Scotland

Glenfarclas 2000/2013 Cask Strength Premium Edition

April 18, 2016
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Nice nose, weak palate and finish. As it happens all too often. – Rating: 81/100

Kininvie 17 And 23 Compared

April 10, 2016
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This weekend I had the opportunity to taste the Kininvie single malt for the first time. Together with my two whisky friends Klaus and Keith we tasted the 17 yo and the 23 yo bottlings.

The Trojan 25 yo 1990/2016 Exile Casks

April 1, 2016
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Wood spices dominate but the fruit is always present. This whisky benefits from some water and needs a little time to open up. – Rating: 85/100

Tomatin 14 yo Port Wood Finish

March 25, 2016
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Overall this feels quite watery. There are not many noteworthy flavours which makes you wonder about the quality of the base whisky used for this finish. – Rating: 77/100

Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Edition

March 15, 2016
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This has been dubbed “darkest Ardbeg ever”, but it’s not even as dark as my Uigeadail. Wood spices dominate, and there is a mild fruitiness. A solid release, but it can not beat good batches of Uigeadail. – Rating: 85/100

Mortlach 18 yo

March 13, 2016
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Even though the nose is rather timid to open up, it is still the best aspect of this whisky. The palate lacks flavour and the finish lacks length. – Rating: 81/100

Elements of Islay “Peat”

February 23, 2016
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Young peat monsters have been very popular for a while, and this is a very solid contender. – Rating: 87/100

Ardmore 22 yo 1993/2015 G&M for Whisky-Online

February 11, 2016
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The herbal peatiness makes for quite an unusual whisky style with the wood remaining very much in the background. It tastes quite odd on the first sip but it grows on you and greatly benefits from a splash of water. – Rating: 86/100

Octomore 7.4 7 yo Virgin Oak

February 5, 2016
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The virgin oak has left a massive imprint on the spirit, so despite the many wonderful flavours present in this whisky the tannic bitterness is a bit much for my taste. – Rating: 84/100

Tomatin 36 yo Batch 1

January 25, 2016
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Old Tomatins are often very fruity and this is no exception, the subtle hint of smoke makes this excellent but expensive whisky even more interesting. – Rating: 90/100

Glen Grant 60 yo 1950/2010 Gordon & MacPhail

January 17, 2016
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The nose is simply wonderful, but on the palate the wood dominates just a bit too much, also the 40% ABV results in rather watery mouthfeel. – Rating: 86/100

Scapa Skiren

January 13, 2016
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The early palate is rather pleasant and creamy but soon gives way to the kind of edgy finish that is common for immature whiskies. – Rating: 74/100

Compass Box Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary

January 9, 2016
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A very well composed blended malt with a delicate balance of aromas. It is a very elegant whisky with many interesting flavours. – Rating: 87/100

Elements of Islay Pl3

January 4, 2016
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Yet again this not so secret Islay distillery delivers a powerful and spicy whisky. This thick, almost oily elixir can be savoured by the drop. – Rating: 89/100

Blackstone 15 yo

January 1, 2016

Utterly inoffensive, not necessarily in a bad way. This whisky offers a rather decent value for its low price but it won’t leave a lasting impression. – Rating: 81/100

Glenfarclas Springs

December 28, 2015
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Defenders of the No Age Statement concept say “It’s not about age, it’s about maturity”. They are right. But there is no maturity in this whisky. I can not remember tasting a weaker Glenfarclas. – Rating: 73/100

Port Askaig 100 Proof

December 22, 2015
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A solid young peat monster for those who like this type of whisky. It is pleasant enough without having remarkable properties. – Rating: 86/100

Port Askaig 30 yo 2015 Release

December 11, 2015
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If you can afford this expensive bottle, you will be rewarded with an outstanding whisky. The balance of fruit and spice notes is fantastic and everything is underlined by a delicate medicinal smokiness. – Rating: 91/100

Mortlach 15 yo Gordon & MacPhail

December 2, 2015
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This long time semi-official bottling of Mortlach has the typical meatiness that has gone lost a bit in the new Diageo series. It’s not the most complex of drams but a very solid benchmark for this distillery – Rating: 86/100

Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve

November 30, 2015
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The nose is actually quite nice but the palate is a disappointment. While the generic flavours of this whisky will not offend anyone, its lack of maturity makes it difficult to like. – Rating: 69/100