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May 2005 - part 2 <--- June 2005 - part 1 ---> June 2005 - part 2
 

June 14, 2005


Glann ar Mor THIS JUST IN - Great news: the first spirit just came out of Jean Donnay's Glann ar Mor distillery in Brittany, France. That happened on Sunday 12, at 17:05. I'll rush there in July to taste the 1 month old FPS (French Plain Spirit ;-)) and keep you posted. Blow, trumpets, blow!
Laphroaig 16yo 1988/2004 (52.5%, The Whisky Shop, dumpy bottle, 614 bottles)

TASTING - THREE INDIE LAPHROAIGS

Laphroaig 16 yo 1988/2004 (52.5%, The Whisky Shop, dumpy bottle, 614 bottles) Nose: a rather simple expression of Laphroaig, but a nice one. Pure smoke, seaweed and cider apples, if you see what I mean (but don’t we all like smoke, seaweed and cider apples?) Mouth: bold smoke, spicy, peppery. Rather extreme in fact but still a bit simple. Lacks a little more roundness, I think, but it’s quite enjoyable. A little monster. 84 points.

Laphroaig 10 yo 1991/2002 (58.8%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 29.24, 260 bottles) SofI Colour: pale straw. Nose: very smoky and fruity. Rather maritime. Lots of white fruits… Gets also a little farmy (hay) and quite sulphury. Mouth: quite powerful! Nice peat, apples, peaches, apricots… White pepper. Not much else but again, it’s quite enjoyable. 80 points.
Laphroaig ‘Bloodtub Valinch’ 1988/2005 (54.9%, Murray McDavid, sherry cask #9204)
There are now a few non-Bruichladdich small casks ('boodtubs') available at the distillerie, where you can fill your own 50cl bottle - but these small casks aren't really used for maturation, I think. This one is an excellent and unusual sherried Laphroaig, bold, powerful and sweet at the same time. Not overly complex but very compact and satisfying. Lots of cooked fruits and a bit of toffee plus, of course, the usual big peat smoke. Very, very nice. 89 points.
Laphroaig ‘Bloodtub Valinch’ 1988/2005 (54.9%, Murray McDavid, sherry cask #9204)
Andrew Morgan   MUSIC – Highly recommended listening: ah, after Damien Rice, Rufus Wainwright and The Postal Service, something quite new and interesting, finally. It's Andrew Morgan doing This awful room.mp3. Pretty excellent, with something from the early Pink Floyd and an eatheral singing... Really atmospheric! Aligned.mp3 is another fantastic piece. Please buy Andrew Morgan's music if you like it. I think his CD ' Misadventures in Radiology' is an absolute must.
 

June 13, 2005


Chateau d’Yquem Banyuls  

TASTING - THREE BRAND NEW BRUICHLADDICHS

Bruichladdich Fifteen ‘Second Edition’ (50%, OB, Chateau d’Yquem finish, 2005). Colour: dark straw. Nose: sweet yet quite nervous. Rather winey this time, with lots of apricot jam. Quite oaky too, in a nice way. Not too complex but enjoyable, with something of Balvenie. Mouth: very creamy, fruity (apricot and quince) and spicy. Very sweet but also very enjoyable, undemanding, perhaps a little better than the latest ‘young’ Glenmorangie Sauternes finish. I like this new Laddie in velvet and silk: 86 points.

Bruichladdich ‘Rocks’ (OB, Banyuls finish, 2005) This new one is a blend of malt from 1990, 1993, 1998 and 2001 and that’s been ‘affined’ in some Banyuls cask. Colour: slightly pink like Tavel rosé, or blush wine. Nose: quite young, the youngest malts sort of dominate the whole. An interesting spiciness, though, quite unusual in Bruichladdich. Quite some herbal notes and very little vinous notes if any. Mouth: very sweet attack but with lots of pepper and quite some tannins. Very, very nervous and a bit green but well made. Long finish, just a bit bitter, with some winey notes finally coming through. Interesting experiment. 83 points.
Bruichladdich 15 yo 1990/2005 ‘Valinch: the Purest Malt’ (55.5%, OB, cask #710)
Nose: extremely fruity and very fresh. Pure indeed, somewhat like a good young Speysider. Mouth: very sweet and fruity again, rather clean. Not complex at all but very quaffable. One to sip just like that - and why not on ice! 82 points.
 
CRAZY WHISKY ADS - THE GRANDEUR OF HUNTING
Left: Gilbey's Spey-Royal 1925. 'Worth hunting for - Matured in many years in well-seasoned Sherry casks (what's that?) Spey-Royal is the finest Whisky procurable. It is the produce of the best equiped distilleries in the Glenlivet District (ah, it's the equipment!) Distilleries: Glen-Spey, Rothes, Strathmill, Banff, Knockando, Morayshire.' A blended malt, in 1925?
Middle: Old Grand-Dad circa 1930. 'That's the taste worth hunting for.' A similar headline, but do we really need to dress like that to hunt for a glass of Bourbon?
Right: Johnnie Walker Red Label 1985. 'When hunting for pleasure, Red stands out' Yes, forget about the poor stags, girls are the thing.
 
MUSIC – Recommended listening: Nathaniel Merriweather, aka Dan the Automator gives us a very Gainsbourg-esque Stroker's Ace.mp3 that's supposed to be 'music to make love to your old lady'. Well... Anyway, please buy his music if you like it - or if you just ran out of ginger.   Nathaniel Merriweather
 

June 12, 2005


TASTING - Dufftown 20 yo 1981/2001 (50%, Silver Seal, 375 bottles) Colour: amber with an orange hue. Nose: some very nice sherry notes, even if a bit too sulphury right at first nosing. It then gets quite meaty, with some notes of Chinese sauce, Bolognese (sure, it’s an Italian bottler, and no, I wasn’t near a restaurant)… Very special and really interesting, if not highly enjoyable. Mouth: sweet yet nervous attack on sherry and crystallized tangerines. It then gets quite spicy and gingery… Quite bold and compact, with an excellent balance. A nice one, no doubt. 87 points.   Dufftown 20yo 1981/2001 (50%, Silver Seal, 375 bottles)
Aterciopelados   MUSIC – Highly recommended listening: Columbian band Aterciopelados from Bogota does La culpable.mp3. Pretty excellent, isn't it? So, please buy their music!
 

June 11, 2005


TASTING – North Port Brechin 1980/1996 (57.3%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 74.3) Colour: white wine. Nose: very dusty at first nosing, with lots of caramel, cocoa and cardboard. Notes of praline, flour… Quite interesting in fact, with much more oomph than the rather poor Connoisseur’s Choice North Ports. Mouth: really powerful and very sweet, getting hugely peppery and even quite peaty. It makes me think of Talisker in a certain way. Goes on with some caramel crème and vanilla sauce. The finish is long but a little drying. Anyway, a very nice surprise considering this distillery’s pedigree. 83 points.   North Port Brechin 1980/1996 (57.3%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 74.3)
Orient Squeezers   MUSIC – Recommended listening: a strange encounter! Swedish member of Ensemble Nimbus Håkan Almkvist aka Orient Squeezers plays the sitar and all sorts of other Indian instruments on Kadesh.mp3 and Garuda.mp3. Not exactly Ravi Shankar, but he's good, isn't he? Please buy his music - it's on their website.
 

June 10, 2005


TASTING - H2H: TWO OLD WONDERS FROM BRUICHLADDICH'S

Bruichladdich 40 yo ‘Forty’ 1964/2004 (43.1%, OB, 500 bottles) Matured in fresh bourbon casks. Colour: dark straw. Nose: similar to the 1970 I liked so much, with lots of fresh fruits, melon, guava, peach ad pear. Very youthful for its age. Gets also very floral, with a nice sourness from the wood. Punchier than the 1970, in fact, and even a tad smoky. Mouth: creamy, slightly herbal, developing on all sorts of fruit jams (mirabelle, quince, melon…) Some fresh tangerine. Too enjoyable for a £1000 bottle? The finish is perhaps a bit dry but the whole is very, very nice – even if I still like the 1970 better. 92 points for this forty.

Bruichladdich 40yo ‘Forty’ 1964/2004 (43.1%, OB, 500 bottles)
Bruichladdich 35yo 1968 ‘Legacy III’ (40.7%, OB, 1572 bottles) Bruichladdich 35 yo 1968 ‘Legacy III’ (40.7%, OB, 1572 bottles) Matured in fresh bourbon hogsheads. Colour: full amber. Nose: beautifully oaky, with bunches of spices. Lots of apricot too, milk chocolate, crystallised oranges, lavender honey. Rich and complex but not complicated, pure pleasure on the nose. Mouth: bold and lively - very far from being and old, tired chap. All sorts of fruit jams and dried fruits, with some figs, sultanas, apricots… Also some small red fruits. The finish is very, very nice, balanced, mostly on dried oranges. A superb whisky, highly sippable. Again, pure pleasure. 92 points. Tie!
MUSIC – Highly recommended listening : king of 'trance blues' Otis Taylor plays Rosa, Rosa.mp3. Better than Ry Cooder? You decide, but I made my choice... Please buy Otis Taylor's music if you like it (via Telarc)   Otis Taylor
MOTORCYCLING – Sort of - These pictures just in, taken during the latest (and last) Enduro du Touquet which took place in February in France. The Enduro du Touquet used to be the largest enduro race in the world, and there were usually approx 300,000 spectators and more than 1,000 motorcycles (and 300 quads) racing in the dunes near Calais.

The fact that the race was held in the dunes was what several environmentalists have been protesting about since quite some years, and having just seen these pictures, no wonder the Mayor of Le Touquet has finally bowed to the political pressures and stopped the event for the years to come.

One can wonder what would happen if somebody was to organize the Enduro of the Isle of Islay!

 

June 9, 2005


Marianne Faithfull

CONCERT REVIEW:
MARIANNE FAITHFULL
Shepherds Bush Empire, London
June 5 2005 - by Nick Morgan

OK, I admit it. I was going to start this review with That Marianne Faithfull confectionery joke, albeit nicely wrapped up in a sugary conceit that I’d dreamt up myself. But when it came to it, after about two hours in the company of this charming, self-depreciating, graceful, elegant and still hugely talented lady, I decided to think the better of it. It would, to say the least, have been churlish under the circumstances.

It’s just a pity that there weren’t more people there to do the evening justice. A half empty Bush – those of us with spare tickets couldn’t even give them away outside. At least on this occasion the French voted “Oui” with a strong de rigueur contingent in the crowds to celebrate this Grande Dame of rock and roll. And celebrate we all should. Forty one years and still going pretty strong – well, she had a cold, nasty cough, and by her own admission was “the size of a small bungalow” - but still managed to look and sing like an angel who’s been to hell and back (which, of course, she has). And – it occurred to me, despite the slightly over-theatrical gestures now and again, and the café chanteuse cod dramatics, and occasionally appearing (as my photographer described it) “un peu distraite”, she is a real professional. It is refreshing to see a performer who knows how to make a real entrance, and a real exit, sufficiently impressive to forgive the Monroesque and heavily pouting, “I love you all” mouthed to the adoring crowd as she departed. Yep – top class.
And although we had an evening that offered a retrospective of her long (and to be frank inconsistent) career, this is also an artiste who has just recently released a pretty decent album Before the Poison, principally made up of collaborations with P J Harvey and Nick Cave (with a few of those nasty Bad Seeds in tow too) which makes very good listening, and certainly deserves a “please go out and buy this” commendation from Serge. Critically acclaimed as possibly her best album it is however not selling well, and she’s thinking of quitting. That would certainly get a “Non” from me if I were allowed a vote. Marianne Faithfull
Supported by a pretty spunky band of New York residents, albeit led by her faithful collaborator (ex-pat ex Mancunian) Barry Reynolds, Ms Faithfull gave us a handful of songs from the new album, including the excellent ‘Mystery of Love’ (Polly Harvey) and “Crazy Love” (co-written with Cave). We went as far back as ‘As tears go by’ (hmmm) and also had (an ill-judged inclusion if you ask me) a song written for her by Roger Waters (recorded and understandably never released by Pink Floyd), ‘Incarceration of a Flower Child’. Also of dubious quality was the result of collaboration with film composer Angelo Badalamenti from her ‘forgotten’ album Secret Life. Called ‘She’ it sounded very much in the mould of that other song of the same title by that Frenchman, Charlie something. Not a good choice. Apart from the newest songs the best were predictably the hardest – ‘Guilt’, ‘Sister Morphine’, ‘Working class hero’, ‘The ballad of Lucy Jordan’ (hey Serge, what is this nonsense about driving through Paris with the wind blowing in your hair ?), the spitting and splenetic ‘Why d’ya do it’ and the fantastique ‘Broken English’, as you say.
Marianne Faithfull All in all this was a pretty impressive show from a lady who only seems to be remembered for news headlines from almost half a century ago, rather than for the handful of truly great and timeless albums she has recorded, including I suspect, the latest. Buy the album, and if you get a chance go and see her and celebrate her unique voice, and her unique and tenacious hold on life. Nick Morgan (photos by Kate)
Thanks a bunch, Nick. I sure will rush out and buy Before the Poison... Sex with Strangers didn't really convince me but I'm a fan since I saw Marianne Faithfull in Jack Cardiff's 1968 movie 'Girl on a Motorcycle' - and I believe I'm not the only one. Now, as for driving through Paris with the wind blowing in your hair, well... It's true that I always wondered why the English drive many more convertibles than the French. It can't be the rain - must be the air, you're right! Anyway, here we have My friends have.mp3 from Miss Faithfull's latest opus Before the Poison. Marianne Faithfull
 
Tangle Ridge 10yo (40%, OB, Canadian)  

TASTING – TWO CANADIANS

Tangle Ridge 10 yo (40%, OB, Canadian) This one is a pure rye, and after the whisky has aged for 10 years in oak barrels, it is dumped and then blended with 'a hint of sherry' and 'a touch of vanilla' (eh?). The whisky is then re-casked for the flavours to mingle before bottling. What a cuisine! Let’s taste it now… Colour: amber. Nose: loads of caramel and burnt sugar, vanilla indeed, and some vinous notes indeed. Otherwise it just smells wood alcohol. Palate: weak and rather disjointed, on sugared water and burnt caramel. Perhaps a little praline but I’m not too sure. Not much else, I’m afraid, except some rather weird grassy notes (grass juice). The finish is rather short with just some strange notes of rum persisting on the palate. It’s not utterly disgusting but I can’t see what this ‘Double Casking’ brought to the spirit, except some added offbeat notes. 50 points.

Lot N°40 (43%, OB, Canadian) A ‘single copper pot still’, they say. Colour: amber. Nose: oh, this is so much nicer! Starts on some bold notes of cooked raspberries and ripe bananas, topped with vanilla sauce and light caramel. It then gets sort of meaty and smoky (smoked ham), with also some hints of Sauternes wine. Some Turkish delight, and perhaps a bit of grass, dill and celery. Fresh, complex, and unusual (for a Scotch drinker). Palate: nice attack, that starts on some notes of good grappa (and I like good grappa). Very fruity again, on kirsch, pear and cider. Nicely balanced, with perhaps too much fruitiness for somebody who’s used to Scotch, but it’s well made. Then it gets perhaps a bit duller, with quite some caramel, vanilla and wood… before the heavy notes of grappa strike back. The mouth is simpler than the nose, no doubt, but the rather long and balanced finish makes the whole an enjoyable experience. Recommended! 80 points.   Lot N°40 (43%, OB, Canadian)
 

June 8, 2005


Glenfarclas 15yo (43%, OB, Frattina, 80’s)  

TASTING – TWO OLD 15 yo GLENFARCLAS

Glenfarclas 15 yo (43%, OB, Frattina, 80’s) Colour: yellow gold. Nose: quite subtle but a little lumpish. Lots of American coffee, light toffee and burnt cake, developing on caramel and candy sugar, but not much else, I’m afraid. Mouth: ah, this is nicer and more balanced. A bit bolder than on the nose, but the middle is a little weak again. Some tea notes and a bit of honey, but then it’s almost over. It’s quite enjoyable globally, but modern palates ask for more oomph, I think. 81 points.

Glenfarclas 15 yo (46%, OB, Averna, 80’s) Colour: deep amber. Nose: much more sherry, with some heavy chocolate, coca and coffee. Hints of old cardboard. Hmm… This one is even lumpier, I’d say. Mouth: ah, again it’s a bit more nervous, on some notes of crystallised fruits, tangerine and even ripe kiwi. A rather nice sherry, even if the whole really lacks freshness. Old bottlings are not always better, that’s for sure, as I like the contemporary versions of this one better. 80 points.   Glenfarclas 15yo (46%, OB, Averna, 80’s)
Supersax   MUSIC – JAZZ - Highly recommended listening: I've been mentionning Supersax quite a few times, so it was about time to post about a very good piece they recorded more than 30 years ago: Charlie Parker's Confirmation - mp3 - 'direct from the vinyl'. Weren't they good? (via swingera.net)
 

June 7, 2005


THE MALT MANIACS ON ISLAY: Very last news – Well, everything went perfectly well until we went to admire the famous Kildalton Cross, Islay's most prestigious monument (sorry about the very bad picture). Alas, since that very day, Islay will never be the same! Roll your mouse over the cross... Kildalton Cross
Springbank 17yo 1975/1993 (55.8%, Signatory, casks 3592-3593, 520 bottles)  

TASTING – ANOTHER TWO OLD INDIE SPRINGBANKS

Springbank 17 yo 1975/1993 (55.8%, Signatory, casks 3592-3593, 520 bottles) Colour: amber. Nose: it starts a bit sulphury, but it’s soon to get very sherried yet quite subtle. Again some notes of old books, with also some crème brulée and dried apricot. It the gets a bit herbal. Very nice if not stunning. Mouth: really explosive, with a very nice sherry, quite some candy sugar and a bit of tropical fruits and coconut milk. Very nice indeed if not too complex. Rather long finish, with some lemon juice coming through. Uncomplicated but very, very drinkable. 89 points.

Springbank 23 yo (53.7%, James MacArthur, bottled around 1989). Colour: very pale (white wine). Certainly a very neutral cask. Nose: wow, very waxy, with some heavy notes of paraffin and lamp oil. Goes on with lots of milk chocolate and tea. Lots of caramel too, getting then wonderfully herbal, and then very meaty, with some notes of smoked ham. Extremely complex! Mouth: bold and powerful, on milk chocolate again. Lots of herbal tea, acid drops, dried white fruits (apple, pear…) Really beautiful, a great surprise, that stresses Springbank’s astonishing complexity, as there’s little wood influence. No less than 92 points.   Springbank 23yo (53.7%, James MacArthur, bottled around 1989)
Busdriver   MUSIC – Recommended listening, just for fun: it's completely crazy, but what a performance! Busdriver does Imaginary places.mp3. Listen and then relax. No, don't try to relax first... And please buy Busdriver's music if you like it - or if you like acrobats.
 

June 6, 2005


ISLAY: BREAKING NEWS – Much more fashionable than buying a red Ferrari Enzo, renting a flat in Monte Carlo or investing in a Texan Evangelist Congregation: building a malt distillery on the Isle of Islay! So, on their very last days on the island, the Malt Maniacs decided to collect what was left in their wallets after they had bought quite a few of Ardbeg's latest 'Festival releases' and to start the works right away. Chosen place: the beautiful hamlet of Hiwannahav' Meeoundastalary, near Portnahaven...
'The distillery is not a computerized one, we believe in Man' said ex-IT wizard and new manager Johannes McHeuvel (picture, right). It is world famous distillery architect Davin McKergommeaux (picture, middle) who designed the beautiful, environement-friendly post-modern complex, that's been built within just three days.
'Not only we have the most advanced - yet un-computerized - facilities on the island, we also chose the most up-to-date, biodynamics-compatible equipement!' announced special consultant Oliver McHumbrecht. For instance, a new ultra-modern malt mill made by Foresights of Newcastle has just been installed (picture at the right). 'It grinds the malt but also oak planks, so that we get the woody tastes right from the start. No further maturation in wood will be needed' added McHumbrecht.
McHeuvel was also proud to deliver a few more secrets: 'We won't use any warehouses, in fact. Steel barrels (picture: the first new steel barrel one day after it had been delivered to the distillery) behave perfectly well in the open. We believe this kind of barrel will speed up maturation better than bloodtubs. The market is now ready for even more variety and we were extremely pleased with our first batch, even if after just 47 secs of ageing, the angel had already taken a share of 98.54% of the spirit. Moreover, famous expert Charles MacLean has already tasted our first batch and we're extremely pleased with his comments ('My God!'). Too bad Charlie is at the Islay Hospital just now but we've heard he's recovering rapidly.'
Malt barn manager Peter McSilver added: 'The only incident that happened so far is that we've lost tracks of a gentleman from HM Customs and Excise who came to visit the distillery. He left without saying goodbye. The administration should improve its relations with the distillers.'
The first malt heads to visit the distillery have been a bunch of well-known American die-hard connoisseurs named the 'PLOWED'. ' We must admit we came for the name' said Alan, Tom, Dave, F.X., Tim, Rodger, Jay, Gordon, Peter and Todd. 'In fact we had thought it was another one but we're happy with our mistake. The guys at Snort Ellen sure know what they're doing, they are all very friendly and, good news, the tour lasted exactly 17 secs. We wish them good luck and a bright future.'
International recognition, already! Indeed, Snort Ellen rocks!
 
TASTING - OLD YOUNG AND RECENT OLD SPRINGBANKS (eh?)
Springbank 5yo (43%, OB, 1.5 litres, 60’s)  

Springbank 5 yo (43%, OB, 1.5 litres, 60’s) The bottle itself is superb, so I had to put a picture twice the usual size ;-).Nose: very fresh and lively, with lots of white fruits and flower nectar (pollen too). Some whiffs of smoke… Not much else, alas, and the whole isn’t too complex but it’s still very enjoyable. Isn’t it just a five years old? Mouth: quite sugarish, like many old 5 yo single malts. It gets quite herbal, and perhaps a little thin and slightly drying (notes of nutmeg and cocoa powder). In any case, it’s a nice one – perhaps the best 5 yo I ever had. 84 points.

  Springbank 50 yo ‘Millenium’ (40.5%, OB, ca 2001) This one spent at least ten times more time in its casks... Colour: astonishingly light (white wine). Nose: curiously young at first nosing! Very flowery and a little resinous, with some slight medicinal notes (bandages).   Springbank 50yo ‘Millenium’ (40.5%, OB, ca 2001)
Some notes of sea water and lemon juice (fresh oysters), with some camomile and some Chinese green tea. It’s all a matter of subtleness here… Mouth: surprisingly smooth, developing on a great mix of herbal tea and dried fruits (pineapple, guava…) Perhaps it gets a little dusty if not too tannic, with some hints of old papers. Really delicate and subtle, although the finish is a little bitter and dry. In short, a very nice and very subtle old Springbank, that has still quite some stories to tell after fifty years despite it’s relative lack of oomph. 90 points.
Azure Ray's Maria Taylor   MUSIC – Highly recommended listening: Azure Ray's Maria Taylor does a wonderful The song beneath the song.mp3 (low-fi but it's okay). Take care, it's quite haunting... Please buy Maria or Azure Ray's records! Well, I don't know whether Maria Taylor ever recorded a CD in solo, actually...
 

June 5, 2005


BACK FROM ISLAY - No need to say it's been a blast! I'll upload plenty of photographs, tasting notes and an interesting story about a new distillery the malt maniacs are currently building on the island - yes, I have the pictures. In the meantime, we've got this very interesting piece of news. Can you help?...
 

AFP Newswire. Dateline: Islet of Islayshire, Scotland, England, June 1st.

MYSTERY MAN OF SCOTCH

Rumours, myths, nay legends grow apace on the remote Scottish island of Islay, England, about the mystery man of Scotch thrown ashore on this distant coastline of the islet known to some as the Queen of the Hebrides (37) from some as yet unknown seaward adventure. Dressed only in an elegant white tuxedo and gaudy tie this silent (yet steely eyed) man of mysteriousness is being cared for by senior surgeons and physicians in the Frank McAvennie Memorial Rehabilitation Center of Islay’s capitol Bowmore’s Islay’s General Accident and Emergency Center. Explained one senior Center consultant, who wished to remain unnamed, “He was found thrown ashore on this distant coastline, dressed only in an elegant white tuxedo and gaudy tie”.

According to sources, silent and unable to speak, when given a pencil to write his name he broke down in tears and could only draw a bottle of one of the famous Scottish whiskies for which this far flung atoll is famous. When shown a bottle of this potent and strong tasting alcoholic beverage he fell about his paper like a madman, writing lengthy and barely comprehensible, yet alone credible, ‘tasting notes’ as if from memory, ending each with the memorable refrain “quite possibly the finest whisky in the world, 93 points”. Shrouded in a smoky mist of inscrutability the identity of this mystery man remains a secret to all but those who know his name. Can you help identify this shadowy savant of Scotch ?
Millburn 29yo 1974/2004 (53.9%, Cadenhead Authentic Collection, 246 bottles)   TASTING – Millburn 29 yo 1974/2004 (53.9%, Cadenhead Authentic Collection, 246 bottles)
Colour: straw. Nose: oh, it’s so fresh! Starts on lots of vegetables such as French beans and salsify… Then there’s some fresh vanilla, some cherry tree resin and some whiffs of white truffle. Quite unusual. Develops on smells of forests after a heavy rain… Beautiful. Mouth: unexpectedly sweet yet rather nervous, with a superb acidity (I know, I know…) Notes of oolong tea and hints of liquorice roots… Even some gentian, which I’m fond of. A stunning Millburn, yummy! 92 points.

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Best malts I had these weeks - 90+ points only - alphabetical:

Bruichladdich 35 yo 1968 ‘Legacy III’ (40.7%, OB, 1572 bottles)

Bruichladdich 40 yo ‘Forty’ 1964/2004 (43.1%, OB, 500 bottles)

Millburn 29 yo 1974/2004 (53.9%, Cadenhead Authentic Collection, 246 bottles)

Springbank 23 yo (53.7%, James MacArthur, bottled around 1989).

Springbank 50 yo ‘Millenium’ (40.5%, OB, ca 2001)