The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve

I think that there are those that love some of the Glenlivet offerings, and some that loathe.

However, I’ve had the opportunity of sampling a few over the years. I really quite liked the Nadurra Oloroso, so when asked if I’d like to sample (and I wasn’t expecting a full bottle) of the Caribbean Reserve, I said “yes, please”.

On the nose, banana-ish scents along with vanilla. Brown sugar and a drizzle of honey come into the mix too. I’m not a fan of pears but I sense a little lurking in the background…

I’m sorry to say, but this needs the edges smoothing off… it’s a bit rough (alcohol burn) on the palate.

Oaky (tannins) and therefore a little drying. I’m getting some fruit there, reminds me of a dried tropical fruit mix I had in my younger years… but I’m waiting for more….namely some sweetness.

The finish is a tad flat… but there is a smoothness to it.

The nose was drawing me in, the palate was not for me. Maybe it doesn’t suit my palate. It might suit yours?

It’s £32.49 on MoM. Master of Malt

Many thanks to ANM for this sample.

The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve

Rampur Double Cask Single Malt Whisky

A little, well perhaps more than a little while back I was sent a sample of the Rampur Double Cask Single Malt Whisky to try. And well, I’ve just had a chance to sit down and give it my attention…about blinking time eh Smoggy?

Rampur is a relatively new whisky for me…and despite how long it’s been sat waiting, I’ve been looking forward to sampling this. To learn more about Rampur then click here

This sample came in a lovely little bag, would it be a little treat, the whisky is the double cask single malt, matured in American bourbon barrels and European Oak Sherry casks, it’s 45% abv.

The nose delivers sweet brown sugar, honey, banana and tropical fruit, lovely woody notes. Spices too.

Though to me, the palate feels just a little thin, it packs a spicy punch. Vanilla mingles with spices…red berries, and it’s warming.

The finish is long, spicy woody notes linger…with those dark fruity flavours.

Rampur Double Cask with pouch copy

Thanks to Rampur and MPR Communications for the opportunity to try this.