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Tasting of Chichibu Port Pipe, Kornog, Ardmore 1992/2013

Tasting of Chichibu Port Pipe, Kornog, Ardmore 1992/2013


In The Auld Alliance Singapore.

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While my last visit in The Auld Alliance Singapore I let myself to do a little tasting. All the single malts were presented naturally: cask strength, natural colour. Below are my basic tasting impressions.

I started with Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu Port Pipe, distilled in 2009, bottled in 2013, 54,5% ABV, bottle no. 1400 out of 4200.

C: light amber;
N: quite fresh, winey, red grapefruit, accents of just cut wood, quite sweet with hard candy;
S: feels quite thick, tweaks on the tongue, grapefruit, a lot of orange peel and orange juice, delicate bitterness, it gets sweeter, a touch of liquor;
F: medium length with grapefruit.
Score: 83.

Chichibu Port Pipe is a very young whisky, but in the natural presentation it is a pleasure to taste it. Water softens the whisky.

Chichibu Port Pipe

Auld Alliance Singapore Chichibu Port Pipe

Second in line is a single malt from France – Kornog. Whisky bottled specially for The Auld Alliance Singapore in 2013. 58.7% ABV. It is worth mentioning that Kornog is produced in Glann Ar Mor Distillery, owned by Jean and Martine Donnay. It was their initiative to build the ninth distillery on Islay – Gartbreck.

C: gold;
N: after sniffing Chichibu this one is softer, more subtle, also sweet, a little mineral, a drop of water gives more sweet with some sour notes like citrone and lime, traces of smoke and peat;
T: I feel a high level of alcohol with tingling on the tongue, sweet, a little ginger and bitterness, grapefruit, slightly metallic, meaty, peat is detectable;
F: long sweet.
Score: 84.

Interesting whisky from France.

Auld Alliance Singapore

Auld Alliance Singapore Kornog

And finally, another bottling specifically for The Auld Alliance SingaporeArdmore. Distillation took place in 1992, bottling in 2013 in the amount of 218 units, 51.3% ABV.

C: light gold;
N: here immediately greets me smoke and calm peat, quite citrusy character, lemon peel, oranges, polished metal traces of earl gray tea, wet hay;
T: here I also immediately have peat with the fact that it is not overwhelming, further lime, orange and mandarin, also a little sweet accents, with the time more bitterness occurs;
F: quite long with smoke and a drop of orange juice.
Score: 86.

Good opportunity to try Ardmore. On the market there are not too many versions available.


Auld Alliance Singapore Ardmore 1992/2013

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