Whisky 2018 – 1-4

What a set of drams to start the year with.

1 – The Ultimate Imperial 1995 20 Years sherry hogshead cask 50240
Nose: Bananas, yeast, rose hip jelly, wax,
Palate: Wax, honey, slight pepper, cucumber sandwiches, juniper, grilled peaches, cream, honey dew
Finish: Juicy, dried pineapple, apple jelly, cream, apple seeds

2 – Arran James McTaggart 10 Years 2007
Nose: hazel nuts, snickers bars, citrus, coconuts, wax, bananas foster, apricots
Palate: cream, crushed ants, dried stone fruit, still a bit young, toasted brioche, peach and hand cream
Finish: loads of cream, wine tannins, salt

3 – Old Malt Cask Doulas Laing & Co 1974 Talisker bottled 2000
Nose: Pencil shavings, candle wax, clear fruit, clear medicinal, egg yolks, prosciutto fat, brown sugar
Palate: camp fire, stewed apples, ice coffee, wax, bbq jackfruit, crispy bacon, seaside, caramels
Finish: huge length, juicy, herbal, cream, wax, just keeps giving

4 – Jack Wiebers Arran 18 Years Cask 2038
Nose: brown sugar, leather, musk, honey comb, sweet pickled onions, old whisky, strawberry jam taken too far, maple syrup
Palate: caramel dipped apricots, tobacco, bitter chocolate, leather, salt
Finish: tannic, yoghurt, chewy

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Whisky 2015 – 42-45

42 – Signatory Series Glenlivet 1997
Musk, rock candy, rubber, lemon and honey in hot water, coconut rough. Dry, sweet sugar syrup, salt and pepper. 

43 – Talisker 12
Over ripe apples, wood, maple syrup, sweet salts, plasticine, flowers and cola. A beautiful dram that switches from bitter to sweet – leading to musk and rubber. I really like it. 

44 – Compass Box The Last of the Vatted Malt
Hazelnuts, butter, salt, leather, bark. LPG (in a good way), charcoal, passionfruit and a residual candy sweetness. 

 45 – Gordon & MacPhail 1990 Clynelish (2002 bottling)
Rubber (like bicycle tires), sulfur, tar, cake batter and salted caramel. Rubber, tropical fruit cordial, caramel. One of my faves so far. 

 I also tried a sip of the Starward Wine Cask. Loads of overripe bananas on the nose and fake banana flavouring on the palate.