It’s a wine community - and this is Whisky - not even from TWS. These are cask strength, non chill filtered, no caramel, clear age statement. All three, £140 including delivery & a free miniature.
I shall refrain from moaning about TWS current whisky offer.
These ‘natural’ whiskies always develop in the bottle as the level goes down, typically mellowing and becoming more nuanced - so the first nip is deceptive. However…
The Ardmore is classic Teacher’s whisky main-malt: Peated, coal smoke edge… rich and sweet, very rounded & fruity - instantly likeable.
Orkney is USUALLY Highland Park, however in this instance I’m undecided: there is a wisp of peat, but mostly a nutty peach palate (Scapa?) and quite mouth watering & salty. MUCH more to it than your usual H.P. so I’m reserving judgement - I think this will open up nicely. I had AD Rattray’s 18y/o Orkney recently - it was obviously HP & not as good.
Tobermory 12 is a classic straight hit, highland malt, exactly as expected - but with everything turned up to 11. I’m hoping there are hidden depths - but it is very drinkable with a third added water.
Happy May everybody!