Gulliver’s 47

Advent day 9

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.


Nose
Peated smoke, I can tell this will be a pretty peated whisky. Some tar and oak. But also some sweetness I can’t quite specify.
Score: 22

Palate
Not as heavily peated as the nose suggested. I get some moss and grass with the smokiness. And it turns towards salt and seaweed after a few seconds. The mouth-feel is quite light and leaning towards the dry side.
Score: 23

Finish
Well-balanced peat with salted caramel. Became even better with a few drops of water. Strongly like this finish!
Score: 24

Body
Rounded with peat and a salty caramel which makes this a great whisky in my book.
Score:23

Total: 92

Guesses
Charred Oak cask (wood), Highland, 44% Single malt.

Reveal
Gulliver’s 47
ABV 47%
Link: https://www.samuelgulliver.com/brands

Personal note: This whisky was a dream! Sad it’s not sold in Sweden.

Elijah CraigSmall Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Advent day 8

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.


Nose
There’s some subtle oak in the background. I get Vanilla and a bit of cinnamon as well as oranges or perhaps tangerines.
Score: 22

Palate
Definitely oranges and a bit of dark chocolate. Cardamum.. Quite a bit of alcohol burn. The mouth-feel is thin and a little drying but not at all unpleasant.
Score: 22

Finish
I like the finish! It has just the right amount of “after-burn” to it. I find it hard to pin specific flavours other than spice. Possibly some leather.
Score: 23

Body
Score: 22

Total: 89

Guesses
Sherry cask, Lowland, 46%, Single Malt.. Or possibly one from the Netherlands because it reminds me of mine.

Reveal
Elijah Craig
Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon
ABV 47%
Link: https://elijahcraig.com/small-batch

Personal note: Damn I like the bourbon coming out of Kentucky.. I’ve got a few myself and I like those quite a bit too!

Stork Club Straight Rye Whiskey

Advent day 7

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.


Nose
Not sure if it’s my nose being stuffy but the scent is a bit weak. I’m smelling wood and dark fruits.. almost going towards liquorice. A bit of honey in there as well. Even with the weak nose it’s pleasant!
Score: 21

Palate
Smooth! it immediately coats the tongue in smooth honey. As with the nose it is a bit weaker than I expected. Not sure what else I’m getting. Spices? It sort of reminds me of prescription-free cough medicine..
Score: 20

Finish
The finish is fairly quick leaving just the sting of the alcohol after a little while. Again, its not bad, just not great either.
Score: 20

Body
Generally a bit weak but very smooth whisky. Would probably share it with someone that doesn’t enjoy peaty whiskies.
Score: 20

Total: 81

Guesses:
Speyside, Single malt, 41%. Bourbon cask.

Reveal:
Stork Club Straight Rye Whiskey
ABV 45%
Link: https://stork-club-whisky.com/#whisky

Personal note: I can’t seem to guess these rye whiskies. They trip me up.

Nomad Outland Whisky

Advent day 6

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.


Nose
Fairly delicate nose. I’m getting some blackcurrant and cherries. Generally fruity. It almost smells a bit like a lighter rum.
Score: 21

Palate
Easy on the palate but still with a lot of flavour. Reinforces the feel of drinking a sugarcane rum rather than a whisky. There’s spices and cinnamon.
Score: 22

Finish
The finish is strong, almost as strong as the palate and slowly fades out. The cinnamon is there as well as honey and a bit of seasalt.
Score: 22

Body
A bit on the light side but packed with flavour.
Score: 22

Total: 87

Guesses:
I’ve no idea.. Doesn’t feel like a scottish whisky but perhaps a Lowland. 42% with a Rum or possibly Madeira finish.

Reveal:
Nomad Outland Whisky
ABV 41.3%
Link: https://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/gonzalez-byass/nomad-outland-whisky/

Personal note: Well that was a hard one to guess.. after looking up the price I must say it’s a very affordable whisky!

Glencadam Reserva Andalucía

Advent day 5

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.


Nose
immediately strikes with a lot of oak which then mellows off a bit. I’m also getting marsipan and almonds. Maybe a hint of vanilla. Quite pleasant on the nose.
Score: 22

Palate
Complex. It starts off a little weak but explodes within half a second. A hint of oak and leather. The almonds are there as well. Some peat but not overwhelmingly. Gives a christmasy feel.
Score: 22

Finish
Fairly long finish without being too heavy or turning towards an alcoholic burn.
Score: 23

Body
Overall a very pleasant whisky!
Score: 22

Total: 89

Guesses:
Highland, 46%, Sherry cask.

Reveal:
Glencadam Reserva Andalucía
ABV 46%
Link: https://www.glencadamwhisky.com/whiskies/580-glencadam-reserva-andalucia

Personal note: REDEMPTION! I managed to nail all the guesses for this one and I’m ridiculously proud of myself…

High Coast 63

Advent day 4

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.

Personal note: I’ve a stuffy nose tonight which likely affects my ability to sample.


Nose:
Subtle smoke, fresh green apples, a pleasant flowery scent.
Score: 23

Palate: 22
Starts of gentle with buttery toffee and then turns towards honeysuckle and floral tastes. The alcohol become more prominent after a while.
Score:

Finish:
Slowly wears off towards toffee and a buttery mouthfeel.
Score: 23

Body:
Score: 22

Total: 90

Guesses:
Single malt, Lowland, 42%, Sherry cask.

Reveal:
High Coast 63
ABV 63%
Link: https://highcoastwhisky.se/produkter/sixty-three/

Personal note: Holy cow did I peg this wrong! I just did not pick up on that alcohol nor peat.. Not sure wether it’s due to having a bit of a cold or just the fact that this is my fourth time EVER reviewing a whisky.. probably the latter!

Chita Single Grain

Advent day 3

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.

Nose:
Oranges, honey and toffee, the alcohol pricks the nose a bit. A general heavy sweetness I can’t quite describe. Overall a pleasant nose.
Score: 23

Palate:
Takes a moment before it kicks in. A lot of toffee and honey in the palate as well. Some vanilla and breadlike characteristics.
Score: 21

Finish:
Not a strong finish. Moves towards a bit of leather with honey notes.
Score: 20

Body:
Score: 21

Total: 85

Guesses:
Blended, Japanese (Nikka?), ABV 46%, oak bourbon cask.

Reveal:
Chita Single Grain Whisky from Suntory, Japan.
ABV 43%
Link: https://whisky.suntory.com/en/global/products/chita

Balvenie Peat Week 14 Years, 2003

Advent day 2

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.

Nose:
Peaty, Dark chocolate, Toast.
Score: 22

Palate:
Grass, smoke, chocolate or cacao.
Score: 21

Finish: Quite lingering and heavy. Buttery and a little vanilla.
Score: 20

Body:
Score: 21

Total: 84

Guesses:
Single Malt, Oak cask, Islay. ABV 46%.

Reveal:
Balvenie Peat Week
14 Years, 2003
ABV 48.3%
Link: https://www.thebalvenie.com/our-whisky-range/view/the-balvenie-peat-week-2002-vintage/

Freimeister Kollektive Rye 095

Advent day 1

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.

Nose:
alcohol, oak, toffee, vanilla
Score: 22

Palate:
Arrak, Hints of salt. Herbal and Grassy, Oaky with a lot of bite – almost numbing.
Score: 19

Finish:
Quite long finish, the herbal bitterness sticks with you.
Score: 19

Body:
Score: 20

Total: 80

Guesses:
Oak cask, Single malt, Maybe Campbeltown?

Reveal:
Freimeister Kollektive Rye 095
ABV 48.2%
Link: https://freimeisterkollektiv.de/en/shop/spirits/whisky/rye-095/

Who’s got the time?

Honestly.. I’m working full time, got a family, some hobbies (I like to golf) and I try to stay in the loop as a developer. I’ve attempted the whole blogging thing before but it never really stuck.

So perhaps at some point this place will start to fill up with content, but it is not this day!