Nose - A fresh, floral but rich, thick and fruity nose. Immediately compelling, and exactly as expected from Dailuaine. Waxy and classical, with a little Christmas cake, lovely.
Body - Soft and ripe at first, then a little hot and spiky with flashes of cardboard.
Finish - Long, hot, peppery and with a slightly bitter floral quality, like chewing a flower stalk.
Despite the mention of Christmas cake, this is a good, chewy, floral and waxy drammer for long hot summer evenings.
Body - Rich and creamy, hot chocolate and again, slightly herbal like a Mexican hot chocolate can be (nutty, a touch of cloves)
Finish - Soft and shorter than some of them, vanilla pastry and icing sugar.
Good stuff but not as toe curling as some of its (many) predecessors
Body - Soft but with deep black fruit and even some blackcurrant sorbet. A little spice at the sides of the mouth.
Finish - Medium with a touch of gunpowder and old wooden box, quite spicy on the lips at the end with a biscuity mouthfeel (what are those tiny Italian biscuits you get with coffee?)
This is a superb drinker, I love the professional but robust delivery on this and waxed nose.
Body - More of that sweetshop, a little bong water but quite a hollow delivery.
Finish - Sweeter at the end, charred lolly stick and definitely melted ice lolly. There’s a slightly harsh burnt citrus and sour malt at the end.
That harsh, sort of rotten ending nags a bit, however the front of it is very interesting and quite delicious, particularly the nose.
Creations 22, 45% A⊕+
A vatting of Ben Nevis, Blair Athol, and Tomintoul, bottled from a single cask that was vatted together in 2007
Body - Dusty, ethereal; sawdust, lipstick and fruit polos.
Finish - Medium with insistent sugar and green apple. Tannins bring the necessary structure at the end and bring you back for more.
Fantastic stuff, and as usual a great advert for blends. Wasn’t this one one of the long term in a cask together ones? They work really well.
Creations 45, 43.1% A⊕+
Body - Soft and with that wonderfully weird parma violet, sandalwood and floral quality that the best old Bowmores have.
Finish - Soft, short and elderly, with patchouli joss sticks and cotton. A little damp wood and liquorice at the end.
What a delicious, soft and gentle, but poised whisky. You could do serious damage to this in the right circumstances.
Bunnahabhain 5, 58.9% A+
Body - Intense burnt seaside, sweet toffee apple and sesame snaps.
Finish - Short but ripe, liquorice root and a little cigarette tar.
A real smasher this, the high sugars against the seaside peat work extremely well - not that this is uncommon for Islay of course, but this particular one is very good with its dirty meats.
Body - Sweet, clean, simple and with a fungicidal cream.
Finish - Strawberry jelly with single cream poured over, a bit anty. Short and oily.
Almost pure refill bourbon cask and ethanol. Unremarkable.
Body - Delicious and very old; blue cheese on crackers with ripe pear slices. Palate coating oils, mouth warming spices (chilli and clove).
Finish - Medium, effervescent and a little cardboardy like a whisky on the cusp of being understrength.
Body - Hard grain, apple and pine. Balanced sugars, a bit… reminds me of weak orange squash. Better with water, richer and more complex.
Finish - Zesty and very sweet. Slightly metallic with water.
A richer grain, with an interesting and challenging nose but not for me.
Body - Balanced; fruit, liquorice root, stewed tea and flying saucer sweets.
Finish - The liquorice root starts to take over, black jacks and burning tannins near the throat.
Ripe with lots of midrange, a solid drammer.
Littlemill, 28 years old, 50.7% A⊕+
Body - Deep with leather belt, horse, manure (in a good way) and very distinctly, Calpol. Significant lacquer.
Finish - Very long, it would be cloyingly sweet if it wasn't so bonkers. Orange barley squash and more wham bars. Linseed oil.
Doesn't disappoint, this one's quite mental yet assured and full of fruit and oil.
Body - Wood oil, that perfume, felt box and tropical squash. Reminds me of a posh night out in a London restaurant for some reason. Significantly better with water too, it grows up another decade or so.
Finish - Long and very thick - mango lassie? Salty too.
An absolutely superb old whisky, highly recommended.
Glen Spey 23 years old, 57.5% A+
Body - Off sweet fruits, the Drumstick chew lolly thing and that hard wood/grain thing from the nose again.
Finish - Long, with plenty of wood tannins and a mini milk?
Delicious and austere.