Tasting: Bunnahabhain Peated 8 years MacPhail’s Collection

Bunnahabhain Peated 8 years MacPhail's Collection

Bunnahabhain Peated 8 years MacPhail's CollectionDram data:
Distillery: Bunnahabhain
Bottler: Gordon&MacPhail
Distilled: 2006
Bottled: 2015
Age: 8 years
Limitation: –
Casks: refill/first fill sherry hogsheads
Alcohol: 43%
chill filtered and uncoloured
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Tasting notes:
Colour: white wine
The nose opens with fragrant and well-integrated peat smoke. Not too phenolic – somewhere in between Bowmore and the south coast distilleries. Behind the layer of peat smoke we’ve got fresh oak vanilla sweetness, milk toffee, milk chocolate, brown shortbread which work in harmony with the peat influence. Supporting aromas in the background are a pinch of salt, crushed shells and the (positively) dirty aromas I often get in Bunnas – a hint of oil and earth. This is a surprisingly balanced, multi-faceted dram for 8 years! Continue reading “Tasting: Bunnahabhain Peated 8 years MacPhail’s Collection”

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Tasting: Bruichladdich Laddie Eight

Bruichladdich Laddie Eight

Bruichladdich Laddie EightDram data:
Distillery: Bruichladdich
Bottler: original bottling
Distilled: 10.03.2008
Bottled: 15.03.2016
Age: 8 years
Limitation: –
Casks: American and European oak
Alcohol: 50%
unchillfiltered and uncoloured
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
white wine
The nose opens on the fresh, light, almost “springtime” side. Honest fresh, young 8-year-old whisky. An initial hit of alcohol after pouring the dram, but it mellows down quickly. Citrus peel, sherbet lemon, green and white apples, pears, green Kiwi (but not sour), sour apple drops with a pinch of salt. And then there’s something else – Freshly sprung herbs, possibly and hint of vanilla but there are traces of other spices not found in American oak – a whiff of cinnamon stick and allspice. Continue reading “Tasting: Bruichladdich Laddie Eight”

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Tasting: Balmenach 8 yo 2006 – 2014 Rum Finish by Single Cask Collection

Balmenach 8 yo Rum Single Cask Collection

Balmenach 8 yo Rum Single Cask CollectionDram data:
Distillery: Balmenach
Bottler: Single Cask Collection
Distilled: 02.08.2006
Bottled: 30.09.2014
Age: 8 years
Limitation: 199 Bottles
Casks: Bourbon barrel and rum cask
Alcohol: 55%
unchillfiltered; uncoloured
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
copper
The nose is quite a bit high on the alcohol on the first whiff, with a noticeable rum influence underneath. A navy-strength alcoholic rum nose would be the best way to describe it. Also notes of fresh citrus, ginger, molasses, bitter cocoa/chocolate, fermented tea and white pepper. Hmmm… Where’s the malt whisky underneath? Continue reading “Tasting: Balmenach 8 yo 2006 – 2014 Rum Finish by Single Cask Collection”

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Tasting: Glentauchers 8y 2005 by Dewar Rattray

Glentauchers 2005 8 years by Dewar Rattray

Glentauchers 2005 8 years by Dewar RattrayDram data:
Distillery: Glentauchers
Bottler: Dewar Rattray
Distilled: 16.09.2005
Bottled: 17.09.2013
Age: 8
Limitation: 403
Cask: Sherry Puncheon 900389
Alcohol: 46%
unchillfiltered and uncoloured
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
gold
The nose opens with a very distinctive sweetness of honey and malt. Creamy toffee, milk chocolate, caramelised almonds and custard with a flowery (lilac, violets), powdery perfume note on top. Continue reading “Tasting: Glentauchers 8y 2005 by Dewar Rattray”

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Tasting Tomintoul 8y

Tomintoul 8 years, vintage bottle

Tomintoul 8 years, vintage bottleDram data:
Distillery: Tomintoul
Bottler: Original Bottling
Distilled: –
Bottled: Unknown / 1990s?
Age: 8
Limitation: –
Casks: –
Alcohol: 43%
probably chill filtered and coloured
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Tasting notes:
Colour:
reddish gold
The nose offers a rich, fragrant mixture of fruits and sweetness. Honey melon, honey, malty sweetness, ripe pears, apricots, mango, apricots, orange oil, custard, toffee, creamy hot chocolate.   Continue reading “Tasting Tomintoul 8y”

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