Ratings

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 yo

December 12, 2014
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Big and bold wood flavours dominate this chewy bourbon. The finish is a bit on the tannic side but the overall quality is impressive. – Rating: 86/100

Aberfeldy 18 yo

December 11, 2014
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Refill bourbon casks probably make up the bulk of this. It is very civilized and gentle but with quite a pleasant array of flavours. – Rating: 85/100

Ballantine’s 30 yo

December 8, 2014
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An excellent old blend that has its price (~€250). Nice and delicate fruity aromas are balanced with mild spices, there is no smoke to speak of. – Rating: 87/100

Ballantine’s 21 yo

December 4, 2014
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This is a high quality blend that needs time to fully appreciate. Sadly the mouthfeel is a bit thin and the finish a bit shorter than hoped for. – Rating: 86/100

Heaven Hill 15 yo Whisky Jewbilee 2013 Festival Bottling

November 23, 2014
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An excellent bourbon on the peak of maturity with both rich flavours and a gentle character. Despite the high ABV the thought of adding water never crosses the mind. – Rating: 87/100

Arran 17 yo Single Cask 2033 For TWE

November 21, 2014
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Strong and sweet sherry dominates this whisky, actually overpowering it a little. If you have a sweet tooth, you will love it anyway. – Rating: 84/100

Wemyss Velvet Fig

November 18, 2014
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A very nice blended malt with an affordable price tag of £40. Sherry fruit and mild spices make it a very good sipper. – Rating: 84/100

SIA Blended Scotch Whisky

November 14, 2014
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Clever blending has turned the often disturbing youthful cereal notes into an asset as they integrate well with the “fruit and nuts” theme of this whisky. – Rating: 80/100

Glenlivet 32 yo 1981 Signatory for TWE

November 11, 2014
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Independent Glenlivets are not easy to find. This is an excellent example from a refill sherry cask that almost tastes like a first fill. – Rating: 88/100

Knob Creek Rye

November 10, 2014
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I was surprised how gentle this is for a rye, too gentle for my taste, in fact. – Rating: 79/100

Clynelish Select Reserve

November 6, 2014
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This is a very good Clynelish with an almost chewy mouthfeel. The spices are kept just in check by the spirit. As good as it may be, the £500 price tag is impertinent. – Rating: 88/100

Bowmore 1996/2014 Wemyss “Aniseed Pastille”

November 6, 2014
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This very delicate dram has the unusual property of being more fragrant on the palate than on the nose. Another excellent yet pricey middle-aged Bowmore. There has been some great whisky coming out the distillery lately. – Rating: 87/100

Linkwood 28 yo 1985 Signatory for TWE

October 27, 2014
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The flavours are very dense and compact here which makes it hard to single out specific ones. It is a lovely whisky, but it needs time to open up. – Rating: 87/100

Laphroaig Select

October 20, 2014
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There really is not very much going on here, but I found the long aromatic finish very pleasant. – Rating: 82/100

Aultmore XO Douglas Laing Old Particular

October 18, 2014
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The young age is quite obvious here, but the strong sherry does a good job in not letting this turn into an annoyance. – Rating: 84/100

Bowmore 15 yo 1999/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

October 16, 2014
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The typical Bowmore fruitiness is balanced by quite strong peat and spices here. Some water and time is need until it fully opens up. – Rating: 86/100

Glenmorangie The Taghta

October 15, 2014
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A most interesting whisky that is dominated by aromatic spices. Fruity aromas are present but remain in the background. Nice but not an easy-going sipper. – Rating: 86/100

Clynelish 1997/2014 Wemyss “Cayenne Cocoa Bean”

October 14, 2014
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For me it is more coco than cocoa, but anyway, this is a very sippable and typical Clynelish. At cask strength this would have been a true cracker. – Rating: 85/100

Glen Garioch 1989/2014 Wemyss, “Peaches and Cream”

October 12, 2014
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A very nice whisky from the time they still had their own floor maltings at Glen Garioch. The hint of smoke goes very well with the creamy fruitiness – Rating: 86/100

Mortlach 25 yo

October 9, 2014
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Quite delicate for its age and would probably not be recognized as Mortlach in a blind tasting. It has an excellent balance of flavours but it is strangely subdued. – Rating: 87/100