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 GLENALLACHIE GLENCADAM 25 YEARS OLD THE REAWAKENING 13 YEARS OLD The GlenAllachie Distillers Company Angus Dundee Rob Rob 48% 46% ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Distillery Single Malt Nose: Nose: Straying into Christmas territory here with fig rolls, sherry-soaked fruit pudding and star anise. Blackberry compote with vanilla custard and nutmeg. Figgy pudding with toasted walnuts, sherry-laden sponge cake and a gentle, distant smoke. Black pepper with dark chocolate. A great spice edge to this as it dries on soft fruit and wood tannins. Well matured, balanced, and the ABV is perfect. Full on grain silo, malted barley and fresh cut wheat fields. Soreen loaf with full fat butter. Then pot pourri and dried wildflowers. Sweetness comes through with toffee caramel cake and fudge ice cream. Those floral notes are still here laced with white pepper. The sweetness lingers on with those white pepper spices spiking in places. Hints of candied walnut too. A delightful early evening whisky, one to whet the appetite. Speyside Highlands ===== ===== Palate: Specialist, Specialist, Palate: Worldwide Worldwide Finish: Finish: 9.0 8.2 Comments: Comments: Christopher Sam Nose: Nose: Pine and chalk dust. Wet clay, pencil shavings and freshly laundered cotton shirts. Chamomile tea and green apple juice too. Grapefruit peel and tinned pineapple. Milk chocolate and hazelnut milk. There’s a little yeastiness, with tinned toffees. Dehydrated lemons and Persian dried limes. Dried pineapple with caramelised apple and toffee sauce. Long, sweet and nutty. Simply superb. Wow! Chocolate coated pears and baked Danish pastries. Demerara sugar and freshly pressed coffee. Wonderful apple and pear notes to start with before creamy barley. Bitter coffee. Rye spice and a green salad note. There’s an earthy smoke too. Oak comes through right at the last. Smoke and more of the green salad. Good complexity, some excellent flavour too. Everything in perfect balance. Palate: Palate: Finish: Comments: 9.2 8.2 Finish: Comments: THE GLENDRONACH GLENFARCLAS REVIVAL, AGED 15 YEARS 10 YEARS OLD Brown-Forman J&G Grant Rob Lyndsey 46% 40% ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Distillery Single Malt Nose: Nose: Creamy zestiness with Dairy Milk buttons and lemon meringue pie. Torched rosemary and lime zest, ginger nuts and raisin granola. Super creamy with natural Greek yoghurt, dried banana chips, cashew butter and a sprinkling of blueberries, poached pears and toasted oats eventually appear. Short and creamy followed by chocolate and a dash of cinnamon. A granola bar smothered in chocolate flavoured yoghurt. Warmed dark rye bread with lashings of butter, then more vanilla and pepper spices take over. Prickly, almost hot sauce notes that give way to mellow elements, leather and table polish. More of those rye spices come through, crystallised ginger and molasses cake. Plenty of vanilla here, but also sherry soaked raisins. Sweetness holds its place, but dries swiftly with tannins coming through. A good warming dram for the autumn, good balance. Highlands Speyside ===== ===== Palate: Worldwide Specialist, Palate: Worldwide Finish: Finish: 8.2 8.2 Comments: Comments: Lyndsey Christopher Nose: Nose: Raisins and prunes in syrup, strawberry gummies and a touch of cola with some subtle petrolic fumes wafting under all the sweet notes. It’s a promising balance of elegance and stature. Sweet and fruity front and mid-palate, with pure honey and red berry conserve. There’s a touch of clove and a hint of Amaroso nuttiness. As per the nose, there’s some subtle sulphur. Medium with a touch of cigar. This dram’s robust style makes it stand apart form the crowd. Warm spices of toasted star anise, gingerbread and sugar-coated jalapeño followed by stewed rhubarb and vanilla custard. Old leather and damp cardboard peeking through. Sweet spices of gingerbread at the forefront, yet there’s distinctive musky floral and stewed fruit tones which are dominating. Starts off sweet, but quickly dries out with dry charred oak. The spices at the back of your grandmother’s kitchen cupboard. Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: Comments: 8.0 8.0 Comments: 117 Scotch Whisky
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