Glenmorangie 10 Year
Nose: Perhaps the most enigmatic aroma of them all: delicate yet assertive,
sweet yet dry, young yet oaky. A malty tone poem.
Palate: Flaky oakiness with a complex toastiness to the barley suggesting
the lightest hint of smoke.
Finish: Amazingly long, drying from the initial sweetness but with
flaked almonds amid the oakier notes.
Comment:A great single malt: beautifully uncompromising from the first
sniff to the last gulp. Dougs Favourite
Glenkinchie 10 Year
Nose: Thin and spirity. Exceptionally malty and reminiscent of
boiled barley-sugar candy.
Sweet, grassy-sharp and mouthwatering. Dominant malt, a
hint of banana and custard.
Intense vanilla and caramel with rich oaky tones and a delicate
hint of smoke. Slightly bitter at finish.
Comment: Delightfully intense.
Talisker 10 Year
Nose: A razor-sharp spiciness lances through Demerara sweetness and
rich peat. Absolutely magnificent.
The enormous build up of spice adds to the multi-layered peat. The sweetness is almost like freshly crushed grist. Wave upon wave, layer upon layer of complexity.
Massively warming and still spicy. The peat lingers while the spice bristles.
Comment: A dram to be savoured and celebrated.
Macallen 12 Year
Nose: Big, with well-balanced sherried notes. Juicy malt, dried fruit (date/fig) Madeira cake. Water brings the sherry notes forward: tea, rubber, oak, but it hasn't taken over.
Palate: Rich, weighty. Elegant. Orange and light wood.
Finish: Long, oaky and winey.
Great balance between whisky and wood.
Glenlivet 12 Year
Nose: Lifted. Apple wood, heather, baked soft fruits mixed with cereal, citrus and pear. In time there are notes of freshly-sawn wood, freesia and dried orange peel.
Complex but light as well.
Light and fragrant. All the notes on the nose come through.
Medium-bodied and gentle.
Finish:Dry and clean.
Comment: Right back on form. Is some more mature stock being blended in?
Dalmore 12 Year
Beautiful balance of tempting aromas. Gently fragrant peat-smoke.
Orange marmalade, malt and sherry.
Orange. Cream. Distinct aniseed. Honey. A very complex malt, with
wonderfully combined flavours.
Almost chewy. Faint citrus zest. Smoky dryness. The faintest hint of the sea.
Comment: Said to be married in sherry butts. In this instance,
marriage certainly works.
Cragganmore 12 Year
Nose:Silky, elegant and rich: currant bushes, sweet fruits, honey, cream, leather, rich malt, chestnut. Water makes it smokier. Fruity with a savoury edge.
Lovely weight: honey, blackberry, cooked fruits, walnut, dried apricot. A mid-to back-palate whisky which is robust, yet silky; meaty but elegant. The word is complex.
Finish: Tingle of heathery smoke binding it together.
Comment: The most complex of the flight by some margin
Oban 14 Year
Nose: Refreshing and gentle. Summer fruit. Melon. Vanilla pod. Touch of new leather. Developing on cooked fruit notes.
Pear pie. Stewed peaches. Yeasty.
Palate: Delivers nose promises. Smooth and silky.
Fruity, gentle and slightly nutty.
Comment: Classic, gentle and pleasing. A consensual malt. Good match with
salmon and light seafood dishes.
Dalwhinnie 15 Year
Nose: Soft and honeyed with gentle traces of liquorice and stronger
peat emerging through sherry notes.
Light, honeyed and playfully viscous; leading eventually to more
liquorice and peat.
Finish: Beautiful interplay and balance.
Lagavulin 16 Year
Nose: Massive peat. Ultra-intense iodine carries a shade more spice than of old. The fruity-sherry notes are clean, vanilla is much deeper. Beautifully layered.
Peat so thick you could stand a spoon in it. Chewy iodine bolstered
by sherry and big oak.
Finish: A little spice lightens the grip of the peat and vanilla. Dries off with malt, dried dates...and iodine.
Comment: A true classic in every sense that offers breathtaking depth.