Berry Bros & Rudd: Blue Hanger – 9th Release

BBR Blue Hanger 9

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Nose: A little difficult to pin down; sweet forest undergrowth, tea loaf, smoked meats, and some slight smokey notes.  Some light spice hints, and a faintly medicinal edge. Palate:  Sweet and dry, a bit stiff and wooden; lots of oak spices, hints of orange and lemon peel, a bit of medicinal peat smoke hanging around as well.  Not overly smooth, nor punch like many younger malts. Mouthfeel:  Quite dry, and not very thick.  Not really any oils to speak of.  A decent burn - more than normal from a vatted blend, but it only lingers for a short while before…

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Teeling: Single Grain

Teeling Single Grain

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Nose:  Honey, baked apricots, nutmeg, red apples, cinnamon sugar, coconut milk, bees wax, vanilla, soggy Weet-Bix covered in brown sugar.  A slight grassy tinge just wafting lazily in the background. Palate:  Honey, grapes, sultanas, and more of that soggy and sugary Weet-Bix.  Some apples are also present somewhere in the background - this time green rather than the red apples on the nose.  A tiny amount of cinnamon - proper cinnamon, not cinnamon sugar.  Quite sweet, but not overdone. Mouthfeel: Thicker than any other Teeling whiskey that I've tried - resonably weighty for an Irish whiskey, medium weight when compared…

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Teeling: Single Malt

Teeling Single Malt

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Nose:  When first opened there's a whiff of straight alcohol which quickly runs away to be replaced by grape juice, and chocolate chip muesli bars.  Also faint traces of grilled banana and pineapple lumps (the lollies, not chunks of fresh pineapple - for those of you not from the antipodes). Palate:  Vanilla, oak spices, citrus, cinnamon, honey.  Quite malty and peppery as well.  Probably unsurprisingly given the number of different casks that the spirit was finished in, there is quite a lot going on in this whiskey.  Unfortunately it never really seems to get its act together - there seems…

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Teeling: Small Batch

Teeling Small Batch

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Nose: Spiced rum is big on the nose along with some earthy spices, nutmeg, toffee, and brown sugar. Palate:  Quite sweet with dark golden syrup, burnt toffee, lots of oak spices, toasted oats with brown sugar.  A bit grassy and peppery. Mouthfeel:  A fair bit of alcohol heat in this whisky, particularly at the tip, and the back of the tongue - but not a particularly harsh heat; more sparkle than burn.  Reasonably creamy without being thick or chewey.  The burn doesn't last particularly long, although the mouth remains warm right through drinking and into the finish. Dry, and not…

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