Scotland: Whisky & Distilleries
The nose is rather marked by malted barley with some vanilla on the background and some undergrowth notes and
some animal touches.
The first impression in the palate is a kind of weakness, which is quickly replaced by a great sweetess and some slightly bitter touches, not really woody, but more nutty.
The finish is not too long, and some bitterness is still present.
The quality of this whisky would probably be improved by some additional degrees of alcohol. This would have influenced the general impression favorably, even if this whisky is already quite nice.
Drumguish is a single malt produced by the Speyside distillery. No age statement.
The nose is rather marked by cereal and a slight nutty smell. A touch of peat and a spicy impression.
In the palate, the whisky is quite light, relatively flat and without complexity.
Clear nutty or woody hints characterize the finish, but the general impression is an impression something is missing somewhere to make it really a good whisky.
The nose is rather fresh, with a mix of heady floral frangrances, hay and citrus fruit (orange). This is at least the
general impression left by the nosing, but is is not possible to find all this odours seperately...
The palate is very pleasant, with a clear presence of slightly bitter citrus fragrances, a hint of walnut, chocolate praline and anyway an very nice complexity.
A rather sweet finish, but still with this slightly bitter and chocolate hints.
A very nice bottle.
The nose matches the standards of a Highland Park: a mix of heather, hay and honey. A touch of green apple as well,
followed by some malted hint at the end.
In the palate, some sweetness first, quickly overruled by a kind of woody taste, extremely complex, going through all the nuances between the honeyed walnut and the peppery tangerine...
A very nice and lingering finish, still marked by that kind of bitterness, but really delicious. An excellent surprise, probablement one of the best Highland Parks I ever tasted.
The nose is nicely woody, but without the wood covering all the flavours. A nice complexity, with some sherry hints
and even some chocolate. Maybe also some kind of wet paper smell.
In the palate, the taste confirms the first nosing, but remains difficult to define. Malted barley, sherry, wood, some kind of "metallic" taste. Some acidity too.
A nice finish; with the same kind of hints than in the mouth keeping coming back.
Not easy to classify...
The nose detects nice peppery and mentholated notes. A nice freshness anyway, but also a range of diversified smells,
as after a while some fruit hints (apple) appear.
The mouth is rather dry, with a nice mix of slightly acid (citrus fruit) and fruity (prune) notes on a sltightly smoky malty background. The palate is nicely complex.
The finish is firs quite discrete, and after a while discrete woody touches appear.
A nose with peppery, spicy and fresh notes at the time. Nice fruity hints as well. A very promising nose.
In the palate, the first impression is complexity, between liquorice and hazelnut through exotic fruits (mango) and very sweet citrus fruit touches, and some vanilla on the background. A very nice palette of tastes anyway.
The finish is lingering, with pleasant hints of walnut and vanilla.
This bottle is an excellent surprise, with a very varied palette of tasts and smells.
A nice fragrance of hazelnut on a peppery background characterizes the nose. In the palate, a great sweetness despite
the high percentage of alcohol. Even if the complexity of a single malt is not present, the nutty taste this grain
whisky offers is very pleasant, even if the general impression about the taste is a kind of linearity.
The finish is lingering and pleasant, slightly bitter (woody) and dominated by the same sweetness than in the palate. After a while, the woody character (or even better said, the clear nutty taste) dominates clearly.
Quite a nice experience for my first grain whisky.
This grain whisky has a very expressive nose too, kind of mix of pepper and fruits, but not ripe fruits, nor dry
ones. It is more like a kind of acid fruits, like not ripe cherries. A pleasant smell.
The mouth is clearly behind the nose. Some monotony in the range of tastes. Chocolate and almond are dominating the palate.
The finish is warm and long, and remains in the mouth tones. No complexity, but a quite pleasant taste.
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