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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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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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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Linkwood 11 yr (Cadenheads)

Linkwood 11 yr (Cadenheads)

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Mashtun notes:

We came across this bottle by accident and thought it was too interesting not to buy. It’s an independently bottled 11 year old Linkwood from Cadenheads and is part of their Duthies range. The nose on this was sweet with cherries, citrus, roast potatoes, malt, and hints of Chardonnay. …

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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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Inchgower 6yr Whisky Shop

Inchgower 6yr

Inchgower 6yr Whisky Shop

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Mashtun notes:

Most of the whisky produced from Inchgower goes into Bell’s blended whisky so we were intrigued to taste it on its own. The distillery itself is classed as a southern Speyside and it sits just south of the town of Buckie. This whisky is part of the Glenkeir Treasures …

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Imperial 19yr Signatory Vintage

Imperial 19yr

Imperial 19yr Signatory Vintage

Imperial 19yr

Mashtun notes:

Well this is our 100th review and it’s flown in!! Thanks to everyone for their support and for visiting the site!

This is also our first Imperial review and in our opinion it’s one of the most under rated distilleries out there. This whisky was distilled in 1995 …

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Cadenheads Glenrothes 24yr

Cadenheads Glenrothes 24yr

Cadenheads Glenrothes 24yr

 Cadenheads Glenrothes 24yr

Mashtun notes:

This dram may be a bit of a ‘sherry monster’ for some people but we found it very palatable. The nose had deep sherry notes with toffee, red fruits, molasses, red liquorice, bananas, and spices. The palate had charred oak, toffee, chilli, sherry, caramelised apples, and sweet bananas. The finish …

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BenRiach Solstice 17yr

BenRiach Solstice 17yr

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Mashtun notes:

We have had heavily peated BenRiach’s before but never with a port finish. It’s an interesting combination that could go either way. Luckily for us though this dram blends together peat and port with the BenRiach spirit very well. The nose was peaty but with the sweetness and fruitiness you’d …

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