Whisky List & Tasting Notes
For those who love a whisky or two...
Tobemory 10 Year Old
Appearance: Bright lemony gold
Nose: Rich island character with tantalising hints of grass, malt, gingerbread, stewed fruit syrup and finely polished oak.
Palate: Smooth, velvety with fruity tangs and exquisitely spiced gingerbread and aniseed for a medium sweetness to treasure.
Finish: Ginger and spicy oak, matched with bitter chocolate and almond that gently fades with a tail of sweet salty seas Un-chillfiltered @ 46.3%.
Glengoyne 10 Year Old
Appearance: Golden yellow. Clear and bright
Nose: Sweet, with toffee and popcorn aromas. Slightly nutty, with fresh green apples coming through.
Initial taste: Clean. Green apples and grass with a hint of sweet liquorice.
After Water: Sweeter. Linseed oil and almonds.
Finish: Sweet and malty.
Comments: Great introduction to Glengoyne range and a classic in its own right.
Edradour 10 Year Old
Appearance: Full golden.
Nose: Peppermint, sugared almond, hint of sherry, spicy-smoky notes.
Palate: Remarkably creamy texture for a relatively light malt. Minty-clean, creamy, malty.
Finish: Mellow, warming.
Glendronach 12 Year Old
Appearance: Deep amber-red gold.
Nose: Sweet, creamy vanilla, with hints of ginger, spiced mulled wine and pear.
Palate: Rich, creamy, silky-smooth. Warm, rich oak and sherry sweetness, full mouth feel, raisins and soft fruits. Spicy with medium length and a dry finish.
Finish: Long, full and firm, slightly nutty.
Lagavulin 16 Year Old
Appearance: Deep amber.
Nose: A typically full-on Lagavulin nose that also shows great finesse, with less ripe fruit than earlier bottlings. Bergamot scented wood smoke surrounds a sophisticated complex of sweeter aromas; smooth and creamy toffee sauce on digestive biscuits with shavings of milk chocolate. Later, appetising lemon and white pepper notes. With water, the aromas embrace toasted cereal and take on a roasted, nutty quality but the fragrant smoke always returns.
Palate: Dusty, very sweet, then positively smoky, as with roasted chestnuts from a street vendor on a winter’s morning; Or a real-wood fired pizza with fresh pesto and pine kernels. Leaves the tongue tingling. Cleaner with water, which brings a smooth mouth feel and sophisticated smoke.
Finish: Long and smoky, with large amounts of exquisite smoke and a fragrant smoky aftertaste. Toasted sesame seeds and basil. Water brings out Indian spices (roasted cumin).
Ardbeg 10 Year Old - 25ml
Appearance: Light Gold.
Nose: Bold menthol and black pepper slice through the sweet smoke followed by tarry ropes and graphite. As you dip your nose in further, savour the aroma of smoked fish and crispy bacon alongside green bell peppers, baked pineapple and pear juice.
Palate: An explosion of crackling peat sets off millions of flavour explosions on the tongue: peat effervesces with tangy lemon and lime juice, black pepper pops with sizzling cinnamon-spiced toffee. This is followed by a wave of brine infused with smooth buttermilk, ripe bananas and currants. Smoke gradually wells up on the palate bringing a mouthful of warm creamy cappuccino and toasted marshmallows. As the taste lengthens and deepens, dry espresso, liquorice root and tarry smoke develop coating the palate with chewy peat oils.
Finish: The finish goes on and on – long and smoky with tarry espresso, aniseed, toasted almonds and traces of soft barley and fresh pear.
Caol Ila 12 Year Old
Appearance: Pale straw.
Nose: Subdued, citric fruitiness; a whiff of bath oil and dentist's mouthwash. A fresh and appetising nose, with little or no trace of smoke. A little water raises almond oil and old-fashioned oilskins; still a fresh fruitiness (lychees?), a trace of olive oil, and after a while pot pourri or scented hand-soap.
Palate: Drinks well at natural strength; sweet start; pleasant, light fragrant smokiness and a lengthy finish. Smooth, pleasant mouth-feel; with water light acidity, some salt and still the sweeter notes. A complex balance of primary tastes.
Finish: Sweet Smokiness in the lingering, Slightly sour finish.
Auchentoshan 12 Year Old
Appearance: Golden honey.
Nose: Crème Brule, a burst of citrus and the signature nuttiness and green leafiness of Auchentoshan.
Palate: Smooth and sweet with hints of tangerine and lime.
Finish: Gingery and slightly drying, with a pleasant lingering nuttiness.
Bowmore 10 Year Old
Appearance: Warm amber.
Nose: Subtle lemon and honey, balanced beautifully by Bowmore's trademark peaty smokiness.
Palate: Sweet and delicious heather honey and gentle peat smoke.
Finish: Savour the long mellow finish.
Nose: This burnished gold spirit presents a lemon citrus nose, the orange peel and an interlacing sweetness that softens but doesn`t eliminate the zest. A quiet note of vanilla is followed by dark chocolate - more assertive, yet not overly so – with a lingering floral and light oak notes.
Palate: Citrus and boiled sweets rule the palate, along with hints of ginger and cinnamon, while soft oak tones reveal toasted apples.
Finish: The finish is medium sweet, malty and slightly dry.
Glenfarclas 10 Year Old
Appearance: Vibrant straw-gold.
Nose: Tempting sherry-sweet malty tones combine with delicate smokiness, releasing subtle spices. Warming the glass reveals honey, vanilla and pear drops.
Palate: Delicately light, with a mouth-watering combination of maltiness, smokiness and sherry sweetness. Hints of dried fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves tempt the taste buds further.
Finish: Long, smooth and spicy, with a delicious, yet delicate, lingering smokiness.
Comments: Gloriously smooth, yet with the depth and finish you would normally only expect of a much older dram. A wonderfully sherried whisky, and an excellent aperitif.
Bushmills 10 Year Old
Nose: Distinctly almondy. Some soft, perfumy, winey spiciness.
Palate: Toasted almonds, raisins, slightly burnt toffee.
Finish: Delicate, elusive, flavours. Long, soft, soothing.
Comments: All of the woods are influential, especially the port in the finish. A very dexterous balancing act.