Tastings The Bottle price guide: £11-25 (US$17-40) £26-70 (US$40-110) £71-120 (US$110-190) £121-180 (US$190-280) £181 plus (US$280 plus) = == === ==== ===== THE BALVENIE BEN NEVIS THE SWEET TOAST OF AMERICAN OAK 12 YEARS OLD 10 YEARS OLD BATCH 1 William Grant & Sons Asahi Group Holdings Lyndsey Rob 43% 62.4% Distillery Single Malt ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Nose: Nose: Salted butter melting in pan with soft brown sugar and dried apricots whilst raspberry oat cookies are baking in the oven. A floral note. Fresh cooked popcorn drizzled in a thick salted caramel sauce, blueberries and basil. Musky vintage velvet fabric, sandalwood shavings and minty peas start to develop.. Creamy to floral to nutty to herbal and then back again. In an old cinema drinking a basil & raspberry infused mojito. Rich and lush. Layers of brown sugar, toffee fudge cake and freshly sawn logs. There's a spiciness here too, fresh ginger and smoked peppers. Balanced with dark skinned fruits, plums, blackberries and blueberry jam. Huge waves of caramel at first and then tiramisu – coffee, cream and sherry. Tempered with trail mix sweetness, Medjool dates and candied walnuts. Distant wood smoke. Long with blueberry jam. An exciting dram. Speyside Highlands ===== ===== Palate: Specialist, Worldwide Worldwide Palate: Finish: 9.1 8.1 Comments: Finish: Comments: Christopher Lyndsey Nose: Nose: Quite shy and retiring. Kiwi and watermelon juice, with a little lychee, honey water, and freshly-laundered cotton sheets.. Gentle and well-rounded in the mouth. The honeyed character predominates, it’s blossom honey, with a touch of sweet redbush tea with vanilla. Chamomile tea also. Medium length, with honey. The perfect nightcap before heading up the apples and pears to Bedford St. An encouraging oily yet creamy start; linseed oil, coconut fudge, brandy buttercream and rhubarb yoghurt, followed by more fruit that reminds you of opening a box of raisins. Rich, creamy textures carry through and our swiftly followed by notes of used coffee grinds, hazelnuts, orange marmalade on toast. As expected, oily and creamy in texture with a slight metallic note at the back. Definitely one for the umami lovers out there. Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: Comments: 8.0 7.8 Comments: THE BENRIACH BENROMACH SHERRY WOOD 12 YEARS OLD TRIPLE DISTILLED Brown-Forman The Benromach Distillery Company Rob Rob 46% 50% ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Distillery Single Malt Nose: Nose: Apple and bramble crumble with lashings of maple syrup and sweet toasted breadcrumbs. Caramel and Oxford marmalade. Gentle smoke. Fig leaf liqueur, then it all goes jammy. Blackberries, raspberries and stewed rhubarb. The spices build up slowly, plenty of vanilla pods. That little smoke edge. Bang that’s where the spices are, cinnamon and powdered ginger. Great stuff, very autumnal on the nose. The spices are great. A little alcohol prickle, water tames this, golden syrup, ginger biscuits, lime jelly, then earthy with fresh carrots, stewed plums. Soft and gentle, then waves of ginger and chili bean spice. Dark mint chocolate and field mushrooms cooked in butter. All wrapped in creamy vanilla and aromatic spices. Chocolatey, a little chili, grapefruit. Completely blindsides you, started Speysidey then disappeared into hot sauce and spices. Really fun. Speyside Speyside ===== ===== Palate: Palate: Worldwide Specialist, Worldwide Finish: Finish: Comments: 8.8 8.7 Comments: Lyndsey Christopher Nose: Nose: Rich notes of toffee treacle, polished mahogany and pickled strawberries. Stewed rhubarb, caramelised bananas and sherbet. Stewed rhubarb, hot cinnamon custard and cherry fruit leather. Dried mango pieces, coconut flakes and resin follow. Textures of leather and creaminess with stewed sour fruits drying the palate. A paper bag full to the brim with sweets; rhubarb and custards, flying saucers and liquorice. There’s lily pollen and milk chocolate. A subtle waft of petrol fumes, shallot, and pear drops. Candied orange gives way to beeswax and lemon juice, with vanilla essence. Remarkably delicate, but lots of flavour and an oiliness that becomes noticeable with time. Strawberry fondant, more candied orange and a lemon twist. There’s a fruit soda quality. Long and sweet, with blueberry and yoghurt. A subtle grassy note. Lots going on! Palate: Palate: Finish: Comments: Finish: 8.7 8.1 Comments: 109 Scotch Whisky
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