Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Battle of the Glens

Two offerings from D&M went head to head - winner is Glen Garioch, but only by a nose.
Glen Garioch 16 YO distilled in 1990 at cask strength (57.1%) Cask#10291 Tasting notes: see earlier posting.
The Glen Moray 14 Year Old, distilled in December 1992 from cask #4065 and was bottled exclusively for the D&M Connoisseurs’ Club. Bright, lively Sauvignon Blanc/straw color with thick legs. Spicy nose, with peppermint, fruit and light notes of the sea. Rich texture, but light bodied- Very charming with candied fruit and pepperminty notes. Finishes pretty, with vanilla/caramel on the finish.
Bottom line: join this club via the D&M link on the right side of this site.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Linkwood vs Rosebank

Not your everyday challenge...but the Linkwood won this one.
Adelphi bottling of a 15yr old Linkwood. Clearly a bourbon cask single but still characteristic of the house style --a light, floral Speyside, with cherries and rosewater but a bit more spice than usual (thanks to the lack of sherry. The Rosebank is great – a real spicy Lowland that Cadenhead’s did a wonderful job finding. Found this one in Scotland, and cannot replace it in the US, a regret. The Linkwood wins out by virtue of my ability to get more of it (note in the pic how low it is) and how deep and well rounded it is.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Lochside - another lost distillery

Cask: Aged in only a refill bourbon cask. Nose: sweet, hint of camphor and toasted malt, almost creamy. Others claim -- a rich oily note of toasted macadamia nuts. and lush ripe poached apples and pears fruit notes. They even add spice notes of basil and a touch of white pepper. Palate: Such a rich, velvety, dense mouthfeel. Flavors of pumpkin seeds, creamy custard and soufflé wraps its around your mouth and linger on your palate. Beautiful elegance with unbelievable length!
This distillery started as a brewery in the 1890s and then started producing whisky in the 1950s. It was closed in the 90s and demolished in 2005.