Tastings The TULLIBARDINE THE TWEEDDALE THE MARQUESS COLLECTION: THE MURRAY GRAIN OF TRUTH Terroirs Distillers R&B Distillers Rob Rob 46% 46% ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Distillery Single Malt Distillery Single Grain Nose: Nose: Fresh and full of crystallised fruit sweets, pear drops. In time it gets richer with hessian bags and velvet jackets. A big hit of alcohol at first, but this gives way to fruit notes. Poached pears and apple tarts. Vanilla custard slice. Actone pear drops. The oak grips gentlely towards the end. Long with a clingy linseed oil quality. Take your time and it will reward you with an excellent nose and some serious complexity. A little punchy with plenty of vanilla and honey-laden porridge. There is sweetness from tinned peaches and hot buttered corn bread. Then fennel and chilli hit with gentle menthol. Hot at first with that fennel and chilli spice wave, then earthy tones with ground ginger and all spice. There’s hazelnut and milk chocolate too. Just keeps on going. Pickled chilli and oak spices, then into brown sugar. A delight. More here than meets the eyes at first. Highlands Highlands ===== ===== Palate: Worldwide Worldwide Palate: Finish: Finish: Comments: 8.2 8.6 Comments: Lyndsey Lyndsey Nose: Nose: Dusky and damp tones of candlewax, wood polish and wet bark. Eventually a clean quality arises with yoghurt covered cranberries, lemon zest and warm milk. Clean and fragrant. Gorse flowers, elderberries, vanilla pods and pollen soften the palate with white pepper lifting subtle spice. Short and crisp, but with a softly powdered consistency Sitting at my grandmother’s dressing table. Fresh and fragrant with baked apple, rosemary, oregano and chargrilled bread with duck and orange pate. Cookie dough and freshly baked scones smothered in cream cheese. Salted cookie dough, icing sugar and oat crumble biscuits with dried apple. Roasted hazelnuts start to overpower the initial fresh grassy tones. Palate: Palate: Finish: Finish: Comments: Fruity, juicy. An abrupt finish. Like walking through the bakery first thing in the morning. 8.5 8.5 Comments: WEMYSS MALTS THE WHISKY WORKS NECTAR GROVE KING OF TREES Wemyss Malts Whyte & Mackay Rob Rob 46% 46.5% Independent Blended Malt ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: ABV: BOTTLING: STYLE: REGION: PRICE: AVAILABILITY: Independent Blended Malt Nose: Nose: Bags of fruits, orange and lemons and a sharp tang of red currants. Black treacle too and an earthy note – a fresh ploughed field. Rich and juicy straight off. All the fruits are here, orange, cherry, blueberries and a little cider edge too. There oak is here, creamy vanilla and roasted vanilla seeds. Oaky. A little drying, with dark fruits. When it opens out it doesn’t stop. Give it time and it will reward you. Really light and aromatic honey, delicate flowers in brown paper. Rolls of Sellotape. Honey-roast chilli. The alcohol prickle grows. Very mellow at first, lovely and honeyladen. Fresh orange juice, lemon mousse, Frangipane – soft peaches and vanilla. Then slowly spices grow with smoky tobacco. Punchy. black pepper and chilli seeds. Full of soft spices, like eating Frangipane in a meadow, sweet and heady. N/A Highlands ===== ===== Palate: Palate: Worldwide Worldwide Finish: Finish: Comments: Comments: 8.3 8.4 Sam Lyndsey Nose: Nose: Fruit salad! Melon balls, pineapple chunks and sugar syrup. Fresh dough. Lemon zest, marzipane and cherry and a vegetal mint note. Moves to something a little more candied – foam banana sweets? A drying oak wraps things up. Oak loiters. Blueberries and brown sugar. Lots of lots of fruit. A least six or seven of your five-a-day! Oak balances this nicely, but might be a little too fruity for some folks. Meringues and cinnamon-dusted dried pineapples followed by pickled raspberries, mahogany, lavender soap and new Dr. Martens. A mixture of peaches, raspberries and apricots in syrup with sweet liquorice creating a leathery texture. Strikingly herbal with pine trees, lightly torched rosemary and hot ginger water. Hot ginger. A light, oily finish. Well hello whirlwind! Constantly twisting from light and juicy to rich and spicy. Palate: Palate: Finish: Comments: Finish: Comments: 8.0 8.8 130 Scotch Whisky
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