With the closing credits on summer 2017 its time to consider what were the winners and losers in the drams we tried. I am not sure we actually had much of a summer up here in Scotland (ed: yawn always a weather comment) but apparently, it’s over now anyway.
Lagavulin 1999 (bottled 2015) Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish – Distillers Edition
The 2015 release is a great rich mix of thick billowing smoke and fat juicy raisins. One to have on a summer’s day that has more in common with the north pole than Barbados.
Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01
A nine-year-old Port Charlotte left full term in a rum cask takes up the next highlight of the last 3 months. Again, this is another peated whisky which is starting to sound like a bit of a theme which is developing. This isn’t the intention really but it does show the sun wasn’t exactly beating it down in Glasgow.
Glenlivet 18 Year Old
The Glenlivet 18 is a delicious mix of tropical fruits and wood oak spices. Also, it’s not peated so never let it be said I am a one trick pony. The price point here is also a welcome surprise on this slightly hard to find whisky from a real industrial producer.
Cragganmore 2003 (bottled 2015) Port Wood Finish – Distillers Edition
Take a meaty whisky from Cragganmore and add in some time with a robust fortified wine like Port and what do you get? Not much really, no doubt harmed by the low ABV but there is little of interest in this glass.