Nose: Heavy, thickly oaked and complex: some curious barley-sugar notes here shrouded in soft smoke. Big, but seductively gentle, too.
Taste: The delivery, though controlled at first, is massive! Then more like con-fusion as that smoke on the nose turns into warming, full blown peat, but it far from gets its own way as a vague sherry trifle note (curious, seeing how there are no sherry butts involved) - the custard presumably is oaky vanilla - hammers home that barley - fruitiness to make for a bit of a free-for-all; but for extra food measure the flavours develop into a really intense chocolate fudge middle which absolutely resonates through the palate.
Finish: A slight struggle here as the mouthfeel gets a bit puffy here with the dry peat and oak; enough molassed sweetness to see the malt through to a satisfying end, though. Above all the spices, rather than lying down and accepting their fate, rise up and usher this extraordinary whisky to its exit.
Nose. Distinctly confidant liquorice-Bourbon notes with near perfect bitter-sweet balance; burnt honeycomb and toffee also abound
Taste. Outstanding richness and sheen to the enormous barley-oak sweetness; again there is a big Bourbony cut to the cloth with all the liquorice and molassed sugar normally associated; but the barley adds that extra dimension
Finish. Long, wonderfully layered oak offering variations of a sweet dry theme; a touch silky with some cream toffee at the death
Colour - Gentle amber with a slight yellow hue.
Nose - Soft, very aromatic with a hint of honey and lemon in the foreground.
Taste - Sweet to start with an appetising fruitiness and a long smooth finish. Light yet complex, smooth yet challenging. This is a dram that has something for everyone.
Sweet fruit and Oloroso sherry notes, layered with honey and vanilla. Smooth and mellow with beautifully combined flavours, nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness and a delicately proportioned layer of sherry.The Balvenie
This might be young, but the use of a good Sherry barrel ensures that there is nothing missing. Surprisingly rich given the age, with a judicious use of Highland peat to round out the sherried fruit.
Finished in Pedro Ximenz barrels this is an appealing and lively take on this classic distillery, central to the Ballantines blend. There's lots of bright, sweet fruit upfront with a nicely matched malty core. Ageing in Bourbon barrels adds sweet vanilla and caramel overtones.
Rarely seen as a single malt, Glenlossie is a sadly underappreciated whisky despite being classified as one of the 12 ‘top class malts’ by blenders back in 1974. It's also a firm favourite with some of us at Connolly's
This bottling from independent bottler Morrison Scotch Whisky Distiller goes to show why. This is a juicy, generous Sherried style, full of flavour, silky in the mouth, with a fantastic warming back-note of crystallised ginger. A seriously appealling dram!
Sad fact - Strathmill's owners Diageo rarely put out official bottlings from this great distillery.
Happy fact - Independent bottles like Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers do so you get the chance to enjoy the sweet, smooth, citrus inflected delights of this all-too-rarely seen distillery
A real treat - a chance to enjoy a properly aged (25 years) grain whisky. Every bit as smooth and refined as you would hope with the Bourbon barrel adding its own dimension. Harmonious and complex.
A charming little whisky from the Chivas empire. Simple but appealing
Glencadam Distillery opened in 1825 and since then little has changed.
Multi-award winning Glencadam Highland Single Scotch Malt Whisky Aged 10 Years is a fine example of centuries of craftsmanship and tradition. “The rather delicate” malt with a beautifully balanced, pure flavour.
Awards and Reviews
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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2019 score: 95
Glenfiddich Fire & Cane is a bold fusion of smoky and sweet notes. By marrying peated whisky and malts matured in bourbon barrels, and then finishing in Latin rum casks, we created an exquisite whisky with campfire smokiness and toffee sweetness.
Colour - Golden
Nose - Billowing soft peat notes, like distant smoke on the wind. Rich sweet toffee with zesty fresh fruit notes and spiciness.
Taste - Like a Highland peat campfire, with oak notes and toffee. Sharp green fruit, sweet baked apple and soft smoke.
Finish - Lingering smokiness and sweetness
Fresh green apples, toffee and a hint of nuttiness. This is the taste of distilling slower than anyone else in Scotland, of barley we dry by air – never peat – and of hand-selected sherry casks crafted from European and American oak.
The Glenturret 10 Years Old celebrates our classic aperitif signature style by maturing our unpeated Glenturret spirit in predominantly American oak Sherry seasoned casks for 10 years. This expression has a wonderful variety of light flavours. Its initial aromas are full of succulent oranges, toffee apples and vanilla. The palate reveals further light, fresh flavours including soft wood spices and additional vanilla and citrus notes. The Glenturret is crafted at Scotland's Oldest Working Distillery and this exclusive bottling sublimely incorporates our light malt character, long heritage and careful maturation to craft the prefect delicate dram of Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Tasting Notes by The Glenturret's Master Whisky Maker Bob Dalgarno:
Appearance: Honey, soft and vibrant
Aroma: Succulent orange is rich with wonderful depth. Toffee with apple follows. The apple develops fresher notes mingling with vanilla. Malt enters in a subtle way and almost shows honeycomb. Light oak envelopes in an unassuming way.
Taste: Soft wood spices and sweetness show early. Both ginger and cinnamon are in harmony followed by sweeter vanilla then citrus fruits lingering. Oak is developing from fresh new cut to slightly veneered.
Finish: Soft, spicy and warming
Rich in flavour, our Hazelburn 10-year-old is awash with scents and flavours that will delight.
Nose. Stewed pears and baked apples are followed by honeycomb and fudge notes.
Palate. A lovely and rich whisky with vanilla and honey flavours, liquorice follows with a refreshing zestiness.
Finish. A refined milk chocolate cream finish that is oily and chewy.
They say time and tide wait for no man. On Jura, by contrast, time is stretched by the changing seasons and tempered by its unique microclimate, with each passing year bringing its own riches. Matured for eighteen long years in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels and enriched by superior Premier Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux barrels, a unique spirit is created that has truly come of age.
Colour. Rosewood gold
Nose. Aromas of toffee, tropical fruits and cinnamon
Taste. Flavours of rich black forest fruit, cocoa and coffee
This may be a blend, but it's not just any blend. This is a blend that scored 94 points in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2019!
Premium quality 8 Years Old Blend – the recognised age of maturity for many malt whiskies. Few blends offer any age statement. 8 years old defines the age of the youngest whisky in the blend, the majority of the malts in Isle of Skye are much older.
Origins in that most widely celebrated of Scottish Islands: Skye, home of the Clan Macleod.
An exceptionally smooth and mellow Blended Scotch whisky containing a high proportion of carefully selected Island and Speyside Malts.
Honey/vanilla sweet Speyside flavour allied to smoky/peaty Island influences to give a well balanced distinctive blend.
Aged in oak casks for at least sixteen years, this much sought-after single malt has the massive peat-smoke that's typical of southern Islay - but also offering a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting dram.
This exquisite 12 year old single malt has a deep fruity character of peach and pear layered with a vanilla sweetness and the characteristic hints of peat and smoke found in Loch Lomond whiskies. Aged in three types of cask - Bourbon, refill and re-charged - these whiskies are brought together delivering a perfectly balanced single malt.