And the good people who took over open live writer really need to update it, I can't handle this 1998 web experience much longer!
Glen Elgin-Glenlivet 1995 23 Years Old 50.6% A⊕
Nose - Dusty, icing sugar, marzipan and fruit cake - very clear with the sultanas and mixed spice. Beautifully creamy and lightly medicinal.
Body - Gentle, complete, medicinal again with a little char. Ripe mango flesh and apple pips.
Finish - Long, with fruit fool and charred oak at the end.
A perfectly luxurious but very gentle drammer, dusty and woodsy, confident but soft.
Glentauchers-Glenlivet 2007 11 Years Old 2007 57.9% A⊕
Nose - Felted, fecund, slightly musky actually. Some pritt stick, carpet underlay and peach sweets. Sponge cake and vanilla buttercream. Just a little bit of lit sparklers.
Body - Talc, anti-fungal cream (in a good way), vanilla yoghurt. The fruit is compelling - it’s like apple chews, ripe green apple flesh and from-concentrate orange juice.
Finish - Medium, lightly peppered.
Predictable excellence from Glentauchers again, this time a robust but balanced and very “returnable” young whisky. Recommended.
Nose - More plasticky again, almost rum like at first but this fades. Baked plum tart, dusty chocolate and something more refreshing, like breakfast apple juice.
Body - Soft, creamy, freshly fruited (fruit polos, apple flesh again).
Finish - Medium, rhubarb fool and a little muesli. A little fresh set plaster, barley sugar.
An understated whisky but fresh and fruity, and not hard in any way. A lovely whisky for a windy hillside.
Dailuaine-Glenlivet 2008 10 Years Old 59.8% A-
Nose - Cloudy apple juice with cut peach, urinal cake (in a good way!), peach stone and travel sweets.
Body - Classic young bourbon cask, some cigarette tobacco and a light funk.
Finish - A sourer, more bitter tone develops, with lemon peel and pips, and cough candy.
Complex and interesting sweet shop notes but falters in the delivery.
Royal Brackla 2006 12 Years Old 57.7% A+’
Body - Soft but deep and dank, with sawdust, old varnish and numbing-sour wood oils.
Finish - Long and numbing on the tip of the tongue, with soft liquorice and wet wood.
A fantastic delivery on this one, much better than I was hoping for - that sour, slightly dirty wood oil and a long, tannic, liquorice delivery works very well.
Craigellachie - Glenlivet 2007 11 Years Old 54% A
Body - Soft and creamy, dusty chocolate and coffee granita behind it, slightly sour on the tip of the tongue.
Finish - Medium, very soft still and gently oiled across the whole palate. Dusty chocolate again at the end, almost cocoa powder. Some bitterness, grapefruit peel, at the very end.
This got more intriguing as it went on, but it’s a little wonky in the delivery.
Strathmill 1991 27 Years Old 51.2% A+
Body - Very deep, tropical spice and black varnish. Something hospital in here, like the taste of iodine and black pepper.
Finish - Short and peppery, very tannic and black, like stewed tea bags.
I was expecting more from a Strathmill of this age, nevertheless this is dark, complex and compelling. The nose is particularly good, and on-expectation for the age.
Speyside distillery 1991 27 Years Old 48.6% A
Nose - Nutty; whole nut chocolate bar with salted caramel and blackberries.
Body - Mouthfilling black fruits, light pepper with a juicy, slightly sour, almost hopped character.
Finish - Bracingly bitter with dank fruits. Toffee and tannins at the end.
Quite big despite the nutty start. If a little forgettable.
Benrinnes 1995 23 Years Old 51.1% A⊕
Body - Soft, deep fruit, intensely tropical cask with toffee covered nuts, star fruit and dried cranberries.
Finish - Medium long with Cadburys eclairs and mango with cracked black pepper.
These casks rarely let me down, this is another cracker.