Blends

Cutty Sark 12 yo

April 13, 2012
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A whisky like a nice piece of music in a radio turned down to minimum volume so you have trouble hearing it properly. – Rating: 74/100

Black Bull 40 yo Batch #2

April 12, 2012
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Like in the first batch, the nose makes promises that palate can’t quite deliver. The mouthfeel is a bit thin as well for such an old whisky. – Rating: 84/100

Saint Isidore

January 31, 2012
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“The Bloggers’ Blend” – Undisclosed winner of a blending competition – A really nice and sippable dram – Rating: 82/100

Compass Box Great King Street

September 22, 2011
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This whisky has a fantastic nose, and also the palate delivers a very wide spectrum of well-composed flavours. A very high quality blend indeed. – Rating: 86/100

The Tweeddale Blend Batch #1

July 28, 2011
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Quite nice for a blend of this age, with a rather complex flavour profile. It feels a bit “edgy” though – Rating: 81/100

Johnnie Walker Red Label

June 17, 2011
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This top selling blend is obviously designed not to offend any palate. There are some interesting flavours, but they are hidden underneath a layer of sweetness. Rating: 67/100

Grant’s 12 yo

June 7, 2011
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Compared to the Grant’s 18 yo, the younger version is suprisingly smooth. It is rather gentle on the palate but not unpleasantly so. The blend is not available in all markets, though.
– Score: 81/100

Grant’s 18 yo

May 29, 2011
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The port finish adds a fruity touch to this blend that nicely complenents the driness contributed by the wood. But despite the old age there is still a slight harshness to be noticed. – Score: 80/100

Whyte & Mackay Special

April 26, 2011
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The Special is a decent enough entry level blend. It’s alright for sipping alongside a pint, but its taste profile is fairly simple – Rating: 66/100

Racke Rauchzart

March 31, 2011
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This blend is aptly named “Tender Smoke”. I really like the balance of flavours. If they were stronger, this €10 dram would beat most well-known entry level blends. But it feels much too toned down. – Rating: 62/100

Chivas Regal 12 yo

March 13, 2011
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At 12 years of age the grain has lost much of its harshness, but the overall flavour profile is rather indescript. – Rating: 72/100

Ballantine’s Finest

January 23, 2011
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One of the more recommendable entry level blends. The nose is nothing to speak of, but it’s not entirely unpleasant on the palate. – Rating: 73/100

Johnnie Walker Gold Label

November 5, 2010
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Quite a nice blend with a very interesting nose. One the palate it could use a little more fruity flavours. – Rating: 81/100

Black Bull 40 yo

October 16, 2010
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The nose of this old blend is very enticing. On the palate it is not quite as excellent because of a slight bitterness that I find a little disturbing. – Rating: 84/100

Campbeltown Loch 30 yo

October 14, 2010
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A very complex blend that is very enjoyable with its Springbank origin clearly noticeable. This rich and creamy whisky is ridicoulsly cheap for its age. – Rating: 87/100

Teacher’s Highland Cream

July 4, 2010
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For a NAS blend, this one is actually quite good. The roughness of the young grain is still there, but the unusually high malt content of 45% caters for a rather rich taste. – Rating: 68/100

The Famous Grouse Port Wood

April 11, 2010

The nose is quite interesting and promising, but the nice taste on the palate only keeps up for a few seconds before turning into boring grainyness. Better than the standard Grouse, but not enough to make me want to buy a bottle. – Score: 62/100

Black Bull 12 yo

April 1, 2010

A great blend. It is perfectly drinkable and still rather smooth at 50%, but won’t take harm with a litle water added . Well-balanced and complex, but don’t look for peat here. – Score: 85/100

Cutty Sark

February 24, 2010
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You can tell that this is very young. Much too young for my taste. It tastes almost like a German Korn. But at least it does not seem to be coloured. – Score: 58/100

Johnnie Walker Black Label

January 11, 2010
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Quite smoky but not peaty, gentle and well balanced. Not bad at all. – Score: 81/100