Sunday, March 21, 2010

Springbank nose is great

This has a gorgeous nose. A bit light to taste but complex enough to bear the Springbank name even with its youth. 

2000 Springbank 9 Year Old Chateau d'Yquem Cask from Murray McDavid

Just in from K&L - They write: Springbank, recently awarded 2010 Distillery of the Year from Whisky Magazine, is a whisky that rarely shows up in an independent bottling. However, Jim McEwan (master distiller for Bruichladdich) is known for finding the absolute best barrels for his Murray McDavid collection, and he somehow managed to get a hold of some aging Springbank stock. He then gave the whisky a second maturation in Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes casks to add a sweet richness to the already supple and smooth malt. The result is simply phenomenal. The nose is an intoxicating blend of honey, tropical fruits, and caramel. The palate shows guava, pineapple, brown sugar and the malted cereal notes of sweet barley, though the whisky is never cloying or overly sweet. Every flavor in the rich and round mouthfeel is in balance all the way to the finish, which lingers on for minutes. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New Arrival from Port Ellen

A fab dram from Ronnie at DT. This 26 year old is bottled at cask strength. One of the best preatted whiskies I know. A real shame the distillery is gone.

Tasting notes coming

Monday, March 8, 2010

Glenfarclas does not impress

The 21yr old Glenfarclas is not a bad dram, it just suffers from being the same price of much more interesting drams (like the Strathisla below). While it is a relatively well balanced sherried speysider, it suffers from a dull sour note in the palate.  It improves with a drop or three of water. Michael Jackson once wrote of it:

Sherryish, nutty aromas predominate. Then malt (slightly buttery), and peat. Each seems to manifest itself as a separate hit.
Lively expression of classic Speyside flavours: sherry, malt and slight smokiness.
Lightly peaty. Appetising.
A straightforward Speyside classic. Also big enough to benefit from considerable age.