Review: Macallan 18 Sherry 1993

Paid: N/A – Sample

Distilled/Owned by: Macallan / Edrington Group

Region: Speyside

43% ABV

Aged For: 18 Years, distilled 1993

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Oloroso sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: No

Color: Light mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sherry, raisins, Christmas cake, dried fruits, orange peel, caramel, ginger, and wood spice

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Rich and fruity, caramel, chocolate sauce, oak, citrus, honey, malt, and fruitcake

Finish: Medium warmth, and lasting. Vanilla, sherry, creamy oak, dried citrus, and light roast coffee with cream

Thoughts: It’s a classic, and I really like it, but as far as bang for your buck, some IB sherry cask Glenrothes, Glen Morays, and even Glenlivets are the way to go.

Score: 90 out of 100

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2018 Fino Cask Finish

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2018 Fino

 

Price: $85 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Laphroaig / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

51.8% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: 1st Fill ex-bourbon and Fino Sherry Casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Off gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sweetness, peach, sherry, salt, vanilla, gentle peat, cream, lemon, ash

Feel: Full and oily

Taste: Smokey brine, lemon, sugar, cream, pepper, vanilla, white wine

Finish: Medium warmth and length, lemon, ash, smoke, pepper, slightly dry, sherry, oak, vanilla, and berries

Thoughts: The palate is a bit weak in comparison to the nose and finish, but overall one of the better Cairdeas releases and a great malt.
Score: 86 out of 100

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2013 Port Wood Finish

Laphroaig Cairdeas Port

 

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Laphroaig / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

51.3% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in port casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


 

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Earthy chocolate covered bacon, subtle port notes, oak, smoke, and caramel sauce

Feel: Medium to full body

Taste: Grape, chocolate, leather, peat smoke, vanilla, oak, and pepper

Finish: Medium warmth and length, earth, port, chocolate, oak, more smoke and less fruit than the palate

Thoughts: While I enjoyed it, its not my favorite version of Cairdeas, I would have liked a bit stronger of a port cask influence on it.
Score: 85 out of 100

Review: Laphroaig 21 1996 SMWS 29.248 “Creaking ships lost in the fog”

Paid: $265 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned By: Laphroaig / SMWS

Region: Islay

49.8% ABV

Aged For: 21 Years, Distilled Nov 1996

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in 2nd Fill Charred Red Wine Barrique

Chill Filtered: No

Artificial Coloring: No


Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Tarry, gentle peat, soggy dock planks, cranberry, orange peel, clove oil, sandalwood, sprigs of mint, salty sea air

Feel: Light to medium body, oily

Taste: Bright orange and citrus, barrel char, zinfandel wine, pepper, cinnamon, gentle peat moss, butterscotch, manages to be a blend of oily, costal, and fruity

Finish: Light to medium warmth and long lasting. Tar, clove, latakia pipe tobacco, sweet peat, butter, citrus, saltwater, and oak.

Thoughts: This takes what Ardbeg tried to do with Grooves and does it much better, while also being a more mellow peated experience. Very pleasurable to sip on a cold evening and loaded with different flavors that change and flow.

Score: 90 out of 100

Review: GlenDronach 21-Year 1994 Single Cask #1189 Distillery Exclusive

Paid: $180 for 700ml via Auction

Distilled/Owned By: Glendronach / Brown-Forman

Region: Highland

54.1% ABV

Aged For: 21 Years, distilled Oct. 14 1994, bottled Oct. 2015

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: PX Sherry Puncheon

Chill Filtered:  No

Artificial Coloring: No

Other Info: Cask #1189, Bottle #84, Distillery Exclusive


Color: Old Oak

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Dry sherry, bitter orange peel, crushed mint, musty oak, black tea, coffee beans, heather, and chocolate chili powder

Feel:  Supple, but drying

Taste: Rich sherry, dried fruits, espresso, vanilla bean paste, black pepper, spicy oak, highland malted barley, cranberry, dark chocolate, and cherry brandy

Finish: Warm and long, with a drying effect. Amaretto, sherry, caramel, sprigs of mint and thistle, citrus, oak, buttery filo pastry, and bitter grape skins.

Thoughts: This tasted more of an oloroso profile than a PX one to me, but none the less is a complex and amazing dram. A good example of the rich powerful malt GlenDronach was producing before their closure in 1996. As you continue to drink it becomes sweeter and more easy going, but snap back to attention and you will be hit by various spectrum’s of the flavor wheel.

Score:  90 out of 100

Kilkerran 12

Kilkerran 12

Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glenglye

Region: Campbeltown

46% ABV

Aged For: 12 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and sherry casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honey, sweet malt, gentle smoke, green pepper

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Green pepper, vanilla, oak, malt, butter, and honey

Finish: Medium warmth and length, pepper, malt, oak, vanilla, gentle smoke and a bit of fruit

Thoughts: I surprised at how defined the green pepper was to my palate, it doesn’t have the funk of a Springbank, or peat of your typical Islay, but it’s a great entry level malt

Score: 82 out of 100

Glendronach 22 Year 1994 PX Cask UK Exclusive

Glendronach 22 Year 1994 PX Cask UK Exclusive

Price: $225 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glendronach / Brown Forman

Region: Highland

53.2% ABV

Aged For: 22 years, distilled 1994

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: PX sherry, cask # 1376

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Burnt umber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Malt, walnut, sherry, blueberry, key lime pie, and dark chocolate

Feel: Rich

Taste: Rich sherry, dried fruits, blueberry, cocoa, caramel drizzle, and nuts

Finish: Warm and lasting, slight balsamic notes, prunes, fig, sweet oaky tannins, caramel, and vanilla

Thoughts: I love me some PX single cask Glendronach, it’s a goddamn shame the prices have become so outrageous as of late, I have a feeling Brown-Forman is positioning the brand to take on Macallan.

Score: 90 out of 100