Tag: 85-89

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)

Aultmore 12 (46%, OB 2019)

Aultmore seems to be the most discreet out of Dewar's portfolio of malts. Craigellachie has a more divisive love-it-or-hate-it profile, Aberfeldy is the designated home of the Dewar's blend, and Royal Brackla is the most premiumised of their brands, which leaves Aultmore without any distinguishing characteristics marketing-wise. Like Craigellachie, Aultmore is bottled at 46% with … Continue reading Aultmore 12 (46%, OB 2019)

Glengoyne 21 (43%, OB 2019)

And so we reach the pinnacle of the Glengoyne core range. Well, close enough in any case - my budget doesn't extend to the 25 year-old unfortunately, but this 21 year-old remains just about affordable. Like its older sibling, it's matured exclusively in sherry casks, predominantly first-fill European oak. For what it's worth, I would … Continue reading Glengoyne 21 (43%, OB 2019)

Glengoyne 18 (43%, OB 2020)

The higher up we go in Glengoyne's age statements, the more sherry casks are used in the vatting. The proportion of first fill sherry in the 18 year-old is 50%, with 35% coming from European oak and 15% from American. The remaining 50% is from refill casks, without information about their previous contents. Nose: Oranges … Continue reading Glengoyne 18 (43%, OB 2020)

Glengoyne 12 (43%, OB 2018)

Time for a series of Glengoyne reviews, and what better place to start than the 12 year-old? Glengoyne is one of my favourite distilleries, both because the whisky is delicious and because it's a great place to visit. Yes, it's a bit touristy (especially given its proximity to Glasgow), but there's always a warm welcome, … Continue reading Glengoyne 12 (43%, OB 2018)