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Russell's Reserve Rye 10 year old

I liked the 6 year version and so have been looking forward to trying the 10 year old / 45% ABV expression but to be honest, while still good, I don’t the extra 4 years in cask did anything for this one. Sometimes older does not equal better, sometimes older just means different.  My notes for the nose were “sugar coated sawdust and rose petals” which sums it up very well. The taste at first was very smooth with a delicious burst of sweet caramel popcorn but then started to turn into diet cola and with time oak, showing the signs of 10 years in cask. The finish had some nice rye notes of peppermint but again the age started show with tannins and spices pushing through. Some water revealed some more milk chocolate and chilli notes but some of the sweetness I liked was lost.

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  • Tuesday, 31 March 2020 14:22

    Distillery Tours from My Couch

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    It has been a while since I visited a distillery. In fact the last blog entry on a distillery visit was back in 2017 when I visited the site of the not yet open Dartmoor Distillery. The last time I was actually in one, excluding The London Distillery, was the Anchorage Distillery in February 2017. So I thought I would take advantage of the COVID quarantine to conduct some virtual distillery tours after I saw an article online about virtual tours in Imbibe (link below). As I have been to three of them before (Four Roses, Buffalo Trace and Glenturret) I will start with the ones I have not yet visited physically which include a Tequila Distillery, a Japanese distillery and three in the UK; Sipsmith, Laphroaig and Talisker.

    I am sure some of you will point out that as I didn’t actually visit the site I can’t count these visits in my official list. To those people I say, in the words of The Pub Landlord … My Blog, My Rules.

    So yes, they count. 

    https://imbibe.com/news/8-virtual-distillery-tours-to-entertain-you-during-coronavirus-lockdown/

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    Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel

    The pedants amongst you may note that in the book 101 World Whiskies To Try Before You Die the author Ian Buxton reviewed to the Yamzaki Sherry Cask.  He did however mention the other two expressions in the range (Bourbon Cask and Puncheon) in the book and after many fruitless searches both in person and online (no sherry... fruitless... geddit?) I asked for an officially ruling via Twitter to @101whiskies and Ian's reply on February 11th 2013 was "I think we can allow that!".   The nose has a fresh note, grains and alcohol.  Also a little toasted oak and butter.  The bourbon influence is clear.  The taste has caramel, vanilla, butter pecan with a little heat and some wood notes.  The finish is not long, more spice, charred oak and butter again.  Really good... really showcases the bourbon barrel.