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Glenallachie 15 year old

Distillery: Glenallachie
Region: Speyside
Age: 15
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 58%
Batch No.: GA 15 001
Colour: Copper
Nose: Rich, sherry
Taste: Rich, sweet and powerful
Finish: Long, warm, spicy and dry
Rating: 9/10
Glenallachie 15 year old

Beautiful colour to this one, rich, dark copper from the first-fill sherry cask. Masses of flavour comes through as soon as you take that first sip, and there is no doubt that it cask strength either. A little water is needed for this one that for sure. With the addition of the water the nose becomes a little lighter and easier to pick out the aromas. Taste is not affected much by a little water, you have to dilute it quite a bit for that, it has to be the most powerful whisky I have tasted. Even heavily diluted though you still get the warm and spicy finish, just a little less dry.

I’ve had this one for a number of years now and to be honest, I’m not sure if you can get it anymore, I got it from The Glenlivet distillery so maybe it is still available there. From memory it was around £35 for a 50cl and I have to say, it’s worth every penny.

Edradour 10, 12 Madeira & 13 Natural Cask Strength

Edradour 10 year old

Distillery: Edradour
Region: Highland
Age: 10
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 40%
Batch No.:
Colour: Light Amber
Nose: Strong, earthy, almonds with a little sweetness
Taste: Powerful, same earthiness
Finish: Short, dry
Rating: 3/10
Edradour 10 year old
Edradour is Scotland’s smallest distillery, making as much whisky in a year as most make in a week (or so it says on the box). The Edradour 10 year old is their entry level whisky and I can honestly say, it is like no other whisky I have ever tasted. I would love to know what gives it such a unique nose and palate, maybe it the water or maybe its the stills, I have no idea. If I am honest though, I am not a huge fan of the 10 year old, I’m impressed that they can get such powerful flavour from a 10 but it is just a little too different for may my taste. I would however suggest that everyone at least try it once, you never know, that unique flavour might just suit you.

Edradour 12 year old Madeira Cask Finish

Distillery: Edradour
Region: Highland
Age: 12
Finish: Madeira
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 55%
Batch No.: N/A
Colour: Light Amber
Nose: Powerful, complex, sweet, creamy, heavenly
Taste: Complex, smooth, balanced, some sweetness
Finish: Long, warm, strong (alcohol)
Rating: 10/10
Edradour 12 year old Madeira

The Edradour Madeira cask 12 year old from the ‘Straight from The Cask’ range, what can I say, but wow. I was put off Edradour after the bottle of 10 year old I purchased, but had my eyes opened at a local whisky tasting, and man am I happy they bought this out. The nose has so much complexity, there appears to be something new each time you breath in. The palate, again, so much flavour and complexity but well balanced with just the right amount of sweetness from the Madeira cask, and this continues on to the finish.At 55% you can tell that it is strong, without water you can feel the alcohol on the nose, palate and finish. Just a small addition of water however, opens everything up and smooths everything out so that you can really appreciate what this whisky has to offer. At around £50 for a 50cl bottle it is not cheap, but I have to say, it is worth every penny. There are quite a few in the ‘Straight from The Cask’ range, I am looking forward to trying the Sherry cask one as my next Edradour purchase.

Notes

Initial Maturation
Distilled 19th November 1997
Disgorged 2nd May 2007
Second Maturation
Into Cask 2nd May 2007
Bottled 19th August 2010
Number of Bottles 529

Edradour 13 year old Natural Cask Strength

Distillery: Edradour
Region: Highland
Age: 13
Finish: ?
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 58.1%
Batch No.: 229
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, deep, powerful
Taste: Smooth, creamy, complex, earthy
Finish: Long, dry
Rating: 7/10
Edradour 13 year old natural Cask Strength

The Edradour 13 year old (9 days off 14 year old) Sherry cask from the ‘Natural Cask Strength’ range was a recent purchase, open for this review. I was a little surprised by this one to be honest, The Whisky Exchange where I got it, advertise it as ‘almost certainly come out of a sherry cask’, but I’m not sure. Now I’m no expert but for it is too dry and lacks the sweetness that usually comes from a sherry finish, I am questioning if it is a wine cask finish maybe. It mentions nothing of the finish on the bottle and I have not been able to find any info on the Edradour web site.It is a lovely whisky even though it has a hint of the 10 year old earthiness to it, just better balanced. It has a very dry finish too, much like the 10 year old but holds the flavour for much longer. It is strong though, 58.1% is quite evident when sampled neat, but be careful with the water, there is a definite comprise to be had with this one. Just a small amount of water seems to kill the nose, but open the palate, though it still keeps that strength. To water it down enough to kill the strength on the palate would eliminate any note it has for sure.

Notes

Distilled 24th May 1999
Bottled 15th May 2013
Number of Bottles 701

Glenburgie 26 Year Old

Distillery: Glenburgie
Region: Speyside
Age: 26
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 53.7%
Batch No.: 9801
Colour: Amber
Nose: Light, complex, fruity with a little spice
Taste: Light, complex, dry
Finish: Short, dry
Rating: 10/10
Glenburgie 26 Year Old
A release of just 204 bottles so will probably be difficult to get hold of. This is an amazing whisky, bursting with flavour on both the nose and palate. It has one issue for me though, water. The addition of water breaks up the oils and releases so much more on the nose, some wonderful aromas coming through. The problem lies in the fact that, for me at least, I actually prefer the flavour of the 26 year old without the water. It is a bourbon cask whisky finished in a sherry cask, I am not sure for how long though. I can’t remember how much this one cost to be honest, or find it for sale anywhere, but what I can say is that if you see it, it’s definitely worth buying.

Bladnoch 19 Year Old Sherry Cask

Distillery: Bladnoch
Region: Lowland
Age: 19
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 55%
Batch No.: N/A
Colour: Amber
Nose: Light but complex
Taste: Light, sweet and well rounded
Finish: Short but warm
Rating: 8/10
Bladnoch 19yo Sherry Cask

Judging by the colour and taste this is a bourbon casking that has been finished in a sherry cask. As a result it is still quite light, in colour, nose and taste, but it has picked that little extra flavour up from the sherry cask. At 55% it is quite strong but it does carry it well, not overpowering the flavour with the alcoholic volume. The addition of water does open it up however, making it easier to pick out the flavours.

I believe the 19 year old has now been replaced by the 20 year old, which I have yet to try. At £50 which this bottle cost I would say that it is worth the money. I called in at the distillery when I picked this bottle up, the distillery being the most southerly one in Scotland, and they were kind enough to allow me to sample a few from their range. From memory they were all nice, easy drink whiskies that I tried and I would be tempted to add another Bladnoch to my collection.

Glengoyne Range 15, 18 & 21 years

My first post is about some of the Glengoyne range. I purchased samples of a 15, 18 and 21 year old, so that I could sit down and do a back to back tasting of the distillery’s medium to high range of whiskies.

15 Year Old

Distillery: Glengoyne
Region: Highland
Age: 15
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 43%
Batch No.: N/A

Colour: Light gold
Nose: Light, sweet
Taste: Light, no flavour really stands out
Finish: Medium length, dry
Rating: 5/10

Refreshing, enjoyable dram, particular on a warm day. Light, but at 43%, has that little extra kick, some may prefer with a dash of water as a result, but I would be careful on how much you put in as it could easily kill the flavour, personally I would not add any.

I have not yet tried the 10 or 12 years so it is difficult to judge, but I would personally say that it is probably not worth the money that I have seen it at (around £45). For me it just lacks a little something for a 15 and for the price.

18 Year Old

Distillery: Glengoyne
Region: Highland
Age: 18
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 43%
Batch No.: N/A

Colour: Rich gold
Nose: Light but complex. Light fruits such as apple
Taste: Rich, smooth, spicy and slightly sweet
Finish: Strong, long lasting
Rating: 8/10

I unfortunately never got to try the 17 year old, which the 18 year old replaced, but I can say that it has it has definitely been replace with a splendid whisky. I have seen it at around £70 and have to say that when compared the 15, it is worth the extra. A wonderful drink, warmer than the 15, would be a good a spring or autumn drink. Again at 43% some may like some water, you can get away with a little more added to this one given it’s rich flavour, but I found that it did not really need much.

21 Year Old

Distillery: Glengoyne
Region: Highland
Age: 21
Chill-filtered: Yes
Strength: 43%
Batch No.: N/A

Colour: Rich copper
Nose: Rich, complex, sweet, spicy
Taste: Rich, smooth, spicy
Finish: Warm, medium length
Rating: 9/10

When I saw the colour I thought, Wow! Very clear that it is a first-fill sherry cask (Oloroso), as is the 18 incidentally. To me it is worth every penny. If you can afford the extra ontop of the 18, go for it. At time of writing though, Master of Malt were doing it at a cracking price, just £9 more than the 18.

This one comes highly recommended for those sherry cask lovers, it’s everything you would want from a 21 year old sherry cask whisky. This one is again at 43% so a little water may be required for some. It seems to carry the strength even more than the 18, so even with the water it has a bit of a kick, but without sacrificing the flavour however.