En route to the land of whisky, we stopped in Edinburgh to visit a friend and have a dram or two.
59.20 20yo 1981/2002 (58.3%, SMWS Society Single Cask for the USA) (JS): nose: pepper and oregano. Mouth: uncommon mix of sumac (yes, it is becoming my favourite tasting note) and vanilla. Finish: very long, with bubblegum. Probably superior to the more recent expression (tasted here), but still not a total winner.
69.13 27yo 1979/2007 (58%, SMWS Society Cask) (me): nose: old school and as unsexy as it comes. Dust, rotting apples, lime. Not too impressive, but my kind of drams. Faded tobacco leaves, finishing on gentle candle wax. Mouth: tame dough, lemon. It is creamy too. Black pepper and peach. Wonderful. Finish: very long, with dust and orange peels. Brilliant, old Highlander. 8/10
69.14 28yo 1979 Complex and delightful (57.6%, SMWS Society Cask, 242b) (me): yep! Not only do they still have one Glen Albyn, they have two of them. Since I cannot decide which one to start with, I take both. Nose: ooooh! That's old school again. Marmalade, leather, maybe Cognac, even? A touch of coal dust and a lot of candle wax. Mouth: silky smooth, with a late discharge of black pepper. Finish: black pepper and... verbena? Bay leaves. It is superbly long. Two fantastic drops from a distillery I am not extremely familiar with. 8/10
64.40 22yo 1990/2012 Gingery heat and oaky tannins (53.7%, SMWS Society Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Barrel, 172b) (M): Murrolo is looking for something nice for a gift and he has grown an appreciation for Mannochmore, so I recommend this one. Nose: squashed raspberries, alongside more usual vanilla and coconut (lots of it). Mouth: mellow and gentle, slightly tickly on the tongue. Finish: custard, coconut, maybe even butterscotch. Lovely dram, this. 8/10
G5.8 19yo 1993 Baked Goods (64.2%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 231b) (me): this one comes recommended with the dessert I have chosen, so I go for it. Nose: lots of bakery shenanigans, violet and blackcurrant. Murrolo thinks it smells like a gentlemen's smoking room on a Sunday morning -- embers and Cacharel after-shave lotion. Mouth: blackcurrant, liquorice allsorts, TONS of white pepper. Finish: lovely blackcurrant and ginger bread. A neverending finish, this, for a rather traditional Invergordon. 6/10
35.91 10yo 2002 Caribbean fruit with tingly spice (59.9%, SMWS Society Single Cask, ex-Sherry Butt, 222b) (JS): the 51.1 I ask for is strongly not recommended by the staff, so I change my mind and choose this for JS. Nose: candle wax and marmalade. Mouth. light and gentle, flowery. Finish: slightly bitter, with a quince and grapefruit aftertaste. Dram of the day for everyone, surprisingly enough. 8/10
7.83 19yo 1993 Fresh, airy and sherbety (52.1%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 248b) (M): nose: a tiny bit of coffee in the back, burnt croissant. Mouth: skimmed milk, then white pepper. Finish: quince jelly drowned in white pepper. Nice. Chocolate- or caramel-filled doughnuts. 8/10
Excellent session to kick-start the break. The venue is very hot, which makes it nice to eventually get out.
Once at Murrolo's, we go for a nightcap.
Mannochmore 12yo (43%, OB Flora & Fauna, b. ca 2011): nose: some wax and thick citrus jam. Milky Bar (M), lovely coconut. Mouth: white pepper in a bath of milk. Finish: delicate vanilla and jam or marmalade. 7/10