This is a remarkably suitable list for summer. Plenty of good fruit notes - lemons, apples and pears keep cropping up, and the whiskies as a whole are a little lighter than usual. My picks of the list are not what I expected, and I have five whiskies I want to highlight - not bad from a tasting of 12 drams!
I found three whiskies I wanted more than one bottle of. First up is the slightly crazy Auchentoshan, which marries rum and light whisky brilliantly without losing sight of either spirit. Then there’s the wonderfully zany Glen Scotia, which is very hard to describe as it balances its smoke, florality and fruit. By comparison the elegant and brilliantly balanced Benrinnes is almost striking in how conventional its fruit, wood and waxiness is.
I also really liked the Braeval, which delivered flowers, fresh sappy wood and fruits. And last but not least is the Fettercairn, which has bright fruits and then wood notes and a touch of spice.
I can only hope that Matt had as pleasant a selection of whiskies as I did - sadly we couldn’t do the tasting together due to scheduling conflicts. His notes will be at The Dramble as usual.