Over the bar: What’s new in February
This is a list of new whiskies selected, tasted and released weekly by our passionate team. We put around 10 whiskies on the bar each week, so our menu is forever changing and evolving and includes a broad selection of new, vintage and independently bottled whiskies.
Here we bring you our tasting notes, and we hope they’ll inspire you to explore the world of whisky further, and give you some great ideas about what to look for the next time you visit the bar.
1. Canadian Club 1968 distillate Canada –
Tasting Notes: Felt tip markets, spearmint leaves, mango, watermelon and apple candies. Apple and blackcurrant juice, flint, iron, and sheet metal rye character.
2. Cragganmore 14 year old distilled 1971 bottled 1985 Gordon and MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40% Speyside –
Tasting Notes: Hershey’s chocolate, condensed milk and overripe plum is followed by a little old bottle character. Salted caramel milkshake, cloves and sherry.
3. Glen Moray Cider Cask, Speyside –
Tasting Notes: Browning apples and unfiltered calvados! Creamy, malt rich with marshmallows. An extremely fragrant whisky!
4. Clynelish 12 year old Marsala cask finish bottled 2008 by Wilson and Morgan 46%, Highlands –
Tasting Notes: Fried onions, old sherry and sour plums on the nose. Salty, purple fruits, orange oil and curry. Soy sauce on the finish with bright fruits.
5. Clynelish 18 year old Tokaji cask finish bottled 2015 by Wilson and Morgan 53.3%, Highlands –
Tasting Notes: On the nose strawberry rollups, granny smith apples, neapolitan ice-cream and rancio for days! A coconut and apricot palate takes you on a rollercoaster ride of flavour with a waxy finish.
6. Starward Ginger Beer Cask #4 48%, Melbourne –
Tasting Notes: Smells and tastes like ginger wine. Thai green curry, old knitted clothes with a finish of very fatty full cream ice-cream.
7. Mortlach 25 year old by Cadenhead 56.8%, Speyside –
Tasting Notes: Hickory brisket and HP sauce. New Doc Martins, toasted oak, chocolate hot cross buns and mushrooms. Chewy brown bread, very meaty and dense chocolate muffins.
8. Springbank 12 year old finished in Claret wood 54.4%, Campbeltown –
Tasting Notes: Paprika! Red currant jam, balsamic vinegar, wine jus and cherry starburst. Flinty peat, blue cheese and farmyard pate.
9. Old Pulteney 1989 lightly peated 46%, Highlands –
Tasting Notes: Apple strudel, lemon cream and roast thyme chicken. Beautiful balance of cream and floral fruitiness finishes with mineral green salts. A fantastic whisky!
10. Caol Ila 13 year old distilled 2004 Hermitage finish by Gordon and Macphail 46%, Islay –
Tasting Notes: Cheese and bacon balls, bresaola and mac n cheese powder. This is a comfort whisky loaded with all the charcuterie with a hit of jarred peppers.
11. Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01 57.8%, Islay –
Tasting Notes: Mandarins, tangerines, vintage cheddar, Twisties and grapefruit marmalade. Soya crisps, rice and seaweed crackers – needs water.
*On pour at Whisky & Alement from Wed 6 Feb 2019
12. Craigellachie 17 year old Batch Number 98-ZC21 46%, Speyside –
Tasting Notes: Rock melon, charred pineapple, beeswax and apple custard.
13. Glenglassaugh Revival 46%, Highlands –
Tasting Notes: Marshmallow, Persian Fairy Floss, musk sticks and turkish delight. Toffee apples, purple fruits, flambéed bananas, and Redskins.
14. Glenrothes 22 year old distilled 1996, bottled 2018 by Maltbarn No.144 48.7%, Speyside-
Tasting Notes: Butterscotch, sherbet and hard Werther’s. Steamed carpets, rainforest, orchard fruits and dry cinnamon. Apple and cinnamon packet porridge.
15. SMWS 46.44 Life is but a dream 23 year old distilled 1992 Virgin Oak Butt Heavy Toast Medium Char 53%, Speyside-
Tasting Notes: Red delicious apple skins on the nose lead to a creamy palate of dunnage floors, old fur coats in a cedar wardrobe, old sherry character and faux apricot flavours. An exceptional whisky!
15. SMWS 10.152 The leviathan wakes… 10 year old distilled 2007 Refill hogshead/Ex-bourbon 58.7%, Islay-
Tasting Notes: Clam shells, cumin cooked green beans and asparagus. Hot bitumen tar, soot and burning eucalypt. Kefir lime citrus on the palate, flint coal and burnt nuts.
16. Caol Ila 12 year old distilled April 1992, bottled May 2004, Medoc finish Cask No. 90201-90204 by Chieftain’s Choice 50%, Islay-
Tasting Notes: Bright and candied, apple candy, raspberries and Padron peppers. On the palate, burnt peanuts, fatty parma ham, rancio and red velvet cake.
17. Longrow 7 year old Gaja Barolo distilled October 2000, bottled January 2008 55.8%, Campbeltown-
Tasting Notes: Fruit salad, radishes, red fruit, tar and fresh rose petals on the nose. Raspberry jubes, peppered pork neck, smoked mussels and ripe sweet Ume plums.
18. Bruichladdich Octomore Edition 01.1 5 year old PPM:131 bottled 2008 63.5%, Islay –
Tasting Notes: The first of it’s kind, this is an attack on the senses at first nose! Fish, spearmint and peated mouthwash. Scorched earth and memories of the dentist. The palate moves onto anchovy butter and a leather workers shoe shop finishing with burnt popcorn, nutmeg and dry spice with a puff of coal smoke. Disjointed but fun!
19. Sonoma County Distilling Co. Cherrywood Rye whiskey 47.8%, California USA –
Tasting Notes: Is this whiskey or a bottled cocktail? Tinned lychees, maraschino cherry and ripe pear over load the senses. Spearmint lollies, crayons and salty wet cardboard.
*On pour at Whisky & Alement from Wed 13 Feb 2019