Still working my way through the Advent Calendar from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It was pointed out that maybe publishing 24 different reviews for bottles you can’t buy was less than helpful. A handful of posts to give an overview of what you get in the kit might be a bit better, as would getting them out before the next holiday season. Useful information is also timely, right?
So, here’s the Second Week of Advent – 7 reviews in one! We’ve got Benrinnes 11y Batch 10, Cameronbridge 27y Batch 3, Craigellachie 10y Batch 6, Fettercairn 11y Batch 6, Glen Elgin 12y Batch 5, Glengoyne 9y Batch 4 & Glentauchers 10y Batch 6
Benrinnes is a frequently destroyed distillery in Aberlour in Speyside. There’s some discussion as to whether the frustration of re-rebuilding the distillery comes thru in the flavour – would that be positive? I have no idea.
Benrinnes 11y Batch 10
nose – apple, cinnamon, manure
neat – oily, spicy, chocolate, medicine
finish – thin, heat, chest burn
splash – same but thinner
overall – solid seven point three
Benrinnes 11y Batch 10 Single Malt Scotch – 30ml 49% – $? – Speyside
Try it? Sure. Buy it? Sure.
Cameronbridge is a very longstanding distillery that’s now being used to churn out a lot of shitty blend fodder. Shame, this had promise even if it took a long time.
Cameronbridge 27y Batch 3 – oldest thing i’ve tasted?
nose – subtle leather, fish, hair spray
neat – plastic esters, heat, well constructed but taste is lacking, smoke,
finish – chest warmth, lip tingle, clean
splash – i didn’t
overall – low sevens
Cameronbridge 27y Batch 3 – 30ml 48.9% – ??? – Highlands
Try it? Yes. Buy it? Not with your own money.
Craigellachie is a Dewar’s brand whisky product. Just shittin’, we have a month of Dewar’s coming up once we actually get them reviewed. Craigellachie seems to focus on prime number age expressions at 13, 17 & 23y, making this highly divisible 10y quite the anomaly and not available on their website. What is available is a recommendation that you drink their whisky with pineapple juice.
Craigellachie 10y Batch 6
nose – tomato sauce, sausage, mash
neat – light, sharp but well constructed, wood, salt, iodine
finish – sharp burn, wood smoke
splash – syrupy, sweet but rinkable, just kinda tastes like whisky
overall – 7.7/10
Craigellachie 10y Batch 6 – 30ml 51% – $? – Speyside
Try it? Sure. Buy it? sure.
Fettercairn is another super-old Highland distillery, cranking out the good plonk since 1824. They employ some funky still-cooling technology in making their hooch which makes sense since they’re pumping out 2.2 million litres of the stuff a year.
Fettercairn 11y Batch 6
nose – apples, cherry, leather, hotel lobby
neat – sharp, wood, copper
finish – warmth in the chest, walnut
splash – easier, copper/metal, nice n bright
overall – 8/10
Fettercairn 11y Batch 6 Single Malt Scotch Whisky – 30ml 47.9% – $ – Highlands
Try it? Yes. Buy it? Yes
Glen Elgin is the last of the whisky boom whiskies, and it’s one of the few where our Advent sampler exists anywhere online.
Glen Elgin 12y Batch 5
nose – sharp, sherry, bright, musty apple
neat – syrupy, bright, lemon, meringue
finish – chest warmth and wood
splash – warm and light, creamy, v nice
overall – 8.1/10
Glen Elgin 12y Batch 5 – 49.7% 30ml – $? – Speyside
Try it? Yes! Buy it? Sure.
nose – mash, alcohol, hand sanitizer, pear
neat – very sharp, burn, little flavour
finish – sharp burn, cheat warmth after throat burn, tree fruit
splash – not much, hazelnuts?
overall – 4/10
Glengoyne 9y Batch 4 – 51.1% 30ml – $ – Lowlands
Try it? No. Buy it? No.
Glentauchers sounds like a really specific kind of pervert. It’s part of the Borgon & McFlail Whiskyhoarders International brand and so is artificially limited to drive up market share(*)
(*literally none of that is true)
nose – soap, alchohol, mashed berries in another room
neat – simple, wood, the colour red, slight citrus
finish – good heat, chest warm, ear sweats
splash – pretty basic but well constructed. sweet and boozy
overall – 7.2/10
Glentauchers 10y Batch 6 – 47.9% 30ml – $ – Speyside
Try it? Eh. Buy it? Meh.