Last night Mike and I sat down with 4 of the latest bottlings in the Carn Mor Strictly Limited range and we were quite surprised at some of the flavours we found.
First up was Benrinnes 1996
The nose on this reminded me of lime zest with a light floral note, whereas Mike got floral toffee, roast lemon and candy with sea salt and we both agreed on the presence of pear drops. The taste gave me an initial chilli prickle with vanilla and lychees, melon and pear and Mike had similar flavours with a coffee bitterness. This we found after being left for a short while turned to custard creams. A great dram to get us started.
Next up was Mortlach 1998.
Most prominent on the nose for both of us was fresh laundry, honeysuckle, lemon and coconut. Although whether the laundry smell was from the whisky or the dishwasher I'm not sure - I may have to try this one again to check. And again. The taste began with an icing sugar sweetness over nectarines then a kick of chilli chocolate burst through (milk chocolate that is) leaving a light, fruity, boiled sweets finish. If the first whisky doesnt wake you up and refresh you then this one sure will.
We moved on then to Glentauchers 2010.
Whilst immediately reminding me of a fruity malt loaf, toffee and Jasmine Mike had stewed prunes with rhubard and liquorice. Quite a lot off different smells from this young dram. The taste moved onto over cooked toffee with an orange bitters and smoky edge to it reminding us both of a collection of baking before it goes into the oven. This was so warming and spicy as it went down you could feel it warming you all the way to your belly button.
And finally the Caol Ila 2006
Well, all I am going to say about this is wow! a great mixture of icing sugar sweetness, bonfires on the beach mixed with smoked kippers and smoked ham. I'm now going to get my BBQ, take it to the beach and relax with a Carn Mor Caol Ila and smoked ham sandwiches. This is deffinately one you need to buy to try for yourselves.