August 2011

Ledaig 2005/2010 Berry Bros.

August 31, 2011

Fast maturation does not only happen in tropical climates. With the right cask even a Scotch can become a cracker of a dram in only four years. This whisky is a peaty flavour bomb. – Rating: 88/100

Three Ships 10 yo

August 30, 2011
Thumbnail image for Three Ships 10 yo

South Africans can make good whisky too. It’s a bit on the spicy side, but the other flavours are strong enough to counter it. – Rating: 80/100

Glendullan 1996/2005 Murray McDavid

August 29, 2011

A finish just short of being overdone. Not bad overall but a little one-dimensional. The un-finished version must have been utterly unexciting but very spicy. – Rating: 79/100

Highland Park 1997 Vintage 12 yo

August 29, 2011

Not the greatest of the distillery range, but certainly an interesting expression. The spice bite is a bit too strong to really please me. – Rating: 77/100

Caol Ila 12 yo 1997/2010 Chieftain’s

August 27, 2011

The nose requires water to reach full strength, the palate not necessarily. It is an excellent and rather ‘thick’ Caol Ila that feels a bit older than stated on the label. – Rating: 88/100

Balvenie 14 yo Golden Cask

August 26, 2011
Thumbnail image for Balvenie 14 yo Golden Cask

This really needs some water to fully open up. Then it turns from a rather generic dram into a pleasant experience. – Rating: 84/100

Recipe: Whiskey Sour Sorbet

August 26, 2011
Thumbnail image for Recipe: Whiskey Sour Sorbet

25th August is National Whiskey Sour Day in the USA. Here is my take on the topic.

Comparing Two Tyrconnell 10 yo Cask Finishes

August 25, 2011
Thumbnail image for Comparing Two Tyrconnell 10 yo Cask Finishes

A head to head comparision of sherry and port finishes.

Chill-Filtration Does Make A Difference – The Experiment

August 24, 2011
Thumbnail image for Chill-Filtration Does Make A Difference – The Experiment

Here is an experiment that I have been carrying around in my mind for quite a while. It’s about how chill-filtration actually effects the character of a whisky.

Whisky People #13 – Dave Broom

August 23, 2011
Thumbnail image for Whisky People #13 – Dave Broom

Year of Birth: 1959
Place of Residence: Hove near Brighton
Profession: Writer
Whisky Involvement: books, magazine articles, masterclasses etc.

North British 1991/2011 Master of Malt

August 22, 2011
Thumbnail image for North British 1991/2011 Master of Malt

This single grain has a very nice flavour base, but be warned: It is rather spicy stuff. – Rating: 84/100

Glengoyne English Merchants’ Choice

August 21, 2011
Thumbnail image for Glengoyne English Merchants’ Choice

A very rich sherry monster with a fantastic nose. The palate lacks a little depth, despite the driness you can feel that it is still rather young. – Rating: 85/100

The Hive 12 yo

August 20, 2011

Quite a good blended malt with a good balance of flavours. The finish is over a bit too soon for the nice taste, though. – Rating: 81/100

Highland Park 25 yo

August 14, 2011
Thumbnail image for Highland Park 25 yo

The 18 year old is already a masterpiece, but this is yet a little better. Lots and lots of aromas to contemplate about, but the price difference is significant. – Rating: 91/100

Glenlivet 12 yo 1997 Cooper’s Choice

August 13, 2011
Thumbnail image for Glenlivet 12 yo 1997 Cooper’s Choice

A very nice combination of fruit and spice. This whisky may look pale, but it has strong inner values. – Rating: 84/100

Layered Malts: A 100% Whisky ‘Cocktail’

August 12, 2011
Thumbnail image for Layered Malts: A 100% Whisky ‘Cocktail’

Somewhat fitting to this month’s poll topic about using whisky for mixing, I proudly present a cocktail made from 100% single malt whisky. This should get the seal of approval from the most die-hard critics, I hope…

Bunnahabhain 1976/2008 Murray McDavid

August 11, 2011

This very complex malt displays some rather odd flavours which I really like, but it may not be everybody’s favourite. – Rating: 89/100

Bunnahabhain 1998/2011 Adelphi

August 10, 2011

A small dose of sulphur is spicing up this already very rich dram even more. It is extremely densely flavoured, but the quite prominent driness knocks a few points off the score. – Rating: 84/100

Rosebank 1991/2011 Single Malts of Scotland

August 9, 2011
Thumbnail image for Rosebank 1991/2011 Single Malts of Scotland

Like ever so often, a promising nose doesn’t really translate onto the palate. It is all rather subdued and fragile in character. – Rating: 74/100

Ron de Jeremy

August 8, 2011
Thumbnail image for Ron de Jeremy

This rum is a bit on the sweet side. It is actually quite sippable, but the fruity and spicy flavours have to fight a bit against the sweetness. – Rating: 80/100