The Revival is one of the interessting one because it was a very good price/quality wonder. These days it's become a lot more expensive. The production has been stopped in 2017 and should again be available. Also non-chill filtered and no artificial color added has this one been matured for 15 years in Oloroso Sherry Casks. One of my very favourite.
Nose: Sherry, Sherry, Sherry, Oloroso Sherry, not too much casks influence as the older brother Allardice. More milk chocolate than dark chocolate.
Palate: Sweet, not bitter at all, easy on the tongue.
Finish: Middle-long, Sherry and Chocolate
With a teaspoon of water added
Nose: Lost a lot of that strong Sherry influence has a little cementit glue and more a fruity note to it.
Palate: Sweet and a little watery no sharpness is there.
Finish: A lot more oak and a furry mouthfeel is there. As written above absolutely my favourite.
This is a bottling that shows the real character of GlenDronach, it is a combination of Oloroso and PX casks.
Nose: Immediately the oloroso in the nose, dark fruits, leather belt, very intense
Palate: starting soft and then hit you with a punch of sweetness and also oily unexpected at this abv.
Finish: Again the dark fruits (oloroso),
I could not find the typical px character, but who am I to give any statement with my hobbyish experience
I bought this one at a local store in Himmelried (JBB Borer Getränke). I was extraordinary surprised by this one, what a PX expression.
Nose: What a PX opening, dark chocolate, raisins, a lot of dark fruits, fermented gras
Palate: sweet, slight bitter, hefty punch, but comes quite fast down and is easy to swallow
Finish: Ah again dark chocolatte with a clear cask influenced wooden note.
A fine peated Highland Single Malt. Smells like an old leather bag with hints of salty notes. My father had an old treasure chest where he stored oriental carpets, once in a year at least he opened this chest and this smell was nearly what I experienced just a few minutes ago. There is also a soft rose perfume in it.
After a sip there is also a hint of hemp in it as the herbal part of this Whisky. With a soft finish there is some peat left on the tongue in the mouth (over 50ppm) The Ballechin series is the peated experiment of the smallest distillery in Scotland called Edradour.
Had the last drop in 2021, some additional notes on it:
Color is light amber, in the nose some smoke and port although I do not exactly have a comparison to port wines. Little but sharp caramel is coming up and again an old wooden pirate-chest, very herbal, but can't tell exactly what, perhaps some oregano. Quite agressive mouthfeeling, burns right from the start.
Going easy down and there is a herbal peat somke there.
The finish is not very long, but rather keeps the mouthfeel left with peat.
Thats it, nothing left and yes it was a nice journey with it.
Yesterday at the Whiskyship Lucern I liked the Octomore Orpheus basicly very well. It cannot hide that it lasted only in a bourbon cask. The abv. Is nearly killing you, but keeps the tounge in a good mood. The peat part is not so strong in the finish but if you breath out you can smell it very strong. The winenote is the very interessting part of this Octomore. Not sure if and when I would open and enjoy my Octomore 2 140.
Update March 2012, World Whisky Day, later in the day, water added, beginning of summertime and now it smells like liquorice mixed with Pulmex lotion and a ash-tray. Just suberb what you get out of this malt. Do not miss to add water to this malt!!. IMHO this malt is unbeatable. I do not know what complex realy means in Whisky terms, but I can imagine now with that example.
Update June, 2014, I am an Idiot!!!. All who read this lines know why, its been affordable by the time I bought that one. And yes I opened the bottle. I have now left 40cl of this bottle. Just google how much you would pay for it nowadays. The share performing on a stock exchange gives a shit about it. I paied around 140 to 160 swissies for that one.