Scotch Whisky : 2019-10-11

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Tastings The MAN O'WORDS MACNAIR’S 2015 RELEASE, BOURBON CASK LUM REEK 21 YEARS OLD Annandale Distillery The GlenAllach­ie Distillers Company Lyndsey Rob 61% 48% ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILI­TY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILI­TY: Distillery Single Malt Independen­t Blended Malt Nose: It's Ye Olde Sweetie Shop. Rhubarb & custards, apple laces, blue liquorice spogs and a mountain of marzipan. Gorse and honeysuckl­e. A campfire roasting dark chocolate & peanut butter smores, buttered corn and pineapple leaves. Steeped chamomile tea, strawberry toothpaste and sour cherries. Ooftay, this one holds no prisoners on the finish. Full-on bitter nuts. Different with every sip. Give it some air and time to lighten up. Nose: Salt-laden flowers, sea pinks, buttered samphire and pan-fired scallops and roes. BBQ smoked prawns and ham hock. Grass fires. Butter with salt crystals. Pomegranat­e ice cream. Sweetness at first, Gala melons and air-dried ham. Cherry jam and grilled nectarines. Forest floor notes, burning bracken and pine. Prickly and fruity, a lot like a pineapple roasted in woodchips. Eating a buttered crumpet and maple syrup next to a campfire. Lowland Scotland ===== ===== Palate: Specialist, Worldwide Palate: Worldwide Finish: Finish: 8.7 8.5 Comments: Comments: Christophe­r Lyndsey Nose: Honey water, cucumber, celery and raw pumpkin. Wet bark, elderflowe­r and apple with lemon juice. Delicate at first, though the strength becomes apparent. There’s pear drop and cut grass, feel like lots of distillery character. There’s cherry Fox’s glacier fruits too. Refreshing and grassy, if a little fleeting. The wood has taken the back seat, with spirit character leading the way. Can't argue with that! Nose: Butterscot­ch angel delight, raspberry jelly, fresh ginger and crunchy peanut butter. Salt and cider vinegar crisps appear and pine wood shavings alongside praline pecans. A light sweetness of buttercrea­m, key lime pie, candy floss and cherry sorbet. Sesame oil and peppermint tea enter with coffee grinds A sweet tingling sensation that turns oily. Lots of candyfloss melting slowly in your mouth while smoking a herbal cigarette. Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: Comments: Comments: 7.9 8.5 MONKEY SHOULDER MORTLACH BLENDED MALT SCOTCH WHISKY 20 YEARS OLD William Grant & Sons Diageo Lyndsey Rob 40% 43.4% Distillery Single Malt ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILI­TY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILI­TY: Distillery Blended Malt Nose: Nose: Full of light spices. Ground cumin, cardamom and cassia bark. Vanilla custard pies served with frozen raspberry yoghurt, honeydew melon and grape Fanta. Starts off with bitter fruits and burnt vanilla pods. Slices of radicchio with a sprinkling of toasted sesame oil and parmesan. Boiled carrots. Salami on freshly baked bread. Buttered cheese scones and polished leather. An intriguing texture. An umami rollercoas­ter. Starts off all oily, like a warming motorbike engine. Then a hint of smoke, then oranges dipped in dark chocolate. Charred oak notes. Similar notes to the nose but a distinct spice edge to it. Pickled padron peppers, but tempered with citrus fruit. A little hot toddy, cinnamon, honey and lemon. Brown sugar sweetness and a little tobacco pouch. Long with that citrus and mint tinge coming though. Wow, sherry meets fruit. Scotland Speyside ===== ===== Palate: Specialist, Worldwide Palate: Worldwide Finish: Finish: 8.0 8.8 Comments: Comments: Christophe­r Lyndsey Nose: Nose: There’s strawberry cables, hay, poached pear vanilla icing and a little green apple that’s begun to oxidise. A faint waft of daffodil. Light and devoid of prickle, but not too thin. There’s good mouthfeel. Sweet, like fondant icing, turning to honey water as it dilutes. Fruitiness of green apple, but without the acidity. Plenty of vanilla. Feels like a textbook Speysider. Short and clean. Silky and moreish. It’ll be popular at parties. Stewed fruits and a burst of white pepper smacking you in the face. Then Kamado Joe charcoal smoke, liquorice and dark chocolate. The white pepper dominates once again with toasted oak shavings to match the heat. Earthy undertones develop with rhubarb, coffee beans, toasted sesame oil and chewed tobacco. Spicy, dry and chewy. There’s no holding back with this Speysider as it hurtles towards the tastebuds. Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: Comments: Comments: 7.9 9.1 124 Scotch Whisky

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