White Heather 21yo, 2021
Region: Highlands, Islay, and Speyside
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Bottling: GlenAllachie Distillery
Cask type: 18 Years in 1st-fill American Barrels, Sherry Butts, 2nd-fill Barrels & Hogsheads, then 3 Years in Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso Sherry Puncheons, and Appalachian Virgin Oak Casks (2,000 btl.)
Nose: Soft, even gentle on the nose with butterscotch, honeycomb and apricot fruit. Spicy oak, tannins and a hint of mint. In the background light floral notes with a whiff of smoke.
Palate: Sweet and surprisingly powerful at the beginning on the palate. Lots of honey, plus butterscotch, juicy oranges and vanilla sweetness. With time, slightly bitter tannins and orange zest become noticeable. Towards the finish, some dark chocolate and a hint of tobacco leaves.
Finish: The finish is medium to long with creamy heather honey, plus some spicy oak, fine tannins and a touch of bitter orange zest.
With water: After the addition of a few drops of water a little more smoke on the nose, spicy honey, accompanied by sweet apricot, orange peel and discreet mint. Sweet and creamy on the palate, only slightly warming. Spicy honey with sweet vanilla, butterscotch, mint, as well as slightly floral notes, herbs and bitter orange zest towards the finish. The finish is medium long, sticky sweet with honey, plus bitter tannins and orange zest and a touch of dry oak.
Comments: Wow - what a wonderfully composed Blended Scotch whisky. Soft, round, very creamy with lots of honey sweetness and yellow fruit notes, perfectly balanced with the oak tannins and bitter orange zests. Nothing pushes itself to the fore, the purest harmony in the glass. Put together with a lot of experience by Billy Walker from a wide variety of casks. Very well done!
I thank The GlenAllachie Distillery for the complimentary sample and the photograph!
Syndicate 58/6, 12yo
Region: Scotland (18 Single Malt and 4 Single Grain Whiskies)
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Bottling: Douglas Laing
Cask type: Oloroso Sherry Casks (Solera system)
Nose: The nose starts off with soft sherry notes, oranges, tangerines and a touch of sultanas. Hints of toffee arrive, nicely mixed with ginger spice, white pepper and floral notes - maybe jasmin. Very pleasant nose!
Palate: Sherry sweetness at first mixed with fruity elements of tangerines, oranges and ripe apples. Slightly warming with oak spice, ginger and white pepper. Notes of marzipan linger with toffee, milk chocolate and a whiff of cinnamon towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is medium long, warm and sweet with apricot jam and toffee. Becomes slightly dry with oak and subtle white pepper.
With water: There's more floral notes - jasmin and bergemot - coming through when adding a few drops of water. Fruity with apples and white
peaches. Sweet and fruity on the palate with oranges and apricots, complemented with ginger and oak spice. The finish shows medium length with dry notes of oak, pepper and ginger spice.
Comments: This is a soft blended Scotch whisky with a beautiful balance of fruity sweetness and slightly warming spices. The finish in Oloroso Sherry casks from Spain gives it an extra layer of richness. Bottled at 40% abv, there's no need for water at all. A nice summer whisky - very pleasant and easy to drink!
I thank Douglas Laing for the complimentary sample and the photograph!
Moon Harbour, Pier 1, Blended Whisky
Region: Bordeaux (France)
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Cask type: Finish for 3-6 months in Sauternes-type White Wine Barrels.
Colour: Bright gold.
Nose: Delicate notes of vanilla with a whiff of coconut on the nose. This is complemented by a lovely fruitiness of apricots and pineapples, followed by a lingering spicy touch of oak, cinnamon and ginger in the back.
Palate: Deliciously sweet and fruity on the palate with creamy vanilla and luscious yellow fruits - apricots, peaches and subtle pineapples. This is accompanied by a warming spiciness of oak, cracked black pepper and caramelised ginger. Rich and intense.
Finish: The finish is of medium length, slightly warm and subtly spicy with pepper and cloves. Lingering notes of vanilla and apricot jam emerge, before drying notes of oak fade towards the end.
With water: There's slightly more spice coming through with a splash of water. The fruitiness is a bit tamed while the lovely vanilla notes remain present. Sweet on the palate with more vanilla, less fruits but still a significant spicy note of prickling oak, pepper and cloves. The finish is a bit shorter, still warming with significantly more drying notes of oak on the tail.
Comments: A very pleasant blended whisky from Bordeaux. Well put together, intense and rich with a lovely nose, powerful palate, and nice finish. The Sauternes cask finish gives lingering fruity flavours while the French oak provides delicate spice, imparting complexity to this blend. Well done!
I thank Mr. Whisky Michael Reckhard for the sample and photograph!
Bodach Aislig 35yo, 1980-2015, Crafted Blend, Murray McDavid
Region: All 5 Whisky Regions
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Bottling: Murray McDavid
Cask type: Bourbon Barrel, Finish in Sherry Cask (Batch #1, 379 btl.)
Nose: The nose starts off with dried dark fruits, soft and warm winter spice and gentle toffee. Vanilla emerges with butterscotch, spiced oak, subtle cloves and a hint of almonds in the back.
Palate: Sweet and opulent on the palate with thick stewed dark fruit, plum jam and acacia honey. This is followed by a lovely warming spiciness - oak, cloves, and cinnamon. A slightly bitter touch of orange peel nicely lingers with a whiff of peat towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is warm and sweet with baked apples, caramel and delicate malted barley. Slightly drying with fragrant oak, cocoa and a touch of peat on the tail.
With water: Fresh and creamy on the nose with a few drops of water. More toffee, vanilla and red fruits come to the fore. Sweet and very creamy on the palate with rhubarb, plum, apples, vanilla and slightly warm spices. The finish is medium long, velvety, sweet and drying with cocoa and tingling oak on the tail.
Comments: This is a well crafted blend whisky. Smooth, creamy with a perfect balance of fruit, sweetness and warm spices. Although the youngest whisky is 35 years old, this blend isn't overpowered by the wood at all. A perfect after dinner sip. Best to be enjoyed with a few drops of water which brings out a beautiful creamy sweetness.
I thank the German importer Whiskymax for sample and photograph!