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#87 – Glen Elgin-Glenlivet 23 Year Old (WM Cadenhead)

Distillery: Glen Elgin-Glenlivet
Name: WM Cadenhead bottling
Age: 23
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 46%
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: About £75 I think
Distilled: 1991
Bottled: 2015
Bottles: 630
Nose: Sherry, dark chocolate, ripe fleshy fruits
Taste: Pear, spicy, subtle summer fruits
Finish: Short, oaky,
Rating: 6/10

I spotted this bottle in a shop during my 2016 Scotland visit. It’s a distillery that I was not familiar with which always catches my attention and I had never tried a WM Cadenhead bottling so was interested in trying one.

So the bottle usefully comes with it’s own tasting notes, for the nose it states “Dark chocolate; some meatiness along with a good glug of sherry. Bruised bananas; distant smokiness and some maple syrup”. For me I can identify the sherry, dark chocolate and can see where they are coming from with the bananas, I do not get that specifically but do get ripe fleshy fruits. I can also see what they mean with the meatiness too, I would not have initially used that word, but I like it, I’ll stick with it.

Onto the palate and the official notes state “More chocolate, although softer than on the nose. Cinnamon buns; strawberry yoghurt and poached pears.”. Personally I can get pears (never had poached so can’t confirm that) and I get a general summer fruits quality coming through, although this is subtle. There is also a nice spice to it, nothing overpowering but adds nicely to the palate.

The finish is noted as having “Some soft oaky notes along with red fruits. Faint dunnage warehouses with raspberries and lychees”. I get the oaky notes and a bit of spice to go with it but also the summer fruits notes from the palate does continue onto the finish.

It is rare that I read official tasting notes and can honestly say that I agree with them, that one of the great things about whisky, each tastes different to everyone. These tasting notes however were clearly written by someone with a similar palate to myself  (albeit someone with a more sophisticated palate) as I can agree with many of the flavours identified.

Overall it has been a pleasant dram, it has a good body to it, a little heavier than most, with enough complexity there to entertain the palate. It has not blow me away however but I would say that it’s quality does match the price I paid.

Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof

Distillery: Heaven Hill
Name: Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof (Bottled in Bond)
Region: Kentucky
Age: ?
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 50%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: £34 (70cl)
Nose: Rich, rye, caramel, smooth, crisp
Taste: Spicy, smooth, slightly sweet, smoky
Finish: Short, light
Rating: 7/10

So I’ve heard quite a few good things about Rittenhouse Rye and have been after trying it for a while, but then I got a sample of the 100 Proof instead, even better.

The nose starts very rich, obviously very rye, which I love, and also has a caramel smoothness but with a strangely crisp finish. Onto the palate you get a very well-rounded dram with a great mouth feel, very smooth with a slight sweetness and just a little smokiness peaking through towards the end (once aired a little). I was surprised how little alcohol burn there is for it’s strength, I would never guess it’s 50%. The finish is actually quite short and light I felt unfortunately, which is the only thing that lets it down.

I’m no expert on ryes but the ones I have had I also seem to enjoy, this is no exception. I have not been disappointed, it’s a very easy drinking, yet complex and flavoursome rye and worth the money in my eyes.

I would like to thank Tom (@Tom_Blumsom) again for the sample.

Old Pulteney WK217 Spectrum

Distillery: Old Pulteney
Name: WK217 Spectrum
Region: Highland
Age: ?
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 46%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: ?
Nose: Rich, earthy, maple syrup, caramel, coastal (eventually)
Taste: Rich, sweet, smooth, coastal
Finish: Medium, light, slightly dry
Rating: 7/10

The WK217 Spectrum is a UK Travel Retail only bottling from Old Pulteney. It is the third and final release of their range related to extraordinary boats from Wick. I was informed that if I liked their 17 year old offering then I should give this one a go. Since I do, I took them up on the offer.

So the nose was way more complex than I was expecting. It is very rich, like it has been finished in sherry cask for a period (I don’t know if it has). There is also a real earthy note to it. Once aired a little the earthiness fades and then you get hit with the maple syrup and caramel, what a lovely nose. I’m surprised that the characteristic coastal/salty notes is not really present, it is there but not in anger and only when aired for a long period.

Onto the palate and yes, there’s the Old Pulteney flavour I wanted. It starts quite rich and smooth, moving into a sweetness and then the coastal character comes through, again not as much is with most from them though. This leads onto a medium length finish that is actually quite light with a slight dryness, but a very subtle dryness.

I have to admit this was better than I was expecting. It was more complex than expected through the full range and kept giving as it was left to aerate. Yet another fantastic offering from Old Pulteney. That leaves only one of their range that I have not been a fan of, that’s the Navigator, hay, they can’t cater for everyone with every dram can they.

I would like to thank Tom (@Tom_Blumsom) again for the sample.