December 2010

Ardbeg 17

December 9, 2010
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This legendary bottling is now traded at very high prices. Don’t excpect anything like the modern peat bombs Ardbeg currently offers. A very nice dram, light, fruity and fresh, but definitely not worth today’s prices. – Rating: 86/100

Laphroaig 1996/2010 Malts of Scotland

December 8, 2010

This is a very unusual Laphroaig as it displays almost none of the medicinal notes that the distillery is so well known for. But it’s a very high quality malt with a lot going on in the nose and on the palate. – Rating: 89/100

Elements of Islay Lg1 – Lagavulin

December 6, 2010
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It’s not really a bad whisky, but I think it was bottled too young. The farmy notes are just too strong for my taste. There is a reason why the standard Lagavulin is bottled at 16 years. . – Rating: 81/100

Canadian Whisky Awards 2010

December 6, 2010
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Today, Davin de Kergommeaux, publisher of announced the winners of his newly created Canadian Whisky Awards.

Elements of Islay Ci1 – Caol Ila

December 5, 2010
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The tasting notes may look pretty generic, but this is an excellent example of a typical young Islay malt. Adding water shifts the flavours towards the spices. A brilliant whisky. – Rating: 87/100

Macallan 12 yo

December 3, 2010
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Much creamier and noticeably more mature than the 10 yo Sherrry Wood. The nose is terrific, and it’s also intensive on the palate despite the 40% bottling strength. The best value of the Macallan standard range. – Rating: 85/100

Tamdhu 1984/2010 WWW Forum bottling

December 2, 2010
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A very well-balanced malt that shows its age but has not lost its vitality. It is perfectly drinkable neat, but it also benefits from adding some water. This one is percfect for slow sipping on a relaxed evening. – Rating: 87/100

Malt Medal Mania

December 1, 2010
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The First of December is an important date in the whisky calendar. This is the day when the Malt Maniacs publish their annual awards by giving medals to the best whiskies sent to them by the producers.