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Amrut “Nectar of Life” Amrut Intermediate Sherry Matured Single Malt 57.1%Batch No.7 Bottled June 2012 (New make into Virgin/Ex-Bourbon casks, then transferred into ex-Oloroso sherry butts for a further year before a finishing off in ex-Bourbon casks) Cranberry and mulberry syrup ladled over raspberry and caramel vanilla ice cream. Rich, robust and red berried with barrel loads of sweet Bourbon spiced fruit cake, coated in vanilla icing. A more exquisite nose you will be hard pressed to find. On the palate, this redolent sweetly berried stew coats the tongue, then mid palate releases a hot, sweet spicy chilli, leaving a gorgeously lingering Oloroso oaky glow. 95. Along with Fusion(see http://wildaboutwhisky.blogspot.com/2011/03/hindu-trinity-known-as-amrut.html), Amrut have set the bar somewhere in the Himalayas…….

                                            “Body & Soul” Blended Scotch WhiskyFloral with top notes of jasmine, fresia and vanilla talc, sweet as honey with a drizzle of Lyle’s golden syrup stirred in, sandalwood, toffee custard and a hint of fresh lemon zest, with some musty peated barley lining the bottom of this dram.The gorgeously sweet character is evident as this whisky soaks the tongue, oily and mouth coating, the mid palate bold sweet spice, ground ginger and warm pepper, the finish an intriguing blend of noble rot and peat reek.A touch of water will boost the vanilla and honey intensely but tends to bitter the big spicy mid palate so best to drink this one neat. 92

Dave Gunns and Martine Nouet tasting “Body&Soul” on a shared Skype tasting. See Martine’s comments on this very special dram below…

 Glenora Distillery, situated in Nova Scotia was the first malt whisky distillery in Canada, founded in 1990. Prior to 2000 the distillery had released a 5 year old vatting of Glenora malt and Bowmore and in September 2000 the first expression, a 10 year old, was released…..Glen Breton Rare 10yo 40%Wintergreen, ginger beer, fermented apples, vanilla and butterscotch, the orchard fruits over ripe and over spiced.Light and honey fresh on the palate with ginger spice drying to a salty finish.A touch of water brings out lemon grass on the nose and palate. 79  

 Glen Breton Rare 20th Anniversary 1990 20yo Cask013 167 Bottles 43%A softer, mellower version of the 10yo with a lot more butterscotch but the signature ginger spice is  still thumping in the engine room with caramel and toffee filling out the dram.Intensely maple sweet and so delicious on the tongue, the ginger more evident and peppery on the mid palate, finishing short, salty and spicy. 84

We have been following the progress of this whisky, created by Andre Otto and Riaan de Jager,  from its new make infancy to its obscure emergence as a full blown single malt whisky….Tweedronk Single Malt Whisky Distilled 24 Oct 2009 Bottled 27 Oct 2012 Matured In A 25 Litre Brandy Cask 52% Bottle no.20 of 22This nose is a dessert banquet fit for a Scottish king….Stewed red berries with a sprinkling of raisins, sultanas and vanilla, chocolate coated strawberries with a side plate of brandy snaps,  ginger spice and molten dark toffee sauce.A little thin on the palate but the huge, bold, red fruit marinade and peppery spice more than makes up for the lack of body, with a finish that is warm and grapey, cabernet style.A splash of water opens up the fruit, offering prunes and sweet dates on the nose and sweetens the berry potjie on the palate. 85 A hugely impressive dram for one so youthful. Well done guys, you should be immensely proud of this one…

 Glenrothes DistilleryThe Glenrothes Select Reserve Single Malt 43%Vanilla pod and cocoa. Intensely sweet on the nose with demerara sugar dominating the top notes and chocolate with lemon malted barley in support.The palate thin but with a touch of honey is no reflection of the intense sweetness of the nose, then a squirt of grapefruit on the mid palate and a finish of grape and dark chocolate. 80 The Glenrothes 1998 Vintage 14yo Single Malt 43%The malted barley dominates this nose with orange marmalade, toffee and the sweetest orange citrus.Viscous and gorgeously mouth coating this dram is velvety on the tongue with sweet sherry, ginger and pepper and a finish of sherried oak. 87 

The Glenrothes 1995 Vintage 17yo Single Malt 43% Vanilla, orange citrus, a touch of smoke and toffee ‘n spice. Viscous, oily and sherry sweet on the palate with sweet allspice, ginger and citrus with a touch of pepper and peat on the finish. 87 The Glenrothes 1994 Vintage 12yo Single malt 43% Rich, warm sherry, vanilla, toffee with stewed blueberries and cranberries with a generous sprinkling of icing sugar on top. What an exquisite nose!! The Oloroso sherry comes through on the palate in barrel loads, rich and warming like the nose with a touch of pepper ‘n spice and an oak ‘n sherry finish. Gorgeous! 88

All The Glenrothes above available for tasting and purchase at Wild About Whisky, Dullstroom.

“….Booker’s is the first ever bourbon bottled straight from the barrel – uncut & unfiltered…” Booker’s Bourbon Whiskey Aged 7 Years And 1 Month Batch 0CO5-A-12 65% Barrels of red berries, cranberries and pomegranate dominate, with overtones of vanilla, red toffee, cloves, raisins and nuts. The palate is a mirror image of the nose…how balanced is this whiskey??? Sweetly stewed red berries, rich and spicy, then a sucker punch explosion of tannins and sweet chilli spice with an exceptionally long finish – an afterglow of rich sweet dates. Incredible! Can only be drunk neat. 93. Best bourbon I have ever tasted and only available for tasting in South Africa at Wild About Whisky in Dullstroom.