There are some of the relative cheap Islay whiskies which are in most collections. Like the Laphroaig 10yo or the Ardbeg TEN. Another interesting one of them, completely without smoke, is the Bunnahabhain 12yo. Nose The nose of the Bunnahabhain is strong difference from typical Islay whiskies. It’s a fresh and round fragrance, sweet with a hint of sultanas. and cereals. There are also nuts and very little smoke in the background.
Glenfiddich is one of the great and well-known distilleries of Speyside, for many especially the twelve-year-old found in many shops. But the distillery offers many more variants. One is the Glenfiddich 15yo Unique Solera Reserve, a fine drop from the house. Nose The Glenfiddich pleases with a wonderful soft note. Leading the way is a delicious honey, rounded off very lightly by a little banana. Vanilla scents form the background.
In addition to the standard malt, Laphroaig also offers special bottlings from time to time. The Laphroaig 10yo Sherry Oak Finish with 48%is such a speciality. After American bourbon casks, it still matures in sherry casks and here still specifically an Oloroso sherry finish. Nose A nice intense aroma hits the nose right off the bat. It contains salt and iodine, but also turpentine. Dark chocolate and wet wood finish.
The The Balvenie Single Barrel Sherry Cask 15yo with its 47.8% is a special drop. It is not available in every store, I ordered it in France. This was easy for me, even without a previous tasting, as none of my Balvenies have ever disappointed me so far. So also this time. Nose The nose of this malt immediately greets with wonderful notes. There are fruits such as cranberries and beautiful orange.
A few weeks have passed since the last entry. Which doesn’t mean that I haven’t had any malts. The corresponding tasting notes will follow in the coming days. The first one today is the Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18yo. Nose A pleasant soft and very mild nose with sweet notes of berries and honey. There is also some white chocolate and the mild aroma of caramel. The contrast is provided by light oak notes and the spiciness of ginger.
The Lagavulin 16yo is a true classic, well known in almost every whisky collection. And for good reason, because it is a beautiful representative of this important region. Nose It plays around the nose with initial salt and unusual iodine. Peat and smoke are found only a little, but a little cold ashtray. The scent of citrus fruits and flowers round off the nose. Taste At the beginning, the tongue receives a nice round initial sharpness and also the iodine from the nose.
Some drops I let stand a little long, this one five years. But I’m glad that with my The Glenlivet 18yo the cork is not dry and the now opened bottle continues to seal well. It will not get much older now, but a good closure is already important. Nose A wonderful aroma reaches the nose on the Glenlivet. Sweet berries start things off, but are then complemented by hearty and fresh moss and leather notes.
A drop that had to wait almost three years for me to open it. But now there was an event that I wanted to reward myself for. So I looked for my The GlenDronach Parliament 21yo from my stash and allowed this old Highland speciality with 48% to find its way into my nosing glass. Nose A really nice and intense blend, of plums and sultanas, of light walnut notes, violets and spices.
The Glenmorangie 14yo Quinta Ruban is a beautiful variant of the Glenmorangie. Aged longer than typical 10 or 12 year olds, matured in ex-bourbon casks with a finish in Ruby Port Pipes. The result is an affordable Highland malt with 46%. Nose The Quinta Ruban caresses the nose with a scent of beautiful dark and strong oranges and chocolate. There is damp wood in the background. Scents of exotic spices and flowers complete the beautiful picture.
You may know my preferences for cask strength whiskies in general as well as whiskies by Highland Park. And so the Highland Park Cask Strength Release No. 1 is a very special whisky for me. I bought it last year and today I opened it today. It has 63,3% alcohol and is very well balanced. I like it. Nose What an intense aroma, given by the high alcohol content. It immediately rises to the nose and is accompanied by fresh and fruity notes.