Another miniature that I’ve picked up along the way - the highly regarded @glenfarclasdistillery. I have to admit it’s a distillery I’ve tried very little of, apart from the 18Yr and 21Yr, and that was several years ago.
Colour - dark marmalade
Nose - instant notes of fruitcake, before freshly squeezed orange juice and then soured cream. I also detected just a faint hint of sulphur, but it then disappeared.
Palate - candies nuts and plums. Tinned apricots.
Finish - slightly dry and tannic. Faint tang of metal and then rolling tobacco
It’s a smooth whisky at 46% but not sure what I’d call balanced - the nose is sherry led but then the dryness of the casks has led to a musty, tangy finish with the rolling tobacco on the tip of the tongue. However, that’s not to deflect from an enjoyable whisky - it’s just a drink in three different parts!
Water takes away the tobacco but brings out more copper notes.
This is priced around about the £50 mark and you’ll probably have to purchase via a specialist retailer such as @masterofmalt. I enjoyed it, and would like to revisit the 21Yr, but won’t be in a rush to buy a bottle personally.
Last year, I was lucky to score not only the regular version, but also the Committee Release of @Ardbeg_USA's latest special edition named Kelpie. While I am posting this ol' snapshot of it again as my Throwback Thursday pick, I am wondering if I will be able to grab a cask strength bottling of Ardbeg's annual release for 2018, too. Fingers crossed. #ardbegkelpie
Things you find in the attic! An older label bottle of our exceptional Glenfiddich 18 year old single malt. This rather sweet and fruity dram is the combination of 80% American oak matured spirit & 20% European oak matured spirit. Married in small (2000ltr) tuns for six months before release. Try it with a bit of dark chocolate on the side 😊
Another #tbt Probably the highlight of visiting Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries is the chance to try 15ml measures of some very expensive or impossible to get drams. Not only do they have the Yamazaki and Hakushu 25 and Hibiki 30, they also have single cask bottlings of the blended parts that make up Yamazaki and Hakushu 12 and Hibiki 17. There is also a selection of other older single casks and what’s left of the Bourbon/Puncheon/Heavily Peated releases from a few years ago.
At Hakushu (March 2017) I dived in with the Yamazaki and Hakushu 25, alongside the Hakushu Heavily Peated. Although pictured, I didn’t go for the Hibiki 30 since I’d already tried it in London as part of @sexyfishlondon Vertical Hibiki Tasting.
I’ve said it before but the Yamazaki 25 was seriously poor, and that’s before you take into account the price for a whole bottle (¥100k or £3k in the UK). It was incredibly sulphury and very dry and leathery. Not just a disappointing experience, it was actually unpleasant!
Hakushu 25 is as far better. They’ve still gone for a sherry influence but haven’t nuked it in oloroso. However, there was not enough difference between this and Hakushu 18 (which I love) to justify paying an extra £1000.
At Yamazaki (March 2015) I got to try my first Yamazaki 18Yr, which again is on the heavily sherried side but was such a good price (at least back then) I had to get a bottle. Still got some left and will review soon. The other two bottles in that picture are a 1986 Sherry Single Cask - proof that @suntorywhisky can age Sherry well, and a 12Yr Yamazaki Mizunara Cask which goes into the blend for Yamazaki 12Yr. It was utterly delicious and I hope I get to try the Yamazaki Mizunara 18Yr at some point.
So, some good, some bad here. Moral of the story is that expensive, older Japanese whisky does not = better. It is sad to think that the days of single cask bottlings from these distilleries are over, and probably never coming back. Can you imagine the riot in the streets of Shinjuku if Yamazaki released a single cask at Isetan tomorrow?
For the price I paid I don’t regret the experience - £40 for 15ml of all six, never going to get better than that. Kanpai!
My first whisky tasting of 2018 took place earlier this week at Christiansen's. Under the guidance of Beam Suntory's Whisky Brand Ambassador Tanja Bempreiksz, me and the other attendees got treated to six really nice whiskies by @TheAuchentoshan, @GlenrothesTW and @TheArdmoreLegacy. Good stuff! #barleymania
In this week’s review, I examine @laphroaig Lore, a single malt some people love and some people love to hate. With notes of figs, raisins, berry cobbler, amaretto, green pepper, clove, and plenty of bonfire-style peat smoke, I rather enjoy this whisky, although it’s a bit overpriced IMHO. Checkout MeadeMule.com for my full review. BTW, I’m pretty proud of this photo... I spent quite a bit of time trying to get this shot right, and I think it paid off. #laphroaig#laphroaiglore#islaywhisky#whiskywednesday#whiskeywednesday#productphotography
When you’re scrolling through your phone and find the most random of images. Just casually puffing a stick with a police riot helmet on. As you do. #highlandfestival
Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Bottled at 64.75% Alcohol by Volume (129.5 Proof) Barrel Proof - Unfiltered. From the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.
I’ve been looking for a bottle of this for a few years now! Glad to have finally found one! George T. Stagg built the most dominant distillery in the 19th century, and continued distilling even during prohibition (as medicine). This Whiskey is uncut and unfiltered, and aged for nearly a decade, according to the bottle. Younger than the highly sought after George T. Stagg Buffalo Trace Antique Collection bottle, which I believe is 16 or 17 years old.
This is my first experience with anything from the Buffalo Trace Distillery, but I’m told their mash bill is high corn, low rye. This is the darkest colour bourbon I have ever seen! What I’m smelling is cherry cola, with rich spice and burnt caramel and sweet vanilla. Big bold flavour, rich brown sugar sweetness and a spicy cinnamon punch through the middle, and a dry lingering spice in the finish. Overall, there’s a lot of oak, and a lot of complexity. Very good stuff! With water, the flavors meld together, the whiskey becomes sweeter and the cinnamon spice kick delays later into the experience.
Man... I’m not usually a bourbon guy, but going for the higher end stuff may just be converting me. If you can get your hands on a bottle, it’s definitely worth it! Bourbon fans, check it out.
Perfect for a sunny day in Southern California. Keeping things interesting and not complex with delicious dark fruits (strawberries, blackberries and some subtle spice on the finish). A sherry sweetness so pleasant you can spend the day on the coast and wait for the sun to set. 🥃
Strip back all the fancy libations, the themes, the pomp and circumstance - when it come right down to it, a beer and a straight up dram in your local pub takes some beating. Especially when your local is the perfect showcase of character and old style hospitality.
You don’t need to add any fancy garnish to a dram of #Glenfiddich - but when you’re presented with a whisky flight this good- it deserves a little additional effort in the presentation. 26yr Old, 30 yr old, 40 yr old and 50 yr old !
Won this bad boy at a fundraiser raffle last evening. When I realized it was my number, I couldn't hold back the local boy excitement and I ripped a big "CHEEEEEEEEHOOOOOOOOOO!" .
Bottle No. 64: Kavalan Distillery, Solist Vinho Barrique, Single Malt Whisky, 114.2 proof.