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Archives #3: GlenDronach 1990/2013 22YO, Inchowger 1974/2010 36YO, Islay 1989/2021 31YO, Mortlach 1998/2020 22YO, Port Charlotte 2001/2011 10YO (IBs)

Archives #3, Arhives has been a lazy man's dump.

Hey, don't say hurtful truth!


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1)GlenDronach 1990/2013 22YO #6921 52.1% (IB, Silver Seal)

GlenDronach 1990/2013 22YO #6921 52.1% (IB, Silver Seal)
GlenDronach 1990/2013 22YO #6921 52.1% (IB, Silver Seal)

Distillate in 1990, aged in a single barrel for 22 years and bottled in 2013 at a natural cask strength of 52.1%. The outturn of 628 bottles. So it's a single Butt!


GlenDronach 1990/2013 22YO 52.1%

Nose: Figs and plum, sticky on the nose. Sultanas and orange. The green grapes with brown sugar and dried fruits linger in the nose. It is sweet on the nose.


Mouth: Plastics sort of sherry, oak spice and light sugary syrups. The mouthfeel is round. Chocolate, leather and polish oil.


Finish: Dry, numb. Littery buttery feelings with chocolate.


Great whisky, to be honest, it has a great level of balance has been achieved between the liquid and the cask. The flavours are pulling through with enough depths in the liquid, different from the GlenDronach you would expect.


Nice scale: 88/100


2)Inchgower 1974/2010 36YO 50.4% (IB, The Whisky Agency)

Inchgower 1974/2010 36YO 50.4% (IB, The Whisky Agency)
Inchgower 1974/2010 36YO 50.4% (IB, The Whisky Agency)

Distillate at Ichgower in 1974 and aged in a sherry wood for 36 years, bottling from a single cask at a cask strength of 50.4%.


Inchgower 1974/2010 36YO 50.4%

Nose: Saliva, orange, brown sugar and tree brunches. Floral, wood and some freshness in the liquid. / I trying to be as precious as possible haha.


Mouth: Sweet (Fruity & honey), dry leaves and dry finishing. There is oak spice and milky chocolate at the very end, but the flavours in the mouth come and go very quickly. As if, he has a curfew.


Finish: Dry.


Sweet, light and quick. I feel this should have much more to offer. Still a drinkable and easy (not harsh) whisky.

I will give the benefit of the doubt that the liquid might have been open for a while and gone through a decent amount of oxidation (As at the point of drinking, the fill level is below the label- if I recall correctly).

I do have a soft spot for these niche distilleries, much thanks to Indie bottlers so we have a chance try them!

WE WILL NEVER BE SLAVES

Nice scale: 84/100


3)Islay 1989/2021 31YO 52.3% (IB, PST x Auld Alliance)


Islay 1989/2021 31YO 52.3% (IB, PST x Auld Alliance)
Islay 1989/2021 31YO 52.3% (IB, PST x Auld Alliance)

Distilled at Laphroaig in 1989 and bottled in 2021. Aged in a single refill barrel and bottled at a cask strength of 52.3%.


Islay 1989/2021 31YO 52.3%

Nose: Smokey, lemon with peaty hot wet sands beside the beach. Abit humid and a little smelly on the nose too.


Mouth: Sweet vanilla and honey. Peat and brine. It is actually very simple in the mouth. The sweetness stick to the side of the tongue. There is lime and hints of petrol.


Finish: Sweet and light bitterness.


Not much more to add on this, it just falls into my ok spot.

Nice scale: 85/100


4)Mortlach 1998/2020 22YO 56.4% (IB, Sansibar)

Mortlach 1998/2020 22YO 56.4% (IB, Sansibar)
Mortlach 1998/2020 22YO 56.4% (IB, Sansibar)

Distillate in 1998 and bottled in 2020 after a good 22 years in a single sherry butt. Bottled at a cask strength of 56.4%.


Mortlach1998/2020 22YO 56.4%

Nose: Figs, hot on the nose and sweet. A Chinese style popcorn. There are orange and plum too, vanill and meaty. Flower stem.


Mouth: Sweet, chocolate and plastic sort of sherry. Honey and plastic notes last till the very end. Dry, some nuts, light oak spices. Fig skin sort of feeling sticks to the side of the tongue and back to sweetness.


Finish: Plastic-y, light soil-ish feeling at the very end.


Goode depth and thickness in the mouth, good balance and I enjoyed the whole journey. This is addictive, still thinking of this now.

Nice scale: 88/100


5)Port Charlotte 2001/2011 #275 10YO 64% (IB, Francois Pichard Reserve)

Port Charlotte 2001/2011 #275 10YO 64% (IB, Francois Pichard Reserve)
Port Charlotte 2001/2011 #275 10YO 64% (IB, Francois Pichard Reserve)

Distillate in 2001 and bottled in 2011, aged for 10 years before being bottled from a single cask at the natural cask strength of 64%.


Port Charlotte 2001/2011 #275 10YO 64%

Nose: Sweet vanilla, jack fruits with lemon and wet peat. Watery feeling on the nose with brine notes. There are soft smokiness too.


Mouth: Ashy, hallow in between, sweet soil-ish peat. Oaky, spice and nuts. The saltiness sticks but the peat is stronger! Smoky lingers.


Finish: Soft peat, light bitter notes and some dry soil finish.


This is a standard PC, like a very basic one.

Nice scale: 82/100



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