Thursday 11 May 2017

Celebratory Scotch: Glendronach 12 Sauternes, Glen Grant 1996 Adelphi & Longrow 10 100 Proof Reviews

Hi everyone,

More whisky from my birthday on Tuesday, this time the Scotch’s.

If you didn’t see my post on yesterday, I had my exam on my General Certificate in Distilling in the morning and then ran around Bristol looking for Banksy’s street art. We ended up finding a BrewDog with a great selection of whiskies and just had to chill there for a bit. Great, great day.
Really never thought I’d find an independent bottling in a pub either!

Glendronach 12 Sauternes Finish 46%
Colour: Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: Funky! More like a Port Charlotte! Ha. Seriously though, honey glazing, meaty fruit, juicy apricot, pomegranate, a fruity cocktail, nutty, malty Glendronach and Sauternes sweetness of course.
Taste: Soft, very soft arrival, sweetness builds up with crystallised honey, lemon peel, lemon fruit pastilles, nice malty notes develop into the finish. A little harsh oak comes out after a minute though.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Maltiness stays with some spice and dry oak.
Lovely nose but the taste doesn't quite follow it up.

Glen Grant 1996 Adelphi 54.4%

Colour: Gold
Body: Light/Medium
Nose: Light and delicate. Alcohol, floral, freshly washed linen, fruit pastilles, lemon citrus, light vanilla pod, waxy.
Water: Lighter and more floral, but less of everything else.
Taste: Cutting sharp lemon, lemon peel, Cask waxiness comes in to balance it, floral, lavender, violet, candle wax, refill Bourbon's soft vanilla, some spice comes through with light ginger.
Water: Much more spicy with ginger and white pepper then much more dry refill oak. A little harsh at times.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Waxy vanilla and some delicate white pepper spice.
Bottled 2014 at 18yo. Not really my kind of thing, very delicate whisky but undeniably a great Barrel. Better without the water though.

Longrow 10 100 proof 57%
Colour: Gold
Body: Full
Nose: Immediately funky, smoky, sooty and slightly floral- violet. Some alcohol, that boggy Longrow thing, earthy, charred meat and some red apple. Some chilli chocolate comes through.
Water: More alcohol unfortunately, red apple, soot and singed paper.
Taste: Oily, sooty, sharp as a blade and a lovely acidity normally reserved for Riesling, mineral chalky and hot slate, spicy chilli chocolate and oily black pepper, hot coals.
Water: Pleasingly hot and spicy still. Mineral, chalky and oily.
Finish: Long length. A blast of spicy black pepper more hot coal smoke, then a bit of biting oak.
Very Longrow, very classic. Shame there's a bit of alcohol on the nose.

Thanks for reading!

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