Our fourth whisky tasting pack features:
Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or (46.0% ABV)
This particular expression by Glenmorangie was one of the first mainstream and high volume releases of Scotch whisky finished in sauternes casks. Previously released as a 15 Year Old, it was reduced to a 12 Year Old, which emphasised the softer and sweeter wine notes. An excellent aperitif Highland whisky.
Nose: A mixture of malt, barley and vinous aromas. Not too complex with some subtle vanilla and touch of nutmeg.
Palate: The sauterne sweet wine element is dominant along side the freshness of the barley. Cereal grains provide a nice complement to the developing tannins and oak.
Finish: Short but oaky, with some apple custard and biscuit crumbs.
Benromach Organic (43.0% ABV)
Known for some more innovate methods and maturation, this Benromach labelled organic is the first certified organic single malt whisky, creating a light but spicy effect on the barley, and a great way to distinguish from other Speyside whiskies.
Nose: Sweet, toasted oak with some nice sweet caramel aromas and a little varnish acetone element.
Palate: Quite oaky and caramelised, but some nice stone fruits, apple and pear come through but as if they have fallen from the tree and been sitting the sun.
Finish: Decent length for relatively low alcohol content, helped by a nice oily palate.
Kilchoman Machir Bay (46.0% ABV)
One of the world’s newest distilleries, and the newest to appear on Islay in over 120 years. This has meant that Kilchoman has avoided age statements and instead focused making young whisky taste refined and elegant. They are also one of the very few distilleries that traditionally malt their barley onsite and grow a good proportion of it within the distillery grounds. This expression is named for the body of water seen from the distillery.
Nose: Dried red berries and honey mix with the barley and creates the smell of breakfast wrapped in light peated notes.
Palate: The peat becomes more emphasised on the palate, smoke and tobacco marry with the sherry flavours and develop into salted caramel toffees.
Finish: Medium to long length with sweet peat trailing off and the crisp barley remaining strong.
Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2007 – Rockside Farm (50% ABV)
Bruichladdich, like Benromach, are a highly progressive and innovate distillery. Very proud of their ‘terrior’ and the DNA of Islay, the distillery experiments with methods and casks that are both complementary to and embrace the Islay identity. Many of their expressions use a very specific type of barley from a specific location, and this bottle is no exception.
Nose: Some tropical fruit, fresh grass, wild herbs and floral notes. The barley comes through strong and malty, with a salty sea spray edge.
Palate: The malted barley is strong with nice peat influence. Biscuity with a touch of the seaside.
Finish: Nice and long with sweet malted peat slowly trailing away.
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old (46.3% ABV)
Traditionally, Bunnahabhain was a very lightly peated Islay, certainly the lightest of the eight distilleries. In recent years they have undergone somewhat of a transformation, with different bottles, higher alcohol and higher PPM.
Nose: Northern Islay seaweed and spray, but apple and apricot coming through underneath. Good amount of malt and toasted cereals.
Palate: Sherry red fruit influences with some hazelnut and nice malt, but the barley is more subdued. Peat and sea spray combine well with the caramelised malt.
Finish: Medium length with the fruity and spicy element following the peat until the end.
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