February 2010

Laphroaig and Lagavulin: One Mile of Distance but Worlds Apart

February 8, 2010

Perhaps it’s only a personal thing, but there is one strange phenomenon about those two Islay malts that I have encountered several times now: Whenever I taste them one after another, the second will always taste not as good as the first.

Glengoyne 12 yo Cask Strength

February 8, 2010
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The wood spicyness is a bit too dominant for my taste, it takes quite a bit of water to soften it down. But still quite a nice dram. – Score: 81/100

Glenmorangie Signet

February 7, 2010
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A very good malt, well-balanced, full-bodied and very complex. But I think the price is a bit too much on the expensive side. – Score: 87/100

Benromach 10 yo

February 6, 2010
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Surprisingly smoky, but well balanced with spices and a slight sweetness. It even reminds me a bit of some old-fashioned whiskies from silent stills. – Score: 84/100

Mekhong "Whisky"

February 5, 2010

The only thing this has in common with whisky is its colour. No surprise, as its is made from molasses, rice and spices. It reminds a bit of a diluted Italian herbal bitter like Ramazotti or Fernet. It might be quite nice on the rocks as an aperitive, but don’t expect proper whisky, if you order one. – Score: 45/100

Glenglassaugh – The Spirit Drink That Blushes To Speak Its Name

February 4, 2010
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In my opinion this experiment does not work. Maturation is too short for much influence of the cask, so it is basically a mixture of the fruity newmake with a little red wine. – Score: 64/100

Glenglassaugh – The Spirit Drink That Dare Not Speak Its Name

February 2, 2010
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You would not beleive that this is supposed to become whisky once. It reminds more of a pear eau de vie than anything else. Quite enjoyable in its own right though, but with a solid price tag. – Score: 76/100

Adelphi Laudale 12 yo

February 1, 2010

This is an exceptionally rich and dark sherry whisky, quite dry but not disturbingly so. Very complex and thoroughly enjoyable. – Score: 88/100