Tastings The TASTER BIOGRAPHIES 1770 2019 RELEASE Rob Allanson Glasgow Distillery Rob is editor of and formally held the position as a global brand ambassador for William Grant & Sons' whisky portfolio. Whisky Magazine Lyndsey 46% ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Nose: Marmalade on burnt toast followed by lavender, white chocolate Turkish Delights and lemon drizzle cake. Herbal notes and pine sap. Toasty. Charred oak, black treacle, rosemary and bitter orange pith creating a richer texture with an edge of chalkiness. Short bursts of citrus, then rich woody notes, before some herbal bitterness. Like when you’ve stuffed too many fruit pastilles and polos into your mouth at the same time. Christopher Coates Lowland Christopher has been honing his palate as a member of the team at since 2013. In 2017, he was named as the title’s Scotch whisky editor. ===== Palate: Whisky Magazine Specialists, Worldwide Finish: Sam Coyne Sam is editor of and a writer for Through these roles, he has been well immersed in the drinks industry. Gin Magazine Whisky Comments: Magazine. 8.2 Lyndsey Gray Lyndsey is manager of the world famous Quaich Bar at the Craigellachie Hotel in the heart of Speyside. She enjoys creating world-class tastings and events. Christopher Nose: Light and citrus led. A little spirity at first, but this fades quickly. Lemon oil and limeade on top, with white chocolate and honeycomb below. Lemon and vanilla tea with honey, it’s very delicate on the palate. There’s glacé icing and red apple, with a big glass of orange squash. Very refreshing. Sweet, with orange and white chocolate. Easy going and accessible. One for those who like things light and fruity. Palate: THE PROCESS • All samples are tasted blind, with ABV, region and style the only information disclosed. e.g Highland Single Malt, 40%. • Samples are tasted individually over a two week period. • Tasters are provided with scoring guidelines to promote consistency and to help mitigate the impact of personal preference. • The top scorer is awarded Editor’s Choice. • Scores of 17+ receive a Recommended award. Finish: Comments: 7.8 ABERFELDY AILSA BAY 18 YEARS OLD SWEET SMOKE RELEASE 1.2 John Dewar & Sons Ltd William Grant & Sons Rob Rob 40% 48.9% Distillery Single Malt ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Nose: Nose: Gentle, then sweet chilli spice builds. Soft orchard fruits, apples pears and plum jam. Peaches in honey. Then oak comes through with cherrywood. Fresh rye bread, scones and jam. A little herbal soap then strawberries with balsamic vinegar and cracked black pepper spice. Grilled pineapples and toasted walnut. Long and tangy with those wood tannins trying to grip. Fruit crumble sweetness. Lacks a little punch, but this is a lovely liquid form of crumble. Damp tweed jackets and latakia pipe tobacco. A lovely earthiness. There’s a sweetness from melted brown sugar and a slight minerality, like smoked cod loin. Orange sherbet sweets, shortbread and marmalade, Melba toasts with butter and cinnamon. After a while the smoke starts to build. A little pink grapefruit acidity and a hint of liquorice, then that smoke unfurls. A wonderful example of smoke and sweetness together. Highlands Lowland ===== ===== GTR, Worldwide Palate: Palate: Worldwide Finish: Finish: 8.0 9.2 Comments: Comments: Christopher Lyndsey Nose: Nose: Unmistakable lychee, like Suze liqueur, a little rose water, vanilla pod, and the merest whiff of Durian. Underneath is foundation of lemon and jasmine green tea with a slice of green apple. Cordial-like. Apple-flavoured boiled sweets. Fresh jackfruit and blackberries. The lychee note is still there, but more syrupy. Fades to green apple skin and jasmine, with the merest hint of bitter tea. Like taking a stroll in a South East Asian fruit market. Oily and coastal with spritzes of lemon zest, driftwood, wholemeal toast and maple syrup. Toasted marshmallows and hazelnuts. A seaside barbeque with hints of charcoal, gasoline and piña coladas. Cherry bakewell tarts and lemon curd start to appear through the smokiness. The smoke carries through and through but does not overpower the fruits. Smoke and fruits crashing together in perfect harmony. Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: 7.9 9.2 Comments: Comments: 106 Scotch Whisky
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