Monday 24 October 2016

3 Pale Ones: Braevil, Allt-a-Bhainne & Aultmore Reviews

Hello again everyone,

Still on the explore to taste whiskies from all the distilleries in Scotland I bought some samples of Master of Malt's own bottlings, because they are always a little bit cheaper than other samples.

So I've got 3 today, all very pale, probably young whiskies from distilleries I've never tried.
First up Braevil or Braes of Glenlivet.

Braes o' Glenlivet That Boutique-y Whisky Company Batch 1 47.2%
Colour: Light Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: Immediately intensely floral. Bath bombs, lavender, daffodils, pollen, dried flowers, washing powder, clean clothes, vanilla pods, dry grass, dry oak.
Water: Milk chocolate.
Taste: Intense. Sweet and floral. Juicy to start. Quite dry too, becoming even more dry with classic pear and green apple, some prickling oak building.
Water: Softer and more drying.
Finish: Medium length. A little prickling oak and sour under ripe pear.
Notes: A more floral Bladnoch, quite Lowland.
Definitely the best of these three although not exactly amazing. Almost quite soapy at points.

Allt-A-Bhainne That Boutique-y Whisky Company Batch 1 49.2%
Colour: Straw
Body: Medium
Nose: Gin. How is this NOT Gin?! Aromatic botanicals, juniper berries, dried orange peel, dried lemon peel, cucumber, tonic, orris root, angelica root, liquorice root.
Water: More gin. Was this in a gin barrel??
Taste: Gin. Aromatic botanicals, all the above, some oak, vanilla, some burnt toffee. Building dry oak.
Water: Softer. More juniper berry.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Dark chocolate and mocha, but a bit of unpleasant bitter tannin.
Notes: Pretty sure Master of Malt sent me a gin sample by accident... Shame I don't like Gin!
Gin is the Bhainne of my life! Eh? Eh? Oh forget it!

Aultmore 5yo Master of Malt Single Cask 65.4%
Colour: Pale straw
Body: Medium
Nose: Very light. The high alcohol doesn't feel much. Toffee, fudge, some milk chocolate.
Water: More alcohol. More water: Lemon.
Taste: Intense. Alcohol, toffee, fudge, vanilla, some milk chocolate, some herbal, green tea, then a little oak and more chocolate into the finish.
Water: Softer but also intense. Intense toffee and fudge, vanilla, white grape.
Finish: Short length. Lots of milk chocolate.
Notes: Young and intense but lacking any sort of complexity.
Proves that high Abv does not mean high intensity or lots of flavour.

Reviews #68-#70

Network Average: 78.3
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

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