Wasn't 1997 a good vintage everywhere in Scotchland? Colour: white wine. Nose: classic cakes, scones, muffins and shortbread, with some custard this time, plum jams, and then herbal teas in all their guises, chamomile first, as often. With water: more grassy touches, hay, flower compost (just a tiny bit), then Ovaltine again, cappuccino, a tiny drop of Maggi… Maggi is very important at WF Towers and part of the three essential resources. Electricity, whisky and Maggi. Right. A tiny touch of coconut in the balkc or the back. Mouth (neat): very good indeed, just as malty as the Cadenhead, with more fudge and toffee this time, millionaire shortbread, roasted peanuts, chestnut honey, tartes and cakes, crème brulée once more… With water: just excellent, with more butterscotch and cider. Finish: medium and just as malty and cakey as Cadenhead's 1996. Comments: great drops, these slightly uncomplicated Glenrothes.
SGP:561 - 87 points.
It was a great 3 days with many exciting conversations and new acquaintances.
Not whisky anymore at 37.6%, but it could have been in the old days, I believe the limit was at 65°UKproof not too long ago. Colour: gold. Nose: hey! Old waxes, tropical cordials (pineapple), new-world chardonnay, custard, blancmange, cheesecake, marshmallows, butter cream, meringue… Mouth: fantastic. Indeed this is not quite whisky, it's rather some kind of very precious soft drink, or some cocktail made by a un-narcissistic hence skilled bartender who's NOT on Insta or TikTok. Banana juice, soft rum, barley sugar, apple juice perhaps, orgeat… Finish: short, which is normal, with something of a Scottish pina colada or something. Cappuccino in the aftertaste. Absolutely lovely. Comments: beware these go down way too easily. Oh and 1974, that's Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom, so no wonder...
SGP:640 - 87 points
To be able to catch some drams has been a dream of ours for decades, has it not. Let's check this new baby from our friends in Switzerland… Colour: straw. Nose: much, much deeper into anything malty and chalky, with some paraffin and lamp oil, cider apples, green pears, porridge… It is very typically Glen Moray as nature intended (if you will). With water: bonbons coming out, bubblegum, marshmallows… Also more chalk yet, after a short while. Mouth (neat): massive notes of fruit peel, grass, more paraffin and porridge, more chalk as well, drops of grapefruit juice… With water: very good. IPA, fruit drops, green tea… Finish: medium, on similar tones of fruity beers and artisanal cider. Comments: pure malt whisky. Lovely green fruits, breads etc. Classic.
SGP:551 - 86 points
From 30.3. – 1.4. 2023, the Whiskyships will be anchored in Lucerne again. We will be there with our stand on the upper deck of the "MS Waldstätter" on all 3 days where you can try our DrC bottlings and various rarities.
It was a successful occasion and nice to meet well-known and new Whisky enthusiasts.
Thank you all for the numerous visits to our stand.
DramCatcher at the Whisky & Music Festival
We will participate in the Whisky & Music Festival at the Volkshaus in Zurich on February 3rd and 4th, where we will present our 2 new bottlings. A 14 year old Glen Moray and a 12 year old Ardmore, of course both single casks and bottled at cask strength.
Tickets for the fair:
And a little teaser of our new bottlings:
Even the grains are getting anonymous these days mind you (but whisky cynics would say these spirits are always anonymous anyway). Colour: light gold. Nose: lovely varnish/glue, touches of acetone, green apples, cellulose, a box of cigarillos, then rather tropical fruits, especially bananas and guavas, sponge cake topped with custard, shortbread... Pleasant freshness and even complexity here. The varnishy notes do not bother me, on the contrary. Mouth: not too thin, rather enticing, on the expected coconut water and vanilla cream, plus fine touches of lemon, then several herbal and rooty notes from the old cask, celeriac, chartreuse, fir liqueur… All that never quite becomes big, but remember this is only grain whisky. Finish: citrus winning it all, which is good. Lemon balm too. Comments: not big but tight and even refreshing. Forgot to mention thin mints in the aftertaste. Very good grain but as always, they need very long aging, that and sometimes good thick sherry to bring some body.
SGP:551 - 85 points
Some copy on the label leads us to believe this is single malt from Cooley. Colour: white wine. Nose: lovely drop, one of the better Cooleys. Mango cake, sweeter sunflower oil, pink bananas, melons, whiffs of menthol, fresh caraway seeds… It's not as bombastically fruity as the indie Bushmills, but I find this extremely well built and irreproachable. One of the better ones indeed, so far. Mouth: same feelings, lovely softer citrus, a wee touch of demerara syrup, melons, mangos, bananas… It's just a tad sweeter (as in 'sugar', ha) than we expected when nosing it. Finish: long and almost liqueury. No ideas where that came from, as it is impossible anyone added any forms of sugar to this lovely make. Comments: I'm reminded of Corsican 'Cédratine' here. Stuff for connoisseurs only.
SGP:741 - 87 points