12 years, 40%
See distillery description: Speyside
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.
See distillery description: Speyside
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.
Speyside distillery: Private Cellar
See the distillery description: Auchroisk
An interesting nose, with a malty smell, sltightly smoky with some fruity hints and a kind of undergrowth smell.
The palate is fresher and more "colourful" than the nose was. A citrus freshness (oranges) mixed with malted barley
gives this whisky quite a nice complexity. The taste is sometimes dominated by chocolate sweetness of malt, sometimes
by the fresh acidity of citrus fruit.
However, I had the impression that the dilution made this whisky lose some of its character.
The finish is rather long, with some nice but discrete nutty hints.
This is a good whisky, complex and very interesting, but surely not the very best one of the Private Cellar collection.
See the distillery description: Balmenach
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.
See the distillery description: Dufftown
The nose is first remarkably discrete, not to say completely absent... After a while, some nice smells of bakers yeast
appear, like the fragrances in the kitchen of grandmothers, while leaving the dough to rise. This smell mixes with some
fresh mentholated hints and even fresh cut grass ones.
In the palate, this whisky is quite simple at the beginning, but after a few seconds, it developes on a mix of malty
notes and some
more acid touches, but one would have a more robust whisky. Some additional degrees of alcohol would be welcome. A kind
of watery impression in the mouth spoils the first nosing impressions.
The finish seems to be the exact extension of the mouth.
See the distillery description: Fettercairn
The nose is nicely fresh, and even a little bit "from the farm" , with its hay and stable smells mixed to those
of wet paper... A touch of pepper and smoke on the background.
The palate is quite complex, however one would have prefered this malt with a lesser diultion. Spices and malt, pepper
and some nut, or even some wood, the whole being perfectly balanced.
The finish is long and warm, peppery with nice nuances of nut and a surprising impression of alcohol, as the mouth seemed
to be too diluted. A very nice bottling from a
little known distillery.
See the distillery description Highland Park
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.
See the distillery description : Mannochmore
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...
1983 - 2004, 43%
See the distillery description Millburn
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.
Speyside distillery: Scott's Selection
See the distillery description: Bladnoch
A really nice perfumed nose, with flower fragrances on a carpet of wet grass and fruity hints on the background. No
aggressivity at all, despite a high percentage of alcohol.
In the mouth, some amazing violet taste, very fresh and some acid hints with a touch of liquorice. Great freshness,
and this rather refined violet taste recalls the typiciyt of some Bowmores
from a certain perios, but with some more subtility/
The finish is lingering and warm, despite
the really fresh violet hints which remains for a while. The alcohol percentage is quite present at the finish.
See the distillery description: Macallan
The nose is pleasantly floral. Nice spring flowers, with ripe fruit smells behind. A touch of fine wood and some delicate
spices appear as well.
In the mouth, this whisky is simply marvelous. Really complex, with fruity tastes nicely mixed to fine woody notes on
a cereal background. A perfect balance between fruity notes and this touch of woody bitterness.
The finish is lingering with the delicate bitterness described above in the background, but also with a very nice warmth
remaining for a rather long time in the palate.
A really fine Macallan, an excellent bottle!
See the distillery description: Macallan
Quite a special nose, with nice nutty (almond) notes, very pleasant and complex, mixing this slightly woody notes
with some touches of soap (Savon de Marseille). A nose which could restore my faith in the distillery, which gives
me sometimes the impression that their commercial department is better than their production. Some remote hints
of white wine as well. In short, this nose covers a very large range of fragrances.
The mouth does not deny the nose impression, with a huge variety of tastes, going from the sweetness of malted barley
to freshness of some kind of acid notes, but not the acidity of citrus fruit. The impression is different, however
I'm not really able to describe it precisely.
The finish is lingering and warm, with sweet (chocolate?) hints, mixed with
some fresher and acid impressions. A really good bottle.
North Port - Brechin
See the distillery description: North Port
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.
Scott's Selection: Single Grain
North of Scotland
Grain distillery: North of Scotland
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.
Grain distillery : North British
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.