Tasting: Ardmore Traditional Cask

Dram data:Ardmore Traditional Cask
Distillery: Ardmore
Bottler: Official Bottling
Distilled: –
Bottled: 2011-ish
Age: NAS
Limitation: –
Cask: Quarter Cask Finish
Alcohol: 46%
Unchillfiltered, coloured
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
Gold. Not too unnatural looking, I guess this is a case of using E150 to create batches consistent in colour.
Ah yes, this is a peated malt indeed. The nose immediately gives it away. Not too much smoke and not too little. I’d put this at Longrow ppm levels. Mainland peat too, it’s more of the bonfire than the iodine, phenolic Islay style. But what else is there besides the peat smoke? Continue reading “Tasting: Ardmore Traditional Cask”

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Tasting: Glengoyne 1996 18y Rum Cask Finish by Cadenhead’s

Dram data:Glengoyne Rum Cask 18 years by Cadenhead's
Distillery: Glengoyne
Bottler: Cadenhead’s
Distilled: 1996
Bottled: October 2014
Age: 18
Limitation: 210 bottles
Price at the time of purchasing: – (sample)
Casks: Rum Cask finish since 2007
Alcohol: 54,6%
Unchillfiltered, uncoloured
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
pale straw.
The nose is very light and a wee bit perfumey on first contact. 18 years in wood, they say? Must have been some rather weak casks. Glengoyne spirit is light in character, but this is even lighter. Continue reading “Tasting: Glengoyne 1996 18y Rum Cask Finish by Cadenhead’s”

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Tasting: Glendronach 18 Allardice

Glendronach 18 AllardiceDram data:
Distillery: Glendronach
Bottler: Original Bottling
Distilled: –
Bottled: 27.11.2012 (LF11329)
Age: 18
Limitation: –
Price at the time of purchasing: 68€
Casks: –
Alcohol: 46%
Unchillfiltered, uncoloured
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
deep cherry red.
The nose on this dram speaks volumes. Sherry, sherry, sherry. Am I drinking Oloroso or is this a malt? Pure Oloroso goodness. If you don’t like in-your-face sherried drams, stop reading right here. Continue reading “Tasting: Glendronach 18 Allardice”

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Tasting: Macallan 1990 by Whiskybroker

macallan_1990 Spirit whiskybrokerDram data:

Distillery: Macallan
Bottler: Whiskybroker.co.uk
Distilled: 23.01.1990
Bottled: 05.03.2013
Age: 23
Limitation: ?
Price at the time of purchasing: – (sample)
Casks: Hogshead
Alcohol: 34,9%
Uncoloured & Unchillfiltered
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Tasting notes:
Colour: Dark straw. The nose is rather funny – my first impression was one of rather old, stuffed cupboard – I guess that’s the influence of the cask which let this dram slip under the 40% mark. Continue reading “Tasting: Macallan 1990 by Whiskybroker”

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Tasting: Glen Garioch 1990 21y cask 252 by “Archives”

glen_garioch_1990_ARCDram data:

Distillery: Glen Garioch
Bottler: Archives
Distilled: 28.12.1990
Bottled: 05.01.2012
Age: 21
Limitation: 267
Price at the time of purchasing: – (sample)
Casks: Hogshead
Alcohol: 54%
Uncoloured & Unchillfiltered
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Tasting notes:
Colour: bright gold. On the nose I get an immediate impression of a fresh summer fruit basket. Red apples, pears, gooseberries, strawberries, plums. Continue reading “Tasting: Glen Garioch 1990 21y cask 252 by “Archives””

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Tasting: Edradour 10y

edradour_10Dram data:
Distillery: Edradour
Bottler: Official Bottling
Distilled: –
Bottled: – (bought 2014 – no bottle code)
Age: 10 years
Limitation: –
Price at the time of purchasing: – (Miniature)
Casks: some sherry in the mix
Alcohol: 40%
Chillfiltered, no added colouring
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
light gold. On the nose I initially get a mix of light vanilla-honey sweetness mixed with herbs. Continue reading “Tasting: Edradour 10y”

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Tasting: Glengoyne 21y

Glengoyne_21Dram data:

Distillery: Glengoyne
Bottler: Official bottling
Distilled: –
Bottled: 03.12.2012 (lot-nr)
Age: 21 years
Limitation: unknown
Price at the time of purchasing: 93€
Cask: 100% Ex-Oloroso according to the Whiskybase
Alcohol: 46%
Chill filtered? (doesn’t say) & natural color
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Tasting notes:
The rich, dark, uncoloured appearance of the dram screams of the casks, the distillery’s known for: Sherry, sherry and sherry. Continue reading “Tasting: Glengoyne 21y”

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Tasting: Macduff 1989/2007 GM

macduff1989gmDram data:

Distillery: Macduff
Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail’s Connoisseurs Choice
Distilled: February 1989
Bottled: April 2007
Age: 18 years
Limitation: small batch
Price at the time of purchasing: 54€
Casks: Refill Sherry
Alcohol: 43%
Possibly Chillfiltered / no colouring added
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Tasting notes:
The colour is straw indicating the refill sherry casks were probably (at least partly) third-fill or had seen quite a long first-fill maturation. Continue reading “Tasting: Macduff 1989/2007 GM”

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Tasting: Tomatin 18

tomatin18Dram data:

Distillery: Tomatin
Bottler: Official bottling
Distilled: –
Bottled: around 2010? (bottle code 10/9453
Age: 18 years
Limitation: –
Price at the time of purchasing: 52€
Casks: Ex-bourbon / Oloroso Finish
Alcohol: 46%
Unchillfiltered / no colouring added
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Tasting notes:
On the nose I get vanilla sweetness, cinnamon, cardamom, orange zest, ginger, light honey, ripe white grapes, some spiciness from the oak coming through. Continue reading “Tasting: Tomatin 18”

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