Smooth as pebbles in a pool. It’s clean, fresh and lively with both the oak and the grain in perfect harmony. The bouquet is brilliant. Opening with barley sugar and a hint of mint before leading into the most wonderful notes of freshly cut wild flowers; buttercup, daisy, meadowsweet, myrtle, primrose and cherry blossom. The cleanliness of the spirit is remarkable.
Glenmorangie 18 Year Old single malt whisky is a treat. Aged for 15 years in American white oak caks perviously used to age Bourbon, 30% is drawn off to be matured in Oloroso sherry casks where it spends the next years relaxing. Reunited after 18 years, the two whiskies are blended together to give a really think, creamy and fruity single malt. Showing tangy citrus, stewed fruit and pannacotta on the nose, it really draws you in. The palate is delightfully tropical: canned peaches and nectarines mingle with butterscotch and acacia honey. Sweet dark sugar appears on the finish alongside a hit of oak and grapefruit. Fantastic.
A Glenrothes 12 Year Old in classic style: fruity and sweet. Aged solely in sherry-seasoned casks, this Speyside whisky has notes of vanilla, melon, banana and cinnamon.
This 12-year-old whisky is part of The Soleo Collection: a range of five whiskies from The Glenrothes, ranging from 10 to 25 years old, which pay homage to the grapes from which some sherries, such as Pedro Ximénez, are made.
Pronounced ‘Oog-a-dal’, it’s a special vatting that marries Ardbeg’s traditional deep, smoky notes with luscious, raisiny tones of old ex-Sherry casks. Ardbeg Uigeadail was voted by the 120,000+ strong Ardbeg Committee as their favourite Ardbeg.
Full flavoured and rich with a deep mouth-coating texture, the taste is an intriguing balance between sweet, spicy and deep smoky flavours. The flavour is initially sweet. A burst of winter spices sets off a smoky-spicy explosion countered by a sumptuous mid-palate of honey glazed smoked food and chewy treacle. Waves of deep smoky tones and rich aromas build up on the palate like a fine Montecristo cigar.
Amazingly long and chewy with lingering raisiny, deep mocha tones and rich aromatic smoke into the perfectly integrated finish.