March 2012

Glenlivet 33 yo 1977 Blackadder

March 31, 2012

The age doesn’t really show here, a nice and clean Glenlivet in the typical house style. – Rating: 84/100

Compass Box Flaming Heart 10th Anniversary

March 31, 2012
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A nice sipping dram for those who like their peat a little sweet. The finish is over a little too short for my taste. – Rating: 82/100

Springbank 1992/2011 Berry Bros.

March 30, 2012

Pretty much a quintessential Springbank with a very nice freshness. Even though it is not cask strength the flavours are densely packed yet delicate. – Rating: 89/100

Miltonduff 1998/2011 Berry Bros.

March 30, 2012

Nothing special to say about this malt, all very much middle of the road. I can’t help thinking that it would have benefited from a few years more in the cask. – Rating: 75/100

Caol Ila 1983/2011 Berry Bros.

March 29, 2012

A nice sweetness adds to the peat and fruit here making this a Caol Ila with an interesting twist.- Rating: 86/100

Macduff 2000/2010 Whisky & Rhum

March 29, 2012

A full-powered young sherry monster, the sweetness is rather dominant here, partly on the expense of other flavours. – Rating: 84/100

World Whisky Day – How Hedonism And Opportunism Killed An Idea

March 28, 2012

The aftermath of World Whisky Day

Macallan 1990/2006 Mackillop’s Choice

March 27, 2012

This is form a pretty tired cask. It’s not bad whisky at all but it doesn’t leave lasting impressions in your memory. – Rating: 81/100

Dumbarton 1986/2011 Scott’s Selection

March 27, 2012

Quite a nice single grain overall but the palate does not quite manage to match the quality of the nose . – Rating: 84/100

Lochside 1981/2011 Cadenhead’s

March 27, 2012

An execllent light bodied dram with lots of depth despite its subtle character. Everything is in its place in this flawless whisky. – Rating: 90/100

Michael Jackson: Whisky – The Definitive World Guide

March 27, 2012
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Today is the 70th Birthday of Michael Jackson who died of a heart attack on 30th August 2007. For the fifth time now, whisky lovers around the globe are raising their drams to him.

Port Dundas 1991/2011 Whisky & Rhum

March 26, 2012

A medium aged single grain with some rather nice flavours, but the mouthfeel is a bit thin and the finish is quite short. – Rating: 76/100

Ardmore 2003/2010 Whisky & Rhum

March 26, 2012

This malt makes no secret of its young age. The youthful roughness is not complemented by an awful lot of flavour, though. – Rating: 79/100

Glenugie 1980/2010 Dun Bheagan

March 25, 2012

All rather generic here, unoffensive and sippable, but the middle-of-the-road character does not make this a must-have dram. – Rating: 81/100

Port Ellen 1982/2011 Wilson & Morgan

March 25, 2012

A rather delicate peaty dram with very subtle flavours. Very nice but not quite on par with other Port Ellens I have tasted. – Rating: 85/100

Bunnahabhain 1968/2011 Wilson & Morgan

March 25, 2012

A delicious old-style whisky with a creamy and slightly waxy mouthfeel but no overwhelming wood influence. – Rating: 87/100

Laphroaig 1990/2011 Wilson & Morgan

March 24, 2012

The full sherry impact masks the Laphroaig-ness here, still this is a fine dram which shows that peat and sherry can get along very well. – Rating: 85/100

Bunnahabhain 2001/2011 The Whisky Agency

March 23, 2012

A malt from a rather tired cask with a less than perfect nose, on the palate it catches up a little but overall it remains somewhat lacklustre. – Rating: 80/100

Whisky Myths Debunked #7 – Older Is Better

March 22, 2012
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Especially beginners tend to draw a 1:1 correlation between age and expected quality of a whisky. After all, older whisky generally is more expensive than young one. But is this really true?

Ardmore 1992/2011 The Whisky Agency

March 21, 2012

This is an unusally gently peated Ardmore, not particularly breathtaking but nice and sippable, especially as an aperitive dram. – Rating: 83/100