Glen Rossie (Status Quo)
Jack Daniels - Frank Sinatra edition
Wille Nelson - Old Whiskey River (tricky to get maybe, anyone coming over from the States?)
Imperial - Hammerfall
Edradour Caledonian - dude from Runrig
and the Mogwai one
Next was Hammerfall 18yo 43%, credited to a company associated with Glenfarclas. There was disbelief that the whisky was so old and indeed there was little so indicated such age, perhaps filtering had been unkind. A distiller present suggested too much feints. Well like the Hammerfall band I don't think my repertoire requires the benefits of the addition of this.
Next was great packaging from Highland Park (the carton is made to look like a Marshall amplifier with 11 being the highest setting). Perhaps the most anticipated dram. This expectation may have been a disadvantage as there was a general feeling of anti-climax. With little or no Orcadian smoke and all Bourbon cask matured we were left curious as to why a Rock associated bottling should be quite so meek. Not bad just a bit quiet.
After this came the bottle that inspired the tasting Motorhead Mackmyra. The distillery quite rightly has its own flavour profile which is quite unique and not as accessible as others. With this in mind it is again perhaps a head scratcher that such a big brand band would not have gone for something more intense. It was also done to mark 40 years of the band, I'm sure a Scottish malt at that age would have been snapped up by fans although doubtless out of the reach of the average pocket.
A guest dram in the shape of a virgin oak Strathearn was welcome to the party with bold flavours it was interesting to compare it to it's sister fresh French oak bottling from the same benefactor which we tried a good few tastings ago. All in all tasty stuff especially if you're not indisposed to oak driven character.
Finally Smokehead High Voltage, me and the Mrs had a dram last night. Pretty in your face Islay peat but a touch of water and time in the glass offers quite a few underlying aromas and flavours.
Next one :- Whisky tasting 14.6.18 Edinburgh 7.30pm - 10:00pm The Kilderkin, 65 Canongate, Royal Mile, £25
5 drams : Ledaig Amontillado 13yo 59.2%, a 'Then and Now' comparison of the same mystery dram bottled about 15 years apart, Benromach triple distilled 2009 50% fresh Bourbon casks ~8000 bottles and Caledonian Creative Whisky Co. 30yo 20.04.2018 49.8% 218 bottles closed Edinburgh grain distillery.
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