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

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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

Whisky 2018 – 77-82 Small American Craft Tasting

Glad I got to try these but ummm…. they weren’t particularly good.

77 – Barrel Hitch Oregon Oak American Whiskey
Nose – Pina colada, mango, new shoes, caramels, formic acid
Palate – tinned pineapple, spice, cream
Finish – mango, cream

78 – Traverse City Whisky Co. Port Barrel Finished Bourbon
Nose – plasticine, donuts, yeast, stone fruit, maraschino
Palate – spice, weak yeast, figs
Finish – yeasty water

79 – Fremont Mischief Rye Whiskey
Nose – bananas, mango, lemon cake, yeast
Palate – dried mango, tannins,
Finish – mango, cream

80 – Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey
Nose – maple syrup, banana cake, minerals, chicos, dried peach
Palate – toasty, butter, grape seed,
Finish – rancid butter

81 – Greenbar Distillery Slow Hands Six Woods Whiskey 57.9%
Nose – intense malt cake, liquorice, toasted fennel, absinthe
Palate – jeager, malt, molasses
Finish – rubber

82 – Whiskey Del Bac Dorado Mesquite Smoked Single Malt
Nose – smoked praprika, bacon, Cheetos, tomato sauce
Palate – leaf matter, minerals, rubber, apple seeds, maple syrup, prunes
Finish – dusty, Cheetos dust

Whisky 2018 – 62-68, Michter’s Tasting

62 – Michter’s US*1 Straight Rye
Nose – coffee, rubber, vanilla, stone fruit, wood shavings, rhubarb
Palate – spicy, salty, vanilla
Finish – salt, cream

63 – Michter’s US*1 Bourbon
Nose – grilled pineapple, egg whites, meringue Palate – a bit light, butter, fruit, vanilla, caramel
Finish – vanilla, grape vines

64 – Michter’s US*1 American Whisky
Nose – dusty, chocolate, apricots, vanilla
Palate – chocolate, cocoa truffles, maraschino cherries, steeped apricots, brown sugar in cream
Finish – flinty, vanilla cream,

65 – Michter’s US*1 Sour Mash
Nose – egg whites, honey, maple, vanilla, juicy stone fruit
Palate – pop corn, dried apricots, vanilla, cream, salted crisps
Finish – stone fruit, cream

66 – Michter’s 10 Year Bourbon
Nose – dusty, melon, green stone fruit, fruit leather, hazelnuts
Palate – honey, toffee, caramel dipped apricots
Finish – vanilla, cream, dusty

67 – Michter’s Toasted Barrel Strength Rye
Nose – honey on toast, butter, maple syrup, marshmallow, German Christmas biscuits, crushed ants, vanilla, cured meats
Palate – vanilla, spicy, fruit, dried fruits
Finish – cream, apples, toasty, vanilla

68 – Michter’s 10 Year Rye
Nose – vanilla, toffee, honey, dusty
Palate – vanilla, dried ginger, cream, orange zest, soy
Finish – vanilla cream, rock melon

Whisky 2018 – 38-43, North Star Tasting

38 – North Star Cambus 1983 24yo Single Grain, PX Sherry Barrel, 52.7%
Nose – glue, wood, sherry funk, wheat, cherries, rum and raisins
Palate – cream, mushroom gravy, toffee, honey
Finish – cream, iced coffee, grapes

39 – North Star Benrinnes 10yo, Bourbon Hogshead / Sherry Barrel Finish, 49.1%
Nose – banana paddle pops, fruit leather, roses, metallic, green rockmelon
Palate – honey dumplings, tropical fruits, great mouthfeel, yeast, chocolate
Finish – coal, cake mix

40 – North Star Glen Moray 2007 9yo, Bourbon Hogshead, 57.7%
Nose – banana lollies, tropical fruit, glue
Palate – hazelnuts, banana pies, brown bread
Finish – cream, salt, tea tannins

41 – North Star Orkney 17yo, Bourbon Hogshead / PX Sherry Finish, 55.2%
Nose – rubber, dust, soy sauce, maple
Palate – rubber, apples, Cheetos, milk
Finish – burning rubber, old whisky

42 – North Star Bruichladdich 15yo, Bourbon Hogshead / French Oak Finish, 57.1%
Nose – rich woody stewed fruit, chlorine, butter, maple, dried anchovies
Palate – medicinal, red fruits, brown banana, honey, coconut rough
Finish – weak soy sauce, tea tannins

43 – North Star Islay Malt 12yo, Bourbon Hogshead, 52.3%
Nose – pork, sweat, tropical fruit, bananas, leaves, white cheese mould
Palate – coal, pepper, pepper, smoked fish, medicinal, oil paints
Finish – salt, oily fish, sugar syrup

Whisky 2018 – 29-34 – rare Japanese whisky tasting

29 – Ichiro’s Malt Blended Whisky “Houou-uhi” for Isetan (includes Kawasaki, Hanyu)
Nose: leather, apricots, vanilla, dust, soap, grilled pineapple, crushed ants, salty crisps
Palate: dust, cream, coffee, loads of fruit, old whisky, old apples, tobacco
Finish: cream and lace

30 – Hanyu Distillery Tokyo International Bar Show 1990 Vintage 23 year old
Nose: lollies, orange fizz wizz, meringue, soy sauce, black rock sugar, lemoncillo, toast with apricot jam
Palate: leaves, medicinal, cream, apricots and butter, old perfume
Finish: tea tannins, wood glue, green grass, cream

31 – Hanyu Distillery Whisky Live 10th Anniversary Bottling 18 years Single Cask Mizunara Cask #369
Nose: strawberry jam, chocolate, woody, stewed stone fruit, sour cream, maple syrup
Palate: soapy, woody, peanuts, fried potatoes, tropical fruit, bounty bars, maple syrup
Finish: leaves, cream, salt

32 – Karuizawa Asama Vintages 1999-2000 (77 casks mainly Sherry)
Nose: woody, maple syrup, perfume like, instant coffee, rubber, wax
Palate: rubber, peanuts, funky, beef tallow, salt, umami, stock cubes, wax, honey
Finish: pears, salty crisps, white pepper

33 – Karuizawa 8 year old Malt Whisky Mercian bottling
Nose: leather, wax, german Xmas biscuits, new make, toffee apple
Palate: wax, soy sauce, pencil shavings, gentle sugars
Finish: soy, cream

34 – Karuizawa 15 year old Malt Whisky Mercian bottling
Nose: cream, stone fruit, wax, some maple syrup
Palate: apples, leather, cream, sea weed,
Finish: medicinal, cream, old apples

Whisky 2018 – 6-12 G&M Tasting

6 – Gordon & Macphail Teaninich 2009/2017 8yo Refill Sherry Hogsheads 46%
Nose: apples, glue, box wood honey, soap, leather, sherry funk
Palate: roasted plums, Waldorf salad, bitter herbs
Finish: cream, dry Xmas spice, dashi

7 – Gordon & Macphail Tomatin 1997/2014 17yo Refill Bourbon Barrels 46%
Nose: vanilla cake, lemon butter, salt, peaches, fruit salad,
Palate: Great mouth feel, loads of fruit and melon (honeydew and rock)
Finish: Crushed ants, toasted almonds

8 – Gordon & Macphail Mortlach 15yo Refill Sherry Casks 43%
Nose: musk, green strawberries, soy sauce, hand cream
Palate: raisins, apple pie, sherry funk, white pepper, black beans
Finish: sherry, rubber

9 – Gordon & Macphail Ledaig “Hermitage Cask Finish” 2005/2017 12yo 45%
Nose: bacon, roasted carrots, medicinal, Cheetos, chlorine
Palate: intense apples, smoke, roasted capsicum, pencil shavings
Finish: Cheetos

10 – Gordon & Macphail Mannochmore Cask Strength 2006/2017 11yo Refill Sherry Butt 59.4%
Nose: lemon drizzle cake, menthol, rubber, soy, new sneakers,
Palate: dry, flinty, loads of fruits, honey, soy

Finish: sherry tannins, rubber, cream

11 – Gordon & Macphail Glenrothes Cask Strength 58.1% 2005/2017
Nose: honey, honey, honey, toasted coconut, coconut rough, crushed ants, grilled pineapple
Palate: honey, caramel, coconut, salted brown butter, loads of raisins and pastry with water
Finish: leather and dried tropical fruit, green mangos

12 – Gordon & Macphail Balblair for The Whisky Hoop refill bourbon 1996/2015 Cask 414 51.1%
Nose: chicos, milk chocolate, terry’s chocolate orange, candied lemon zest, meringue
Palate: pavlova, lemon zest, cream, honey, fruit cup
Finish: cream, heather