Whiskylive 2019: Day 2, Part 1

Following on from Day 1, I’m back at the Douglas Laing stand to try the Glentauchers that only turned up at the show today.

Glentauchers 1996/2017 21yo DL cask #12199 [211 bts] 51.5% WB0

Glentauchers 1996:2017 21yo DL cask #12199 [211 bts] 51.5%.jpeg

  • N: This is a firm yet gentile, floral sweet-aged beauty with Benrinnes vibes – as in, another whisky-for-blend that tends to peak as a single malt around 19-21 years.
  • T:  More floral sweetness with the oak inheritance soon shooting through. Water helps resolve the oak and encourage oiliness.
  • F: Out from the woods are some subtle fungal complexities.
  • C: Certainly no more cask time needed for this one. Another really good ’Tauchers. Never had a bad one come to think of it.

Scores 88 points


Arran 1996:2018 21yo DL cask #12357 [544 bts] 52%.jpeg

Arran 1996/2018 21yo DL cask #12357 [544 bts] 52% WB82[4]

  • C: Following on, this is also fairly woody though with a clearer divide between cask & spirit. There’s also a youthfulness about this compared to the Glentauchers, though our Arran doesn’t match the former whisky’s depth. Does deliver beautifully well however, with water bringing the chew. A very decent older Arran that also loves a decent maturation time.

Scores 87 points


Whilst a large focus at the Wemyss stand this year was on their ‘just-out’ Kingsbarns single malt whisky, Peter [the distillery manager] allows me to try the Wemyss treasures that lie below. Two well-aged Bunna’s no less.

Bunnahabhain 1988/2018 Wemyss Single Cask Release ‘Antique Pomander’ [190 bts] 46% WB89.33[5]

Bunnahabhain 1988:2018 Wemyss Single Cask Release ‘Antique Pomander’ [190 bts] 46%.jpeg

  • C: Wowee, I might have to buy a bottle on the nose alone – it’s mad-good! On the palate it’s simply very decent mature whisky. Great price too! [£199 April ’19]

Scores 90 points


Bunnahabhain 1991/2018 Wemyss Single Cask Release ‘Toasted Brioche Bun’ [127 bts] 46% WB88[2]


  • C: Similar profile to the 1988 vintage with a more modest spectrum of flavours and fungal depth. This expression may be seen as tidier/more controlled/tailored – if any of that make sense – though there’s a magic with the 1988 that the 1991 can’t quite reach. Still, 88 points!

Scores 88 points


And there’s more under the Wemyss counter!

Linkwood 2000/2018 Wemyss ‘Gardeners’ Biscuit Break’ [726 bts] 46% WB0

Linkwood 2000:2018 Wemyss ‘Gardeners’ Biscuit Break’ [726 bts] 46%.jpg

  • N: Very open, yeasty & beer-y distillate-led nose with super balance.
  • T: Really open and full, but not full on. It chills right out with water anyhows, remaining savoury >sweet all the way.
  • F: Plain sailing.
  • C: A fine & indicative example of Linkwood.

Scores 87 points


Invergordon 1988/2018 Wemyss ‘Waffles & Maple Syrup’ [338 bts] 59.9% WB0


  • N: “Spritely” says Peter, and he’s not wrong. 30 years [as we know], can still be relatively young for a grain but mostly all benefit from a decent sherry cask, of which we have here.
  • T: Delivers full fruitiness, juiciness and > vanilla.
  • F: Spot-on spirit/cask balance with a fungal ashy finish.
  • C: Spot-on grain because of a spot-on cask. This one’s hard to forget. What does my wallet say? I reckon this may ‘rest’ beautifully in glass also.

Scores 88 points


After all those delights, I’m offered a try of the Kingsbarns distillery’s first general public single malt release that came out in January 2019.

Kingsbarns 2015/2018 Ob. Dream to Dram 46% WB82.15[64]

Kingsbarns go with Dream to Dram, much like Kilchoman’s From Barley to Bottle or even the Speyside Cooperage’s Acorn to Oak – or did they drop that already? From Grain to Glass seems popular in the beer industry.

Kingsbarns 2015:2018 Ob. Dream to Dram 46%
WB photo
  • N: Very faithful to their new-make.
  • T: Same again, and extremely well tempered. It reminds me of Bimber’s current young output, the lightest of rums and even eau de vie’s. 
  • F: So very neutral that nothing obviously jumps out.
  • C: It’s a great platform for future maturation as long as it doesn’t remain too ‘safe’. With thanks to Peter and Hannah.

Scores 76 points


Geoff appears, talking about Pink Floyd. “I went to see them”, he says. It took me a while to realise he wasn’t talking about the band but Dave Gilmore’s guitars that are all up for sale. He tells us a guide-price of £500-700 for a banjo was the most affordable item!


Glen Grant 1988/2019 30yo A D Rattray cask #9173 [202 bts] 54.8% WB0

Glen Grant 1988:2019 30yo A D Rattray cask #9173 [202 bts] 54.8%.jpeg

A few more before lunch then. I believe this is A D Rattray’s oldest Glen Grant bottling to date. Anyone?

  • N: Yes please!
  • T: A little water, no problem given that still impressive abv.
  • F: Plenty of aged action to the last.
  • C: More superb under-the-counter mature juice I could guzzle if it weren’t for the £325 price tag [Apr ’19]. With thanks to Tommy.

Scores 90 points


JasonWhiskyWise is standing alongside. He has three ‘coins’ on him!


(Caol Ila) Cask Islay [2019] A D Rattray 46% WBRalfy83


A quick smoke before lunch:

  • C: This conjures memories of the official CL 12yo. At £33 [April ’19], it’s superbly competitive.

Scores 84 points



And that is lunch on day 2.




Whiskylive glasses

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