Whisky Fringe 2011
| Hosted by Whisky Fringe
Adam & Phil went along to Whisky
and tried to take down as many notes as they could, before
alcohol took over their brain capacity.
Please take these reviews
with a pinch of salt - there were only 2 of them, so not "official" tastings.
Of particular note, the Kichoman 100% showed loads of promise and a very distinct taste (even for Islay) and we had the bonus of tasting a 41yo whisky (The Machphail's Glenrothes 1969) as well as the rarely seen Arbdeg Alligator Committee Release. As we very recently tasted the Bruichladdich PC7, it was nice to get a preview-taste of the unreleased PC9 (good, but not as good as PC7) and the first try we've had of the St. George (heavily-peated, English) whisky.
We also tried a few bourbons at the end (too drunk to record them), which included the High West Rendezvous Rye (46%, really lovely), the Bernheim Wheat (very atmospheric) and Noah's Mill (boom, get out the banjo). Uigeadail won on scores though, as well it might.
Aberfeldy 21yo | 40% | Highland
Nose: Plum and dates.
Taste: Candy floss, gammon, toothpaste and cream.
Finish: Medium-short, with boiled sweets.
Ardbeg Alligator - Committee Release | 51.2% | Islay
Nose: Sardines and paprika.
Taste: Cinnamon, mint, fire and boiled sweets.
Finish: Medium, with bon-bons.
Ardbeg Corryvreckan | 57.1% | Islay
Nose: Rotten shark, hot tarmac, sherry and toast.
Taste: Sweet vapour, lava lamps, sea salt, beef and tar.
Finish: Medium-long, with fish food and biscuits.
Ardbeg Uigeadail | 54.2% | Islay
Nose: Leather, printing ink, hospital and burns victims.
Taste: Diesel oil, Christmas pudding, blue cheese and cod liver oil.
Finish: Medium-long, with dates and a general opulence.
Bowmore NC2 1998 | 46% | Orkney
Nose: Plum, aniseed, a spice rack and smokehouses.
Taste: Boiled sweets, candied apple, sweet apple sauce and raspberry jam.
Finish: Short, with candy floss and figs.
Bruichladdich 1989 Black Art 2 | 49.7% | Islay
Nose: Port, rum, raisins, plum and a drop of Shiraz.
Taste: Acid, chili and cardboard.
Finish: Long, with gooseberries.
Bruichladdich PC9 (Unreleased) | Unknown ABV | Islay
Nose: Fish cakes, coriander, anchovies, toffee, recently-used fireworks and a bonfire.
Taste: Rubber tyres, kippers, plum sauce, black beans, plums, fruit salad sweets and oyster sauce. Also definite notes of iodine, slate floors and salt.
Finish: Medium-long, with chinese takeaways, sweet bean paste, prunes and stables.
Bruichladdich PC An Turas Mor | 46% | Islay
Nose: Kippers, citrus, pear drops and tar.
Taste: Salt, toffee, bacon and peach.
Finish: Long with sulphuric acid and salt.
Compass Box Hedonism | 46% | Blend
Nose: Victoria Sponge, salt and spinach.
Taste: Rye, maple syrup, cream, butterscotch and a Sazerac cocktail.
Finish: Short, with sweeties, ice cream and sweet & sour sauce.
Dewars 18yo | 40% | Blend
Nose: Oranges and warehouses.
Taste: Boredom and saccharine.
Finish: Medium-short, with paprika.
Glencadam 14yo Sherry Finish | 46% | Highland
Nose: Sweetness, birthday cards and old books.
Taste: Rum, pears and daisies.
Finish: Short, with barley sugar.
Kilchoman 100% | 50% | Islay
Nose: Raisins, fresh tobacco, The Yellow Submarine and mouldy fruit cake.
Taste: Dates, salt cod, iodine, plums and anchovies.
Finish: Medium, with toffee and cough drops.
Kilchoman Spring 2011 Release | 46% | Islay
Nose: A fatty grill pan after cooking kippers, sea spray, toffee, hay and a library.
Taste: Grass, chow mein and original flavour toothpaste.
Finish: Medium, with pear drops and fish sauce.
Longrow 14yo | 46% | Campbeltown
Nose: Pear drops, candy floss, custard and strawberry shortcake.
Taste: White wine vingera, apple, wet bark and sea spray.
Finish: Short, with a general nothingness and ghosts.
MacPhail's Glenrothes 1969 | 43% | Speyside
Nose: Toffee apples, plum tart and an autumnal orchard appear, with pear tarte tatin, leather, raw cake and a general surfeit.
Taste: Loads of fresh mint, banana toffee, apple, diesel and marzipan. Then pizza, stale smoke and rancid butter.
Finish: Medium to medium-long, with more fresh mint, pear drops, celery and used fishmongers' ice.
Springbank 18yo | 46% | Campbeltown
Nose: Rose petals, a meadow, port and grass.
Taste: Lime, potato & leek soup, pastures and port.
Finish: Medium, with banana custard and sea salt.
St. George Heavily Peated Ch 11 | 46% / 59.7% | England
Nose: Hay, crabbing, samphire and summer.
Taste: Sugared fish, sloe gin, pear and salt & vinegar crisps.
Finish: Short (cask strength), Medium-long (standard bottling), with salt and pepper.
Tomatin 21yo | 52% | Highland
Nose: Dried fruit and an old barn.
Taste: Gooseberries, blueberries, zoos and asparagus.
Finish: Short, with cake.