Whisky 2016 – 124-127 Bar Chèvre, Kyoto

124 – 3 Rivers Ben Nevis 1996 19 Years “The Dance”
Unmistakable Ben Nevis cake mix, marmalade, apricots, gentle cloves, pepper, butter powder. Green, coffee, less honey, flintiness, milk chocolate.

125 – The Arran Exclusive for Whisk-e 1997 18 Years Sherry Hogshead
Oranges, vanilla, heady, hand cream. Vanilla, cream, pound cake, sooooo creamy, gas, leather, salt.

126 – 1975 Glen Elgin 34 years for Bar Superhero 3rd Anniversary ny Kingsbury & Co
Melons, kiwifruit, egg whites, pavlova, apples and plums. Tobacco, rum, honey cakes, delightful fruit cocktail.

127 – Salon de Shimaji Pen x Shinanoya Glenfarclas 19 years Cask 3781
Apricots, passionfruit, maple syrup, wood, musk, orange zest. Orange juice, pancakes, maple syrup, Xmas fruit and cream, salt, cloves, coffee.

Whisky 2016 – 47-50

47 – Glenfarclas Whisky & Wisdom bottling 2007
Musk lollies, leather, glue, honey, maple syrup, sarsaparilla and chocolate. Short, hot and angry, wood, maple, cream, butter, marshmallows.

48 – Berry’s Laphroaig 1997 Cask 48
Oil paints, autumn leaves, salty caramels, plasticine. Honey, smoke, bitter caramels, sweet mint and basil, cream and leaves.

49 – Lagavulin 18 Feis Ile 2016 Bottling Bottle:5916 (American Oak Hogsheads & Bodega Sherry Butts)
Fresh, zesty, red apples, butter cake, autumn leaves, just the right amount of oiliness. Apples, autumn leaves, saltiness, cream, paint. Really well balanced.

50 – SMWS 72.47 Burnt Spotted Dick (Miltonduff)
Cottee’s caramel ice cream sauce, glue and orange zest, candy apples, formic acid, pina colada, pineapple upside down cake, vanilla essence, white pepper, creme caramel, slight Rosemary. Juicy grilled pineapple, toasted coconut, vanilla pudding, pain aux raisins, slight sweet rubbery notes.

Whisky 2015 – 132-133

Big thank you to Kevin for pulling out these older bottles to share. The 1960s JW was very interesting. 

132 – Glenfarclas 25 (late 90s bottling)
Marshmallow, pepper, salt, maple syrup, clove, sarsaparilla and musk. Pink musk sticks, gentler spiced than most Glenfarclas, some rubber and sulfur (odd for Glenfarclas) and pipe tobacco.

133 – Johnnie Walker Black 1960s bottling “Extra special old scotch whisky”
Honey, slight brown sugar, pepper, herbaceous, slight cream, tobacco. Smoke gives way quickly to honey and sugar, then some great tobacco which keeps kicking on.

  
 

Whisky 2015 – 113-116

  113 – SMWS 123.9 The Big Fat Tipsy Wedding (Glengoyne)
Chocolate, menthol, pine needles, dates, maraschino cherries, pink marshmallow, cinnamon ice cream. Spicy, cola, star anise, nutmeg and eggnog.

114 – Blackadder 1991 Glencadam
Prunes, marzipan, vanilla pudding, slight plastic note, light cinnamon and chocolate mousse. Orange marmalade, salt, herbs, citrus, glacé cherries. Slightly bitter finish that isn’t quite right but gives way to marzipan.

115 – Glenfarclas 103 Proof 15 Years
Liquid paper, peach schnapps, chocolate pudding, pain aux raisin. Big fruitcake, stone fruit and raisins. Nice.

116 – Glendronach Tawny Port Finish 18 Years
Chocolate, cucumber, Brazil nuts, Mexican hot chocolate, dates, overripe banana. Sweet and elegant – slightly rubbery, chocolate and cake spice. Had a refreshing finish, almost like an iced tea with some salt and pepper.

2015 – 86-91 – Glenfarclas Tasting

Whoops. Late Post!

This tasting of Glenfarclas at Whisky & Alement was excellent. I left with a bottle of the 21.

86 – Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
Flour, light honey touch, boozy Xmas pud, fresh figs, sherry. Green figs, light fruit cake, tiny tropical fruit.

87 – Glenfarclas 17 Year Old
Lemon and honey in hot water, slight dusty note, Sherry poached figs, lemon balm. Very light on the palate, slight milky coffee touch, clove, honey and sultana cake.

88 – Glenfarclas 21 Year Old
Bananas and cream, brown sugar, vanilla, slight peppery note. Spices, vanilla cake, sultanas, elegant whisky.

89 – Glenfarclas 1997 Family Cask
Strong honey and sherry nose, lemon zest, slight woody note, cultured butter. Hot (57.8%), peppery and bitter like rocket, dark almost burnt toffee, salty, honey, slight rubbery hint.

90 – Glenfarclas 30 Year Old
Honey, cloves, warm spices, hand lotion(?!?), candle wax, slight ripe pineapple. Cola, Xmas spices, lavender and cream.

91 – Glenfarclas 40 Year Old
Musky sugar and spices, wax, slightly rubbery note, slight banana. Woody, musky, perfume like. I like it but wanted more from it.