Ok so I had two excellent drams yesterday, however, I was with a non-whisky friend so couldn’t get all nerd like and take notes. These don’t really count for the year.
SMWS 4.181 A muscle man from Orkney
Distillers Edition Caol Ila Moscatel Cask
30 – Nikka 17 Taketsuru
Chestnut flour, cola and vanilla. Green grass, cola, salt, vanilla. Too underpowered for me.
I had a look at my notes from last year on this one: ‘Honey, toffee, easy. Vanilla and some cola to finish. Not much too it to be honest.’ Glad I’m sorta consistent.
31 – Redbreast Single Pot Still 21
An incredible nose. Tropical fruits (mangos, lychees) with cream, dust, carob, chocolate, yoghurt. Tropical fruits, long passionfruit, oyster shell, bracken, fresh yeast.
32 – SMWS 123.8 In the Spanish mountains
Plump raisins, orange zest, brown sugar and hay. Dried peaches and figs, iced tea, milk chocolate, chewy meringue and vanilla cream.
134 – Cadenhead Small Batch Glengarioch 24
Chocolate, vanilla ice cream, some formic acid, orange zest and nutmeg. Smoke comes and goes, powdered ginger, chocolate.
135 – Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel
Yeasty, cedar, bananas and vanilla cream and cucumber. Dulche de leche! Ginger, meringue and vanilla.
136 – Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu – on the way
Vanilla and toasted grain, yeasty, banana. Great stuff.
137 – SMWS Never Ending Cask at Whisky & Alement
Bacon bits, green herbs, smoke, seaweed. Syrupy, honey and tea then smoke and peanuts. I reckon Caol Ila because of the peanuts.