Scotchio wrote:Of particular interest to me would be comments on the 'other' coastal malts; Banff, Glenglassaugh, Inchgower, Balblair and Glen scotia which I will probably try next.
I have tried a Banff Connoisseurs Choice from the 70's range (can't remember the specific year) which was a big disapointment. It was very feinty, slightly phenolic with a sweet, syrupy finish...not my taste at all.
As for Balblair, they have lot's of great bottlings. I have the 10 year old and the Balblair Elements.
The "Elements" has a soft, salty nose and a fruity taste with hints of vanilla and oak. The finish is sweet and dry.
I find the 10 year old to be nuttier and more spicy on the nose. This whisky is full of flavours with honey, chocolate and a sting of salt on the palate. The finish is like candied apples with honey. If find it to be very price-worthy.
I think Royal Mile Whiskies recently had a bottling of the Glenglassaugh which is supposed to be fantastic - haven't tried it though.
Glen Scotia is another wonderful and complex whisky. The 14 year old is fresh and salty on the nose, malty with touches of salt and cocoa on the palate and has a very long and warming finish.
Can't comment on Inchgower. I have a bottle from the Flora & Fauna range (14y.) which is yet to be opened. I'll let you know in due time.