Category: 80-84

Glenrothes Whisky Maker’s Cut (48.8%, OB 2020)

When Glenrothes changed hands from Berry Brothers & Rudd to Edrington in 2018, the range underwent a revamp: vintages were replaced by more conventional age statements (Balblair followed suit in early 2019), and the core range focused heavily on sherry cask maturation. The prices of the younger bottles are quite reasonable. However, I did have … Continue reading Glenrothes Whisky Maker’s Cut (48.8%, OB 2020)

Tomatin 2006 Oloroso Sherry Cask (58.5%, Cask no. 2842, Distillery Exclusive 2018)

This 12 year-old Oloroso cask was hand-filled at Tomatin two years ago. They are among the best in terms of the bottle-your-own selection, giving visitors a choice of five: apart from this one, there was a 5 year-old virgin oak cask, a 12 year-old ex-Bourbon, a 16 year-old Pedro Ximenez finish, and a (sadly unaffordable, … Continue reading Tomatin 2006 Oloroso Sherry Cask (58.5%, Cask no. 2842, Distillery Exclusive 2018)

Glengoyne Legacy Series Chapter One (48%, OB 2019)

Glengoyne's Legacy Series will feature ongoing releases with the intention of paying hommage to the distillery's past. Chapter One is a tribute to 19th century distillery manager Cochrane Cartwright, who first introduced sherry casks to Glengoyne. Unlike other expressions, there's no official information on the cask make-up, but this features a good proportion of first … Continue reading Glengoyne Legacy Series Chapter One (48%, OB 2019)

Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 7 (58.9%, OB 2020)

No, we're not finished with Glengoyne - we now move to the NAS bottlings. The Cask Strength is definitely the youngest of the lot, and is part of the trend of young NAS cask strength editions currently - see similar (and similarly priced) bottles by Tomatin, Benriach and Glendronach, among others for example. Earlier batches … Continue reading Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 7 (58.9%, OB 2020)

Craigellachie 13 (46%, OB 2019)

Craigellachie aren't quiet about the fact that they like to do things differently. For example, while most distilleries remove the sulphur that occurs as part of the distillation, the Craigellachie style actively embraces it: the use of worm tubs for instance helps preserve sulphur notes and create the big, meaty character that the brand is … Continue reading Craigellachie 13 (46%, OB 2019)

Dalwhinnie Winter’s Gold (43%, OB 2017)

Dalwhinnie was one of the first Diageo distilleries to follow in Talisker's footsteps and release and entry-level no-age statement expression (I'm still amazed there isn't a Lagavulin NAS to be honest). Like all such expressions, this one comes with a story that explains its name, except it's not as fanciful as I had expected (I … Continue reading Dalwhinnie Winter’s Gold (43%, OB 2017)

Nikka From the Barrel (51.4%, OB 2019)

Now that Japanese whisky is 'the best whisky in the world', all of a sudden even entry-level malts like the Yamazaki 12 are considered premium expressions. Good quality blends are equally hard to find at decent prices, but Nikka from the Barrel is a welcome exception to this rule. I always found the name a … Continue reading Nikka From the Barrel (51.4%, OB 2019)

Port Charlotte Scottish Barley (50%, OB 2017)

Terroir matters for Bruichladdich, as the packaging states, which explains why this Port Charlotte was made with barley grown exclusively in Scotland. Barley is often an international affair, with distilleries importing it from as far as Ukraine for example. Bruichladdich have of course produced even more local varieties of their whisky, moving closer to Single … Continue reading Port Charlotte Scottish Barley (50%, OB 2017)

Glen Marnoch 29 (40%, Aldi Christmas Release 2017)

This was the second of the now-traditional Christmas releases from Aldi, which have all featured impressively aged Scotch single malts (as well as Irish whiskeys) at even more impressive prices. The first release in 2016 was a heavily sherried whisky almost certainly from Mortlach, as was indicated by the tell-tale bottling strength of 43.4% ABV. … Continue reading Glen Marnoch 29 (40%, Aldi Christmas Release 2017)