Caskstrength And Carry On (BenRiach)
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.
Benromach 10 Year Old
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!
Glenfarclas 40 Year Old
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.