Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Quinta Ruban is Glenmorangie’s port finish. To craft this single malt they specially selected Port pipes from the Douro valley in Portugal.
Glenmoragnie Signet is made with chocolate malt mixed in with barley to create the mash. Notes of sherry, maple, marmalade, and tobacco are all present. Very complex and smooth. Comes in a beautiful package.
The Glenrothes 1995 was the first Glenrothes ever to be laid down as a vintage with a “designed” character. Before ‘95, they simply composed vintages “ad hoc” from the available stocks. The previously released Glenrothes 1998 was also an intentional vintage, but of course that was distilled later.
Nose: high on butterscotch, milk chocolate and toffee notes, which is very typical for Glenrothes but the recent releases (1991, 1994, 1998) didn’t seem to focus too much on these characteristics. Great to see they’re back in the 1995. There’s also quite some honey and vanilla. Malty notes. Cake. Raisins. Caramelized apple and cinnamon. Mouth: very sweet and rather thick. Vanilla custard and fruit syrup. Sweet malt and caramel. Soft oak spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper). Toffee fudge and honey again. Peanuts. Subtle lemon. Finish: medium length with citrus and caramelized spices.
The standard release from Glenrothes is a supple, rich, and textural marriage of various vintages from the Speyside distillery. A combination of textural sherry notes with fruit, nuttiness, and toffee on the finish. Always one of the best beginner malts for the budding Scotch fan and a time-tested favorite of many long-time drinkers.
Hibiki 12 is a widely-acclaimed blend of 12 year-old (or greater) Japanese whisky from global giant Suntory. It includes malts from Yamazaki and Hakushu and grain from Chita distillery, along with whiskies from several other Japanese distilleries. The components are aged in a variety of casks including ex-bourbon, ex-sherry, and casks that once held Umeshu, a plum liqueur (making Hibiki 12 unique, as this bottling is the only Suntory product with malt aged in Umeshu casks). The vatting of these whiskies is then filtered through bamboo charcoal and bottled at 43% ABV.
Hibiki is Suntorys’ flagship blended whisky. This an award-winning (a gold medal winner in the Japanese section of Whisky Magazine’s Best of the Best 2005) premium blend.
” Nose: Ripe soft and pillow like with hints of smoke and toasty wood. Citrus leaf, cocoa, cooked apricot, ripe banana, hazelnut giving a crunch. Palate: Toffee sweetness stretches along the palate. Very clean and clear. Sweet with sultana and cherry. The finish is long and silky. Relaxed and laid back. This is excellent blending.”
(Dave Broom-Whisky Magazine Issue 64)
Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distilled in Kirkwall Orkney
A uniquely smooth, balanced single malt, with a rich full flavor and a gentle smokey finish.
Single Malt Scotch Whiskey Distilled in Kirkwall Orkney
A smooth, easy to drink single malt, with a luxuriously light floral flavor and a gentle smokey finish.