12 year old Islay 59.1 % vol
The initial antisceptic cream and carbolic soap on the nose becomes sweet vinegar and smoke on the palate.
13 year old Islay 58.1 % vol
The first nose is deep and sweet – Highland Toffee, but also glace fruits. There is a slight but not sharp nose-feel. After a while the scent of an extinguished fire made from resinous and slightly tarry pine logs is apparent.
13 year old Island53.4 % vol
Pale gold in colour, from a refill American hogshead, this has a wonderful beading – big and long lasting. The nose is all about “dirty fragrance”. Bog myrtle, out on the moor, sea tangle and then lollipops.
10 year old Highland 59.3 % vol
This example is from a refill Sherry butt (unusual for this malt, which is usually filled into American wood). It has a burnished amber hue, and the identity of both the wood and the make comes across well on first nosing: crème brulee, with scented smoke and candlewax, developing into treacle toffee.
14 year old Campbeltown 61.6 % vol
This example, is from a refill hogshead and is pale gold in colour. At natural strength, the nose is of French apple tart, but made with Granny Smith apples (slightly acidic), and a hint of icing sugar with lemon juice.
BRONZE MEDAL, MALT MANIACS 2006
14 year old Lowland 53.3 % vol
This 14 year old example is from a refill American oak barrel. Pale gold in colour it is fresh and fragrant on the nose with summery scents of washing up water and herbal shampoo.
12 year old Islay 60.0 % vol
The first nose exhibits a lovely freshness, with paint thinners and hair lacquer in the background. This changes quickly into moorish smoked cheese.
30 year old Speyside 45.3 % vol
The nose has that wonderful ‘rancio’ note only found in venerable whiskies: rich and fruity, with orange peel and Coopers Oxford marmalade; alcoholic Christmas cake with marzipan.
SPEYSIDE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, MALT MANIACS 2006
20 year old Highland 54.8 % vol
The nose is typical of the make: hedgerows and rose-hips and succulent wild flowers – late summer scents. In a moment beeswax emerges, and traces of lemon-peel: natural, Highland scents.
BRONZE MEDAL, MALT MANIACS 2006.
15 year old Speyside 59.9 % vol
This cask, a re-fill sherry hogshead, has given its contents a glorious deep amber colour, although the first impression on the nose is not overly oaky.