Tastings The GLENFIDDICH GLENGLASSAUGH EXPERIMENTAL SERIES: FIRE & CANE EVOLUTION William Grant & Sons Brown-Forman Rob Rob 43% 50% ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Distillery Single Malt Nose: Nose: Shy to start with then it heads off into plum and fresh raisin bread territory and foam banana sweets. Terry’s Chocolate orange and citrus, stays quite light and grassy. Round and spicy straight off, the alcohol doesn’t hold back. Plenty of sherry-soaked raisins, liquorice park and chilli crab. Sea salt. Dries swiftly with that salt kick and prickle. The chilli element keeps going. Young and spicy with lots going on under all that alcohol. Leafy and a little fusty; dusty books and old churches. Cinder toffee, milk chocolate, leather book covers. Orange cough sweets. Soft and gentle at first, then an instant build up of spices and tannins. A lovely floral note and sawmill. A smokiness lurking here too. Long but with a little spicy sharpness to it. Very floral right at the end. Really intresting floral-led dram. I love the way the smoke seems to lurk, and that spice hit is great. Speyside Highlands ===== ===== Palate: Worldwide Specialist, Palate: Worldwide Finish: Finish: Comments: 8.5 7.9 Comments: Lyndsey Christopher Nose: Nose: Elderflower wine, fresh ginger, meadowsweet and honeydew melon. There’s shea butter and traditional ice cream. Very light and forward-palate focussed. Orange zest and sumac. Becomes more tangible as it dilutes, as whipped vanilla cream takes the floor. There is the merest hint of oyster mushroom cooked in white wine. Medium, with apple cake. Very delicate and ephemeral, unless allowed to dilute. A Lush bomb of sweet fruitiness and soapy florals. Crisp green apples, marshmallows, freshly baked scones, then bark and pine trees. Like biting into the juiciest Granny Smith apple, sweet and tart with the right amount of waxiness. Vanilla custard, cinnamon toasted oats and freshly sawn pinewood. Floral and fruity with a spicy dryness making you go back for more. A well-balanced pick ‘n’ mix bag of fun. Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: Comments: 9.0 7.9 Comments: GLENGOYNE GLENKINCHIE LEGACY SERIES: CHAPTER ONE 12 YEARS OLD Ian Macleod Distillers Diageo Rob Lyndsey 48% 43% ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Distillery Single Malt Nose: Nose: Mango! Peaches in syrup. Then a dash of warm cranberry juice, bubblegum flavoured candyfloss, coconut oil and toasted rye bread. Super juicy straight away with tropical Robinsons fruit juice and hints of chilli & lime popcorn and salted cashew nuts creating an oily consistency at the back of the palate. Incredibly light but has a tingle that lengthens the finish. Tropical juices drowned in soda water. Weirdly sparkling. Early spring gorse flowers, roasted pineapples, all butter shortbread biscuits. Uncooked smoked bacon. Then moves to butter mints, wood balsam (beeswax and linseed oil) and the sweetness of apricot Danish pastries. Crunchie bars, honeycomb and dark chocolate. Tabasco heat. Sweetness comes from apple turnovers and chilli jam. Short but packs a punch. Very hot for its ABV, but very entertaining for sure. Highlands Lowland ===== ===== Palate: Worldwide Specialist, Worldwide Palate: Finish: Finish: Comments: 8.5 7.9 Comments: Lyndsey Christopher Nose: Nose: Elegant, floral and perfumed. There’s the yeastiness and over-ripe banana. Scandinavian custard-filled pastries. There’s candied apple and roasted pineapple too. A waft of Danish oil? There’s orange and lemon oil, but none of the breadiness of the nose. These fruits are fresh, with a green note and the crème pâtissière with saffron and a touch of tannin. Fading on banana bread. It’s that Lowland elegance everyone keeps telling me about! Full and chewy with roasted hazelnuts and almonds, dark chocolate and stewed plums. Raisins, hot toffee sauce, oil paints and old leather saddle bags. Damp and dusty sweetness. Hot and spicy straight off the bat with plums in a star anise and cinnamon syrup, crystalised ginger and white pepper. A softness builds with salted popcorn. Bold. Takes no prisoners. Like eating Dundee Cake and spicy gingerbread in an old library. Palate: Palate: Finish: Comments: Finish: Comments: 9.1 8.2 118 Scotch Whisky
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