Dr Bill Lumsden, in his role as Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation, oversees the spark and birth of the entire Glenmorangie range…an inspiration to the entire whisky industry……Glenmorangie Artein A Combination Of 15 & 21yo Single Malt Enhanced In Bordeaux Style Sassicaia “Super Tuscan” Casks 46%A vanilla pod soaked in cranberry wine, stewed berry fruit salad garnished with honeycomb.Richly sweet and stunningly fruity on the palate with cinnamon and pepper softly charging the mid palate, leaving a long lingering red berry and vinous finish.This is a rosé that just happens to be a phenomenal whisky. 92
The Snow Grouse Blended Grain Whisky 40% New make coated with a layer of icing sugar, the grain warm and pulsing in the depths, then iced coffee. The palate is sweet ‘n sexy, pouting ‘n peppery, surprisingly no harsh notes associated with youth and grain but this is light and gentle. The finish is short, soft and dry. With water, toffee and fudge are released on the nose but the young grain starts to bite at the back of the palate. Trying it neat and “seriously chilled” as suggested, there is almost nothing to smell but the dram is now thickly viscous and seriously sweet!. 80 Only available in South Africa to taste and purchase at Wild About Whisky in Dullstroom.
Peter Arkle lives in New York city, where he is a freelance illustrator of books, magazines, ads and whatever else comes his way….. AnCnoc “Peter Arkle” Limited First Edition Single Malt 46% Knockdu Distillery Newly cut Granny Smith apple skin, cider, caramel, vanilla rich, sweet ‘n spicy, although there is a hint of youth in the depths, a faint earthy rubber note, perhaps just a hint of peat. However the palate is sherry sweet, soft and velvet coating with an explosion of tannins on the mid palate suggesting the use of European oak, then liquorice and a lingering vinous and wooded finish. A splash of water releases the sherry character on the nose and dampens the harsh tannins on the palate. 84
To celebrate and recognise the fact that Leif Eriksson, as a Norse explorer, was regarded as the first European to land in north America, nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus, Highland Park have released: Highland Park Single Malt Leif Eriksson Release Wholly Matured In American Oak Casks 40% A cornucopia of orchard fruits and pear drops, coated in honey and sprinkled with vanilla powder and almonds. The richness intensified by tendrils of peat smoke stirring their way through the sweet fruity stew. Vanilla rich initially on the palate, the mid section is all pepper ‘n spice, the finish charred and sweetly oaky. Water does accentuate the pear drops but boosts the peppery spice. A gentle dram that should be drunk as is, however as HP are celebrating a famous viking’s extraordinary achievements, I think a cask strength release would have been more appropriate…..86
Hazelburn 9yo Single Malt Sherry Cask 46% Duthies Top notes of liquid spicy fruit mince marinade, the middle is all sherry soaked orange marmalade and barley with Liquorice Allsorts and then Matabele ants in the basement. Full bodied and smoothly tongue coating, sweet sherry and then the orange marmalade with a layer of pepper ‘n spice are evident. The finish of this bold dram is toasted European oak and a fine fino finish. 88 With a touch of aqua, a hint of horse sweat, Bowmore character, briefly emerges and then the sweetest red berries and bubblegum. The palate now more viscous and more of the sherried toasted oak on the finish. 90 P.S. This dram only available for tasting in South Africa at the Wild About Whisky bar in Dullstroom!
Three Ships 10yo Single Malt November 2003 43% Vanilla, greengage, gooseberry, sandalwood, floral incense, an astonishing nose, oriental in nature, then dark toffee, a sherry character emerging, then roasted peanuts with the floral jasmine top note a constant in this amazing dram. Viscous and velvety soft on the palate, sherry sweet, rich spice, a touch of pepper and a long oak-driven vinous finish. Stunning! Master distiller, Andy Watts should be justifiably proud of this South African expression…up there with the best in the world and hopefully repeated one day….92