Whisky 2017 – 197-203 – The Society Bar, Tokyo

Great set of whiskies to finish my trip in Japan and hit 200. The staff at The Society Bar took good care of us. The Linkwood SMWS definitely one of the best this year.

198 – SMWS 3.268 (Bowmore) Lady beachcomber’s dram 1995 20 years
Yeasty, bread, sea salt, caramels, juicy stone fruit, sponge cake, liquorice, strawberry and apricot jam, cherries. Green leaves, chocolate, chilli, old lace, lavender, cakes, sea water, rocks in a fire, chocolate mousse, dashi.

199 – SMWS 96.9 (Glendronach) Icy – Chill 2007, 8 Years
Cream, peanut butter caramels, roses, peanut brittle, with water candied apples, grilled pineapples. Yoghurt, almonds, green vines, with water loads of cakey notes, vanilla, hints of rubber, clove and leather.

200 – SMWS 39.102 (Linkwood) Rum-soaked black cherries 23 years *
Crushed ants, woody, maraschino cherries. Such a gentle dram, buttery, cake, sweet fruit like glacé apricots, pencil shavings, honey, salt, butter, old butter and sherry. The finish is forever – apples, cloves, melted butter and crisps.

201 – Ichiro’s Malt Single Cask 706 2010, 4 Years – bottled for Modern Malt Whisky Market in Osaka
Weet-box with milk and honey, medicinal, caramel, lemon butter, pound cake, glacé orange peel. Grains, multigrain bread, salted butter, wicker chairs, burnt butter with walnuts.

202 – Blackadder Ichiro’s Malt Cask 2630 PX Cask June 2010 6 Years
Apples, chocolate cake, sarsaparilla, cloves, old butter, crushed ants, dried apricots. Cloves, cake mix, passionfruit vines, chocolate and herbs.

203 – Ichiro’s Malt The Peated 2015, Distilled 2011
Medicinal, malt, chocolate, caramel, cheesecake, metallic, stewed apricots. Charcoal, heather, leather, soot, fruit dipped in caramel, lantana, candles blown out on a birthday cake.

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Whisky 2017 – **100**

So I have already hit 100 new drams for the year. I think this is perhaps the longest name of a whisky I’ve had too. Thank you Dave Broom! 

100 – The School of Malt Lesson IV Dave Broom Linkwood 26 Years by Whisk-e Cask #3210
Slight rubber, honey, sulphur, strawberry jam and cream, milk chocolate dipped kiwi fruit, rose petals, lime zest. Roasted peanuts, umami, cream, apricot jam, chocolate spice, hoppy beer, honey.

Whisky 2016 – 133-136 The Mash Tun, Tokyo

133 – Whiskies of Scotland 1990 Linkwood 24 bottling for The Mash Tun
Oil paints, apples and pears, Christmas spice, marzipan. Huge apricots and peaches with cream, subtle spice biscuit, rock melon, banana caramel pie.

134 – Candenhead 1987 Linkwood 26 Years
Chocolate finger biscuits, Malt, slight herby note, bread, dried banana. Some tropical fruits, caramel, salt, herbaceous, mangos and cream, rock candy.

135 – Berry Bros & Rudd Benrinnes 1988 28 Years Cask 892 for Whisk-e
Peanut brittle, almost ozone, chocolates, earl grey tea, yeast, glue. Juicy rockmelon slathered in whipped cream, winter spice, clear sugars, salty, slight leather, chocolate, melted butter, egg whites. So much in this thing!

136 – The Whisky Agency Ben Nevis 17 Years 1996 for The Mash Tun
Sweat (in a good way), caramel, salt, marmalade, creme brûlée, honey ice cream, baked potatoes. Tropical fruit, ice coffee, salt, butter in coffee, egg custard. Wonderful.

Whisky 2015 – 70-72

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.

71 – Duthies Linkwood 23
Yeast, brown bread, butter, slight banana. Light on the palate with some nice grain.

72 – King Car Whisky
Simple, elegant, lovely tropical fruit. Vanilla, coconut and mango maybe. The type of whisky you’d drink all night.

Whisky 2015 – 38-41

38 – BenRiach 12 Horizons
Apricots, rubber, brown sugar. Egg white, xmas spices, pudding, salt.

39 – BenRiach 15 Dark Rum
Unsurpisingly smells like agricole rum, meringue, lemonade, leather, cucumber skin, chocolate pudding and vanilla cream. Icecream, formic acid, toasted marshmallows, grilled pineapple.

40 – BenRiach 1997 Marsala Finish
Chocolate mousse, egg whites, buttered popcorn. Huge hit of cream, apricots, and formic acid, chocolate milkshake.

41 – Linkwood 12
Yeast bun, raisins and butter, dry yeast. Yeast buns slathered in butter. Reminds me of nan cooper’s buns.