On a stag do near Rome we knocked on the door and it was opened only a split second later by hipster-type barmen, welcoming us into their prohibition bar. We missed the real entrance, located in a cupboard inside a Chinese restaurant.
In a surreal, slightly alcohol blurred, version of vision I assessed the range of whiskies behind the bar and found myself impressed. Independent bottlings. Cask strength stuff. Bottles with weird circus stuff on the front. This was clearly a quality establishment. I glanced to the left and found a range of Mezcal too, recommending one to the groom with the bartender’s choice of cocktail.
Finding myself drinkless I ask the barmen to move everything aside so I can have a look at the bottle at the very back. I’ll have a single I say.
Glengoyne 8 Single Minded 43%
Nose: Heathery and malty, zingy orange citrus, candied orange peel, some dry American oak, Madagascan vanilla pod, milky coffee. Lovely nose.
Taste: Very soft arrival, a little watery to start, heather and malt, honey and orange, quite zingy, lemon, more chocolate and malt into the finish.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Milk chocolate, malty biscuits, some spice, fresh ginger and some heather.
The Highland Park of the Highlands strikes again. Really impressive young whisky.
Fettercairn 1997 High Spirits 46%
Nose: Oaky, malt, floral, grass, liquorice, fennel, dried pineapple, nutty and herbaceous.
Taste: Soft, aged leather, oaky, floral, some grass then dried pineapple, nice soft development.
Finish: Long length. Again very soft, some grass, floral, nutty with peanut and cashews.
I haven’t had a lot of Fettercairn but I was expecting more from this as an older single cask, although I do have to say that this is still very nice. Strikes me as quite a Lowland style of whisky.
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Network Average: 75.0
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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