July 2009

Swissky Single Malt – Exclusiv-Abfüllung 5 yo

July 24, 2009

This must have been matured in a quince eau de vie barrel. The taste of quince kills all whisky-ness. In fact I like the taste, but this really is not whisky. – Score: 35/100

Swissky Single Malt

July 24, 2009

This whisky cannot deny its fruit brandy heritage. For a whisky it is a curiosity, although it doesn’t taste too bad overall – Score: 50/100

Whisky Basics 2/4 – Regions

July 23, 2009
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Scotland has by a large margin the highest amount of active distilleries in the world, so it is globally the most important whisky region. In terms of whisky, it is historically divided into several distinct regions.

Whisky Basics 1/4 – Types

July 22, 2009
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This is the first part of a series of four articles about the basic properties of whisky. Although it also contains some very basic information, it is not a necessarily a beginner’s guide. I want to investigate the influence of four principal factors on the character of whisky.

Bushmills 12 yo Caribbean Rum Cask

July 21, 2009

A very fruity malt, mild but nevertheless with a distinctive taste. Doesn’t really taste “rummy”. – Score: 80/100

Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof

July 21, 2009

Definitely more “edgy” than a bourbon. Very dominant wood influence that you have to like in order to appreciate the whisky. I do. – Score: 82/100

Tomintoul Peaty Tang

July 20, 2009
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Nocticeably better than its unpeated cousin but cannot really cope with good Islay malts – Score: 75/100

Tomintoul 10 yo

July 20, 2009
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Middle-of-the-road malt. Doesn’t hurt the palate but is soon forgotten. – Score: 71/100

Top 4 Reasons to Rate Whisky

July 20, 2009
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Rating whiskies is more than just enjoying their taste. To find out how well a whisky does on your personal scale you have to learn to compare it to others you have sampled.

Aberlour Sherry Cask Matured 12 yo

July 19, 2009

A solid and well-balanced sherry cask malt of the milder kind – Score: 83/100

Dalmore The Black Isle 12 yo

July 19, 2009

Quite nice to sip, but has also small flaws. – Score: 79/100

Port Ellen 1979/2009 Old Bothwell

July 19, 2009

No peat monster but perfectly balanced with the wood influence caused by long maturation. Both complex and subtle as no aroma tries to dominate. – Score: 93/100

Highland Park 16 yo

July 19, 2009

At first try I was a little disappointed, but now the bottle is almost empty, I am starting to like it. Not the best horse in the stable, but maybe somthing for love on second sight. – Score: 80/100

Caol Ila 12 yo

July 18, 2009
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A nice alternative for those who don’t need a true peat monster – Score: 83/100

Port Charlotte PC7

July 18, 2009
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Very complex aromas that I can’t possibly hunt down all. Exceptional for such a young whisky. – Score: 88/100

Ardbeg Ten

July 18, 2009
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Peat punch and delicate sweetness well balanced. One of the best entry level bottlings around – Score: 84/100