Some good results in this month’s issue of Whisky Magazine

Our Rare Auld Glen Moray and 40yr old Octave-invigorated Glenrothes have been commended in this month’s issue of Whisky Magazine.

Glen Moray Rare Auld 35yo, 52.7%, Speyside

Rare Auld Glen Moray

Dave: Nose – A substantial mix of pressed hedgerow fruits, cooked nettles, scented woods and some whisky rancio.

Palate – Needs water to reveal some real complexity. Gentle fruity touches- raspberry jam skimmings, ice cream, butterscotch and a pleasing bitterness. Elegant and old.

Finish – Minty. Comments – An exemplary old gently matured whisky.

Score – 8.8

Dominic: Nose – Soft, rounded and fruity, with orange and mandarin.

Palate – A lovely full mouth feel but still gentle and exquisite. Like a fruit cordial but with enough earthy, spicy notes to give it some depth.

Finish – The mixed spices and fruit combine pleasantly for a medium finish.

Comments – This distillery has always been capable of greatness. Maybe this will kick start a comeback under the new(ish) owners.

Score – 8.2

Check out Whisky Magazine’s website and tasting database at www.whiskymag.com

Glenrothes Octave Range 40yr old, 45.8%, Speyside.

Octave Glenrothes

Dave: Nose – Huge cake mix like aromas, caramel, shortbread, demerara sugar and a hint of eucalyptus. Certainly not shy. Best neat and as it develops there’s citrus, spiced apple juice, celery and parsnip chips. Rouded and quite hefty.

Palate – Dense and slightly fungal, chestnut mushrooms and leaf mould.

Finish – A hefty charmer- John Betjeman or Robert Crumb would appreciate the build of this.

Comments – Give it time. Balanced, complex and recommended.

Score – 9

Dominic: Nose – What a curiosity. Lots of fruit jelly notes, polished oak, traces of smoke, chicory coffee, and toffee.

Palate – Altogether bolder, bigger and spicier than the nose, a mouth coating malt with white pepper and tangy fruit.

Finish – Quite long, marmalady and peppery. Different, too.

Comments – A stylish combination of two distinctive Glenrothes styles: red berries and zesty grapefruit.

Score – 9

Check out Whisky Magazine’s website and tasting database at www.whiskymag.com

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Here’s to a good weekend:  slainte!

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