• Dan Gardner

Whisky Club - Episode 2

Welcome back my friends, to Episode #2 of The Whisky Club!

Today I will be sharing my thoughts on new whiskies from Glen Moray & AnCnoc, as well as recommending my "Whisky of The Week".



Glen Moray Whisky Review


Glen Moray Sauternes Cask Matured expression

In November I was invited to take part in a virtual tasting session with Dr Kristie McCallum and Iain Allan, along with some other folks, on the wonder that is Zoom! Welcome to 2020!

We were tasting together the new Glen Moray Sauternes Cask, that has been maturing for the last 14 years in Warehouse 1. An exciting expression that I was very keen to try.

So, let's dive in!

First off, I couldn't help but notice the colour of the whisky as I poured it into my glass. A dark amber bronze, it was almost warming to look at, as if you were sat by the fire on a winters day.

As I began to sip this whisky, I realised just how special it was. Each sip gave me more to think about. And the conclusion I came to by the end, was that this could quite honestly be the best dram I've had in 2020 so far!.. And let me just say... there's been a lot of drams this year! #lockdown

On the nose I was getting hints of sweet spice, cream and oranges. With rich oak notes at the end, preparing you nicely for what was to come.

The taste, if I had to describe it in 3 words, I'd say - smooth, complex and powerful. Thankfully, I don't need to describe it in 3 words, as there's a lot more to say! It was a magnificent mouthful, thick and oily, with chocolate coffee notes. Sweet and spiced on the palate, with dry fruits and vanilla. Rich and incredibly satisfying!

It had a very long and warm finish! Creamy and smooth, with more hints of spice. I can confirm, it is official - best dram I've had this year.

So in summary, if you couldn't guess, I thoroughly enjoyed this Sauternes Cask whisky from Glen Moray. It was complex and beautiful. Would highly recommend getting your hands on a bottle.

ABV: 59.6%

Bottles released: 1,248

Bottle size: 70cl

Age: 14 years



x2 AnCnoc Whisky Reviews


I recently had the pleasure of trying yet another two whiskies from AnCnoc! This time an 18 year old and a 24 year old. Here were my thoughts!

AnCnoc 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky

A bronzed amber colour, sweet orange and toffee on the nose. It was a full bodied taste with hints of spice, vanilla, honey and dry fruits. Bold and boisterous on the palate. Very thick, oily and as smooth as they come! It had a sweet, silky, syrup finish, leaving you wanting another dram immediately. Dressing gown on, sip it slow and enjoy!

ABV: 46%

Bottle size: 70cl


AnCnoc 24 Year Old Scotch Whisky

I was quite excited for this one. It had been a while since I’d tried something as old as 24 years! So, I pressed play on the new series of The Crown, poured this dark, desirable dram into my glass and put my feet up!

On the nose, it was soft and sweet with a hint of spiced vanilla. The taste was definitely better than I had anticipated! A deep, thick and matured mouthful! A soft mix of chocolate, orange and spice. Very, very well balanced! With a warm and gentle finish, hints of toffee and spice.

A strong and satisfying winter warming evening dram! Highly recommend.

ABV: 46%

Bottle size: 70cl



Whisky Of The Week - Recommendation


Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky

An impressive ENGLISH single malt whisky which I'm loving at the moment!..

The "Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky" - distilled in The Cotswolds. Soft honey notes, with a rich malt and orange spice on the palate, yet a smooth, sweet and satisfying finish. My "whisky of the week" recommendation to all whisky lovers! Go try it if you haven't already!

ABV: 46%

Bottle size: 70cl



Thanks for stopping by for Episode 2 of The Whisky Club!

Hope you enjoyed it!

See you next time!

- Dan