October 2011

Ardbeg Uigeadail L11101584

October 23, 2011
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Simply an excellent bottling. The sherry influence adds yet another layer of flavours to the already very rich Ardbeg spirit. – Rating: 92/100

Clynelish 1997/2008 Gordon & Macphail

October 18, 2011
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The general taste of this whisky is very nice indeed, but there is a spirty edge to it that takes away some of the pleasure.
– Rating: 83/100

Bunnahabhain Darach Ur Batch 6

October 14, 2011
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There is a Compass Box whisky called Spice Tree, but this one can safely be called ‘Spice Monster’. Its general character is rather mild, but the flavours are very strong. – Rating: 87/100

Some Work Ahead

October 12, 2011
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Being a Malt Maniac is not only an honour, it can actually mean hard work. I volunteered to join the panel of judges for this year’s Malt Maniacs Awards.

Draymans Solera Blend

October 11, 2011

Unfortunately the rather nice base flavour is covered by a rubberiness that is just a bit too dominant. – Rating: 68/100

The TWE Whisky Show London 2011

October 10, 2011
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I received an invitation for this year’s Whisky Show organized by The Whisky Exchange at Vinopolis in London. Even though it was not quite easy to fit this into my schedule, I decided to accept anyway.

Aberlour 1990/2010 The Whisky Cask

October 4, 2011

Stripped from its trademark sherry influence, this Aberlour is a great opportunity to taste the plain distillery style. – Rating: 86/100

Classic of Islay 2009

October 3, 2011

With a few drops of water this malt literally explodes into flavours. This outburst on the palate is backed up by a massive nose. – Rating: 89/100

Bruichladdich First Growth Cuvée B

October 2, 2011
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A really nice wine finish here, the cheese note is barely noticeable but adds an interesting dimension to an already very flavourful dram. – Rating: 84/100

New Poll: Which Water For Your Whisky?

October 1, 2011
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Just like the last poll, this poll is about mixing. But this time it’s about a kind of mixing that is not controversial at all.