Tastings The BLADNOCH BOWMORE 10 YEARS OLD - BOURBON EXPRESSION NO.1 Bladnoch Distillery Beam Suntory Rob Rob 46.7% Distillery Single Malt 40% ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Nose: Nose: Malt extract. Then sweetens with honeycomb and treacle toffee. There are some great spices kicking about; with cumin, dried thyme and fennel. Orange barley sugar water, that sweetness and a little spice starts to build. Zesty citrus notes and hard candy sweets. Chocolate. All about the spice, with cinnamon and long pepper. A decent all rounder with plenty of balance and swagger. Slow to open at first then those old familiar Islay notes appear. Smoked fish and briny warm stones. Standing outside the distillery when the peak reek is on, malty and Lapsang Suchong tea. Blood orange juice sweetness and that little bitter edge, then the smoke unfurls. Hot smoked salmon. The herbal quality of rosemary and the fattiness of roast lamb. Sweet, smoky. Delightful. A very gentle character and layered. Lowland Islay ===== ===== Worldwide Worldwide Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: Comments: 8.0 8.9 Comments: Lyndsey Sam Nose: Nose: Hard to get past the earthy notes of damp grass, manure, oil paints and linseed oil. Over ripe bananas, marzipan and butterscotch fudge. Wet bark, blood orange pith and muddy boots. Cherry leather, Battenberg cake and pistachio shells appear after the bitterness. Chalky texture that allows a bitterness to coat the palate. A really sweet smoke welcomes you in. Becomes a little briny; preserved fish and tuna tins, which adds something savoury. That savoury opens up, through smoked haddock. This is followed by a maltiness, faint honey and oat biscuits. Initially really malty as the smoke fades. Gentle, earthy sugar, before crisp fish skins. Just wow! Savoury to sweet and back again. Really good balance and layers of intrigue. Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: Comments: Comments: Like swallowing paracetamol tablets with a glass of orange juice. 7.0 9.0 BRUICHLADDICH BUNNAHABHAIN ISLAY BARLEY 2011 25 YEARS OLD Rémy Cointreau Distell International Lyndsey Rob 50% 46.3% Distillery Single Malt ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Nose: Nose: Rosemary infused gammon steaks smothered in a maple glaze and cranberry sauce. Passionfruit sorbet, crushed mint Oreos. Beautifully warm and herbal with polished leather, roast potatoes and honey parsnips. There’s then prune jam, fig infused yoghurt and jasmine & apple hand soap. . Light yet warm with a finish of acrylic paints and lightly torched ceramics. Eating the perfect Sunday roast in a freshly painted room. Sherry bomb territory here, but in a gentle way. Polished oak tables, beeswax, Barbour jackets and damp wool. Then spices start to rise. Dense, dark and deep-layers fruits, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries coated in cinnamon spiced custard. Toasted hazelnuts with honey and brown sugar.. Long and lingering, takes it time with coffee beans and dark chocolate. A wonderful gamut of spices, oak-driven aromas. Islay Islay ===== ===== Palate: Palate: Specialist, Specialist, Worldwide Worldwide Finish: Finish: 8.9 8.8 Comments: Comments: Christopher Sam Nose: Nose: Bergamot and sandalwood, sweet malt drink and lemongrass. Butter in a hot pan, bisongrass and menthol. White flour and water. Far more gentle than you would expect, considering the ABV. Aloe drink and tapioca pearls, pear drops and rice wine. Some white rum character, becoming grassy. Hot and grassy. Quite challenging to get your head around, but ultimately really interesting liquid. Rich and fruity. A sherry quality to it. Lots of red berries, demerara sugar and cinnamon. The red berries are carried from the nose, this time wrapped up in caramel and eventually your classic green Islay peat. Oak is felt clearly but always controlled and well-mannered.. Palate: Palate: Finish: The oak clearly expressed, with the green smokiness rumbling on. Does a lot of what you expect it might do, which is always nice. The rich, berry note is nice. Finish: Comments: Comments: 8.1 7.9 110 Scotch Whisky
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