Whisky 2018 – 185-191 – BenRiach Batch 15 Tasting

Bit of a disappointment to be frank. Only the peated casks really stood up. Many of them promised a lot on the nose but fell down on the palate.

185 – BenRiach 2007, 10-year-old, Cask #8737 (Moscatel hogshead), 58.9% abv
Nose – orange fizz wizz, honey, lemon zest, apricots, grapes, honey comb, peanut butter
Palate – dry raisins, ashy, yuzu,
Finish – tobacco, rubber, bitter

186 – BenRiach 2006, 11-year-old, Cask #1855 (Sauternes barrique), 56.5% abv
Nose – apricot, cocoa mousse, apple
Palate – grapes, rubber, sulfur, dusty, salty, dry, apple, ash
Finish – pineapple and cream finish, butter

187 – BenRiach 2006, 11-year-old, Cask #2406 (Port pipe), 58.7% abv
Nose – raisins, maple syrup, gingerbread, cloves, sarsaparilla, dough, stewed plums
Palate – suggests a lot and disappoints, salt, butter, honey on rye bread, banana
Finish – vanilla, cream, butter

188 – BenRiach 2005, 12-year-old, Cask #2682 (peated, Port pipe), 53.9% abv
Nose – molasses, golden syrup, band-aids, green peanuts, smoked almonds
Palate – grass clippings, bbq meats, old apples, dried apricots, dates, dried figs, paprika, caramelised banana
Finish – cream, sea spray, toffee

189 – BenRiach 2005, 12-year-old, Cask #5014 (oloroso Sherry butt), 58.1% abv
Nose – hand cream, old honey, dried peaches, apricots
Palate – honey, liquorice, fennel, chocolate bullets, burnt chocolate
Finish – dried apple,

190 – BenRiach 1997, 20-year-old, Cask #4437 (Marsala hogshead), 54.8% abv
Nose – grilled pineapple, lemons, chocolate, herbal, musk, orange zest
Palate – heavy cream, old apples, cloves, cream, vanilla, pink lady apples
Finish – butter, green vines

191 – BenRiach 1995, 22-year-old, Cask #7383 (Peated, oloroso Sherry butt), 51.1% abv
Nose – grilled pineapple, medicinal, cream, leather
Palate – cloves, chocolate, raisins, dates, figs, hazelnuts
Finish – huge creamy finish, zingy

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Whisky 2018 – 164-162 – Whisky Agency 10th Anniversary Tasting

164 – Ben Nevis 1996 21yo Hogshead, 50.3%
Nose – lemon, citrus, cake mix, marzipan, orange fizz,
Palate – cream, salt, vines, bitter caramel
Finish – cream, sea salt, toffee

165 – The Perfect Dram Irish Whiskey 1989 28yo Barrel, 49.9%
Nose – leather, wooden boxes, rosemary, snickers bar
Palate – sun dried peaches, almond shells, salted butter, passion fruit
Finish – cream, butter, brown sugar, dried apricots

166 – Speyside Region 1979 38yo Barrel, 43.4%
Nose – caramels, stonefruit, glue, old paper, red apple skins, peach melba, orange jelly
Palate – sweat, sulphur, toffee, Xmas spice, juicy
Finish – cream, fruit syrup

167 – Speyside Region 1973 44yo Butt, 48.6%*
Nose – cream, glue, match heads, grilled peaches, mint, caramel, crystallized violets
Palate – apple crumble, ice cream, dried apricots, cold salted butter, mango ice, condensed milk
Finish – cream, cream, toffee apple, woody, fruit mince pie

168 – Highland Park 1999 18yo Hogshead, 51.7%
Nose – honey, salt, boiled oranges, green bananas
Palate – chalky, fire place, brown sugar, shortbread, salt, bitter caramel
Finish – match heads, rubber,

169 – Bruichladdich Heavily Peated (Port Charlotte) 2003 14yo Sherry, 52.9%
Nose – honey, smoked sweet paprika, melted butter, cheese and bacon Cheetos
Palate – pepper, smoked beef fat, rotten eggs, bruised apples
Finish – rock in a fire, chalk, medicinal

170 – Springbank 1996 21yo Hogshead, 50.3%
Nose – green peanuts, roses, roast chicken, caramels, apricot jam, cream, eggy pudding
Palate – cream, medicinal, Xmas minced fruit, salted butter, cloves, honeydew
Finish – matchsticks, brine, bruised apples

171 – Springbank Peated Type (Longrow) 1996 21yo Hogshead, 50.9%*
Nose – peanut butter icecream, glue, fresh dough, pepper, poached pear, chicken skin
Palate – smoked chicken, apricots, salt, nori, flowers in the country
Finish – brine, chicken skin, slight medicinal

172 – Irish Single Malt 28 Years “Black Irish” 42.4%
Nose – flat coke, cream, tropical fruit, woody, maple syrup on French toast
Palate – Maraschino cherries, liquorice, super dried out peaches, oden eggs
Finish – cream, loads of dried stone fruit and spice

Whisky 2018 – 126-130, Suntory Essence Tasting

126 – Yamazaki Distillery Exclusive Bottling #258568, 40% (American oak puncheon)
Nose – honey, boiled sweets, green cordial, raw almonds, grape vines
Palate – cream, salt, vines, coffee lollies
Finish – brandy snaps, underripe apples

127 – Hakushu Distillery Exclusive Bottling, 43%
Nose – banana lollies, pine, vanilla, mangos,
Palate – apples, cream, old pineapple, cream
Finish – vines

128 – Essence of Suntory Chita Distillery Grain 2001/2018 4 Years Wine Cask Finish, 49% (corn)*
Nose – raspberry lollies, woody butter, peanut butter, citrus, balsa wood, cream, vanilla, Terry’s chocolate orange
Palate – crushed ants, wine tannins, vanillla, melted butter, milk chocolate
Finish – huge vanilla cream, raspberry leaf, raspberry lollies

129 – Essence of Suntory Hakushu Rye Type 2014/2018, 57%*
Nose – chocobanana paddlepops, berries, jubes, caramel, an old lamington
Palate – pu er tea, raspberry lollies, dirt, minerals, dry ginger, ginseng, coconut gelato
Finish – salt, dusty, my mum’s terrarium, raw chocolate

130 – Essence of Suntory Yamazaki Distillery Peated Malt 2005/2018, 49%
Nose – paprika, smoked ham, lemon curd, band aids, onsen eggs, toast with butter, charred leek
Palate – dusty, pencil shavings, cream, old apples, citrus pith
Finish – cream, medicinal, oily, smoked oily fish

Whisky 2018 – 120-125, Archives Tasting

120 – Archives “Saddleback Clownfish”  Glen Grant 1990/2015 25yo, Bourbon Hogshead #15230, 56.6%
Nose – plastic, grain, wax, bananas, clove, pineapple, milk chocolate
Palate – wax, cream, salted butter, passion fruit vine, chocolate milk, citrus pith, orange zest
Finish – cream, tobacco, salt

121 – Archives “Swallowtail Seaperch” Aultmore 2007/2015 8yo, Sherry Butt #900016, 67.4%
Nose – chocolate, carob, salted butter, dried apricots, orange zest
Palate – cream, old chocolate, shaving cream, dry Xmas spices, woody, dried rose petals, hand cream
Finish – formic acid, cream, salt, old pennies

122 – Archives “Three-Spot Cardinalfish” Blended Malt from 3 Speyside Distilleries 2001 13yo, Sherry Butt #117, 44.7%
Nose – raspberries, sulfur, old apples, orange zest, glacé lemon, wax, brown sugar, chlorine
Palate – pencil shavings, cream, dried pineapple, old coffee, old leather
Finish – white pepper, salt, cream

123 – Archives “Cheeklined Wrasse” Heaven Hill 2009/2017 8yo, Barrel #152716, 63.5%
Nose – Reef Oil, toasted coconut, banana, lemon curd, freshly cut kiwi fruit
Palate – formic acid, pencil shavings, cherry jam, hot jam donuts
Finish – super melted butter, old lipstick, cream

124 – Archives “Spotfin Butterflyfish” Ledaig 2008//2015 7yo, Sherry Butt #700701, 50.6%
Nose – honey, salt, paprika, ham, corn chips, kelp, dark plums, rosemary
Palate – rocks, pencil shavings, coals, paper ash, Vaseline, cheese and bacon Cheetos
Finish – salt, minerals

125 – Archives “Common Sunfish” Kildalton (Lagavulin) 2007/2014 7yo, Hogshead #9396, 54.4%
Nose – leaves and lollies, prune juice, mangos, lemon, caramel lollies, ham, milk powder
Palate – rocks, soap, salt, butter, olive brine, glue
Finish – salty kelpy rocks.

Whisky 2018 – 105-111 – Shinanoya Tasting

Massive Shinanoya whisky tasting thanks to the Elysian in Melbourne. Some real cracking drams, the Coopers Choice wasn’t on the tasting, just felt like an extra.

105 – DOUGLAS LAING OP CRAIGELLACHIE 1995 SHERRY BUTT 20YO 700ml 59%
Nose – rubber, chocolate, mint, dust, honey, red wine cask
Palate – brown sugar, roasted almonds, hay, sherry, dark caramel, musk, caramelized apples
Finish – musk, brown sugar, cream

106 – DUNCAN TAYLOR DIMENSIONS LAPHROAIG 1997 HOGSHEAD – 18YO 700ml 52.8%
Nose – ham and pineapple pizza, custard, oysters, barnyard
Palate – leaves, nuts, green sticks, honey, butter, roasted garlic
Finish – medicinal, glue, salt

107 – GLENDRONACH 1995 PX SHERRY PUNCHEON #4029- 20YO 700ml 55.2%
Nose – heavy brown sugar, dried apricots and peaches, old butter, green pepper, tobacco
Palate – caramel fudge, brown sugar, musk sticks, manuka honey, salt
Finish – melted butter and caramel sauce

108 – HUNTER LAING OMC BOWMORE 2001 REFILL HOGSHEAD – 13YO 700ml 57.3%
Nose – honey, old leaves, glue, yeasty dough, rosemary crackers, lemon pith
Palate – tropical fruit, kiwi fruit, ash, medicinal, minerals
Finish – heather, salty, burnt matches

109 – BERRY BROS RETRO LABEL CLYNELISH 1997 HOGSHEAD – 17YO 700ml 47.1%
Nose – honey, aspirin, mandarin zest, passion fruit jelly, granita biscuits, waxy
Palate – fruity, waxy, red frogs, apricots, pear juice, chicos, peaches, honey
Finish – grapefruit pith, salt, slight smoked ham

110 – KILCHOMAN 2009-2015 OLOROSO SHERRY BUTT FOR SHIMAJI PEN – 5YO 700ml 59.9
Nose – corn chips, smoked fish, barn yard, pickled onions, honey, dusty, lemon zest
Palate – honey, great mouth feel, ashy, pepper, sushi rice, blown out candle
Finish – old apples, pencil shavings, chlorine, melted cheese

111 – The Coopers Choice 1995 Benrinnes port finished 18 years cask 9547
Nose – cream, tropical fruit, toast and honey, wax, apples, raspberries, rock melon
Palate – waxy, chewy, fennel, cream, apricots, egg whites
Finish – salt, cream, old apples, slight woody,

Whisky 2018 – 92-96 – Teeling Tasting with Jack Teeling

92 – Teeling Blended Small Batch 46%
Nose – Cream, peach Melba, gentle caramel, pressed berries, malty
Palate – green fruit leaves, cream, dates,
Finish – white peaches, salty

93 – Teeling Single Grain 46%
Nose – egg custard, creme brûlée, rose water, crystallized violets, tinned pineapple
Palate – creamy, acetone, rhubarb, cardamom ice cream
Finish – short bread, cream, diabetic ice cream

94 – Teeling Single Malt 46%
Nose – green white peaches, cream, grilled pineapple, umeboshi
Palate – brown bread, apricot jam, vines, cultured butter
Finish – creamy, chewy, vegemite, red wine stewed pear

95 – Teeling Brabazon Bottle 49.5%
Nose – caramels, heavy sherry, candied fruit, lemons, honey, peanut brittle
Palate – soapy, caramel, stone fruit, lemon zest, honey,
Finish – chewy, licorice chews, peaches

96 – Teeling Revival Volume 4, 15 Years
Nose – raspberries, lemonsip, dried peaches, dried apricots,
Palate – honey, butter cream, shaving cream, peaches and cream, peach jelly
Finish – honey, coffee, slight old rubber

Whisky 2018 – 88-91 – The Glenlivet Tasting with Alan Winchester

This will probably be an unpopular opinion but I wasn’t that impressed with any of these. Now I know I am a Sherry head but to me Glenlivet is at its best when it has had a long time in sherry. They weren’t offensive or poorly executed, just a bit boring to my palate.

88 – The Glenlivet 18
Nose – soap(?), pineapple, stewed pears, orange zest
Palate – jaffas, milk, caramels, pear juice
Finish – burnt milk

89 – The Glenlivet Glenshee Single Cask 28669 15 Years
Nose – scotchfinger biscuits, lemon and coconut cake, toasted pound cake, almond cake
Palate – passionfruit, cream, pear crumble, lemon zest, bitter orange
Finish – vines, salty cold butter, pound cake

90 – The Glenlivet Code
Nose – old bananas, brown sugar, candied orange, full cream milk, oyster
Palate – hay, pears, salt, toast and butter,
Finish – cream, vines

91 – The Glenlivet 15
Nose – Banana, rubber, ozone, soap(?), tinned pineapple
Palate – milk chocolate, banana milk, cinnamon, banana smoothie
Finish – vanilla, caramel, barley tea, peanuts