Mark from Edencroft Wine & Spirit Specialists has let us know about three nice malts that they’ve just got in (they are also on the little widget on the right.)
As usual, they are of excellent quality and make an ideal Valentine’s present (either to yourself or print out this page and leave in an appropiate place as a very broad hint!)
Tasting notes from Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible.
Glendullan 1995 13 Year Old Managers Choice
Nose: A flawless nose: an absolute perfection of balance between purring barley and fresh fruit, especially apples. Just love the new-mown hay. In fact, everything about this, especially that mix of old and new characteristics.
Taste: Intriguing combination of ripening fruit and young-ish make: has a suet pudding feel but with extra addition of thick sultana and reduced sauce.
Finish: A long, leviathan of rich fruit, dappled with barley and vanilla.
Balance: A bit like finding a perfectly preserved old Merc with low mileage: performs as beautifully as it does effortlessly and offers a priceless symmetry between simplicity and style. Whoever chose these casks deserves a medal struck. And take this one at body temp only.
Cask No: 12718 No of Bottles: 636 Distilled: 1995 Bottled: 2009
93.5 Points – Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible.
Glenlossie 1999 9 Year Old Managers Choice
Nose: A delicate trace of lime to the barley: what an understated, fragile, uber sexy nose.
Taste: Unusual in that the first wave on delivery appears to be a thin, oily note. This is promptly followed by the young barley water, threatening a sharpness but dampened by the lightest scattering of icing sugar; mouth watering, and youthful;
Finish: Even with the custard powder arrival, never a hint of anything that is remotely non kindergarten.
Balance: One of the most impressive examples of Speyside malt, apparently not even out of nappies but treating you to a spectacular display of barley in all its beauty. Confirmation, barley needed, that with Clynelish, this has to be Diageo’s most under-rated distillery.
Cask No: 14098 No of Bottles: 207 Distilled: 1999 Bottled: 2009
92.5 Points – Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible.
Knockando 1996 12 Year Old Managers Choice-Sherry Cask
Nose: I think my staff have poured me the wrong stuff: they’ve opened up some pot still Demerara, right…? Wrong. No definitely from the Knockando sample. Well, well, well…let’s just say it’s a fruity, sugary, rich start on the nose.
Taste: Actually, I don’t care if this is rum or whisky. When you get flavours this beautifully defined, a body this sublimely structure…it really doesn’t much matter. Oozes fruity, beautifully natural sweetened quality and complexity.
Finish: A slight bitterness on the finish where, for the first time, there is a minor blemish, but the array of sugars still make for something memorable…and absolutely 100% nothing like I have tasted from any previous Knockando.
Balance: I have been in the Demerara region Guyana, crawled around a rum warehouse at a rum distillery and opened a cask of rum which has less rum characteristics than this rumbustuous chappie. Quite a rum do.
Cask No: 800790 No of Bottles: 599 Distilled: 1996 Bottled: 2009
94 Points – Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible.
More information can be obtained from Mark at:-
EDENCROFT FINE WINES
8-10 Hospital Street
Tel: 01270 629 975
Mob: 07974 650 998