Glenglassaugh Peated Virgin Oak Finish

Glenglassaugh Peated Virgin Oak Finish – Tasting Notes

46% ABV. This peated Single Malt whisky was matured in first-fill American oak casks and finished for 2 years in virgin American oak. This is the first “cask finish” release from the Highland Glenglassaugh distillery.

Glenglassaugh Peated Virigin Oak

Price: £62.83 (Master of Malt)

Tasting Notes

Nose: Honey barbecued bacon, salted caramel and millionaire shortbreads.

Palate: Sweet and smoky. The honey barbecue from the nose follows through. Burnt sugar syrup and grilled pineapple with the creamy nuttiness from peanut pralines.

Finish: A smoky finish, with the freshness of chilli flakes and menthol.

Overall: Not overly peated, not overly sweet, not overly complex. Simple and balanced.

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Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old

Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old – Tasting Notes

 
40% ABV and matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks.
 
Royal Lochnagar 12 Year

Price: £35.90 (Master of Malt)

Appearance: Yellow gold (they do add colouring).
 
Nose: Ripe green apples and straw initially, with soft notes of creamy toffee and polished wood.
 
Palate: Silky smooth. Grassy, yet full of the sweetness of stewed apples and brown sugar. Some hints of vanilla custard. 
 
Finish:  A slight sharpness, with the spiciness of cloves and ginger. Bitter apple seeds and burnt sugar with a little bit of vanilla coming through. 
 
Overall: A very simple, standard Highland whisky with apples all the way. What I like about Royal Lochnagar is their small portfolio; they do very few expressions and they choose quality over quantity. This 12 year old is quite light and delicate with no complexity. Not my usual preference, but sometimes you just want a straight-forward no nonsense dram. 

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