Ratings

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition

September 24, 2014

This beefed-up version of Cutty definitely is a big step up from the regular bottling. The sweet spiciness offers quite a few interesting flavours. – Rating: 82/100

Clynelish 10 yo Hedges & Butler

September 16, 2014
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The famous waxy mouthfeel of Clynelish is very prominent here, together with a slight woody driness. This is a very good alternative to the original 14 yo bottling. – Rating: 87/100

Kilchoman 5 yo 2009/2014 PX Finish Abbey Whisky Exclusive

September 12, 2014
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The density of flaovurs in this young whisky is amazing as is the strong influence of aromatic spices. The finish does not interfere with the spirit. This is a superb thick exlir where a little goes a long way. – Rating: 88/100

Puni Opus I

September 9, 2014
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The marsala wine contributes a strong fruity sweetness which fights for attention with the peat. There is no winner. – Rating: 78/100

Caol Ila 38 yo 1976/2014 Malts of Scotland

August 31, 2014
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Despite its age this malt is still quite peaty. The lovely fruity aromas are much more obvious on the nose than on the palate. Very good but not quite outstanding. – Rating: 89/100

Ardbeg Supernova SN2014 Committee Release

August 28, 2014
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So far I have only tasted the 2009 version of the SN which stupefied me. This is much more civilzed but still very powerful stuff. There are enough other aromas present to prevent this from turning into a mere peat bomb. – Rating: 88/100

Glendronach 27 yo 1985/2013 Cask 1035

August 27, 2014

Quite a bold sherry monster but not as sweet as one might expect from a PX cask. The wood spices are already beginning to take control of the whisky. – Rating: 86/100

Two Rather Dusty Bourbons

August 26, 2014

A few days ago I tasted four American bottom shelf whiskies sent to me by fellow blogger Joshua Feldman. But the package he sent me did not only contain those.

Glendronach 9 yo 1987/1997 Signatory

August 24, 2014
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The youth of this surprisingly smoky whisky from the late stages of the Paxarette age can be noticed, but still it has an amazing complexity for a 9 year old. – Rating: 88/100

American Blended Whisky – Exploring Terra Incognita

August 24, 2014
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The United States of America are currently suffering an unprecedented bourbon and craft whisky craze. But there is a type of American whisky that is almost unkown in Europe: American blends.

Clynelish 17 yo 1996/2013 Douglas Laing Old Particular

August 15, 2014
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Especially on the palate this is not a very typical Clynelish, it is rather rich and quite fruity, almost succulent. – Rating: 85/100

Dailuaine 15 yo 1998/2013 Douglas Laing Old Particular

August 8, 2014
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This is a very nice fruity aperitive style whisky, rather light in character but rich in taste.
– Rating: 86/100

Aultmore 1982/2012 Wemyss “Sugared Almonds”

July 30, 2014
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The name of this whisky does not really do the fruitiness justic which I think is the primary component of this fine whisky. – Rating: 85/100

Lord Elcho 15 yo

July 28, 2014
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Quite a nice blend with a good combination of fruity and spicy flavours. The finish could be a bit longer, though. – Rating: 83/100

Auchroisk 24 yo 1989/2013 Cadenhead Small Batch

July 22, 2014

This is still quite a nice whisky, despite the slight sulphur influence. Overall it is a bit on the sweet side. – Rating: 84/100

Aberlour 23 yo 1989/2013 Cadenhead Small Batch

July 20, 2014

Bourbon casks are rather unusual for this distillery, but this does not have to mean this whisky is more boring than your usual sherry cask Aberlour. A fine creamy malt with nice fruity flavours. – Rating: 86/100

Girvan 33 yo 1979 Cadenhead Small Batch

July 17, 2014
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Don’t be fooled by the light colour, this excellent grain whisky is very flavour-intensive but still has a light character. – Rating: 87/100

DYC 8 yo Blended Whisky From Spain

July 11, 2014
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Spain is almost unknown as a whisky distilling nation, but DYC has quite a long tradition. This blend is quite nice and easy going and certainly not worse than more famous brands. – Rating: 76/100

Bowmore 13 yo Cadenhead Small Batch

June 29, 2014
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An excellent younger Bowmore that shows what this distillery is capable of. The combination of fruit and peat here is almost perfect. – Rating: 88/100

Ben Nevis 16 yo Abbey Whisky Rare Casks

June 28, 2014
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Strong sherry notes dominate this whisky. This monster is not for the faint of heart, it is bold and woody. – Rating: 84/100