Dont you just love it when you swop samples with people and the challenge is set with 3 samples sent in order to do a blind tasting.. I have absolutely no clues other than the colour of the samples and luckily it looks obvious that two are bourbon and one is sherried .. Unless someone over did it with the E150 …
I will do each review and see if I can pin point any traits and obvious giveaways, unfortunately I won’t know the results until I give my notes in and said person reveals just how wrong I was..
Nose.. Quite fruity and full of sweet notes, vanilla and toffee sauce poured over poached pear and peaches, hints of coconut milk and soft oak.
Palate.. Soft with hints of vanilla, toffee, caramel and some sugared almonds.. Candied orange and fresh peeled apples, make you dream of orchards in summer.
Finish.. soft fruit wrapped in oak.
Thoughts.. My immediate thoughts are Speyside/ Highland area.. lots of fruity notes wrapped up in a sweet coating..
Nose.. This one is rather different.. a little more stringent on the nose.. Fruit comes through eventually, some sweetness and oak show up.
Palate.. Tastes young, quite oaky and bitter.. some sweetness eventually comes through and a little fruit.. vanilla, toffee and cooking apples, citrus peels and bitter chocolate.
Finish.. oaky and bitter.
Thoughts.. This one did not appeal to me, can’t wait to hear what it was.. There was some good notes but boy did it take some work to find them..
Nose..This is a Sherry cask ok..Typical dried fruits, dark chocolate and coffee grinds, hints of tobacco, old leather and candied oranges.. There is the slightest hint of oak along with a mature feel, very similar to a certain favourite of mine..
Palate.. A lovely mature mouth feel, some earthy notes compliment the explosion of dried fruits, oranges, chocolate and coffee flavours.. a touch of vanilla and dark toffee send your senses into overdrive..
Finish.. Fruity and scrummy.
Thoughts.. I’d buy this in an instant !! A lovely rich sherry bomb, full of lovely flavours and a Devine nose..
Ok so this is where I make a real plonker of myself.. my guesses to what I just had.. I am not sure about dram B but I’m sure the A is a Highland poss along the lines of a small distillery.. that’s very pretty and owned by a particular indi bottler.. Sample C is ….. A sherry cask from Speyside.. so similar to the claxtons beauty and just hits the spot.. Has to be a Glenrothes.. Sample B well it don’t matter as I’m not going to buy it ..
I’d like to thank John from who is from the Scotch malt whisky forum that I regularly visit for these samples.. Can’t wait to hear what these were..
I have been told the results..
Sample A … Edradour 2003 Bourbon cask.
Sample B… Bunnahabain 26yo #7730 from Whisky Broker.
Sample C … Glenrothes 19yo sherry Butt from Whisky Broker..