Technically Brora & Port Ellen are due to re-open, but as they haven’t just yet, let’s include them alongside a bunch of totally closed crackers.
- C: I was kindly offered this rarity in the Whisky Show queue, compliments again of Phil. The body reveals a strange creamy fruitiness with plenty of sulphury raisins, on the finish particularly. We all loved the nose.
Scores 84 points
Caperdonich 1972/2010 37yo DT Rare Auld cask #6735 [btl #90/180] 51.4% WB90.37
- N: Delicious squidgy-dry fruity malt.
- T: A full, full full barley body with a squidgy-dry mouthfeel to boot.
- F: There’s some herbal action after a lovely long sweet travel.
- C: This will be one of the standout whiskies of the show, and we’re only two in.
Scores 91 points
Also tried in the queue [of the Whisky Show], on day 2. I had this down at 84 points when I tried it along with Diageo’s other special releases in 2016. In today’s company, I find it far more seductive.
- C: With a rich, firm-yet-delicate metallic character, I find it reminiscent of Diageo’s 1975 Glen Albyn [WB], that they released way back in 2002!
Scores 87 points
Littlemill 1988/2016 G&C Pearls cask #133 [btl #51/102] 59.5% WB91.19
- N: Incredibly this is my third Littlemill of the show [notes to follow somewhere else, some other time], and profile-wise, it’s more of the same. That is, broad strokes of floral, cream & straw.
- T: This distillery character continues with a thick straw-barley, savoury-sweet sour-milky character.
- F: Like the previous two, whilst great out on the ‘front 9’, they don’t quite last the distance.
- C: That said, this is still excellent juice.
Scores 89 points
- N: This is not your archetypal Port Ellen, but it’s certainly an Islay through & through. With it’s natural smoked barley profile & herbal shortbread notes, let’s say it’s rather more [Bruichladdich]<Kilchoman-esque with a splash of Laphroaig. Maybe Kilchoman will become more Port Ellen-esque as the decades roll on? Let’s hope so.
- T: This is strong/firm juice with an arrival of many oils and some herbal tinctures. Subsequent chewing leads to a super development on more tinctures & garage oils. I’d never have guessed this was from a sherry butt.
- F: There’s some minerality, but we’re mainly talking of a petroleum oil slick with a coastal touch and a pinch of salt, finishing more medicinal at the death.
- C: One that didn’t wow me as much as other PE’s have done in the past, but really lovely stuff nevertheless.
Scores 90 points
- N: A beautiful floral/bready number with particular notes of dill, stock cubes….. Oh you really must try this. Dram of the day/festival on the nose.
- T: Water brings out the teak oils. The rest remains a subjective, emotional experience.
- F: Fruity, tempered liquorice wood, oaky barley and sweet peppery joy. Unusual is it not, to find a positive peppery quality in whisky, and here is a perfect example.
- C: With thanks to Des who poured me my first ever Rare Ayrshire at the first Old & Rare Show [blog]. Now priced at around £1500 I believe [double the price compared to not even two years ago], Des tells me this is Signatory’s last cask from Ladyburn. What a way to go!
Scores 92 points
Signatory’s Vintage bottle design still rocks! Thankyou to Des again, who has now poured me my second ever North Port.
- N: This beautiful old fungal-y & yeasty spirit is fully intact.
- T: Oh hello! Thin & delicate yet syrupy barley. De-licious!
- F: Very clean,…. mineral,….. fugal,…..
- C: This is equally cracking whisky. Happy days!
Scores 92 points