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Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar dram # 11 – Weymss Malts “Kumquat Cluster” Glenrothes Sherry Butt # 3343


Region – Speyside – ABV – 46%

Scotch Whisky Advent CalendarDram # 11 brings us a Weymss Malts whisky entitled “Kumquat Cluster” which is a 21yo Glenrothes single sherry butt, cask # 3343.

Based on the color, which is fairly light, I’d have to say this is a refill butt.

There is a joke in there somewhere. I’ll leave you to that.

The Glenrothes and I normally do not get along. The spirit character usually doesn’t sit with my palate but I know they have a great following.

Though, truth be told, I do wish their OB bottlings were at a higher ABV. They’re usually at 40% or 43%, chill filtered and with caramel color added. I think if they slowly moved to 46%, they’d do a great job bringing their followers to the world of non-chill filtered and no-caramel color added whiskies.  The grass is greener on this side, people.

Still, they put out a host of whiskies, various vintages, that people go head over heals for. They must be doing something right, right?

Back to the whisky at hand though. As an independently bottled cask of The Glenrothes, this, I would hope, offers something that the OB releases do not offer. At first glance, it’s 46% NCF and no caramel color is added. That’s a start. At 21 years of age, this will be the oldest Glenrothes I’ve had to date.

Let’s see what happens.

Scotch Whisky Advent CalendarOn the nose — Citrus laden melting caramel cubes.  Some attic wood and a hint of sour milk (in a good way, trust me on this one).  Pecan pie filling, young strawberries, Alpha-Bits cereal sans the marshmallows, a hint of Ovaltine.

The attic wood tells me this is a Glenrothes but everything else just falls into place so nicely.

Scotch Whisky Advent CalendarIn the mouth — Now I see where they got the Kumquat Cluster name. It’s like drinking fresh kumquat juice, skin and all.

A touch of pepper, lots of malt, hints of fresh and dried figs, date rolls (sans almond), mint tea, some Chinese Five Spice to boot!

Finish — Long, malty, citrusy, hints of pepper.

In sum — Cracking whisky. I was really dreading this one but, wow, I was impressed. This is a whisky I’d reach for on a daily basis. Quite nice indeed.

Glengyle Kilkerran – Work In Progress – 46%ABV

Campbeltown – 46% ABV – 750ml bottle – $50 | £30 | €29

What can I say?  I am a *huge* Campbeltown fan.  So unique. So different compared to any of the other whiskies from the various regions of Scotland (the regions of Scotland being: Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside, Islay, Islands and Campbeltown).

I’ve always identified Campbeltown malts with a sharp brininess, almost fishy.  Strong malt & grassy notes.  Delicious peat (as if the vegetation were comprised of pure seaweed).  This being said, I was very excited to taste the Glengyle Kilkerran “Work in Progress”!

Campbeltown has the fewest number of working distilleries as compared to all of the other regions.  You’ve got Glen Scotia, Springbank (who also distills both Longrow and Hazelburn whiskies) and that’s… about it.  Seriously folks, Campbeltown is some different stuff.  Cool, cool malts!

All this in mind, let’s taste the Kilkerran (thank you to “JJY” for the sample!):

On the nose Very Campbeltown, fruity, brine, grapefruit and dirty, dirty peat, white pepper.  A nice but not VERY inspiring nose as compared to the Springbank 15yr or the Longrow 100 proof – what a sec, some nice grassy notes popped up, ok, cool.

On the mouth Butter, salted butter and some fruit but, where’s the beef? (not looking for actual beef – I’m speaking figuratively people!)  Did my taste buds stop working or something?  A bit of citrus, perhaps kumquat but, not much there – no real trace of the peat I found on the nose – coming back again after a few minutes, some papery notes (think damn cardboard or corrugated box) and star fruit – very subtle though.

Finish It left my mouth tingly in a seltzer-going-flat sort of way.

In sum In all, I am somewhat disappointed with this malt – the balance is all off.

I was looking back at my reviews and realized that, with the exception of this posting, I have not yet posted any Campbeltown reviews.  I’m sorry to say that this is my first Campbeltown malt post.

I don’t know… Maybe I had an off night.  I just did not find this to be a very good malt – not for my tastes.  I am glad that this is a “Work In Progress” and I am looking forward to tasting the Kilkerrans on their way to a 12yr expression.  There is true potential here but for this one expression… I could pass on for further tastings.