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Hazelburn 14y. oloroso cask matured

Hazelburn 14y. oloroso cask matured

This fairly new Hazelburn triple destilled malt from the Springbank destillery is matured in fresh oloroso sherry casks. According to the backlabel, it is unpeated.

Hazelburn 14y. oloroso sherry cask matured / 49.3 % Vol.

Hazelburn 14y oloroso cask
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Nose:

Dirty, phenolic and yes, slightly peaty. The typical springbank character is there. Salted caramel, orangepeel, peanuts, old leatherboots, wet earth, tobacco. With time, more green and vegetal. Hints of sulphur. Cabbage and radish. Reminds of the Springbank 12y. Cask Strength with less peat influence.

Taste:

Sweeter than on the nose, with salted caramel, citrus, hints of peatsmoke, maple syrup, beeswax, drops of aged tequila. A little tannic and sulphury maybe, but still very enjoyable.

Comments:

This is quite a character. As most of the offerings from this iconic Campbelltown destillery, it has its unique DNA and charme. A little hard to pin down, which makes it even more interesting for fans of the destillery. /87

More black beauties

More black beauties

The Maltman Secret Speyside 16y. sherry cask 1632 bottled for Austria / 54.8 % Vol.

Secret Speyside 16
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Another one in the already infamous (most likely Mac***n) Secret Speyside bottling series. The previous 14y. and 16y. expressions were both absolute stunners, if you enjoy sipping well matured dark sherry bombs. This new one however never really hit the online shops because the 311 bottles were largely sold to regular customers of austrian whisky shops and the remainder went to the german Cutty Sark Scotch Whisky Community. Let’s see if this one can live up to my expectations.

Nose:

Full on dried tobacco, a bag of raisins and roasted nuts, black cherries, menthol cigarettes, air dried italian ham rubbed in spices like oregano, thyme and fennel. Lemon verbena. Leather, meaty rancio. Mature, rich and enticing nose. It’s one. This smells almost like a recent official Mac18 but in cask strength, so obviously way more intense and full bodied. A Mac dialed to eleven.

Taste:

Orangeskin, sweet cherries, dry tobacco, Latte macchiato, brown sugar, nutty oloroso, leather, grilled steak, roasted nuts, slightly astringent. This is perfectly balanced between dark, fruity aromas and more meaty and salty umami touches. Very complex. You can take a few sips and still discover something new.

Comments:

And the next stunner by the Maltman. This one is not as sherry-supercharged as its 14y. and 16y. precursors, therefore more complex and accessible. After 16 years in oak, you still get some of this lovely floral and slightly rough destillery character that matches perfectly with a good sherrycask. You just can’t beat time and a good cask in my opinion. Open your bottle and enjoy this juice. Life is too short anyway 🙂 Danke Bowi! /90

 


Glengoyne 20y. for whisky.de first fill european oak sherry cask / 47.8 % Vol.

Glengoyne 20y. whisky.de
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This bottling sold out in around 20 minutes from what I have heard. Only 234 bottles were available, and only for regular customers of germanys biggest whisky online shop. The secondary market prices are bordering 400€ already. Ridiculous hype or justified?

Nose:

Black cherries, cherry coke, cola cubes, the finest artisanal bramble liquer, blackberrys, figs, dates, drops of anisseed and menthol. Wild honey, fatty beeswax, rancio. old leather bound books in a dusty library. Herbal tea. With time, dirty petroleum notes rise up. A little high estery jamaican rum maybe? This nose leaves me speechless, to be honest. No alcoholic burn whatsoever. This is so alive and clean, yet mature and well rounded.

Taste:

Salty, tangy arrival with truckloads of bramble liquer. Pine essence, black cherries, fizzy cola cubes. Balsamico. Overbrewed black coffee, salted chocolate, very very nice indeed. Oily and coating mouthfeel. The bottling strength was perfectly chosen in my opinion. Leave the water for later. This one is perfect as it is. The finish is pleasantly bitter with european oak, rancio, hints of wet earth and rotten wood.

Comments:

Wow, what a dram. A stellar cask. This is certainly one of the few bottles that deserves its reputation. The nose alone is worth looking out for a bottle or a sample. Congrats to the lucky few who snatched up a bottle. One of the finest sherry matured whiskys of the last few years. This is something else. Thx Konsti for the sample. /95

 


 

Balblair 2000 14y. Cask 1343 / 1st Fill Sherry Cask bottled for The Whisky Exchange / 53.0 % Vol.

Balblair 2000 14y.
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This 2014  single cask Balblair bottled for TWE already has quite the cult following in the whiskysphere. I was lucky to snatch up a bottle of this for a very nice price recently It is as dark as motor oil. Is this still whisky or just sherry with a higher ABV? Let’s find out.

Nose:

Much more meaty than the Glengoyne. Chicken broth, bone marrow. Cooked figs, plum sauce, raisins, maple syrup, PX sherry, wet tobacco. Oak and roasted coffeebeans. With time, slightly bourbony.

Taste:

Sweet cream sherry, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, chocolate chips, plumjam, salty chicken broth, soysauce. Chewing on a european oak stave. Astringent coffeebeans and amaretto. Mouthcoating, thick and rich.

Comments:

This is also a winner. Goes to show that not all dark sherry bottlings taste the same. This is a very different animal compared to the Glengoyne which was cleaner and more on the fruity side, An oak and sherry monster of the highest order. On or two more years in cask, and you would have had pure oak juice. /91

 


Glen Grant 30y. SMWS cask 9.159 „Pedro packs a punch“ / 50.5 % Vol.

Glen Grant 30y. SMWS 9.159
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This fairly recent release from the vaults in Leith comes from a 30 years old first fill PX butt. I was happy to receive a bottle of this one as a birthday present from my buddy Marcel. I already tried it before and was intrigued by its complexity and unusual flavour profile.

Nose:

Vegetal, green and sappy at first nosing. The Glen Grant destillery character is still there. It’s even a bit peaty. Cinnamon, birch wood, green apples, overripe lime, orange skin, menthol, petroleum lamp oil, black olives, black tea, slightly perfumed. Very complex and different from he rest of the bunch. Interesting.. I am wondering what kind of PX was in this butt, as this is not too sweet on the nose, actually.

Taste:

Aha, there’s the sweetness. Wow, what a treat… Blood oranges, old english wine gums, white grapes, PX, cinnamon, ginger, spicy oakwood, a hint of peatsmoke, astringent balsamico, wet earth, liqourice and rancio. Like the rest of the team tonight, it’s very oily and thick. No alcoholic burn detectable. You can almost taste the 30 years in oak.

Comments:

This is a very interesting and different bottling. Certainly not your average PX dark sherry bomb. If you are looking for something more challenging, then this will be a perfect choice. Thanks a lot, Marcel! /92