Article: Deconstructing Wood’s Rum

woods 100 old navy rumDeconstructing Wood’s Rum – #WoodsTT

I’m lucky enough to have been involved with a Twitter Tasting, looking at Wood’s Rum… and deconstructing it’s three component parts, tasting them separately before then trying the finished article… not something you get to do every day! Firstly, let’s quickly review what and who Woods are:

“Woods has been around since 1887 and was first created in the docks at Liverpool. Back then it was a company called The Woods Trading Co. who had ships coming in from all over the world. They had barrels of rum coming in on their ships and they seized an opportunity and a trade agreement was set up to import 3 different marques of rum and Woods was born. Woods is unchanged and sticking to our traditions is a key part of what we do. We are a traditional Navy style rum, a Demerara rum, a Navy strength rum, and a Dark rum.”

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Review: Cù Bòcan 2005

cu bocan 2005 bottleCù Bòcan 2005 Vintage Limited Edition – 50% abv

Info: Bottled at 50% abv, this whisky is stronger than its core range counterpart, and is matured in ex-Bourbon and Sherry casks. 11,400 bottles, limited edition. Over 11 years old.
Colour: Sprightly and golden.
Nose: Very light smoke here, the dominant nose being a heady mix american and european oaks, of bourbon and sherry. There’s a slight farm nose, followed by cream & mushed autumn fruits, and dying fire embers.
Palate: At 50% this is still surprisingly easy on your palate, although the higher abv and the use of european oak help to give a nice drop of spices along with the other mushed fruit notes.
Finish: The finish is creamy, and long, with just a mere hint of the peaty puffs left hanging around. Lots of flavours to explore.
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Review: Tomatin 9yo, 14yo & 21yo

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In August, Tomatin Distillery launched a trio of special edition bottlings including a 14 year old Cabernet Sauvignon, 9 year old Caribbean Rum and 21 year old Oloroso Sherry single malt.

Let’s look at their individual information, and my review of them all…

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New Whisky Term: Cash Strength

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Just a quick post this one… but today I seem to have accidentally invented a new term: “Cash Strength”. This generally refers to new releases that *aren’t* Cask Strength, but certainly appear to priced as if they were! 🙂 I’ll be attempting to use this terminology from now on…

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Review: Loch Lomond Single Grain Scotch Whisky

Loch Lomond Single Grain BottleLoch Lomond Single Grain Scotch Whisky – 46% abv

Info: Loch Lomond Single Grain Scotch Whisky. Distilled with malted barley (like a single malt), but distilled in a coffey still rather than the usual pot still, hence why it has to be called Single Grain. Non Chill Filtered, 46% abv.

Colour: Light summer straw with golden sunlight.

Nose: Light but oily, packed full of sweet citrus tones and a little grist. Candy floss. Backed up by a little american oak, and the nutty notes that can bring with it. Slightly buttery.

Palate: Oily and buttery, with plenty of sweetness and hints of spice. There’s a slight metallic note to it which soon fades. Hints of wispy smoke, probably from cask char along with spices.

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Review: Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated

Glenglassaugh Octaves PeatedGlenglassaugh Octaves Peated – 44% abv

Info: Bottled at 44% abv. It’s non chill filtered and has natural colour. Matured in small Octave casks.
Colour: Sun golden straw.
Nose: Similar to the Octaves Classic, the nose is packed full of flavours to explore, lead by beautiful heathery dry peat notes backed up by fruits (apricots).
Palate: Similar to Octave Classic, this is much smoother on your palate than the nose might lead you to expect, in a good way. It has thick, creamy oils, and is lead by the sweet heathery peat, cracked pepper and boiled sweets.
Finish: The finish is fairly long because of the peat; at the back it’s a fight between the peat and newer oaky tones.
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Review: Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic

Glenglassaugh Octaves ClassicGlenglassaugh Octaves Classic – 44% abv

Info: Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic is non chill filtered, with natural colour and at 44% abv.
Colour: Medium golden, ripe straw.
Nose: Sweet and strong, lots of good flavours for your nose to check out. Many of the notes are quite light and sprightly, grassy and somewhat citrusy.
Palate: Lighter introduction to your tongue than you may have suspected from the nose. It’s light, slightly sparkly, gently spiced and there’s sweet tones from both the younger age of the malt, but also the malt and the casks. There’s a boiled sweet thing (or candy if you’re from the US); apples and pears.
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