March 2011

Caol Ila 1980/2010 Master of Malt

March 15, 2011
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The unusual herbal notes make this a rather unusal Caol Ila. But they are well integrated into a fruity and spicy mix of flavours. – Rating: 84/100

Caol Ila 1995/2009 James MacArthur

March 14, 2011

The sherry adds a nice and slightly sweet fruitiness to this Caol Ila. A fantastic and strongly flavoured dram that should be enjoyed in small sips. – Rating: 88/100

Chivas Regal 12 yo

March 13, 2011
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At 12 years of age the grain has lost much of its harshness, but the overall flavour profile is rather indescript. – Rating: 72/100

Highland Park 1997/2010 Master of Malt

March 12, 2011
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Quite a nice dram that needs a little attention. It has a rather pleasant taste but it appears more like a toned down Islay malt than a proper Highland Park. – Rating: 83/100

Highland Park St. Magnus 12 yo

March 11, 2011
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A slightly unusual expression from Highland Park, rather gentle but yet very complex. It is not overly sweet but it has the character of a very elaborate liquid dessert. – Rating: 87/100

Why Is There No Pot Still Scotch Grain Whisky?

March 10, 2011

Let me present you one the last unsolved mysteries of Scotch whisky.

Bunnahabhain 12 yo

March 9, 2011
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The reborn standard Bunna more than convinces with a rich and coating mouthfeel. It has a strong sherry influence but the trademark maritime and herbal notes are well present. – Rating: 86/100

Poll Result: Whisky Festivals

March 8, 2011
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The last poll dealt with your opinion about the two principal types of whisky festivals – “all inclusive” and “pay per dram”. 81 voters took part this time.

Tomatin 1967/2008 Single Cask #17904

March 6, 2011
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This is a rather fragile malt that needs time to develop. But even then it is not eager to show off a wealth of flavours, it wants you to hunt them down. Not a value dram at all. – Rating: 80/100

Tomatin 1990/2008 Single Cask #16352

March 5, 2011

A rather straightforward bourbon cask whisky. It is not bad at all but you can get comparable malts for much less money. – Rating: 83/100

Bad Nose Days

March 3, 2011
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If you are following me on Twitter or Facebook you will already have learned that I have been suffering from a string of Bad Nose Days.

Glengoyne 1988/2009 Single Cask #780

March 1, 2011

Despite the dark colour, the sherry is not overwhelming but of course very noticeable. The whisky lacks a bit of complexity but it is still very enjoyable. – Rating: 85/100