Whisky 2017 – 92-99

Some crazy independents here – thanks to my buddies Kelvin and Yao at The Elysian Whisky Bar. The Bowmore and Tomatin were my picks. 

92 – Berry Brothers 1992 Dailuaine 22 for Shinanoya
Apricots, dried fruit, orange zest, vanilla cake, light Xmas spice. Creamy, grilled stone fruit, green grass, roasted shallots.


93 – Three Rivers Whisky Talk Fukuoka “The Statue” Bunnahabhain 22 Years
Vanilla cake, apricots, slight meaty, ice cream, cloves, handcream. Gentle, fruit cake, hazlenut oil, really nutty, buttery.

94 – Kingsbury Auchroisk 1991 Sherry Butt Cask 2555
Dry ginger, orange rind, leather, sarsaparilla, cloves, wood, salted peanuts, plastic. Hairspray, old butter, leather, beef broth, stewed apples, coffee grounds.


95 – Three Rivers Bowmore 1996 Hogshead Cask 960039
Wet cardboard, caramel, LPG, steak and kidney pie, pepper and honey. Green grass, loads of honey, leaves, hot volcanic rocks, cream, ash, green plums, kiwi fruits, gooseberry, pencils shavings, band-aids.


96 – Glenflorres 12 Years 1970/80s bottling
Warm short bread, eggy pudding, mango, orange zest, slight licorice, wood resin. Soap, lavender, lemon balm, air freshener, slight creamy finish… soooo freaking weird.


97 – Tomatin 8 Years Limburg Dramclub 2015 Club Bottling 5
Chocolate dipped bananas, white chocolate mouse, cloves, cinnamon sticks, cherry ripe. Sweet tomato paste, caramel, banana lollies, pepper candy (is that a thing), musk lollies, clove and quince jam. Huge amounts of vanilla cream and spice with water, old butter finish.

98 – Chieftain’s Mortlach 1997 19 Years, Cask 5245 for Drunken Master Bar
Chicos, powdered gravy, Terry’s chocolate orange, vanilla beans, roasted pumpkin, mushrooms and earth. Sarsaparilla, woody, tea and wine tannin, cream, rubber, dusty, dried cherries and old prunes.


99 – Kingsbury Laphroaig 2000 16 Years Cask 3621
Jersey caramel, bacon on a campfire, sweet autumn leaves, plastic. Bone, mulch, burnt bacon, clear sugars, lemon pith, stones in a fire, banana leaf, slight rubbery.

Whisky 2017 – 79-81

79 – The Warehouse Collection, Whisky Warehouse No. 8 Mortlach 1996, 18 Years Cask 4120S21
Marmalade, coffee, vanilla, leather, malty, tropical fruits. Musk, floral, honey, melted butter, crushed ants.

80 – Kavalan Solist Auld Alliance Cask S090608026A
Citrus zest, brown sugar creamed butter, white chocolate and ginger cookies, maple syrup. Huge butter, apple seeds, musk, lavender, orange blossom.

81 – The Whisky Agency Sherry Refill 8 Year Blend
Honey, dust, toast, gooseberry, toasted marshmallow, tinned pineapple, apricots. Honey, cream, pepper, dusty, baked bananas.

Whisky 2017 – 33-36

33 – Carn Mor “Celebration of the Cask” Clynelish 1989 Cask 5888
Initially young wood shavings, yoyo biscuits, clotted cream, jammy fruit, tinned pineapple, liquorice. Coffee, mangos, baked cheesecake, egg white, wine tannins(?).

34 – La Maison du Whisky Artist #6 Mortlach 15 Years
Musk, wood, perfume, cream, sweat, chicos, cocoa, white peaches. Sarsaparilla, vanilla, artichokes, cream, salty, marzipan, egg yolk.

35 – Kilchoman Original Cask Strength
Lime cordial, band aids, pool chlorine, cherry leaves. Rubber, BBQ meat, smoked paprika, latex, slight cream, ash.

36 – Cadenhead North British 24 Years 1989
Butter, glacé ginger, apple pie, cinnamon, fatty, crushed ants, grilled pineapple, ginger snaps. Chocolate, crushed ants, lemon pith, ice cream.

Whisky 2016 – 78-81

78 – SMWS 128.6 Rumbling, reverberating resonances (Penderyn)
Wood glue, turps, banana cream pie, Christmas pud. Huge caramel and banana, sweet and delicious, butter and honey.

79 – SMWS 76.125 Enticing sweetness and attractive wood (Mortlach)
Apricot jam, sponge cake, wood turps, salt and pepper. Rock melon, brown sugar, yoghurt, passionfruit vine, brandy butter, great tropical fruit.

80 – Gaiaflow Eigashima Sakura 2015
Wood, chocolate, cocoa, pepper. Honey to maple syrup, butter, pepper, clove, sarsaparilla, flight dusty note. Wonderful whisky.

81 – Yamazaki Whisky Shop WSO-005 2013 (Red Wine Cask)
Red apple, red wine tannins, maple wood, pastrami (?!?), chiffon cake, ginger. Apples crumble, clean and balanced, candle wax, cinnamon, cloves.

Whisky 2015 – 100-103

100 – Adelphi Mortlach 27 Years
Dried orange peel, fruit cake, strawberries, Jerusalem artichokes, chestnut flour. Toffee, green dried herbs, salty, pepper, lollies, cream, vanilla, candle wick, so much in it.

101 – Limerick Selection Slaney Malt 23 Years
Hand cream, vanilla pods, hazel nuts, waxy, some tropical fruit – fruit emphasized and more friendly with water. Gassy, hollow, nut butter, salt, more sulfurous with water.

102 – Suntory Chita Grain
Maple syrup, tropical fruits and crushed ants. Vanilla, brown sugar and mango. So simple and elegant.

103 – Millstone Sherry Cask 12 Years
This Dutch whisky is mental. Huge maple syrup, rubber and spice on the nose. Crepes dripping with maple syrup, salted butter and plump raisins. Love it and so reasonably priced.