LoveFirstFill Tweet Tasting

Anyone who has visited this blog will know that i somehow manage to get involved in a lot of twitter tastings and this time with #LoveFirstFill i managed to get into one hosted by the guys at Morrison Bowmore Distillers and featuring 3 cracking distilleries in Glen Garioch, Auchentoshan and Bowmore.

All of the whiskies featured here are Cask Strength and all are First Fill Bourbon barrel matured.

Glen Garioch 1995 Batch 10 Glen Garioch 1995 Batch 10

First up the Glen Garioch 1995, one of the last drams produced using Glen Garioch's own floor maltings. I know that the locals will be happy as per Rachel Barrie (@TheLadyBlender) "A highlander likes 2 things to be naked, one of them is their whisky" and with this dram at 55.3% it certainly hasn't been clothed with any additional water.

Bottle Name Glen Garioch 1995 Batch 10
Bottler Glen Garioch
Distiller Glen Garioch
Age* NAS
ABV 55.3%
Nose really quite summery in nature grass/dried hay and some wafer (ice cream cone without the ice cream),. really a quite delicious nose that makes you want to dive right in. when you really breath it in there's a lovely citrus cheesecake note too.
Taste Takes a bit to get used to the high ABV but when that subsides it comes along with sweet fleshy fruits with vanilla custard, creamy and buttery with edges of toast.
Finish Creamy and spicy with some toast and wafer.

Auchentoshan Valinch 2012 Auchentoshan Valinch 2012

The Auchentoshan Valinch is one of my all time favourite drams and i have already reviewed the 2011 and 2012 variants, i'm really hopeful to see a 2013 version coming out also and would highly recommend anyone to get themselves a bottle of this fantastic dram, and at 57.2% ABV it's fantastic value for under £40

Bottle Name Auchentoshan Valinch 2012
Bottler Auchentoshan
Distiller Auchentoshan
Age* NAS
ABV 57.2%
Nose oaky sweet vanilla custard and caramel topping acetone hints and slight dewy grass notes
Taste creamy vanilla and oak with crunchy creme brule and citrus peel
Finish medium length lovely and creamy

Bowmore Tempest Batch 3 Bowmore Tempest Batch 3

My first official Tempest bottling, this cask strength 10 year old gets rave reviews and like the others here is made up from first fill bourbon casks.

Bottle Name Bowmore Tempest Batch 3
Bottler Bowmore
Distiller Bowmore
Age* 10
ABV 55.6%
Nose Little bit of briney smoke that disappears quickly and becomes a mix of crushed black pepper and citrus peel, touch of puff candy too.
Taste puff candy and crushed black pepper with a touch of soft fruit, melon, peach.
Finish lovely and soft with

Bowmore Tempest Batch 4 Bowmore Tempest Batch 4

Although this is my first time with the official Bowmore Tempest Batch 4, i did have some Dorus Mor during the recent LoveBowmore tweet tasting and they are both from the same batch of barrels and at the same ABV.

Bottle Name Bowmore Tempest Batch 4
Bottler Bowmore
Distiller Bowmore
Age* 10
ABV 55.1%
Nose Light and refreshing, citrus fruits and "watery" fruit like kiwi and watermelon, there's still a hint of peat smoke but it doesn't overpower the gentle notes. Edinburgh Rock and candly floss mix together with floral gums in this one.
Taste Peach and passionfruit yoghurt, some candy floss and a hint of sea salt and brine
Finish Oh what a finish, for high ABV it's sweet and gently smoky on the afterglow

An amazing night in great company and i'd certainly recommend that you try each and every one of these Morrison Bowmore first fill expressions and any others you can get your hands on.