February 2013

Sullivan’s Cove Double Cask

February 12, 2013
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The nose is quite pleasant, but palate and finish suffer greatly from lack of impact. – Rating: 65/100

Nikka “White” Pure Malt

February 12, 2013
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The vatting of Japanese and Islay malts creates a very delicate and slightly fragrant whisky with a nice driness. – Rating: 83/100

Mortlach 21 yo Gordon & MacPhail

February 11, 2013
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A nice dram it is for sure but nothing really breathtaking, and not a very typical ‘meaty’ Mortlach either. – Rating: 83/100

Glen Keith 1993 Gordon & MacPhail

February 11, 2013

The mix of sweet fruit and spice is very well balanced, the creamy mouthfeel adds to the pleasure. – Rating: 85/100

Braes of Glenlivet 21 yo 1991/2012 Master of Malt

February 10, 2013
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Blimey, what a creamy fruit bomb. This is an immense dram. – Rating: 90/100

Linkwood 20 yo 1991 Cote Rotie Finish Gordon & MacPhail

February 10, 2013
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Very strong wood and light sulphur make this not a dram for anyone. Was this a finish to save a bad cask? – Rating: 78/100

Dailuaine 1995/2011 Gordon & MacPhail

February 10, 2013

An enjoyable and straightforward dram, the palate is much spicier than the nose suggests. – Rating: 83/100

Clynelish 15 yo 1997/2012 Master of Malt

February 8, 2013
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A pretty typical younger Clynelish where a nice freshness is combined with the waxy and fruity house style. – Rating: 83/100

Still Waters 1+11

February 8, 2013
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A rather straighforward and enjoyable Canadian whisky. It does not boast a great complexity but for casual sipping it is just about right.- Rating: 80/100

Gibson’s 100th Grey Cup

February 8, 2013
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The nose of this is quite nice, but on the palate it is a disappointment. The promised maple is present almost only on the nose. – Rating: 74/100

The 2013 Drammie Awards Are Up

February 7, 2013
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I just received a notice that the nominations for 2013 Drammie Awards are going into the final lap. So should you happen to like this site, you might consider to nominate it.

Invergordon 18 yo 1993 SMWS G5.4

February 7, 2013
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The fresh oak cask gives this maize-based grain whisky a striking resemblance to bourbon. The delicious flavours are supported by strong wood spices – Rating: 87/100

Glen Grant 14 yo 1997 SMWS 9.66

February 7, 2013
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Especially with water, this malt is very complex, the mix of spicy, herbal and light floral notes is intriguing. – Rating: 86/100

Auchentoshan 27 yo 1984/2012 Master of Malt

February 6, 2013
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Very floral, but in a good way. There is a minimal soapiness to it but it is too faint to call it a flaw. Quite unusual. – Rating: 84/100

Yoichi 15 yo

February 6, 2013
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The rich mixed fruit aromas blend very well with the light smoke, the whisky is quite dry but not too woody. – Rating: 85/100

Nikka Super

February 6, 2013
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A well balanced blend with some nice flavours. The finish is a bit weak, though. – Rating: 79/100

Is Whisky The New Vodka?

February 5, 2013

One of the major recent trends in the spirits industry certainly is flavoured vodka. Now it looks as if the flavouring virus has also hit the whisky producers.

Springbank Batch 1 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

February 4, 2013
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Quite a spicy Springbank expression, especially with added water. Overall character is rather light but creamy. – Rating: 84/100

Glenlivet 15 yo 1996 SMWS 2.81

February 4, 2013
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A very interesting mix of sherry and floral aromas, quite sharp on nose and palate. – Rating: 85/100

Tomatin 10 yo Trader Joe’s

February 4, 2013
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The flavours of this malt are actually quite nice, but it is just too weakish and watery. – Rating: 73/100