Though I need to leave early, I stupidly arrive at the abode of ‘the old man’ a little late – and look at this flight, damn! Maybe as a result of my time restriction I think my conciseness skills improved, but you be the judge.
I had this before, and whilst it’s never going to change the world I get it’s modest appeal.
- N: Banana & fudge rum-like nose with generic peach candle/synthetic syrup-y gelateria.
- T: Spirity, rum ‘n’ raisin icecream flavouring. Drier, less spirity with water.
- F: Spirity still, finishing with dryish toasted [almost creme brûlée] vanilla.
- C: Archetypal campfire grain? Nose worked best for me today. Scores two points less than i had it last year.
Scores 78 points
Big fan of Inchgower!
- N: Fresher, less toffee-d/fudge-y than many other mature Inchgower’s i’ve encountered. Very soft lightly-sweet citrus, peach skin, some creaminess, newspapers. More fruits over time with a sweetness that dips in & out.
- T: Big refill action, and improved with water. A soft sharp ensues with light-sweet fruit pear-apple-citrus.
- F: Fruity>waxy-ish>dryish finish with clean, soft vanilla.
- C: Ahh, when a cask allow the spirit to shine.
Scores 89 points
This was around £75 when it came out in 2014, now going at auction for around three times that [Aug ’17].
- N: Hmm, this is likeable. Mineral caramel,.. or toffee [cant decide], some soot,……
- T: This has Springbank written all over it, though acting here merely as an independent bottler & blender. They present a thick yet easy malt, creamy>fresh.
- F: Butter biscuits, sweet heather.
- C: Seriously fun blend. A more in-depth review will follow later in the year.
Scores 88 points
Two sister casks up next
- N: The sweaty ol’ man is back [like that Bowmore 1968 blog], with fusty cumin carrots>chestnuts, cardamom and cardboard-ish notes – not in a bad way. It needs more time but too bad.
- T: Beautiful arrival that woes me every sip with its oily, thin jam-laced, conveyor belt-like arrival – savoury-oily>sweet. Rumbles on a little.
- F: Doesn’t do more but it hummed awhile. Dryish vanilla concludes.
- C: Aside from the curiously sweaty nose, the arrival knocks me out every time. A whisky I could imagine drinking a case of.
Scores 87 points
- N: Lighter, more faded than the 44.53 but with dreamy melted ice-cream opulently topped with cream,… and, fish pie?
- T: Oily chestnut, macadamias. Firmly hums,…. milky-creamy again.
- F: Drying, straw-ish~heather-ish vanilla, pea pods,.. The finish goes on and on,… and with more fish – kipper! And to think, i’ve not eaten fish for a few months.
- C: The slightly better whisky of the two but i’m certain a fair number of my Desert Island whiskies will have a similar arrival to 44.53 – that’s oily-jammy. What a fab pair.
Scores 88 points
Another pair, of sorts:
- N: Weighted vanilla fruits with sweet lime pieces and a gutsy spirity character.
- T: Cuts in boldly, and with good varnish action.
- F: Well controlled woody sourish vanilla.
- C: A challenging/precocious grain.
Scores 83 points
- N: Much thicker than the DT with U-uh over PVA [PS]. Softer, subtle, more relaxed/easy than the more brutish DT.
- T: Thicker, softer and more caramelized than the DT,..
- F: Most controlled, no messing. Joyous finish.
- C: Job’s a good’un. Two different Cameronbridge for very different occasions.
Scores 87 points
- N: Aah, vintage bourbon cask magic from a great decade for Balblair. Fusty/oily, sweet apple & pineapple crumble – bourbon refill yes yes! Develops more oily-phenolic, mineral,…
- T: Soft fruity almost fluffy start. Only a touch sharp but forever gentle and easy with its bourbon cask honey-juice. With water, vanilla to nuttiness & choc ice – so nutty Feast bar then with dried fig/rolls,…. soft dunnage-dry with a slight peppery fresh-heat.
- F: …….more dry choc ice, almost sweaty cardboard, super dry raisins to apricots, a little more fig and dry dunnage. Surprisingly smokey on the finish, old style with a dry woody nut huskiness.
- What a series First Cask turned out to be. A case of this please.
Scores 90 points
- N: Floral-fruity, clean, oily abv-robust foundation.
- T: Waxy, gingery mouthfeel, but it works neat. A touch soapy with a little water. More water and it’s just right. With time it becomes more enormous and precocious. Develops on tropical fruity acetone. My notes also read ‘love in a cage’ – autocorrect up to it’s pesky tricks again?
- F: More gingery heat, sweetish grapefruits. A decent clean/modern finish, concluding with the usual [rounded] suspects.
- C: Good example of a ‘non-typical’ Mortlach.
Scores 84 points
- N: Squidgy earthy-mineral-sherried old skool action with enormous breadth. Sweet TTW, pineapple cubes,.. Heaps here, wonderful combinations, brown sugar,…
- T: So much here and i’m rushed [the clock is ticking, work is looming]. Concentrated, orangey, earthy-maltiness with muscovado on arrival. Waxy pancake also.
- F: Mocha, runny caramel,… big hum.
- C: Super tasty and,..
89 excellent points.
- N: Hummus, tahini, soft curry spices,..
- T: An unusual profile of earthy-fruity, valerian, raspberry leaves, raspberry seeds,… Hold in mouth for some more unusual stuff, all with a full-on abv heat.
- F: The smoke creeps up on you [scorched sticks].
- C: Not one to rush, but alas.
Scores 89 points
Gutted to have missed the Millburn’s. I pour everyone a very old Cognac and then leave for the West End, on a bike – oh the glamour!