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New Releases from Wemyss Vintage Malts

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By Mike Lord

The shelves are beginning to groan with all the new releases coming in and some right crackers have arrived in from Wemyss.

Wemyss Blair Athol 1986 Autumn Berries

Strawberry Starbusts and orange peel on the nose.  Very citrus.  For me distinct cognac notes and Grand Marnier on the palate.  Not my usual drink but I think that's what it is.

Wemyss Laphroaig 1998 Beach Bonfires

An outstanding Laphroaig for me.   Unusually sweet on the palate at first but has great balls of smoke from burning paper with a great citrus edge.

Wemyss Caol Ila 1996 Lemon Smoke

Very much starts with all that singed icing sugar I expect from Caol Ila but then has buckets (fruit baskets?) full of lemon and orange juice.  There's all great caramelised sugar which may have just started to catch in the pan and I definitely got Mars bars.

Wemyss Aultmore 1982 Sugared Almonds

For me lots more nuts that just almonds but there all definitely sugar coated.  And my Dad's Walnut cake.

Wemyss Tormore 1988 White Chocolate Torte

I didn't really get the chocolate on this but I did get lots of classic old ex-bourbon cask matured whisky notes.  Loads of melon, pastry and marzipan.  Also quite an unusual taste for me to identify which I in the end decided was the full on glass of fruit salad Pimms.

A Trio of New Gems from Adelphi

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By Mike Lord

A small new release from Adelphi but well worth a look

Adelphi Aultmore 1982 29 Years Old

This is another top class Aultmore from Adelphi. They believe it to be one of their best and describe it as a perfect breakfast whisky.

Nose: Underripe bananas. Then the bananas ripen and become banana cheesecake. After water, estery notes of warm polythene or vinyl. Faded dried mixed herbs and muesli.

Taste: Sweet and syrupy. After water, smooth, sweet with rolled-oats.

Finish: Dusty malt and green banana skins in the finish.

Adelphi Benriach 1977 34 Years Old

It's been a long time since Adelphi last produced a Benriach and it has been worth the wait.

Nose: Tinned peaches in syrup and white grapes with zesty orange peel. Behind this, hints of sphagnum moss [peat moss]. Almonds.

Taste: Oily mouthfeel. Light sweeteness. Water introduces mint toffee (Murray Mints). Musty grape skins. Soft, creamy texture. A trace of spice at the back of the tongue.

Finish: Honeycomb in the finish. An aftertaste of maturation warehouse. A lovely dusting of chocolate.

Adelphi Bowmore 2001 10 Years Old

An amazing toffee sweet Bowmore.

Nose: Straight away, sweet highland toffee - a thick and creamy nose that develops with Caboc (highland cheese rolled in toasted oatmeal), and traces of butterscotch and chocolate malt. On the nose, the smoke is apparent, but never overpowering.

Taste: Surprisingly sweet to taste as well, and now very smoky, with hints of warm railway sleepers; lingering creosote smokiness. Water makes it more mineralic; bath salts, and a trace of carbolic soap.

Finish: The McCowan's highland toffee returns in the finish, now swathed in hessian sacks.

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New Releases from Adelphi

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By Mike Lord

Here are the latest releases from Adelphi - most where previewed at The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival in May.  This is the first bottlings from Adelphi which have been processed through there own bottling line at their new warehouse - getting even more independent.  This should mean that they can be more fleet of foot going forward so except more releases and more frequent.

Adelphi Ardmore 1992 18 Years Old

This whisky is from a refill bourbon Hogshead which produced 267 bottles.  It's about getting scrubbed clean down the road from the industrial factory.

Adelphi Aultmore 1982 28 Years Old

This whisky is from a refill bourbon hogshead which produced 179 bottles.  Lots of baked apples and apple pie notes show the quality of this aged Speyside.

Adelphi Bunnahabhain 1998 12 Years Old

This whisky is from a first fill sherry cask which produced 632 bottles.  A big sherried whisky with lots of dark chocolate and toffees with a hint of match boxes.

Adelphi Clynelish 1997 14 Years Old

This whisky is a refill bourbon hogshead which produced 247 bottles.  It's all about a biscuit tin in a sweet shop with the door open to a summer day in the Highlands.

Adelphi Glenrothes 1990 20 Years Old

This whisky is from a refill sherry butt which produced 527 bottles.  This one is all about chocolate and fruit cake.

Adelphi Linkwood 1984 26 Years Old

This whisky is from a refill bourbon hogshead which produced just 113 bottles.  It's like an English country village of the 1950's probably in the Cotswolds - the country church, the sweet shop, the green grocers, coal fires and the village school.

And Now Just Arrived from Adelphi Distillery

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The latest releases just in from Adelphi:

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Adelphi Bowmore 2001 8 Years Old @ 59.9%

Don't buy it as it's so good I want to drink them all myself!

Adelphi Bunnahabhain 2000 9 Years Old @ 59.2%

One for those that like fresh sherry notes in their whisky.

Adelphi Glenlivet 1978 31 Years Old @ 53.9%

A really complex and unusual Glenlivet.  Excellent.

Adelphi Glenallachie 1973 36 Years Old @ 48.1%

A superb aged Bourbon cask whisky.

Adelphi Aultmore 1974 35 Years Old @ 49.6%

This whisky just has so many layers.

Return of an old friend

Adelphi Ardbeg 1998 11 Years Old  @ 58.0%

An Ardbeg to welcome in the warmer months

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By Mike Lord

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