Balveine 10yo (40%, OB, Cognac Bottle)
This bottling was sold before 1992, when Balvenie change to the current outlook. The “Cognac Bottle” sold quite a lot in France. And was said to the single malt taste like a cognac. Color: golden brown. Quite oil as an 40% one. Thick legs yet going down slow. Nose: very nice citrus but with a hint of chocolate. Very balanced vatting as the first impression. Some light flower nose brings out the honey house style. Then turned orange like. Palate: quite smooth and easy yet still got some power. Medium Body. Medium Finish.. Adding water got more orange feel and a little bit caramel, and also some mint. The orange feel stay in the mouth quite long. A very enjoyable malt! Score:86.
Auchentoshan 31yo 1966/1997 (45.1%, OB, Hogshead#509)
It state, “Straight from the cask, no chill filtered”. What a surprise. Color: Brown, thick and beautiful legs going down slow. Nose: strong, woody. Lot’s of flower, clear maltiness. Mint, very little citrus. Light and gentle. Palate: a little bit nut, chemical or earth, rice. Finish: Short and gentle. A very high class malt. If not the strange chemical taste it would be in the 90s. Score: 89