Allright, so this is the travel retail version of Nadurra(‘Natural’ in gaelic) from Glenlivet distillery. The only difference between this one and the original one is the slightly weaker ABV. I think the other one was bottled at around 57% if I’m not mistaking.
On the nose: Honey, beeswax/scented candles and vanilla. Loads of bourbon notes here! Very sweet, but with a crisp, green zing to it. Gooseberries maybe.. Water brings out fresh lemon juice.
On the palate: Sweet and juicy, crisp mouthfeel. Honey, tropical fruits and floral notes, very ‘summery’! More grass with water and more balance in general. Sweet honey in the finish with a hint of green apples.
This one improves massively with water and time, it’s crazy. It starts off as a honey and vodka cocktail, but given time, it grows into a sweet symphony of green summer fruits and zezty, citric honey.
So this is a Kentucky straight bourbon named after William Larue Weller - a Kentucky distiller from back in the days who supposedly was the first distiller that prodused straight bourbon using wheat as an ingredient instead of rye, as well as corn of course. W.L. Weller is distilled at Buffalo Trace distillery.
On the nose: Sweet caramel and vanilla, clean and pleasant. Some milkchocolate. More caramel with time but it does not get sickening. Water brings out metallic notes, sort of sour in a way. Applepie in the background minus the cinnamon.
On the palate: Classic bourbon initially. Sweet camphor, herbal mint and a hint of gingerbread in the background. More sour, metallic notes compared to other wheated bourbons I’ve tried. Water brings out a subtle, yet very delicious, spicy note. The finish has herbal cough mixture(similar to Ricola) and more camphor sweets. Medium length.
Okey, so I was recommended this whiskey by a friend, as I seemed to have a thing for wheated bourbons(especially Maker’s Mark), but to be honest I was slightly dissapointed. The cold and sour, metallic notes are messing with my tastebuds and I can’t seem to shake them off. Other than that this is good stuff I think, especially with a drop of water and some time in the glass.
Ardbeg time! This Ardbeg was distilled back in 2005 and after 7 years in a first fill sherry butt, the SMWS decided to bottle it. This Butt gave 602 bottles in total.
On the nose: Rich and big sherry! Leather, dusty smoke, furniture polish and wet cardboard. Absolutely FAB! Young/green apples in the background. Some cigarette ash. More ashes with water. It’s seems to me that ash is sort of a signature for young Islay whiskies.. Anyway, furthermore I’m getting gunpowder/fireworks, wet sand and wet embers from a bonfire. Kind of has an iron scent to it as well.
On the palate: Dry, ashy and concentrated smoke, but it also has a juicy zing to it. Big and mouthcovering. Herbal. With water the sherry get’s sweeter with more dried fruits ect.. really improves the experience. Getting some black pepper as well now. Clean smoke, dark and dry sherrywood in the finish.
This is one furious whisky, not for the faint of heart! Ardbeg and winecasks is still a winner..
(Thanks to Johan)
Another one from Specialty Drinks now. I’ve reviewed the fourth batch in an earlier review(#56) if you wan’t to check it out, but now I’m onto the second batch – Bn2.
On the nose: Lovely smokyness, smoked salmon, fruits.. all very nice and thick. Burnt barbeque notes also. Very clean in a way, despite all the smoke. With water I’m getting more vanilla, oak and barleybread.
On the palate: Pure bonfire smoke! Burnt paper, burnt hotdogs and red apples. Greener with water – lemonoil, grass and green leaves. More salt as well. Finish: Lingering smoke and brine. Long and intense.
This is more like it, much better then the previous one from Cadenheads, if I am to compare. It’s freakishly drinkable at cask strength and packed with delicious and rich smokyness. Not super complex, but I don’t care..
Onto another Bunna now. This is an 11 year old whisky, drawn from a single bourbon hogshead that gave 294 bottles in total. Bottled in 2011.
On the nose: Juicy, canned tropical fruits, light peatsmoke, lime and some kind of mineraly note(flint). A bit drier with a dash of water, some ash, but still fruity.
On the palate: Spicy and dry caskwood, strong alcohol and vanilla fudge. More smoke with water, but not a lot. Seems a little thin to me, even though it’s pretty strong. Some lemon balm bitter mint after a while. Finishwise I’m getting vanilla and bitter oak. Good length.
Decent stuff, but I’m not a huge fan of the palate on this one allthough I can’t quite figure out why. The nose is good but it seems a bit pale and weak tastewise, which you wouldn’t really excpect from a cask strength Bunnahabhain..
This is the second WIP bottling from Glengyle distillery, a 6 year old malt, that was released june 2010.
On the nose: Salt, a bit spicy, big peaty notes – not a lot of smoke though. Very “Springbanky”. Getting oranges/orangejuice and cloves now, as well as wood and green olives. More herbs with water, icy mint and rocket salad. A bit vegetal.
On the palate: Tingly wood spices, herbs, salty peat here as well.. a little earthy. More minerals with water, smoothens it out a bit. The finish is a bit drying with some lemon and peppery wood.
Decent stuff! I mostly use this whisky as a starter, before drinking heavier and more complex whiskies, to warm up the palate. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad whisky on it’s own though, I quite like it to be honest.
Distilled the 23 of january 1996, this SMWS bottling is a 6 year old Glenmorangie that was drawn from a 1st fill bourbon cask that gave in total 249 bottles.
On the nose: Oh, it’s ‘morangie allright. Fresh and sweet initially, with hints of pears. Floral and summery. Lemon sorbet and vanilla(creme brulee, panacotta ect.). Fantastic! More and more vanilla coming through when given time. Grassier and more herbal notes with water.
On the palate: The ABV is a bit numbing. Not superbig on flavours either, but it is fruity and citric. More and more so, after a while. Pretty similar to the Original OB, only on steroids. Adding a drop of water reveals that it’s quite a young whisky we’re talking about. Some harshness in the background, still fruity though. Finish: Sweet, yet with a hint of bitter grass/herbs.
Believe it or not, this is best without water – even at almost 60%. I absolutely adore the nose on this one, it’s perfect. But tastewise it’s a little dull and could definately use a few extra years in the cask.
(Thanks to Johan!)