Jul 302015
 

From time to time, you can find a one off special bottling, being either a special cask or a finish, coming from the distillery. Today’s expression is just one of those, from Glengoyne and tomorrow we’ll taste a special 10 year old Aberlour, finished in a sherry cask.

Photo Credit: twitter.com/Glengoyne/media

Photo Credit: twitter.com/Glengoyne/media

This expression is a 10 year old (May 1993 to May 2004, so it must be just a bit short of being 11) that was finished in a rum cask and bottled for Dutch retailer Gall & Gall.

0000Glengoyne 10 Year Old Rum Cask Finish, Bottled for Gall & Gall, Distilled 5.1993, Bottled 5.2004 (40% ABV)

Appearance: Gold, legs consistently coming off a ring, getting thinner and thinner.

Nose: Sweet with honey and faint overripe banana and white vinegar. The addition of spice aromas – with pepper, cinnamon and allspice – create a whisky that is sour, spicy and sweet with hints of malt.

Palate: Citrus and spice, with a layer of sugary sweetness (but not brown cane sugar), pepper, sage, and you can taste the rum. Fizzy feel in mouth, drying the top of the palate and peppery going down the gullet.

Linger: Bitter citrus, milk chocolate, honey, spice up in the throat. It leaves a dry bitterness and a peculiar, though not unpleasant, feeling on the roof of the mouth.

Conclusion

Rather good rum finish. This expression is very balanced, and I would happily have had a bottle of it.

The dram I sampled was the very end of an auction bottle won by my friend Yori, Slainte!

 

Jul 232015
 

The cage at the Cadenhead’s shop in Campbeltown holds endless wonders, many of them single barrels bottled for sale at the shop or held in a cask to bottle your own cask.

Photo Credit: caskstrength.blogspot.com

Photo Credit: caskstrength.blogspot.com

My friend Yori has two bottles of Jamaican rum matured Springbank. The first is a Springbank matured in a Jamaican rum barrel and the second is Longrow in a fresh Jamaican rum barrel, upon which I’ll report at a later date.

This being the fourth Springbank post in this series, I’ll just get down to business:

This is Not the Actual Bottle... Photo Credit: whisky-onlineauctions.com

This is Not the Actual Bottle…
Photo Credit: whisky-onlineauctions.com

Springbank 13 Jamaican Rum Barrel (Duty Free Sample Distillery Bottling), Cask 05/736, Distilled 17.11.2000 (57.4% ABV, NCF, NC)

Appearance: Light gold, slow legs coming down from a ring.

Nose: The rum is really dominant, with a sugary sweetness with maltiness, nutmeg, citrus rind, grapefruit with hints of salt and honey.

Palate: Light and sweet, white pepper, grapefruit, a dusting of cumin. Quite mouthdrying.

Linger: Sweet and sugary bitterness, like grapefruit with sugar with a little dryness on the tongue and it lingers between the cheeks and the teeth.

Conclusion

Rum finishes are interesting, if not all that abundant. There was a 16 year old Rum Wood expression in the Wood Expressions series. That one spent eight years in refill bourbon casks then eight more years in fresh rum casks. This expression is fully matured in the rum cask, and shows it.

I like the drying effect it has, and the sugary grapefruit combo there is lovely.