fruits – watermelon and mint, brown sugar.

Whisky 2017 – 52-57 – Back In Melbourne

52 – The Whisky Agency Casa De Vinos Ben Nevis 17 Years 2016
Honey, salted butter, golden syrup, kiwifruit, pear nectar. Chocolate mousse, orange segments, salt, green herbs, grilled pineapple, vanilla pudding, green grass.


53 – Glen Garioch for Shinanoya Ginza 21st Anniversary Bourbon Barrel 657 15 Years
Egg nog, flat Coke, vanilla, pine, hazelnuts, rose petals. Musk, white pepper, sarsaparilla, crushed ants, vanilla, slight sulphur.


54 – Adelphi Longmorn 28 Years 1985
Slight motor oil, grilled pineapple, green tomatoes, black jellybeans. Malty bread with butter, green herbs, grilled pineapple, salt.

55 – The Exclusive Grains Port Dundas 1991 25 years Cask 50412
Salami, honey, lemon zest, roasted quails with salt and pepper sauce, soy sauce. Tropical fruit, oily fish, green garlic shoots.


56 – Distilleries Collection Miltonduff 17 Years 1996
Glue, honey, salty butter, caramel, dried peaches and pears. Dry cake mix, vanishes away to nothing, caramel and bitter herbs.

57 – Glendronach 2003 for Sansibar Cask 4630 PX Cask
Dried apricots, pancakes with butter, glacé lemon, orange syrup, cocoa, pencil shavings. Stewed apricots, Xmas spice, dark chocolate, sultanas, vanilla, orange blossom water, sarsaparilla and malt.

Whisky 2016 – 9-11

Hi all – been a bit sick and busy. Haven’t been able to do as many tastings as I would have liked, unfortunately. Anyway, back at it and I had a couple of Adelphi drams. 

  

9 – Adelphi Longmorn 23 Years
Apricot jam, almond biscotti, chicos, marshmallows, nutri-grain, strawberry and cream. Aero bars, milk, nutty, jammy stone fruit, a big mouthful of melted butter.

10 – Adelphi The Glover 14
Herbal, red dates, clove, medicinal, tobacco. Focaccia with salt and thyme, some cream and butter, slight sulfur note. I expected a lot more, given the hype. The 22 year version is very expensive and I may just skip it based on this tasting.

11 – Adelphi Glen Garioch 22
Wood polish, egg white, cucumbers, sultanas, green bananas, maple syrup and butter on pancakes. Butters, rose petals, salt, green herbs, maple syrup.