After finishing at The Haig whisky festival, I was back in The Netherlands only a few days later for the Whiskybase Gathering in Rotterdam.
If you haven’t heard of whiskybase.com, get over there right now. NO, wait. After you’ve read this instead. Great resource over there, filled with reviews of almost every whisky that’s ever existed. Also, you can add bottles to your collection and build a virtual picture of what bottles you have. You know, if you’ve lost track in reality. It also keeps a handy estimate of how much your closed bottles are worth, if you need a reminder of how much money you’ve throw into the rabbit hole.
We popped over to their shop for a look and got to try a new Clynelish released for the Gathering then headed to Whiskysite.nl and a taster of a Wolfburn single cask. Both are completely sold out long ago, but here are my notes anyways.
Clynelish 1997 Archives 55.8%
Colour: Light Gold
Nose: Spicy red apple and waxiness. Honey.
Taste: Nice level of heat, black pepper, red apple, heavy wax.
Finish: Long length. Spicy and intense.
Release for the Whiskybase gathering 2017. Great Clynelish but a little hot at times. Only 80 bottles!! And all sold out long ago.
Wolfburn 2013 for whiskysite.nl 55.9%
Colour: Light Amber
Nose: Cherry, loads of ripe cherry. Then mint and liquorice. Spearmint.
Taste: Cherry, some raisin but very fresh Sherry style, not too rich but not youthful either. Could be 9yo.
Finish: Short/Medium length. Nice, more soft cherries.
The first ever Wolfburn single cask pick, for The Netherlands. A real cherry bomb. Lovely young stuff.
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