Ratings

Ardbeg Auriverdes Launch, Bar Gabányi, Munich

May 20, 2014
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It’s that time of year again, Ardbeg release their eagerly anticipated annual special bottling.

Benrinnes 15 yo Darkness! Oloroso And PX Finish

May 18, 2014
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Two very good whiskies with strong sherry aromas. Rating: 89/100 and 86/100

Daftmill, ca. 7 yo

May 18, 2014

The style is very light and the young age of this is quite obvious. It shows promise but the slight bitter note is a bit disturbing. – Rating: 77/100

Clynelish 16 yo Darkness! Oloroso Finish

May 15, 2014
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Very thick, almost chewy, this whisky has a slightly savoury touch. The sherry is strong in this one, as are the spices. – Rating: 84/100

Macallan 15 yo Darkness! PX Finish

May 14, 2014
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Not really dark at all, but a very nice whisky. The nutty aromas work welll with the sherry fruit, water increases the spiciness. – Rating: 86/100

Johnnie Walker Blue Label – Full Review

May 13, 2014
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Nose and palate display two different qualities of gentleness – Rating: 82/100

Kinclaith 16 yo 1966 Gordon & MacPhail

May 13, 2014
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The nose is extremely pleasant and promises a wonderful palate, but the strong soapy flavours completely ruin the experience. – Rating: 62/100

The Master Of Malt Reference Series

April 27, 2014
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Tasting notes for and thoughts on the new “educational” range

Bowmore Small Batch With Matching Montezuma Chocolate

April 22, 2014
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A young entry level malt in the trademark fruity and mildly peated Bowmore style, it makes for a pleasant sipping but does not provide the complexity found in the older expressions. – Rating: 83/100

Arran 10 yo – Revisited

April 21, 2014
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Definitely an improvement over the older version. It has full flavours and a strong body, the spices are quite prominent, though. Needs a bit of water. – Rating: 85/100

Teacher’s Origin

April 14, 2014
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There must be quite a bit of Ardmore in this rather voluptuous blend, the smokiness is well complemented by fruity caramel notes. – Rating: 83/100

Glenmorangie Astar

April 9, 2014
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This whisky is most unusual but I really like it. The mushroomy character is actually quite intriguing and the bottling strength of 100 Imperial proof gives it a nice punch. – Rating: 86/100

The Lost Distilleries Blend – Batch 4

March 28, 2014
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Nose and palate of this delicate dram are quite different but complement each other very well. The overall character is light and delicate with very little smoke. – Rating: 87/100

International Whisky Day Special – A Bunch Of Dusty Scotch Blends

March 27, 2014
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I was planning on doing a comparative tasting anyway, so I thought it would be a nice idea to reserve this slightly special flight for this occasion.

Caol Ila 18 yo 1995/2013 The Whisky Agency

March 25, 2014
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There is a minimal whiff of sulphur on the nose but I am sure this is from the peating process. The whisky is quite edgy and not as complex and rounded as other Caol Ilas of this age. – Rating: 83/100

Clynelish 17 yo 1996/2013 Villa Konthor

March 24, 2014
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This dram has a remarkable density of flavours. It is very good but you should not be too sensitive to wood spice. – Rating: 87/100

Bourbon Dusty Shootout: Early Times vs. Old Grand Dad

March 21, 2014

I got hold of a miniature of Early Times, probably from the late 1960s, and a full bottle of Old Grand Dad from the early 1970s. A perfect setup for a head to head tasting, if you ask me.

Ainslie’s Royal Edinburgh

March 14, 2014
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This reminds me a little of the White Horse I recently tried but it is not quite as medicinal and more “rounded”. The peatiness is unlike anything on the market today. Only the finish lacks some persistance. – Rating: 86/100

Master Of Malt 60 yo Speyside

March 7, 2014
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Many layers of flavours can be explored in this wonderful whisky. Wood is always present but it never gets in the way of the tropical fruits that act as base flavours. – Rating: 93/100

John Brown Whisky From Malta

March 4, 2014
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Industrial spirit mixed with some vaguely whisky-ish flavourings is my best guess of what this might be. – Rating: 38/100