169 – Suntory Royal (Maybe an 80s bottling)
Toffee, malt, slight vanilla, pineapple cake, chestnuts, stewed apricots and tobacco. Caramel, earl grey tea, mango and tropical fruits.
170 – Palace Bar 14 Year
Hay, green vines, passionfruit, coffee, green bananas, gasoline. Bananas, mangos, slight bitter notes, grilled nectarines, white peach, sour cream and crepes.
134 – Tullamore Dew Whiskey 12 Sherry Cask
Banana, caramel, marshmallows, slight citrus, yeast. Spice biscuits, gooseberry, stone fruits, passion fruit, dried tea leaves.
135 – Teeling 23 Years Vintage Reserve Cask 6836
Grilled peaches with maple syrup cream, dried peach, apricot square, musk, wood. Peaches+++, slight rubber, maple sugar, blossoms, pollen, coffee trifle, iced tea. One of the best for this year.
136 – Teeling Single Cask 1159 White Burgundy
Yeasty bread dough, brown bread, white peaches, underripe apricots, lemon drizzle cake. Stewed peaches, blue vein cheese, passion fruit (& vine), brown bread.
30 – Nikka 17 Taketsuru
Chestnut flour, cola and vanilla. Green grass, cola, salt, vanilla. Too underpowered for me.
I had a look at my notes from last year on this one: ‘Honey, toffee, easy. Vanilla and some cola to finish. Not much too it to be honest.’ Glad I’m sorta consistent.
31 – Redbreast Single Pot Still 21
An incredible nose. Tropical fruits (mangos, lychees) with cream, dust, carob, chocolate, yoghurt. Tropical fruits, long passionfruit, oyster shell, bracken, fresh yeast.
32 – SMWS 123.8 In the Spanish mountains
Plump raisins, orange zest, brown sugar and hay. Dried peaches and figs, iced tea, milk chocolate, chewy meringue and vanilla cream.
19 – Nikka Coffey Grain
Underwhelming compared with the Malt some candy sweetness but for me little complexity something like spearmint lollies and glue. A bit of chocolate and vanilla on the palate.
20 – Nikka Coffey Malt
Chocolate banana lollies and a slight cola note – love the nose on this thing. Choccy-nana pud, cloves, pepper and powdered ginger.
21 – Connemara Turf Mor
Lovely caramel behind the peat, stone fruits and dried pears. Reminds me of Caol Ila smokey peanuts but then a lovely juicy fruit hit and finally some mushroom earthiness. Must drink more Irish whiskeys.