Scotch Whisky : 2019-10-11

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Tastings The DALWHINNIE DEANSTON 15 YEARS OLD 15 YEARS OLD Diageo Distell Internatio­nal Lyndsey Rob 43% 46.3% Distillery Single Malt ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILI­TY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILI­TY: Distillery Single Malt Nose: Nose: Sugared almonds, Play-Doh, mandarins and ripe peach flesh. Blackcurra­nt jam bubbling away on the stove with hints of rock salt, roasted pistachios, heather honey. Surprising­ly light and airy with a nuttiness dominating. Roasted almonds, filtered coffee with a dash of double cream, under ripe bananas, red grape skins and maybe just a hint of bechamel sauce. Yoghurt coated raisins. A straightfo­rward talker. Hello to the bakery with this, a door open on a hot day, flour, fresh bread, cheese scones and soda bread yeastiness. Then there’s some fresh mown grass, baled hay and leaf mulch. Everything heads into the orchard from here, blackberri­es, apples, pears and some wood sap notes. There’s still some grassy notes coming through, with a wisp of smoke. The wood takes centre stage here with cedar and light tobacco. A dram for sharing. Highlands Highlands ===== ===== Specialist, Specialist, Palate: Palate: Worldwide Worldwide Finish: 8.0 8.9 Finish: Comments: Comments: Christophe­r Sam Nose: Nose: Mango juice and white pepper, there’s a whiff of candle and extinguish­ed match. Winter melon, pear flan, pinch of cinnamon. Very silky, slightly oily, and more floral that the nose suggested. There’s wildflower­s and a little unsalted butter, green apple and vanilla biscuit. Medium length, a touch waxy and mildly floral. Outdoorsy. Easy drinking and that oiliness marks it out from the crowd. A big helping of rich apple pie, slightly caught edges on a sugary pastry and heavily topped with both honey and vanilla custard. Gentle, initially, that honey note from the nose comes to the fore, before the apples come through. A cured ham note, a smattering of oak. Long, dry and with the herbal note expressed throughout. Great nose and a wonderful exploratio­n of flavour on the palate. Shows complexity. Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: Comments: 7.8 8.3 Comments: THE DEVERON EDEN MILL 12 YEARS OLD SINGLE MALT 2018 LIMITED RELEASE John Dewar & Sons Ltd Eden Mill St Andrews Ltd 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: Sweetness all the way at first, all spice and fresh scones and clotted cream. Then melting sugar and apple slices dipped in caramel. Powdered ginger and white pepper. Sweetness persists with the toffee and caramel notes becoming richer. Apple strudel and custard, sherry-soaked raisins. The oak asserts itself with tannins and a little wood smoke, but then sweet. Pleasant and easy for an everyday dram really. Delicate and sweet, very gentle to begin with, packed with toffee and vanilla. Almost Werther’s Originals, butter mints. A soft gentle oak note, pencils in boxes and old desks. Follows the nose with the oak trying to take over but the toffee and vanilla hold it. Takes a little time but is full of candied fruits and that oak still plays its hand here too. Lovely sweetness to this and the oak lends some great edges to the nose and palate. Highlands Lowland ===== ===== Specialist, Specialist, Palate: Palate: Worldwide Worldwide Finish: Finish: Comments: 8.2 8.0 Comments: Sam Sam Nose: Nose: A lovely full-bodied nose, packed with red fruits, lashings of caramel, vanilla, baking spices. Abundantly sweet, but delicate on the whole. Orchard fruits, apples and a little pear, before more robust red berries. A caramel-like sweetness wraps this up nicely, while oak comes to the fore and prickles the side of the tongue. Long with the peppery spice from the oak. A herbal, vegetal ending. Robust on both the nose and eventually the palate. Sweet nose – so much fudge, chocolate and fresh coffee. Buttery toast. Lovely rich palate. Green initially but some red berries in there too. Demerara sugar. Take a bite of some fresh apples and a creamy note. Eventually oak comes through with a peppery spice. Middling length with more of the green note. Pepper spice. Good flavour to it and the palate develops superbly. Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: 7.9 8.3 Comments: Comments: 114 Scotch Whisky

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