December 2009

Whyte & Mackay 19 yo Old Luxury

December 30, 2009
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A very richly flavoured sherried blend. The nose is impressive, but the palate could profit from a few more ABV points. This is miles away from the standard supermarket or pub blends. The aged grain whisky has lost all of its roughness and caters for a delicate silky smooth mouthfeel. – Score: 84/100

Macallan 10 yo

December 28, 2009
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Great nose, palate is a bit weaker due to the bottling strength. But still a very nice basic sherry malt with good value for the money – Score: 82/100

Mortlach 1990/2008 Wilson & Morgan

December 27, 2009

The palate is very dense in a way that I find it very hard to identify distinctive notes. This means it is a very typical and very fine Mortlach, but not quite as complex as others. – Score: 87/100

Port Ellen 2nd Annual Release

December 22, 2009

This is an extremely complex malt with aromas that seem to come and go in waves during time. Flavours are so concentrated that you could delay it 1:1 with neutral spirit, water it down to drinking strength and still have an excellent dram. – Score: 94/100

Kilbeggan

December 20, 2009
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This bottle costs just €13 at our local HIT supermarket. The quality you get for this price is amazing and easily beats all other blends and single malts below €25 that I have ever tasted. – Rating: 80/100

Lochside 1981/1996 Gordon & McPhail

December 19, 2009

Very complex and well-balanced, perhaps a bit watery due to the bottling strength of 40%. – Score: 89/100

Macallan 1991 16 yo Wilson & Morgan

December 16, 2009

This whisky is not easy to handle. It needs much water until it becomes less spirity, and then the taste is diluted a bit too much for me. – Score: 77/100

Knockando 12 yo 1995

December 15, 2009

This is what I would call a nice every-day dram. Not really “elaborate”, but very nice just to sip and enjoy. – Score: 81/100

Glenglassaugh 1984 Wilson & Morgan

December 14, 2009

Quite a bit of sherry and quite a bit of tannins from the wood. Almost a bit too stringent but still enjoyable. – Score: 83/100

Glen Garioch 8 yo from the 1980s

December 13, 2009

A very interesting older young whisky. A youthful edge combined with the complexity and smoothness of “Golden Promise” barley. – Score: 86/100

Glentauchers 1991/2007 Gordon & McPhail

December 9, 2009
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Great nose, but on the palate the balance is a bit off towards the wood. – Score: 80/100

Hazelburn 12 yo 2009

December 8, 2009

Very full flavoured and complex, very dry but not really bitter. I like it very much. – Score: 88/100

Whisky Christmas Dinner – Course 3: Bruichladdich Zabaione

December 7, 2009

To conclude the Whisky Christmas Dinner, I selected a variation of a classic Italian desert. Zabaione, or Zabaglione as it is sometimes spelled, is traditionally made with Marsala, a fortified wine from Sicily. Bue there is no problen in finding a single malt whisky that can replace it.

Whisky Christmas Dinner – Course 2: Glendronach Leg of Venison

December 4, 2009

The main course of my Christmas dinner will feature a venison roast. To underlinine the Christmas character of the dish, it will be accompanied by a gingerbread sauce with a bit of dark chocolate. Preparation is fairly simple.

Whisky Christmas Dinner – Course 1: Mortlach Oxtail Soup

December 2, 2009

Right in time for Christmas, I have prepared a three course dinner where whisky plays an important role as an ingredient. For each course I selected a single malt whisky that matches the character of the dish as well as possible.

The first course will be a classic oxtail soup.

Lagavulin 16 yo

December 1, 2009
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The epitome of an Islay malt, smoke, peat, fruit, sweetness, Lagavulin has it all. – Score: 90/100