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A Selection of Campbeltown Malts Review

Campbeltown Malts Campbeltown used to be one of the biggest areas for the production and distillation of whisky, and it still stirs the hearts of many a whisky enthusiast nowadays.

With only three working distilleries in Campbeltown nowadays; Sprngbank (which produces unpeated Hazelburn, lightly peated Springbank and heavily peated Longrow), Glen Gyle (which is where Kilkerran is produced) and Glen Scotia.

This little selection covers all three distilleries and all of them have a lovely element of engine oil and complexity, they really are cracking drams all around and there are many more for us all to explore from this region.

Glen Scotia 2002 Cask #164 Peated Review

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Glen Scotia 2002 Cask #164 Peated This single cask distillery exclusive peated malt was distilled in 2002, 410 bottles at 45% ABV were bottled from the cask.

I've always enjoyed Glen Scotia, it has this really dirty machine oil note, that really works for my palate, add to that some sweetness and a hint of peat and i was excited to try this.

it's exactly as i wanted, dirty, oily, ashy, syrupy and more! this one didnt disappoint for me, it was complex and dirty and well worth looking out for a reasonable price.

Tasting Notes & Details

Nose

Vanilla and peat comes first, earthy, dirty, hot radiator, cheap white chocolate mice, golden syrup in a tin (you can even taste the metallic tin) citrus fruit pastiles

Palate

Citrus and herb french pastiles, hot dirty radiator and more of that white chocolate, touch of angostura, tangy wholemeal grains

Finish

Ashy, sweet citrus pastille

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Glen Scotia 2002 Cask #164 Peated
Age: 2002 Vintage
ABV: 45.00
Distiller: Glen Scotia
Bottler: Glen Scotia
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Campbeltown
Posted: 22/09/2017 by Tom

Hazelburn 13 Oloroso Cask Review

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Hazelburn 13 Oloroso Cask Hazelburn is unpeated and triple distilled Springbank and i generally love it to bits, it's got a hint of that oily dirty and maltiness that typifies Campbeltown but without the peat.

I really really like this, theres sweet and fruity elements that remind me of elderflower cordial and noble rot grapes, it's seriously tasty.

I'm really happy i didn't get too much of a sherry element with this dram which i'm grateful of.

Sold out at Master of Malt and other specialists, keep an eye out for more like this in the future.

Tasting Notes & Details

Nose

Pencil shavings and st germaine elderflower cordial, Hubba bubba sour chewing gum, chewits, vanilla cream, gets lighter and fresher as it sits in the glass, then a gentle puff of smoke arrives with gooseberry or greengages

Palate

Slightly soured fruits again then burnt oily creaminess, again a hint of cinder toffee and what i’d best describe as noble rot.

Finish

Sweet juicy, oily, fresh wow

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Hazelburn 13 Oloroso Cask
Age: 13
ABV: 47.10
Distiller: Springbank
Bottler: Springbank
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Campbeltown
Posted: 22/09/2017 by Tom

Kilkerran 8 year old cask strength Review

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Kilkerran 8 year old cask strength I've been really impressed with the drams coming from Kilkerran (or Glen Gyle Distillery) and i really love their softer elements in comparison to Springbank.

This cask strength 8 year old is an absolute trooper, it's got lovely oily cake like notes along with a trademark Campbeltown whisp of smoke.

This is brilliant and very much the kind of dram you should pick up if you find it out in the wild.

Sold out at Master of Malt and other specialists, keep an eye out for more like this in the future.

Tasting Notes & Details

Nose

Oily lemon drizzle cake, rich sugary Victoria sponge mix, light and fresh, smoke comes as it sits in the glass as a gentle whisp

Palate

Tarte lemon and bitter oranges, gooseberry, and vanilla fudge, and a hint of smoke again

Finish

Smoke lingers with a tarte juiciness

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Kilkerran 8 year old cask strength
Age: 8
ABV: 56.20
Distiller: Kilkerran
Bottler: Kilkerran
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Campbeltown
Posted: 22/09/2017 by Tom

Longrow 18 Year Old (2017) Review

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Longrow 18 Year Old (2017) Longrow, the heavily peated version of Springbank, is a dram i've not had a huge amount of times but i have enjoyed many i have had.

I was really surprised with this as there is some smoke there but it's very light and much sweeter than i was expecting with definite tinned fruit, juicy fruit chewing gum etc.

hugely tasty stuff, if you see one grab it.

Sold out at Master of Malt and other specialists, keep an eye out for more like this in the future.

Tasting Notes & Details

Nose

Juicy fruit chewing gum, oily and a little coastal saltiness, toffee peanuts, peanut brittle a little hint of peat but nothing much, this is much lighter than I was expecting

Palate

Chantilly cream that's been maxxed with a salty water chaser and sweet fruity juice from a del Monte tin

Finish

Sweet and juicy

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Longrow 18 Year Old (2017)
Age: 18
ABV: 46.00
Distiller: Springbank
Bottler: Springbank
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Campbeltown
Posted: 22/09/2017 by Tom





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