Ratings

Bunnahabhain 23 yo 1989/2013 Abbey Whisky

September 25, 2013
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With its light colour it looks weakish, but don’t be fooled. After opening up there is a burst of fruity and spicy flavors. Excellent. – Rating: 88/100

Caperdonich 17 yo 1995/2012 Abbey Whisky

September 22, 2013
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Full-bodied and creamy with a nice amount of spice, this already reminds of the famous 1972 vintage, but for quite a bit less money. – Rating: 86/100

Glenfarclas Coronation 1953/2013 Speciality Drinks

September 16, 2013
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An amazing very old Glenfarclas with a fantastic fruitiness underlined by aromatic spices. It has a bit of a wood bite but this does not detract from the glorious aromas that can be found in this whisky. – Rating: 94/100

anCnoc 22 yo

September 10, 2013
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It still has the lightness Knockdhu is known for, but the long time in the casks have also given it a nice richness not seen in their younger bottlings. – Rating: 86/100

Bruichladdich The Laddie Sixteen

September 8, 2013
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Enormously creamy with the typical Bruichladdich fruitiness, this dram may not be the most complex of all, but it is immensely sippable. – Rating: 87/100

Tomatin Cù Bòcan

September 6, 2013
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This is only peated at 15ppm but it feels stronger, especially with a few drops of water. There’s a bit of a trade-off with the trademark Tomatin tropical fruit, but it’s quite a nice dram overall. – Rating: 81/100

Tullamore Dew 12 yo

September 5, 2013
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Unusually sweet and with a syrupy mouthfeel, this is not really what you would expect from an Irish blend. Fortunately the sweetness is backed by a healthy dose of spice. – Rating: 82/100

Compass Box Canto Cask 48

September 3, 2013
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The wood really weighs down heavily on this dram, on the verge of totally overpowering the spirit. It provesthat wood exctraction done right can define a modern whisky more than distillery house style. – Rating: 86/100

Balcones Texas Single Malt Batch SM 8-12

August 28, 2013
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Quite an unusual flavour profile here with strong emphasis on wood (in a good way). It’s a very nice whisky overall, apart from the slightly shortish finish . – Rating: 84/100

Mackmyra Moment Källa

August 26, 2013
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Another interesting dram from Sweden which is quite strong on nose and palate, but the finish is just too short and trivial. – Rating: 78/100

Macduff 15 yo Vom Fass

August 23, 2013

This rather inexpensive dram is actually quite tasty, a typical bourbon cask whisky already showing some fine maturity. – Rating: 84/100

Macallan Gold, Amber and Sienna Compared

August 18, 2013
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Finally I have the chance to review three of the four new NAS Macallans in a side-by-side comparison.

Balvenie Doublewood 17 yo

August 15, 2013
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While having a superb nose, this older Doublewood version does not quite reach the quality of the almost legendary 12 year old. But go for it, if you like spicy drams. – Rating: 85/100

Auchentoshan Three Wood

August 9, 2013
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The sweetness of this dram is almost too heavy, but the wood spices keep it in balance. The nose is very nice, the finish a bit short. – Rating: 82/100

Mackmyra Special 09 – Vildhallon

August 5, 2013
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While the lovely nose is easy to grasp, the palate is most unusual with no real prominent aromas. Everything here is rather fragrant but there is also a slightly bitter element. – Rating: 81/100

Bushmills Black Bush

July 15, 2013
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A decent daily dram, not more and not less. It feels a bit more like a Scotch blend than an Irish. – Rating: 80/100

Balvenie Tun 1858 Batch 1

July 7, 2013
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One of the finest noses I have ever smelled, and the palate is almost on the same level. It is not really a sherry bomb, the whisky part is just as prominent. Not exactly cheap, though. – Rating: 92/100

Highland Park 1997 Viking Collection “The Sword”

July 3, 2013
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An outstanding and very typical Highland Park, the balance of flavours is just perfect. Too bad it was not bottled at cask strength. – Rating: 90/100

Hakushu Sherry Cask

June 30, 2013
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This is a rather typical sherry bomb, hard to tell that it is from Japan. The nose beats the palate, but it is a high quality whisky overall. – Rating: 85/100

Yamazaki Puncheon

June 29, 2013
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It is interesting to note the experimental use of a bigger cask. Usually it’s the other way around. I’m not sure if anything was gained by this, but it makes for a pleasant sipping experience. – Rating: 83/100