Another month, another outturn. Fixou's first as well, as he is usually working the first Friday of the month. The place is busy, but not too crowded, which is a relief.
13.39 21yo Braised apples and ??? slices (52.7%, SMWS Society Cask, Refill Hogshead, 252b) (all): an older glory that happens to be there. Nose: brine, plum eau-de-vie and a slightly farmyardy character. Mouth: a mixture of salted honey and black pepper -- very interesting. Finish: another odd mix of paint and marmite, with a dash of vinegar, though it is red-wine vinegar, not the noble, basalmic kind (thanks PS).
48.34 9yo 2003/2012 In a sweetie shop (63.3, SMWS Society Single Cask, ex-Bourbon Barrel, 227b) (A): nose: nail varnish remover, some wood and Haribo sweets (A). Mouth: a little sparkly (Fixou), with more varnish, paint thinner and quite a bit of citrusy jam. Finish: more jam, marmalade and lots of wood. A nice Balmenach, probably one of my favourite, so far. 7/10
73.52 23yo 1989/2012 Speakeasy perkiness (57.5%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Sherry Butt, 544b) (JM): nose: lots of cured meat, Mentos sweets (that'll be mint, then), ether (JM). With water, the nose becomes really lovely. Mouth: this one bites! Powerful. Also strangely milky, in a good way. Oranges in the back. Finish: marmalade and leather. An enjoyable Aultmore, this.
121.59 14yo 1998 Vanilla candles on a polished table (55.8%, SMWS Society Single Cask, 187b) (A): nose: banana and coconut shell, as well as peach. Very nice. Mouth: gentle and light, with some yellow fruit -- peach again, I think. Unexpectedly coating, at any rate. Finish: flowers, honey, fruit and a little wood. New school, attractive and very agreeable. 7/10
64.43 23yo 1990/2013 Full, complex and reassuring (55.5%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 260b) (me): nose: surprisingly waxy, with some vanilla-ed woodiness. Nice! JM finds marshmallows in there too. Mouth: plant-juice bitterness. Finish: long and bitter, with lichen and dunnage warehouse. Good nose, disappointing mouth and finale.
7.83 19yo 1993 Fresh, airy and sherbety (52.1%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 248b) (Fixou): nose: very flowery (forsythia), cut grass, gooseberry, or red currant. Mouth: it is now black currant, a touch of honey and lots of pepper. Finish: very long, with some flower-stem bitterness too. My kind of drams, today. Fixou does not care for it: 'I don't have enough hair to enjoy that kind of whiskies, any longer,' he claims. 8/10
1.171 28yo 1984 Orchids in an old wardrobe (55.1%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 176b) (Fixou): nose: lots of flowers (probably violets), new oak shavings. Mouth: this is really as neutral as can be. Distant pear, perhaps? Buttercup bitterness (for those who have tried chewing on one...) Finish: more plant bitterness, with a discharge of fruit in the back (papaya or mango). The finish has some strong characteristics, but this is otherwise not worthy of notice. 6/10
29.130 19yo 1993 A chimney sweep smoking a cigar (52.1%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 230b) (A): nose: this reeks of ash, embers, spent cigar and earth. Mouth: smoke and farmyard. Finish: spent cedar wood. An efficient Laphroaig -- will not spend too much time on it, as it is as predictable as they come.
JM embarks on a mission to taste the good 26es and 29s, guided by captain Fixou. I do not keep track of that.
77.32 25yo 1987 Salivating sweetness; savoury whispers (58.2%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill Hogshead, 246b) (JS): nose: milk, straight from the udder, and a bit of lichen and grape juice. Mouth: this is very dry! Almond, and vanilla milk in the back, with a twist of pepper mill as well. Finish: very dry again, with flower-stem juice. Alright, not blinding.
3.198 14yo 1997 Smoker's tooth powder and dentists' chairs (57%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Sherry Butt, 563b) (A): nose: lots of smoke, smoked bacon. Mouth: some nail varnish, light coffee, dark cocoa beans. Finish: lots of cocoa beans, now, coffee and proper bitterness. 6/10
G7.4 28yo 1984 Buttery waffles on polished wood (58.4%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 295b) (me): nose: lovely bakery, butterscotch, banana, vanilla fudge (A), elderberry, pineapple, even. Burnt coconut shells, Tatin tart (A). Mouth: peppery, but also fruity -- pineapple again (roasted) and a little bit of banana to finish on liqorice allsorts. Finish: rising croissant dough, black currant, violet and some vanilla. Werther's Original (A). This is the dram of the day for Fixou and myself. 8/10
35.79 28yo 1983 Calming, warming and comforting (57.7%, SMWS Still One Of A Kind, Refill ex-Sherry Butt, 167b) (JS): nose: tons of faded coffee that sat in the tin for too long. Mouth: more tamed and faded coffee, butterscotch past its date. Finish: old, dry coffee again, ground coffee, roasted coffee, cold coffee. Is this one-dimensional or what?
Everyone had the lamburgerini, bar myself (suckling pig) and Fixou, who had a Scotch egg and is well into it, now, after a less-than-thrilling experience with Tesco's offering -- but then, it was probably made with horse eggs too.
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Good times, though the outturn is slightly disappointing. No stunner in there.