SMWS Glen Grant 12yr 9.109

SMWS Glen Grant 12yr 9.109

SMWS Glen Grant 12yr 9.109 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

SMWS Glen Elgin 8yr 85.38

SMWS Glen Elgin 8yr 85.38 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

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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Benrinnes SMWS 36.97 18yr

Benrinnes SMWS 36.97 18yr

Benrinnes SMWS 36.97 18yr 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

SMWS Caol ila 53.234

SMWS Caol ila 53.234 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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Finlaggan Cask Strength 58

Finlaggan Cask Strength 58

Finlaggan Cask Strength 58 Mashtun notes: Finlaggan is a ‘mystery’ Islay dram named after Loch Finlaggan. The largest island on the loch is Eilean na Comhairle (Council Island) and this is where the chief of the clan MacDonald (for the isles) was initiated. It may be a ‘mystery dram’, but by all accounts, this dram...

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