Whisky 2017 – 215-217

215 – TIB Redlands Muscat Cask TIBRD001
Lollies, raspberries, butterscotch, banana cakes, columbines, eggy, cloves, mustard. Vanilla slice, raspberry leaf tea, fruit cup cordial, slight butter and berries.

216 – Signatory Glenlivet for The Whisky Exchange 2007 10 Years Cask 900174 *
Woody, sarsaparilla, cloves, burnt strawberry jam, shaving cream, chocolate, whipped cream. Woody, massive sherry notes, red apples, cream, coffee, dried stone fruit, caramel pop corn, cold butter, watermelon, toasted brioche.

217 – Liquid Treasures Glen Garioch 24 Years 1991
Juicy, fruit, honey, maple syrup on pancakes, rose hip jam. Apricots, honey, butter, slightly coal, kiwi fruit, melons, green vines, butter and cream.

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Whisky 2017 – 212-214

So a very difficult week for me in my life, it’s funny that whisky tasting helped to bring me out of my funk – concentrating on the nose and palate was very good for my head and heart. These three were really special drams, thanks to Yao at the Elysian for looking after me.

212 – Signatory Glenlivet for thewhiskybarrel.com 10th Anniversary 2006 11YO Cask #900552 *
Chocolate, dried apricots, marshmallow, crushed ants, cloves, menthol, mint, perfume. Cream, and grilled fruit, chocolate, sarsaparilla, caramel sauce, tomato paste, soy sauce, rose petals, raspberries.

213 – The Chess “White King” Macallan Shinanoya 1995 20 Years *
Toffee apples, lemons and oranges, terry’s chocolate orange, mint, marzipan, uncooked pastry. So big, dusty caramels, loads of cream and vanilla, crushed ants, mint slice biscuits, creme brûlée, toasted wood, cream and strawberries, pavlova, white peaches, tarte tatin.

214 – Kintra Whisky Undisclosed Irish Distillery 14 Years Sherry Hogshead Cask 10834
Plastic, hazelnuts, pop corn, sherry fino, apple sauce. Pop corn, corn chips, sulphur, peanuts, really old apricots, chocolate, green chili, chocolate and prunes.

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 – 1-3

And we begin again. 

1 – Glenlivet Nadurra American White Oak Batch FF0115
Raspberry soda, banana bread, cream, toasted pumpkin seeds, hand cream, lemsip. Toasty, dark malt bread with butter, dried pineapple, raspberry lollies, overly salty butter.

2 – Ben Nevis 1996 The Nectar of the Daily Drams
Honey, aspirin, marshmallows, maple syrup, melted butter, prunes, raisins, my mum’s brandy snaps. Wonderful mouthful, salt, cherries, loads of dried fruit, cake mix, apples and fresh apricots.

3 – Liquid Sun 6 Years PX Cask
Cucumbers, salt, honey, yeast, leather, new make, dried pineapple. Cucumber skin, salt, lemon, honey, butter, yeasty dough.

Favourites of 2015

I’ll probably have a few more drams this year but these have been my favourites for 2015.

49 – SMWS 124.4 (Miyagikyo) Full of Secret Pleasures
Muscat, port, Sherry fino, rubber, dry warmth, oil soaked rags, spices cloves and anise, maple. German spice biscuits, a rubber fire, cocoa, liquorice, toasted bran, so much going on. Jeezus!

70 – Heartwood Beagle 3
Pine resin, the sweet end of turps, marijuana, chocolate, crushed ants, tomato vine. Tobacco, leather, pepper, beef jerky, super powerful vanilla – it’s really chewy and salty. With time pina colada on the nose and beautiful rich thick caramel. Wow! Really impressed. One of the best for 2015.

121 – Ichiro’s Malt 2015 Tokyo International Bar Show Cask 2360
Wow just wow – favourite for the year!! Banana, ice cream, malty bread with butter, tomato paste, fruit tingles, slight vino cotto, CHICOS. Yeast, brown bread, vanilla, banana bread, prunes, plums, grapes.

143 – Whisky Base Ben Nevis
So much honey, aspirin, maple syrup, butter on crumpets. Melted salted butter, cloves and vanilla cream – it’s such a beautifully structured whisky nothing is offensive or is aggressive, pipe tobacco, tiny bit of pineapple and mango.

164 – Cadenhead Glenrothes-Glenlivet 24
Sulphur, gas, maple syrup, wood, chicos, brown tea and hay. Salt, wood, rubber, maple, dried strawberries or maybe strawberry jam, brown sugar, rum, brandy butter, caramel, chocolate and LPG. So damn complex.

Whisky 2015 – 42-45

42 – Signatory Series Glenlivet 1997
Musk, rock candy, rubber, lemon and honey in hot water, coconut rough. Dry, sweet sugar syrup, salt and pepper. 

43 – Talisker 12
Over ripe apples, wood, maple syrup, sweet salts, plasticine, flowers and cola. A beautiful dram that switches from bitter to sweet – leading to musk and rubber. I really like it. 

44 – Compass Box The Last of the Vatted Malt
Hazelnuts, butter, salt, leather, bark. LPG (in a good way), charcoal, passionfruit and a residual candy sweetness. 

 45 – Gordon & MacPhail 1990 Clynelish (2002 bottling)
Rubber (like bicycle tires), sulfur, tar, cake batter and salted caramel. Rubber, tropical fruit cordial, caramel. One of my faves so far. 

 I also tried a sip of the Starward Wine Cask. Loads of overripe bananas on the nose and fake banana flavouring on the palate.

  

Whisky 2015 – 26-28

26 – Cadenhead Strathclyde 25
Rye and digestive biscuits, dried apple, candle wax, butter, exploded caps and some rubber. Dried pineapple, pepper, cloves and loads of creamy goodness to finish.

27 – Cadenhead Glenburgie-Glenlivet 29
Maraschino cherries, stewed fruits, dark chocolate and wood – brilliant stuff. Warm earthy palate; mushroomy, bitter herbs and green almonds… Oh and slight rock melon at the end.

28 – Smith’s Angaston Whisky 2000 Vintage
What an interesting drop. Smells like a cheap cinnamon candle with a slight brandy note with some candy sweetness and maybe proper cola. The palate is like German spice Christmas cookies, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves… Hot spice almost like Red Hots or Big Red gum. Salt and pepper lingers. As an Adelaide boy, I’m well impressed.

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