Tasting – May 22, 2023

 In Impressions from the Scotch Hunters

This month’s tasting included four new malts – one from the Lowlands, one from the Highlands, and two from Speyside.  Two expressions were from First Editions, an independent bottler that specializes in cask strength malts from single barrels (known as single-single malts).  The Lochlea is a relatively new, small distillery that has only recently started to distribute its malt in the States.  Some batches may include as few as 9.000 bottles.  Its First Release was especially hard to come by.  The Glenturret Triple Wood was a very pleasant surprise given its modest price.  Its rich and sweet flavor profile was full of dates, raisins, dark chocolate, and oranges.  We finished the tasting with two big cask strength malts.  These were the stars, although we confess a bias toward cask strength, single-single malts.  They allow us the freedom to adjust the proof depending any number of factors (e.g., our moods, the weather, ect.).

It was an excellent way to end the afternoon.  Detailed impressions and our ratings can be found in the Tasting Notes section of this website.

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