Highlands

Clynelish Select Reserve

November 6, 2014
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This is a very good Clynelish with an almost chewy mouthfeel. The spices are kept just in check by the spirit. As good as it may be, the £500 price tag is impertinent. – Rating: 88/100

Glenmorangie The Taghta

October 15, 2014
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A most interesting whisky that is dominated by aromatic spices. Fruity aromas are present but remain in the background. Nice but not an easy-going sipper. – Rating: 86/100

Clynelish 1997/2014 Wemyss “Cayenne Cocoa Bean”

October 14, 2014
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For me it is more coco than cocoa, but anyway, this is a very sippable and typical Clynelish. At cask strength this would have been a true cracker. – Rating: 85/100

Glen Garioch 1989/2014 Wemyss, “Peaches and Cream”

October 12, 2014
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A very nice whisky from the time they still had their own floor maltings at Glen Garioch. The hint of smoke goes very well with the creamy fruitiness – Rating: 86/100

Clynelish 10 yo Hedges & Butler

September 16, 2014
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The famous waxy mouthfeel of Clynelish is very prominent here, together with a slight woody driness. This is a very good alternative to the original 14 yo bottling. – Rating: 87/100

Clynelish 17 yo 1996/2013 Douglas Laing Old Particular

August 15, 2014
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Especially on the palate this is not a very typical Clynelish, it is rather rich and quite fruity, almost succulent. – Rating: 85/100

Ben Nevis 16 yo Abbey Whisky Rare Casks

June 28, 2014
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Strong sherry notes dominate this whisky. This monster is not for the faint of heart, it is bold and woody. – Rating: 84/100

Glencadam 22 yo Abbey Whisky Rare Casks

June 27, 2014
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The whisky has pleasant fruity aromas and a nice creamy mouthfeel, but the spiciness – pepper in particular – is overpowering. – Rating: 82/100

Clynelish 18 yo 1995/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

June 8, 2014
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Pretty spicy with some nice aromas, but somehow this just stays on the surface of what Clynelish can offer. – Rating: 83/100

Glenrothes 23 yo 1990/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

June 2, 2014
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Very enjoyable. If you believe in whisky regions, this would be your typical unsherried Speysider. Not the most complex of malts, but the balance of fruit, sweetness and spice is just right. – Rating: 86/100

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

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

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

Glenmorangie Companta

February 18, 2014
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A well done wine finish that leaves enough room for the whisky to be noticed. It is quite smooth, maybe even a tad too much so. – Rating: 85/100

Edradour 2006/2013 for The Whisky Exchange

January 26, 2014
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This is an excellent example how a good sherry cask can make a very young whisky shine. It has lots of power and lots of flavour. – Rating: 87/100

Balblair 1975/2012

January 20, 2014
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The rather short and almost trivial finish spoils for me what could have been a very fine and delicate single malt. – Rating: 83/100

Three Original Glenrothes With Mixed Results

January 1, 2014
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Old Pulteney Flotilla 2000

December 18, 2013

It has a nice and fresh nose, but on the palate it feels still somewhat immature. The rather sharp spiciness is not balanced by the other flavours. – Rating: 79/100

Dalmore Vintage 2000

December 12, 2013

If it were not for that odd cardboardy tang, this whisky would actually be pretty good. But so it isn’t. – Rating: 72/100

Oban 12 yo Unblended Highland Malt

November 3, 2013
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A very gentle but also very refined dram with that old fashioned “they don’t make them like this anymore” taste profile. – Rating: 86/100