It is the day. Or it was supposed to be, at least. The delivery arrived six hours late and the shindig is cancelled. The announcement was made on Bookface. Drat. I am not on Bookface. By the looks of it, a couple more are not either, as I am not the only one at the shop, tonight.
Although the event is not taking place, the manager kindly allows me to try a couple of things, since I came from far away.
(Paul) John 5yo 2011/2017 (57.4%, Cadenhead World Whiskies 175th Anniversary, Bourbon Hogshead, 360b): that's right, this is a Cadenhead bottling of an Indian whisky. Nose: fruity bubblegum, gummy bears, hint of dried green wood. Mouth: vinegar-y, with bullrush and grapevine. Finish: warm and engaging, with a brandy-like heat. Woah! The nose is worth more, but the whole is 7/10
Dalmore 25yo 1992/2017 (59%, Cadenhead Authentic Collection 175th Anniversary, Bourbon Hogshead, 270b): nose: rubber and cured meat, with an added touch of white-wine vinegar. Mouth: sweet and gently acidic, like red sour belts. Finish: long, sweet, with more red sour belts. 7/10
Glenrothes-Glenlivet 19yo 1997/2017 (58.7%, Cadenhead Sherry Cask 175th Anniversary, Sherry Butt, 528b): nose: rancid butter, then vinegar. Mouth: soft, it rolls on the tongue, with a buttery texture and the sweetness of caramel. Finish: buttery and caramel-y. This is not my thing. 5/10
Distillerie Charpentier 30yo b.2017 (55.3%, Cadenhead 175th Anniversary, 252b): this is a Cognac, as per picture. Nose: sweet, it has candyfloss and, generally, a chemical-smelling sweetness -- sweets with colouring in them. Hints of ash too. Mouth: mellow, with green-grape purée, crisp-apple compote. Finish: again, mellow, sweet, grape-y, noble-eau-de-vie-like. Nice. Will not turn me into a Cognac drinker, though. 7/10
Mortlach 13yo 2003/2017 (55.1%, Cadenhead Sherry Cask 175th Anniversary, Finished in 1st Fill Sherry Cask since December 2014, 306b): nose: barley, then varnish and bubblegum, then a farm yard in the sun. Mouth: hot and sticky, not unlike chilli on a warm piece of cake. Finish: numbing, with chilli on hot cake. Nice, this. 7/10
Speyburn-Glenlivet 16yo 2001/2017 (53.3%, Cadenhead Sherry Cask 175th Anniversary, Sherry Butt, 438b): nose: nail varnish, more candyfloss, then leather and flowers. Mouth: warm, with leather and burnt caramel. Finish: long, it has burnt caramel and strawberry milkshake. My favourite of the lot, this one. Tonight, at least. 8/10
Benromach 35yo (43%, OB, 800b): this is from a sample, so unsure whether it is the 2015 bottling, or a new incarnation. Nose: super fruity, with strawberry, raspberry and wax. Mouth: gentle wax, lukewarm and soft. Waxy apricot, caramelised compote. Finish: hot wax (for the vinyl junkies), warm apricot compote and a touch of distant smoke. Fantastic drop, this! 9/10
Ended up a lot longer than planned. Thanks to the staff for letting me try those, despite the mishaps, during the day.