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Whisky Tasting Session 2013-01

By Miguel in Tasting , Featured , Allt-a-Bhainne , Aberlour , Glen Garioch , Glenrothes , Glen Scotia

Hurray! New year, new blind tasting session.

As usual Jean-Marie Putz of Whisky-distilleries.info proposed six unnamed samples on a stunning box like previous tastings.

A blind tasting is a quite interesting experience because tasting whiskies in this way you really pay more attention to the whisky and less to the bottle. I have tasted whiskies that I have considered good but nothing special ( Is there such a thing as bad whisky?! ) and then I discovered that I were tasting a 39 years old single malt. Have I known before hand what I was tasting I am 100% sure it would have affected my rating.

So here are the drams…

The Whiskies

Two Glen Scotia whiskies, one Glenrothes, one Aberlour, one Glen Garioach ( pronounced Glen gee-ree ) and Allt Bhainne. So let’s begin…

WTS 2013-01: The Glenrothes 1998 Wilson and Morgan Marsala Finish

“It's interesting. At first it looks too young but then a nice fruity character with lots of cocoa reveals.”

87
The Glenrothes 1998 Wlson & Morgan Marsala Finish

This dram has a fino-like color.

Nose (86): more than average. fruits, apples, cinnamon, wood, honey, citrus. It is a fruity dram with a young character.

Palate (87): powerful, oily. honey, wood, fruits, apples, spices, cocoa. Remind me of a highlands whisky... maybe a Glenmorangie?8.7

Finish (87): longer than average. wood, honey, cocoa.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this The Glenrothes 1998 Wlson & Morgan Marsala Finish with 87 points over 100.

WTS 2013-02: Aberlour 17 years old Single Cask Master of Malt

“Lovely fruity notes. Not young, maybe a bourbon cask... maybe Japanese?”

88
Aberlour 17 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (87): average. honey, citrus, floral, vanilla, apricot.

Palate (88): powerful, oily. honey, mango, citrus, floral, vanilla, spices.

Finish (88): longer than average. honey, spices, mango.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Aberlour 17 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt) with 88 points over 100.

WTS 2013-03: Glen Garioch 21 years old Single Cask Master of Malt

“Nose is great; clean, sweet, lots of vanilla... but taste is a bit over woody for me. Maybe 15 or 20 years old whisky”

88
Glen Garioch 21 Year Old Single Cask (Master of Malt)

This dram has a fino-like color.

Nose (89): more than average. honey, vanilla, citrus, spices. Lots of honey and vanilla, It is really familiar... umm... maybe Springbank?

Palate (87): powerful, oily. honey, wood, spices, citrus, cardboard. Too woody.

Finish (87): longer than average. honey, citrus, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glen Garioch 21 Year Old Single Cask (Master of Malt) with 88 points over 100.

WTS 2013-04: Glen Scotia 19 years old Silver Seal

“Hahaha! Very welcome sherry character! Just the whisky I needed at the very moment I needed it! No idea which whisky could be... maybe 12 to 15 years?”

90
Glen Scotia 19 year Silver Seal

This dram has a tawny-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. honey, nuts, citrus, floral. Good sherry! Aye!

Palate (90): powerful, oily. nuts, honey, citrus, wood, spices, herbs. Quite a lot of sherry here!

Finish (90): longer than average. nuts, wood, honey.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glen Scotia 19 year Silver Seal with 90 points over 100.

WTS 2013-05: Glen Scotia Twenty Wilson and Morgan

“This is is more subtle than sample 4th but works a bit better overall. Anyway, it would be really hard to choose one over the other.”

90
Glen Scotia Twenty Wilson & Morgan

This dram has a mahogany-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. honey, nuts, citrus, cinnamon. Smells slightly younger than sample 4. Maybe 10-15 years old?

Palate (90): powerful, oily. honey, nuts, wood, citrus, floral, cocoa.

Finish (90): longer than average. honey, citrus, wood.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glen Scotia Twenty Wilson & Morgan with 90 points over 100.

WTS 2013-06: Allt--Bhainne 1992 Malts of Scotland

“Looks like a great bourbon cask whisky. Nice dram”

90
Allt-a-Bhainne 1992 Malts of Scotland

This dram has a fino-like color.

Nose (89): more than average. honey, citrus, wood, vanilla, spices, flowers. Maybe 20 years old whisky?

Palate (90): powerful, oily. honey, citrus, floral, spices, vanilla, wood.

Finish (91): longer than average. spices, honey, vanilla.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Allt-a-Bhainne 1992 Malts of Scotland with 90 points over 100.

Miguel says…

Three clear favorites, the two Glen Scotia drams and the Allt Bhainne.

The two Glen Scotia are delightful sherried whiskies, just after tasting for weeks only bourbon casks I was in need, desperately I would say, of something more sherried. As I said above, it is hard to choose one over the other. The WTS-2013-05, the Glen Scotia of 20 years old works slightly better for my palate.

My samples of Whisky Tasting Sessions 2013-02 are now on the way! Stay tunned.



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