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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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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Old Pulteney 15 by Gordon MacPhail

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Old Pulteney 15 by Gordon MacPhail

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Mashtun notes:

This independently bottled (Gordon and MacPhail) Old Pulteney was a real sipper. It was another one that spit us, as some thought it lacked complexity and character. That may have been down to the 40% ABV though. We did all agree we could quite happily sip away …

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Glenturret Peated

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Glenturret Peated

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Mashtun notes:

This is the final part of our Glenturret ‘triple header’ as we move onto review the Glenturret peated. Being ‘peat fiends’ we did have some trepidation when reviewing the peated Glenturret, as rightly or wrongly, it’s not something we associated with the distillery.

The nose on this dram has light peat …

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Glenturret Sherry Cask

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Glenturret Sherry Cask

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Mashtun notes:

This is the second part our Glenturret ‘triple header’. The second review of their new core range is the sherry cask.

It was a warm summer day when we tried this dram and it fitted well with the conditions. The nose had warm sherry, sweet …

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Glennturret Triple Wood

Glennturret Triple Wood

Glennturret Triple Wood

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Mashtun notes:

This is the first of a ‘triple header’ as we begin to review the new core Glenturret range. We’d like to thank Anna, Sarah, Stuart, and Lucy for supplying the samples for review. We buy 99.9% of the drams we review it was much appreciated. …

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Edradour 10 yr

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Edradour 10 yr old

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Mashtun notes:

We should maybe review more standard releases so with that in mind we decided to taste the standard release 10 year old Edradour. The nose was rich and full bodied with toffee apples, highland toffee, nugget, hazelnuts, hints of polish, and light citrus notes. The palate had a lemon …

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Clynelish (Distillery only)

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Clynelish (Distillery only)

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Mashtun notes:

This offering from Clynelish is only available from the distillery shop, and we believe there were around 7000 bottles produced. We found the nose spicy and fresh and after the initial wee nose burn we got pepper, citrus, bourbon, sawdust, herbs, polish, and vanilla. The palate holds the vanilla and …

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Glenfarclas 16 yr SMWS 1.194

Glenfarclas 16 yr SMWS 1.194

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Mashtun notes:

Glenfarclas usually comes from a sherried cask so were very intrigued to try this first fill Bourbon cask whisky. Initially the familiar ‘Glenfarclas nose’ almost fools you into thinking it is from a sherry cask. It then develops into butterscotch vanilla, caramelised pears, pine needles, malted barley, and …

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Deanston 12 year old

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Deanston 12 year old

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Mashtun notes:

This was a blind tasting for two of the panel and that’s always puts a nice spin on tastings as it removes any preconceived ideas people have. The nose gave us apple brandy, butterscotch, cinnamon, mulled wine and spices. The palate was zesty at first with citrus notes that …

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