Tag: 80-84

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)

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)

Edradour 12 2003 Bourbon Cask – Ibisco Decanter (55.6%, OB 2015)

No, I don't know what an Ibisco decanter is either, besides what you see in the picture. This is from a sample bought recently from Master of Malt, mainly because I had never had a fully bourbon-matured Edradour before and I wanted to see what it's like when it's not an idiosyncratic sherry monster. It's … Continue reading Edradour 12 2003 Bourbon Cask – Ibisco Decanter (55.6%, OB 2015)

Glenmorangie 14 Quinta Ruban (46%, OB 2020)

Glenmorangie's Ruby Port cask finish has undergone a number of tweaks over the years: from the original Port wood finish, to the first NAS Quinta Ruban, to its much-loved 12 year-old successor, and now to the current 14 year-old version. The 12 used to essentially be the same whisky as the 10 but with a … Continue reading Glenmorangie 14 Quinta Ruban (46%, OB 2020)

Bruichladdich The Laddie Ten – Second Limited Edition (50%, OB 2016)

Bruichladdich released 18,000 bottles of the Laddie Ten Second Edition. It was matured in first fill bourbon, sherry and, unusually (though not necessarily for this distillery), French wine casks. To their credit, they priced it for drinking, not for collecting. It's bottled at a generous 50% ABV with no chill-filtration or added colouring - Bruichladdich … Continue reading Bruichladdich The Laddie Ten – Second Limited Edition (50%, OB 2016)

Deanston 12 (46.3%, OB 2020)

A decade ago, not many whisky writers were paying much attention to Deanston, but this entry-level expression has been slowly but surely rising in people's estimation. Consider Serge's scores - he first tried the current iteration at 46.3% in 2009, giving it a score of 74 and saying 'maybe we should have waited for twenty … Continue reading Deanston 12 (46.3%, OB 2020)