2020 – Eurgh – Top 5

Apologies for my record keeping in 2020. Like most work and life were thrown some challenges thanks to COVID. Unsurprisingly I was still drinking drams and had the opportunity to partake in some sensational online “virtual” tastings including all of the Longrow Reds and a Aberlour A’Bunadh through the batches. Anyway here are my top 5 drams for 2020 – lots of Springbank!

Springbank 1991 by the whisky agency 27 years 46.4%

Nose is beautifully waxy and shows loads of fruit including apples, bananas and apricots. There is caramel and slight spice – some Springbank funk and old whisky smell.

The palate is rich and deep. Old apples, fruity, old and funky, waxy and pristine. Honey and super nutty. Wow there is some interplay between the elements.

But wow this finish is just nuts. It lasts for ever with mango and wax. Old whisky, candles and apples, dusty draws. It is elegant and pristine – the warmth of a smile from a girl in a summer dress.

Bunnahabhain 1976 35yo by Liquid Sun

Nose: cream, pencil shavings, raw chocolate cake dough, wax, underripe yellow nectarine

Palate big and impressive, sweetness, spice woody, red apple skin, bounty bars, fruit mince, hand cream, peaches

Finish freshly cut stone fruit, cream that lasts and lasts (we’re talking minutes here), a pleasing metallic resonance

SMWS 27.111 (Springbank) A coal bucket full of marshmallows

Nose unmistakably Springbank. Earthy, tobacco funk with a lattice of sweetness, leather and brandy snaps, dusty, roses

Palate sweet but not cloying, a heavy spirit. Leather bound books, orchard fruits. More fruit with water, start seeing beautiful waxiness, stone fruit and peanut brittle.

Finish charcoal dust, bitter almonds, salty, candied apple.

Berry Bros & Rudd Retro Label for Shinanoya Teaninich 1983/2018 34yo #6729 Refill Bourbon Hogshead, 46.2%

Wow! This nose. Shoe polish, maybe?? Carob, pineapple lumps, camphor

Palate really funky, minerality, lots of spice and juicy fruit. Tastes like “old whisky” and elegant.

Finish leather, tobacco, orchards.

Springbank 18YO 2000 Pacific Edge

Nose of pencil shavings, rock melon, cream, honey, iodine, dried apricots. Wow it just keeps giving, new things keep appearing like lemonade and lemsip.

Palate dried fruits, marmalade, orange zest, pencil shavings, rock melon, shaving cream and tobacco

Finish of gun powder, passionfruit

Whisky 2017 – 27-29

27 – Liquid Sun Miltonduff 1996 20 Years
Rockmelon, tropical fruit, milk chocolate, whipped cream, salt, light honey, yeast. Tropical fruit cup, green strawberries, pouch tobacco, caramel on an over ripe banana, salt, rock melon rind.

28 – SMWS 84.18 Sneezing in the sun (Glendullan) 14 years 2001 Sauternes Cask
Pine resin, intense candy sugar, preserved lemons, strawberry and apricot jam jam, underripe pineapple. Caramels, strawberries, oaky buttery funk, eucalyptus(?!), pepper.

29 – Sansibar Macduff 8 Years
Apricot jam, cream, scones, rock melon. Ice coffee – crazy big, with fruit and cream, cherries, cocoa.

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.