Glen Garioch - Renaissance - Tasting Notes

This lovely Glen Garioch 15 year old expression 'Renaissance'
is this first chapter in a four-part story. Bottled at 51,9 % it is a balanced and sweet dram.

Nose
Honey sweet, raisin, butterscotch, creamy, ginger, orange, toast, marmalade, lemon curd and a hint of coconut and nuts in the back mixed with tropical fruit notes.

Palate
Like the nose really with a lemon zesty fresh note to it. Sweet but not too sweet. Honey creamy, vanilla and very fruity with a hint of almonds in the back. Toast, chocolate and backing spices.

Finish
Medium length finish. Sweet, chocolate, honey and vanilla. Left a creamy mouth feel like eating to much chocolate chip cookies.

Score
7,5 out of 10. Very nice and balanced dram! Yumm....

Borgoe Single Barrel 15 yo - Festival Notes

At the Whisky & Rum aan Zee Festival I got the opportunity to try this rum from Suriname and make some quick tasting notes on it. The nose reminded me of some BBQ pork sauce spiced meaty flavors. Sugary sweet and honey, a bit like thick american BBQ sauce.

The palate was filled with strong spice, clove and some backing spices. It was rich, vanilla and marshmallows.

The finish is of medium length and is sweet and honey at first then marmalade, nuts and a bit bitter after a bit.

This I gave a quick score of 6,5 out of 10.

Flor de Cana Rum - Festival Notes

At the Whisky & Rum aan Zee Festival I got to try two different expressions of the Flor de Cana rum, the 4 year old and the 12 year old. Here are my quick tasting notes on them


Flor de Cana - 4 gold
The nose is heavy spice and dense dark sugary. The palate is dark brown sugar cane combined with burned caramel and some dirty leather.

That with tobacco dryness, some vanilla and bitter marmalade.
The finish is a medium length one. My quick tasting notes score on this one is a 6 out of 10.


Flor de Cana - 12 yo
This nose is softer then the 4 year old expression. More balanced but with the same notes and more creamy.

The palate is like the nose and the similarities between the 4 and 12 are big, except there is some more bitter marmalade, vanilla, liquerish, citrus freshness and aniseed

Medium length finish also on this one. Just a bit better then the 4 year old, but the end score for this quick taste is also a 6 out of 10. It did not give me a big smile on my face sadly.

Santa Teresa 1796 - rum - Festival Notes

At the Whisky & Rum aan Zee Festival I got the chance to try out some rums also and when looking up the stands before the festival I came across the Santa Teresa 1796 rum. It was highly recommended so I put it on my list to look for. Got a chance to make some quick notes on it.
Nose
Rich, nutty, fruity, chocolate, vanilla, rich, coffee beans

Palate
Warm, sweet, sugary roughness, chocolate, vanilla, coffee beans (espresso) and bit dryness / nuttiness. Gooseberry, sweet molasses like flavours with dried prunes

Finish
Medium to long finish. Sweet sugary feel and some woody dry notes mixed with cocoa powder and nuts.
For me it felt like an o.k. rum, but not my first choice sadly. For now it was an 7 out of 10.

Benriach - 17 Port Soltisce - Festival Notes

Quick notes made on this Benriach expression 17 years old, heavily peated with a Port finish while at a festival

Nose
Peat, berry, sweet, not too overpowering on the peat. Vanilla, fruity. All flavours not too strongly present sadly.

Palate
Fruity, light peaty with clear port influences. Sweet, red berries, vanilla and raisin

Finish
Medium length finish

Score
It does not carry enough "punch" for me? It has some sweet fruity and peaty characteristics, but does not seem to be deep in flavour? Giving it a small 7 out of 10.

Damoiseau rum - Festival Notes

At the Whisky & Rum aan Zee Festival there was a stand that had Damoiseau rums. Had a taste of the 5 and 8 year old expression and made some quick notes on it.

8 year old
Nose is sweet, darker spices, molasses , fresh equaliptus, dark asian marinade, liquerish. Palate is filled with dark sugar, sweet spices, dark honey and has a warm feel to it.

The finish is medium length and has something from dark liquerish dry feel to it. I gave it a small 7 out of 10.

5 year old
Nose has more freshness then the 8 yo, more sweet and dried fruits. Citrus fresh, vanilla, raisin, dried plums and Turkish delights come to mind. The palate is sweet and also very dry, like instant mouth dry.

The finish is medium length and has something of heavy dark heather honey. There is a bitter on the finish that is not something I like, and is very dark liquerish.

Its not bad, but not scoring it higher then a small 7 out of 10. Not something I would go for directly. But that is more due to the very very dry mouth feel left behind.

Ron Zacapa - Sistema Solera 23 - Tasting Notes


At the Whisky & Rum aan Zee Festival we tried to explore also some rums. In these explorations we got across the Ron Zacapa - Sistema Solera 23 rum. What do they tell us about it? 

Zacapa´s history is based in the climate and land of Guatemala, as the country´s fertile, volcanic soil is the one of the most ideal places in the world to grow sugarcane. Master Blender Lorena Vásquez ages the rum 2300m above sea level in aging facility that´s been lovingly dubbed the “house above the clouds.” At this highaltitude, there is an average temperature of 62 degrees Fahrenheit, so the aging is never subjected to wide variations in temperature. This also allows the rum to develop its deep, rich taste.

It is a blend of rums aged from 6 to 23 years old, using a solera system. The nose gave me first some soft honey, raisin and chocolate creamy feel. Soft spices in the mix with some dried prunes and apricots. A light leather note, some soft clove and tobacco coming through with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. The palate is soft, creamy, honey, soft flower and the notes that I found on the nose. Very balanced and warm feel to it. A medium length soft finish with a surprising dash of lemon freshness in the end. Gave this wonderful dram a 7,5 out of 10. Something I really would love to have a bottle of enjoy it slowly...



Plantation Rum - 2001 - Jamaica - Festival Notes

At the Whisky & Rum aan Zee Festival I got to try some lovely Plantation rums in our explorations into the world of rum. These really gave me the feel I was looking for in a rum, full and rich of flavours. 

Made some quick notes on it while at the festival. This one scored me an 8 out of 10 and would love to buy a bottle! These rums is really something you should look out for.
The nose was sweet with a hint of fresh lime leaf. The palate and nose were very similar and it felt balanced. Creamy, sweet, lemon, sugar cane(soft), buttery cocoa, liquerish, soft fruits, honey and backing spices. It gave me a feel of rich chocolate cake or a lush chocolate muffin. Almond spice, powder sugar and rich other backing notes coming to mind.

A medium to long finish with sweet notes, vanilla, rich, and raisins. Lovely full and rich expression of these rums!

Plantation Rum - 1998 - Grenada - Festival Notes

At the Whisky & Rum aan Zee Festival I got to try some lovely Plantation rums in our explorations into the world of rum.
These really gave me the feel I was looking for in a rum, full and rich of flavours. Made some quick notes on it while at the festival

The sweet nose is filled with notes of tobacco, leafs and vanilla. It has a darker and richer layer filled with raisin, fruit, jam like notes, strawberry sweet, almost cassis note and some light chocolate.

The palate is liquerish, heavy summer forest fruits and very balanced giving back the same notes as the nose. It is sweet, filled with dried fruits, and some sherry kind of influences notable in the back with a fresh lemon and minty note.

Sugar sweet, dark and rich, with a good medium length finish, with some fresh sweet honey mint in the end. Gave it a 7,5 out of 10. Very nice, gonna look for some more expressions of these rums for sure!

Glenglassaugh 30 year old - Festival Notes

At the Whisky & Rum at Sea Festival we got a little taste of this amazing Glenglassaugh 30 year old. This is bottled at 44,8% and it is bottle no 911.

It was whisky we could chew on really, sticky and sweet, like sticky toffee pudding combined with honey suckle. Full of big dried fruit notes and other fresh fruits.

A very beautiful balanced dram, something we probably sadly will not get another taste off for larger notes but rated it an 8+ for this quick taste.