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September 5, 2013


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Little trios, three grassy new Speysiders

Strathmill 37 yo 1976/2013 (47%, The Whisky Agency, refill hogshead, 216 bottles)

Strathmill 37 yo 1976/2013 (47%, The Whisky Agency, refill hogshead, 216 bottles) Three stars There's more Strathmill around these days but not all have really convinced me so far. Colour: gold. Nose: very nice touches of tropical fruits at first nosing (passion fruits and maybe mangos) but it tends to become drier and a little acrid after a few seconds, with quite some grass, green oak, almond pods and fresh mint leaves. Maybe even French beans. A malt in two parts, in a way. Dr. Jekill and Mr. Hyde? Mouth: it's more or less the same scenario, with a very pleasant fruity arrival and a much grassier, almost resinous middle. All that is a little bitter and harsh but I do enjoy the grapefruit peel and the green tea. That's it, this is whisky for lovers of strong green tea. Gunpowder? (no, not that gunpowder). Finish: long, bitter, oaky, drying. Not the easiest! More bitter chocolate in the aftertaste. Comments: I think it's a difficult one, you really have to like this dry grassiness. Having said that, if you love lemon and grapefruit peel - or are a sucker for Strathmill - you'll love this. SGP:361 - 81 points.

Certainly not the best whisky ever by The Honourable Agency, let's try to find one that's more to my liking within their new series...

Inchgower 28 yo 1985/2013 (53.8%, The Whisky Agency, refill hogshead, 266 bottles)

Inchgower 28 yo 1985/2013 (53.8%, The Whisky Agency, refill hogshead, 266 bottles) Four stars Colour: gold. Nose: yes! I like all these nuts (talking about the fruits) a lot. Roasted hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts... That gives a feeling of praline, very nice! Also a little wet paint, which is nice as well (rather putty/almonds-like) and some lemon marmalade. It's quite powerful, it feels rather more than 53% vol. With water: lovely, paint, putty, almonds, beeswax, a little chartreuse, broken branches... Mouth (neat): excellent! There's some oak but this time it's rather on eucalyptus, lemongrass... Wonderfully zesty and pretty medicinal at the same time. With water: swims very well. Lemon, marmalade, oranges... It's a pretty bitter fruitiness, very nice. A little orange blossom water too. Finish: quite long, with a little rocket salad and more zests and wax. Bitter oranges in the aftertaste. Comments: a great bitterish profile. Touches of Cynar and Fernet-Branca. Wins points where the Strathmill lost some in my opinion. SGP:461 - 87 points.

Glenrothes 25 yo 1988/2013 (51.1%, The Whisky Barrel, Burns Malt, cask #7861)

Glenrothes 25 yo 1988/2013 (51.1%, The Whisky Barrel, Burns Malt, cask #7861) Four stars Colour: light gold. Nose: once again, we're rather on some green oak spices. Grapefruit peels, branches, plantain bananas, mint, a little lovage, then eucalyptus again, green walnuts. With water: all good, with more honey and honeydew as well as overripe apples. So very 'Glenrothes' now. Milk chocolate. Mouth (neat): same style as the Inchgower, with a very nice lemony start (also tangerines) and a grassier development. Lemon sweets, green tea, green peppercorns, cough lozenges. With water: smoother and rounder but the mentholated side never quite leaves, which isn't bad news at all. Very pleasant freshness. Finish: good length. Orangettes (zests dipped into chocolate, how do you call that in English?) and this grassy/menthol aftertaste. It's quite malty too now. Comments: high quality Glenrothes, maybe a little less smooth and sexy than most officials but also more, say 'vibrant'. And why not? SGP:451 - 86 points.
 
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