Sunday, 13 February 2011

Whisky Discovery #9

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old Original (40% abv, OB, Bottled +/- 2011 70cl)
Highland Single Malt Whisky
Circa £20 –£30

February bonus bottle
I don’t think you can go wrong with a bottle of Glenmorangie. This really is an ideal whisky to start your discovery into the single malt world.

It has been called the perfect ten and most Glenmorangie drinkers will readily drink to that! 

After 10 years in ex-Bourbon casks, the spirit has had enough time to mature and mellow into a beautifully balanced yet marvellously complex malt whisky. Enjoyed by newcomers and connoisseurs alike, it’'s Scotland’s favourite malt whisky, hand-crafted with pride by the Sixteen Men of Tain.

Velvet textured with delicate, honeyed overtones and a burst of citrus softening into vanilla and almonds.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Whisky Discovery #8

Caol Ila 12 Year Old (43% abv, OB, Bottled +/- 2011 70cl) 
Islay Single Malt Whisky
Circa £30 –£35

February's official bottle
Yet another eBay purchase, actually two purchases. Initially a 20cl bottle which was quickly followed by the full-size bottle.

Caol Ila is another Islay malt. Fresh, sweetly fruity and smooth-bodied, the Caol Ila 12 year old  is the colour of pale straw, with a delicate balance of tastes.
The clean, appetising nose shows subtle citrus fruit with just a puff of smoke. Firm and smooth, it begins sweetly then yields a fragrant smokiness and a sweet-smoky, lingering finish.