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) = == === ==== ===== JURA KILCHOMAN SEVEN WOOD 100% ISLAY 9TH EDITION Whyte & Mackay Kilchoman Distillery Company Rob Rob 42% 50% ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Distillery Single Malt Nose: Nose: Notes of grapefruit and barbequed melon joined by elements of iodine. Waking up to a mixture of Olbas oil and TCP on the pillow then followed by gorse and lavender. Heavy on the smoke with tobacco ash dominating straight away. Slowly emerging are notes of lime jelly, honeysuckle, lavender honey and Ferrero Rocher ice cream. The beat goes on and on… No point in hiding from the iodine here. Buttered corn, Refresher sweets. A faint metallic edge, but rounded with sweetness – like tinned strawberries. Rhubarb, dried pineapple and coconut. A grain note similar to Rice Krispies. Sweet with honey. Syrup waffles with melted dark chocolate. Poached pears, rhubarb and creaminess of custard. Sugared almonds. Long, sweet with black smoked tea. A really lovely dram – the lack of spice makes it sweet all the way to the end. Island Islay ===== ===== Worldwide Specialist, Palate: Palate: Worldwide Finish: Comments: Finish: Comments: 8.5 8.4 Sam Christopher Nose: Nose: Oil burner and pear drop, wet pine and rose. A leftover campfire, ashy, with hay and a touch of farmyard. Waxed jackets. Bright and full of flavour, the wood has taken a back seat to a robust distillery style. Briney, with pear drop and Maraschino liqueur. There’s a subtle Mezcal-like edge: lime and a whiff of rubber. Bold stuff. Long and coastal. A very handsome Islay dram you could drink all day. A herbal smoke. Fire in a pine forest. Fresh rye bread then toffee apples. A faint winey note... More smoke upfront – a little sweeter than the nose however. Leads into vanilla and where was there was apple, there's now butterscotch and banana. Never gets too sweet as the cereal, malty note remains. Lingers with you gently. That bread note just rolls on and on. Good stuff – really interesting development of the palate. Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: Comments: 8.1 8.5 Comments: KILKERRAN KINGSBARNS 12 YEARS OLD DREAM TO DRAM Springbank Distillers The Kingsbarns Company of Distillers Rob Rob 46% 46% ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Distillery Single Malt Nose: Nose: A hefty grip of oak tannins, stewed black tea with honey. Cherries in dark chocolate. Blackberry compote and Chantilly cream. There’s a slow unwinding of peat fires with s'mores. Those dark fruits first, cherry cordial and undiluted Ribena. Livens up with caramel syrup waffles and dark chocolate pennies. Marmalade. A saline note comes but is sweetened with marmalade. Glorious light peat notes with well-balanced fruit and oak. Punchy at first, the alcohol leaps straight out. Hints of drying wool and damp tweed. These are entwined with fresh citrus, ripe plums and toffee sweetness. Lots of malty notes comes through, coffee beans in milk chocolate, barbequed sweetcorn. Then citrus comes in strong. Punchy then dries out on malt loaf with butter and warm milk. Really fruity and fresh with bags of character. Campbeltown Lowland ===== ===== Specialist, Specialist, Palate: Palate: Worldwide Worldwide Finish: Finish: 8.5 8.3 Comments: Comments: Sam Sam Nose: Nose: A mixture of both savoury and sweet. Freshly made sourdough balances with vanilla and toffee. Hot, buttered toast. Fresh and sweet with lots of pears and caramel upfront, before the oak quickly swoops. Bananas and then more of a red berry note. Long, peppery, almost rye spice. Drying. Interesting balance of flavours. Refined in some ways, although maybe the oak takes over a touch too much for me. Banana and caramel milkshake among your freshly mown lawns. Light fruit notes, white grape skins and unripe bananas. More of the grassiness that is typical of Lowland malts. Oak grips and brings vanilla and green tea tannins with it. Long, grassy and drying. Lowland malts are making a comeback and this will be a great example to show those who are new to them. Palate: Palate: Finish: Comments: Finish: Comments: 7.7 7.9 121 Scotch Whisky
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