Talisker 25 Year Old

Talisker 25 Year Old Whisky Tasting Notes

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.

Price: £233.29 (Master of Malt).

Tasting Notes for Talisker 25 Year Old

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.

FEW Rye Whiskey

FEW Rye Whiskey Tasting Notes

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.

Price: £63.50 (Master of Malt).

Tasting Notes for Few Rye Whiskey

Nose: Orange peel, caramelized brown sugar and a light cinnamon spice – a perfect balance! After a little while, apples and candy floss.

Palate: Cola and caramel sweetness balanced by orange zest and fresh green apple skins. A light chili spice and creamy toffee sweets.

Finish:  A long, spicy finish with all-spice, cinnamon and chili flakes as well as orange zest.

Overall: FEW whiskies never disappoint. This is another great dram that is full of well-balanced flavour (and serves as a great whiskey for mixing with cocktails).

The Chita Whisky

The Chita Japanese Whisky Tasting Notes

43% ABV. This single grain Japanese whisky carries no age statement, but has spent time in bourbon, sherry and wine casks of American white oak and Spanish oak.

The Chita Japanese Whisky

Price: £47.30 (Master of Malt)

Tasting Notes

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!

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1792 Small Batch Bourbon

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’.

1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Price: £35.90 (Master of Malt)

Tasting Notes

Nose: Sweet and earthy. Notes of fresh vanilla and caramelised sugar, reminiscent of over-cooked pastry, with some stewed raisins and grassy elements along with banana peel and grilled corn.

Palate: Very buttery with a soft rye spice. Baked banana bread with ground cinnamon and sweet red grapes with a touch of dark chocolate.

Finish: The soft rye spice lingers with warm oak and fresh vanilla.

Overall: This is not overly spicy, but there is enough rye to add a level of complexity to this dram. A very traditional Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

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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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