Monday, 31 December 2012

Glenlossie 35 yo 1975/2010 Berry Bros. 49.7%

20 Dec 2012

Nose: Apples, pears, sherbet.
Mouth and Finish: Honey. Estery pear drops. Smooth.

Very lively; only the smoothness gives away the age. A very good malt, this.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Lidl 18 year old "Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky" 40%

An 18 year old for less than £20? Also, at mistaken first glance, from the "Speyside" distillery— who do quite a nice 12 year old. So of course I bought it.

Only it's not actually from the Speyside distillery, just a Speyside distillery. The best guess I can find via google is that it's a Tamnavulin, but Lidl and the mysterious Clydesdale Scotch Whisky Company (W&M?) are not telling.

Nose: Restrained, soft honey.
Mouth: Very smooth. Vanilla and wood.
Finish: Very very smooth. Oak and cinnamon.

Given the complete lack of spiritiness or harsh notes, there could be a fair amount of even older stuff in there. It's certainly more refined and quite a lot nicer than some much older (and more expensive) single malts— though not the most complex dram out there.

Definitely worth snapping up, though.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Bowmore 15 year old, Darkest. 43%

Nose: Sherry, salt and smoke.
Mouth: the same.
Finish: Warm, fruity, some salt.

Good. Not as punchy as the Feis Ile tasted at the same sitting (it's not a cask strength), but the same general idea.

Bowmore Tempest 10 year old, small batch 3. 55.6%

Nose: subdued vanilla, some smoke. A little underwhelming after the Feis Ile.
Mouth: Lively, zesty, a slight harshness. Salty.
Finish: Soft salt lingers in the back of the mouth. In a nice way.

Not bad at all. Seems like Bowmore whiskies are much more varied, and nicer, than I remember from before. "Before" mostly being a distillery tour and tasting 9 years ago.

Bowmore Feis Ile 2012 15 year old, 55.4%

The first offering at a recent Bowmore tasting.

Nose: Muscular. Sherry and fruit jostle with the smokiness.
Mouth: As above, but it starts to come together.
Finish: Warm, long, well balanced.

In the end, it pulls off the sherry/smoke integration rather well. Shame there isn't much/any of this left...