Some Samples kindly donated by Robert Banford and @raithrover…….
Royal Mile Whiskies 1990 23yo Jura 52.4%
To say i’m not a huge fan of Jura is a bit of an understatement (i can count on two fingers the one’s i have enjoyed……) , the initial nose is actually quite fruity , tarte apples and melons but there is an lingering smell of nail varnish / acetate which puts you off slightly . On the palate it is again fruity to start with but then becomes very ‘chemical’ , i would say from experience this hasn’t been in a very active cask , not a pleasant mouthfeel at all , the finish has the fruit / chemical mixture again with a touch of wood spices . This hasn’t done much to alter my opinion of Jura and certainly isn’t a patch on the best Jura i’ve had so far , the BBR 35yo .
Whiskybroker 18yo Ben Nevis 53.7%
From a Hogshead (#852) that had new toasted ends fitted . On the nose you can smell the toastiness of the new ends straight away , there’s also a nice oranginess to it as well along with vanilla and lemon , a cracking nose . The palate is almost a light sherry (don’t think it was a sherry hoggie) , cake dough , orange again and it is quite reminiscent of a Japanese whisky . the finish is long with light spices and a lovely sweetness (Honey and lemon) . An absolutely cracking dram ! (Additional info…. Dist – 11.06.1995 , Bott- 14.04.2015 , Outturn – 248) .
Whiskybroker 27yo Strathclyde 54.8%
You can’t whack a decent , well aged Grain whisky , this one is from Bourbon Barrel 62121 which produced 154 bottles . First thing on the nose is Digestive Biscuits , then vanilla , a small hint of varnish and Toffee Rice Crispies , maybe them crispies have Chocolate on the top as well , gorgeous nose . Smooth as a babies bum across the palate , bags of vanilla , again a touch of chocolate , the finish is interesting , long with pepper and a huge dollop of wood shavings ! Another excellent bottle from that young renegade Armstrong bloke , like i said you can’t whack a decent , well aged Grain ! (Additional info…. Dist – 09.06.1988 , Bott- 10.06.2015 )
Whiskybroker 18yo Clynelish 54.1%
Have had a few Clynelish’s in my time , this one comes with high recommendations , from a refill Hoggie (#11448) fitted with New Cask ends it produced 285 bottles . The nose is very fruity , ripe bananas , pineapple , apple turnover , a dollop of vanilla , honey and custard . The mouthfeel is incredibly oily , quite peppery , lots of fruit again , Banoffee pie ! The finish is very long , again peppery and spicy , apple pie with cinnamon . A truly outstanding Clynelish , if this was cricket it would be a 6 driven right over the main stand and out of the ground ! (Additional info…. Dist – 11.12.1996 , Bott- 30.01.2015 )
Bobby did send me two other samples but i’m not posting notes up as one (Exclusive Malts11yo Auchroisk) is the first malt i can remember spitting out (sulphured for one thing) when i tried it on Wednesday during the Daftmill chat, yes it was worse than the Jura above…. and the other a 13yo Craigellachie from the same bottler was the worst example i’ve had from that distillery, so i’m not going to taint my taste buds for a 2nd time.
Wild Buck Rye Whiskey 100% Proof
I’m a recent convert to Rye Whisky , so when @raithrover said he had a rye for me to try i naturally said yes please ! Raith picked this up on his recent travels in Florida , he likes to buy local produced Whiskies and this one is hand made in small batches at a small Distillery (they have a website HERE ) . On the nose it’s definitely Rye ! It does smell a tad young but it’s a nice spicy rye , bit like having rye bread in the glass . On the palate it is again spicy rye , a smooth youthfulness across the mouth , there isn’t a lot more you can say about the taste . The finish isn’t that long but is…… spicy rye . A pleasant enough Rye Whiskey but i have to say i prefer my Rye Canadian…….