SMWS 9 year Dailuaine 41.80

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SMWS 9 year Dailuaine 41.80

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Mashtun notes:

Dailuine (Gaelic for green valley) is in Speyside and is one the SMWS go-to drams for us. On the nose we got cut grass, floral notes, vanilla, strawberry syrup, and oak. The palate gave us sweet tangy wood, American cream soda, fruit, honey, and those sherbet flying saucers …

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Kilchoman Sauternes (2016)

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Kilchoman Sauternes (2016)

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Mashtun notes:

Having loved the first Kilchoman Sauternes release we were really looking forward to trying this one. We are all ‘peat heads’ and love an interesting cask so chances were that we were going to love this one… It completely split the panel though with two of us loving it and …

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The Whisky People – Billy Abbott

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The Whisky People – Billy Abbott

Welcome to the first 2017 edition of our ‘Whisky People’ series. As with our previous Whisky People articles we will be focusing on different people within the industry, getting their ‘whisky history’, feelings on the industry, delving into how they got involved, and discussing some of their favourite drams. …

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SMWS Glen Grant 12yr 9.109

SMWS Glen Grant 12yr 9.109

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Mashtun notes:

We have yet to have a bad Glen Grant from the SMWS (Scotch Malt Whisky Society). It’s a whisky that doesn’t always get recognition, but the SMWS show again and again that the base spirit is fantastic, and with the right maturation, and at cask strength, it can …

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SMWS Glen Elgin 8yr 85.38

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SMWS Glen Elgin 8yr 85.38

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Mashtun notes:

The nose on this gave us marzipan, vanilla, hazelnuts, citrus, hay, and peppermint with a hint of pepper. The marzipan and hay/floral notes carry through to the palate. They are then joined by butterscotch, Turkish delight, white chocolate mice, and slight woody notes. The finish is long and …

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Top 5 drams of 2016

Top 5 drams of 2016

We can’t believe that we have already had Burns night in 2017! With that in mind we thought we’d better put up the the top 5 drams we reviewed in 2016.  Another cracking year for the Mash Tun so slainte mhath and all the best for 2017! Here are our …

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Kilchoman Sauternes cask Club Release

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Kilchoman Sauternes cask Club Release

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Mashtun notes:

Well where do we start with this one! We are all massive ‘peat heads’ and love Kilchoman as a distillery. With that in mind we were really intrigued to try their first Sauternes cask release, and we weren’t disappointed! The nose has damp firewood, dark fruits, Christmas spices, …

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GlenDronach Cask Strength (Batch 5)

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GlenDronach Cask Strength (Batch 5)

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Mashtun notes:

Having enjoyed but not reviewed the previous batches of the GlenDronach Cask Strength we were really anticipating batch 5, and we weren’t disappointed. The nose on this gave us rich layers of sherry with stewed fruits, dark cherries, red liquorice, lavender, and fine leather. The stunning sherry notes …

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Benrinnes SMWS 36.97 18yr

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Benrinnes SMWS 36.97 18yr

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Mashtun notes:

The nose on this cask strength Benrinnes is very refreshing. We got lemon, honey, grass, sweet vanilla, bourbon, and toasted cereal notes. The palate was dry and oaky with malt, honey, bourbon, and a little pepper. The pepper and grass continue into the aftertaste where zesty citrus fruits kick …

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SMWS Caol ila 53.234

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SMWS Caol ila 53.234

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Mashtun notes:

Talk about an opinion splitter! This one really spit the panel. We are all ‘Peat fiends’ and huge fans of Caol ila, as well as the SMWS, but this caused some ‘debate’. On the nose we got salty brine, peat, cherry pie, medicinal notes, sulphur, and hay bales. The …

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