37 – 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.
38 – Arran Angels Reserve 1996 18 years 51.1%
Nose is typical butter cake, apricots, brandy snaps, buttered toast with that metallic note. Also there is some menthol… with time in the glass it became waxy.
Palate apricot crumble with melty vanilla icecream – truly delicious. Some interesting waxy, ice coffee, and hay notes.
Finish green grass, coffee cream and saltiness
39 – Hazelburn 2003, 13 years Oloroso cask bottles March 2017
Nose fruit cake, buttered fruit toast, campbeltown funk
Palate is honey joys, fruit cake, bruised apples, wooden shelves, dried cranberries
Finish cigars and Xmas pud