Tag: 85-89

Lagavulin 8 (48%, OB 2016)

The Lagavulin 8 year-old was initially a limited release to celebrate the distillery's 200th anniversary in 2016. Predictably, it was hugely successful and soon became part of the core range. The bottle I'm reviewing here is from the original batches. One thing to notice straight away is the extremely light colour - a very welcome … Continue reading Lagavulin 8 (48%, OB 2016)

Lagavulin 16 (43%, OB 2018)

Let's taste a few peat monsters before the warm weather returns, starting with a classic. Like most whisky aficionados (I assume!), I always have a bottle of Lagavulin 16 in the cabinet. There often is chat about the quality fluctuating with different batches, but I've never noticed much variability from bottle to bottle. The prices … Continue reading Lagavulin 16 (43%, OB 2018)

Glenfarclas 105 (60%, OB 2018)

After the Aberlour A'bunadh more than doubled in price, the Glenfarclas 105 has become the undisputed leader in terms of bang-for-your-buck cask strength sherry bombs. Unlike the A'bunadh this one used to carry an age statement too, with earlier batches stating (quite discreetly at the back of the label for some reason) that they were … Continue reading Glenfarclas 105 (60%, OB 2018)

Glenfarclas 25 (43%, OB 2016)

Ah, Glenfarclas... The last bastion of sanity when it comes to whisky prices. If you happen to read this in the future when the Glenfarclas 25 costs more than your mortgage, it's worth noting that this is still (sometimes) available for just under £100, when its similarly aged competitors are more than twice as much. … Continue reading Glenfarclas 25 (43%, OB 2016)

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)

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)

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)

Balblair 2000 (46%, OB 2018)

This Balblair - around 18 years old - was available for just under £70 before it was replaced by the age statement 18 year-old for almost twice that amount. I associate Balblair with bourbon casks but this one boasts significant sherry influence: it was matured initially for around 13 years in ex-bourbon before spending its … Continue reading Balblair 2000 (46%, OB 2018)

Benriach 17 Septendecim (46%, OB 2018)

This was bought in 2018 but probably bottled earlier - I believe it was discontinued a while before that. Benriach of course recently revamped their core range: gone are the fanciful (sometimes misspelled) Latin descriptions (Heredotus Fumosus anyone?) and the capital R in the BenRiach - it's all about clarity and simplicity now. I always … Continue reading Benriach 17 Septendecim (46%, OB 2018)

Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch 7 (59.9%, OB 2020)

The Glengoyne Teapot Dram is a 'tribute to the daily dram that the Glengoyne workers enjoyed three times each day from copper teapots in the distillery canteen'. It's already a much-loved ongoing batch release - batch 7 is quickly selling out but is still available at the distillery shop and a few other places. As … Continue reading Glengoyne Teapot Dram Batch 7 (59.9%, OB 2020)