The Birmingham Whisky Club Blog :: A Final Taste Of Whisky Birmingham

July 14, 2017

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Our Rich has been here, there and everywhere over the last month or so. He’s finally got around to trying those last samples he picked up at Whisky Birmingham to recommend to you lucky readers. He’s actually picked out some great choices – two of which you can come and try with us (if you fancy) at our upcoming Glengoyne & Tamdhu tasting (details here). Without further ado – on to Rich’s picks…

This month is a set of final samples from Whisky Birmingham 2017 that I’ve been trying to catch up from. I have two from the fantastic Glengoyne core range and then finishing with an old favourite… Scapa Glansa.

WhatGlengoyne 12, 43%, Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Where: Tried at Whisky Birmingham, but you can try it at The Wellington.

Nose: Almost tropical to me. Pineapple, pear and Green apple with grain and a caramel sweetness. Reminds me of toffee apples most!

Palate: Toffee first then a tingle in the mouth and a flowery note. Feels quite light and pleasant.

Finish: Coats the mouth nicely, leaving a sight mocha finish (leaning far more to the coffee however!).

If you’re new to the Glengoyne range this is a great starting point and it’s often one that can be found on offer in some of the larger supermarkets. Well worth the price point!

WhatGlengoyne 15, 43%, Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Where: Tried at Whisky Birmingham, but fairly widely available.

Nose: Sweet again, more citrus notes this time for me and the grain becoming more prominent.

Palate: Feels oilier in the mouth than the 12, richer, a hint of lemon zest and lengthens into spice.

Finish: Crisp finish with lingering cinnamon spice.

This is a sweet and well rounded dram. If someone says they don’t like a smoky whisky, give them one of these! A mix of 1st fill sherry and bourbon matured giving a nice, well rounded drink.


WhatScapa Glansa, 40%, Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Where: Tried at Whisky Birmingham, but fairly widely available.

Nose: Peach and pineapple vie with vanilla with a layer of smoke coming through. Reminiscent of a smouldering bonfire.

Palate: Peach, Caramel, Vanilla. Almost an even match between the three in my mouth, wrapped in a creamy mouth feel as I swirl the whisky around my mouth.

Finish: The peat expands a bit in the mouth giving added depth to a medium length finish that is packed with spice and sweetness.

I’d been looking forward to trying this so when I finally got a chance to try it at the Birmingham Whisky Festival I jumped at it! This has been aged in American oak and then finished in ex-peated whisky casks giving the interesting fruity and creamy mouth and soft smoke after. Usual peat flavours come from the grain process hence my interest. If you’re looking for an Islay whisky with a twist this probably will leave you disappointed but if you’re looking for something with hints of Islay but doing its own thing this will probably hit the mark.