At June's meeting we rocked up with 20 bottles. This was not an evening for the feint hearted. A mixture of Scottish, Irish, Indian & Australian bottles produced and evening where each visitor got to try a nice range of bottles. Originally intended to be 5 drams each this soon changed to 6 or 7.
Personally, I didn't take any tasting notes during the evening but I did have a very good time.
Below is a list of the bottles that were made available on the night.
The Glenlivet Nadurra
Balvenie single barrel 15
Glencadam 10 yr
Glen Moray Chardonnay cask
Bruichladdich Scottish Barley
Aberlour A'Bunadh batch 50
Paul John Edited
Hellyers road roaring fourties
Glen Marnoch 18
May saw us tasting 5 different cask strength bottles. These were as follows:
Tormore 15 Yr - 57.4%
We started with a lesser know distillery. Tormore. Owned by Pernod Ricard this expression is a 15 yr cask strength bottled by Chivas brothers.
Nose is sweet with caramel, fragrant with barley and vanilla. It is very appealing.
The palate starts with warming spice, white pepper, barley with sweetness.
Finish lingers and is a good medium length.
Water suppresses the nose but brings out the sweetness and spice so worth doing. Quality, I will be looking out for more Tormore. Nice drop. Honestly, very drinkable by any standards.
Glenallachie 6 yr - 55.2%
This is a cask strength bottled at 55.2%
Pale straw in colour the nose is sweet, apple, dried fruit, sherried fruit, tobacco with musty notes.
The palate is spicy, fruity, vanilla, chocolate with white pepper.
Medium finish. Adding a few drops of water accentuates the sweetness.
This bottle was out of its depth in this company. It was pleasant but not good enough to stand against some of the others on the night. Interestingly, previous outing rated it well coming 3rd of 5 with a respectable' score.
The Glenlivet Nadurra - 63.1%
Big brand, big name, big flavours!
The nose is sweet honey, vanilla apples and not surprisingly strong alcohol.
Palate of sweet vanilla, citrus, tropical fruits and water brings on a stronger taste of banana.
The finish has oak spice but is fairly short considering how powerful it is on the palate.
It is very drinkable, and water smoothes it out nicely.
Aberlour ~A'Bunadh Batch 50 - 59.6%
Matured exclusively in spanish oloroso cask between 5 - 25 years this is a classic drop. Since 97 Aberlour have been releasing batches of this each with their own unique profiles. A staple amongst many whisky drinkers cabinets and one to look out for.
Very dark colour. Burnt caramel.
The nose is sherry, oak leather and dark fruits.
The palate is not as good as the nose. It's spicy, drying, sherry but dry oak runs through it. Add water! it does soften and mellow the oak and makes it much more drinkable and pleasant.
Dont be fooled, its a cracking drop but neat its just too much.
Finish is long and spicy but this batch is not as solid as previous such as 37 or 42.
Lagavulin 12 yr 2011 special release 55.1%
This had to come last, its too flavourful to follow on from. The classic Lagavulin flavour profiles that make it a marmite whisky. Love it or loathe it you cannot mistake it.
The nose is wonderful, soft yet powerful. smoke, salt, brine, peat, sweetness.
Palate - Huge rolling flavours which match the nose. Sea salt, smoke, peat, sweetness but beautifully matched.
The finish lasts for ever, long and incredibly smoky like a bonfire.
If you havent tried it then look out for this one.
And the winner is...
As is tradition we each list the bottles in order of preference. Then we attribute points accordingly. 5 points for 1st down to 1 point for last.
Lagavulin 21 points
Tormore 18 points
Glenlivet 16 points
Aberlour 12 points
Glenallachie 8 points
The Lagavulin was a clear and deserved winner. Biggest surprise was the Tormore. Biggest disappointment the Aberlour (not because it wasn't good but because expectation was so high) but i think 6 months in the bottle may bring it on leaps and bounds. We shall see.
The 5 bottles from April were all under 9 yrs aged, single malt Scotch and were rich in flavour. We tried to go from lesser known distilleries instead of the usual suspects.
The bottles were...
Bottle 1... Glenrothes. Bottled at 40% it is pale in the glass, fairly good legs. The nose offered oak, green apples, malty notes and a sweet honey.
The palate is spicy and peppery with vanilla and biscuity notes.
The finish is short but it makes it very easy drinking. Adding water steals the fruity sweetness but mellows the peppery spice. Overall a very pleasant dram.
Bottle 2...Glengoyne. Bottled at 46% this is non chill filtered (NCF) and bottled after 7 yrs maturation.
The nose was grassy, citrus and a rubber note. It was slightly off note.
Palate was better with pear, rubber, warm spice and some bitter oak.
The finish was slightly drying with warm spice. Adding water softened the mouthfeel but enhanced the synthetic sweetness.
Personally I didn't rate this very much but I have liked Glengoyne in the past so wonder if a bit more time to oxidise would bring this up a notch or two.
Bottle 3... Craigellachie
8 yr premier barrel
Bottled at 46%
Colour: Pale amber gold
The nose is malty, dry, spicy, citrus notes, cinnamon and cut grass.
The palate is warm spices, honey and vanilla. The finish is soft and smooth with a medium length.
Top drawer stuff, well worth sourcing a bottle of this.
Bottle 4... Glenallachie 6 yr
This is a cask strength bottled at 55.2%
Pale straw in colour the nose is sweet, apple, dried fruit, sherried fruit, tobacco with musty notes.
The palate is spicy, fruity, vanilla, chocolate with white pepper.
Medium finish. Adding a few drops of water accentuates the sweetness.
8 yr old, NCF bottled at 46%
This is the weirdest whisky I have ever seen. It is an independent bottle so not an official distillery expression. It is dark brown. Cloudier than a pint of real ale. That aside a nice drop although it split the group slightly on opinion.
Nose is soft, fruity, red liquorice & barley.
Palate is lightly spiced, soft grain, vanilla, barley, brown sugar.
Finish is sweet, medium short, lingering light spice.
You should see the picture below... must be seen to be believed.
...and the winner is?
At the end of each meeting we vote on the bottles to see which we liked the most. The scoring system is simple. 5 points for the one you likemost, 4 points for the next and so on.
The scores are as follows:
Our March meeting was a celebration of Irish Whiskey. A week ahead of St. Patricks day we lined up a variety of bottles to see which we liked the best.
Lockes 8 Yr Old
Named after one of the previous owners of the Old Kilbeggan Distillery (halfway between Dublin and Galway) this is a single malt and bottled at 40%. Light gold in colour with Citrus fruits, vanilla and honey on the nose, probably best summed up as biscuity. Tasting offered a very distinct almond taste with some sweetness reminiscent of a macaroon biscuit, some maltiness there as well and very smooth on the palate. A medium finish - quite sweet with some saltiness right at the end. Interestingly Locke’s is a combination of peated and unpeated whiskies, but no-one present identified any peatiness.
Named after a famous racehorse this is a non-age statement single malt whisky, double distilled and bottled at 40% and, like the Locke’s, a light gold in colour. Interesting aromas of vanilla, acetone and honeysuckle (someone said!). Some warmth in the mouth with hints of apple and a flavour identified by some as “sponge cake” - maybe a little on the bland side. A medium, drying, finish with some pepper at the end.
Bushmills 10 Yr old
Bushmills 10 yr is from the only distillery in Northern Ireland. With history stretching back to 1608 they have a heritage to be proud of (even if they didn't actually become an official distillery until 1784)
This is an easy to drink crowd pleaser. It is simple, light and goes down very easily. Whilst that is all good, it means it lacks depth and complexity if that it what you seek.
Nose is light, fruity, sweet with banana. On the palate it is clean, fruity and smooth. Floral and easy drinking. You can tell it has been triple distilled from its soft mouthfell and smooth texture. The finish is short but moreish. I would say its best feature is the nose.
Teeling - Single Malt
The Teeling distillery is the first new distillery in Dublin for over 125 years. Their single malt expression is a vatting of 5 different wine cask finish whiskeys (Sherry, Port, Madeira, White Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon) bottled at 46% (now we’re getting there!). As all the different finishes come from the same distillery this is termed a “single malt”. The nose is very pleasing with notes of vanilla, some Bakewell tart type jamminess and citrus fruits. Slight oiliness to the plate with some marmalade and some spice. Rounded off by a medium length finish of slight sweetness and slight saltiness.
Redbreast 12 yr old
I don’t know what this one was named after – I could hazard a guess, but it would probably be wrong! Redbreast was Jim Murrays Irish whiskey of the year in 2010 (96/100) and is produced at the old Midleton distillery using one of the few Irish single pot stills. Bottled at 40% and a dark gold in colour. A lovely sherried nose with vanilla and dark fruits, some berries, some hay, some oats. The smooth sherry comes through in the taste with the characteristic dark fruits and caramel. The finish is long with a lingering sweetness.
Green Spot - Pot Still
he name originated from the distiller’s practice of marking casks of different ages with a daub or spot of coloured paint. Although this is a NAS whiskey it is allegedly made from a mixture of 8-9YO whiskeys with 25% finished in a sherry cask. Green Spot was described by Jim Murray as "unquestionably one of the world's great whiskeys." Light gold in colour and bottled at 40%. The nose gives up citrus and floral notes and green apple. A rich and full bodied taste with vanilla, spiciness and sherry sweetness followed by a long slightly spicy finish.
Of the 6 bottles on the night they clearly fell into 2 groups with Teeling, Green Spot and Redbreast in a class of their own.
When asked to vote, each member ranks the bottles from first to last (1-6) with 1 point for last and 6 points for first.
1. Teeling 53 points
2. Green Spot 50 points
3. Redbreast 46 points
4. Bushmills 29 points
5. Tyrconnell 15 points
6. Lockes 14 points
So, the winner is.... Teeling.
A well deserved winner with some stiff competition.
Tasting Notes by Sean McCarrick
February saw our 3rd blind tasting night. An ever popular format which allows you to try whisky with out any preconceptions. Removing the brand and marketing hype you are faced with unmarked bottles and glasses and you simply have to see which ones you like and why.
As a bit of fun we also throw in a few questions to see if you can guess the age, region, distillery, ABV and cost. To get these correct is astonishingly difficult but then it makes it even sweeter when you get some of these points right.
Expression: 10 year old
This is very pale in the glass, definitely a natural colour, NCF (non chill filtered). Short legs. The nose is floral, grassy with sharp green apples. Hint of sawdust and synthetic pear drops. Sweet.
The mouth feel is very soft. Initial hit of pepper and spiced oak that evolves into apples, vanilla and sharp barley. The finish has a peppery bite with more barley and is fairly short.
A pleasant drop and a good example of a Highland single malt. It is well made and good value for money.
Rated 95 by Jim Murray in the 2015 Whisky Bible.
Expression: Connoisseurs Choice 14 yr old
Distilled 1999, bottled 2013.
This particular expression from Strathmill Distillery was matured in 1st fill ex bourbon barrels. It was independently bottle by G&M (Gordon & MacPhail). Straw gold in the glass, NCF. The nose is sweet vanilla, almonds with hints of lemon and subtle cinnamon. The palate is peppery initially with lime and milk chocolate flavours followed by stewed plums and oak.
The finish is short - medium and I think the nose is the best element and over sells the flavour slightly .
Rated 94.5 by Jim Murray in the 2015 Whisky Bible.
Expression: Connoisseurs Choice 13 year old
Distilled 2000, bottled 2013.
Macduff distillery was established in the early 1960's by a consortium of Glasgow based whisky brokers and businessmen. The official bottling’s are branded as “Glen Deveron”.
This particular expression from Macduff Distillery was matured in Refill sherry hogsheads. Golden straw in colour this is NCF. The nose is sweet peach and pear with vanilla. Slight hint of rubber and toasted nuts. The palate has a hint of sherry, sweet vanilla, apples, peppered oak bite (not bitter) with barley present throughout.
The finish is medium and has a spiced and slightly drying note. Very drinkable and good value.
Rated 95.5 by Jim Murray in the 2015 Whisky Bible.
Expression: 20 year old
Distilled 1994, bottled 2014.
Founded 1897. Mothballed 1985 – 1989. Malts from this distillery are rarely bottled as they are used primarily in blends. The first official bottling was launched 2000 and this bottle is a semi-official (distillery label) release by Gordon & MacPhail.
This is the darkest in colour of the 4. Colour is amber and the nose is big. Dark fruits, heavy with fudge and caramel. Very malty with a sherry undertone. Vanilla is there too.
Mouth feel is soft and sweet. White pepper, sweet oak, sherry with a hint of smoke. Malty and delicious.
The finish is medium with a soft and sweet peppery finish. Very drinkable and the most complex of the night. This is the most accomplished of the 4 bottles.
Rated 96.5 by Jim Murray in the 2015 Whisky Bible.
As a club we don't score the bottles as such. I included the Jim Murray scores as a point of interest but as always these are just one man's opinion. In true SWC fashion at the end of the evening we had a democratic vote on which we liked the most.
1st Glentauchers 20 Yr - Bottle 4
2nd MacDuff 13 yr - Bottle 3
3rd Glencadam 10 yr - Bottle 1
4th Strathmill 14 - Bottle 2
In terms of value for money the MacDuff is 25% less expensive that the Glentauchers so I would suggest they are neck and neck.
As expected these are hard to find and fairly obscure bottles so guessing the distillery was always going to be near-impossible. However, the group did well and nailed the ABV of each and did really well guessing the regions and prices.
Blog Notes – 13 Jan 2015 - Written by Sean McCarrick
The first meeting of 2015 has set a high standard for the rest of the year. Three excellent whiskies were showcased – a Signatory bottling of 22 YO Ben Nevis bottled at 46% ABV, a bottle of Inchmurrin 18 YO at 46% distilled at the Loch Lomond distillery, and a bottle of Glendronach 15 YO also at 46%. All of these bottles retail at around £55. A bottle of Glen Marnoch 18 YO 40% ABV remaining from a previous meeting made up an enticing foursome.
Signatory Ben Nevis – Light gold in appearance with some grassy and citrus fruit notes; oak developing when a few drops of water are added. Very smooth on the palate, some pepper with hints of light fruit and oak followed by a medium finish of lingering pepper and oak. A whisky to share with good friends.
Inchmurrin – Very light straw in colour, maybe suggesting that it wasn’t matured in first fill casks and certainly no added artificial colour. A vaguely unpleasant nose reminiscent of rotting vegetative matter, maybe a seaweed strewn shore – one of us summed it up as old boat rope! The taste was, in contrast, surprisingly complex and mellow with citrus fruits, toast, and blossom underlined by a slight saltiness and a lingering finish. A whisky for contemplation.
Glendronach – This is a highly regarded whisky and it didn’t disappoint. Matured in Oloroso sherry casks this is a real sherry monster with trademark dark fruit and toffee on the nose. Very smooth on the palate with raisins, figs and toffee coming through strongly - almonds in there too. A sweet and pleasing finish rounded the experience off very nicely. A whisky to savour.
Glen Marnoch – A bit of a wild card this one, hailing from an un-named distillery and sold by Aldi at the princely sum of £25 a bottle. Golden in colour with sherry notes to the nose - maybe a touch of bubble-gum and some musty notes there as well. Reasonably sweet in the mouth with dark fruit flavours coming through and a middling slightly peppery finish. All in all a little one- dimensional. A whisky for adding to the Christmas cake or pouring over the pudding!
With three splendid whiskies in contention the straw poll at the end of the evening was always going to be very interesting. In first place with a comfortable margin was the Glendronach. Second place was very close with Ben Nevis taking it by the smallest margin from the Inchmurrin. Languishing in fourth place was the Glen Marnoch. Don’t let that put you off – it was in very accomplished company and if you’re looking for a cheap 18YO whisky you won’t go far wrong.
As our December meeting drew to a close we wrapped up another fun year with Stroud Whisky club. Over the course of 2014 we made new friends and tried over 50 bottles from 12 countries. We have distillery hosted tastings with Glenfarclas and Penderyn which were both absolutely fantastic.
The support of The Ram Inn cannot be overstated. The venue is perfect, the food amazing and the staff are so helpful.
The December meeting is always fun as it is a time to bring back some of the bottles we have tried throughout the year. This is a great way to revisit old friends or try ones that you might have missed throughout the year. To see the whole list you would need to read through the monthly bogs below but the ones that made it to the party were as follows:
These were split into 5 groups of which everyone got to choose one to drink. After that there was also the opportunity to try ones that might have been missed.
It was more of a social then a structured tasting night but a lot of fun with good Whisky and good company.
The theme for the meeting was World Whisky. Following our distillery hosted tasting evening with Penderyn it seems fair to say that some of the best Whisky in the world comes from unexpected sources. Scotland has the most distilleries producing single malt but there are many other countries who are producing high quality whisky too.
The bottles tasted were as following:
Sweden - Mackmyra Preludium 06
Australia (Tasmania) - Hellyers Road Original 'Roaring 40's'
Holland- Millstone 5 Yr Peated
India - Paul John Edited
Taiwan - Kavalan Concertmaster
Mackmyra - Preludium 06
This expression was composed Barbro Hyllengren, who is the Distillery Visitor Manager at Mackmyra. Preludium:06 is a blend of smoky malt, stored for four years in first fill ex- bourbon casks. This base flavour is then augmented with whisky that has been stored in new, 100-litre American oak casks and bourbon casks, as well as some other selected casks.
This expression is bottled at 50.5% which, according to the blurb on the bottle, is for optimal flavour.
Pale straw in colour with real sparkle.
Flasknumber 27606. For those that speak Swedish it was Buteljerad (bottled) 06.11.2007.
Nose of smoke, vanilla, floral notes, citrus, caramel, peat, stewed cooking apples, and poppy seed bread.
Palate: Smoke, bbq, limes, vanilla.
Finish is medium, slight spice tang.
It lacks depth and whilst the flavours are good it seems slightly unsure of what it is supposed to be.
Hellyers Road Distillery was established in 1997 and is Australia's largest distiller of Australian single malt whisky. It is based on the Northern shore of Tasmania and the entry level release is named after the 'Roaring Forties' winds which bring in the rainwater used in the production of the whisky, this is matured in American white oak barrels.
This is bottled at 40%, NCF and uncoloured, very pale in the glass.
The nose is unusual, oak, slight antiseptic, grape juice, floral notes and apples.
The palate gives a completely different whisky. Bitter coffee (in a good way), dark chocolate (high % cacao), citrus and vanilla.
It is soft in the mouth but slightly to thin. I would love to try a 46% expression of this.
The finish lingers and has a slightly drying quality. Medium in length with chocolate undertones.
It mellows nicely in the glass and I will be interested to see how it changes over time in the bottle.
Millstone - Peated
This bottle comes in a lovely black wooden hinged case. The bottle is wide shouldered, 700ml frosted glass. The thing I can't understand before I have even tasted the whisky is why they would go to all this trouble in terms of presentation and then use the cheapest, most light weight plastic cork with balsa wood stopper top. It feels so incredibly cheap you can hardly believe it came off this very same bottle (but i can forgive this).
Other than that it is nicely done. Another thing I like is the fact that they use windmills to mill the malted barley the traditional way. Hence the the name, Millstone.
Bright gold in colour, nose of peat, smoke, sweet vanilla, stewed apricots.
The mouth feel is clean and light. Smoke upfront followed by candied fruit and a pepper tang.
Finish is long, smoky and mellow.
Bottle number 1645, cask 65, distilled 05.02.2005, bottled 25.05.2012. They call is a 5 yr but clearly this is nearer 7 years. In the Netherlands the angels share is apparently 4-5% so it matures faster than Scotch.
I like this a lot, well made and very drinkable.
Paul John - Edited
I am a big fan of the Brilliance and the cask strength series expressions from PJ distilleries. I found them really well put together, very drinkable with fruity flavour profiles and enjoyable. As the temperature in Goa reaches 40'C the angels share is 12%. This means that maturation occurs very quickly and even though this is NAS I am told that it is 4-5 yrs in age. Matured in first-fill American oak ex-bourbon barrels (from distilleries including Jack Daniels and Buffalo Trace) this is well planned. All of the ingredients are from India with the exception of the peat (which is imported from Islay). The barley is 6-row Himalayan barley rather than the standard 2 row variant used in most other whiskies.
I have no idea if E150 is used but suspect it maybe, I would be interested to find out for sure.
Bright Gold in the glass the nose offers soft smoke, leather, apples, mint and barley Palate: You get a hit of peat and smoke upfront which has a slightly bitter tang to it before moving through to barley and spiced fruits. The finish is fairly long with pepper and spice.
I know Jim Murray divides opinion but he gave this 96.5 in his 2014 bible and I don't see it. I like it but, for me, it is not anywhere near a 96.5 It is nice but it is not epic. Also, it is not as nice as the Brilliance which I think is very good (JM gave that 94). I suspect that even though John Paul make more Whisky than Scotland they have not mastered the use of peat and some so whilst it is good, it is not a accomplished as Longrow or many of the big Islay distilleries.
It does improve with time in the glass so be sure to give it time to breathe.
Kavalan - Concertmaster
This is a good example of Taiwanese Whisky. It is finished on Portugese port casks, both Ruby, Tawny and Vintage Port. It has a golden tawny colour but there is no E150 added, it's all natural.
The nose is sweet, rich and fruity. Sticky dates, plums and dark fruits.
The palate offers toffee and is gently warming. There are rich fruits including mango and berries. There is a strong port influence which you would expect.
The finish it short and sweet. It has a freshness and ends with a slightly bitter spiced tang.
It's nice but it's not rounded enough. The idea is good, the execution is not quite there. Worth trying but lacking the finesse needed to be a "great".
October saw Penderyn join us at Stroud Whisky Club. This has been a meeting in the making for some time. I must confess Penderyn had been high on our priority list ever since visiting the distillery. I love the fact the core range is bottled at 46%, it really adds quality and punch to the finished product.
New Make Spirit
Not much to say on this, it varies from 88% - 92% ABV. It has a strong nose with a real punch, musty but also apricots. It is, as you would imagine, almost overpowering with alcohol. Not something you would sip for enjoyment but amazing to experience as you can see the profile carry on throughout the range.
This is the flagship expression, the best selling and the best well known. Bottled at 46% it really sparkles in the glass. The nose is fruity with honey, raisins, plums, floral notes and vanilla.
On the palate you get oak, pepper and sherried fruits with a medium long sweet finish which is slightly drying.
This expression is made from using Buffalo Trace casks initially and then finished in Madeira casks. Whilst it is a "no age statement" (NAS) it is aged for 4-6 years before bottling.
The nose is oak, raisins and vanilla. On the palate the wood follows through, there is a dusty element and even though it is not a peated or smoked malt there is a smoky influence to it. The tang bites in the middle of the tongue, oak tanins, pepper, fruits which linger.
I don't like this as much but then personal taste is just that. This expression is made by storing spirit in ex-bourbon (Buffalo Trace) casks and some spirit in Oloroso casks. 30% of the spirit for this expression spends most of its life in Oloroso casks. This explains the oak tanins and stronger pepper as this would be European oak which gives less sweetness and vanilla that the Quercus alba White American oak casks.
As with the previous two expressions this is bottled at 46% and it makes a difference. The colour is pale straw with a real sparkle. The nose has a faint wisp of smoke and iodine. In the glass there is an oily viscosity that you often associate with older malts. You get vanilla, citrus, honey, slightly floral and then gentle smoke.
The finish has a twist of cooling peppermint as the smoke gently fades.
This is not an Islay and doesn't try to be. Normally when you see the word "peated" you think Ardbeg, Lagavulin, and the big flavours of Islay.
This is a different beast. It is aged in ex-bourbon barrels first and then ex-peated casks. I have it on extremely good authority that these are Buffalo Trace followed by Laphroaig quarter casks. The fact that the spirit is not actually peated but the peat influence is through barrel finish adds a lovely dimension and subtly. (Out of the core range, this is my favourite expression.)
This expression was launched at Whisky Live in Paris in 2014 but is actually a rebrand of an old expression, Penderyn 41. It is bottled at 41% and the first Penderyn expression to have a dragon on it.
The nose is vanilla, sweet honey, tropical fruits and creamy. The palate is light, sweet, musty, apricots but after the previous at 46% feels thin. The finish is short & sweet with a pepper bite.
Bourbon Cask B227
Every now and again the Penderyn Master Distiller will select one or two of the very best Penderyn casks. They assert these are chosen as outstanding examples of their single malt whisky and are used to create limited edition Single Cask editions.
We had bottle 196/238 of cask B227. The spirit is distilled in a unique Faraday still to 92%ABV. We were told by the distiller (Laura) that this was casked at 63.4% and bottled at 63.2%. This is interesting as you would normally expect angels share of 2% and it is 6 yr matured in 2nd fill hogshead (Buffalo Trace) bourbon casks.
The nose is amazing. Sweet, vanilla, malt, spiced oak, big floral note, a faint waft dry spices. It has rich luscious fruity notes of peaches and apricots. It is a compelling nose that really opens up with time in the glass.
On the palate it is smooth and slightly oily. It drinks very well and the vanilla, floral notes and juicy fruits push to the front.
The finish has a peppery bite and mid tongue tang.
There is no doubt this was a great cask and the whisky drinks really well. My favourite element is the nose.
There is no doubting the quality of the Whisky produced by Penderyn. For anyone who still thinks that Scotland is the best in the world at producing Whisky, this is a reality check. They produce Whisky that will challenge that perception and change a lot of minds. I really rate all of the expressions (and possibly with the exception of Legend), believe in blind taste tests £ for £ they would win many a blind taste test.
For me the Bourbon cask stood head and shoulders above the rest but this is a real treat and not an everyday dram. Fro mthe core range they are all good but personally, I rate the peated as the best. Either way, they are all very definitely worth trying and we thank Penderyn for everything they did for us.
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