Old Pulteney 12 – A Review

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So I’ve strayed away from the Old Pulteney range ever since I smashed a bottle of the 21 year old on the floor, in the bar I used to manage in Vancouver, when loading in new inventory…. I know….. Thankfully though, I was doing a good enough job there not to get in any real trouble but I was never let forget about it.

So seeing this miniature on the shelves in Edinburgh on a recent trip I couldn’t resist to try some a re-live a funny story.

Colour: Straw gold.

Nose: crisp, fruit, light toasted notes, saltiness.

Palate: Saltiness and brime on forefront, light toasted oak, nuts and raisins.

Finish: lingering finish, salt, brime, oak and spices.

Score: 80/100.

I think that the story might rate higher in my books than this whisky. I paired it with some sea bass and it went down quite well and I think the saltiness and the sea side brime pairs to fish very well. On its own though, its not a bad whisky. Is it amazing? Not particularly. Supposedly the 17 and the 21 are fantastic so I look forward to trying and reviewing those when I build up some more disposable income

Macallan Gold – A Review

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So I have sold a tonne of Macallan gold but never actually tried it myself. Macallan’s 1824 series sees the Gold officially as the baby of the group. They brought back the sherry finish/maturation that made them famous after the awful reputation that the fine oak series awarded them.

The gold replaced the 10 year old on price point. Not officially a ten year old since Macallan have opted to denote the quality of this NAS range by colour.

Colour: Golden (as the name suggests)

Nose: Strong citrus and vanilla tones, light sherry, wood spice and a slight hint of nut buried deep.

Palate: light wood spice, sweet fruits, sherry and oak coming through and finally nuts and malt cover the palate.

Finish: Strong wood spice, nutty and fruit taste remains.

Score: 85/100

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this low end NAS offering. Nice dram. Good flavour profile. Its got the burn of a young whiskey but that is to be expected with the replacement for the ten. Bottles retail here in Ireland for 63.99. Probably not going to buy a bottle for myself but definitely wouldn’t turn my nose up at a glass

Glen Grant 10 – A review

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Roommate brought this home from the duty free in Switzerland. Not usually a dram I would have jumped out for but cant say no to a friend offering a dram!

  • Colour: Straw Yellow
  • Nose: Candyhop sweetness, hints of toffee and stewed apples.
  • Palate: Light open, tofee sweetness, subdued spice, malt and pears
  • Finish: Long dry finish, fruity with subdued spice and slightest hint of nut.
  • Score: 80/100

This was a nice dram to have amongst friends. I had heard that the purifiers in the stills that Glen Grant use made light fruity whisky and thats no lie. I was pleasantly surprised with the length of the finish compared to how light it was on the palate. Not something I am going to rush out and buy anytime soon but was a tastey enough dram definitely with lots of fruit.

Aberlour 10 – A Review

Very approachable, entry level dram. On special in the pub this weekend for the Ireland vs Scotland game. Couldn’t say no to a glass or two at knockdown prices! Aberlour-10-year-old-Malt

  • Colour: Rich gold.
  • Nose: Sweetness upfront, fruit, toffee and nuts.
  • Palate: Full bodied. Spice up front, caramel, sherry sweetness & thick malty taste.
  • Finish: Medium finish. Spice lasts. Oily with lingering honey sweetness.
  • Score: 82/100.

I was pretty impressed with this entry level dram. Not for its complexity but for its full range of flavours it offered. Very enjoyable. Would buy again. Feel the finish let it down a bit so would have scored higher in my books but still enjoyable experience

Abelour A’Bunadh – A Review

So with all the talk of Quarter Cask and A’bunadh convincing so many staunch anti-NAS fanatics I felt like I ought to give this at least a try! Had this dram in the lovely Albanch bar on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

Abelour A’bunadh – Batch 47. 60.7% Abv

Nose: ripe fruits, strong alcohol presence, raisins, candyshop sweetness, light honey comb.

Palate: Bright open with wood spice, warm, sweet sherry, demerara sugar, hints of marshmallow (Maeve’s input).

Finish: Sharp lingering spice, wood spice, sweetness, marshmallow again. Medium length.

Score: 82/100.

For a oloroso sherry casking I was pleasantly surprised that the taste wasn’t overpowering. Maybe in my mind the story behind A’bunadh was hyped up quite a bit but my opinions are I’d have it again, probably wouldn’t buy a bottle of it though myself.

TL:DR: A’bunadh was good. Nothing amazing. Over hyped.Abelour

Cadenhead’s Small Batch Little Mill – Review

Colour: Amber gold.

Nose (without water) : Toasted nuts, nugat, honey comb, hint of raisins.

Palate (w/o water): Delicate open, toasted wood, walnut, bourbon sweetness, light sherry influence,

Finish (w/o water): beautiful lingering of toasted wood, burnt sugar, slight lingering spice and finally some light sherry notes.

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Nose (with water): Sweet honeycomb, nut, toasted wood, raisin/sherry completely gone.

Palate (water): Spice and sherry influences gone, Candyshop sweetness remained.

Finish (water): light and short, toasted wood, burnt sugar.

Score: 92/100. 

Double distilled, toasted bourbon barrels with a quick finish in sherry casks. Delicious combination.

I tried this at a local bar that was suggested by the staff at Cadenhead’s. After trying it I went straight back to shop to try buy a bottle it was that good. I was extremely impressed with their Little Mill bottling and I was very disheartened to find out that they had no bottles of it left. They had one distillery bottle left in the shop, although the staff advised me the flavour profile was entirely different and it was quite frankly over price. Unfortunately since Little mill itself has been demolished they’re not going to have any more again.

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