Review: Craigellachie 2006 12 Year Old “Sovereign” K&L

Price: $55 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Craigellachie / Hunter Laing

Region: Speyside

59.9% ABV

Aged For: 12 years, distilled 2006

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Sherry Butt

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Deep gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Nutty, oloroso sherry, orchard fruits, cherries, malt, honey, citrus, biscotti and alcohol notes

Feel: Waxy

Taste: Rich nutty sherry, dried fruits, coffee, spices, oak, waxy citrus, vanilla

Finish: Medium warmth and length, spices, dry sherry, almonds and walnuts, raisins, oak

Thoughts: Awesome buy for price, nice nutty sherry

Score: 85 out of 100

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

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