Leither wrote:- Rosebank 1991 Dun Bheagan from Ian Macleod, just a lovely and light lemon sherbet Rosebank - one of the best lowlanders I've had and up there with my 1st love that is Bladnoch.
Skipped that but the CC Caol Ila Saint Emillion finish was fantastic and I recommend it to any whisky drinker, such is it's 'universal' taste.
Leither wrote:- Bunny 18 and 25, jsut bl00dy good drams.
Had the 18 before and it's worth 2 bottles of the 12.
Leither wrote:- Glenfiddich Solera and Gran Reserva, I have often dismissed Fiddich but their older ranges are worthy of more respect I think.
Ever had the Toasted Oak?
Leither wrote:- G&M Old Pulteney 1994 Sauternes from their Private Collection range, I'm not a fan of Old P normally but have enjoyed others from this range.
This was brilliant as was the 1988 Secret Stills Highlander (GlenGarioch). My mate managed to sweet talk a taste of 1968 Benromach - excellent for those who can afford it.
Leither wrote:- tried a few firsts for me with an OMC Ardmore (not so keen on this one, I think I prefer the briney Islay peatsmoke!) and an OMC Banff, lovely 'old fashioned' Highland style which to me was very similar in many ways to an old Clyenlish/Brora. It's a crying shame that oldies like this and Rosebank are no more!.
Missed those but Douglas Laing's 1963 Lochside Grain is a snip at £100 and their OMC 1990 Glenturret is a must buy for £50. (It's out of stock at RMW according to the website.)
Leither wrote:- It was absolute privilege to sample Duncan Taylors Rarest of the Rare 33yo from closed (and also named - Kinclaith, Ladyburn, Glen Mhor, Glen Albyn, Glen Craig and Carsebridge) distilleries..
Had that at another event. DTC have a fine stock of Caol Ila and Imperial, going by the tastings I've had.
Leither wrote:- last but not least the stars of the show for me were Adelphi, both their single cask Breath of the Isles and Breath of Islay astounded me, being extreme and excellent examples of both distilleries (which were easy to either work or tease out!). Also their young Glenrothes from a sherry cask shows that a good young 'un can often beat a good old 'un, altho water didn't help this dram for me..
Had the Glenrothes before, which I didn't like but it gained a fie-hard following at a previous event. The Isles and the Glen Elgin were fantastic. The Clynelish, I grabbed at a previous event, and it's brilliantly sweet. The 1990 Mortlach won over my mate who previously didn't like it at that age.
Leither wrote:So Adelphi's two 'Breaths of...' were my top picks, closely followed by the OMC Banff. If I was pushed to pick a number one from the Adelphi range it was the one from Skye, what a sensational chilli pepper kick on the finish..
The competition was stiff but I'll go for Adelphi's Glen Elgin followed by CC Caol Ila and OMC Glenturret. There were several other must buys as well.
Leither wrote:Not too keen on the Benriach new finishes but hey-ho you can't like them all!.
The 12 (peated) Pedro Ximenez is the pick. Very all-round flavour. My mate tried the non-peated Madeira which he liked but not as much as he liked the one I had.
Also entertaining was the Connemara CS which was lightly peated and honey sweet with a smoothness that belied it's 58%abv.
Van Winkle's 12 Bourbon is stupendously sweet and their Rye 13 is cleverly spicey.
Leither wrote:Anyway i will conclude by saying once again, very well done to all involved with this event.
Indeed. A superb Saturday out. Fantastic. Grabbed the Benriach 12 and the CC Caol Ila. I now only have about 9 other bottles to pick up whenI have the time and cash.
The best fringe yet and I'll be quick off the mark to get there next year.