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) = == === ==== ===== EDRADOUR FETTERCAIRN STRAIGHT FROM THE CASK MARSALA FINISH 11 YEARS OLD 12 YEARS OLD Edradour Distillery Company Whyte & Mackay Rob Rob 57.9% Distillery Single Malt 40% ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Single Malt Distillery Nose: Nose: Caramel toffees and then into an earthy side of things, potting compost and garden sheds, a little spent matches and rolling tobacco. Hot and I mean chilli hot and numbing, serious salt prickle. Sharp gooseberries and blackberries. Water backs things off to reveal vanilla ice cream, red grape skins and chai latte. Fruit and nut chocolate bars and rum and raisin ice cream. Neat this is a scorcher, but with water comes into its own. Sweet and tangy like a Haribo sour cherry sweet, then the sweeter side takes over – think red Starburst sweets. An underlying maltiness, fresh ryebread and roasted sweetcorn cobs. That malted edge leads in with warm brown bread, salted butter and potted sweet crab meat. Orange marmalade on shortbread. Warm brioche buns with blackcurrant. Blackcurrant liquor and a sweet tangy note. What’s not to like here? Highlands Highlands ===== ===== Palate: Specialist, Specialist, Palate: Worldwide Worldwide Finish: Finish: 8.8 8.3 Comments: Comments: Sam Christopher Nose: Nose: A spicy nose, lots of ginger and cinnamon. Red berries. Danish pastries with a sugary crust. More of the fruit, wrapped up in a rich, thick mouthfeel. A slight coriander note brings a little herbal element, while otherwise there’s rich toffee, red berries and lots of ginger. Molasses. Long, with the coriander note edging ahead of the sweeter flavours. A great unctuous mouthfeel, while there’s a complex array of flavours. There’s cider and fresh lavender. A yeasty, cookie dough note. Behind the apple and floral notes there’s dunnage and sweet white wine. There’s great orchard fruit structure, apples and plums, with acidity balancing rounded vanilla syrup. Milk chocolate coated candied apple and tablet. Milk chocolate and caramel. Baking sourdough with the garden window open. A dram that would shine if the ABV was higher. Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: Comments: Comments: 7.9 8.0 FETTERCAIRN GLEN GARIOCH 28 YEARS OLD 12 YEARS OLD Whyte & Mackay Beam Suntory Rob Rob 42% 48% ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Distillery Single Malt Nose: Nose: Lots of soft fruits, melon slices, orange and griddled pineapple. Lemon jelly sweets and crystallised ginger pieces. The fruits hit first, tinned strawberries in syrup, candied orange peel and then come for cracked black pepper spices and a chilli prickle. There’s aged balsamic vinegar and prune juice. Long and a little tannic like black tea, that fruity sweetness lurking at the end. Quite impressive stuff, worth taking your time over. Deep, rich and really earthy. Shades of turned, damp soil, piles of leaf mulch with wet hay thrown in. There’s dark fruits here too with stewed plums and figs with goat’s cheese. The oak asserts its dominance straight off, black tea tannins and plenty of vanilla custard. Malty hints, digestive biscuits. Spent coffee grinds and then trail mix. The spices let loose, a gentle chilli prickle and drying quality. Well balanced indeed. Highlands Highlands ===== ===== Palate: Specialist, Specialist, Palate: Worldwide Worldwide Finish: Finish: 9.1 8.5 Comments: Comments: Christopher Christopher Nose: Nose: Over-ripe pineapple on the bbq with mango lassi, chillies and tomatoes on the vine, eucalyptus, star anise and menthol. Nuttiness, with a yeasty note and butterscotch sauce. There’s green pepper and lime soda, bitter lemon and very ripe green apples. Moderate tannin and crème caramel, pecan and buttered sour-dough bread too. Long. Avocado on toast and a touch of menthol. Ferrero Rocher. A real smorgasbord. Heather, set honey and fresh blueberries. Orange boiled sweets and vanilla ice cream. Pistachio baklava too. Great mouthfeel, with vanilla sweetness balanced by citrus acidity. The merest retronasal whiff of lavender. The baklava is back, with lots of syrup, and pear. Ends applesauce and stewed rhubarb with custard. A very fine Highland dram indeed. Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: 8.9 8.2 Comments: Comments: 115 Scotch Whisky
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