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This Clan Denny blended malt was released by Douglas Laing’s sister company Hunter Hamilton and contains malts from Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunahabhain, Caol Ila and two others that shall not be named!Ardbeg Distillery on Islay Clan Denny Blended Malt 46% So familiar, that Islay coastal, salty nose, vanilla and a hint of scorched rubber, salty toffee apple and a touch of horse sweat. Oh yes! They’ve got this one right, the balance is nigh on perfect. The initial intense vanillas, a la Ardbeg, creamily coating the mouth, then a peppery mid-palate with a tarry, seaweed and salty finish. A masterful blended malt that truly captures the spirit of Islay…92. Available at the Wild About Whisky bar in Dullstroom.
Rich vanilla with loads of sweet spice, cardamom and toffee on the nose. The palate is silky smooth with a hint of the vanilla, then a rush of spicy pepper, finishing with a bitter, short, dry aftertaste of old sherried oak. 80 CHIVAS ROYAL SALUTE 21 YEARS OLD BLENDED WHISKY 40% Almonds, Oloroso sherry, a hint of mint, dark toffee and a touch of anise, richly spiced stewed dark fruits with a hazy trail of smoke…what an astonishing nose! Sweetly oily and viscous, coating the tongue with sweet toffee essence, light pepper ‘n spice with sherried wood on the finish. Despite the gorgeous, moreish nose on all three expressions the palate always disappointed, unbalanced with short finishes that went nowhere, which leads me to think that this Chivas range is highly over-rated. 83