Whisky Review – Lady of the Glen Ben Nevis 16 Year old single cask

Lady of the Glen Ben Nevis 16 Year old single cask
52.08% ABV
Cask strength
Non Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring
£55 from Lady of the Glen

This single malt Highland Whisky was distilled on the 3rd of December 1998 and aged in a Sherry Hogshead cask, number 1407.

Nose.

Soft boiled fruits. Jammy. Marmalade. Banana, Apple and poached pears. A touch of salty butter. Vanilla. Some cereal. A little bit of smoke, charred oak, giving a burnt toast nature. There is also a touch of meatiness about this dram, very savoury intermingled with the jammy fruits. Sweet honey and burnt caramel. A lovely balance of some great complexities.

Palate.

Complex. Brain overloaded with flavour. Going to take a while here. Seriously jammy. With a touch of salt. Lots of summer fruits over boiled in mountains of sugar. Apples, pears, blackberry, plum, melon, banana. Quite easy to take at cask strength. Luxurious mouthfeel, exceptionally oily and coating. Savoury is amongst all this, pinches of salt here and there and a meaty nature, like walnuts flash fried in ham fat! Sounds bizarre, but tastes awesome to me.

Finish.

Long finish. Buckets of jam, with a touch of saltiness. Some slight ham notes. Oak drying, but still with that sweet and savoury edge.

Adding water.

A splash added. The nose is now firmly concentrated on the savoury, salty and meaty elements, with some dry toffee. The palate has retained some of the sweetness and jam, and is more layered now, integrated well with the sweet and savoury very well balanced. The palate now exhibits toffee notes and some rich chocolate later in the development. The finish has a touch of chocolate and toffee, long and sweetly rich. It’s a dram of two faces. Quite different with and without water. One worth exploring over a great deal of time.

Conclusion.

Breakfast. This dram is a good old breakfast in a glass. And therefore makes for a great breakfast dram! 🙂
An awful lot of complexity considering its relative young age. A demanding whisky requiring time and the patience to enjoy it’s rewards. Not a quaffing whisky by any means, this is a sit back, pour, explore, enjoy and relax. Fantastic experience.

Thanks to Lady of the Glen for the review sample.

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Whisky Review – Strathisla 12 year old

Strathisla 12 year old
40% ABV
£28.22 from MasterofMalt

One of the main elements of the Chivas Regal range of premium scotch blended whiskies. A Speyside distillery which doesn’t have an awful lot of bottlings out there. Let’s give it a taste.

Nose.

Very sweet and fruity. Tropical fruits. Apple, orange, pineapple, a smidge of melon, some soft banana. Hints of old polished oak. Honey, treacle toffee. Brown sugar. Most definitely for the sweet tooth. A touch of cinnamon. If there’s a little floral it’s very hidden in the background.

Palate.

Soft, delicate arrival. Plentiful fruit. Apple, burnt orange, hints of apple. Lots of honey. Quite a light mouthfeel on this one (would most definitely benefit from non chill filtration and an up of the ABV). It’s very easy going on the palate. There is a touch of bitter tannins during the development, but it’s not too distracting from the sweetness.

Finish.

Short-medium. Some burnt oak, burnt fruit (orange skin). Burnt brown sugar. Slight bitter tannins.

Adding water.

Only a slight drop added as it’s quite optimally diluted. The nose retains a lot of fruit. There is an addition of extra char to the oak and a greater burnt fruit note. Some raisin added now. The palate reflects the changes on the nose. Extra char, and a slight decrease in the bitter elements. The finish is also sweeter, more rounded and fruitier now. A small drop of water is good, but be careful not to overwater.

Conclusion.

This is a great session malt. It’s not overly complicated. But for someone who is used to blends and want to try their first single malts, and favour the sweeter flavours, this is excellent stuff. It’s not overly complex so won’t give a challenge to any seasoned whisky drinker, but as a palate awakener it does a great job.

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Whisky Review – Teeling Single Malt Whiskey

Teeling Single Malt Whiskey
46% ABV
Non Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring
Availability information coming soon.

The third release in the company’s premium Irish whiskey range, Teeling Single Malt contains a unique combination of Irish whiskey aged up to 23 years in five different wine casks – Sherry, Port, Madeira, white Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Nose.

Fine sawdust. Dunnage warehouses comes to mind. Complex fruit. Strawberry. Blueberry. Ripe Apple. Ripe melon. Soft bananas. Light honey. Creamy vanilla. Rum and raisin. Malty biscuits. A touch of ginger, clove and pepper. A complete fruit salad with custard. A really gorgeous aroma I haven’t extracted my nose form the glass in many minutes.

Palate.

Oh the juicy fruits! Sweet and sour juices. Fruit compote crazy. Berries (red/blue/straw). Grapes. Raisins. Raspberry. Sweet gooseberry. A berry bonanza. Vanilla. Sweet ginger. Some oak dust. Beautiful silky mouthfeel. It’s all about the fruit. Like jamming a whole packet of fruit pastilles and starburst in the mouth at the same time, with a couple a
Haribo sours to liven it up.

Finish.

Medium long. Honey fruits slowly fade, with a touch of drying oak. A chest hugging warmth as it goes down. Silky, oily and desirable. Demanding to be sipped over and over.

Adding water.

A small drop added. The nose has lost a little of the fruitiness, being replaced with more malt and oak. The palate is drier in the development. With some of the punch taken out of the fruit. But still incredibly mouth coating and pleasing. The finish, warming and fulfilling. Great stuff. But go easy on the water. Personally I love this whiskey with no water.

Conclusion.

A dangerous whiskey this one but for all very good reasons. Extremely tasty, moreish and easy drinking. Exceptionally fruity juicy stuff. If you only like dry and smokey this is not your thing. Otherwise you would be very wise to try this one out. Teeling has done it again. They are now well and truly one of my favourite distilleries. Producing some very sensational sipping whiskies. Thank you!

Thanks to Teeling for the review sample. Awesome stuff. Why can’t I buy it yet! 🙂

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