Speyside

Caskstrength And Carry On (BenRiach)

Single cask malt (55.2%)

Nose: Werther’s Originals give way to some muscovado, cinnamon and salted caramel.

Palate: Spicy and rich. Clearly cask strength without being too harsh and without detracting from deep caramel and dark chocolate as well as white pepper heat.

Finish: Warm, drying and satisfying. More salted caramel and spice.

Overall: Big, bold and spicy – does what it says on the tin, delicious.

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Benromach 10 Year Old

Single malt (43%)

Nose: Sherry influenced from the off as well as toffee brittle, gentle woodiness and smoked cheese.

Palate: Malty with a little citrus and wet grass with gentle smoke coming into its own.

Finish: Fairly long and smoky.

Overall: Recognisably Speyside despite the smoky character this whisky has also benefited from its sherry finish: well worth trying!

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Glenfarclas 40 Year Old

Single malt (46%)

Nose: Deep, dark and sweet – warm buttered fruitcake with Demerara, old leather chair and furniture polish, fantastic.

Palate: Big oak notes and more dried fruit as well as dark chocolate liqueurs and orange.

Finish: Long with more rich fruitcake and plenty of old oak.

Overall: Sublime. Textbook old sherried Glenfarclas and a true pleasure.

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