February 2012

Glenlossie 1975/2011 The Whisky Agency

February 29, 2012

Rather unusually, this malt has a pretty ‘uneventful’ nose, but there is a lot going on on the palate. Not really a cracker, but interesting in a positive way. – Rating: 84/100

Tomatin 1976/2011 The Whisky Agency

February 29, 2012

A nice fruity dram that feels a bit younger than its real age, some water does not hurt it. – Rating: 83/100

Strathisla 1965/2011 Gordon & Macphail

February 29, 2012

The rather overwhelming sherry does not quite manage to cover the traces of the decades in this very old malt. Lots of fruit meets lots of wood. A sherry monster wielding a huge wooden sledge hammer. – Rating: 86/100

Macduff 10 yo 2000 Exclusive Malts for Taiwan

February 28, 2012

A very pleasant mix of flavours here. This whisky is quite heavily sherried but overall it is rather subtle than in your face. – Rating: 87/100

Bunnahabhain 24yo 1986 Exclusive Malts for Taiwan

February 28, 2012

Quite pleasant on the nose but palate and finish are a bit disappointing. There is a nice spiciness but it just feels a bit too sugary. – Rating: 81/100

Bunnahabhain 1979/2011 Berry Bros. for whisky.com.tw

February 28, 2012

A very pleasant combination of sweet fruit and dry wood with just a hint of the signature Bunnahabhain freshness. – Rating: 89/100

Blind Tasting Anyone?

February 27, 2012
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I have toyed with the idea of holding an online blind tasting competition for a while but couldn’t really find the right approach to organize it. But now I have found a solution…

Glendronach 1972/2011 for Taiwan

February 27, 2012

The slight balsamic vinegar note makes this rich old whisky a slightly unusual but extremely enjoyable delight. – Rating: 92/100

Glendronach 1994/2011 for Taiwan

February 27, 2012

Simply a first class sherry monster. – Rating: 92/100

Glendronach 1996/2011 for Taiwan

February 27, 2012

There is obviously a little sulphur involved that manifests iself as smoked fish for me. Other maniacs didn’t like it quite as much, but I love this dram. – Rating: 93/100

Glenburgie 1983/2011 Berry Bros.

February 24, 2012

With its thick and almost oily mouthfeel this malt is tongue-coatingly delicious. A slight woody dryness is the perfect counter balance. – Rating: 88/100

Craigellachie 1983/2011 Scott’s Selection

February 24, 2012

A nice whisky for those who like subtle drams. The character is a bit middle-of-the-road but quite pleasant nontheless. – Rating: 84/100

Psyched Out On Jura

February 23, 2012
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It’s Mystical Month in whisky marketing! First mighty Thor swings his hammer, then Jura teams up with a tabloid psychic who analyzes doodles for a giveaway of Jura Prophecy.

Book Review – Darek Bell: Alt Whiskeys

February 23, 2012
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Alt Whiskeys is basically a cookbook “for the adventurous distiller” as the subtitle puts it.The philosophy of the book is to approach distilling from the perspective of a craft brewer.

Penderyn Madeira

February 22, 2012
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Uncomplicated but very enjoyable, this is a nice and sippable malt for just about any occasion. – Rating: 83/100

Penderyn Peated Single Cask

February 22, 2012

This is a most unusual malt and certainly one that will split opinions. It is very young and still has some newmake character, but there is a lot going on. The pricing at about £300 is outrageous. – Rating: 82/100

Crown Royal Black

February 21, 2012
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How to judge this? This whisky performs a constant decrescendo from the moment you start sniffing it. Until mid-palate time it is very good, but it’s all over so soon. – Rating: 80/100

Amrut Portonova

February 21, 2012

An excellent whisky that feels like the creation of an Indian master chef. Densely interwoven flavours tickle your tongue, but nothing sticks out of the harmonic composition. – Rating: 87/100

Kavalan Single Malt

February 21, 2012

The nose of this whisky is stunning. The palate however does not manage to cope, it is just too timid to convince fully. – Rating: 80/100

Kavalan Solist

February 20, 2012

Nose and palate are in very good harmony here, the character is a little gentler than the regular Kavalan despite the cask strength ABV. – Rating: 85/100