Kilchoman Spring 2011 Release 3yo Single Malt 46%Tarry, a touch of rubber, charcoal and hay bales all coated with vanilla, flavoured with pear drops.Thick and full bodied as the honey and warm spicy pepper hits the tongue, leaving a seaweed, salt and tar coated barley finish. Lingering, this dram is sweet, salty, smoky and sensuous. 88Kilchoman Summer 2010 Release Single Malt 46% Sweet and rubbery, tarry ropes, iodine, pear drops, lemon and vanilla toffee. Sweet as honey as the dram coats the tongue, then barrel loads of peppery spice and a finish of warm tarmacadam. A dash of aqua brings out more of the orchard fruits, pears, Granny Smith apples, with the medicinal note still so pungent. Softer and sweeter on the tongue but the pepper and spice still rages on. 88
Kilchoman Inaugural 100% Islay 3yo 1st Fill Bourbon 50%Smoked vanilla pods, sugar encrusted seaweed, tarry ropes and pear drops.Viscous and vanilla sweet with a mid palate of pepper ‘n sweet spice leaving a warm wellies finish and lingering sweet brine.A dash of aqua injects a burst of vanilla pod, the pepper morphing to chilli lemon spice with the warm peat and soft salt lingering on the finish. 90
Kilchoman Single Cask Single Malt Distilled:20/09/07 Bottled:07/09/11 From Bourbon Cask No:244/2006 60.5%So much like a sweet ale with a hint of new make, new rubber, damp smoking embers, pear drops with menthol and wintergreen.Intensely, deliciously sweet and unctuous on the palate, then hot spicy pepper with a warm finish of sweet barley and hot tar. 92
Kilchoman Single Cask Single Malt Distilled:15/11/06 Bottled:06/09/11 From Sherry Cask No:323/2006 60.3%Peach schnapps and new make, greengage and gooseberry with an orange citrus twist as the soft smoke entwines around the fruit.Taste bud boggling this is intensely sweet honey and vanilla, the orchard fruits impacting, giving way to a hot peppery spice, then soft peat smoke, charred oak and tar.A supreme malt of the highest order, with the sugary sweet addiction balanced perfectly with the orchard fruits and soft peat. A masterpiece. 95
Johnnie Walker XR 21yo Blended Whisky Bottle No: 7312GJW 40%Old leather washed in Oloroso sherry, cranberries, blueberries, dark toffee, a trace of Matabele ant scurrying along the Spanish oak and a smorgasbord of rich fruit cake and trifle.Soft as velvet and sweet sherried on the tongue, the toffee gives way to a rich and spicy mid palate, finishing with a long lingering wooded compote of raisins and prunes.Water releases a few more ants, a hint of smoke and naartjie(tangerine) dipped in dark chocolate.Stunning, complex, a delight, the best Johnnie Walker and quite possibly the best blend I have ever tasted.96
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Liqueur 35%A blend of Jack’s Old No.7 and a proprietary honey liqueur, this is the latest spirit from the iconic distillery.Bananas, caramel and toasted praline fried in brown sugar smothered in toffee custard…..and that’s just on the nose.Honey sweet and mouth coating, with a mid palate of mocha, a finish of praline iced coffee and a lingering aftertaste of toffee and banana. Deeeeeeeeelectable!
Come and share in the launch of this exquisite liqueur by visiting Dullstroom over the Winter Festival between the 6th and 8th of July.
The Irish whiskey, Writers Tears started it’s journey in Cork, Ireland. The Scottish whisky, Te Bheag began its voyage on the Isle of Skye. Both these bottles crossed the Atlantic and sat in a boutique whisky bottle store in Hamburg, Germany. A good friend of mine, Markus Schroeder, home on leave in August 2011, walked into this shop and with mobile guidance bought the two bottles, packed them carefully into a suitcase and flew to his home in Nairobi, Kenya.The bottles, now very much out of their comfort zones, flew from Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania and then by vehicle for a day’s drive into the Northern Serengeti and Klein’s Camp, where Markus and his wife Stephanie manage the lodge. The bottles, now having witnessed the migration and more at home in this wild East African environment, were on the move again, this time back to Arusha and then Nairobi on the 21st of May2012, before boarding a plane. Their destination Johannesburg. A night in Pretoria was to follow before eventually heading east, climbing the plateau into the Eastern Highlands to the little village of Dullstroom and the Wild About Whisky bar, where they have now joined 950 of their compatriots and are now happy and anxious that you all make a journey and come and taste them……..
Te’ Bheag Gaelic Blended Whisky 40% UnchilfilteredPronounced “cheyvek” and meaning “a wee dram” in Gaelic it is produced on the Isle of Skye, home to the the Talsiker distillery.The nose is all stewed pears soaked in honey and an apple cider marinade, then sherry and toffee top dress the pot with mocha and some peated barley eventually emerging.The palate hits first with the honey and then a mid palate of fino sherry, pepper and a little smoke on the dry finish. Water does bring out more of the peat characteristic but introduces a bitterness on the mid palate. Best left naked.85
Writers Tears Irish Pot Still & Single Malt Whiskey Blend 40%Most great Irish authors suffered, at some stage, with writer’s block…”Many sought comfort and inspiration from whiskey. It was said that when an Irish writer cried, he cried tears of whiskey”……..Barley and sugary blackcurrant pastille, a nod to the great Midleton malts, marzipan, and soft over ripe pears dominate the nose.Viscous, oily and seductively tongue coating the blackcurrant transfers to the palate in bucket loads, the mid palate a touch bitter but leaving a long fruit-driven finish.A remarkable and stunning Irish whiskey. 92