Champion independent bottlers Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky have been busy bottling up some cracking casks over the summer and we thought it about time to roundup of some of our favourites from their recent expressions.
The Rare Auld range is bottled at full cask strength, without colouring or chill-filtration. Each bottling is from a single cask and here are our tasting notes for three very different drams including a sweet chocolaty Cragganmore, a smoky oily Laphroaig and a wonderfully fruity Bowmore.
Cragganmore 18 Year Old Rare Auld Cask #1385 / 1993 / 53.3%
Nose: Brimming with a sweet sherry perfume, BBQ red meats, butterscotch and milk chocolate raisins.
Palate: Medium bodied, warming very sweet sherry explosion on the tongue, more chocolate raisins with long and buttery mocha coffee finish.
Laphroaig 13 Year Old Rare Auld Cask #8355 / 1997 / 54.8%
Nose: Classic Laphroaig; sharp clean peat smoke with whispers of digestive biscuits, butter, vanilla striped with citrus. New make aroma unmistakable.
Palate: Full bodied, soft cleansing oil coats the mouth. Sweet vanilla, butter and peanuts overwhelm the citrus suggested by the nose. The finish is satisfying, very warming with a note of charcoal and grain of salt.
Bowmore 28 Year Old Rare Auld Cask #85077 / 1982 / 54.8%
Nose: A fruity little number! Ripe red and green apples, lemon rind interlaced with trace Bowmore smoke leading to coconut and star fruit.
Palate: Full bodied, the peat smoke erupts in the mouth only to soften to juicy pears and apple pie. The finish is very sweet, soft and smoky.
All three of these drams plus a further twenty Rare Auld casks are available to buy at The Whisky Barrel.