DRINK REVIEW: Laphroaig Quarter Cask Whisky

Whisky Tasting Notes

Laphroaig Quarter Cask Nose: A powerful nose with an authoritative shower of white pepper. It doesn’t so much smell of hickory smoked cashews, rather they have forced up your nostrils. Someone described it brilliantly as “creeping evil”.

Laphroaig Quarter Cask Taste: Rum and raisin ice cream sprint forward, before thrusting a brutal chilli uppercut. The medicinal notes and peat frolic around, evolving on the palate – the oily dynamism is very impressive for a whisky of this young age and reasonable price point.

Laphroaig Quarter Cask Finish: Laphroaig’s the King of the long peat finish and this is no exception, but with more cigar than expected, leaving an unmistakably dry residue. There’s an element of sweet fruit, but not enough for the coal ash remnants. I heard someone say they: “always remember the place where I last drank this whisky”.

Flavour 8/10   Value 10/10

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Laphroaig Quarter Cask Review Islay Single Malt Tasting Notes
This expression’s maturations speeded up by ageing in quarter casks – hence the name.

DRINK REVIEW: Kilchoman Sanaig Whisky

 

Whisky Tasting Notes

Kilchoman Sang Nose: A whisky this young has no right to have a nose this elegant: an immediate rush of strong peat is lifted by wonderful bergamot and smoking sandalwood.

Kilchoman Sanaig Taste: Surprisingly smooth for such a young whisky, with an initial sweetness of stewed fruits. The flavour builds and builds with an express train of black and Szechuan pepper; beat powers forward, masking the lack of age. Although not particularly complex, the depth of flavour is noteworthy.

Kilchoman Sanaig Finish: A medium-long finish of warming peat smoke and traces of sherry, lacking slightly in balance. Islay is the small island, home to whisky giants; yet, despite such fierce competition, Kilchoman’s made room for itself. Although not my personal favourite, it’s seriously impressive for a no-age-statement dram – which is reflected in the price.

Flavour 8/10    Value 7/10

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Kilchoman Sanaig Single Malt Whisky Review Islay Tasting Notes
Originally released in France, Sanaig became more widely available in 2016

DRINK REVIEW: Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach Whisky

Whisky Tasting Notes

Bunnahabhain Ceobanach Nose: Wow. This one says hello by running up and grabbing you by the balls (or alternative lady parts). Considering this whisky has no age statement the pungency of smoke is unreal. The classic Islay iodine note is prominent, which together with billowing, hot smoke evokes images of burning pirate ships.

Bunnahabhain Ceobanach Taste: There’s a moment of sweet vanilla giving you a false sense of security…which gives way to a deluge of tar and white-knuckle rides of white pepper. Hints of charred lemons feature, but the smoke is like getting trapped in a burning rope factory. If it sounds terrifying, it’s because it is.

Bunnahabhain Ceobanach Finish: Peat, smoke and salted liquorice wrestle angrily for some time. Although pricey for an unaged whisky, I cannot get over its richness and unforgettable character.

Flavour 9/10    Value 8/10

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Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach Single Malt Review Islay Whisky Tasting Notes
Pronounced ‘kyaw-bin-och’ 😉