This is maninly from swops, there's a few miniatures purchases and 1 or 2 gifts.
I'll aim for 5 parts and see if I can get some room in my cupboard for future swops and maybe get some nice drams in on the way
1. Hankey Bannister 12yo
Nose: Gentle citrus mixed with apples and pears
Palate: A lot more tasteful than I expected. Am I prejudiced against 40% whisky, against 12yo's and against blends? I have to admit this got more bite and flavour than expected, and if given blind I wouldn't have guessed it to be a blend, but rather one of the non-sherried Flora and Faunas. It's better than those thou, but same style. Ends with a slight bitterness
Finish : Medium
Comment : Very enjoyable and it's what you expected, just better.
Value for money +++
2. Octomore Futures 2002
Distilled 16.10.2002, bottled April 2008 46%
My sample flyer
Nose : Peat, babypuke. The babyvomit dissappears fast and gets overwhelmed by a dominant citrus
Wow this wakes up my senses, I am in my living room and outside there's a balcony..Four apartments down the building there's a guy on his balcony, one floor below smoking a cigarette, and I can detect the smoke clearly.
Palate: No babypuke. Peat, vanilla and citrus. Being a peathead for a decade or two I am getting more and more immune to peat so I actually note the other flavours more. But don't get me wrong, this IS peaty. And intense. And the peat do climb up from the glass and hit me.
Finish : Long, slightly acidic and bitter
Going back to the nose I can detect the babypuke for a few seconds.
This is very young and somewhat suffers from that.
At 80.5ppm this could be described as a lightly peated Octomore :-)Comment : after a dramming sessions of 15-20 drams where your tastebuds are getting numb I bet this will be the best whisky ever!