Tasting: Springbank Local Barley 16 yo 1999 – 2016

Tasting: Springbank Local Barley 16 yo 1999 - 2016

Tasting: Springbank Local Barley 16 yo 1999 - 2016Dram data:
Distillery: Springbank
Bottler: Original Bottling
Distilled: September 1999
Bottled: January 2016
Age: 16 years
Limitation: 9000 bottles
Casks: 80% Ex-Bourbon, 20% Ex-Sherry
Alcohol: 54.3%
unchillfiltered and uncoloured
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
barley gold
Springbank Local Barley. Those three words make a malt lovers’ heart beat faster. The old bottlings are legendary and after many years of waiting a new edition is out, with four more to follow in the upcoming years. The barley was grown a few miles south of Campbeltown on Low Machrimore farm. The barley variety used was Prisma – not particularly often heard of these days and I’m glad they mention these little details because the influence of barley on the whisky is rarely talked about these days, but it does exist – just ask a homebrewer – and why would it be different for whisky? This dram was, of course, also malted, distilled, matured and bottled in Campbeltown. A 100% local product. Except for the glass, cork and box… Right, on to the whisky then!
The nose opens on the light, delicate and mineral side. Quite a lot of bourbon in the mix and I can’t help but think of the sublime bourbon matured Kilkerran for a second – they’re sisters in spirit, but different enough. Very well-integrated peat smoke, on the smokier side as far as Springbanks go. A delicate hint of non-vulgar vanilla with wet beach pebbles, sewing machine oil, aromatic red and green apples, sweet pears, pear peel, slightly green gooseberries and apricots with a hint of apricot distillate (including kernels). Continue reading “Tasting: Springbank Local Barley 16 yo 1999 – 2016”

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Tasting: Glenfarclas 14y 1999-2014 for Kirchhellener Private Tasting Circle

Glenfarclas 14y 1999-2014 for Kirchhellener Private Tasting Circle

Glenfarclas 14y 1999-2014 for Kirchhellener Private Tasting CircleDram data:
Distillery: Glenfarclas
Bottler: Official (private) bottling
Distilled: 1999
Bottled: 2014
Age: 14 years
Limitation: 536 bottles
Casks: Refill Sherry Casks 7072 + 7080
Alcohol: 59,9%
unchillfiltered; uncoloured
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
light amber
The nose is immediately and undeniably influenced by the (refill) ex-sherry cask, more precisely the spicy influence of refill european oak. Oranges, orange zest, green grapes, grape and citrus fruit kernel bitterness, fresh ginger, fizzy orange soda, cough lozenges, star anise, tinned exotic fruits (without the sweetness), dark fruits in the background.
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Tasting: Talisker 10-11yr 1999 – 2010 Distiller’s Edition

Talisker 1999 - 2010 Distiller's Edition


Talisker 1999 - 2010 Distiller's EditionDram data:
Distillery: Talisker
Bottler: Official bottling
Distilled: 1999
Bottled: 2010
Age: 10-11 years
Limitation: –
Casks: Amoroso Finish
Alcohol: 45,8%
chillfiltered?; coloured
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
red gold (with a fake tan)
Amoroso is a PX-sweetened style of Oloroso sherry – let’s see what carried over from the casks into the whisky: The nose opens with – indeed – a noticeable influence from sweet sherry, but it is not overdone, integrating well into the Talisker style. What else? Continue reading “Tasting: Talisker 10-11yr 1999 – 2010 Distiller’s Edition”

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