Author: Alex

Glencadam 25 (46%, OB 2020)

The Glencadam 25 year-old was a limited release of 1600 bottles, presented in a sturdy wooden box. It will set you back a lot more than any other official Glencadam, and is still available at The Whisky Exchange at the time of writing. Like most Glencadams, it was matured exclusively in ex-bourbon casks, so we … Continue reading Glencadam 25 (46%, OB 2020)

Glencadam Reserva Andalucia (46%, OB 2020)

As the name suggests, the Reserva Andalucia is a rare foray into sherry cask maturation from Glencadam. There's no age statement, but like almost all Glencadams it's bottled without chill-filtration or additional colouring. I'm not 100% sure wherher it's a marriage of fully Oloroso matured and Oloroso finished malt, or whether it's all a finish … Continue reading Glencadam Reserva Andalucia (46%, OB 2020)

Glencadam 15 (46%, OB 2020)

The 15 year-old Glencadam has been around for a while now - almost a decade in fact, apart from a brief period of stock shortages that coincided with Ralfy naming it his whisky of the year. As usual for Glencadam, it's bottled at 46% and without chill-filtration or added colouring. It's matured in a combination … Continue reading Glencadam 15 (46%, OB 2020)

Tomintoul Seiridh (40%, OB 2020)

The Tomintoul Seiridh (pronounced 'sherry' after the Gaelic word for sherry, as the official website helpfully informs us!) is unsururisingly a sherried single malt. More specifically, it's finished in Oloroso casks after spending the bulk of its maturation in ex-bourbon. It's a limited edition - the first batch has 6,000 bottles available. (Sample provided by … Continue reading Tomintoul Seiridh (40%, OB 2020)

Tomintoul 25 (43%, OB 2020)

We continue the individual reviews of the Angus Dundee mystery dram tastings with the Tomintoul 25 year-old. This one was matured mostly in refill bourbon casks and is priced in the £200-250 range, which is quite expensive even for its age. I believe older versions used to be bottled at 40% ABV, but this has … Continue reading Tomintoul 25 (43%, OB 2020)

Tomintoul 14 (46%, OB 2020)

Unlike most other distilleries nowadays, Tomintoul has an abundance of age statements - the entry level 10 year-old, the staple 16, the various 12 and 15 year-old finishes and peated expressions, and the more high-end stuff at 18 years old and above. What they mostly have in common is the presentation - 40% ABV for … Continue reading Tomintoul 14 (46%, OB 2020)

Glen Garioch 1997 (56.7%, OB 2012)

This Glen Garioch was distilled in 1997, shortly after the distillery reopened after almost two years of inactivity. It was matured in a combination of first and second fill bourbon barrels, and was bottled in 2012 to commemorate that reopening. It's still available at The Whisky Exchange and is not bad value for a cask … Continue reading Glen Garioch 1997 (56.7%, OB 2012)

Glen Scotia 14 Tawny Port Finish (52.8%, OB 2020)

This was released for the 2020 edition of the Campbeltown Malts Festival. It's mostly heavily peated malt matured in refill and recharred American oak casks, along with some medium peated malt matured in first fill barrels. It was then finished in tawny port hogsheads for a small period. I'm not normally a fan of port … Continue reading Glen Scotia 14 Tawny Port Finish (52.8%, OB 2020)

Balblair 1991 3rd Release (46%, OB 2018)

My soft spot for young natural Balblairs is well-documented already, but I've been fortunate enough to try some of their older malts as well. Here we have the third release of the 1991 vintage, bottled at around 26-27 years of age. The bulk of its maturation was done in ex-bourbon casks, with the final 2-3 … Continue reading Balblair 1991 3rd Release (46%, OB 2018)

Blair Athol 2007 (55.2%, Berry Bros. & Rudd, 2019)

Blair Athol is one of those Diageo workhorses that focuses mainly on blends - it's a major component of Bell's. As a result, other than the odd special release and the Flora & Fauna 12 year-old, we never get to see an official bottling so we have to turn to independents like this one. There's … Continue reading Blair Athol 2007 (55.2%, Berry Bros. & Rudd, 2019)