Caol Ila 17 Unpeated 2015
Container: Spiegelau Whisky Snifter, neat with a splash of water. Rested for 20 minutes.
Colour: Golden amber
Nose: Hints of smoke, toffee, citrusy fruitiness, vanilla, ripe fruits undertone, I detected hints of absinthe then after resting it was gone. Slight malt and nose from above the glass, dried fruits. Bright fruit notes after a splash of water. Really nice and complex notes.
Palate: Surprisingly smooth on the tongue at this ABV, added a splash of water after. Nice oily sweetness, slight herbal notes, citrus, hints of salt, mouthwatering, slight spice? A taste I can’t describe when I took my last sip and breathe in some air.
Finish: Medium-long, tingling spice, oak, some mineral? OH, after a minute hints of mints!
Arran Private Cask for LCBO 10 Years Old
Cask type: First fill bourbon cask
Cask No. 2005/800228
Bottle No. 233/236
Container: Spiegelau Whisky Snifter with a splash of water, rested for 30 minutes.
Colour: Pale Gold
Nose: Vanilla, caramel, honey, sweet nose, apples, hints of peaches, dried apricot.
Palate: Cereal, sweet malt, honey, apples, hot on the palate needed to dash it with more water. Slight hint of salt, slight spice.
Finish: Medium-long length finish, sweet malty in the mouth, slight oak, spice.
Tomatin 14 Portwood
Container: Spiegelau Whisky Snifter, splash of water, rested for 20 minutes.
Colour: Coppery Gold
Nose: Strawberry, raisins, spices, cinnamon?, red fruit jam, stewed fruits, hints of citrus, hints of oak, slight nutty aroma. Palate: Stewed fruits, cereal, wood, dark chocolate, nuts, fruit jam, spices.
Finish: Long finish, after the fruit exits leaves the mouth with oak, spices, dark chocolate. I think dark chocolate is what I think of the most despite the fruitiness as I don’t have to think much before describing it.
Since currently it’s summer mostly not in the mood for peated whisky, this is a lovely full-bodied fruity whisky. This is packed with stewed fruits which is a nice change of paste from my recent hunt for sherry whisky. Pretty smooth on the palate, delivering nice and rich flavor you would expect from a port cask finish.