Whisky Review #241 Jura 1992 ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ G&M 43%

juraThere hasn’t been a lot of Jura reviews here on the blog, so it’s about time I revisit this distillery. This bottling was bottled in May 2007 by Gordon and Macphail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.

Matured in refill sherry hogsheads.

On the nose: Peat, wet hay, popcorn, unripe lemons, fructose and blackcurrants. There’s something burnt here as well but I can’t quite figure out what it is. Plastic? Hair, maybe? Anyways, it gets sweeter with time. More winegums/artificially flavored candy, sort of. Water makes it saltier and slightly more earthy.

On the palate: Pepper, grass, peat and rubber. More floral with time. More salt with water. More fruit as well, but it’s still not a very fruity whisky. More pleasant, nonetheless. Water seemed to take away the rubbery notes. The finish has a pleasant whiff of smoke as well as sweet citrus. Hints of oak with water. Leaves the palate a bit dusty.

I’m not sure if I like this whisky one or not. It’s a bit all over the place. I think I like it better with water added, though, but it still seems a bit ‘off’ and awkward.

80/100 points

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Whisky Review #240 Glengoyne 18 yo 40%

glen18This is the travel retail version of Glengoyne 18, bottled at 40% instead of 43%.

On the nose: Chocolate and malt. Not a heavy sherry nose. More refreshing sherry in a way.. Oak spices, cloudberries in whipped cream and vanilla. Fruitier with water. Red apples and cinnamon.

On the palate: Cocoa and cafe latte. Creamy sherry, dusty wood and orange peel. Very clean. The finish is sweet and juicy with hints of sherry and dark chocolate. Less bitterness with water.

Delicious stuff indeed, even though the ABV has been dropped to a minimum. A very chocolate-y malt that works perfectly as an everyday dram.

84/100 points

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Whisky Review #239 Laphroaig 10 yo / Cask Strength Batch 006 58%

laphcsYet another Laphroaig, but this time with an age statement. This is the latest CS realease from Laphroaig, bottled in  February 2014.

On the nose: Smoke and bourbon. Gorgeous! Honey, vanilla, berries and spiced oak. Raspberry sweets and burnt paper coming through with water. Much fruitier with hints of unripe pears.

On the palate: Fierce and smoky. Tobacco ash, tar and a hint of oak. Sweeter with water. Vanilla and red apples. Ash and dandelions in the finish. Smoke, pepper, oak and tobacco. Sweeter and juicier with time.

This is exactly how I feel Laphroaig should be!

92/100 points

(Thanks to Johan for the sample!)

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Whisky Review #238 Laphroaig ‘Cairdeas’ Feis Ile 2014 51.4%

cairdeasAnother NAS from Laphroaig. Matured in a combination of  first fill bourbon- and amantillado casks.

On the nose: Sweet citrus. Rounder and richer than the previous one. Smoke and tropical fruit. Red berries, tea and wet hay. Ash and beach sand with water.

On the palate: Rich, oily peat smoke. Loads of salt. Sweet oak, toffee and herbal notes. More grassy with water. Lime as well. The finish is herbal initially but grows peatier with time. Grass, bitter licorice and salt wood. Sweeter with water.

Round and well balanced. Didn’t get a lot of amantillado in there, but that’s okay. A darn good dram.

86/100 points

(Thanks to Johan for the sample!)

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Whisky Review #237 Laphroaig ‘Select’ 40%

laphselectA new Laphroaig now – matured in a jolly combination of oloroso sherry butts, american white oak, PX hogsheads, quarter casks and first fill bourbon barrels. Phew..

On the nose: Seawater, smoked and peppered fish, lemonade – sweet lemons with a touch of ginger. Pineapples and wine gums with water.

On the palate: Peat smoke, ash and sweet citrus. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Hints of orange peel. Water flattens it out a bit but reveals charred wood and drift wood. Sweet in the finish. A little thin and short. Salt and sour smoke.

A rather sweet expression from Laphroaig. Simple and decent. A bit thin, but very recognizable.

79/100 points

(Thanks to Johan for the sample!)

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Whisky Review #236 Clynelish 1974 (Signatory) 55.7%

clynelish1974Distilled: 18.02.1974, bottled: 25.09.2001.

Cask #2570.

229 bottles.

On the nose: Crisp and clean malt. Dry hay. It even feels a little sharp on the nose but it might have something to do with the fact that I have a cold. Anyway, crystalized oranges are present. It’s slightly salty and earthy too, and more so with time. Water makes it almost peppery. Hints of driftwood and beeswax. Feels warmer and not as sharp. Peatier with time(no smoke).

On the palate: Big! Sweet fruits, orange camphors and bitter grass/herbs. Lemons with water, still quite herbal. The finish is peaty and salty with a vague hint of ash. Dry and long. Sweet citrus with water. Warm orange juice almost. Still herbal.

Like I said, this is big stuff, and very delicious. It can take some water but i preferred it neat due to the subtle, yet lovely, Clynelish peat which seemed to drown in the green-nes once water was added.

91/100 points

(Thanks to Ragnhild for the sample!)

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Whisky Review #235 Highland Park ‘Hjärta’ 58.1%

hp hjarta

A 12 year old now from the Orkney islands. This was released back in 2009 and was bottled exclusively for the scandinavian market as well as Highland Parks online shop.

On the nose: A touch of smoke and rubber. Oranges, butter, popcorn, beer yeast(fermenting beer) and overripe apples. Water makes it greener with hints of grass and dandelions. Much more refreshing to sniff in a way.

On the palate: Sweet and lightly spiced. Honey, some smoke and licorice. Very rich indeed. Water brings out mint. More floral. The finish has smoke/burnt wood initially, while the sweet malt and licorice lingers for a while. Greener with water.

Good stuff. Really changes personality with a drop of water, from a honey glazed barbeque party to a salad. The nose is a little iffy but improves with a dash of water.

86/100 points

(Thanks to Ragnhild for the sample!)

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Whisky Review #234 Imperial 17 yo (A.D. Rattray, Cask Collection) 52.2%

imperialBourbon hogshead #50071.

Distilled: 22.05.1995, bottled: 07.11.2012.

495 bottles.

On the nose: Crisp tropical fruits. Lime, pears and lollipop popsicles. After some time the sweetness heads more towards caramel. More oak with water. Dry hay, dusty old driftwood and grains.

On the palate: Spicy and warm oak. Hints of perfume and wood varnish. Water brings out cereals, hay, light citrus and Crüsli. Sweet and oaky in the finish. Hints of caramel.

Very decent and honest stuff. Old fashioned and plain – and that’s not a bad thing.

86/100 points

(Thanks to Thomas for the sample/pic!)

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Whisky Review #233 Auchentoshan Springwood 40%

auchentoshanOn the nose: Light and sweet. Citrus, unripe pears and vague toffee in the background. Hints of vanilla icecream. Not a lot going on here really. Sort of flat. Some oaky spices appear with water as well as cardamom.

On the palate: Sweet and green. Green twigs and resin. More spiceiness with water. All in all very thin in the mouth. The finish has grains of malted barley, green twigs again, and goes slightly bitter. Thin tea with water.

It actually changes quite a bit with a drop of water. For the better? Maybe. Still a very flat and boring dram.

73/100 points

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Whisky Review #232 Redbreast 15yo 46%

redbreast15Another single pot still whiskey from the chaps at Midleton distillery.

On the nose: Mmm! Honey, sweet wood and rye bread. Very sugary.. or more like fructose, maybe. Fruity tea is very much present – and indeed, this whiskey is my cup of tea. Very, very pleasant! With water: green bananas, vanilla extract and grass with a bit more spiciness to it. Still quite sweet.

On the palate: Silky mouthfeel. Slightly spicy oak, toffee and bitter chocolate. Oranges, red licorice and sandalwood with water. The finish has sandalwood, grains, honey, fresh green wood, sweet herbs and cinnamon. Drier after a few sips.

Wonderful and “smooooth” stuff! The sandalwood notes really suites this whiskey. Best served neat as far as I can tell.

90/100 points

(Thanks to Johan for the sample!)

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