A very good list for the warm weather - a little something for everyone, but mostly lighter and sweeter notes that met the hot weather well. Apparently, the drams are matched with jazz tracks this month. Which means very little to me, but the
deviants jazz enthusiasts that I know seem to have enjoyed it, and who am I to stop them?
A lot of people have been asking me about the Bladnoch, but I don't think it's all that. For me, the pick of the list is either the waxy and fruity Clynelish or the incredibly well constructed Royal Brackla - both superb drams.
The clean, light and fruity Balmenach also stood out for me, as did the caramel and cigar boxes of the Mortlach. And for the peat-freaks, the vegetal earthiness of the Kilchoman is going to tick all the boxes.
Sadly, this is a bad list for fans of the sherry cask - not one in sight!.
But if you want an unusual wood, you're in luck! Don't forget the ex-port barrique Longmorn, which brought plenty of well integrated fruits. There's also the first-fill toasted oak Glen Moray - which gave everything from Turkish Delight and red apples to shoe leather and dark chocolate.