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 SINGLETON OF DUFFTOWN THE SINGLETON OF GLEN ORD 18 YEARS OLD 14 YEARS OLD SPECIAL RELEASE Diageo Diageo Lyndsey Lyndsey 40% 57.6% Distillery Single Malt ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Nose: Nose: Rich and fruity notes of hot toffee apples, raspberry jelly babies smothered with a dollop of clotted cream. Homemade lemonade, dehydrated lime, cloves and cassia bark. The fruits fall back and allow spices to dominate with cloves, cinnamon infused lemon water and freshly baked ginger cake with a drizzling of orange icing sugar and Irn Bru bars. Luscious spice with citrus. Lovely. A quintessential Highland whisky. Rich and full of autumnal notes of rhubarb crumble with vanilla custard, sugar barleys and BBQ corn. Hot black treacle melting in a pan with bitter dark chocolate and chamomile tea. Raw cookie dough mixed with dark chocolate chips and pieces of crystallised ginger. Mascarpone cheesecake, a swirling of sour plum jam and polished mahogany. Full bodied with milky oats. Your Grandma rustling up cookies and spiced crumbles. Speyside Highlands ===== ===== Specialist, Specialist, Palate: Palate: Worldwide Worldwide Finish: Comments: Finish: Comments: 8.4 8.8 Christopher Christopher Nose: Nose: A little shy. Fermenting red apple, slightly burnt toffee sauce and blackberry jam. There’s a slice of buttered ginger cake in there and the faint aroma of well-oaked red wine. Flavours are quite quiet. Toffee cake, some tinned apricots and prunes in syrup. A little black treacle. Instant coffee with brown sugar. Medium length, with plenty of the aforementioned toffee cake. Solid blending here, but the volume needs turning up a little. Lots going on here. Black treacle, menthol, anise, boot polish, prunes in syrup and Cadbury’s fruit and nut. Mouth coating and prickly at first. Blackberry preserve dominates, before milk chocolate and vanilla fondant enter the fray. A whiff of espresso bitterness, lurking at the back. Bramble crumble with Muscovado sugar. Indulgent and moreish. stuff8.4 This is some lovely . Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: Comments: 7.9 Comments: SMOKEHEAD SPEY ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY TENNÉ Ian Macleod Distillers Speyside Distillers Company Rob Lyndsey 43% 59.5% Standard Single Malt ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Independent Single Malt Nose: Nose: Sweet potted crab, butter and rock salt, then marmalade on rye crackers. A citrus edge then Harrogate toffee pieces. Plenty of sweetness and buttered crumpets. Then lush spicy, orange marmalade. There’s a great minerality too with herbal notes of comfrey leaves and wet seaweed. All that peat becomes sooty and dries. A cracking example of Islay peat adding plenty of character. Sweet and smoky all at the same time. Old dusty books and suitcases followed by beautifully rich notes of leather, banana chips and brandy-soaked fruit cake. Cement. Linseed oil, chargrilled peaches and limeade. Super smooth and silky. Raisins, pine sap, cherries in kirsch syrup, stewed rhubarb and tea leaves with a dollop of whipped double cream for good measure. A silky start that quickly turns oily with chilli infused pistachio butter. If you could drink leather… Islay Speyside ===== ===== Palate: Specialist, On-Trade, Worldwide Specialist, Palate: Worldwide Finish: Comments: Finish: 9.0 8.5 Comments: Christopher Christopher Nose: Nose: Smoky barbeque beef and Chinese-style pork ribs, there’s fruity sweet-and-sour sauce and a first-aid kit medicinal note. Seaweed on the beach, with engine-oil. Maltiness, too. Smoked venison with red onion chutney. Sweet, with woodsmoke and a little prickle. Cranberry sauce, cherry boiled sweets and elderflower too. A touch of antiseptic. Medium, smokiness lingers. Sitting round a fire on the beach, having a Chinese takeaway. Fresh roses and tawny port, liquorice and over-ripe cherries. There’s Ribena and Christmas candle (clove, cinnamon sticks, eucalyptus) and cedarwood. It’s all very festive. Little prickliness in spite of the high strength. There’s a whole basket of red fruits (cranberry, very ripe strawberries, and blackberries) backed up by walnut. Long and nutty. Red apple skin. Ho ho ho! A dram old Saint Nick would be pleased with. Palate: Palate: Finish: Comments: Finish: Comments: 8.3 8.8 127 Scotch Whisky
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