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Grangestone Sherry Cask Finish

The third expression in this series is, like the other two, bottled at 40% ABV.  The nose has lots of dried fruits, prunes, raisins, digestive biscuits and a slight farmyuard, vegatal funkiness.   The taste is more dried fruit, prunes, bitter dark chocolate and citrus peel.  The mouthfeel is quite creamy, chewy and even oily.  The finish is spicy with fresh cut jalepenos and black pepper.  Not massively complex... consider if Macallan had an off day.  However Macallan's bad days are still better than many distilleries good days.

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  • Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:49

    There's Life in the Old Blog Yet

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    Like so many people around the world I am stuck in the house and working from home for at least 4 weeks (and probably more) so I am going to take this opportunity to catch up on my long neglected blog and post some whisky notes and reviews over the next month.  I tried to write a few tasting notes last night as a warm up and was shocked how out of shape my "tasting muscles" have become.  My notes looked as barren and empty as the toilet paper shelves in my local supermarket.  Much work to be done....

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    Thanks to @Whiskylassie for sending me this interesting sample and I have to say I preferred this expression to Glen Breton’s standard single malt. The nose had cookie dough, buttery shortbread and a sweet citrus note. The high ABV comes through in the taste along with more sweet pastries and vanilla. A little water opens it up and brings out oak and chilli chocolate which helps balance the sweet.   The finish is dry and spicy. Needs the water and the sweet wine influence is clear, but unlike some expressions that hide their spirit behind the wine cask traits there is some balance and malty complexity to this.