Blends

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

White Horse, probably from the 1960s

December 5, 2013
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Here is another interesting old blend bottle I managed to secure: A miniature of White Horse specially bottled for Air France. Rating: 84/100

Dimple Pinch 12 yo – Comparing Old And New(-ish)

November 12, 2013
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I was lucky enough to get hold of a fairly old bottle of Dimple 12 yo and a rather recent one. Needless to say a head to head comparison is appropriate here

Buchanan’s 12 yo from 1960s/70s Italian Import

November 5, 2013
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There is a lot to discover in this old blend, the complexity is amazing. It would even scratch the 90 point mark if the sweetness was a tad less prominent. – Rating: 88/100

Black Bottle 2013 Release

October 28, 2013
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This all-new old favourite has quite unusual flavours and it is not really noticeable that it is a blend. The profile in interesting but probably not everybody’s cup of tea. – Rating: 78/100

Cutty Sark Storm

May 25, 2013
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The fruity part of this blend is quite nice, but the sweetness and the roughness of young grain are still dominating. – Rating: 69/100

Big T Blend by Tomatin

March 28, 2013
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This old NAS blend puts just about everything in this category we have today to shame. Apparently there were mainly bourbon casks used. It is quite sweet but also fresh and fruity. – Rating: 83/100

Boxes Blend

February 19, 2013
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A very nice whisky with a somehow quiet character, nothing to ponder about, just to sip and relax. This is suprisingly good blending work by an amateur. – Rating: 82/100

Clan MacGregor Blended Scotch Whisky

February 3, 2013
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One of the weaker cheap blends, just about acceptable if nothing else is around. – Rating: 62/100

Kuchh Nai Blended Scotch Whisky

February 3, 2013
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A drinkable entry level blend with an Indian story (the name means “nothing”); not more, not less. – Rating: 70/100

Grant’s Stand Fast

August 29, 2012
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The intriguing nose needs some time, and even at 40% ABV the palate benefits from a few drops of water. A nice crisp dram, though most components are quite young. The finish is over rather soon, unfortunately. – Rating: 78/100

Isle of Skye 8 yo

August 28, 2012
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Not really an unpleasant blend, but the flavours are just a bit too generic to lift it significantly above the major brands that sell for less. – Rating: 72/100

Ballantine’s 17 yo

August 25, 2012
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The strong points of this high-quality blend are the wonderful nose and the very long finish. But also the palate manages to convince a dedicated malthead that blends can be delicious too. – Rating: 85/100

Comparing Two Old with The Current Johnnie Walker Red Label

July 3, 2012
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I was fortunate to receive two samples of older bottlings of Johnnie Walker Red. So I can finally do a comparison in a head-to-head-to-head tasting.