Whisky Review – The Gauldrons @DLaingWhisky

The Gauldrons

46.2% ABV

Non chill filtered

No added colouring

£49.00 from The Green Welly Stop

Nose.

Sweet honey, heather, herbal throat sweets and a whiff of fragrant eucalyptus smoke on first sniff from the pour. These themes continue after a while in the glass. There is an intense maritime, fishing village, salty sea air theme running through. Green peppercorns, unripe Apple, gooseberry, malty cereal. It’s a complex, fascinating nose.

Palate.

A sweet honey start, quickly turning oily and dry, with some peppercorn heat. Barley richness then comes through into the development with a thick mouthfeel, creamed corn, a touch of vanilla, some sweet peat and a slight aniseed background. There’s some proper motor oil filth in here, which is a very good thing. This is characterful Campbeltown fare.

Finish.

Herbal spices, some dry toffee, a little dried spiced orange and a smokey exhale leaves this medium length finish. Good stuff.

Adding water.

A small drop added. The nose has a little more smoke and creamy barley. The palate has a touch of chocolate and a smoother all round creaminess, the dry phase is gone, it’s become even more chewable. The finish is lighter, very creamy and moreish. I can see dilution splitting the field on this one, so I would say it’s worth the experiment.

Conclusion.

Extreme Campbeltown. And that’s an extremely good thing. Bottle bought straight away. 👍🏻

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official review sample.

Whisky Review – anCnoc Rùdhan @anCnoc_whisky

anCnoc Rùdhan

46% ABV

Non chill filtered

No added colouring

~£60 from Duty Free (Travel Retail outlets)

Nose.

A gentle ginger coating on a smoke stack is the first sniff encounter from the pour. My mind immediately tries to compare things with anCnoc’s Peatheart which I tried last week and Rùdhan is definitely lighter in its peat content, much calmer on the smokiness. A few minutes later and a very fresh lemon juice is present. This is turning into a lockets (honey and lemon throat lozenge) dram. There is loads of honey, lemon, touch of ginger some spring floral, and a background of gentle smoke, now feeling almost joss-stick like in its presence. It’s a lovely, bright, fresh aroma, well balanced and compulsory to sniff.

Palate.

A zesty lemon fresh arrival, with some hot ginger spice and a touch of eucalyptus. It’s delivering on the lockets nose! The mouthfeel is very oily and fulfilling. The development becomes spicier with a touch of pepper, the smoke starts to come through softly, sweet and earthy, with some seasaltiness. Further on things get a little herbal, with some liquorice root and some more raw ginger.

Finish.

Warming, spicy, medium length. The liquorice and ginger sticks around with a touch of menthol smoke at the very end.

Adding water.

A few small drops added. The smoke has reduced a little in favour of a more floral intensity on the nose. The palate has a sweeter edge all the way through, sweetened lemons and a more herbal development. The finish is similar in its sweeter liquorice ending. All in all I prefer the undiluted variant for the smokier side.

Conclusion.

This is a fine addition to the anCnoc range. A delicious, lightly smoky whisky which would suit the spring and summer season very well as a variant on their excellent 12 year old expression. As anCnoc’s smoky expressions go I personally prefer the Peatheart, which is smokier and a bit more of a beast. But saying that, Rùdhan is a beautiful whisky.

Thanks to anCnoc for the official review sample.

Whisky Review – Big Peat Christmas Edition 2017 @DLaingWhisky

Big Peat Christmas Edition 2017

54.1% ABV

Non chill filtered

No added colouring

£49.00 from The Green Welly Stop

It’s that time of the year again. 😊

Nose.

Straight from the pour I’m getting that massive peat smoke blast of Islay. Huge, with some soft and sweet confectionary sugar and Danish pastries in the background. A little time in the glass and things get even bigger. Loads of medicinal Islay peat smoke, tcp, tar, wet rope, maritime, it’s all there and mouthwatering. There’s lovely sweet sugars and star anise, coriander and a touch of cumin. Gorgeous stuff.

Palate.

The smokey hot embers and coal chunks are in the arrival, with some burning heather and a chunk of smouldering liquorice root. Things get sweeter and creamy in the development, with some coconut marshmallows toasted and bubbling away on a cereal cracker. The mouthfeel is oily and coating as one would expect. This is young, Islay, peaty smoke bomb glory.

Finish.

The smoke sticks around for a looong time, with some liquorice and earthy damp forest floor. As Tony the Tiger used to say. It’s grrrrrrrreat!

Adding water.

Just a few drops added. The fires have smouldered, and there is more of a wet floral and cereal front on the nose now. The palate is still quite big, has the addition of a little fruit, peach, apricot type white fleshed fruits. The finish is creamy and more vanilla’s and custard. A variation diluted. But I personally like the pure big brash peat beater of the undiluted.

Conclusion.

Happy happy winter joy joy. This dram makes the winter bearable, and reminds me as usual this time of year, how much I want to be on Islay. Awesome.

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official review sample.