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Grangestone Sherry Cask Finish

The third expression in this series is, like the other two, bottled at 40% ABV.  The nose has lots of dried fruits, prunes, raisins, digestive biscuits and a slight farmyuard, vegatal funkiness.   The taste is more dried fruit, prunes, bitter dark chocolate and citrus peel.  The mouthfeel is quite creamy, chewy and even oily.  The finish is spicy with fresh cut jalepenos and black pepper.  Not massively complex... consider if Macallan had an off day.  However Macallan's bad days are still better than many distilleries good days.

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  • Monday, 23 January 2012 18:15

    Where's the blog this week?

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    I am not going to be posting a blog entry this week (well... except this one).  Why?   I spent the weekend at the Victoria Whisky Festival and I am still a little overwhelmed from that experience and to be honest I haven't really been able to concentrate on a single entry or idea (and I have a business trip to prepare for this week).  Highlights included an eight whisky / whiskey master class from Jim Murray (see picture), an unbelievable chance to sample the Gordon and Macphail Glenlivet 70 year old, participating in another WhiskCast virtual tasting and meeting Mark Gillespie, Grant Stevely, Simon Brooking, Ashok Chokalingam and many others.  Oh and I have a Glenlivet Nights of Passage tasting event tonight.... still someone has to do it.

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    Another gaelic named Glenmorangie expression, but this one is a little different.  The casks used to finish this expression are "virgin" american white oak casks, in fact exactly the same as used used for maturing american Bourbon or Tennessee whiskies (rather than the usual "reused" casks used in maturing scotch).  As you might expect the impact is evident in the nose and taste with lots of notes more familiar to bourbon drinkers than single malt including vanilla, oak and spice.  The end result is a well balanced, sweet and spicy, vanilla infused, oaky whisky and I really liked.  Not much detail I can tell your are thinking?  True... the truth is I managed to get my hands my on this rather rare dram recently but did not take any detailed notes that night, sorry.   However I will certainly look for some more (maybe a sample on Master of Malt website?) and write some more detailed notes soon.