Monday, April 4, 2011

Batch 38- more please!!!!

Glen Garioch put this down in 1991 and it is spectacular. Cask Strength and needs water and air. This is marked as Batch 38 and available in the USA. I have just run out - and looking for more if anyone can help.

Maltmadness writes: Glen Garioch 1991/2010 (54.7%, OB, Batch #38) 
Nose: Fairly restrained start, followed by a bitter sweetness like old tawny port. Some dust and clay. Spices.
Unusual, but very interesting. A little cheesy? It grows surprisingly complex over time. And a hint of sulphur?
Taste: Smooth start, followed by the same odd fruits I found in the nose - and then some meaty notes.
Score: 86 points - a very nice whisky that responds well to time and air.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Another Port Ellen in collection

I have added another Port Ellen to my collection. This Port Ellen is from 1983 and is a 27 Year Old  - bottling  by independent bottler Duncan Taylor. The Port Ellen distillery closed a number of years ago now and as time passes its whiskey has become harder and harder to hind. I have never had a bad experience buying any of DTs 'rarest of the rare' range. Have 2 on hand as one is for the collection and one is to enjoy.

Here are the distillery tasting notes:
Colour: Bright Gold
Nose: Sweet, gooseberries, oily, shortbread, custard, grassy, soft smoke
Taste: Light wet ash, olive oil, smoked cheese, waxy, slightly farmyard like
Finish: Quite creamy, touch medicinal with burnt wood and orange sherbet

New Favorite on the Mini-Fiddich

Last week we finished this Mortlach off all too fast. More is on the way. It is a 12 year old from 1997. Murray McDavid put this in  Ch√Ęteau d'Yquem premier cru Sauternes casks before sending out to us.  Really terrific.

Nose: Watermelon, honeydew melon, grapes, Cool Whip. Custard, dates.

Palate: Dark caramel, toffee, fudge, tropical fruits, peaches, plums, Macadamia nuts.

Finish: Custard, pineapple, sweet citrus.