Highlands

Clynelish 1997 Wemyss “Fresh Fruit Sorbet”

May 12, 2013
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The nose is quite strong and matches the descriptor, the palate is much more sublte but not unpleasant. – Rating: 84/100

Clynelish 23 yo 1989/2012 The Perfect Dram

April 28, 2013
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The famous Clynelish waxiness is prominently featured in this wonderful malt, a perfect dram from the Brora successor. – Rating: 91/100

Aberfeldy Unravel

April 27, 2013
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After a rather strong initial sherry punch the aromas fade away rather quickly. It feels young and a bit unbalanced, though not unpleasant. – Rating: 78/100

Glenrothes 1978/2008

April 23, 2013
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A very fine dram, nicely balanced and not too woody. – Rating: 87/100

Dalmore 1990 for LMDW

April 20, 2013
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Dalmore is famous for its orange aromas, and this expression showcases them particularly, also it proves that Dalmore does not need sherry to shine. – Rating: 87/100

Tomintoul 45 yo 1967/2012 Exclusive Malts

April 18, 2013
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The fruity flavours in this old malt are outstanding, but the tannic wood notes are on the verge of getting out of control. – Rating: 84/100

Ben Nevis 15yo 1996/2012 for Canada

April 10, 2013
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An enjoyable straightforward bourbon cask whisky, nothing less and nothing more. – Rating: 83/100

Glengoyne Teapot Dram

April 9, 2013
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This is Glengoyne’s answer to Aberlour A’bunadh, and it is a good one. There still is a youthful edge to it but the first fill sherry aromas are wonderful. – Rating: 88/100

Tomintoul 43 yo 1969/2012 Liquid Sun

April 7, 2013
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The fruity flavours of this old malt are wonderful but the wood has already left a noticeable footprint. – Rating: 87/100

Glenrothes 42 yo 1969/2012 Adelphi

April 4, 2013
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Here is an amazing example how a whisky can taste ‘old’ with very little wood influence. And it has strong sherry without being a monster. The smoothness of this whisky is exceptional. – Rating: 89/100

Glenury Royal 40 yo

April 4, 2013
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A very good old-style bourbon cask whisky. There is quite a bit of wood, but the spirit still shines through. – Rating: 87/100

Glenrothes 24 yo 1988/2012 Whisky Doris

April 3, 2013
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It has a lovely nose, but palate and finish are disappointing, a rather anticlimactic dram. – Rating: 76/100

Glenrothes 21 yo 1990/2011 Wilson & Morgan For Taiwan

April 1, 2013
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There is a tiny amount of sulphur that enhances more than it disturbs. The profile is very much on sweet dried fruits. – Rating: 87/100

Clynelish 15 yo 1997/2013 Whisky Warehouse No. 8

March 7, 2013
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The general character of this dram is quite mild, but spices come out woth some water. Nice and well-balanced. – Rating: 84/100

Pulteney 21 yo 1990/2012 Cadenhead’s

March 7, 2013
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The spices are quite dominant here, especially with a bit of water. The fruit flavours barely manage to keep up. – Rating: 83/100

Clynelish 15 yo 1997/2012 Master of Malt

February 8, 2013
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A pretty typical younger Clynelish where a nice freshness is combined with the waxy and fruity house style. – Rating: 83/100

Tomatin 10 yo Trader Joe’s

February 4, 2013
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The flavours of this malt are actually quite nice, but it is just too weakish and watery. – Rating: 73/100

Deanston 19 yo 1992/2012 Master of Malt

January 27, 2013
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A robust and creamy malt from a distillery not often seen in independent bottlings. Somehoew the gentle fruit aromas manage to stand up against the wood spice. – Rating: 86/100

Glenturret 34 yo 1977/2012 Maltbarn

January 8, 2013
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Older Glenturrets have a reputation of being soapy. This wonderful dram has just the tiniest hint of it, where it acts rather as a spice than as a flaw. – Rating: 89/100

Blair Athol 12 yo 1998/2011 Single Cask Collection

January 6, 2013
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Don’t be fooled by the pale colour, this is a very flavourful dram. It needs a little time to open up but it is a lovely whisky. – Rating: 85/100