This old island single malt whisky was matured in American Oak hogsheads and finished in refill European oak casks. The 2017 release is 45.8% ABV, which is much softer than the original cask-strength (59.9% ABV) releases back in 2001.
Nose: A light, dry nose that is almost floral. Ripe apples with just a hint of smoke and polished wood.
Palate: Floral and lightly smoky! Hints of rose, sticky toffee pudding, milk chocolate, ground pepper and aniseed. Delicate for a 25 year old dram.
Finish: Lingering spice from chilies, with some salted caramel and, again, just a hint of smoke.
Overall: This 25-year-old island whisky, from one of my favourite distilleries, was gifted to me on my 25th birthday. And what a treat! The time in the cask has really toned down the salty, smoky notes that are associated with Talisker, but it is still a delicious and interesting dram.
This rye spirit has a mash bill of 70% rye, 20% corn and 10% malted barley, sourced from within 100 miles of the Chicago-based distillery. The bottle carries no ages statement, and has been matured in virgin, charred Minnesota oak.
Nose: Corny, creamy and fruity. The corn content hits immediately, along with dried banana chips, sharp apples, raisins and melon rind. Sweet notes of vanilla cream. Like a toasted fruit loaf smothered with melted butter.
Palate: Hobnob oat biscuits, sweet honey and vanilla ice cream. Subtler notes of salted caramel, sesame seeds, mint herbal tea and grape juice.
Finish: Fresh ginger, lemon zest, black pepper and lingering vanilla.
Overall: This dram is reminiscent of a delicate bourbon with added floral notes. I’d say it is an exceptional, distinctive whisky. It is also available for a very reasonable price compared to other Japanese whiskies on the market!
1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Tasting Notes
46.9% ABV. This Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is named after the year that Kentucky officially became a state. Though it carries no age statement, the 1792 Small Batch was awarded Silver for Small Batch Bourbon up to 5 Years Old in the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The mash bill for the 1792 Small Batch is undisclosed, all we know is that it is high-rye content (with rumours stating 75% corn, 15% rye and 10% malted barley). Barton Distillery/Sazerac also don’t disclose the number of barrels that defines this bottling as ‘small batch’.
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.