New additions

Two fine new additions to my modest collection of Single Malt whisky’s:

  • The Bunnahabhain Toiteach (Gaelic for ‘smoky’) is an Islay Single Malt, but unlike most Bunnahabhain malts, and more like other Islay malts, this one has a gentle hint of smokeyness. (hence the name Toiteach)
    Bunnahabhain Toiteach is a non-chillfiltered malt with 46% alcohol.
    Official tasting notes:
     – Appearance: A light golden hue glows from within
    Nose: Charming peatiness with a subtle nose prickling strength emanates from the dram
    Palate: Immediate waming peaty flavours drift towards a slightly sweet sherry influence with delicate peppery notes
    Finish: Good robust length with extremely pleasant aftertaste
  • The Glenlivet 18 years is a Speyside Single Malt, so quite different in taste from the Islay mentioned above. It’s a superb gentle malt, perfect after-dinner dram.
    Official tasting notes:
    Colour: Old gold, with ripe apricot hues.
    Nose: Fragrant, elegant, complex with a sweet oakiness reminiscent of an antique shop. Oak leads the way to heady floral fragrances of Freesia and Peony. Toffee notes emerge in time along with butterscotch, mint chocolate and summer fruit pie.
    Palate: Smooth and velvety, with a firm foundation. Sweetness is immediately followed by a tantalising burst of spices and bitter oranges drying out on oaky notes.
    Finish: Lasting, oaky and gingery. Distant smoke. A dry austere touch.