Review: Macallan 18yo / 1995

macallan18-1995Macallan – 18yo / 1995 – DB – 43%

Colour: Dark golden, copper and orange tints.

Nose: Heavy, pungent winter fruits, malt and balanced old wood notes with toffee vanilla caramel coming through after a while. Very pleasant and keeps you sniffing!

Palate: Smooth and gently spiced, light to medium oils with winter fruits and baked cooking apples. Finish: Fairly long and warming, the Christmas cake fruits continuing nicely for a good while. A surprisingly fresh note left with you.
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Review: Arran – The Devil’s Punchbowl Chapter II

Devil's Punch Bowl Chapter II - Angels & DevilsThe Devil’s Punchbowl Chapter II:
‘Angels & Devils’ – 53.1% abv.

You may have seen the recent news that Arran has released batch two of it’s Devil’s Punchbowl whisky, and if batch one’s release last year is anything to go by, then this will be a good one, well loved, and speedy to sell (and then hit the auctions).

So with those things in mind, let’s take a bit of a more in depth look at this dramming delight, made up of a batch of 27 casks of Arran malt whisky. Here’s my review…
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Glenmorangie Cask Masters samples up for grabs (by 19th July)!

GLE2265_POS_4_sheet_25%_AW.inddSo, have you heard of Glenmorangie’s Cask Masters experiment?
If not… go have a look here! http://caskmasters.glenmorangie.com/
Basically there’s three different types of cask that they want to bottle, and it’s up to us the dramming public to vote on which they’ll bottle!

This has been well supported in various large cities by tastings of the three casks to help people decide, but those of us who live in the sticks have to basically watch video’s to help us decide which dram we want to vote for.

But wait up… Glenmorangie have been kind enough to provide me with some samples, and there’s enough to go around! – Not much mind you… I have enough for 5 samples (that’s 5 x 3 of each cask).
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Review: Tomatin Decades

Tomatin Decades, 46% OB, 2011

tomatin-decades-whiskyTomatin created this special edition whisky to celebrate their (then) Master Distiller, Douglas Campbell MBE’s 50th year with the distillery and uses casks from each decade that have been selected by the man himself to create a unique single malt…. With 50 years of whisky to choose from you know it will be good!

The following casks were used to create this single malt:
1967 – Refill Sherry Hogshead
1976 – Oloroso Sherry Butts
1984 – Refill Sherry Hogsdeads
1990 – First Fill Bourbon Barrels
2005 – Fill Bourbon Barrels

Let’s crack on with the review…
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News: New Devilish Delight from Isle of Arran Distillers

Devil's Punch Bowl Chapter II - Angels & Devils

Award-winning Scotch whisky producer, Isle of Arran Distillers, has just released an unholy delight; The Devil’s Punch Bowl Chapter II.

The new dram, named Angels & Devils, is the second part of Arran’s trinity of ungodly spirits to darken our shores. It follows on from the original Chapter I, which sold out in record time when it was released last year.
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