Highlands

Old Pultney 16YO 54.6 % abv. (SMWS 52.19)

Nose: spices, mineral, I smelled rubber with pepper

Palate: definitely sweet

Finish: plum

I think at this point I left a saying that made Rolf and me laugh.

 

Ardmore 10YO 57.6 % abv. (SMWS 66.52)

This is certainly not male and unfortunately disappears after the Ledaig. He has light cementite. I tend not to find peat smoke but unfortunately I can no longer judge clearly based on the alcohol content from before

 

Ardmore 15YO Vintage Malts Coppers Choice 2001 51.5% abv.

Nose: Peat-smoke but not phenolic, almond

Palate: Sweet and oily

Finish: Peat, caramel

With a drop of water

Nose: Melon, peat

Palate: Sweet

Finish: Peat, herbal

 

Ballechin #3 Port cask matured 46% abv

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.

 

Ben Nevis 10YO 46% abv

Nose: The pleasure begins with the olfactory organ, namely with an orange-vanilla mixture. Later I add bacon, hard-boiled eggs and some grape fruit. I smell apples in the left half of my nose. After a while I smell oily marzipan and pine forest floor.

Palate: On the palate it is strongly sweet and not a bit bitter, but earthy and fresh.

Finish: The finish is super great and has a long, watery mouth.

Just to be clear, it is more complex than its age suggests. The price is not super cheap at 70 euros, but the bottle is value for money. The test to check whether it is unchill-filtered works, but is not so great because it is almost inedible.