I am always happy when I get to try a new single cask bottling from Whic. Over the last couple of years, the Munich-based company released quite a lot of whiskies that left a big impression on me. Here’s another two: an 11-year-old single malt from Glen Moray distillery (a place you should definitely visit if you are in the region) and a 25-year-old single grain from Cameronbridge distillery (located in Fife and owned by Diageo). Especially the grain blew me away. But the malt is really nice as well. Check out my tasting notes for these two limited edition single casks below and, if you tried them, let me know in the comments how you liked them!
Cameronbridge 25yo “Selected by whic.de”
(Single grain • Lowlands • Sherry cask • 25 years • 57.6% • 503 bottles)
Oh, wonderful! This quarter-of-a-century Cameronbridge must have slept in an exceptional cask. Not only is the color stunningly dark, but also is the nose super alluring. It is rich with bramble jelly, raisin bread, blackcurrant juice, strawberry slices, charred wood and roasted nuts. Plus, it brims with sulfur. On the tongue, the liquid weighs extremely heavy (which is kinda unusual for a grain). Also, the finish is surprisingly long and memorable. The oily palate and the strong aftertaste are dominated by intense flavors of blackcurrants, raisins and rum truffles as well as natural licorice, dark chocolate and salty pretzels. There’s even something in there that reminds me of marinated spear rips with a crunchy black crackling. Summing up, I can give this outstanding grain whisky the highest form of praise: Right after I had finished my sample, I booted up my PC, visited the Whic.de website and ordered a full bottle. I would recommend you to do the same while supplies last!
Glen Moray 11yo “Nymphs of Whisky”
(Single malt • Speyside • Hogshead • 2007/2018 • 51.1% • 261 bottles)
Often, whisky is referred to as sunlight in the glass. And indeed: This 11-year-old Glen Moray from the “Nymphs of Whisky” series shines in a summery, sunny yellow. When drawn to the nostrils, it gives forth a mellow, sweetish fragrance. There is a strong lemony quality at first. Quickly after, it is joined by camomile tea, butter cookies, yellow plums, sparkling wine, vanilla pudding and blossoming rapeseed fields. The whisky’s body is full and well-defined. It offers balanced flavors of sponge cake, cereal bars, sunflower seeds, apple juice and a few crumbles of gingerbread. When kept in the mouth a bit longer, it also develops a bourbon-like clay note. The finish starts off a bit boozy; apparently, this nymph likes to take a good sip o’ Scotch every now and then. Soon, sweet and chunky notes step forth as the predominating forces in the medium-long aftertaste: warm vanilla sauce, unripe bananas, sugared rice pudding and lemon-flavored jelly drops. All in all, this is a mellow, rounded and pleasing Speysider with some interesting edges here and there.
Glen Moray 11yo (Single malt / Speyside / Hogshead / 51.1% / ~60 Euro)
Cameronbridge 25yo (Single grain / Lowlands / Sherry cask / 57.6% / ~100 Euro)
*** Whisky samples kindly provided by Whic.de ***