Tastings The SPEYBURN SPRINGBANK TRAVEL EXCLUSIVE 16 YEARS OLD 10 YEARS OLD Inver House Distillers Springbank Distillers Rob Rob 43% 46% ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Distillery Single Malt Nose: Nose: Deep and full of aromas, loads of honey and chilli spices, nectarines and cherry sweetness. Then the oak comes through with pencil shavings and gentle wood smoke. Big and sweet straight off, lots of vanilla and custard cream biscuits. Some cedar chests, humidors and that touch of wood smoke. Smoke unfurls, bringing a little salinity and ash quality, then marmalade. Lush and lovely, that smoke is so well integrated. Takes its time to open up, then it is apple compote. Sliced cherries, agave syrup and then boiled sweets. A hint of warming metal. Honey and malted barley, and those boiled sweets hit first. Melon balls and Parma ham, orange slices sprinkled with brown sugar. Pickled chillies and Indian spices. Sherbet sweetness and spices, with oranges and cloves. A good and straightforward dram. Speyside Campbeltown ===== ===== Palate: GTR, Specialist, Palate: Worldwide Worldwide Finish: Finish: 8.0 8.9 Comments: Comments: Christopher Sam Nose: Nose: Fruity, with loads of tropical fruits, Danish pastries and lots of sweet vanilla custard. A touch of smoke towards the end. Slightly unripe bananas up front, then more of the tropical fruit and some apple juice. A green smoke envelops further notes of orchard fruits, for a smoked apple crumble flavour. A little oaky but nothing too spicy. The tropical notes return in a classy finish. A very straight forward single malt. Nothing wrong with that. A little closed at first. Canary melon, hay and cut grass, honey on toast, daffodil, vanilla and Robinsons fruit and barley orange squash. Vanilla forward. Creamy, with more of that distinctive melon note and a little oak spice bringing up the rear. There's gentle tannin and, with time, green grapes and elderflower. Medium length, with vanilla fading into the melon note again. Very clean and fruity. Would make for a refreshing highball. Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: 7.7 7.7 Comments: Comments: TAMDHU TALISKER GRAN RESERVA STORM Tamdhu Diageo Rob Lyndsey 46% 45.8% Distillery Single Malt ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Nose: Granola and raisins, cherry youghurt and a touch of menthol. A mixed fruit salad of mango, melon and tinned strawberries. That cherry yoghurt note is banging through followed by tinned fruit and syrup. Huge sweetness with a gentle bitter edge of oak. Long and lingering with a pleasant touch of dusty spices. Nose: Oak driven with tobacco ash, blackcurrant jelly babies and jasmine laundry detergent. A blast of crushed juniper berries follows with steeped geranium leaves and peppermint. Wonderfully chewy in texture with Highland Toffee bars, fudge ice cream and fresh ginger. Cranberry infused beeswax candles. A metallic edge surpasses the rich fruits. Downing a litre of blackcurrant Ribena whilst welding in a forest. Surely that’s relatable. Speyside Island ===== ===== Palate: GTR, Specialist, Palate: Worldwide Worldwide Finish: Finish: Comments: I cannot advocate a breakfast dram, but if you fancy something on your porridge at night... Comments: 8.9 8.3 Lyndsey Christopher Nose: A substantial cereal note with crunchy-nut cornflakes, toasted sourdough and pinenuts is followed by apricot skin, dehydrated raspberries and honeydew melon, with a dash of cayenne. Creamy. Cereal milk, peach yoghurt and marshmallows followed swiftly by a sugar rush of tablet that does a 360° back into creaminess. As I said, creamy. A hint of nutmeg. When you’re on your second bowl of cereal and not even feeling guilty. Nose: Briney, with Band-Aids and a slight metallic edge. There’s a touch of vasaline, pear drops and subtle manchego note with a whiff of diesel fume. Interesting! Full and rounded, a little oily, with more pear drops and Olbas pastille wafting in the background. A little wormwood and anise. Really quite unusual, Long, with menthol and anise. A very pleasing coastal dram. The islands should be proud. Palate: Palate: Finish: Comments: Finish: Comments: 8.8 8.1 128 Scotch Whisky
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