Tamdhu 10 Year Old – Revisited

Tamdhu 10 Year Old Tasting Notes
40% ABV and made using peated and unpeated barley, this whisky was matured for a decade in first or second fill sherry casks and is presented in a distinctive art-deco bottle. 
Tamdhu 10 Year Old
Price: £33.90 (Master of Malt)
Nose: A big hit of red grapes and a subtle raspberry. Sweet marmalade, Victoria sponge cake topped with icing sugar. nutty milk chocolate, honeycomb and a little earthiness from chives.
Palate: Orange citrus from blood oranges, crunchy honeycomb, stewed plums, custard cream biscuits and a light earthy spice of cloves.
Finish: More blood oranges and stewed plums, with ground ginger and a peppery spice. A long lasting light smokiness.
Overall: I’ve revisited this dram a couple of times (see here & here), with slightly different notes each time. What is consistent, however, is the red grapes, honeycomb, and orange zest. This is a fruity and affordable dram for whisky lovers and novices alike. 

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Glen Moray Edinburgh Rugby Private Edition – Chardonnay Cask

Glen Moray Edinburgh Rugby Private Edition – Chardonnay Cask Finish Tasting Notes
Bottled at 52.8% ABV, this no age statement whisky was finished in a single 2004 Chardonnay wine cask, and only 312 bottles exist. Proceeds from this dram go towards Hearts & Balls charity, which offers support to rugby players following catastrophic injuries on the field. 
Glen Moray Edinburgh Rugby Private Edition
Price: £100 (Glen Moray)
Nose: Hints of citrus with honey, oat biscuits, a light cinnamon spice and crunchy green apples.
Palate: A big hit of dried tropical fruits, particularly dried pineapple, as well as fresh grapes and charred oak. There is also creamy vanilla and buttery pastry, almost like an egg custard tart! 
Finish: Zesty lemon peels, uncooked puff pastry and a fresh eucalyptus spice.
Overall: A desert whisky, buttery and lightly spiced.

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Glen Moray Rhum Agricole Cask Finish Project

Glen Moray Rhum Agricole Cask Finish Project Tasting Notes

One of the latest releases in the Glen Moray Experimental Cask Projects, this 46.3% ABV spirit was finished for 24 months in casks that previously held St James AOC Agricole Rhum from Martinique. 

Glen Moray Rhum Agricole Cask Finish

Price: £52.95 (Master of Malt

Tasting Notes
Nose: Lemon peels and green apple skins. The sweetness of white cane sugar and light honey. Vanilla pods. Brandy cream. Some floral notes.
Palate: Decadent. Creamy coffee and milk chocolate with raisins. Lemon cheesecake with caramel sauce. Fresh melon.
Finish: The creamy coffee from the palate follows through, with the additional spiciness of fresh ginger and liquorice and the sweetness of sultanas.
Overall: This experimental project is a huge success and has produced an interesting whisky which balances the flavours of the malt and of the cask perfectly. The price tag is also very reasonable, in my opinion.

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Glen Moray 21 Year Old Portwood Finish

Glen Moray 21 Year Old Portwood Finish Tasting Notes

One of the more recent additions to the Glen Moray core range. This spirit was matured in ex-bourbon barrels for much of its life and finished in port casks. Bottled at 46.3% ABV.

Glen Moray 21 Year Old Portwood Finish
Price: £124.95 (Master of Malt)
Appearance: Dark gold
Nose: Tart blackberries with hints of vanilla and brown sugar – think baked blackberry muffins – as well as rum & raisin buttery fudge and a light caramel. Oak woodiness.
Palate: Chilli infused dark chocolate, crusty white bread and liquorice, with powdered spices of cinnamon, ginger and black pepper.
Finish: Liquorice. Digestive biscuits. Tart red currants and red grape tannins.
Overall: A complex whisky with a lot of Speyside character. This is sweet on the nose, spicy on the palate and has a sharp finish.

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Starward Two-Fold

Starward Two-Fold Tasting Notes

At 40% ABV, this is a blend of 60% Australian wheat and 40% Australian malted barley aged for 3 years in Australian Red Wine casks only. The wine casks are sourced from the South Eastern wine regions and previously held Shiraz or Cabernet.

Starward Two-Fold

Price: £35.95 (Master of Malt)

Nose: Fresh green apples, fruit & nut milk chocolate, red grape skins and cherries.

Palate: Smooth mouthfeel. Salted caramel, doughy white bread, tropical fruit juices from peaches and guava, foam banana sweets and a touch of aniseed.
Finish: Dry cereals and plums, with a very subtle lingering hint of tobacco and the spice of pink grapefruit. 
Overall: You can tell that this is a young whisky, but the flavours of the red wine barrel shine through beautifully. It is smooth and not overly complicated, making it perfect for sharing with whisky connoisseurs and whisky novices alike. This has become my go-to bottle to bring to dinner parties.

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