I opened this bottle a year ago to split a few samples with friends and sort of forgot to taste it while waiting for the right time.
Not the only bottle in this case and I will have another Benriach later which followed the same fate.
This one was bottled for the famous belgian independent bottler Asta Morris.
Benriach 1975 35 yo (51%, OB for Asta Morris, Sherry Hogshead, cask #7227 , 236 bottles, 2011)
Nose : Subtle exotic and yellow fruits basket. Mangoes, passion fruits, pineapples, peaches, apricots, grapefruits. A spoon of honey, a few spices. With time mentholated and light earthy notes join the party for an even fresher feeling.
Mouth : Very fruity, waxy and creamy. Exotic and yellow fruits from the nose, more citruses and spices from the oak.
Finish : Long, fruity, grapefruits sourness, cloves.
The famous Benriach fruitiness. Beautiful fresh and fruity nose and tasty and even fruitier palate. Great whisky and great selection from @asta_morris.
I should have used a picture of the empty bottles here, but forgot to take one. Utterly enjoyed yesterday’s tasting for Whiskyclub 13 in Ghent ... anytime again, guys 😊.
The belgian independent bottler Asta Morris recently released a few whisky bottlings. One of them is this young Caol Ila.
Caol Ila 2011 7 yo (56.1%, Asta Morris, first fill sherry butt, AM 055, 580 bottles, 2018)
Nose : Dried fruits, balsamic, toffee, roasted nuts. Tobacco and leather after a while. Red fruits in the background. Very good.
Mouth : Strong. Peat, roasted nuts, toffee, tobacco again, dark chocolate, lemony notes and ashes.
Finish : Long, smoky with lingering sherry notes.
Very young Caol Ila but the sherry cask worked wonders. Tasty and moreish. Great selection from Asta Morris.
I might go to 8.
This was bottle two in the recent tasting and something completely new to me - a completely unfiltered whisky. This is an 18 year old Glenburgie aged in a PX sherry butt and bottled at 48%. 550 bottles were made and sent to the Japanese market.
Swipe to see how cloudy this whisky was. Forget chill filtration, this was dumped straight from the barrel.
On the nose there are huge dark chocolate and raisin notes with fig and hickory wood. It hits the palate with a berry like fruitiness and some milk chocolate and more of that fig. It’s chewy, and finishes with more of the dark fruit notes and spices with some bitter oaky notes.
Who this is for: if you love heavily PX influenced whiskies, this is for you.
This cloudy glass of Glenburgie by @asta_morris looks completely unfiltered. Tasting notes of honey dew, dark grape juice, supermarket chocolate sponge cake, dates and rancio. Where do you sit in the great debate about the filtration of whisky?