March 2012

Glengoyne 1988/2007 Cask 718

March 18, 2012

A thick and delicious dram from a Pedro Ximenez sherry cask. – Rating: 87/100

What Is The Fair Price Of Whisky?

March 16, 2012

Many whisky lovers complain that the prices for their favourite tipple are often too high, and I myself have joined this choir on various occasions. But to know if a price is too high we must first know what price is fair.

Auchentoshan 1998/2011 James MacArthur

March 15, 2012

Triple distillation and a refill cask make this an extremely subtle dram. You may well give it a try, if you like that ultra-light style, but this doesn’t cut it for me – Rating: 63/100

Caol Ila 1995/2010 James MacArthur

March 15, 2012

The mild sherry influence adds a nice fruity and sweet twist to this Caol Ila. Water is not really needed here. – Rating: 86/100

Wemyss Whispering Smoke 1981/2011

March 15, 2012

On the palate the smoke is a bit louder than a whisper, but this really is a very enjoyable island style malt. – Rating: 87/100

Wemyss Vanilla Summer 1997/2011

March 10, 2012

Sweet and fruity and very intense, this dram has divided the jurors at the MM Awards. Some think it’s over the top. I love it. – Rating: 92/100

Wemyss Peat Chimney 12 yo

March 10, 2012
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This combination of sweetness and peat works excellently. With a few more ABV percents this could even have broken into Top Dram terittory. – Rating: 88/100

Laphroaig 1991/2011 The Whisky Agency

March 10, 2012

An unusual sherried Laphroaig, the wine takes away some of the maritime peat punch and replaces it with a nice fruitiness. – Rating: 86/100

12+2 Recommended No Frills Scotch Distilleries

March 9, 2012
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Here is my selection of distilleries that let their whisky do the talking.

Glengoyne 1993/2008 Cask 845

March 8, 2012

Full-bodied and rich in flavour but the wood influence is quite prominent. – Rating: 84/100

Kilkerran Work In Progress 2011

March 6, 2012
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The Kilkerran successfully continues its path to maturity. At only seven years it is already remarkably ‘grown-up’. A perfect sipping dram. – Rating: 85/100

Whisky Cocktail: The Fakerac

March 6, 2012
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Here is a somewhat nasty method to approximate a legendary cocktail…

Glengoyne 1990/2007 Cask 1523

March 5, 2012

A rich and full dram from a rather unusal amontillado cask. Some savoury flavours add another dimension. – Rating: 86/100

Highland Park 1988/2008 Villa Konthor

March 5, 2012

The peat is hardly noticeable here and overall this malt is on the sweet side. Quite nice but it should have been bottled at cask strength. – Rating: 82/100

Benriach 17 yo Rioja Cask Finish

March 4, 2012
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A well made finish that does not drown the whisky in wine, not overly complex but quite drammable indeed. – Rating: 84/100

How To Blow Whisky Bubbles

March 4, 2012
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In tough times on the financial market it is not really a suprise that also collectable whisky moves into the focus of financial investors.

Laphroaig 1990/2011 The Whisky Agency

March 3, 2012

This is a quintesential Laphroaig, much cleaner and crisper than the original bottlings in a way. – Rating: 88/100

Linkwood 1984/2011 The Whisky Agency

March 3, 2012

A thoroughly enjoyable dram, rather light-bodied. It has a nice freshness but you can still feel it’s not a youngster. – Rating: 84/100