Tasting: Hazelburn 2002-2014 12y by Cadenhead’s

Hazelburn 12 Cadenhead'sDram data:
Distillery: Springbank (special unpeated triple distillation)
Bottler: Cadenhead’s
Distilled: 2002
Bottled: July 2014
Age: 12
Limitation: 294 bottles
Cask: Bourbon Hogshead
Alcohol: 54,1%
Unchillfiltered, natural colour
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
Red Gold
The nose exhibits the same base character like the official 12-year-old Hazelburn I just tasted prior to this, but with a lot more cask influence. A light and fragrant base with notes of citrus, orange juice, orange oil, grapefruit, pepper, ginger and a dash of brine. Continue reading “Tasting: Hazelburn 2002-2014 12y by Cadenhead’s”

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Tasting: Hazelburn 12y

Hazelburn 12 Original BottlingDram data:
Distillery: Springbank (special unpeated triple distillation)
Bottler: Original Bottling
Distilled: –
Bottled: about 2014
Age: 12
Limitation: –
Casks: –
Alcohol: 46%
Unchillfiltered, natural colour
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
Gold
The nose is fresh, citrussy, delicate, just as you would expect from a triple distillation, a very rare production process these days. It is, however, only the distillate being light, you can tell it was matured in quality casks adding a nice layer of depth.
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Tasting: Wemyss Peat Chimney 12y

Wemyss Peat Chimney 12yo

Dram data:Wemyss Peat Chimney 12yo

Distilleries: undisclosed
Bottler: Wemyss Malts
Distilled: –
Bottled: 06.07.2011
Age: 12 years
Limitation: unknown
Price at the time of purchasing: ca. 35€
Cask: –
Alcohol: 40%
Chill filtered / Coloured
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
The usual artificial amber from too much E150(a).
On the nose it is smoky, all right. That’s the first impression I get. What kind of smoke? I’m guessing Islay by the hints of phenols and iodine. However before I really get to nose it, the smoke has already disappeared into the background, mingling with sweeter notes lying underneath. Continue reading “Tasting: Wemyss Peat Chimney 12y”

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Tasting: Bowmore 12y

bowmore_12Dram data:
Distillery: Bowmore
Bottler: Official Bottling
Distilled: –
Bottled: – (bought 2014 – no bottle code)
Age: 12 years
Limitation: –
Price at the time of purchasing: – (Miniature)
Casks: –
Alcohol: 40%
Chillfiltered, coloured
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
E150. On the nose I get a whiff of aromatic smoke, not too little, not too much, intermingled with an immediate vanilla-cream and honey sweetness. Continue reading “Tasting: Bowmore 12y”

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Tasting: Redbreast 12 Cask Strength

redbreast_12_CSDram data:

Distillery: Midleton
Bottler: Official bottling
Distilled: –
Bottled: Batch 1 /04.04.2012
Age: 12 years
Limitation: unknown
Price at the time of purchasing: 63€
Casks: Sherry
Alcohol: 58.6%
Unchillfiltered
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Tasting notes:
For a sherry cask matured whiskey (according to the label) the colour is relatively light (a dark red-gold). The nose is initially met with a big amount of alcohol – no wonder, looking at the bottling strength. Continue reading “Tasting: Redbreast 12 Cask Strength”

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Tasting: Strathisla 12

strathisla_12Dram data:

Distillery: Strathisla
Bottler: Official Bottling
Distilled: –
Bottled: 24.09.2013 – code LGS1373
Age: 12 years
Limitation: –
Price at the time of purchasing: 32€
Casks: –
Alcohol: 40%
Most likely chillfiltered due to the strength / no colouring added (?)
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Tasting notes:
The colour is a reddish copper – I bought this in Germany so the addition of colourant should be noted (not to be found). The nose is fruity fresh (think summer fruit basket), I get fresh vanilla, lemon rind, lemon juice, orange oil, banana, fresh figs, hints of tropical fruits like mango and a slight maltiness. Continue reading “Tasting: Strathisla 12”

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