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April 20, 2023


Extra coastal mixes

Just because we actually needed to attempt the brand new Charlie’s Nostril as quickly because the livery was out!

Maclean’s Nostril (Image This Scotland)

Maclean's Nose (46%, Adelphi, Blended Scotch, 2023)

Maclean’s Nostril (46%, Adelphi, Blended Scotch, 2023) Four stars and a half

That is model new, however I’ve heard it is solely resulting from be heading out of their warehouse in direction of the top of April. I first used to imagine this child was a a lot applicable tribute to Charles MacLean’s personal nostril, however I simply noticed that ‘Maclean’s Nostril’ was the identify of a spot close to Ardnamurchan, and that of a salmon farm as nicely. The label’s been made out of barley draff, which absolutely is a primary, however I’ve heard the cattle was beginning to complain, as that draff is often used as meals for them. You can’t please everybody, I suppose. This shelters 70% malt, so in my e-book, it is a quasi-malt. Color: straw. Nostril: I’m not sure there’s some Ardnamurchan in there, however that is completely potential, if not apparent. It is very near ‘nature’, to the ocean, to the draff (there), to grist, to breads, to lemons, to damp oatcakes, with a small fermentary aspect within the background, which we at all times take pleasure in. Then relatively earth, root greens, wild carrots, williams pears… You say grain whisky? What grain whisky? Mouth: a lot smokier on the palate, with this excellent acridness that we at all times take pleasure in as nicely, lemon zests, salt, oysters, sauvignon blanc, then as soon as once more these bready, fermentary notes. However the peat’s carrying the flag, clearly. End: lengthy, clear, pure, with no additional modifications, bread, peat, lemon, brine, oysters… Feedback: fairly bizarrely, this child additionally jogs my memory of among the easiest new Japanese malts, of their peated varieties. Hey, it is a praise! High coastal mix – or certainly quasi-malt.

SGP:455 – 88 factors.

The/Six-Isles 'Rum Finish' (48%, Ian Macleod, blended malt, +/-2023)

The/Six-Isles ‘Rum End’ (48%, Ian Macleod, blended malt, +/-2023) Four stars

‘A sensory voyage by the malt whiskies of the islands of Scotland’. What may that be, Orkney, Islay, Jura, Mull, Skye, Arran…? Or did they embrace among the new ones? We have tried earlier expressions, together with a ten years outdated, which have been all good though the labels have been a lot much less fairly. Love this one. They’ve additionally cranked up the quantity, thoughts you, 48% vol.! However they’ve additionally dumped it into rum… Why, I do not know. Color: white wine. Nostril: it is rather peaty, within the type of Caol Ila. Smoke, seaweed, crabs, oysters, tree bark, brine, kippers and all that, plus just a bit tar. Nothing so as to add or to complain about this far. Mouth: frankly, I might have stated Caol Ila. Superb zesty, tarry type, with one thing clear, lemons, granny smith, extra oysters, langoustines… I am not discovering any rum, except they’d have used Jamaicans which are very near Islay ‘in spirit and in type’. End: lengthy, with relatively beautiful bitternesses. Feedback: so, Jamaican casks? Undeniably successful.

SGP:557 – 85 factors.

Mac o'Isles (43.5%, House of McCallum, blended malt, +/-2023)

Mac o’Isles (43.5%, Home of McCallum, blended malt, +/-2023) Four stars

A relatively comparable idea, together with the ending in rum casks. Color: white wine. Nostril: it’s a gentler model, partly due to the decrease power but additionally as a result of the rum could have been ‘sweeter’. Now the core stays shut, clear, coastal, Caol-Ila-y, extraordinarily nice, virtually refreshing on the nostril, as while you would sniff some eucalyptus oil. Nutshell, it is simpler. Mouth: comparable findings and emotions, brine, smoke, ashes, oysters, tar, cider apples… I am certain you’d simply discover the rum, must you attempt each the pre-finish and the post-finish variations, however similar to that, I do not assume there’s a lot likelihood of that taking place. Which can imply that they did the ending very nicely. End: medium, perhaps a tiny-wee-bit sweeter, in any other case absolutely on coastal peat, ashes, apples, lemons… Feedback: cautious, at 43.5% and most naturally, it will go down faster.

SGP:557 – 85 factors.

To the SMWS, the place they appear to have gotten even crazier. After the names, the designs!

Frazzle Dazzle 13 yo 2008/2022 (50%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, blended malt, 1,785 bottles)

Frazzle Dazzle 13 yo 2008/2022 (50%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, blended malt, 1,785 bottles) Three stars and a half

Maintain on, this was additionally completed in some ‘1st fill smoked barley wine hogshead’, I do not even know what that’s, what is that this world coming to? Certain I am going to perform some research… At any time when I come throughout one other one. Color: gold. Nostril: overripe apples at first, pear cake, plus barley wine I might suppose, then extra ripe orchard fruits comparable to plums, touches of guavas, candy yeasty beers… With water: candy, honeyed beer, or one thing like that. I do know extra about Mongolian yak butter than about beer (boo). Mouth (neat): it’s spicier and I might have stated it was American. Is it American? I discover it just a little fizzy (Schweppes), gingery… Ginger cookies, additionally ginseng powder, turmeric, then blood oranges… It absolutely is uncommon. With water: higher, rounder, with citrus wine, however by no means with out these earthy, gingery touches, hearts of palm… End: medium, at all times on beer certainly, hops, liquorice allsorts, IPAs… The guavas are again within the aftertaste. Feedback: a bit out of my consolation zone, however it’s absolutely excellent.

SGP:641 – 83 factors.

Smokehead 'Extra Rare' (40%, Ian Macleod, travel retail, 1l, 2022)

Smokehead ‘Additional Uncommon’ (40%, Ian Macleod, journey retail, 1l, 2022) Four stars

It is that uncommon that they introduced the power all the way down to 40% vol. Simply joking. Color: gold. Nostril: traditional smoke, hints of barbecued pineapple and banana, just a little camphor, vegetal tar, tyres, and one thing within the background that jogs my memory of younger Port Ellen. There certain is not any Port Ellen in there, however there, some points are harking back to these younger Italian PEs that had been bottled at 40%. Mouth: actually, I discover it wonderful, old-school (sherry), tarry, very ashy, it is simply that it will are likely to nosedive across the center. Some superior notes of pickled citrus, although. End: not too lengthy however simply as wonderful. Citrus and tar, beautiful. Feedback: I wasn’t ready for this, I used to be anticipating a humbler wee 79-81 pointer.

SGP:567 – 85 factors.

Wasn’t it a great little session? We’ll have extra new blends and stuff very quickly.







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