Just starting to catch up with some new whiskies in the shop.
I was introduced to this independent bottler at tasting at the beginning of the year and I was so impressed I got some in. These arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t new bottling but they are all impressive.
An unusual Benrinnes as it is from a straight Bourbon cask which lets more of the spirit character comes through.
Nose: Salt, shortbread, toffee, digestive biscuits and pencils.
Taste: Vanilla, toffee, cream, panacotta, sponge cake and lemon curd.
Finish: Salt, syrup and brandy cream.
As big a perfumed smoky Bowmore as you will find anywhere with some additional notes added from the sherry cask.
Nose: Warm roads, dark treacle, smoky bacon crisps with salt, black pepper corns.
Taste: Perfumed smoke and spice, cream, lavender and potpourri.
Finish: Smoldering embers and coffee with crispy streaky bacon.
A very well put together Highland Park.
Nose: Hot fudge. Treacle biscuits. Ready salted crisps. Vanilla custard creams. Hints of cordite and heather smoke.
Taste: Sweet. Honey. Creamy. Raisins and caramel.
Finish: Hot smoke and cream.
A complex Macallan where the sherry is balanced by a range of other flavours which all brought to mind baking.
Nose: Glace cherries, plums, sweet pastry and freshly baked fruit cake.
Taste: Cream, fudge, raisins, spice, creme brulee and hot cross buns.
Finish: Hot scones with raisins.
By Mike Lord