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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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  • Tuesday, 31 March 2020 14:22

    Distillery Tours from My Couch

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    It has been a while since I visited a distillery. In fact the last blog entry on a distillery visit was back in 2017 when I visited the site of the not yet open Dartmoor Distillery. The last time I was actually in one, excluding The London Distillery, was the Anchorage Distillery in February 2017. So I thought I would take advantage of the COVID quarantine to conduct some virtual distillery tours after I saw an article online about virtual tours in Imbibe (link below). As I have been to three of them before (Four Roses, Buffalo Trace and Glenturret) I will start with the ones I have not yet visited physically which include a Tequila Distillery, a Japanese distillery and three in the UK; Sipsmith, Laphroaig and Talisker.

    I am sure some of you will point out that as I didn’t actually visit the site I can’t count these visits in my official list. To those people I say, in the words of The Pub Landlord … My Blog, My Rules.

    So yes, they count. 


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    Teerenpeli Distillers Choice Kaski

    OK, I accept this is not the exact bottling listed in 101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die but considering this Finland based distillery claims to be the world’s smallest pot still distillery I think to find any of their products is an achievement. This expression comes from a Sherry cask, bottled at 43% ABV and my bottle was numbered 02848. The taste is classic sherry bomb, dried fruits and very rich and creamy. The taste is smooth and sweet, milk chocolate, orange peel, Christmas cake, more dried fruit. A slightly syrupy, even honeyed note as well. The finish has the tannin and even a little grainy spirit bite (suggesting some young spirit).   This is a little heavy handed with the sherry (lacks something to set off sweetness like smoke or oak) but very drinkable and I would guess it would not be easily picked pout in a blind tasting of young or no age statement sherry finished Scotch whiskies. I have been trying to come up with a joke to finish about “Finnish whisky” / finish your whisky. No luck yet.   Feel free to make up your own and post in Comments.