April - 2018 Whiskey Tastings

Fine Single Malt English Whisky

Fine Single Malt English Whisky Bottling Note

The St George's distillery, which is less than half the size of most Scottish distilleries was built to the highest standards and uses bespoke copper stills to delivery a whisky with a beautifully refined character.

About this bottle: St George's is the first working English Whisky distillery in over 100 years. It was set up by the Nelstrop Family, who have a long history of farming barley in the Norfolk area. They decided to put this to a new use and make a top quality single malt whisky that would rival those of the Scots. With Expert advice from renowned Scottish distiller Iain Henderson, the Nelstrops have created a whisky that's made from 100% local product, including natural water from their garden.

PRICE £35.00 70cl

Club Star Rating 

Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old

Dalwhinnie 15 Bottling Note

A great malt which Jim Murray awarded 95 points in his Whisky Bible, this is excellent value for money. The flavours are simple, but flawless, a clean, crisp 15 year old from the Dalwhinnie distillery, also part of Diageo's Classic Malts range.

Tasting Notes

Nose:  Aromatic, toffee, fruit salad, lush nectarine, custard. Floral, apple blossom, honeysuckle. Apple peels, pear, touch of smoke.

Palate: Malty. Walnuts steeped in manuka honey with vanilla sponge. Gentle smoke weaves its way through the cereal with a touch of spice.

Finish: Long, malty, walnut, almond.

PRICE £38.83 70cl

Club Star Rating 

Cardhu Gold Reserve

Cardhu Gold Reserve Bottling Note

Cardhu is the latest Diageo distillery to have a little core range shake up with the launch of a no age statement single malt (or two). Created using hand-picked toasted oak casks, Cardhu Gold Reserve offers something different to the classic 12 year old with a fruitier nose and a dry, warming palate.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Honeyed tinned stone fruits, toffees and a hint of strawberry with red apple and ginger coming through with a little water.

Palate: Fairly dry with biscuity oak and a little cinnamon as well as some development of those toffee and apple notes.

Finish: Gentle oak and (milk chocolate) caramel digestives.

PRICE £39.95 70cl

Club Star Rating 

Laphroaig 10 Year Old

Laphroaig 10 Bottling Note

Really smoky and iodine rich. This has to be one of Scotland's most characterful drams. Laphroaig are known for their medicinal malts, and the classic 10 year old is no exception.

Tasting Notes

Nose: This opens on big, smoky muscular peat notes. There are spices, and liquorice, as well as a big dose of salt. This whisky has become slightly sweeter in recent years, and it appears beautifully on the nose, amidst the classic iodine/sticking plasters and cool wood smoke we love.

Palate: Seaweed-led, with a hint of vanilla ice cream and more than a whiff of notes from the first aid box (TCP, plasters etc). The oak is big, and muscles its way into the fore as you hold this whisky over your tongue. An upsurge of spices develop – cardamom/black pepper/chilli.

Finish: Big and drying, as the savoury, tarry notes build up with an iodine complexity.

PRICE £38.95 70cl

Club Star Rating 

Golden Knights