Yesterday a record of 7 100-point scores were given out, with another 2 people scoring 98. Astonishing scores, but understandable as it was an astonishing dram with characteristics you’ll remember if you’ve had it.
After yesterday’s lovely ex-bourbon matured dram, we are now back on the continent. Heavy sherry, lots of oak and high ABV. A bomb if there ever was one.
Lovely dram yesterday, a totally unexpected young Balmenach. Today we resume our bourbon-sherry pingpong in the direction of sherry once more. A lovely dram on the nose…
Sample 7 is what you call a BOMB. Sherry, wood, enormous amounts of flavour. this is going to be tricky to work out! Yesterday we got a Lochside and I got some points while being mostly wrong. So, yay!
Last night separated the men from the boys (and the women from the girls, I suppose), with almost the entire top 10 of the leaderboard sprinting off into the wild blue yonder and leaving those less fortunate (yes, that includes yours truly) in their dust. Tonight it’s peat again, but hidden and supported by sherry tones.
Yesterday’s sample was a mixed result. Sample #3 is straight up my alley, into my confortzone: sweet, light and aromatic. Doesn’t make the guessing game much easier, though.
Aberfeldy, Craigellachie, Royal Brackla, (Glen) Deveron and Aultmore. With the possible exception of the first these are not single malts most non-enthusiast consumers will have ever heard of. This is not strange. They are all part of the Bacardi stable and until very recently the loudest whisky-related noise by far from that company was reserved for their blended offerings: William Lawson’s and Dewar’s. Recently though, this changed with the announcement of a full OB range for all five of these distilleries. Continue reading
As more and more traditions in the world of whisky are broken and/or modified, there is one which has stood its ground over the last years: the Laphroaig 10yo CS. A cask strength version of the normal 10yo, it is offered direct through the company’s website at a very reasonable price (and usually appears in shops later on as well). It also tends to be very good value for money. I’ll be reviewing the 6th edition, bottled in February of 2014. Continue reading
This is the end. Of the blind tasting. For 7 weeks Yapi has shown us the different ways in which whisky can evolve. Now it comes down to the last two samples (there’s actually one more, but we don’t talk about that one. Ever! Well, maybe next week). Let’s see if there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, shall we?
Coming back from a most excellent visit to the Scottish island of Orkney, I picked up this new Glenlivet travel-only bottling (for now) at Edinburgh airport. I am a fan of the ex-bourbon matured version of the Nàdurra, and was curious to see what direction the distillery had chosen with this new variant (which will become a standard part of the range, I am told).