Tasting note: Aberfeldy 2008 SMWS 60.26 (8-year-old, "Mojitos and muscle rub")

Aberfeldy 2008 SMWS 60.26Color: Jonquiripe corn

Nose: Tropical fruits, most prominently pineapple and banana, with a bit of citrus and mint which I guess the "mojito" refers to.

Taste: Sweet and again fruity, ripe oranges and bananas. Although this is a young whisky bottled at 61%, the alcohol isn't biting. When you swallow, there is a peppery spiciness in the back of the throat, but it doesn't last long. Water brings out more of the sweet citric flavours (lime).

Finish: Relatively brief. Sweet with vanilla and lime. The oak doesn't show itself really.

Comments: Solid young whisky from the "Young & Spiritely" category at SMWS. I like its sweetness but obviously the whisky lacks complexity, though that's fine considering it's a single cask that had a mere eight years to age.

Rating: I rated this whisky 82 out of 100.
(Nose 21, Taste 21, Finish 20, Balance 20)

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Tasting note: Octomore Masterclass_08.2 (2008/2017, 8yo)

Octomore Masterclass_08.2 2008/2017Color: Auburn

Nose: Earthy peat with apricot jam. There are hints of smoked meat, grass and flowers... barbecue in a hayfield? But what jumps out at you the most beside the very pleasant peat is the fruitiness and sweetness from ripe oranges and berries.

Taste: Wonderful right from the first sip! Gentle smoke with plenty of oak and dark chocolate. Sweet red fruits, cherries and strawberries, mixed with slightly bitter yellow fruits, oranges and apricots.

Finish: The peat stays with you but does so in the background, leaving room for cherries and bitter chocolate to shine through. Red wine grapes and dry oak later.

Comments: This is a lovely dram with peat that is gentle and perfectly balanced alongside sweet aromas. No water required at all.

Rating: I rated this whisky 91 out of 100.
(Nose 22, Taste 23, Finish 23, Balance 23)

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