Wemyss Malts - Single Cask Release "Cayenne Cocoa Bean" - Clynelish 1997/2014 - Tasting Notes

After the "In a Bleubell Wood" it is time to explore the "Cayenne Cocoa Bean" expression from Wemyss Malts. Coming from the Clynelish distillery, distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2014. As mentioned in the earlier post these are from their new range of single cask Scotch whiskies, limited to a few hundred bottles of each expression.

Noticed that I had to give this one some time to open up. Warming the glass in my hands, trying to smell through the waxy coating covering the nose a bit. The nose is very soft and feels almost a bot fragile? The nose is fresh, with honey/fruity sweetness. Lots of red apples. citrus fruits, vanilla, spices and peppery notes. Oranges, white chocolate creamy, red pepper and when a bit warmer this becomes more heavier notes of spices mixed with dark chocolate. There is a mix of fresh green orchard fruits and soft red summer fruits.

The palate is at first peppery and chocolate, and leaves you with a dry cocoa and bitter espresso note. But after that there is soft fudge, darker honey, pepper, thick cream and some fresh fruits. Like eating a good, but bit dry piece of brownie, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream next to it. There seem to be different types of fruits in here while sniffing it longer and also more kinds of chocolate.

The medium to long finish gives you a bit lemon freshness and some white grape skin feel, after the sweetness and pepper subsides a bit to the back. It gives me a feel of a dry cocoa powder mouth with also like eating too much jelly beans at once. Also there was in the very end a bit soapy/waxy feel? It has something complex, but is also a bit too soft to find the different flavours clearly? It left me a bit puzzling must say. Gave it a 7 out of 10 for now. It is sweet, fresh, spicy and fruity. But there is also just something in this one I just cant lay my fingers on at this moment. Looking forward to hearing what other peoples thoughts are on it. It is a good dram for sure, but curious to see what others find in it. What are your experiences with it?

Wemyss Malts - Single Cask release "In a Bluebell Wood" - Glen Grant 1995/2014 - Tasting Notes

Recently we got an email from Wemyss Malts announcing their new range of single cask Scotch whiskies. This is what they told us about it.

This mouth-watering collection of new whiskies is named after the unique natural taste and aroma of each one and reflects the unique and contrasting appeals of the different Scotch whisky regions and styles. Each cask has been selected and named by the Wemyss tasting panel, under the watchful eye of industry aficionado Charlie Maclean. 

There are only a few hundred bottles from each cask and the suggested retail prices range from £70 to £200. These bottlings will be available in selected retailers in the UK, EU and key Asian markets. William Wemyss, Founder and Managing Director at Wemyss Malts, commented: “We continue to source and select some truly memorable single casks for our range. This time we've chosen single casks from some of the most popular distilleries and are excited to include our second single grain whisky from Invergordon and some rarer older whiskies. In fact, the combined age of the whiskies this release is 261 years!"

We received a lovely package from them directly after the email with three samples of this new collection to enjoy and make some notes on. The first one I sat down for to make some notes on it is the "In a Bluebell Wood" expression coming from the Glen Grant Distillery. Distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2014.

The nose is fresh and has notes of light fresh green fruit, like green apples and gooseberries. There is a sweet layer of vanilla and raisin underneath that also carries a lot of freshness from pink grapefruit and pomolo. After some time warming up the glass a bit the vanilla 'cupcake' feel gets stronger and delivers also some more light spring floral notes.

The bottle says "wild garlic and woodland flowers on the nose of this barrel with a honeycomb finish". That is something I can relate to, but there are some notes in here I feel are a bit too harsh and almost feel too citrus and young? There is a bit dry mouth feel like from sour white grapes.

The palate delivers some fresh, green and bit sour fruit notes at first with a big splash of lime through it. It gave me an image of willow wood flavours strangely. A light feel of soft honey in the back and bit oily mouth feel with vanilla and white grapes.

The medium length finish is a bit dry grape skin feel, with a bit too strong citronella running through it all. Can find myself in the description on the bottle but not sure if this is something I like. Know there are lots of people that love this mixture of citrus notes and bit sour/green feel. But for me it did not came higher at the moment then a 7 out of 10. More notes to come on the other expressions sent to us. Keep an eye out here in the next days and also at Thomas his blog for his notes

Highland Park - Dark Origins

This latest addition of HIghland Park to the core expressions uses twice as many first fill sherry casks than in the classic Highland Park 12 year old. Tasted it next to each other and cant be compared with each other.

Sweet, soft smoke, toffee, clover honey, sweet flowernote, creamy, vanilla, red berries, red summer fruits, cherries, light heather note and some moorish note. Different fruits underneath it all in the back.

Light peppery, creamy, chocolate mouse, red pepper balls, soft honey, fruits, dark summer fruit jam, some woody herbal notes and raisins.

Medium to long finish with sweet honey, raspberry, blackcurrent and vanilla notes. A light sulphur note maybe in the very end?

Tasted this at two festivals and got some time to make a couple of notes at the second festival. Was not in the best environment to get a fully written out notes, but got a good look at it, and found it nicely balanced between the sweet and the earthy almost coastal notes. It was suprising to me, and if you put this one in front of me blind, I think I would not guess Highland Park. Lovely and a smooth, rich and not too overpowering in the smoky and earthy note. Giving it a very good 7,5 out of 10, maybe 8 even.

J.M. - Rhum Vieux Agricole - VSOP - Festival Notes

Tasted this rum at the Pot Still Festival. This is a 4 to 5 year old expression and a very sweet and sugar cane feel dram. Cinnamon, spice, pepper, sweet fruits and chocolate dry notes.

Had to look it up at home to find some more details from this nice rum from Martinique. It appears Rhum Agricole is made directly from sugar cane juice rather than molasses. This particular version is aged in American and French Limuosin Oak casks for at least 4-5 years before bottling.

Very nice, tasted it next to the Clement VSOP bottling and liked that a bit more, just a bit more depth, this one was very sugary.  The explorations in the world of rum continues...

Clement - Rhum Vieux - VSOP - Festival Notes

At the Pot Still Festival I had a taste of this very nice Clement rum. Aged a minimum of four years in virgin Limousin barriques and re-charred Bourbon casks.

A rich and sweet expression with a light nutty, coconut, sugar cane and dark chocolate feel to it. A very nice creamy finish with dried stone fruits.

Very nice, looking forward to exploring more of these rums from Martinique!

Ultimatum Summum - 25 years old - Festival Notes

You cant go to the Pot Still Festival from van Wees and not have a taste of one of their own bottled rums. We gave the younger version of this one, Infinitum 12, to a friend once and liked that one very much.

At the festival I had a taste of the 25 year old expression. A very sweet rum, bit bitterly wood note overlay between the vanilla, fruity and hint of chocolate.

There was a dry bitter note that was a bit too strong I find. Like the younger expression more I think. For the blending of this rum they told me it was made from 14 different styles of rum made out of 8 different distilleries?

Gordon & MacPhail - Tormore - Festival Notes

Tasted this wonderful expression from Gordon & MacPhail at the Pot Still Festival. Full of spice, chili pepper, warm and fruity. Quite a finish and powerful dram.

- Bottled 27/01/2014
- Distilled 31/08/1999
- Casks 4732 / 4733 / 4734
- Bottled at 58%
- Refill Bourbon Barrels

Signatory - Clynelish - Festival Notes

At the Pot Still Festival I had a small taste of the Clynelish bottling coming from Signatory.

- Signatory
- Clynelish Distillery
- Distilled 28/06/1996
- Bottled 09/07/2014
- Cask #6508
- 829 bottles
- 43%

Sweet and dried fruits with a hint of citrus was my quick note on it, with a medium length finish. Very nice dram!

Gordon & MacPhail Reserve - Craigellachie - Festival Notes

Tasted this expression from Gordon & MacPhail at the Pot Still festival in Amersfoort. Great bottling of the Craigellachie distillery. A spicy and fruity dram for sure! Sweet fudgy notes and lots of fruit and some pepper.

Bottled 2013
274 bottles
Distilled 1997
Cask #115
Strength 57,1%

Edradour - Fairy Flag - Festival Notes

At Pot Still Festival in Amersfoort I had a taste of the latest expression of Edradour called the Fairy Flag. 

This is a 15 year old. From the quick taste I had I found it to be a rich and very sweet dram. Spices and Christmas cake came to mind and lots of raisins.

Very nice, but need another taste to have a better look at it for sure, I could not give it the time at the festival it needed to open up.