Die erste Überraschung kam von BenRiach mit einem Peated in Cask Strength. Kilchoman mit dem 6.ten Loch Gorm. Arran mit der neuen Amarone Finish Abfüllung und die SMWS gibt schon mal eine Vorschau auf Ostern – mit einer Sonderabfüllung für Deutschland. Und Glenfarclas mit einer neuen schottischen Persönlichkeit.
- BenRiach, Peated Cask Strength, Batch 1, CS, ncf, nca, 56%
- Kilchoman, 6.ter Loch Gorm, 2009/2017, 13.500 Flaschen, ncf, nca, 46%, 69.- GBP
- Arran, Amarone Cask Finish, ncf, nca, 50%
- SMWS – Pre Ostern…. fünf Abfüllungen + eine exklusiv für Deutschland
- Glenfarclas, Schottische Persönlichkeiten Ed. 21, „Thomas Carlyle“, 1990, 3.000 Flaschen, ncf, nca, 46%, ca. 140.- EUR
ncf = no chill-filtration (keine Kältefiltration), nca = no color added (ohne Zusatz von Zuckerkulör), CS = Cask Strength (Fassstärke)
Weitere Informationen & Tasting Notes
Letztes Jahr wurde der „normale“ Cask Strength im März eingeführt (BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 1 – mit Tasting Notes), jetzt folgt die Peated Variante demnächst in den Handel.
Offizielle Tasting Notes:
- Colour: Bright summer gold.
- Nose: Butterscotch drizzled over campfire-roasted apples combined perfectly with crisp white pepper. A gentle, earthy oak character adds to the subtly peated back note.
- Appearance: A warm, toasted oak sweetness combines with toffee apples and ripe nectarines. A sweet heather smoke slowly builds leaving a lingering peat note alongside Scottish tablet and rich stewed barley.
Hier sind die Tasting Notes des diesjährigen Loch Gorm. Meine letzten Eindrücke vom Loch Gorm findet Ihr hier: Tasting: Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2nd Edition.
Weitere Informationen von Kilchoman: „The much anticipated 2017 edition is the sixth and oldest instalment of the range having been matured exclusively in Oloroso sherry butts filled in 2009.“
Offizielle Tasting Notes:
- Colour: Rich mahogany.
- Nose: Orange and lemon notes, rich smoky peat and cooked fruit.
- Palate: Rich chocolate, cinnamon and cloves combined with peat smoke.
- Finish: Long and full bodied with a balance of sweet smoke.
Aus der Pressemitteilung: „After initially maturing in traditional oak casks over a number of years The Arran Single Malt in this bottling was ‘finished’ in a selection of Amarone wine casks sourced from an artisan producer of this iconic Italian red wine.“
Offizielle Tasting Notes:
- Nose: A nose of poached pear and honey is followed by toasted almonds and a subtle touch of cranberry.
- Palate: A palate of dark chocolate and cherry is enriched by muscular notes of dark plum wrestle with bitter-sweet apricots and a hint of cinnamon.
- Finish: The finesse of The Arran Malt is rounded with the restrained fruit and oak from the Amarone casks for concentrated, yet elegant finish that delivers on all levels.
- 10.106 Salted lemon sherbet, 10yo, 198 Flaschen, 60.1%, 62,80 GBP – Bunnahabhain
(2008 bottle) The whisky, at first, released a life affirming vibrancy reminiscent of waxy citrus fruits, candied peel and lemon sherbet that fused with mineralic and salty overtones. Then sweeter notes of Jaffa Cakes, salted caramel, white chocolate and lemon drizzle cake entered the game alongside the rich and malty feel of digestive biscuits. Water released more juicy fruits and gentle spice like cinnamon swirls, plum pickle on oatcakes and sweet plums with the return of citrus fruits this time in the form of lemon curd. The finish left behind light honey with wood shavings and the tannins of strong black tea.
Refill barrel, Jahrgang: 2006 | Region: Islay
- 29.181 Salty sweet peat smoke, 20yo, 204 Flaschen, 57.6%, 125,00 GBP – Laphroaig
(2008 bottle) On the nose neat we discovered a fascinating mixture of salty and briny aromas making this a very maritime experience. Barbequed langoustines, scallops with seaweed butter and sweet pickled herring were well balanced with the rich malty aroma of a dark wheat beer. The taste neat was intense, intense sweet and intense peat – black treacle and tar, roasted sweet potatoes with honey and cinnamon while in the finish, the smoky and malty character of a classic Rauchbier. Diluted it felt like dousing a peat fire with sea water and on the palate the perfect balance between salt, sweetness and smoke.
Refill barrel, Jahrgang: 1995 | Region: Islay
- 37.85 Eastern Promise, 14yo, 234 Flaschen, 56.8%, 57,80 GBP – Cragganmore
(2008 bottle) We were transported to a Thai street food market with a never-ending variety of fruits as well as a wide selection of dishes on offer all smelling of exotic spices being cooked right in front of us. The stall we stopped at served barbequed spice-rubbed chicken with a kumquat-lemongrass dressing. We decided to have a plateful of it and the mouthfeel was a delicate balance between sweet and spice with a light smoky finish. After some water we were drawn to aromas of rice noodles, shrimp and scallion rolls which we dipped in a soy and oyster sauce – weird but wonderful!
Refill hogshead, Jahrgang: 2002 | Region: Speyside Spey
- 3.248 Like a hot coal in the mouth, 17yo, 594 Flaschen, 57.7%, 68,00 GBP – Bowmore
(2008 bottle) The nose was richly sweet (figs, sherry, cough syrup, Liquorice Allsorts) – just enough to balance the Islay character of smouldering sticks, pine cones, creosoted wood, nicotine tar, leather and brine. The unreduced palate was lively and intense (‘Desperate Dan whisky’ according to one panellist) – peat, tar, ash, sherry and burnt sticks – ‘like putting a hot coal in your mouth’; we also got honey-glazed ham, cinder toffee, salted caramel and smoked chocolate. The reduced nose had salt-encrusted chicken wings, brown sauce and old sea chests. The palate was now rich, deep and treacly – a harmony of honeyed peat and salty smoked bacon. Refill butt, Jahrgang: 1997 | Region: Islay
- 77.43 Japanese omelettes with Dunkelweizen, 14yo, 234 Flaschen, 56.3%, 53,70 GBP – Glen Ord
(2008 bottle) After thirteen years in a hogshead, we transferred this to a second-fill Oloroso butt; the panel agreed the nose had lots going on – leather, desiccated coconut, marmalade, chocolate gingers, spun sugar, crème brûlée and honeysuckle. The palate offered peppery jamon Serrano, cough syrup, dark wheat beer (Dunkelweizen), sticky toffee pudding, orange zest and bitter chocolate. The reduced nose had heavy fruit cake, black bun, rye bread, amontillado and an apothecary’s counter – one panellist remembered his childhood bogie cart (wood, carpet, grease). The palate now seemed to us sweeter, richer and spicier – developing custard, liquorice and rolled Japanese omelettes with hoisin sauce.
2nd fill Oloroso butt, Jahrgang: 2001 | Region: Highland Northern
Die exklusive Abfüllung für Deutschland gibt es nur mit extra Link:
29.194 Sausage sandwiches and oil rigs, 16yo, 138 Flaschen, 50.7%, 118.70 GBP – Laphroaig
Sherry Cask Numbers: 1195, 9472, 9520, 9521, 9522, 9523, 9524, 9525, 9526 & 9527. Die Abfüllung ist exklusiv für den deutschen Markt.
Aus der Pressemitteilung: „Der 1795 in Ecclefechan geborene Thomas Carlyle war Historiker und Essayist und hatte im viktorianischen Großbritannien großen Einfluss.„