Finlaggan Cask Strength 58

Finlaggan Cask Strength 58

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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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SMWS North British G1.13

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SMWS North British G1.13

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Mashtun notes:

We do like a 100% grain whisky from time to time, and were really looking forward to this North British offering from the SMWS. It turns out we were not to be disappointed! The nose has that ‘classic grain’ feel and we got vanilla, bourbon, red cola, sweetie bananas, …

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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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Caol ila 17 Murray McDavid

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Caol ila 17 Bottled by Murray McDavid

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Mashtun notes:

This one was brought to the tasting as a ‘wildcard’ due to the fact one of the panel got it at auction. It’s an independently bottled (Murray McDavid) Caol ila that was finished in a sweet white wine (Quart-de-Chaume) cask. It does have a wine …

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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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Penderyn SherryWood

Penderyn Sherrywood

Penderyn SherryWood

Penderyn Sherrywood

Mashtun notes:

We have decided to cast our net a little wider for this tasting, Penderyn a Welsh distillery that we have enjoyed sampling from before (albeit at Whisky festivals).  This is our first review though and we thought we would go for the Sherrywood bottling. The first thing that struck us about …

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Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015

Mashtun notes:

Loch Gorm is Kilchoman’s yearly sherried cask offering. As with the 100% Islay each year is slightly different, and because of that we were keen to try the 2015 edition first chance we got. The nose gave us orange, peat smoke, caramel, and an earthy sweetness. The palate was …

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Highland Park 10yr

Highland Park 10yr

Highland Park 10yr

Highland Park 10yr

Mashtun notes:

This whisky was actually a rare find that we discovered at the distillery itself. It’s still available on auction sites though, and at a reasonable price. The standard Highland Park is 12 years old and this is actually quite different, and slightly sweeter and smokier. The nose on this one …

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