A Trio of Single Casks From The Single Malts of Scotland

The Single Malts of ScotlandA trio of single cask wonderment from Speciality Brands The Single Malts of Scotland range of single cask, cask strength whiskies.

There are some interesting drams in here, with some i would suggest buying the "perfect dram" size of and others i would suggest running away from.

There are a good few more dram reviews from this range to come, but i'm still struggling through the backlog to get to them, so please be patient.

Thanks to Speciality Brands for the official samples.


Bruichladdich 1992 Cask #3839 (The Single Malts of Scotland)

Bruichladdich 1992 Cask #3839 (The Single Malts of Scotland)This dram is from The Single Malts of Scotland series of single casks, being an early 1990's Bruichladdich its really interesting and was distilled prior to some of the crazy casks of today (which i like also) but always nice to taste a bit of history.

Malty, really malty, with milk notes and preserved lemons, this is interesting, it shows signs of age, and actually tastes old (a bit dusty and a bit dunnage warehouse), a really tasty dram this.

Appears to have sold out at The Whisky Exchange but they do have it in their "perfect measure" size here.

Thanks to Speciality Brands for the official sample.

 

Very malty initially, appears cold, milky a bit like a milky ovaltine, a touch of cask char and preserved lemons, barley sugars and a touch of dustiness

Massive sweet barley sugars dipped in ovaltine, cask char and sugary sweetness, a hint of those preserved lemons again, waxy and chalky

Warming, sugary yum

Bottle Name: Bruichladdich 1992 Cask #3839 (The Single Malts of Scotland)
Age: 1992 Vintage
ABV: 55.40
Distiller: Bruichladdich
Bottler: The Single Malts of Scotland
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islay


Glenrothes 1989 Cask #8172 (The Single Malts of Scotland)

Glenrothes 1989 Cask #8172 (The Single Malts of Scotland) This single cask Glenothes comes from The Single Malts of Scotland range of single cask drams, its an old lady of a dram and one i really enjoyed.

Glenrothes can sometimes be a bit hit or miss for me, but this one is a straight bullseye .

There's a bittersweet element here, but the sweetness works well enough to allow it to be complex and interesting, fruity, fresh and with woody spice, i like this.

Appears to have sold out at The Whisky Exchange but they do have it in their "perfect measure" size here.

Thanks to Speciality Brands for the official sample.

 

There's a sweetness initially then brambles, gooseberries and a touch of greengages, rhubarb stalks freshly cut from the ground, a slight bittersweet element, there's a gentle sugar water and edges of sweet tea coming through.

Again it's a touch bitter initially, bitter fruits and then there's a saltiness also, sweetness on the sides of the tongue, sugary and fresh fruits.

Sweet then warming spiciness

Bottle Name: Glenrothes 1989 Cask #8172 (The Single Malts of Scotland)
Age: 1989 Vintage
ABV: 53.80
Distiller: Glenrothes
Bottler: The Single Malts of Scotland
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


Miltonduff 1999 Cask #5012 (The Single Malts of Scotland)

Miltonduff 1999 Cask #5012 (The Single Malts of Scotland) Another from The Single Malts of Scotland, this Miltonduff (normally part of the Ballantines Blend) is an interesting dram, that is a definite Jekyll & Hyde.

The nose is brilliant, lots of fruity notes and sweets, really enticing, but the palate is an assault on the mouth with spice, pepper and bitterness, I'd actually have to say quite unpleasant, not something I'd pick up at all.

I'm not sure what's gone wrong here but something is definitely askew and water doesn't help. This is one they should have left in the cask or blended away.

If you are brave enough it's still available to buy at The Whisky Exchange or you can brave it in their "perfect measure" size here.

Thanks to Speciality Brands for the official sample.

 

There's an initial winey note, some wine gums, fresh pink lady apples, old fashioned boiled sweets, fresh watery fruits, hints of honeydew melon, and a little Galia melon skin, black currant liquorice sweets

Where did the fruit go? Spicy, jalapeƱo chilli, pepper, woody, rough and bitter

Bitter,spicy, chilli

Bottle Name: Miltonduff 1999 Cask #5012 (The Single Malts of Scotland)
Age: 1999 Vintage
ABV: 54.80
Distiller: Miltonduff
Bottler: The Single Malts of Scotland
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


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