June 2012

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 4

June 29, 2012

This really could be a great whisky, but there is a bitter element on the palate that I found a bit unpleasant. – Rating: 84/100

Whisky Haiku

June 28, 2012

A dram in a glass
Whiff off amber, taste of gold
Caressing your mind

Glenlivet 17 yo 1994 “Josie”

June 27, 2012
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A rather typical sherried Glenlivet that has a very nice flavour base, but the wood is a bit too dominant for my taste. – Rating: 84/100

Macallan Revamps Basic Range To NAS

June 27, 2012
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Yesterday Macallan invited a selection of important whisky people to Easter Elchies for a special presentation. It turned out to be big news indeed.

A Peek Into Diageo’s Cask Management

June 26, 2012
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The visit to several Diageo facilities proved to be very insightful with regard to how casks are managed by the company. Here are some interesting facts and observations.

Springbank 1972 For Taiwan

June 25, 2012

What can you say? It’s magnificent. It has that hard to find quality to be both mild and strong at the same time. – Rating: 93/100

Knockando 1996 Managers’ Choice

June 24, 2012
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An unusual Knockando sherry monster from a very active cask. There is lots going on here, but the wood is already too strong to make this a truly great one. – Rating: 86/100

Caol Ila 23 yo 1978 Rare Malts

June 24, 2012

Unusually fruity and rather sweet for a Caol Ila, but it works perfectly well. – Rating: 91/100

Tasting Four Indian “Whiskies”

June 23, 2012
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The spirit that makes India the largest whisky market of the world.

Port Ellen 11th Annual Release

June 23, 2012
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This Port Ellen is a bit on the sweet side, but all the flavours are very well balanced. A fabulous dram indeed, but at a very steep price..- Rating: 92/100

Linlithgow 30 yo 2004 Release

June 22, 2012
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Not only the nose is fantastic, the palate gets an immediate spice punch which then resolves into a wide range of flavours. Pure pleasure. – Rating: 91/100

Brora 30 yo 2002 Release

June 22, 2012

This malt is infinetely complex, the tasting notes just capture the principal flavours, there are many more minor aromas to discover. The wood remains gentle and adds even more depth. – Rating: 92/100

Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 41

June 21, 2012

Water unleashes the demons. I tasted many wonderful a’Bunadhs, but this batch should never have been bottled. – Rating: Neat: 68/100, with water: 45/100

Royal Lochnagar Selected Reserve

June 21, 2012
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This rare special bottling has a lovely nose and a nice mix of flavours on the palate, but feels just a little too weakish on the latter. – Rating: 84/100

Cardhu 22 yo 1982

June 21, 2012

Rich, creamy and complex, this bottling shows that Cardhu can be more than an unoffensive ‘summer dram’. – Rating: 89/100

Inchgower 27 yo 1976 Rare Malts

June 19, 2012

Very strong fruity aromas and a beautifully creamy mouthfel make this flawless whisky a delightful treat. – Rating: 90/100

Rosebank 20 yo 1981 Rare Malts

June 18, 2012

A very complex yet light-bodied malt that has fruity and spicy flavours in very good balance. – Rating: 88/100

Whisky Myths Debunked #8 – Diageo’s Cling Film Casks

June 17, 2012

In 2008 there was a slightly disturbing news about Diageo trying to use cling film wrapped around whisky casks to stop evaporation. Time to tackle this.

Mortlach 1942/1993 Gordon & MacPhail

June 17, 2012

The nose of this rare whisky is to die for. It is enormously complex on the palate with lots of spices and a surprising herbal element, but the wood is very well present. – Rating: 88/100

Castles, Casks And Consistency

June 16, 2012
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As many of you will know, the Malt Maniacs are having their 15th anniversary this year. To celebrate this milestone in style, we met in Scotland.