September 2012

Elements of Islay Bw1

September 30, 2012
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You need a bit of water to lure the fruity flavours out of their hideout, it is not a typical exponent of this distillery, but a solid one nevertheless. – Rating: 84/100

Elements of Islay Br4

September 28, 2012
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A delectable dram with a perfectly balanced combination of fruit and sweetness with the wood staying in the background. – Rating: 87/100

Who Needs Brora And Port Ellen? We Have Clynelish And Caol Ila!

September 27, 2012
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Did I manage to grab your attention? Thank you. Of course the headline is an exaggeration, but not by much, actually.

A Tainted Bottle Of Aberlour A’bunadh?

September 26, 2012

I was burning to know if the entire batch really is that bad or if it is only my bottle that was affected by a mysterious whisky disease.

Clynelish 23 yo 1988/2012 Duncan Taylor

September 26, 2012
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Without water this has quite some bite, but a few drops are enough to bring out the best in this clean and crisp dram with that typical light brininess. – Rating: 87/100

A Honeypot For Whisky Fakers?

September 25, 2012
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Is there a way to beat whisky fakers who buy emtpy bottles on eBay?

Mortlach 20yo 1990/2010 Wilson & Morgan

September 24, 2012

The quintessential sherried Mortlach, bursting with flavour, this is essentially a complete Christmas dinner in liquid form. – Rating: 89/100

The “Health” Of Independent Bottlings Per Distillery

September 22, 2012

I have done some number crunching with the bottle data in the Whisky Monitor to see if there is a noticeable trend how independent bottlings do for a specific distillery.

Glenfarclas 21 yo

September 21, 2012
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A delicious but rather dry bottling of Glenfarclas, the fruitiness of younger expressions has given way to an almost savoury character. – Rating: 88/100

Belgian Owl 3 yo

September 20, 2012

The nose of this young whisky is very strange but it has a fascinating complexity. The palate does not quite live up to this, but for a three year old whisky it is not bad at all. – Rating: 66/100

Nikka All Malt

September 19, 2012
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This Japanese dram may have an unusual pedigree but is impossible to discern from a fruity Scotch. The mouthfeel is creamy but rather light bodied and the flavours are well balanced. – Rating: 85/100

Clever Charity – How Whisky Can Turn Greed Into Generosity

September 18, 2012

Thoughts on the current trend of whisky charity auctions.

Lagavulin Distillers Edition 1995

September 17, 2012
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This legendary dram delivers top quality, year after year. Peat and sherry in a fruitful symbiosis. – Rating: 89/100

Connemara 12 yo

September 16, 2012
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The ‘old’ Connemara has a distinctive sweet fruitiness not found in the NAS expressions Another unique dram from Cooley. – Rating: 85/100

Glenfiddich Distillery Edition 15 yo

September 15, 2012
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A surprisingly rich and powerful malt that can take a bit of water. My favourite of the younger Glenfiddichs. – Rating: 86/100

Powers John’s Lane 12 yo

September 14, 2012
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Less fruity than I expected from a pot still whiskey, it is rather delicate and light bodied but shows quite a bit of wood spice and driness. A very enjoyable Irish alternative. – Rating: 84/100

Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 yo

September 12, 2012
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This is a big bold bourbon that does not hide its age. The other flavours are potent enough to keep the strong wood notes in check.
– Rating: 87/100

How Age Statements Are Dividing The Whisky Industry

September 11, 2012

When Macallan officially launched their new no-age-satement “1824 series”, this highlighted a very interesting conflict of philosophies within the whisky industry.


September 11, 2012
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I have noticed that currently there is no English language site that is dedicated entirely to whisky news. Dramming News is the answer.

Kilkerran Work In Progress 2012

September 10, 2012
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The Springbank connection is undeniable here, and there is a lot to find in this malt. But this edition has a slight bitterness to it that puts it a notch below last year’s release. – Rating: 83/100