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January 5, 2015


Time Warp Session,
Balmenach 44 years later

These sessions are always fun to do, and sometimes quite revealing in spite of the fact that bottle ageing, for example, may have altered the older one – in a good or in a bad way.

Balmenach 8 yo 2006/2014 (55%, Single Cask Collection, rum finish)

Balmenach 8 yo 2006/2014 (55%, Single Cask Collection, rum finish) Three stars Crikey, I hadn’t noticed that this youngster is a rum finish. Not sure this session still makes much sense, but while we’re at it… Colour: deep gold. Nose: this is pretty raw, and extremely eau-de-vie-ish. Not too sure about what came from the rum cask, but this is actually almost plum spirit – or slivovitz so far. With water: oh nicer, rounder, with some fresh mint. A kind of Scottish mojito? Mouth (neat): Fanta and kirsch! It’s extremely strong, almost brutal. The kind of concentrate they use to make Fanta? Yeah, plus kirsch straight from the still? With water: once again, this is much nicer, fresher and rounder, with plenty of orange cake. Keyword orange! Finish: quite long, relatively tart, citrusy and fresh. Comments: water is totally obligatory here. Like in a mojito, am I not right? SGP:641 - 82 points.

Balmenach-Glenlivet 1962/1983 (92 US proof, Duthie for Narsai’s and Corti Brothers, USA)

Balmenach-Glenlivet 1962/1983 (92 US proof, Duthie for Narsai’s and Corti Brothers, USA) Five stars This should be interesting. As the label reminds us, Balmenach’s under the Haig & Haig flag. Colour: gold. Nose: this old baby’s rather delicate, with mellow tones of overripe apples, fresh walnuts and orange blossom honey. After just ten seconds, it’s more papayas and mangos that come out, giving it a wee tropical side that’s far from being unpleasant. I’d even dare saying that it’s a little Benriachy. Mouth: superb! It’s akin to some old fruit bombs from the 1960s, Benriach indeed, Balblair, Lochside… Having said that there’s also quite some grass that keeps it sharp and vivid, this is not just some fruit salad, mind you. Ah yes, the fruits, I’d say blood oranges and pink grapefruits, papayas, passion fruits and more western gooseberries. Excellent body at a perfect strength. Finish: quite long, citrusy, with notes of zests. Comments: these people knew how to select whisky. By the way, I’ve heard that Corti’s about to launch new whiskies again, after so many years. Maybe did our – and others’ - wee writings give them ideas? SGP:651 - 91 points.

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