Whisky Review – Glendronach Cask Strength batch 2

Glendronach cask strength batch 2.
55.2%ABV
£51.95 from MasterOfMalt

Second batch release of the glendronach cask strength series. Buckle up. Ride ahead!

Nose.

Ok. I was expecting a rougher ride as there is no age to this Whisky. But bugger me if it isn’t full,
Fruity, and damn right snifftastic! It’s hot, but the sherried, rum and raisin, fruitcake is all there in abundance. There’s a thick edge to the toffee sweet edge as well. It’s a very satisfying nose for a sherry head like myself!

Palate.

Sweet. Sherried dark fruits. Heat comes through. Dissipates and results in the rich fruitcake notes you’d expect. Toffee. Chewy. Heavy oily mouthfeel.

Finish. Medium

. Rich toffee and sherried oak stays around to a drying conclusion. Warm. And embracing.

Adding water.

Dollop into my dram! The nose has developed a little age! There is some polished wood in the mix now. Still thick toffee but with an air of aged wood dust, which while doesn’t sound appealing it actually is! Very appealing. The palate has a more levelled balance, mouthfeel slightly diminished, in favour of a fruitier balance. It’s really a special dram. If I was blind tasting some age would come into this which would not be accurate. The finish is smooth, warming and truly feels special. Thick toffied sherry malt dominates in a warming way. The end game is just plain relaxing and therapeutic!

Conclusion.

it’s a monster of the sherried variety. It gives what you would expect from glendroach if you know them. If you don’t. Then expect a good smooth sherried, spicy beast of a dram. It’s spicy. Easy and challenging at the same time if you want it to be! Full of the rich toffee, dark thick fruity moments that sometimes life needs to keep you on the path forward. It’s a bloody fulfilling experience.

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Whisky Review – Cutty Sark (cask strength and carry on edition)

Cutty Sark (cask strength and carry on edition)
51.4% ABV
£34.95 at MasterOfMalt

This is the third release from the boys at caskstrength.net. I have to say thank you as I was one of the lucky two that won bottles of cutty sark in their draw! Thanks guys. I’ve been a follower of what they have been doing since absolutely bloody loving their ‘b’ release last year. The Benriach was absolutely cracking and I wish I bought more! Here’s looking forward to the ‘d’ release…coming soon?!?! I’m hoping Dalmore. But who knows! Lol.

Nose.

Wisps of smoke. Grain. Yeast. A little youth on the nose. Fresh green apples. Vanilla. A little honey in the backdrop.

Palate.

Sweet. Very sweet. Wasn’t expecting that. Mouthfeel is viscous and full. Alcohol nip kicks in and out. Then we have honey, vanilla, creamy custard notes. Quite smooth despite its higher ABV. Got some grain to it. But that isn’t a bad thing. We like grain here! It’s creamy and very enjoyable. Well, this is very easy to drink without water. But I think it may change.

Finish.

Short-medium. Youth! Young spirit. Vanilla. Very creamy. Warming and quick and wanting to get in for another sip!

Adding water.

Dollop into my dram. Minimal change in the nose. Palate is lighter on the mouthfeel. Sweeter. But has more to it in terms of honey, cream, vanilla. And general scrumminess.

Conclusion.

It’s a blend. And an easy one. Very tasty indeed. Grainier than your average dram. But that’s not a bad thing for variation if your a single malt type. It’s actually really creamy, light, easy, Friday night after a shit week at work type dram. One to toast the crap away with! In fact. Right now. For me. It’s bloody perfect!

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