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
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
Appearance - Pale straw.
Body - Smooth, pleasant mouth-feel: firm with a light to medium body.
Nose - Subdued, citric fruitiness; a whiff of bath oil and dentist's mouthwash. A fresh and appetising nose, with little or no trace of smoke. A little water raises almond oil and old fashioned oilskins; still a fresh fruitiness, a trace of olive oil, and after a while potpourri or scented hand-soap.
Palate - Drinks well at natural strength; sweet start; pleasant, light fragrant smokiness and a lengthy finish. Smooth, pleasant mouth-feel; with water light acidity, some salt and still the sweeter notes. A complex balance of primary tastes.
Finish - Sweet smokiness in the lingering, slightly sour finish.
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
Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky is the first whisky ever distilled in the Cotswolds. They use 100% locally grown, floor-malted barley and mature the whisky in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and reconditioned red wine casks. Rich, fruity and sippable with notes of honey, Seville orange marmalade and dark red fruits.
Cotswold Distillery's cask strength Peated Cask Single Malt Whisky is hand-crafted in small batches using 100% local barley which is traditionally floor-malted. Long fermentations and double pot distillation, followed by maturation in ex-peated quarter casks, create a wonderfully-balanced rich and fruity whisky with subtle notes of peat smoke.
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.
Herbaceous and biscuit aromas with a distinct zesty note.
Pronounced Tart and fruit flavours with a beautiful spice undercurrent. A touch of oats are added in the mash to add a hint of creaminess on the palate.
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