Glencadam, Tomintoul & Friends with Bob Kyle of Rare Drams Tuesday May 20, 2014

We were thrilled to have Mr. Bob Kyle of Rare Drams in the house for a Glencadam, Tomintoul & Friends tasting on Tuesday May 20th here at KWM. Bob and I threw together a lineup including a Glencadam 10 and 21 year old, Tomintoul 12 Year Port Wood Finish and 16 Year, and two bottlings from Carn Mor: Mortlach 18 Year and Celebration of the Cask Tamdhu 1991. To cap it all off, we also crack a stunning 1977 vintage Tamdhu. Mr. Kyle is a native Scot, and not afraid of sharing an opinion or two, whether on whisky or things beyond. He did set a fine tone however, repeatedly intoning: “It’s a Dram, not a Drama!” Here’s our range:

  1. Tomintoul 16 Year - 40% - My Tasting Note: “Nose: fruit cake, spices, browning apple, leather and chocolate; caramel sauce emerges with orange peels and prominent malt; Palate: more fruit cake, caramel sauce, browning apples and chocolate; some creamy vanilla notes emerge with crisp spices, Demerara sugar and candied orange; Finish: pleasant, mid-length, creamy and fruity with fading spices, more browning apples and spices.” - $80.99
  2. Glencadam 10 Year - 46% – Matured entirely in American Oak- My Tasting Note: “Nose: very malty with shredded coconut, floral tones, soft toasted oak; dried apple cubes and thinly sliced pears; Palate: dry and toasty, very sweet with more floral tones, dusty malt and citric candies; the apple and pear notes still dominate with clotted cream; Finish: long and creamy with a fading floral sweetness.”  - $66.99
  3. Tomintoul 12 Year Port Wood - 46% – My Tasting Note: “Nose: earthy and faintly spicy with dried fruits and brown sugar; soft leather and chocolate notes develop with a base of grassy malt; Palate: dark, fruity and leathery with some macerated dates and raisins; more chocolate and malt, emerging spices, orange peel and tobacco; Finish: medium length, some creamy vanilla and more dark fruit with chocolate.” - $74.99
  4. Glencadam 21 Year - 46% – Matured in American Oak- My Tasting Note: “Nose: soft, decadent and floral like the 10 year (but more subtly so); some spices and a lot of sugars with toasted oak and chunky malt; lots of honey and crisp white fruits with notes of melon; Palate: creamy, tropical and floral with loads of white fruits and more decadent sugars; the melon is still there along with the white fruits, but also some tangy pineapple and blood orange; the oak is toasty, peppery and slightly drying, starting to show its age; Finish: stays toasty and floral with more fading tropical fruits and decadent sugars.” - $129.99
  5. Carn Mor Mortlach 1995 18 Year - 46% – 693 Bottles from 2 Casks – My Tasting Note: “Nose: loads of soft berry fruits, cherries, liquid honey, creamy tones and some soft floral notes; leather, wet leaves and some meatier tones emerge; Palate: more leather, wet leaves, earthy spices and dried fruits with some musty dunnage warehouse notes and a base of creamy oak; Finish: more soft leather, earth and dried fruit.” - $104.99
  6. Celebration of the Cask Tamdhu 1991 - 49.8% – Hogshead 35095 – 300 Bottles – My Tasting Note: “Nose: spices in a cedar box with Demerara sugars, some black licorice and earthy oak; dried cherries and cranberries with candied orange; Palate: very fruity and subtly leathery with delicate but layered spices, more cedar and a touch of earthy oak; more dried cherries and cranberries with some perfumed floral notes; big candied ginger, dried apricot and layers of spices, jujubes and licorice; Finish: long, fruity and subtly leathery with more jujubes.” - $199.99
  7. Tomintoul 1977 - 54.9% - 36 Year – Sherry Butt # 3691 – 312 Bottles – ONLY 1 Left! – My Tasting Note: “Nose: starts with soft leather, upon which tropical fruits, deft dark sugars and elegant spices are delicately layered; mango, papaya and pineapple, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom; candied fruits, dried orange and floral honey; Palate: sweet, layered and very fruity; layers of soft tobacco, supple leather and more tropical fruits: more mango, papaya and pineapple; layers of spices: starting with ginger and cinnamon, evolving towards anise and clove; a whisky of enormous depth, there are Demerara and brown sugars, candied fruits and hints of Christmas cake; Finish: long fruity and rich; the layers of the palate slowly and elegantly fade away with more tropical fruits, coating leather and spices.” - $849.99 (Last Bottle)
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