Review: Tamdhu 10 Year 2005 Signatory Vintage

Price: $85 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Tamdhu / Signatory Vintage

Region: Highland

60.5% ABV

Aged For: 10-Years, distilled 2005

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: 1st Fill Sherry Butt

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Cask & Bottle #: Cask 354, bottle 524

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Toffee, raisins, citrus, sherry, vanilla, nuts

Feel: Medium bodied

Taste: Vanilla, toffee, apple, cinnamon, nuts, malt, cream, sherry

Finish: Medium warmth and length, caramel, sherry, cream, nuts, apple

Thoughts: This is a caramel/toffee, apple cinnamon bomb with sherry influences, I think I’ll save most of this for fall as it seems perfect for that season!

Score: 85 out of 100

Review: Deanston 13 Year 2005 French Oak

Paid: $86 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Deanston / Distell

Region: Highland

55.6% ABV

Aged For: 13-Years

Mashbill: 100% malted balrey

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon 12-years, finished in French oak for 1 year

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Rich oak nose, with cinnamon, ginger, baking spice, sour pears, cocoa powder, mulled apple cider, and saltwater toffee

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Vanilla, honey, malt, ginger, birch root, nutmeg, clove, berry, and nuts

Finish: Medium warmth and length, nutty, oak, malt, cream, butter, salt, vanilla, caramel, and slightly bitter orchard fruit

Thoughts: It’s a spicier take on the 12 year with some added body and heat. If you are a fan of Deanston and want a bit more oak spice punch this fits the bill.

Score: 85 out of 100

Review: Clynelish 2005 12-Year G&M

Paid: $95 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Clynelish / Gordon & Macphail

Region: Highland

55.1% ABV

Aged For: 12 Years, Distilled 2005

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Refill Sherry Butt

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Dried fruits, caramel, raisins, citrus, brown sugar, fig, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, walnut

Feel: Full, slight waxiness

Taste: Pepper, oak, chocolate, almond, citrus, sherry, coffee, caramel, cherry, nutmeg

Finish: Medium warmth and long lasting, Oak, stone fruit, pepper, chocolate, sherry, orange, ginger, and vanilla

Thoughts: Only a touch of wax in this one, but a solid sherried dram for fans of that style.

Score: 84 out of 100

Review: Dalmore Port Wood Reserve

Paid: $70 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Dalmore / Whyte & Mackay

Region: Highland

46.5% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in Tawny Port barrels from W&J Graham

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Port, oak, blackberry, orange peel, jam, vanilla, clove, pepper

Feel: Light to medium body

Taste: Leather, dark chocolate, port, blackberry, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, pepper, dried fruit

Finish: Medium warmth and length, chocolate, port, oak, tobacco, cinnamon, citrus, apple, and coffee

Thoughts: Lots of oak and fruit, and not a bad offering from the usually weak and flat OB dalmore offerings.

Score: 83 out of 100

Review: Royal Brackla 11-Year 2006 Virgin French Oak Exclusive Malts

Price: $100 for 750 ml

Distilled/Owned by: Royal Brackla / The Exclusive Malts

Region: Highland

58.2% ABV

Aged For: 11-Years, distilled 2006

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Virgin French oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oak, honey, malt, vanilla, Peach/apricot, French pastries, sweet and sticky syrup

Feel: full bodied, thick

Taste: Vanilla, oak, honey, backlava, spices, subtle, sweet, baked goods

Finish: medium warmth, long, oak, vanilla, honey, malt, ect

Thoughts: awesome oak/vanilla malt bomb

Score: 85/100

Review: Deanston 9 Year 2008 Brandy Cask Finish

Price: $60

Distilled/Owned by: Deantson / Distell

Region: Highland

56.4% ABV

Aged For: 9 Years, distilled 2008

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in brandy casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Calvados, apples, honey, pipe tobacco, tropical rum notes?/molasses

Feel: Full, creamy, spicy

Taste: Pepper, spices, oak, honey, malt, citrus, calvados, sour apple, slightly bitter

Finish: Long, warm, spices, oak, molasses, vanilla, bitter citrus

Thoughts: Very calvados like, but with thicker mouthfeel and more spice

Score: 80 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