Highlands

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

Brora 30 yo 2002 Release

June 22, 2012

This malt is infinetely complex, the tasting notes just capture the principal flavours, there are many more minor aromas to discover. The wood remains gentle and adds even more depth. – Rating: 92/100

Royal Lochnagar Selected Reserve

June 21, 2012
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This rare special bottling has a lovely nose and a nice mix of flavours on the palate, but feels just a little too weakish on the latter. – Rating: 84/100

Loch Lomond 45 yo 1966

May 30, 2012
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The old age does not really show here although there is some noticeable wood. A lively and very enjoyable whisky from a distillery normally associated with mediocre malts. – Rating: 85/100

Fettercairn 1996/2011 Signatory

May 17, 2012

Not overly complex but perfectly balanced, simply a straightforward young-ish bourbon cask whisky how it should be. – Rating: 86/100

Lochside 1965/2001 Adelphi

May 13, 2012
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A superb sherried whisky, the wood influence is rather strong but kept in check by the rich sweet and fruity aromas. – Rating: 91/100

Edradour Natural Cask Strength 2nd Release

April 15, 2012
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Another very young Edradour, but this time without cask experimentation. And indeed the spirit does benefit from not fiddling around with it. – Rating: 81/100

Ballechin 6th Release Bourbon Cask Matured

April 14, 2012
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You can feel it is still rather young, but it is a very fine dram with a good variety of smoky flavours. – Rating: 84/100

Edradour 2003/2010 Burgundy Cask Matured

April 14, 2012
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Rather sweet overall and feeling a bit watery even at 46%, this dram doesn’t really convince me. – Rating: 75/100

Clynelish 1995/2011 Aberdeen Distillers

April 9, 2012

A malt that has some quite nice flavours but it’s all over much too soon. – Rating: 79/100

Glenmorangie Original (Revisited)

April 4, 2012
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I don’t think this dram has changed much in the past 38 months. Decent nose but non-descript palate. – Score: 72/100

Tomintoul 1967/2011 The Whisky Agency

April 3, 2012

For a malt of this age I was a little disappointed. It’s good, but really not exceptional. – Rating: 84/100

Lochside 1981/2011 Cadenhead’s

March 27, 2012

An execllent light bodied dram with lots of depth despite its subtle character. Everything is in its place in this flawless whisky. – Rating: 90/100

Glenugie 1980/2010 Dun Bheagan

March 25, 2012

All rather generic here, unoffensive and sippable, but the middle-of-the-road character does not make this a must-have dram. – Rating: 81/100

Glengoyne 1988/2007 Cask 718

March 18, 2012

A thick and delicious dram from a Pedro Ximenez sherry cask. – Rating: 87/100

Glengoyne 1993/2008 Cask 845

March 8, 2012

Full-bodied and rich in flavour but the wood influence is quite prominent. – Rating: 84/100

Glengoyne 1990/2007 Cask 1523

March 5, 2012

A rich and full dram from a rather unusal amontillado cask. Some savoury flavours add another dimension. – Rating: 86/100

Tomatin 1976/2011 The Whisky Agency

February 29, 2012

A nice fruity dram that feels a bit younger than its real age, some water does not hurt it. – Rating: 83/100

Deanston Virgin Oak

February 19, 2012
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In a way this is Burn Stewart’s Highland equivalent of the Bunnahabhain Darach Ur. It’s not bad at all, but it does not have the richness of its cousin from Islay. Rating: 83/100

Deanston 12 yo

February 19, 2012
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The relaunched Deanston is a rich and rather savoury dram. Some unusal flavours probably don’t make it a whisky for anybody, but I like it. – Rating: 84/100