Whisky 2017 – 52-57 – Back In Melbourne

52 – The Whisky Agency Casa De Vinos Ben Nevis 17 Years 2016
Honey, salted butter, golden syrup, kiwifruit, pear nectar. Chocolate mousse, orange segments, salt, green herbs, grilled pineapple, vanilla pudding, green grass.


53 – Glen Garioch for Shinanoya Ginza 21st Anniversary Bourbon Barrel 657 15 Years
Egg nog, flat Coke, vanilla, pine, hazelnuts, rose petals. Musk, white pepper, sarsaparilla, crushed ants, vanilla, slight sulphur.


54 – Adelphi Longmorn 28 Years 1985
Slight motor oil, grilled pineapple, green tomatoes, black jellybeans. Malty bread with butter, green herbs, grilled pineapple, salt.

55 – The Exclusive Grains Port Dundas 1991 25 years Cask 50412
Salami, honey, lemon zest, roasted quails with salt and pepper sauce, soy sauce. Tropical fruit, oily fish, green garlic shoots.


56 – Distilleries Collection Miltonduff 17 Years 1996
Glue, honey, salty butter, caramel, dried peaches and pears. Dry cake mix, vanishes away to nothing, caramel and bitter herbs.

57 – Glendronach 2003 for Sansibar Cask 4630 PX Cask
Dried apricots, pancakes with butter, glacé lemon, orange syrup, cocoa, pencil shavings. Stewed apricots, Xmas spice, dark chocolate, sultanas, vanilla, orange blossom water, sarsaparilla and malt.

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Whisky 2017 – 38-40 – The Single Cask, Singapore

I’m overseas again, this time in Singapore. Had three cracking drams at The Single Cask served by the knowledge, friendly and part-time Melbournite; Brendan Pillai. Single Cask do a number of their own bottlings and are heavy on promoting the work of independent bottlers. A really nice touch is they like to serve a matching chocolate with each dram. Great bar, I highly recommend it. 

38 – Maltman Ben Nevis 15 Years Oloroso 1999 Cask 123
Sulfur, maple syrup, cocoa, apricot jam, candied lemon peel. Beautiful fruit sweetness, cough medicine, salted caramel, fruit tingles, cocoa, salt, matchheads.

39 – Single Cask 21 years Miltonduff Cask 2594
Toasted malt, an old butter churn, white chocolate, old apples. Stone fruit, really salty butter, chocolate mousse, mango, burnt butter finish, hand cream.

40 – Dun Bheagan Tobermoray 19 years 1995 Cask 1289
So excited when smelling this – salted caramel, crushed ants, apple cider, rancid butter (not in a bad way), pepper chicken, grilled pineapple, glue, cocoa. Sarsaparilla, salt, loads of butter, crushed ants, length for days, old apples, bounty bars, Mexican drinking chocolate, chicken stock.

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 2016 – 175-179

175 – Old Masters Burnside (Balvenie) 2007 Bourbon Cask 86
New make, honey, salt, slight butter and strawberry jam on white bread, caramel slice, coconut, Seville oranges. Hot caramel and apricot jam, cream, tobacco.

176 – Signatory Edradour for La Maison Du Whisky 2005 Oloroso Sherry Butt Cask 19
Musk, rubber, wood, sugar, maple syrup, glue. Dusty and beef bones, sugar, slight flinty and ashy note.

177 – Chapter 7 Miltonduff 2008 6 Years
Buttery, maple, honey. Charcoal, wood, honey, honey, honey, lpg, salt, butter, cherries, leather

178 – Cooper’s Choice Glen Keith 1993 Madeira Cask finish, Cask 9153
Black bananas, pancakes, peaches, rock melon, chocolate, yeast. Lollies and stone fruit, kiwi fruit, butter and cream, brown bread, beer,

179 – The First Editions Glenburgie 1998
Wax, stone fruit, apples, musk, orange zest. Green tea, peaches, tropical fruits, butter, apricot jam.

Whisky 2016 – 140-143

140 – Ben Nevis Port Pipe 12 Years 2002
Butter, honey, rose hip jam, cream, salt, pepper. Unmistakable Ben Nevis fruit, heavy maple syrup, burnt butter, musk, jersey caramels, dust, flat Coke, toasted malt.

141 – La Grande Galerie Miltonduff 21 years 1995
Rockmelon, floral, apricot jam, milk chocolate, fruit straps. Tropical fruit salad, salt, butter and honey on crumpets.

142 – Acorn’s Brut de Fût (Bunnahabhain in Wine Cask?)
Honey, smoke, hospital, maple syrup. A beautiful dry sweetness, rich buttery, seaweed, iodine, honey, salt.

143 – La Grande Galerie Arran 19 Years 1997
Chicos, oranges, strawberries and cream, coke foam, fruit tingles, passionfruit. Butter, maple syrup, flinty, coal, gas, Brie, sea water, cream, rubber.

Whisky 2016 – 47-50

47 – Glenfarclas Whisky & Wisdom bottling 2007
Musk lollies, leather, glue, honey, maple syrup, sarsaparilla and chocolate. Short, hot and angry, wood, maple, cream, butter, marshmallows.

48 – Berry’s Laphroaig 1997 Cask 48
Oil paints, autumn leaves, salty caramels, plasticine. Honey, smoke, bitter caramels, sweet mint and basil, cream and leaves.

49 – Lagavulin 18 Feis Ile 2016 Bottling Bottle:5916 (American Oak Hogsheads & Bodega Sherry Butts)
Fresh, zesty, red apples, butter cake, autumn leaves, just the right amount of oiliness. Apples, autumn leaves, saltiness, cream, paint. Really well balanced.

50 – SMWS 72.47 Burnt Spotted Dick (Miltonduff)
Cottee’s caramel ice cream sauce, glue and orange zest, candy apples, formic acid, pina colada, pineapple upside down cake, vanilla essence, white pepper, creme caramel, slight Rosemary. Juicy grilled pineapple, toasted coconut, vanilla pudding, pain aux raisins, slight sweet rubbery notes.

Whisky 2015 – 22-25

Last night’s drinking.

22 – Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15
Cordial, pink musk, vanilla, marshmallows and buttery popcorn. Formic acid, light rubber, vanilla, honey.

23 – Signatory Fettercairn 1996
Grains toasted in butter, a touch of caramel and banana. Cucumber, a little smoke.

24 – Signatory Miltonduff 1995
Rock melon, slight kiwi and chocolate. Instant hit of cocoa, some spring onion, greenery, hay and dry grass. Normally I react poorly to this onion taste but I like it in this.

25 – The Whisky Exchange Edeadour 2006 oloroso sherry cask
Rubber, coffee, maple syrup, milk chocolate and caramel, slightly salty and dusty note. Vanilla, cola, oysters. Delicious.