Whisky Review – Glendronach 30 1985 (Single Cask PX 1037)

Glendronach 30 1985 (Single Cask PX 1037)


Region: Highland
ABV: 52.3%
E150: No
Chill-filtered: No
Cask Type: Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon

 

Colour: Mahogany

Nose: Cranberry, cocoa, mineral, strawberry syrup, herbal, orange peel, nutty

Palate: Pepper, orange, chocolate, cinnamon, mineral, leather

Finish: Long finish, mineral, nutty, kick of spice

Score: 85/100


A fairly disappointing Glendronach single cask, despite 30 years on its belt. It almost seems a bit muted at certain times. Doesn’t have the same punch as the 16-22 year old ones I’ve had before. The notes are still there, just doesn’t stand out much. Doesn’t have the additional layer of complexity I would’ve expected from something this old either. It was good, but not great.

Whisky Review – Springbank 8 2007 Fresh Sherry (Springbank Society)

Springbank 8 2007 Fresh Sherry (Springbank Society


Region: Campbeltown
ABV: 57.2%
E150: No
Chill-filtered: No
Cask Type: Fresh Sherry Butt

 

Colour: Copper

Nose: Sulphur, raspberry gummy, funk, dirty smoke, cherry syrup, medicinal capsule, coal

Palate: Sulphur, pepper, dirty peat, brunt wood, medicinal capsule, raspberry gummy

Finish: Long finish, funky, salt, spice

Score: 84/100


A rather funk centric sherry cask, full load of sulphur, medicinal capsule note (go smell a bottle of pills). Only a touch of raspberry weaving into the glass full of funky, dirty smoke. Not a bad, but wouldn’t buy one for myself.

Whisky Review – Bruichladdich 25 1985 DNA3 MCMLXXXV

Review 94 – Bruichladdich 25 1985 DNA3 MCMLXXXV


Region: Islay
ABV: 50.1%
E150: No
Chill-filtered: No
Cask Type: ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry

 

Colour: Mahogany

Nose: Nutty, oak, raisin, worn leather, raspberry chocolate, fresh seaweed, cinnamon, mace, red apple skin, bay leaf

Palate: Oak, red apple, raspberry, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, oak, salt, raisin

Finish: Long finish, pepper, oak, mineral, oak tannins

Score: 90/100


Great deal of complexity throughout, all that you expect from high quality sherry cask. The nose carries a nice wave of various spices, leather, dark fruits, and chocolate notes. The palate is more or less similar to the nose, followed by a drying finish thanks of a great deal of oak tannins. A great offering from Bruichladdich, though not as complex as I thought it would be, it’s rather well-harmonised, really enjoyed this dram!

Whisky Review – Compass Box Enlightenment

Compass Box Enlightenment


Region: Speyside & Highland
ABV: 46%
E150: No
Chill-filtered: No
Cask Type:
– 48.2% Clynelish (First Fill American standard barrel)

– 36.7% Glentauchers (First Fill American standard barrel)

– 10.8% Balblair (First Fill American standard barrel)

– 4.3% Mortlach (Rejuvenated American standard barrel)

 

Colour: Straw

Nose: Pineapple, green apple, mango, banana, caramel, vanilla, citrus

Palate: Vanilla, pineapple, ginger, grassy, peach, almond bitterness, icing sugar

Finish: Medium+, wood, topical fruit

Score: 83/100


A rather nice blend of malt from Compass Box. Tropical fruits and caramel to greet the nose, with a nice balance of vanilla and citrus undertone. The palate also carries over the tropical fruit, but introduced some grassiness, and bitter almond notes. Followed by a woody, fruity finish. This would work perfectly well as a summer dram. Great deal of fruit and decent complexity.

 

Whisky Review – Craigellachie 23

Craigellachie 23

 

Region: Speyside
ABV: 46%
E150: Yes
Chill-filtered: No
Cask Type: N/A

 

Colour: Gold

Nose: Dried Fruits, melon candy, malt biscuit, mineral water, peach, honey, leather

Palate: Melon, malt, strawberry, vegetal, almond, lemon peel

Finish: Medium finish, citrus, mineral, baking spice

Score: 82/100


Was poured extra afterwards for a better review experience. I would call this a very inoffensive, fruit and malt centric single malt. Nice weave of stone fruits and tropical fruits, honey on the nose. The palate kicks in with a nice sweet wave of fruit, with touch of grassy vegetal notes, not much complexity. Touch of spicy heat towards the end. I would’ve thought it was a much younger malt at around 15 year mark. Given the current price, definitely a no-go for me.

Whisky Review – Benromach 10 100 Proof

Benromach 10 100 Proof

-Tasted Blind


Region: Speyside
ABV: 57%
E150: Yes
Chill-filtered: No
Cask Type: N/A

 

Colour: Gold

Nose: Malty, dired apricot, raw walnut, hints of red fruits, lemon peel, floral, touch of caramel

Palate: Heat, pepper, stewed red fruits, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, mineral

Finish: Long finish, cherry syrup, pepper, mineral water

Score: 85/100


Guess: 10-12 year old, cask strength 55-60% ABV Sherry cask Speyside. My guess was pretty close, just can’t nail down a distillery. Solid complexity, and much better than Benromach 10, nice blend of nuts, fruits, and spice throughout, the mineral finish wasn’t a big fan of, but overall a solid whisky.

Wine Review – Clarendon Hills Liandra Syrah 2006

Clarendon Hills “Liandra” Syrah 2006 [Clarendon Hills] [Wine-Searcher]

Country: Australia
Region: Clarendon
Grape: Syrah/Shiraz
ABV: 16%


Colour: Dark purple core, lighter on the rim.

Nose: Ripe black fruits (blueberry, blackberry, plum, blackcurrant jam), chocolate, raisin, bacon fat, touch of herbal, spice.

Palate: Full bodied, medium acidity, medium well-integrated smooth tannins. Plum, blackberry, metallic (iron), vanilla, clove, pepper.

Finish: Long finish, lingering metallic and spicy notes. Well-integrated alcohol.

Score: 87/100


The wine is showing very well, all the components fully integrated with one and other.

The nose was very intense, with concentrated black fruits, chocolate, raisin, bacon fat, a touch of herbal tone that I associate with aged Syrah/Shiraz, and touch of pepper. The nose overall is very balanced, allowing each component to shine through the waves of black fruits, showing a great deal of complexity.

Moving onto the taste, a wonderfully aged, full bodied Syrah. Despite the 16% alcohol, it is very well integrated, drinking more like a 14-14.5%. Aside from the abundance of black fruits, there is this metallic, iron note showing throughout the palate, with a touch of vanilla, clove, and pepper forming a long and lingering finish.

This is a very good wine, with some unusual note going on (the metallic note on the palate), overall a very pleasant tasting experience. The wine is ready, drink before 2020.

Whisky Review – Strathmill 21 (Duncan Taylor Dimensions Cask 4239)

Strathmill 21 (Duncan Taylor Dimensions Cask 4239) [Link to Strathmill]


Region: Speyside
ABV: 54.8%
E150: No
Chill-filtered: No
Cask Type: ex-Bourbon

 

Colour: Light Gold

Nose: Honey, white flower, toffee, biscuit, grassy, lemon, ethanol,

Palate: Malt, grassy, apple, mineral, icing sugar

Finish: Medium- finish, pepper, ginger, mineral, lemon

Score: 80/100


First time having a Strathmill, I don’t think this ex-bourbon cask is doing it justice. This was a no-frills experience, their profile seem to be grassy and malty, but overall it’s not that complex. Not bad, not great.

Whisky Review – Lagavulin 8

Lagavulin 8 [Link to Lagavulin]


Region: Islay
ABV: 48%
E150: No
Chill-filtered: No
Cask Type: Refill European, American oak casks

 

Colour: Pale Straw

Nose: Butter popcorn, brine, citrus, chocolate, smoke, pepper

Palate: Bamboo smoke, citrus, salted peanut, chocolate, vanilla

Finish: Medium finish, pepper, mineral, smoke

Score: 84/100


The Lagavulin 8 year is an interesting one, majority of the people have had the 16, and this is an amped up version of that, but at the same time doesn’t have the “mellow smooooothness” people expect from the older offerings. Doesn’t try to hide its youth, but at the same time, it’s not brash and harsh. It has a decent amount of complexity and balance, would be a nice entry level along with Caol Ila 12, Ardbeg 10 and Laphroaig 10, as well as other similarly aged Islay. Also surprisingly, Lagavulin of them all has the highest proof at 48%, which really helped the whisky’s character. If you are a Lagavulin fan, or like their profile, this is a must-try.

Whisky Review – BenRiach 22 1994 (Single Cask 4004 Peated Tokaj Cask Finish)

BenRiach 22 1994 (Single Cask 4004 Peated Tokaj Cask Finish) [Link to BenRiach]


Birth year Scotch? Peated BenRiach? Finished in an interesting wine cask? SIGN ME UP!

Tokaj (“toe-kay”) is wine region in north-east Hungry, bordering Slovakia, famous in the wine world for producing a sweet noble-rot wine called Aszu.

Little do most people know, the Tokaj region also produce four other wines; Eszencia, a drink made from free-run juice of the noble-rot that rarely reaches above 3% ABV, its extremely high sugar content allows it age for over 200 years; Szamorodni, a wine made with regular grape, which comes with a dry, and sweet variety; Forditas, wine made by pouring must on aszu dough which has already been used to make aszu wine; Finally, Maslas, which is a wine made by pouring must on the lees of aszu.

The cask used here is most likely a Tokaj Aszu cask, despite some local dry wine also aged in oak casks.


Region: Speyside
ABV: 55.1%
E150: No
Chill-filtered: No
Cask Type: ex-Bourbon, finish in ex-Tokaj wine cask

 

Colour: Tawny

Nose: Sprite, raspberry syrup, peat, wood smoke, caramel, ginger, white grape, brine, milk chocolate

Palate: Salt, peat, citrus, earthy, malt, caramel

Finish: Long finish, peat, salty, pepper, ginger, mineral, touch of acidity

Score: 86/100


This whisky is rather similar to peated whisky that was finished in a Sauternes/Barsac cask, the “grapey-ness” is rather noticeable on the nose, a complex nose that I can appreciate, sadly the palate falls short on complexity, a distinctive saltiness persist throughout the nose to the finish, and a touch of acidity is present towards the finish. Would recommend trying a dram.