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The greatest alcoholic drink in the world comes from fermented grain mash that has been left in a barrel for a decade or two. If you’re unsure where to get started with single malt whisky then read up on The FAT Website which explores different drams from around the world and records tasting notes and assigns a score based on its scent, flavour and how hammered it gets us. You’re welcome to join in for a Whisky Wednesday.

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old

DISTILLERY Glenlivet TYPE Single Malt ALCOHOL 40% REGION Speyside COLOR Pale gold NOSE Pleasant sweet nose that is very fruity. Hints of banana and mandarins. PALATE Light, crispy taste where the flavours matches the scents. Its quite fruity with a bit of peat and spiciness mixed in for good measure. FINISH Warm, wonderful finish. Makes you feel like going for another round. SCORE 82 ...

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Aberlour 10 Year Old

DISTILLERY Aberlour TYPE Single Malt ALCOHOL 43% REGION Speyside COLOR Dark amber NOSE Surprisingly potent, singed my nose hairs a bit.  Not a lot of aroma though.  Just alcohol. PALATE Salty sea spray, green apple and a hint of toffee. FINISH Doesn’t really have much of one to be honest.  You get an alcoholic aftertaste but its not particularly flavoursome. ...

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Blair Athol 12 Year Old

DISTILLERY Blair Athol TYPE Single Malt ALCOHOL 43% REGION Highland COLOR Dark amber. Can barely see through the other side of the glass. NOSE Aroma makes me think of aniseed and sultanas.  It’s quite sharp. PALATE Initially the sensation is that of sour fruit, like grapefruit.  There’s notes of dark chocolate and sherry also. FINISH This is one whisky that ...

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The Macallan Select Oak

DISTILLERY Macallan TYPE Single Malt ALCOHOL 40% REGION Highland COLOR Glorious amber NOSE Strong scent of butterscotch. PALATE A pleasingly warm, full bodied flavour evoking toffee, vanilla treacle and spongecake.  Takes you away to a happy place filled with memories of summer holidays…basking in the warmth of the sun.  It took a second glass to reach that conclusion however. FINISH ...

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Glen Moray 12 Year Old

DISTILLERY Glen Moray TYPE Single Malt ALCOHOL 40% REGION Speyside COLOR Pale gold NOSE Faint, but sweet aroma of vanilla and butter PALATE Very crisp and sweet. FINISH Not particularly lasting, a lingering note of peat and thats about it SCORE 70 out of 100 NOTES This was the whisky that my work colleagues got me for my birthday this ...

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Glenmorangie 10 Year Old

DISTILLERY Glenmorangie TYPE Single Malt ALCOHOL 40% REGION Highlands COLOR Pale gold NOSE Light floral aroma and I swear to God…bananas (?) PALATE Sweet, primarily tastes of vanilla, oak and grass.  Definitely a flavour that is refreshing and evocative of summer. FINISH Goes down easy. Maybe a little too easy (hehe). SCORE 80 out of 100 NOTES After last weeks ...

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Aberlour A’bunadh

DISTILLERY Aberlour TYPE Blended Malt ALCOHOL 60% REGION Speyside COLOR Dark amber NOSE Scorches your nose hairs, like inhaling industrial-strength mints. PALATE Incredibly potent bite.  I think I can sort of taste a hint of vanilla for a split second and then the alcohol takes over.  Good lord. FINISH A fire going down your throat and into your belly. SCORE ...

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Yamazaki 12 Yr Old

DISTILLERY Suntory Yamazaki TYPE Single Malt ALCOHOL 43% REGION Shimamoto, Osaka COLOR Dark honey NOSE Sweet scent, honey and apricots. PALATE Modest and rather subtle.  Not as sweet as you’d expect.  It’s a mellow blend of grain, cinnamon and oak. FINISH Incredibly long aftertaste that is full bodied and warming.  Lingering taste of oak, dried fruit and salt. SCORE 90 ...

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Jura Supersitition

DISTILLERY Jura ALCOHOL 41.% REGION Isle of Jura COLOR Dark amber NOSE Smokey, hints of ginger and pine. PALATE Has a bite to it, like a grapefruit.  It’s got a spicy quality to it which blends with the smokiness from the peat.  Very tasty.  You could have this with your cornflakes for breakfast. FINISH Lovely drawn out finish.  It’s the ...

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Mackmyra Special Edition 01

DISTILLERY Mackmyra AGE Ten Year Old ALCOHOL 51.6% REGION Stockholm, Sweden COLOR Light gold NOSE Sweet, marzipan, faint whiff of peaches, popcorn PALATE Spicy, earthy taste with a lash of peat.  Quite a full bodied flavour. FINISH Perhaps showing its relative immaturity, it trails off quickly with a lingering wood fire finish. SCORE 84 out of 100 NOTES Now this ...

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