Ben Nevis Scotch Single Malt Circle - Distilled: 1998 - Bottled 2015 - 16 years old
Cask: Refill Sherry - no. of bottles: 312 - vol. 57.1%
Brora 37 yo 1977/2015 (50.4%, OB, Special Release, 2,976 bottles) Five stars High expectations, high expectations… Especially since the 35 yo bottled in 2013 was a 1977 as well, and fetched a well-deserved 95 points mark in my little book. Colour: gold. Nose: Brora seems to be indestructible. I can well imagine in 2037, on Whiskyfun, a 65 years old 1972 Special Release being tasted. Stocks are said to be low, but they always said that, and they still managed to vat around ten casks this year. The result is amazing, curiously softer than the G&M and more herbal, more coastal as well, and perhaps a little smokier too. Less sherry for sure, so less tobacco and chocolate. There are the trademark farmy touches (hay), then oysters and chartreuse, then more resinous notes, between pinesap and artisan absinth. Astounding complexity, as expected. With water: superb sappy oil extracts. Old candle, linoleum, bandages, embrocations, verbena, wormwood… and mud. Mouth (neat): huge, ashy, almost drying, in a good way. This one reminds us that 1977 was still a peaty year at Brora. More absinth, tarry smoke, liquorice, salted fish, with a mouth feel that’s becoming oilier and creamier. Touches of salted chestnut honey, which gives it a Chinese side, in a way. Huge whisky. With water: exceptional. Dry, coastal, liquoricy, herbal, both fat and chiselled. The best cough syrup ever. Finish: perhaps not extremely long, but all these herbs, liquorice and cough drops just work in sync. It’s the freshness that’s most impressive. Comments: one of 2015’s grands crus, no doubt, together with some of the Karuizawas. Hey, next time, could someone sell a blend of Karuizawa and Brora? You could call it either Karuibrora or Brorazawa. I’m sure that would make it to 97 points if it’s well made, serious. Hint, hint, John Glaser… In any case, this one beats last year’s in my book. SGP:465 - 95 points.
bottle number 2375
bottled in 2015
with original box
Distilled: 16 september 2003 - Bottled: october 2014
11 years old - Bottle number 226/665
Oloroso Sherry Cask - Cask number 5554
In 1826 the exuberant, extraverted James Allardice founded this distillery and produced his 'Guild GlenDronach single malt. Between 1996 and 2002 the distillery was not really working. But then in 2008 the BenRiach distillery took over and became the brand new owner.
This one has matured on Oloroso Sherry Cask number 5554 and was bottled into 665 bottles at 56.4%
Single cask, cask strength.
vol. 40% - cl.70 - Great condition
Distilled in 1971 and matured in a small batch of Oloroso sherry casks, this 33 year-old dram appeared in 2004 and at the time was the oldest and quite possibly the best Glendronach ever released. At the Malt Maniacs Awards in 2008 they scored 88 points. Boasting 95/100 from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, calling it 'a golden nugget of dram'.
Glenury Royal 28 - Very rare to find
Distilled 1970 - Bottled october 1998
Vol. 58,4% - cl. 75
Rare Malts Cask Strength
A distillery bottling from the Eastern Highlands
Old release from Macallan great whisky (old style cream label)
Original Bottling - Cask Strength
10 Years old - Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
Cask Strength - 58.5%vol
1 liter including Box