On 20th January 2013 New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key returned 3 bottles of more than 100 year-old whisky to the Antarctic Heritage Trust in Antarctica. The 3 bottles are from whisky crates excavated from under explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s only Antarctic expedition base by Trust conservators in 2010. Continue reading
Bowmore – Batch 1, That Boutique-y Whisky Company. 48.7%. No Age Statement. Golden colour with an unmistakable kick of sherry and peat on the nose. This may not be immediately detectable as a Bowmore, however it’s most definitely an Islay dram through and through but there’s increased phenolic notes that some distillery bottlings of Bowmore’s don’t always have.
A good costal note that could come from further south on the island! Dried fruits soon make an appearance, dried apple, dates and plump raisins.
The nose and palate benefit from the craft presentation here giving a fuller experience than you don’t often get with a distillery bottled Bowmore.
Invergordon – Batch 1, That Boutique-y Whisky Company. 41.6%. Although there is no age statement for this release, I know this contains quite a lot of 41yo Invergordon. The bottle has a wonderful illustration of a Coffey still showing the process to produce a grain whisky.
The dram is light to medium gold in colour. At first it smells maybe higher ABV than it is, but at the back there is the unmistakable smell of grain and wood, nice old piles of woody goodness, like an ancient pencil has recently been sharpened. Notes of creamy vanilla come through as if you’ve dropped a good dollop of real vanilla Cornish clotted cream ice-cream into your dram. With a bit more time passing it appears some salt and pepper has been cracked on to the top.
Cragganmore 20yo/1991 cask 1146 MoM – 53.5% – Straw in colour, indicating bourbon finish. Classic dunnage warehouse smells; earthy, slightly woody and damp, and a big dollop of barley maltiness. A nice age on the palate, easy to drink as is. The palate follows very much on from the nose… It’s fairly thick, lightly fruity, a bit spicy and warming, the age seems to work perfectly for it. There’s a good long finish which is reasonably complex and moorish. Enjoyable dram with a slight tropical note at the end. Sadly now sold out / discontinued, but keep and eye out for any future similar bottlings. A classy, quality Speysider, I expect nothing else from the chaps at master of malt!
Benrinnes 14 Year Old MoM – 57.80%.
Rich gold colour.
Slightly woody nose, over ripe bananas, grapes and currents with plenty of natural brown demerara sugar; a general Speyside background note. Some vitality there for sure. Fairly thick and strong on the palate, a touch of water possibly needed. Slightly unusual taste, certainly something new to me. The over ripe bananas on the nose have turned into bananas on the palate that are almost rotten or at least heavily sun dried, although not yet actually quite dry.
Boxes Blend is a whisky put together by none other than Athlete bassist Carey Willets. The blend is named after his new solo project, an electro pop adventure that’s already garnering some great reviews. Continue reading
Benromach, Speyside’s smallest distillery, experienced exceptional sales growth in 2012 and its rise is set to continue with investment in a new bottling line in 2013. Continue reading
With Burns Night around the corner, Glen Garioch, one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries, is encouraging whisky enthusiasts to enjoy a single malt with their haggis to celebrate the life and poetry of the great Scottish bard, Robert Burns. Continue reading
Glenturret 34yo/1977 – MoM – 47.9%. Gold colour, fantastic nose, elegant not overly woody. On the palate fairly thick, a nice consistency that covers the whole mouth wonderfully, gently woody, fruity and spicy with the old age coming through wonderfully with a warming finish that goes on and on with all sorts of complex sweet notes. What a shame this is all sold out! So, so moreish, you just keep going back for more, and at a perfect drinking strength at NCS it goes down wonderfully easily. Whiffs of smoke at the back of the finish. 92+.