It’s not often i buy samples but i wanted to try a few so i purchased 3 off the Master of Malt site…..
Douglas Laing Director’s Cut 1989 25yo Longmorn
Longmorn is my favourite Speysider , i’ve been keeping an eye out for a 25yo to add to my bundle of 25yo’s i’m collecting for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2019 . From a refill Bourbon Hogshead distilled in April 1989 and Bottled in June 2014 at 54.2% , it is a pale straw colour in the glass . The nose is extremely fruity and fresh , almost the old Opal Fruits , very buttery and vanilla , quite spicy as well . A wonderful Nose ! The palate is peppery , also lots of oak spices , still lots of fruit but the spices dominate . The finish is quite long with a lovely pepperiness to it .
A Lovely Longmorn , good balance to it and a worthy addition to the “Silver 25” list !
I’ve always had a soft spot for Glenfarclas , it was the First Distlllery Melanie and myself ever did a tour in back in the 90’s , we’ve shared some great old Farclases from the SMWS so a 25yo wouldn’t go amiss on the “Silver 25” list . A very soft sherriness to the nose , the traditional Christmas Cake – cake dough , dried fruits , glace cherries – and a hint of Coffee . The Palate pretty much carries on from the nose with the addition of chocolate and Cola cube sweets , A very sweet medium finish to it .
A Lovely Glenfarclas , definitely a future one for the list…..
Caol Ila 1998 15yo Unpeated – 2014 Special Release
Coming in at a whopping 60.4% , i’ve been want to try this one for a while , i’ve had the 10yo , 12yo and Stitchells Reserve .
Pale Straw in colour , the initial nose is fresh green apples , VERY fresh green apples ! Touch of lemon and Malt . Wow ! This is an incredibly fruity little number after the Apple it bursts into a bulging bowl of fruit , Wonderful ! The fruit continues on the palate , excellent , highly drinkable at the full strength of 60.4% . Really Spicy as well , becomes very Apple Pie and Custard after a while , the spiciness continues into the finish . With a touch of water it certainly calms it down a touch but seems to take a bit of it’s bite away .
An excellent dram , the unpeated spirit seem to get better with age .
A purchase since……
The “Silver 25” List Currently stands at 9 Bottles……
- Ardbeg Lord of the Isles
- SMWS 1978 25yo Brora 61.20 (labelled 61.2)
- Bunnahabhain 25yo O.b.
- SMWS 1980 25yo Caol Ila 53.98
- Bladnoch Forum 1984 25yo Caol Ila
- Laphroaig 25yo O.b. 2013 Bottling
- DL Directors Cut 1989 25yo Longmorn
- Bladnoch Forum 25yo Port Ellen
- The Wine Society 25yo Islay Single Malt