Attack of the high quality young bourbon casks. All good, then brilliance from the Bladnoch, wine and sherry Glenrothes.
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Glenrothes 1994, 24 years old, 47%: Fresh sherry since June 2015 A⊕
Body - Deeply sweet with more waxed wood and leather, black forest gateaux and blackcurrant travel sweets.
Finish - Short but balanced, with a peppery, fencey wood at the end.
An extremely well judged sherry bomb, a great combination of deep, sweetshoppy sweetness and the chocolate, leather and waxy character. The sherry character reminds me of that really sherried old particular Clynelish - very moreish.
Dailuaine-Glenlivet 10yo (2008) 60.6%: HHD A+’
Body - Very zesty, fizzing - then back to earth with sponge cake and buttercream. A touch of white pepper. Creamier with water.
Finish - Quite hot and peppery, black pepper crisps at the end. Cardboard (just a little) with water.
A beautifully bold and well presented young bourbon cask in very good wood. Characterful and delicious drinking.
Teaninich 10yo (2008) 57.2%: HHD A+
Body - Balanced, and bold, softly spoken fruit and fizzers.
Finish - Long, drying, with fruit toffees and sesame snaps.
More grown up than the Dailuaine, and structural, although a little more austere for it.
Deanston 10yo (2008) 56.6%: HHD A-
Body - Sweet at first then oddly burnt, even a little formic. Burnt caramel and warm red wine?
Finish - Medium and quite thin, but lingering peppery notes with soft toffee on the tip of the tongue.
Delicious and characterful if a little hard and musky in the delivery. That pepperyness is a little off putting.
Royal Brackla 10yo (2008) 56.3%: HHD A
Body - Soft and fruited, plenty of cardboard here though, although the Deanston is still peppering my palate. The orange is now candied, or dried, with some French cooked pastry.
Finish - Medium, with barley sugar. But retronasally it has bright, ripe orange.
Another cracking young bourbon cask, but others are better.
Glentauchers-Glenlivet 10yo (2009) 59.9%: HHD A+’
Body - burnt wine again, sweet jammy notes and rhubarb and custard sweets.
Finish - Long with liquorice allsorts, jam tarts and cut, blonde oak. Some blue cheese tones at the end (very welcome).
Up with the Dailuaine but again more robust and grown up. Probably the most accomplished of the young ones so far.
Dufftown-Glenlivet 11yo (2007) 54.5%: HHD A+
Body - Gentle pepper, more cream, milk tart and a lolly stick.
Finish - Long with ice pops on wood.
An understated but deeply delicious whisky, long on the tip of the tongue and full of oils.
Tormore 30yo (1988) 43.2%: HHD A
Body - Immediately fruity then suddenly pulled back to old school perfume, plywood and talcum powder.
Finish - Long and woodsy, with Fairy liquid, rice paper and dolly mixture. Tannic.
Hard work for a 30 year old.
Bladnoch 30yo (1989) 40.8%: Sherry HHD since June 15 A⊕+
Body - Soft fruit with apple pips, liquorice root and baked apples.
Finish - Spicy wood oils, liquorice Rizlas and bidis. Reminds me of university
The nose on this is phenomenal; really old school, the kind of thing you’d get on a special distillery tour or as a dream dram at the whisky show. You can even, just about detect the Bladnoch behind the sherry cask. A very special whisky, and not what I was expecting at all.
Benrinnes 11yo (2007) 58.5%: Brl A+
Body - That’s more like it, creamy depths, slightly powdery/chalky and some petrichor - I suppose medicinally fruited.
Finish - Long with hop bitterness and phenols.
Despite my expectations this was rather good - more spirity and peppery than fruity but interesting and well structured. And it is a lovely nose after all that.
Fettercairn 10yo (2008) 56.6%: Red Wine - NZ Pinot Noir Cask since October ’17 A+
Body - Dry and nutty, no sulphur, maybe a touch of iron filings. Lots of tannins.
Finish - Like chewing a used tea bag, in a good way. Long and tannic with black tea and a strand of tobacco on the tongue.
A textbook Cadenhead’s wine cask. Don’t let us run out!