2004 <--- August
- TWO MACDUFFS TO CLOSE THE MONTH
1975/1993 (40%, G&M CC Old Map Label)
Nose: nice freshness. Freshly cut ripe
apple. Cider, hints of white pepper and
a little vanilla. A very nice nose, far
from being complex, but with a great freshness.
Mouth: very nice again, on apple pie with
white pepper. Delicate and subtle, almost
feminine. Medium finish. A very good Macduff,
undemanding but highly enjoyable. Serge
82 points, Olivier 84 points.
17 yo 1978/1996 (43%, Signatory, sherry
butt #6673) Nose: again,
not very expressive. Weak. On old wood
and ‘tired’ pepper. Mouth:
really weak, even if drinkable. Not much
defined aromas. Some wood, some pepper.
Short finish, on some sourish notes. Well,
I've seen some better ones… Serge
69 points, Olivier 72 points.
- TWO MANNOCHMORES
from a few days off in Provence, where
I had a very interesting horizontal tasting
session of 25 different wines from Chapoutier's
(Rhone Valley). I'll report on it within
the next days, but for the moment, let's
just taste these two Mannochmores if you
1984/2002 (40%, G&M Connoisseur’s
Choice) Colour: amber.
Nose: quite weak and undemanding. Caramel,
feints, vanilla. Not much more, I’m
afraid. Mouth: okay, just okay. Traces
of wood… getting a little dry. It’s
not bad, but it’s just a little
uninteresting and, again, a little weak
at 40% ABV. 74 points, Olivier
16 yo 1984/2001 (43%, Signatory, butt
# 4576) Colour: straw.
Nose: quite closed. Hello, is there anybody
in there? Milky and sourish. Hints of
porridge and broiled cereals, not much
else. Just a little fresh fruit, like
pineapple or ripe kiwi. Mouth: not completely
un-enjoyable. A little grassy and sweeetish,
getting even sugarish. Some tannins. Medium
long, but somewhat dirty finish, on pear
liquor. Not too bad, actually! Serge
75 points, Olivier 75.
25 to 29, 2004
- NINE INDIE HIGHLAND PARKS - YUM-YUM!
Park 11 yo 1988/2000 (43%, Signatory,
sherry butt #11745, unchillfiltered)
Already tasted this one before. Colour:
white wine. Nose: very fresh and spirity.
Quite close to a new make. Hot milk, broiled
cereals, getting a little grassy. Dill,
wild carrot, celery. Hints of flowers
(lavender, heather). Mouth: quite sharp,
rather spirity. Eau de Cologne, orange
zest, tannins. Not much distillery character.
Gets a little ‘rooty’. Medium
finish, on liquorice stick. Serge
75 points, Olivier 75.
Park 13 yo 1987/2000 (43%, The Ultimate,
sherry, dist 31/3/87)
Colour: almost orange. Nose: great sherry,
very elegant. Dried orange (the power
of suggestion?) zest, much fresher than
expected. Still a little raw and un-matured.
Traces of wood. Mouth: elegant, on great
sherry. Again, it’s a little rough
around the edges. Some toffee, crystallised
orange, marmalade. Rather long finish,
on dried fruits. A very good malt even
if, again, Highland Park’s markers
aren’t very present. Serge
82, Olivier 84.
Park 10 yo 1992/2003 (45%, Blackadder,
refill sherry butt #20569)
Colour: almost white. Nose: lots of toffee
and coffee, plus quite a lot of caramel.
Develops on flowers (daisy) and hot butter.
Hay. Very nice nose, fresh and elegant.
Mouth: quite strong yet balanced. Liquorice
and cold herbal tea. A little aniseed,
dill, parsley. Very nice, not overly complex
but most enjoyable. Nice and fresh finish,
like a baby’s mouth. Serge
83 points, Olivier 85.
Chartreuse (watch the old 'Tarragones')
Park 10 yo 1993/2003 (46%, Hart Bros,
dist July 2003) Colour:
white wine. Nose: very grassy. Dill, celery,
fennel, freshly mown lawn, green Chartreuse.
Gets a little milky and feinty. Very similar
to the Signatory, but cleaner. A very,
very nice freshness. Mouth: nice, on tea
and vegetable juice. Gets quite spicy,
on white pepper, clove and cinnamon. Hints
of wood (vanilla). Very nice but again,
not too complex. Very little cask influence,
which lets the distillery character go
through. Rather long finish. Serge
80 points, Olivier 83 points.
Park 1988/2002 (46%, Murray McDavid, MM
75852) Colour: white wine.
Nose: again and again, very clean, very
delicate. Some great flowery notes (lavender,
heather – here we go – honey).
Milk caramel, vanilla fudge. Gets a little
sourish, but in a nice way. Much closer
to the official bottlings than all the
other ones. Hints of freshly squeezed
orange juice. Mouth: beautiful, with a
lot of oomph. Strong and bold, yet very
refined. Dried orange, banana. Quite spicy
(pepper, light chilli). Develops on caramel
and vanilla ice cream. Long and bold finish,
on toffee. A great bottle. Serge
87 points, Olivier 87 points.
Park 15 yo 1988/2004 (55.4%, Dewar Rattray,
bourbon cask #883, 274 b.) A
bottle Olivier just brought back from
Rattray is the company behing Stronachie,
and they have just launched a new and
interesting portfolio of single malts,
including this Highland Park. Colour:
straw. Nose: again very clean and grassy.
Traces of peat. Roots, herbs (parsley,
chives). Hints of heather, lavender, thyme.
Very spicy. Interesting! Mouth: bold and
rich, on aniseed (like a pastis), peppermint.
Gets quite smoky and sweet at the same
time. Develops on liquorice stick, bread
crumb, satay sauce. Long and interestingly
smooth finish. A great Highland Park!
Serge 88 points, Olivier 90 points.
Park 14 yo 1978/1993 (55.2%, Cadenhead,
dist November) Nose: punchy,
almost pungent. Very, very grassy (celery
and fennel) but with lots of eucalyptus
and mint. Camomile, gentian root. Gets
a little feinty but again, in a nice way.
Extremely pure, not unlike some Broras
or Clynelish. A little ‘farmy’.
Mouth: extremely powerful, on Chartreuse
and pepper vodka (and Zubrowska). Gentian
eau de vie, herbes de Provence, Tia Maria
(coffee liquor). Extremely austere even
if, again, a little farmy. A beautiful
malt with a long, very long finish on
tequila. Great complexity – it really
makes me think of some Broras, even if
the HP is much less peaty. Serge
92 points, Olivier 92 points.
Park 12 yo 1988/2000 (58%, SMWS #4.79)
Colour: amber. Nose: lots of sherry, and
some smoke. A nice mixture of various
herbs (thyme, parsley, green pepper) and
the usual sherried notes (chocolate, dried
orange, sweet wine). Notes of Armagnac.
Very very nice, even if the sherry makes
it just a little ‘vulgar’.
Mouth: bold and rich again. Heavy sherry
– perhaps too much, that makes it
a little sweetish. Caramel, cold coffee.
The sherry really overwhelms the distillery
character on the palate – which
is not the case on the nose at all. Long,
but sweetish finish. A very good malt,
but I think the sherry took too much of
its share. Thank God they bottled it quite
early. Serge 84 points, Olivier
Park 1990 (59.1%, James MacArthur)
Nose: pungent and much peatier than the
previous ones. Lots of farmy aromas: fermenting
hay, grass, horse-dung, you like it or
you don’t – I do. Hints of
ginger, gentian roots and butane. Mouth:
very strong, just like a gentian eau de
vie. Brilliant. Extremely grassy, with
lots of white pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg.
Cold camomile tea, dark chocolate, liquorice
stick, lapsang souchong tea. Long finish
on dried herbs and smoke. A beauty! Serge
92 points, Olivier 92 points.
take a few days off in Provence until
Sunday, so sorry, no updates till then.
- Kinclaith 1966 (40%, G&M CC old
map label, 5cl) Built
in 1957, Kinclaith was the last distillery
in Glasgow when it was dismantled in 1975.
This one is the first Kinclaith I ever
tasted, and exactly the 1000th malt I
happened to score as a member of the Malt
Maniacs. Not sure I should be proud, though…
Anyway, let’s taste it now. Colour:
light amber. Nose: not too bold but quite
peppery. Cooked apple, butterscotch, fresh
pastry, hot croissant. Gets quite grassy
(fern), Olivier says it’s quite
similar to the latest Killyloch OB. Some
nice hot butter notes. Mouth: salted caramel,
butter, and lots of herbal tea notes.
Very interesting. Develops on cooked spinach,
liquorice, burnt cake, coffee liquor,
roasted pecan nuts. Quite malty, with
a salty tang. Very salty, in fact. A good
and interesting Lowlander, and not only
because it’s a rarity. Serge 86
points, Olivier 88 points.
do worry about the actual value of our
modern Western culture. I think this T-shirt,
seen in Greece, will make us all feel
- HEAD TO HEAD: SIMPLE PLEASURES
8 yo 1991/1999 (43%, Signatory Vintage,
cask #617) vs Caol
Ila 10 yo 1991/2001 (43%, Signatory Vintage,
- white wine (but white wine isn’t
white, it’s yellow, says the popular
book ‘Wine for Dummies’).
Caol Ila: even lighter,
almost white, this time – like water,
very fresh and crystalline. Lots of seaweed,
burning fir wood, garden bonfire. Very
clean, with much less ‘cooked apple’
notes than usually. Hints of turpentine
and eucalyptus. Most enjoyable. Caol
Ila: very fresh too, but much
fruitier. Pineapple, freshly cut pear,
granny smith. Rubber (brand new tire),
hints of varnish. Less clean and straightforward
than the Ardbeg, but almost as enjoyable.
Ardbeg: lots of peat,
very austere. Cold smoked tea, bitter
chocolate, raw bee propolis (picture above).
Sharp like a blade, and still no fruit.
A love it or hate it Ardbeg – I
love it. Medium long finish, on tea leaves.
Ila: much closer to the Ardbeg
than their noses would suggest. Punchier,
with almost as much peat. Tobacco (Balkan
Sobranie), tea, wasabi, horseradish. The
finish is a little longer than the Ardbeg’s,
and a little feintier too. But it’s
still very, very good.
In short, these two young Islayers are
both very enjoyable. Not too complex,
for sure, but they’ve both got a
lot of oomph, and it’s difficult
to decide between them. Let’s say
87 points both –
congrats to Signatory.
alert! Too bad Karen
Dalton did only one serious
recording, and too bad that was 35 years
ago. She's virtually unknown today - she
died in 1993 -, but if you ever wondered
what a perfect blend of Billie Holiday
and Janis Joplin would give, here you
have the answer: 'In
the Evening When the sun goes Down'
(mp3). Totally brilliant.
just went back from Scotland, where he
could taste the latest (and said to be
last) Killyloch 1967 and Glen Flagler
1973 official bottlings, thanks to Robertson's
of Pitlochry. Olivier gave 88
points to the Killyloch (worth
1 400 Euros) and 85 points
to the Glen Flagler (770 Euros). Very
rare, very expensive, but very enjoyable
as well, it appears, even if these will
certainly never win the Malt Maniacs'
Serge, why did you stop posting about
pretty singers?' - That's what a friend
just asked me. Geez, see how boys are?
Most luckily, Michael, a fellow malt friend
from Texas, just sent me a hint about
Cantrell, a very good, although
quite traditional country singer and composer
from... Nashville, Tennessee. It's true
that she's got a great, candid voice,
and that her slide guitar playing is quite
good too. Have a listen to Churches
Off The Interstate or When
The Roses Bloom Again (mp3). Very
nice! Laura has put several other very
good downloadable tracks on her website
- which doesn't mean you shouldn't buy
her CDs if you like her music like I do!
Charles MacLean, hugely skilled and appreciated
French - and neo-Ileach - writer and journalist
Martine Nouet just joined
Maniacs. Our first Maniacette! We're
all thrilled, no need to say... (but did
you actually drink this full glass, Martine?)
contemporary art) - Ubu.com
is a totally fabulous website if you're
into modern poetry, painting or music.
From Meredith Monk to Joseph Beuys, through
Jean Cocteau and Laurie Anderson... Hundreds
of modern or avant-garde artists are showcased.
Take a few minutes - I should say hours
- and you'll see what you'll see (and
of great concerts here this Summer! I
went to listen to -and see - Lou
Reed again yesterday. Excellent,
really! Always this dirty garage sound,
a very good voice and a cellist in the
band who creates even more moments of
grace. That didn't please the local rednecks
who came to listen to some 'American hard
rock' (?!?) but the true fans were not
far from getting entranced. The 2004 Lou
Reed is a great one!
not much new on the malt front these days,
but the temperatures are going downhill
so I'm about to resume our tasting sessions.
Stay tuned! In the meantime, I urge you
to check Johannes' new log entry about
Macallan on maltmadness
(scroll down), it's also spangled with
lots of excellent musical tips.
Massive Attack (by my new Nokia)
I think this crappy picture says it all.
I just came back from a concert by Archive
(no link, I'm not a sadist) and Massive
Attack... Frankly, I don't
know why I went there... Perhaps a sudden
attack of 'youngism'. It's not that I'm
against all kinds of 'modern' music, and
I even happened to like Massive Attack's
first CDs. But Archive! My God! Except
destroying a bunch of pustulous teenagers'
tympanic membranes with a two-notes sub-bass
line (bam-boom-bam-boom-bam-boom...) ad
libidum - or should I say ad nauseam -
and mine with lots of fucked-up drum breaks...
But what do they think they are doing?
I guess they think they're playing music.
They even dress like Depeche Mode, imagine!
They stink! Even Placebo plays better
(said my daughter - she's right). Like
the Duke once said: 'It don't mean a thing,
if it ain't got that swing'. So right!
Massive Attack played much better - easy
- but they were way too much into ultra-hard
trip-hop for my taste. Too bad...
think I've found the Fountain of Youth
- well, sort of. Guess which bands played
in a row at the Foire aux Vins de Colmar,
France, yesterday evening? One: Canned
Heat. Two: Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
And three: Jethro Tull.Yes, 75 minutes
each. I felt like if I was 15, especially
because the three bands still play today
like in the seventies. I just had to close
my eyes not to see some's big belly or
baldness - anyway, they were all wearing
caps or hats, just like on the pictures
- and bang, thirty years younger! Yeah!
Heat was excellent, they
played their good old blues-rock with
lots of energy... If you're too young
to remember Canned Heat, here are just
two short mp3 sample: Let's
Work Together - Bad
Trouble and a full mp3: Wait
and See. Let's boogie! Btw, only one
musician from the original band remains,
it's drummer Fito de la Parra (second
from the right).
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Mann's Earth Band was another
story. Closer to FM prog-rock, but still
a great punch. I really enjoyed listening
to these old tunes I had not heard again
since at least twenty years. For instance
by the Light' and 'Spirit
in the Night' or 'The
Mighty Quinn' (all short mp3 samples).
Guitar hero Mick Rogers was especially
good (picture's right).
as for the idiosyncratic Jethro
Tull, it was really, really
like thirty years ago. Again it was the
guitar player, Martin Barre (picture's
right), who was under the spotlights.
What, you're less than 30? So I guess
you don't know Jethro Tull... Quick, listen
(mp3 - warning, I couldn't find any
'legal' version, so this is Herradeild
PO, an Icelandic band playing.
Not bad, actually!)
8 & 9, 2004
Michael Marra, Momus,
alias Nick Currie, is another Scot singer
and composer I discovered quite recently
- or should I say a 'provocateur'? Electro-pop,
cabaret, Japanese-pop, folk-rock, electro-folk
(!), jazz, reggae, blues... What an incredible
blend of styles! Add to that his voice
ala Donovan and his often extremely provocative
- or should I say pornographic - lyrics
and you get the picture: his work is odd
and weird, but very, very interesting!
Hippy Analog Portapak Video Revolution,
- AN OLD BUNNY
1963 (43%, OB) This is
not the more recent 40 yo 1963/2003, but
the earlier OB, bottled around 1993-1995.
Colour: amber. Nose: nicely balanced.
Cold coffee, beeswax and fine oak. Some
sweet and sour notes. Develops on all
sorts of spicy notes and some quite strong
balsamic vinegar. Hints of peat, smoked
salmon. Quite complex! Mouth: quite simpler.
Starts on fructose and fruit liqueur (strawberry).
Peardrops, icing sugar. A little sweetish.
Gets a little oaky but not too much. Cooked
apricot, cooked rhubarb as well. Rather
short, but enjoyable finish, on fruit
eau-de-vie. This one isn’t in the
same league as the magnificent 1968 ‘Auld
Acquaintance – Hogmanay Dram’,
for sure, but it’s still a very
good Bunnahabhain! 86 points.
- TWO SPEYSIDES FROM THE HIGHLANDS
10 yo (43%, OB) Colour:
straw. Nose: light, spirity and slightly
flowery. Hints of peardrops and varnish.
Quite fresh, but lacking complexity and
oomph. Mouth: a little weak and watery.
Grainy, malty, with some notes of burnt
wood and charcoal. A little ‘sparkling’
on the tongue. Notes of caramel and black
toffee. Short and slightly bitter finish.
A malt for mixers? No big flaw, though.
Serge: 70, Olivier: 70.
Speyside 10 yo 1993/2003 (46%, Hart Bros,
sherry cask) Colour: pale
straw. Nose: much bigger than the OB.
Big grassy notes, with lots of parsley,
celery, horseradish. Hints of aniseed,
yeast, malt and liquorice. Nice sherry
notes, quite delicate. Much more interesting
than the OB, that’s for sure. Mouth;
quite balanced and bold at the same time.
Again, some grassy flavours. Soy sauce.
Quite woody. Nice sherry (fino?) Some
pepper and nutmeg. A little burning. Long
finish, on alcohol and wood. In short,
a good, solid malt, even if not a winner
in any way. Serge: 78, Olivier:
(and malts) - Here's
a bottle of Bordeaux... 2000! I know,
you were thinking it had been kept in
a cellar for 50 years. But in fact, there's
a guy in Brittany who's a former aqualung
diver, and who had the idea to immerse
some brand new bottles into the sea and
wait for two years before he puts them
into some wooden oyster hamper with some
wrack and a few shells. He then sells
each hamper to tourists, like if it were
an antique bottle taken from a wreck.
Well, he doesn't claim it is, actually,
but I must say the visual effect is stunning.
I didn't taste the wine yet, but maybe
some independent whisky bottler could
try the trick with some malt, and hence
invent a new special 'sea finish'. No
salt in whisky? You bet? (Merci Sylvie).
- Yet another exciting
folk-rock Irish singer: Juliet
Turner. I've heard she's
quite big in Ireland, but I must admit
I had never heard of her before. You can
have a listen to 'Sorry
to Say' or 'Tuesday
Night Ladies', two very nice accoustic
tracks (mp3). And of course buy her CDs
if you like them, especially the latest
one, 'Season of the Huricane'.
was just at La Maison du Whisky in Paris
yesterday, with fellow Israeli malt maniac
Roman, when Jean-Marc Bélier, the
skillful keeper of this beautiful and
well-known shop (okay, enough publicity)
just got a parcel from Balvenie, containing
one bottle of the latest... 50 yo . Price
on LMW's catalog: 9,000 Euros. Yes, 'cheaper'
than in the UK. Btw, can you see the small
tear of love in Jean-Marc Bélier's
feature: the long awaited Index
page. It's still a little
rough around the edges, but I think it'll
be quite useful.
- TWO MALTS FOR WINE FREAKS
some wines like the Gewurztraminer SGN
2000 Letzenberg Thomann Domaine du Manoir
(magnificent), Riesling Brand 2002 and
Gewurztraminer VT Rangen 1998 Zind-Humbrecht
and Ai-Danil Pinot Gris 1940 Massandra-Sotheby’s,
it’s not that easy to choose some
malts that will match these beauties.
But it’s doable! So we chose with
some friends the Laphroaig 17 yo OB for
the Islay Festival 2004 (so strong), the
Brora 22 yo 1972 Rare Malts (my #1), the
Longrow Samaroli Dreams 1987/1999 (big,
bold peat) and these two puppies I never
24 yo 1965/1989 (46%, Cadenhead for Mainardi,
75cl) Another ‘Old’
Clynelish, from the distillery that was
to become Brora. Colour: dark amber, a
little opaque. Nose: very subtle and velvety.
Quince jam, sherry, caramel, whiffs of
peat. All sorts of dried fruits (tangerine,
pear, banana, date, fig). A great multilayered
nose, quite spectacular. Mouth: bold,
but very ‘precise’. Sherry,
salted caramel, dried orange. Lots of
spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove). Some
great, very subtle peaty notes. Long and
complex finish. In short, an absolute
beauty! 93 points.
de Provence (orange flesh)
13 yo 1990/2004 (54.5%, SMWS 114.3, 50cl)
A bottle made to celebrate the opening
of the Edinburgh new Society venue on
Queen Street. Colour: straw. Nose: very
pure and fresh, extremely sharp and clean
peat, even sharper than the Samaroli.
Very crystalline. Develops on fresh fruit
notes a la Bruichladdich (melon de Provence,
peach). Not overly complex, but a superb
purity. Mouth: again, very pure and straightforward.
A great mix of fresh fruits, pepper and
smoke. Hints of chilli, and a long, peppery
finish. A great Longrow, the cleanest
I ever came across, that deserves no less
than 91 points on my
is purely delicious
and her new album 'Let it Die' is a must,
punto basta. Please consider buying it
if you like the song.
Jil Gnawa, live in France
roots of jazz, blues and rock and roll?
Whether true or not, I really like this
extaordinary music by the Gnawas,
who came from western Africa and were
deported to Morocco as rich sultans’
slaves. Their spiritual leader Sidi Bilal
was the first slave to be set free by
the prophet Mahomet. The Gnawa people
and the local populations then mixed to
form a brotherhood with a blend of African
and Arabic culture. They started to practise
a ritual called 'lila de derdeba'. This
ritual evolves around music creating in
a deep form of inner communication. The
syncopated rhythms, devotional incantations
and haunting bass lines were soon to inspire
Jimi Hendrix or John Coltrane and a lot
of other great jazz or rock musicians
who went to Morocco to play with the Gnawas.
Hendrix spent a whole summer with them.
You can listen to a nice example of live
traditional Gnawa music by Jil Gnawa here
(mp3), or to some live ‘fusion’
Gnawa music by Jbara here
(mp3). But the absolute must is to attend
the yearly Festival
- BENRIACH ROLLER COASTER
12 yo 1969 (40%, G&M Connoisseur’s
Choice old brown label)
Colour: gold. Nose: beautiful freshness,
with lots of fruit, flowers and a little
coffee. Lots of peach, apricot, melon,
guava Rosewater, lavender perfume. Hints
of fresh walnut. Fantastic nose, typical
of great bottle age on a very good malt.
You’ll never find such a nose in
a recently bottled malt, even if very
good. Hints of spices, like nutmeg or
cinnamon. Mouth: how great! Subtle and
balanced, with lots of spices coating
lots of great fruits. Getting a little
peppery and woody, but in a nice way.
Medium long finish. A beauty, even if
the aromas are a little scattered. Serge:
88, Olivier: 90.
12 yo 1986/1998 (43%, Signatory, casks
4804-4805) Colour: white
wine. Nose: lots of strawberry and rose
at first, but all that vanish quite quickly.
Gets a little yeasty and lactic. Hints
of grass. Some sour notes. Mouth: sweetish,
quite close to new make. Very little cask
influence. Somewhat thin, very undemanding.
In short, one of these casks one won’t
remember for long. Medium finish, on feints.
Serge: 74, Olivier: 75.
34 yo 1968/2003 (49.8%, Hart Bros) Colour:
dark yellow. Nose: again a great freshness,
not unlike the 1969 G&M. Coffee, camomile,
dried pineapple, pink grapefruit, orange.
Hints of milk chocolate and cold tea.
Great complexity, and much less wood than
expected. Mouth: bold and punchy. Lots
of crystallised fruit, herbal teas, toffee.
Hints of fresh tropical fruits like guava
or mango. Some spices. Long finish, on
a mix of pepper and fruit, perhaps just
a little undefined. A great, old malt,
not tired in any way. Beautiful whisky
– the best Benriach I ever had,
of course. Serge: 90, Olivier:
34 yo 1968/2003 (50.4%, Peerless, cask
2593, 137 bottles) Colour:
bronze-gold again. Nose: a little less
expressive. Cold coffee, fresh fruit,
vegetables. Lots of litchi, sorrel, fresh
spinach. Violet candies. Less complex
than the Hart Bros, and a little more
wood influence, whatever the cask was
– 34 years ago. A few winey notes,
probably a refill sherry. Very nice, still.
Mouth: bold and very satisfying, even
if, again, less complex than its Hart
Bros brother. Very good, with lots of
fruits, some dried orange and some caramel.
Cake, Cointreau, chocolate. Long finish.
A very good whisky, lacking perhaps just
a little aromatic oomph. Well, you see
what I mean, I hope. Serge: 87
points, Olivier 88.
See the picture above? It's a 4cm thick
piece of 'wine stone', taken from an old
Alsacian oak cask's inside. It's quite
salty when you put your tongue on it.
So, when somebody tells me whisky can't
taste salt, I always feel like I should
send him this stone. Sure, new casks or
casks which have been used only for a
few years won't develop that much 'stone',
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