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Monthly Archives: May 2010

Stronachie 12 yr.
43%
 
colour: rich gold.
nose: sweet friuts; dried apricot, peach, grape, warm apple, honey, vanilla, dry peat, nutty, heather, balanced, appealing.
palate: sweet, coating, touch of spice.
finish: quite sweet, fruits, nuts, dry peat, honey, caramel, vanilla, spice, medium finish.
 
notes: a nice dram. not huge though good flavour, balance, I’ll have another please!
Ardbeg Almost There
54.1%
distilled 1998, bottled 2007, 3rd release
 
colour: very pale gold.
nose: gentle citrus/lime blending into the sweet peat and smoke, soft oak, sea spray, integration coming along nicely, attractive, soft nose.
palate: sweet, coating, spice/abv buzz
finish: trademark Ardbeg emerging, citrus/lime integrating with big peat and smoke, salty sea spray, soft oak, vanilla tones, touch of honey & caramel, long finsh, complex and balanced.
 
notes: this whisky just keeps getting better, no wonder the ‘new’ Ardbeg 10 scores so high (I’m not really that big on markings myself, though I’ve had the new 10 and it’s a stunning dram), this whisky has all the trademarks of the 10, not quite there but then that’s why it’s called….Almost There! Get as many of the series as you can. Well done Ardbeg for a fun look at a developing whisky!
Ardbeg Still Young
Committee Approved, 2nd release, 56.2%
distilled 1998, bottled 2006
 
colour: very pale gold.
nose: peat, salty sea spray, citrus/lime, smoke starting to join together in classic Ardbeg style, still a little fractured in the nose (it’s STILL young though =oP), oak, vanilla, chalk. I find it attractive, complexity forming.
palate: coating, sweet, peat
finish: quite sweet, peaty, smokey, citrus/lime, oak, vanilla, some spice, long finish, abv is noticeable though not too hot.
 
notes: just a small sip and you get a big impact, it’s as mentioned; a little fragmented and not as integrated as it will be with further aging though this is still a whopper of a dram, big, powerful, complexity forming and good flavours. Awesome next stage in development.
Ardbeg Very Young
58.3%
distilled 1998, bottled 2004
 
colour: very light gold.
nose: big peat, phenols, smoke, citrus, gentle yet brooding, abv noticeable, oak, vanilla, toffee, decent balance.
palate: coating, abv, touch dry.
finish: big peat and smoke, phenols, sea spray, oak, vanilla, abv noticeable, long finish, some complexity makes for decent ending.
 
notes: this is going to be a great whisky, right now, it’s young and one notices that fact, however, it’s still a great whisky even at this stage. it has some balance, complexity and flavours are getting primed to show their muscles. not readily available though if you get the chance, jump on it, history in the making.
touch of water helps to open this whisky up and it tastes even better.
Ardbeg 17 yr. old
43%
 

colour: gold.

nose: citrus; lime & orange zest, soft peat & smoke, sea spray, gentle oak, vanilla, gentle, well balanced.

palate: sweetness, lighter than most Ardbegs

finish: gentle peat, smoke, good citrus flavour, oak, vanilla, soft caramel, long finish.

 notes: this is a great whisky, softer than most Ardbegs, citrus has more of a stage, balance, complexity and flavour make this a terrific dram. I’d buy another bottle in a heartbeat. Two thumbs up!

Ardbeg 1977
46%
 

 

colour: gold

nose: rich peat & smoke, citrus, oak, honey, vanilla, sea spray, soft toffee, depth and balance are brilliant, very appealing, one could get lost in the nose.

palate: coating, some sweetness develops

finish: peat and smoke rumble through your mouth leaving trails of citrus, oak, honey and soft toffee in their wake. long finish.

 notes: another ‘wow’ whisky. This Ardbeg is soft yet provides excellent flavour. Balance, complexity and overall taste is simply superb. This is my favourite Ardbeg and I recommend anyone to get a bottle of this awesome whisky (make it 2 bottles if you have the funds!).

Bowmore 25 yr. old
old style, 43%
 
colour: dark copper.
nose: peat, rich red fruits/sherry; cherry, grape, currants, oak, vanilla, toffee/caramel, soft smoke, balanced, attractive.
palate: coating, sweet & dry.
finish:  sweet fruits, peat, oak, smoke, vanilla, caramel, soft seaspray, long finish.
 
notes: great dram. has good flavour, each component has it’s turn in the ‘spotlight’ on your taste buds, overall balance is there, I’d buy another bottle, Bowmore makes a great product from the 12 yr. upwards.
Laphroaig 30 yr. old
43%
 
colour: dark copper.
nose: sherry/red fruits; cherry, apple, raison, dates, grape, peat, smoke, brine, salt, under current seaspray, soft oak, caramel, very well balanced and attractive.
palate: coating, sweet, peat, touch dry, smoke
finish: sweet fruits intermingling with thick peat and smoke, seaspray undercurrent washes up like a wave on the shore, soft oak holds the balance, complex, waves upon waves of flavours.
 
notes: this is another ‘wow’ whisky. A sherried Laphroaig that has been left to marry for 30 years. Balance & flavour is superb. It’s hard to find such fantastic whisky but if you do……buy what you can and enjoy one of the best drams of your life.
Blue Hanger 25 yr. 2nd edition
Berry Bro’s & Rudd
45.6%
 
colour: copper.
nose: complex fruit; apples, pear, orange zest, raison, grape, peach, sherry, ginger, gentle oak & soft vanilla, caramel, very appealing.
palate: sweet, coating, spice
finish: sweet fruit explosion, oak, vanilla, spices, soft background smoke, caramel, very well balanced.
 
notes: terrific whisky. great flavours, well balanced. hard to come by though get a bottle if you find one. two big thumbs up!
Ichiro’s Malt, King of Diamonds 1988
card series, 56%, 555 bottles produced
 
colour: copper.
nose: red fruits: grape, apple, dates, raison, citrus fruit of orange, lemon, grapefruit, mint, cinnamon, malt, oak, vanilla, gentle background smoke/peat toffee, caramel, complex and very attractive, well balanced.
palate: sweet, spice, touch dry
finish: sweet fruits interlaced with a soft oak, smoke present throughout, so soft peat, honey and spice, malt, vanilla, toffee/caramel, superb balance and flavour.
 
notes: one of my favorite whiskies bar none. This spectacular dram has complexity, depth and great flavour. Simply superb and I’d buy every bottle if I could. This is a ‘wow’ whisky, a whisky that oozes class.