May 2012

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery 19 yo

May 31, 2012
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A very nice creamy and fruity whisky, rich in flavours but could benefit from a few more ABV points. – Rating: 84/100

Loch Lomond 45 yo 1966

May 30, 2012
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The old age does not really show here although there is some noticeable wood. A lively and very enjoyable whisky from a distillery normally associated with mediocre malts. – Rating: 85/100

Benrinnes 23 yo

May 29, 2012
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Rich, richer, Benrinnes. – Rating: 88/100

Glenfarclas Premium Edition 1993/2011

May 28, 2012
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Because of its somewhat sour elements this was the least favourite whisky of the Scotch blind tasting competition. Not really a bad one, but not really ‘premium’ either. – Rating: 83/100

Caol Ila Unpeated 12 yo

May 27, 2012
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It may be made from unpeated malt, but there is still a hint of smoke carried over from the regular peated mashes. This creates a fascinating mix of flavours in this spicy dram. – Rating: 86/100

Auchentoshan 11 yo 1999 Bordeaux Matured

May 26, 2012
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Even though it has been fully matured in wine casks, the Bordeaux does not overpower the whisky. Very smooth on the palate but also forceful at the same time. – Rating: 85/100

Arran The Eagle

May 24, 2012
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Very mild and gentle, almost timid, it really needs a few drops of water to open up a little. Probably the most delicate dram of the Icons of Arran series. – Rating: 82/100

Strathisla 1970/2011 Gordon & MacPhail

May 23, 2012

Despite of slightly lacking ABV punch this is a brilliant whisky with lots of sherried goodness and an outstanding finish. – Rating: 88/100

Glenallachie 35 yo Single Malts of Scotland

May 23, 2012
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Classic old-time sherry here, gorgeous nose, strong attack on the palate, then getting a little timid before growing again to a strong finish. – Rating: 85/100

Glen Grant 59 yo 1952 Gordon & Macphail

May 22, 2012

It has a nose to die for as well as many lovely flavours on the palate, but the very adstringent ‘woody’ mouthfeel is detrimental. – Rating: 87/100

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel

May 22, 2012
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A thoroughly enjoyable Japanese whisky with a very good balance of flavours, both complex and approachable at the same time. – Rating: 86/100

Tamdhu 1989/2010 Mackillop’s

May 21, 2012

The sweetness of this malt is supported by a marked fruitiness, it is a very fine dram, light and fresh. – Rating: 84/100

Karuizawa 1981/2011 Cask 2634

May 20, 2012

After a very gentle start on the palate, this dram almost bursts into a taste explosion. There is a lot to explore in this malt, also the nose grows larger than Pinocchio’s after a while – Rating: 94/100

Karuizawa 1981/2011 Cask 6207

May 20, 2012

Rich in flavour but not overly complex, sweet and fruity but also a little edgy. – Rating: 86/100

Bowmore 2000/2011 Douglas Laing

May 19, 2012

It reminds me a bit of the Bowmore Darkest, but the youthful freshness makes this dram even more delightful. – Rating: 89/100

Tormore 1982/2011 Gordon & Macphail

May 19, 2012

This is a nice but rather sweet dram with a very creamy mouthfeel, the nose being the strongest asset. – Rating: 84/100

Davin de Kergommeaux: Canadian Whisky – The Portable Expert

May 19, 2012
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Canadian Malt Maniac Davin de Kergommeaux has done it again! After launching canadianwhisky.org, he continued his quest to make the world familiar with this drink by writing a book.

Glen Scotia 33 yo 1977 Prestonfield

May 18, 2012

An old-style malt with a nice combination of flavours, maybe just a little too sweet. – Rating: 85/100

Glenfarclas 2002/2011

May 18, 2012

A very nice sherry bomb, still a bit youthful around the edges, but rich in flavours and well-balanced. – Rating: 86/100

Linkwood 1989/2011 Signatory

May 17, 2012

Despite the very rich flavours, this malt has a delightful lightness often found in Linkwood. Be careful with water. Sublime. – Rating: 89/100