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
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
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
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
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
This really needs some water to fully open up. Then it turns from a rather generic dram into a pleasant experience. – Rating: 84/100
25th August is National Whiskey Sour Day in the USA. Here is my take on the topic.
A head to head comparision of sherry and port finishes.
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.
Year of Birth: 1959
Place of Residence: Hove near Brighton
Whisky Involvement: books, magazine articles, masterclasses etc.
This single grain has a very nice flavour base, but be warned: It is rather spicy stuff. – Rating: 84/100
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
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
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
A very nice combination of fruit and spice. This whisky may look pale, but it has strong inner values. – Rating: 84/100
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…
This very complex malt displays some rather odd flavours which I really like, but it may not be everybody’s favourite. – Rating: 89/100
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
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
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
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