Tag: 80-84

Lagavulin 9 Game of Thrones (46%, OB 2019)

We all know about Diageo's Game of Thrones range by now. Mostly repackaged NAS fare, it does however contain some interesting variants on distilleries' standard expressions, of which the Lagavulin 9 year-old is an example. (the Clynelish is another, with a welcome high strength edition) After the success of the 8 year-old, a young Lagavulin … Continue reading Lagavulin 9 Game of Thrones (46%, OB 2019)

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)

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 Scotia 15 (46%, OB 2020)

Over the past few years, Glen Scotia has started to emerge from Springbank's shadow, with a devoted fan base among whisky geeks. I had somehow missed its psychedelic cow phase, so this 15 year-old was my first proper encounter with this distillery. It's matured in ex-bourbon casks, with a very quick (2 months) finishing period … Continue reading Glen Scotia 15 (46%, OB 2020)

Ardmore Tradition (46%, OB 2015)

The Ardmore Tradition is (was?) the travel retail version of the Ardmore Traditional Cask. The latter has now been replaced as the entry-level expression by the Ardmore Legacy, which is unfortunately bottled at 40%. This one, however, is the same as the Traditional Cask - i.e. 46%, no chill-filtration and finished in quarter casks. Nose: … Continue reading Ardmore Tradition (46%, OB 2015)

Aberfeldy 12 (46%, OB 2019)

Yes, you read that right - 46%. This 200ml bottle of Aberfeldy, along with counterparts from Aultmore and Craigellachie, was part of a collection for Amazon to accompany a tasting event of Dewar's malts. As far as I can tell the pack is still available. The Aultmore and Craigellachie were in their usual 12 and … Continue reading Aberfeldy 12 (46%, OB 2019)

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)