Whisky Tasting – A Double from Master of Malt

A few weeks ago Nicola received a parcel from Master of Malt which contained four Whisky samples, below are our tasting notes of the first two.

We would highly recommend to all our readers that they visit Master of Malt (www.masterofmalt.com) to see the vast range of spirits and gifts they have on offer including a personalised bottling service, the delivery is also pretty fast…

Since 2007, Master of Malt has focused its bottling operations on single cask Whiskies and are bottled at natural cask strength, without chill-filtration.  Now for our first tasting.

Bunnahabhain Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky – 20 Year Old, Distilled 1990, Single Cask, 54.1% Alc/vol 70cl

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Colour…Rich mahogany

Nicola’s Tasting

Nose…Toffee fudge, sherry galore, burnt toast under the grill left a little too long.
Taste…Smoky ham, hot and spicy, sherry galore once again, quite a perfumed, fragrant spice.
Finish…Long and drying.

Score…4 Corks

Jim’s Tasting

Nose…Rich sherried fruit cake, sweet herbal fragrance, a wee touch of smoke.
Taste…sweet and sea salty, warming, leather shoe just stepped in melted road tar, sherry still very evident, quite a special Islay.
Finish…Medium to long finish, some heathery smoke just keeps on coming with sherry sweetening the palate.

Score…4 Corks

Overall score 4 Corks

This one is a delightful Islay dram and for less than £70.00 it is a good price for a cask strength, single cask bottling.  This dram is only available via Master of Malt.

Now for our next dram of the evening.

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Distillery unknown) – 30 Year Old, 4th Edition, 40% Alc/vol 70cl

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Colour…Fireball

Nicola’s Tasting

Nose…Men’s rugby changing room, sweaty socks, butchers shop.
Taste…Very bland,  mmmm what has happened to this dram…. no comment.
Finish…Short.

Score…1 Cork

Jim’s Tasting

Nose…First thought “it’s off” cannot get past the foosty stale aroma.
Taste…Boring, one of the most uncomplex drams I have tasted, not sure if I would even cook with it.
Finish…Short.

Score…1.5 Corks

Overall score…1.5 Corks

What happened here, the first dram was outstanding but this Speyside was not to our liking and the Whisky Boys cannot comment much further.  These two drams are available on-line from Master of Malt.

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