Many a Whisky tasted at the Vintner’s Rooms

Normally, when I am writing a blog post, I wrap a story around it. There will be a bit about whisky, a bit about my day and mood, a bit of opinion, a bit about philosophy and finally some tasting notes. That’s the way it works. Recently, my job outside the Whisky Blog has become far more about sales. In sales you learn that sometimes it’s better to get to the point. Don’t dance around the point. Just cut the crap and tell it like it is. Ok, so there will be opinion, I can’t help that. But no big story today. Let the Whisky do the talking.

So here it is. Lots of tasting notes of different drams I have had at the Vintner’s rooms recently. The Vintner’s rooms has 1,300 whisky’s in it’s bar. Check them out here. And check my first blog post about them out here.

Auld Alliance (WM Grants Armangac and Single Malt Whisky Blend)

Nose: To begin with, a fine tequila. Honey, grapes and zestiness. Changing in the glass as it warms, it becomes more rich with vanilla, peaches and marzipan.

Palate: Armagnac Heavy. I miss the bite that a whisky has. Grassy, citrus and honey. Too light.


Macallan 1946 official bottling (No age statement)

Nose: Fennel and bitter Green Apple. Olive oil and brine

Palate: Black olives, earthy dark chocolate, peat and a little fennel. It is a bloody nice dram. Some have said the best dram of Macallan ever. I want to try more Macallan before making that kind of statement!


Scapa 25 Silver Seal bottling 1975-2001

Single Barrel Bottle 30 of 130

Nose: Blackcurrant, lemons and honey. Would be perfect for someone suffering a cold!

Palate: Gooseberries, peach and apple ribena. Like a nice white wine, except a fair bit stronger!

Finish: A bitter rum raisin finish. An interesting dram, but almost a bit too much.


Port Ellen 26 Provenance

Distilled Spring 1983-Bottled Spring 2009

46% Abv

Bottling from a refill butt

Nose: Smokey, peaty and like a camp fire that has been doused out.

Palate: Oily, peppery, Smokey, balsamic vinegar and peppery.

Finish: Leather

There will be more tasting notes from the Vintner’s rooms soon. If you can’t wait, get yourself down there!


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