January 2011

Pittyvaich 20 yo Special Release 2009

January 10, 2011
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Like ever so often the palate doesn’t quite deliver what the gorgeous nose is promising. The wood spices are dominating the other flavours. The finish again is great. – Rating: 84/100

The Malt Maniacs Whisky Monitor Database

January 9, 2011
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The new Malt Maniacs Whisky Monitor Database was just presented to the public. It replaces the old Malt Monitor PDF file and boasts an exciting new feature.

Mortlach 16 yo Flora & Fauna

January 8, 2011
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The semi-official Mortlach botting has a fantastic old-fashioned sherry nose. On the palate it displays prominent tannins but the richness of other flavours keeps it in balance. Not quite as “meaty” as other expressions – Rating: 86/100

Talisker Distillers Edition 1999

January 7, 2011
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Many peated malts have a distinct “bacon nose”, not this one. Instead it has the strongest taste of bacon I have ever experienced in a whisky. I love bacon, and I love this whisky. – Rating: 90/100

New Poll: Caramel and Chill-Filtration on the Whisky Label

January 6, 2011

In this poll I want to find out if you want E150a and/of CF mentioned on the whisky label. I have also added options to be in favour for only one of the two components

Glen Albyn 1981/2010 Signatory

January 5, 2011
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This malt has a rather light character but is also bit oily or waxy at the same time. Quite complex with many flavour notes from the wood but balanced out by a nice fruitiness. – Rating: 84/100

Caperdonich 1972 37 yo Duncan Taylor

January 4, 2011
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A very good malt with a rich and slightly waxy mouthfeel. The nose is dominated by fruit while the palate is on the spicier side. It delivers a pretty vibrant performance for its age. – Rating: 86/100

Poll Result: Whisky Awards

January 3, 2011
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The December 2010 poll was about your opinion on whisky awards. For the first time the poll consisted of two questions because two different aspects of whisky awards were to be examined.

Hot from the Rumor Mill – Will There Be A Crystal Macallan?

January 2, 2011
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Well-informed sources say that Macallan is secretly working on a revolutionary new line of whisky epxressions – The Crystal Macallan.

Glenlivet 1994/2009 Adelphi

January 2, 2011

This sherried Glenlivet needs some water to calm it down. Quite richly flavoured overall, but the nose is a bit pungent and the palate lacks an aromatic counterpart to the spices. Good, but not great. – Rating: 82/100

That was the year, that was

January 1, 2011

Just before Christmas I was enjoying a celebratory dram or three with my old friend Keith Wood of Whisky-Emporium.com and as often happens after a few Drams and when the night draws in, we set about putting the world, or at least whisky world, to rights.