Tasting – August 31, 2023
August brought one of our most diverse tastings of the year – a Lowland, an Island, an Islay, and a Highland malt graced our table. Two were cask strength and one was an independent bottling.
The Lochlea Fallow with no age statement had plenty of sherry, prunes, and figs on the nose and palate. This dram got mixed reviews when compared to the four Lochlea the group has tasted. The Orkney 18 year old by A.D. Rattray was a mystery malt in that its distillery of origin was not revealed – most likely Scapa or Highland Park. Still, it was a very pleasant experience – subtle and soft with apricots, peach, nutty and a hint of hazy smoke.
Then we hit two cask strength malts. The Port Askaig 9 year old gave us a powerful hit of burnt sugar, salt and pepper, and spice. The finish reminded us very much of barbecue sauce. It was the highlight of the tasting. We finished with a sherry bomb – the Glendronach Batch #11. At 59.8% abv, it commanded your attention. Lots of fruit on the front end, followed by richly spiced wine with chocolate and raisins. It was our 550th single malt tasted.
A more detailed description of our impressions can be found in our individual tasting notes.