Midlands Whisky Festival 2017, round two.
Aultmore 2006/2017 10yo BBR cask #308088 46% WB0
- N: Creamy lime icing distillate.
- T: Decent refill action though without a great deal of complexity.
- F: Milky>mineral chocolate.
- C: Yay for refills.
Scores 85 points
Glenrothes 2001  Ob. 43% WB83.67
Not the 1995 vintage as pictured – that was surprisingly a dream dram.
- N: Think sherry-sweet cream with sulphury hues and you’re ready to go.
- T: Yeah, classic Rothes. Overwhelming neat but add water and it purrs. More sherry thickness before the sulphury tyres dig in. Develops a warming mouthfeel. Water brings Caramac chocolate and woody raisins.
- F: Huge rubber sulphur and dry woody fruits, the sherry dominant.
- C: Perfect example of the rubbery=sulphury-sherried house style that Glenrothes execute so well. You just have to like sulphury sherry, which i do in moderation.
Scores 84 points
Glenrothes 12yo DL cask #14095 [492 bts] 50% WB83.67
- N: Super creamy-sour cream, stale Farley’s rusks, shitty buffet beef – sweet n sour plus suet dumplings.
- T: Creamy sulphury curd and sour n sweet sour cream.
- F: Continues it’s excellence.
- C: Superb one trick pony.
Scores 86 points
Bunnahabhain 2005/2017 DL Provenance Single cask [275 bts] 46%
- N: Decent bourbon and sherry mix, or is this a single cask? Hmm it is,.. puzzling me. Sweet-savoury barley now indicative of a bourbon cask shows.
- T: More sour,…mash with a decent cask balance.
- F: Continues well, fades, done.
- C: Uneventful yet decent all-rounder.
Scores 85 points
Bowmore 2001/2017 15yo DL cask #11804 [321 bts] 48.4% WB0
- N: Smoky bacon potato crisps is all i wrote but there’s plenty more aside.
- T: Salty/mineral, potato-sweet with oyster sauce,..
- F: More of the same. The crisps are back with some grainy bitter tar trailing off.
- C: Standout decency like so many current SMWS Bowmore’s.
Scores 87 points
Platte Valley 100% Straight Corn Whiskey 40%/80 proof WB67.61
From Indie brands [McCormick].
- N: Light chalky-sweet, much like some of those young Koval grains.
- T: Light, waxy mentholated spirits & fake candle wax.
- F: Not really.
- C: Not the best example but there aren’t a great deal of 100% corn whiskeys around. My money would be on the Hudson Baby Bourbon. On the plus side, it’s very light and accessible.
Scores a near miss
Muckle Flugga NAS ‘Over wintered in Shetland’ cask #900001/900002/900011 [btl #0949] 40% WF79
Undisclosed malt[s], further-matured in Shetland for a year+. According to Feusi [WB]: ‘The whisky, made by drinks company Blackwood, is a blend of three eight-year-old malts from across the north of Scotland. It is matured on the isle of Unst for 18 months, making it the first ever whisky to be produced on Shetland’.
- N: Creamy sherry sweet with the emphasis on the cream.
- T: Rounded thickish malty, mainly bourbon-y sweet.
- F: Shortish, tannic>chalky.
- C: Ok.
Scores 80 points
Dailuaine 2009/2017 7yo Hepburn’s Choice Single cask [138 bts] 46%
Filled from a rum barrel.
- N: Dusty, winey, creamy-sweet, smooth milky/fusty/dusty honey=hessian porridge.
- T: Sweet tannic/metallic with sweet weetabix.
- F: Metal grainy raisins.
- C: Perfect spirit-driven whisky demonstration from a proud seven year old, young but never immature
Scores 84 points
Let’s finish this round with an older Dailuaine.
Dailuaine 1992/2016 24yo Carn Mor ‘Celebration of the cask’ #3135 [203 bts] 53.7% WB90
Carn Mor is a brand owned by Morrison & Mackay whisky.com
- N: Chalk and tropical dried fruits, dried mint, green herbal teas, comfrey and woody cream curd. More waxy, almost synthetic dry [Diageo] fruitiness with water – a more natural Diageo style if that is such a thing.
- T: Dunnage-y bourbon fruits with a lovely honeyed body. Not a great deal of movement. Pokey even diluted and drying but it just needs some time.
- F: Flows nicely from the palate with chalky-sweet barley and dry rose-blossom-honey with a dry lime-vanilla finish and some wood bitters.
- C: I’m buying this if funds allow.
Scores 88 points
Let’s call that tea