January 2012

Saint Isidore

January 31, 2012
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“The Bloggers’ Blend” – Undisclosed winner of a blending competition – A really nice and sippable dram – Rating: 82/100

Clynelish Distillers Edition 1993

January 30, 2012
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Quite a nice dram overall, but there seems to be missing something. – Rating: 80/100

Talisker 30 yo 2010 Bottling

January 29, 2012
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The spices are a litte too dominant to let the fruity elements truly shine here. – Rating: 86/100

Whisky And Cheese – Some Interesting Parallels

January 27, 2012
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Whisky and cheese are an odd couple somehow. Their tastes have very little in common. But there are similarities and analogies that make them look like cousins.

Auchroisk 20 yo 2010 Release

January 26, 2012
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A very fine fruity dram. Everything is well balanced and rounded, nothing stands out, perhaps it’s even a bit too round. – Rating: 86/100

Brora 30 yo 8th Release 2010

January 24, 2012
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Some quite intersting herbal notes can be found in this malt. Nose and finish are fantastic, but it could be a little fuller on the palate. – Rating: 86/100

Canadian Whisky Awards 2011

January 23, 2012
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Davin de Kergommeaux of canadianwhisky.org has been organizing the Canadian Whisky Awards for the second time now. Results are just out.

Caol Ila Distillers Edition 1997/2010

January 22, 2012
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The peat needs a while to cut through the sweet fruits. Quite a nice dram, but a bit weakish on the palate. – Rating: 83/100

Tomatin 30 yo

January 21, 2012
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This excellent malt does not really show its age. It is perfectly balanced with a rich taste and creamy mouthfeel. – Rating: 88/100

My New Job

January 19, 2012
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Today it’s time to officially announce a new project I have been working on. I will take over as the webmaster for the Malt Maniacs!

Tomatin Decades

January 19, 2012
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Containing malts from five decades this is a very fine fruity dram with an elegant driness. The nose is terrific, the palate is a little weaker. – Rating: 85/100

Macduff 10yo 2000 Exclusive Malts

January 14, 2012

Quite a sweet dram but extremely richly flavoured, an excellent young sherry monster. – Rating: 87/100

Aberfeldy 1997/2011 Single Cask

January 13, 2012

A very fine richly sherried malt, sweetness and spice are in good balance but it could have a little more depth. – Rating: 86/100

Inchgower 1982/2010 Whisky Doris

January 12, 2012

A delicious dram from a lesser known distillery, richly flavoured with a creamy and waxy mouthfeel. – Rating: 90/100

Port Charlotte 2002/2010 Malts of Scotland

January 10, 2012

This dram has a rather medicinal character. If you like that style of whisky, you will love this one. – Rating: 87/100

Ledaig 9yo 2001/2011 Whisky Doris

January 9, 2012

The flavour profile of this malt is a little generic, but evertything is harmonizing very well. – Rating: 87/100

Port Charlotte 2002/2010 Whisky Doris

January 7, 2012

A great heavily peated malt, very strong smoke combined with a nice underlying sweetness. It is still a bit young and rough but it’s an excellent dram. – Rating: 89/100

Longrow 1999/2010 for Usquebaugh Society

January 5, 2012

The trademark combination of brininess with citrus zests makes this a typical specimen from the Springbank distillery. Very good but also very expensive for a 10 yo. – Rating: 88/100

Ardmore 1992/2011 Single Malts of Scotland

January 4, 2012
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The enticing fruitiness of the nose does not fully translate onto the palate. It tastes quite nice but even with water there is a sharp edge to it. – Rating: 83/100

Caol Ila 27 yo 1983 Single Cask Collection

January 2, 2012

Slightly unusual flavours in thie sherried Caol Ila, but it is a very nice dram with lots to explore. – Rating: 87/100