The end of last month saw me miss out on attending the latest Manchester Whisky Club meeting, but not one to miss out too much, the drams were picked up a few days back and enjoyed at my own leisure. This months theme had a look at Speyside, but specifically 5 bottles that all came in at under £50. So, lets see what club founder Andy had managed to acquire –
Glen Elgin 18yr – 46%
Matured for the full 18 years in 2 refill hogshead casks before being bottled in November 2013 by independent bottlers Signatory.
Peach and honey aromas on the nose, with tropical pineapple and hints of vanilla coming through. Sharp on the palate, although light and with splashes of wood blended with sweet finishes. Very long.
Glenlivet 16yr – 46%
Matured for 16 years in a 1st fill Sherry Butt before being bottled in November 2013 by Signatory.
Light aromas of warm leather, toffee and vanilla on the nose. Slight sharpness on the palate, with a pepper spice entering slowly. Hints of sherry and banana on the long finish.
Miltonduff – Glenlivet 19yr – 46%
Bottled in 2013 by independent bottlers Cadenheads.
Fresh red apples and plums on the nose, with rich, sweet tones of pastry. Sweet on the palate, with a bold hit of spice that develops. Lots of hard fruits, with dark toffee and vanilla flavours dominating. Lingering finish.
Glenfarclas 105 10yr – 60%
Plenty of light sherry notes on the nose, with faint pine nuts following. Rich sherry on the palate, with a high kick of coffee and nuts. Very warming, although results in a short finish.
Aberlour a’Bunadh Batch 47 – 60.7%
Well balanced sherry and orange aromas on the nose. Light, with a developing warmth and spice on the palate. Plenty of sherry, with hints of ginger sliding in on the lingering finish.
Not a bad selection, with the Glen Elgin probably my most preferred. It’s always great to experience some lesser know expressions, especially from independent bottling companies like Signatory and Cadenheads, and it really shows the difference sometimes from the main range you are more likely to see in your local bar. Cracking stuff.
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