85 – SMWS 139.4 (Kavalan) ‘Spellbindingly Sublime’
Wow this nose! Immediately reminds me of the Australian sweet ‘chocolate bullets’ (compound chocolate and liquorice), then comes hand cream and cloves some really deep and complex spice. Oranges and apricots steeped in warm brandy. I don’t think I’d pick this as a Kavalan.
The palate is woody deep and long. Beautiful grass and spiced cream notes are everywhere, it’s packed in deep. Really intense green fig, hay and creme caramel.
The loooong finish is melted butter with a sprinkle of brown sugar poured over grilled apricots and topped with whipped cream.
86 – Old Pulteney 8 years by Gordon and Macphail 40% (90s bottling)
Honey, lemon zest and almost a lavender like smell. The nose definitely reminds me of old whisky with the hit of pencil shavings and wax. With some time, sweet roasted rice tea. W
Cooling on the palate, think pencil shavings leading to bitter chocolate and then loads of interesting fruit like watermelon and custard apple and finally fennel seed.
Finish is typical old whisky – bruised apples and dusty draws.
87 – SMWS G4.18 (Cameronbridge) ‘The paradise patisserie’
Super weird nose of chlorine and rockmelon, terrariums and earth chocolate funk.
Cream and tropical fruit on the palate. Butter and tea tannins.
The finish is unusual like caramelised green pineapple and sweet onions, melted butter.