Mortlach 22 1995 Faultine FF-Sherry (K&L)

Mortlach 22 1995 Faultine FF-Sherry (K&L)

Price: Sold Out

Distilled/Owned by: Mortlach / Douglas Laing

Region: Speyside

53.3% ABV

Aged For: 22 Years, Distilled 1995

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: First Fill Sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Malt, oak, cracked leather, chocolate, honey, dried citrus, and light sherry

Feel:Medium, oily

Taste: Sherry, raisins, ginger, citrus, leather, pepper, oak

Finish: Warm, drying, good length, sherry and oranges, with hints of caramel, vanilla, and oak.

Thoughts: A decent dram, but if I had this blind I would not have thought it was a first fill sherry. If you want a dryer more leather sherry this could be for you.

Score: 81 out of 100

 

Benrinnes 11 Year The Exclusive Malts

Benrinnes 11 Year The Exclusive Malts

Price: $110 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Benrinnes / The Exclusive Malts

Region: Speyside

49.1% ABV

Aged For: 11 Years, Distilled 2006

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Second Fill PX sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honey, malt, pomegranate, fruit punch, tropical fruits, sherry, alcohol, and oak

Feel: Medium, dry, and supple

Taste: Malt, honey, table sugar, fruit punch, sherry, figs, plum , and raisins

Finish: Medium warmth, and lasting length, pepper, spices, oak, rich fruit, dry spice, sherry and citrus

Thoughts: A decent sherried malt, but nothing mind blowing, especially for the price

Score: 83 out of 100

Macallan Edition No. 4

Macallan Edition No. 4

Paid: $105 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Macallan / Edrington Group

Region: Speyside

48.4% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: European and American oak refill butts and hogsheads, and butts, puncheons and hogsheads from Vasmya, Diego Martin, Jose y Miguel Martin and Tevasa.

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: No


Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Chocolate, oak, lemon, honey, raisins, nutmeg, sherry, walnuts, vanilla

Feel:Medium body

Taste: Chocolate and caramel, oranges, vanilla, sherry, oak ,cake

Finish: Caramel, coffee, brown sugar, malt, honey, walnuts, and dried fruit. Medium warmth and length

Thoughts: Similar to the edition two, but I enjoyed this one a lot more as it hit my preferred flavors. Another solid entry in the editions series, and is tied with the edition 1 for me.

Score: 90 out of 100

Aultmore 14 2002 SMWS 73.81 “Dark chocolate destiny”

Aultmore SMWS 73.81

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Aultmore / SMWS

Region: Speyside

59.8% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 14 years (distilled 2002)

Cask Type: Refill ex-Sherry butt

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Dark gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Malt, honey, alcohol, cocoa, spice, vanilla, and subtle fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body

Palate/Taste: Chocolate, malt, vanilla, oak, bitter sweets, clove oil, caramel and honey

Finish: Medium warmth and length, true to the namesake I pick up more chocolate, Turkish delight, malt, and brown sugar with baking spice

Thoughts: I didn’t detect any fruit from the sherry influence, but it imparts a chocolatey caramel flavor that’s very enjoyable.

Score: 83 out of 100

 

Glenfiddich 15 Solera

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Price: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glenfiddich / William Grant & Sons

Region: Speyside

40% ABV

Aged For: 15 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, sherry, virgin oak, and solera vatted

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Dark gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Apples, honey, oak, vanilla, sherry, brown sugar

Feel: Light bodied

Taste: Citrus and malt, vanilla, almond, and orchard fruits

Finish: Light warmth, but decent for the proof, medium length, oak and dried fruit with citrus and ginger, bit of oak tannins

Thoughts: I usually am not a fan of 80 proof scotches as they are too light for my palate. However this on was pretty surprising, and I think may be my favorite of Glenfiddich’s core lineup.

Score: 78 out of 100

 

BenRiach 17 1998 PX Finish TWE Exclusive

BenRiach 17 1998 PX Finish TWE Exclusive

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Benriach / Brown-Forman

Region: Speyside

48.9% ABV

Aged For: 17 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Refill hogsheads, finished in PX sherry casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Chocolate, walnuts, raisins, figs, citrus, orange peel, cinnamon

Feel: Medium body, supple

Taste: Coffee, dark chocolate, sherry, oak, cinnamon, mandarins, nutmeg

Finish: Oak and dry sherry with a hint of espresso, good warmth and length

Thoughts: I liked the dark chocolate and coffee notes with a fruity background, the triple distillation certainly made the mouthfeel supple, similar to what you’d find in Redbreast CS, but I think that aging in the PX as opposed to just finishing would have put this over the top.

Score: 85 out of 100

Glenrothes 20 1997 Signatory Vintage Spec’s Pick

Glenrothes 20 1997 Signatory Vintage Spec's Pick

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Glenrothes / Signatory Vintage

Region: Speyside

51.5% ABV

Aged For: 20 Years (Distilled 1997)

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Oloroso Sherry

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sherry, orchard fruit, honey, ginger, and citrus

Feel:Slightly oily, medium body

Taste: Fruity, with raisins, ginger, oranges, citrus, honey, vanilla, caramel, and nuts

Finish: Warm and lasting, oak and sherry with fruit and coffee notes

Thoughts: Much better than the OB bottlings I have tried of Glenrothes, but nothing too outstanding for a 20 year.

Score: 82 out of 100

Do note that I couldn’t find an exact photo of this bottling.