Thanks to scotchguy_to for sharing this sample!
I’m going to start with an apology on this one. When we were figuring out the order, we typically leave peat last, with very few exceptions. And we know that scotchguy_to knows his whisky. His nose puts mine and various bloodhounds to shame.
However this was something we disagreed with him on: He stated it should go after the peat. And we weren’t 100% sure. So we didn’t.
I can frankly say this could have gone after the peat. As it were, the peated malt we had next (a younger Caol Ila) wasn’t thrown off, however and in the end it wasn’t the worst mistake we’ve made.
I mean I’m still aging my own Bourbon, mistakes are coming.
But what is Glenlivet 8 2006 Signatory Vintage (Binny’s Beverage Depot Pick)? Well it’s a young, first fill sherry malt. It’s from Glenlivet. I can frankly say that I’ve enjoyed cask strength Glenlivets brought out by the distillery themselves.
But how will I feel about a single cask brought out by an independent bottler and then picked specifically by a company down in the US that has a history of picking some mighty fine bottles?
Only one way to find out: Let’s see how it tastes, shall we?
Price: Sold out
Aged: 8 years
Distilled on: 17.10.2006
Bottled on: 01.09.2015
Matured in: 1st Fill Sherry Butt
Cask No: 901038
Bottle No: 600 of 605
Colour: 7.5YR 5/10
Nose: Herbal, mint, gooseberry, nectarine, cinnamon, butter, basil
Big flavours. Probably biggest of the whole tasting so far. Just massive, hitting you all at once.
Very vegetal, minty, and then fruity and spicy. It’s not super complex, it’s just a lot, you know? None of these flavours blend that well.
Taste: Cinnamon, ginger, hot, old peanuts, cardamon
Initially this is really, really hot. What a surprise, right? I mean, 63%+ and 8 years old, what a surprise? However the first fill adds spice.
So yeah, add water, take some time, do a run, maybe roll the dice, however this is huge, with a capital HUGH. Water brings out more flavour, lessens the heat a little, and then adds some dimension to it all. Big flavours again, not melding with others.
Finish: Butter, gingerbread, mint, heather, thyme, red licorice, basil
Long. Very long. Longer than it has any respect to be. And throws the whole herb garden at you, and maybe some sweetness to balance it all out too. Seriously tasty.
Conclusion: Not super complex, but a ton of flavours complex. You know, that rare malt that decides, like the Ramones, that if you can’t do things the way everyone else does, do it your own way and launch a completely new thing.
Well this does that, save Black Arts 2 and 3 did it before them. And you know what? No one gives the Clash shit for being after the Ramones, I’m not going to give this whisky shit for being after the above two. I’m going to wish that I had bought a bottle though. It’s insane in the right ways, and I want more.
Also it did hold it’s own after the peat, as I had a second sip after it, and the time out did it wonders. Buy this if you can.
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