Glenmorangie 18

Glenmorangie 18

Price: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glenmorangie / LVHM

Region: Highland

43% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 18 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes


Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Honey, floral, malt, apples, custard, and fresh cut hay

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, honey, malt, oak, cream, and white pepper

Finish: Light warmth and medium length vanilla with a punch of pepper, orchard fruits and honey

Thoughts: I’m not the biggest fan of Glenmorangie, but this is a huge leap in taste for me from their 10 and 12 year malts. It’s a simple highlander that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Score: 80 out of 100

Dalmore 18

Dalmore 18

Price: $240 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Dalmore / Whyte & Mackay

Region: Highland

43% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 18 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and Matusalem Oloroso sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes


Color: Deep amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Sherry, citrus, dried fruit, grapefruit, dry grass, malt, and nuts

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied

Palate/Taste: Sour caramel, chocolate, sherry, pepper, oak , almond, orange peel

Finish: Light warmth, medium length, ginger, citrus, dry sherry, bitter chocolate, with a touch of musty oak

Thoughts: It’s not an awful dram, until you look at the price tag and realize you can buy 3 bottles of superior (In my opinion) Glengoyne for the same price. Not a fan of the sour sort of bitter notes that came and went putting this into the 70’s for me.

Score: 78 out of 100

Dalmore 15 Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection 1989

Dalmore 15 Caden

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Dalmore / Cadenhead

Region: Highland

57.5% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 15 years (Distilled 1989)

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Heather, spices, cinnamon, honey, oak, sugar, and cream, floral

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, honey, floral, oak, almonds

Finish: Medium warmth and length, oak, spice, heather, ginger, honey, and baked goods

Thoughts: It takes on a generic highland profile that even cask strength can’t save it from. I need my highland malts to have some sherry to round them out.

Score: 77 out of 100

Glenmorangie Spios

Glenmorangie Spios

Price: $95 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glenmorangie / LVHM

Region: Highland

46% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-rye casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Straw

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Clove and spice with vanilla, honey, bread crust, pears, and oak

Feel:Light to medium body

Taste: Vanilla, malt, pepper, oak, leather, clove, and cinnamon

Finish: Malt, chocolate, slightly dry, oak, light to medium warmth, medium length, herbal at the very end

Thoughts: I like the flavors imparted by the rye casks to Glenmorangie’s malt, but this could have been amazing at Cask Strength with and age statement.

Score: 81 out of 100

Glenfarclas 1989 Family Cask #7300

Glenfarclas 1989 Family Cask #7300

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Glenfarclas

Region: Highlands

56.5% ABV

Aged For: 27 Years (Distilled 1989 Cask# 7300)

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Refill Sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Orchard fruits, light sherry, oak, honey, malt, vanilla

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Vanilla, honey, ginger, citrus, gentle sherry, chocolate

Finish: Light warmth and medium length, vanilla and chocolate with sherry, citrus, fruity.

Thoughts: This doesn’t bring any strong feelings to mind, it fits the highland profile to a T, but doesn’t do anything all that interesting.

Score: 83 out of 100

Edradour 10 2006 Straight from the Cask Sauternes Finish

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Paid: $70 for 500ml

Distilled/Owned by: Edradour / Signatory Vintage

Region: Highland

59.8% ABV

Aged For: 10 years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: undisclosed, finished in Sauternes

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Cask #: 325

 


 

Color: Dark Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honey, vanilla, apricot, malt, grapes, milk chocolate

Feel:Medium to light bodied

Taste: Walnuts, apple butter, caramel, vanilla, heavy sweetness

Finish: Sweet syrup, peaches, citrus, honey, medium warmth and length

Thoughts: Usually I’m up for a sweeter scotch, but this one was almost too much for me. It has a lot of brighter fruit notes that you don’t normally get from your standard sherry cask aging.

Score: 78 out of 100

Dalmore 15 1999 Alexander Murray

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Paid: $110 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Dalmore / Alexander Murray

Region: Highland

55.6% ABV

Aged For: 15 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, Oloroso, and married in sherry butts

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Tarnished gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honey, young malt (on a 15 year?), oak, dry sherry, orchard fruit, vanilla, and herbal after scent

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Dry spice, sour herbs, young craft whiskey taste, caramel, oloroso sherry, nuts

Finish: Almost rye like, with a herbal overtone, pepper and toasted oak with a good warmth and lasting finish.

Thoughts: After enjoying a few Dalmore IB’s I had higher hopes for this but it constantly reminded me of a young craft rye aged in sherry casks. I guess that’s the risk you run with IBs, as this is way off profile for any type of Dalmore.

Score: 70 out of 100