April 2010

Glenfiddich 12 yo Caoran Reserve

April 7, 2010
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The nose is really impressive, but the palate is just much too watery. At cask strength this whisky could be a stunner, but at 40% one can only guess its potential. – Score: 73/100

Whisky Recipe: Creating a Luxury Blend

April 6, 2010

For a change, this is not a recipe with whisky, but a recipe for whisky. My recent acqusition of a bottle of the Cameronbridge 29yo single grain gave birth to the idea of whipping together a blend of the finest whiskies my shelf has to offer.

Bladnoch 19 yo Forum bottling

April 6, 2010

The nose suggests a rich fruitiness, but on the palate the malt becomes a bit too sour for my taste to be truly enjoyable. – Score: 81/100

Old Pulteney 12 yo

April 5, 2010
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A very pleasant nose, but the whisky is a but watery on the palate. Please upgrade this nice dram to at least 43%! – Score: 80/100

Jim Beam Distillers Series No.1

April 5, 2010

The nose is a bit “chemical”, but the palate is quite nice, albeit a bit spirity. Much better than the standard bottling but still no true winner. – Score: 75/100

An Cnoc 12 yo

April 4, 2010

A noticeable improvement compared to the old Knockdhu, fuller flavour and less dominant spice. A nice malt offering good value. -Rating: 82/100

An Cnoc 12 yo

April 4, 2010
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A noticeable improvement compared to the old Knockdhu, fuller flavour and less domininat spice. A nice malt offering good value. – Score: 82/100

St. Magdalene 1982/2009 Dun Bheagan

April 3, 2010

Extremely complex and sophisticated. But for me it is very mood dependend. I had days where it tasted only “OK”, but on others it sent me to heaven. – Score: 92/100

Highland Park 1981/2006 Mackillop’s Choice

April 2, 2010

If you give this whisky a while to develop its aromas, you will be rewarded with a delicate and very complex dram. Highly enjoyable, but it comes at a price. – Score: 89/100

Numbers Galore: Review of the "Spirits Spider" Rating System

April 1, 2010
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The Wine and Spirits Spiders have their names from circular diagrams that can be drawn from their components. Unfortunately there is only an example of a Winespider diagram available on the site, but it will do nicely for the job of demonstrating how the system works.

Black Bull 12 yo

April 1, 2010

A great blend. It is perfectly drinkable and still rather smooth at 50%, but won’t take harm with a litle water added . Well-balanced and complex, but don’t look for peat here. – Score: 85/100