We're back with some more of Creative Whisky Company's Exclusive Malts. A couple of well aged and interesting selections, we'll let them speak for themselves...
The Exclusive Malts Speyside 1989 25 Year
Nose: At first nutty, like buttered cashew nuts, then fruity - lemon cakes and tangerines, then there's like some mineral oil / aloe / wax / putty thing going on, and finally a little far away sort of Lemon Pledge aroma.
Palate: Really a lot of straight sweets though not overly sweet and doesn't taste like it's from a sherry cask. Just some good fruity jammy sweetness like melons, citrus stone fruits, etc.
Finish: Not a finish to write home about, though it is wickedly smooth and at almost a hundred proof this is so drinkable it could be dangerous.
This bottle is available here: http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1165072
The Exclusive Malts Bowmore 2001 12 Year
Nose: Really nice salty sea water smoke going on here. Behind that some caramel/nougat candy bar goodness, white grapes and rosemary. While the Speyside was a very nice dram, this one is immediately more up our alley as your faithful smoky beasts.
Palate: A little thin in terms of mouthfeel, but a good nutty smoky taste with some musk/perfume qualities.
Finish: This one has a lot of burn for a Bowmore, and you know what? We like it! Why don't more Islay's put out cask strength options?? At 116.8 proof, this is a little gang-banger. It's definitely more fire than warmth. The 12-years young shows in that respect. But on the other hand it's a great raw peat and has a lot of personality. We've found some Bowmores to be timid, but not this one. Very long-lasting ballsy finish reminiscent of a Caol Ila or Laphroaig, but with just a little more restraint. A very nice surprise!
This bottle is available here: http://www.gordonswine.com/exclusive-malts-bowmore-11-yr-2001-750-ml-102524
Coming up next week...
Revenge of the Roses!!!
Stay tuned. /SB