September 2011

Mortlach 1975/2000 Signatory

September 30, 2011

A very nice Mortlach, not a sherry monster for a change, but with a cloying syrupy mouthfeel that is simply delicious. – Rating: 87/100

Laphroaig 1998/2011 Malts of Scotland

September 29, 2011

This Laphroaig is a bit on the sweet side which complements the smoke and spice very nicely. – Rating: 86/100

Port Askaig Harbour 19 yo

September 28, 2011
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This is a typical Islay whisky that makes you feel like being there. Don’t bother guessing the distillery, simply enjoy it. – Rating: 87/100

Clynelish 1996/2009 Malts of Scotland

September 27, 2011

An excellent fruity sherry dram with just the right amount of spice. This is a perfect drink-by-the-drop malt. – Rating: 86/100

Glenglassaugh 1984/2009 Malts of Scotland

September 26, 2011

The richness of the nose is not quite matched by the palate, but the finish again is sensational. Another very fine example of the old Glenglassaugh sherry monsters. – Rating: 87/100

Mortlach 1987/1995 Cadenhead’s

September 25, 2011

As could be expected, this young bourbon cask Mortlach is not really typical, but it is a very nice malt anyway. A single digit age is not a problem at all here.
– Rating: 83/100

Cragganmore 20 yo 1992 Master Of Malt

September 23, 2011
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The flavours of this malt are rather generic for a refill bourbon cask, but they are well balanced and make it a very pleasurable dram. – Rating: 84/100

Compass Box Great King Street

September 22, 2011
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This whisky has a fantastic nose, and also the palate delivers a very wide spectrum of well-composed flavours. A very high quality blend indeed. – Rating: 86/100

Port Ellen 1982/2011 Royal Wedding Reserve

September 20, 2011
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An incredibly rich peated sherry monster, the savoury quality is stunning. There is much more going on in it than my puny tasting notes can describe. – Rating: 92/100

Poll Result: Do You Like Whisky For Mixing?

September 19, 2011
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A busy work schedule and a long sample queue have prevented me from publishing the results of this poll so far, but here they come now.

Mortlach 12 yo 1994 Douglas Laing

September 17, 2011

The palate does not quite keep up the promise of the nose. But this still is a very decent malt, albeit not too typical for this distillery – Rating: 83/100

Longmorn 15 yo 1990 The Whisky Society

September 16, 2011

This really is a nice composition of flavours, well-balanced, nothing stands out. It needs a bit of water. – Rating: 84/100

Dailuaine 27 yo Master of Malt

September 15, 2011
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An absolutely delightful dram, a mixture of delicate sweetness and a little fruit that is displaying noble traces of age. Water is needed. – Rating: 88/100

North British 17 yo 1991 Signatory

September 14, 2011

There is almost no fruitiness in this grain whisky, but it is a very nice dram, gentle and smooth, but yet flavourful. – Rating: 83/100

Laphroaig 12 yo 1996 The Whisky Society

September 12, 2011
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Not really typical for the distillery, but this is a malt whisky which gets your fantasy rolling. The essence of Islay in a glass. Perfection. – Rating: 90/100

Matusalem 15 yo

September 11, 2011
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Rather sweet, but it is kept in balance by the gentle wood spices. A nice rum that is a bit on the sweet side and doesn’t show its age too much. – Rating: 81/100

Diplomatico Reserva

September 10, 2011

A rather strange beast, this rum. Being very fresh and strong on the nose, the smooth and sweet palate is quite a contrast. The sweetness is a bit too overwheling for my taste, I have to admit. – Rating: 76/100

Trois Rivières Cuvée du Moulin

September 9, 2011
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This aged rum has similarities to both cognac and certain types of whisky. You might be able to sneak it into blind tasting of either being unnoticed. A very pleaseant drinking experience – Rating: 86/100

Karukera Reserve Speciale

September 8, 2011
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A very fine rum with a good balance of fruit and spice, not overly sweet. – Rating: 85/100

Savanna Grand Arôme 2001 – 7 yo

September 7, 2011

This is excellent, light bodied but very strongly flavoured. The very light vinegar note is not unpleasant at all. Altogether it is much more fruity than sweet. The finish is endless – Rating: 87/100