Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Springbank Society 18yr

Membership in the Springbank society has its privileges... This 18yr old bottling seems to be a step up from the 18yr old mass release last year. This is at least 2 steps closer to the legendary 21 as it has a bit more spark on the palate that calms wonderfully with a few drops of water. The complexity also seems to have been dialed up a bit.
Springbank wants to believe the 18 tastes like this...
Colour: Rich gold
Nose: Initial notes of marzipan give way to darker aromas like liquorice and treacle toffee. Like a home-baked cake full of everything that tastes so good you just can’t resist another helping.
Palate: Incredible depth and balance. That classic Springbank style is evident, backed up by the fruits of 18 years maturation in predominantly sherry casks. Rich and oily from the moment it hits the palate, the whisky develops to reveal dried fruits and just a hint of smoke. A fine combination of sugar candy, almonds and Christmas cake emerge as the whisky slips off the tongue.
Finish: On and on and on. A reassuring wisp of smoke rises from the back of your mouth and around the palate, enveloping a flavour which contains more raisins, dark chocolate and treacle. This whisky doesn’t want to be forgotten in a hurry - and why should it disappear quickly after we’ve been holding out for it for so long?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Oh Glengarioch

This rare Glengarioch (pronounced GlenGeery - almost like the movie - GlenGary) is outrageously good and in very short supply. I think i got the last bottle from Duncan Taylor. A 19yr old cask strength (must be a bourbon cask) that was put down in 1988.
Very sharp - spicy nose. Flavor is very similar and very clearly a well rounded bourbon cask. at 55.5% this needs a splash or two of water. Adiing water releases some of the alcohol and opens up a fruity blend on the palate. Finish is as good as any bourbon cask i own. lingers and warms for a good long time.