Highlands

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

Royal Lochnagar 10 yo 2002/2012 Milroy’s

January 5, 2013
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The tasting notes may read worse than the dram actually is, but the butyric and bitter aromas are not particularly pleasant. – Rating: 74/100

Aberfeldy 12 yo (revisited)

January 3, 2013
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A very nice daily dram with a faint hint of what some might call ‘coastal’, overall it is quite subtle but very enjoyable. – Rating: 82/100

Glengoyne 12 yo

January 1, 2013
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Despite being 12 years old, this dram feels a bit immature to me, the taste profile is not unpleasant but rather generic. – Rating: 72/100

The Singleton of Glen Ord 15 yo

December 31, 2012
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There is a slight brininess to this tasty dram that in conjunction with the orange aromas remotely reminds me of Springbank. – Rating: 83/100

Clynelish 14 yo 1997/2012 Single Cask Collection

December 21, 2012
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This is a typical example of a straightforward young Clynelish, everything is in its place, nicely sippable and no suprises in eiter direction. – Rating: 82/100

Glenugie 30 yo 1980/2010 Dun Bheagan

December 6, 2012

This dram delivers quite a massive attack of sweet and fruity flavours, the creamy and slightly waxy mouthfeel makes it even more sumptuous. – Rating: 90/100

Balblair 2002 First Release

October 25, 2012
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Extremely light in character, subdued but pleasant flavours, this is one for lovers of gentle drams. – Rating: 77/100

Clynelish 23 yo 1988/2012 Duncan Taylor

September 26, 2012
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Without water this has quite some bite, but a few drops are enough to bring out the best in this clean and crisp dram with that typical light brininess. – Rating: 87/100

Tomintoul 12 yo Oloroso Sherry Finish

September 1, 2012
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The label doesn’t lie: it is a gentle dram, not a smack into your face, a well-behaved fruity malt for easy sipping. – Rating: 81/100

Glenrothes 24 yo 1984/2008 Jack Wiebers

August 31, 2012

If you ever wondered why some distilleries don’t like their name on independent bottlings, this forgettable whisky from a dead cask gives you the answer. – Rating: 64/100

Glencadam 10 yo

August 10, 2012
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A very pleasant entry-level malt from a distillery often overlooked, approachable and well-balanced with a nice mixture of fruity and spicy flavours. – Rating: 84/100

Fettercairn Fior

August 8, 2012
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This sherried dram is quite spicy with a strong and flavourful initial punch. But it is not overly complex, and the finish is surprisingly short. – Rating: 83/100

Glenturret 10 yo

August 6, 2012
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Quite a nice daily dram with a pleasant flavour profile, a slightly longer finish would have lifted it to the 80 point mark. – Rating: 78/100

Glencadam 19 yo 1990/2010 A.D. Rattray

July 21, 2012

Apart from the somewhat sharp nose, this is quite an enjoyable malt, richly flaoured with an interesting note of cheese. – Rating: 85/100