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) = == === ==== ===== CRAIGELLACHIE CUTTY SARK 13 YEARS OLD BLENDED WHISKY John Dewars & Sons Ltd La Martiniquaise-Bardinet Rob Rob 46% 40% ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Independent Blended Nose: Nose: Everything from fresh cut grass and cherry blossoms in bloom to meaty, unsmoked bacon with maple syrup. There’s grain notes in here, barbequed popcorn with salted butter. Mouthcoating orange barley juice comes through with strawberry and raspberry coulis. Meringue nests with toasted pine nuts and crushed honey roasted cashew nuts. A little of that bacon edge. A wonderful rollercoaster ride of a malt. Very light and gentle. Runny honey and oatcakes, then fresh cut grass and hay bales. A little herbal and floral too. Again continues on that light edge, honeycomb sweetness and candied orange peel. Lemon zest and then malt loaf. Warming and it lasts a decent length of time. Plenty of malt loaf here with a little butter and marmalade too. Despite the light nose and palate, this is a pretty robust. Speyside Scotland ===== ===== Palate: Specialist, GTR, On Trade, Worldwide Worldwide Palate: Finish: Finish: Comments: 9.1 7.9 Comments: Christopher Sam Nose: Nose: A whiff of spent match, before flying saucer sweets, peach candies and dried pineapple. There’s plum wine in there, too. Tropical fruit and the front and a touch of sulphur, adding structure, dancing at the back. It’s mostly retronasal. The character is sweet, moderately tropical, with good weight. Baked apples and pineapple with honey. Fades to honey a suggestion of brioche. Fairly unassuming on the nose. Freshly mown lawns, barnyards and a slight waft of citrus peel. More of the mown lawns. A prickling citrus note, almost like some tangy sweets. A creamy barley water note. Light body. Barley and middling length. A light sipper, or possibly one to try your hand at mixing with. Definitely pleasant enough though. Palate: Palate: Finish: Comments: Finish: 8.0 7.6 Comments: This is a solid Speysider. THE DALMORE THE DALMORE KING ALEXANDER III PORT WOOD RESERVE Whyte & Mackay Whyte & Mackay Rob Rob 40% 46.5% Distillery Single Malt ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Nose: Nose: A dip into well aged cask hidden in the back of a warehouse, wood, earth, alcohol and full of dark chocolate, stewed plums and marmalade sandwiches. Liquid Christmas. Plum cake, cinnamon cookies, fondant icing and marzipan. Oranges studded with cloves and tiramisu. All those Christmas elements come together and take their time. A wonderful combination of sweet and sherried notes. Shy at first then opens to a wonderful roast meat note, similar to walking into the kitchen with herb encrusted lamb cooking. Honey sweetness and then a herbal quality. The sweetness starts to ramp up with chocolate pennies and hundreds and thousands sprinkles. The pink liquorice Alsorts. The sweetness hits a crescendo and then dries leaving Christmas spices underneath, cinnamon lattes. An intriguing drop. Highlands Highlands ===== ===== Specialist, Specialist, Palate: Palate: Worldwide Worldwide Finish: Finish: 8.9 8.1 Comments: Comments: Christopher Christopher Nose: Nose: A whiff of fresh roses at first. There’s bergamot and sandalwood, and the unmistakable heady aroma of unlit cigar. Cranberry juice, overripe strawberries and blackberry jam. There’s toffee, too. It’s a Black Forest gateau: fruits of the forest with dark chocolate and cream. There’s gentle tannin, a little allspice, and rum-raisin. Mellow and medium length. Reminds me of standing in a walk-in humidor. Allspice and cherry cough sweets, boot polish and leather, with a pungent note of fresh rolling tobacco. Milk chocolate and nougat too. Lots of big flavours here. Blackcurrant cordial and dark chocolate, honeycomb and sloe liqueur. There’s a little peppermint – we’re in After Eight territory now. Sweet, chocolatey, clove, black coffee. A very enjoyable dram that has all the elements of afterdinner dessert and coffee. Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: Comments: Comments: 8.3 8.2 113 Scotch Whisky
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