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Well, I guess all those don’t grow on the island, but that’s an impressive list anyhow. Lots of fresh wood (vanilla, tannins), butter, roots, liquorice stick… French oak casks are used to give a layer of soft vanilla and to enhance mouth feel, and port casks to accentuate the cocoa on the palate. Quite short finish, on a mix of toasted bread and fresh fruit. Lots of tropical fruit like mango (eh, an old bottle again? Then a lot of kiwi – but it can’t be a malt from New Zealand, can it? A lot of tannins invade your mouth, making the whole quite ‘sticky’. I guess the very young Calvados taste like this one, but they never sell Calvados that young. It’s made with angelica roots, wild water mint, sea pink flowers, juniper berries, dried lemon, orange peels, cassia bark, liquorice root, ground nutmeg, cinnamon bark, orrisroot and coriander seeds. Very delicate wood, with quite a lot of vanilla and cream (vanilla fudge). Mouthfeel: again, very nicely balanced, and quite bold but not rough at all. They allow the spirit to breathe without imparting any overwhelming oak characteristics. Quite enjoyable, even if much closer to a fruit eau de vie than to a whisky. Develops on orange and litchi, with some milk chocolate and finally some blackberry. Quite odd and, to be frank, not very enjoyable, even if it’s less dull than the previous ones. I’m sorry, but I’d go for the same names again: Drumguish, Tobermory or Loch Lomond. It’s very young, in any case, I’ll rate it 65 points. "Give me the Henny, you can give me the Cris You can pass me the Remi, but pass the Courvoisier Give me the ass, you could give me the dough You can give me 'dro, but pass the Courvoisier Give me some money, you can give me some cars But you can give me the bitch make sure you pass the Courvoisier Give me some shit, you can give me the cribs You can give me whatever just pass the Courvoisier"This one’s colour is the usual ‘straw’ and it’s very fruity at first nosing. Very nice woody structure that holds the whole together. Château Chalon is a tiny village in Jura, and only wine made as 'vin jaune' (roughly the same method as for dry sherry) get the right to carry this name. I'm sure this pairing would please many maltheads, especially some Islay fan. Yes, like a regular gin in which they’d already have poured some ginger ale… Perhaps they could just add a few olives into each bottle. At first nosing, it’s very fruity and seems to be quite complex. Again, nothing special, but it appears we’re stepping towards the 70 points or more this time. Malty, a little woody, but gets a little dry towards the end. As for names, I’d say Tobermory, Arran, Auchentoshan… You should listen to 'Beautiful Day' (mp3) which is far from being her best tune, but gives you a good example of her beautiful voice and singing. Nose: mellow, quite perfumy and strong for just 40%. - While Jim Murray shoots at Cognac as much as he can, and while the French think it's out of date, the American R'n'B singers have made the 'yak' (Cognac in US slang) their favourite drink. Yes, this time, it’s like if they’d already poured some dry vermouth into some gin! It’s already got a nice dark straw colour, despite its young age. Well, I feel this one deserves 69 points, but no more. Long finish, getting a little woodier and dry after one or two minutes. The coastal notes really make me think of a young cask strength Bruichladdich, or perhaps a Clynelish or a Bunnahabhain. I especially like her songs 'Veni Vidi Vici', 'One Hell of a Life' and 'Marietta'.
Well, perhaps you just can't always talk about pure crystalline water running down the hills... - Maybe it's because the Islay Festival is approaching: I just felt the need to listen to some old Harry Lauder tunes. Hints of peat and a little pepper, then gets a little spirity and sourish (cooked green apple). The mouth is quite powerful at first but gets then much more balanced with some white fruit (gooseberry), some peat and some peppery notes.
In the autumn, vintage cider apples, with wonderful names like Dabinett, Kingston Black, Stoke Red, Yarlington Mill and Harry Masters, are gathered, blended, pressed and the juice is then fermented in huge oak vats. Extremely aromatic, the fruit even masks the alcohol. A lot of sour off-beat notes, that make it difficult o drink. Absolutely wonderful, somewhat in the Highland Park 18 yo style, only even better – and peatier. Mouth: rich, superbly fruity and, again, quite peaty. You can listen to her beautiful singing on Wedding Dance (mp3). I've somehow shocked myself with the 69 points I gave to the Clynelish 14 yo (46%, OB) while tasting it blind last night. Well, if I really have to give you three names, I’d go for Drumguish, Tobermory or Loch Lomond.
After three months the cider is distilled and clear spirit is trickled into either Sherry, or new Hungarian or French oak barrels. I’ll stop it right now, last time I remember I still had a sourish feeling even after I brushed my teeth two times. Palate: quite balanced like a rather good Speysider, but it’s still quite MOTR. Honey, courgette flower, crème brûlée, some lavender. Murray rated it 88, and Jackson 81, and that’s another league! The finish is quite short, making the whole quite unenjoyable.
I can’t wait to taste their single malt, to be launched in… From Germany: I’ve heard good things about this new Bavarian single malt. It’s distilled twice in a 450 litres pot still, and then aged in some new American oak casks exclusively. The palate is quite powerful, with some spirity notes, a lot of fruit (melon, gooseberry, kiwi, rhubarb) and quite some wood. What's even funnier is the fact that I saw this bottle in Turkey, just next to its 'regular' version. I like her songs which gather some slightly Celtic influences (no wonder, her name is Briton), some catchy folk-rock ala Natalie Merchant and a haunting voice.
Okay, 80 points for this very, very good gin, which much better that any Bombay Sapphire, Beefeater or Gordon’s. This one’s much cleaner, certainly much stronger, and quite sharp. - This is the first example of a 'light' whisky I ever saw - I mean, 'light' being the opposite of 'regular' in this case. She's been around for ten years or so, but never reached huge notoriety, which is a shame.
Very difficult to come up with a fair rating, especially because the Houng-Shin-Yu-Chou may well not have being made for occidental palates…Another young new singer I like a lot is Rachael Yamagata. It’s no secret that Clynelish is one of my favourite distilleries, and whereas some independent bottlings – especially some young ones - are quite ‘average’, I couldn’t admit Diageo came up with such a poor expression. Anyway, as I had a second sample on my shelves (thanks, Govert), I just decided to have another go at both, plus at a young OMC Clynelish worth 84 points on my scale.