I don’t know about you but personally I’m totally into this kind of fishes! Here are some of the most recent Archives releases, let’s try those!
Linkwood 13yo 2007-2020 (59.6%, Archives, Hogshead, cask #805408, 259 bottles)
Colour: White wine with gold hues.
Nose: No alcohol presence. A lot of fruits, it’s round and creamy with acacia honey, almonds, pastries, a lot of citruses and rose petals.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is very good and the texture is oily. The flavours are powerful with citruses, fresh lemons, orange juice, candied orange zest, rose petals jam and cookie dough.
Finish: Medium. Still a lot of fruits in this finish, mainly citruses and there is also some hints of dry fruits and roasted and caramelized almonds.
A very good and simple fruit bomb which could just be a perfect daily dram. The quality/price ration is also very good!
Caol Ila 12yo 2007-2020 (57.4%, Archives, Hogshead, cask #322168, 293 bottles)
Nose: No alcohol presence. There are a load of freshly cut lemons and sea salt! It’s quite fat with seaweed, aerial coastal peat, lemon juice, « fleur de sel », iodine, hints of medicinal notes, hints of bourbon vanilla and a delicate veil of smoke.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect. The vanilla roundness is gone and replaced by some subtle dry notes. Sea salt, lemons, coastal peat, freshly cut apples, brine and again a lot of sea salt and fresh lemons with a nice veil of smoke!
Finish: Mid-long. A lot of… yeah yeah, a lot of lemons and sea salt! But come on, that’s very good, we have a really good mix of freshness and dryness!
If you like sea salt and fresh lemons, this one is for you! I just loved it personally even if lacks a but of complexity but that extreme profile paired with this kind of power is just fantastic!
Two very nice daily drams for an honest price! I honestly can’t remember an Archive bottling being bad, good job to you guys as always!