Tasting – May 23, 2024

 In Impressions from the Scotch Hunters

May’s tasting was a pricey one.  We focused on four new malts and then retasted two expressions from the past.

We began with a Glenturret 27 year old!  This was a very smooth sophisticated malt, long on roasted nuts and mild red berries.  It was bottled at 40%, which made for a mild dram with a very short but sweet finish.  The Glengoyne Legacy Chapter III was next in line.  It was a richly sherried malt with boozy raisins and a lingering finish.

The third malt in the group was a Bruichladdich 18 year old, bottled in its environmentally friendly “green” packaging.  Bottled at 50.0% abv, it was the strongest of the malts tasted.  The juice was chardonnay-like in color.  Honey. butterscotch, and vanilla were quite pronounced on the nose.  Citrus, toasted oak and a floral bouquet dominated the palate. It turned out to be the best of the bunch in this month’s tasting.  The final new malt tasted was the Talisker Skye – a lightly smoked malt with coastal undertones and a refreshing hint of lemon and lime.  Beautifully done.

Before ending the afternoon’s tasting, we went back and sampled the Highland Park 12 year old and the Laphroaig 10 year old.  We agreed that generally speaking, we find Highland Parks to be a bit ordinary in their flavor profile.  But over the years, we have come to appreciate the Islay and Island whiskies more and more.  We’ve recently had to revise upward our ratings on the 10 year old Talisker and now the 10 year old Laphroaig.

A more detailed description of our impressions of each single malt listed can be found in our individual tasting notes.

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