June 2011

Whisky Glassware Test – Villeroy & Boch Against The Rest Of The World

June 11, 2011
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An in-depth review of five different whisky glasses

Highland Park 1992/2010 Silver Seal

June 10, 2011

Because of the unusually strong sherry influence you would never guess this very fine malt to be a Highland Park in a blind tasting. – Score: 85/100

Caol Ila 1991/2009 Single Malts of Scotland

June 9, 2011
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An excellent Caol Ila whose sweetness is nicely complimented by a slightly dry spiciness. Some fruity notes are there but they stay in the background – Score: 90/100

Hanyu “Two of Diamonds” 1991/2008

June 8, 2011
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Despite its age this malt has quite some punch. A gentle carress on the nose is followed by a karate kick right into your mouth. – Score: 82/100

Grant’s 12 yo

June 7, 2011
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Compared to the Grant’s 18 yo, the younger version is suprisingly smooth. It is rather gentle on the palate but not unpleasantly so. The blend is not available in all markets, though.
– Score: 81/100

Book Review – Russell: Whisky Technology, Production and Marketing

June 6, 2011
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A scientifc approach to all aspects of whisky making. But one chapter fails to keep up the high level.

Strathisla 1994/2011 Cask Strength Edition

June 2, 2011
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An excellent lightly sherried malt that nonchalantly manages to do the splits between complexity and ease of drinking. – Score: 87/100

Spirit of Speyside Festival 2011 Blended Malt

June 1, 2011

This blended malt has a very promising nose, but there is a distinct bitterness on the palate that I find a bit off-putting – Score: 78/100