Islands

Arran 17 yo Single Cask 2033 For TWE

November 21, 2014
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Strong and sweet sherry dominates this whisky, actually overpowering it a little. If you have a sweet tooth, you will love it anyway. – Rating: 84/100

Tobermory 19 yo 1994/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

June 4, 2014
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Very strong wood aromas from toasted over aromatic to hot and spicy dominate this excellent whisky, any more and it would be too much. This was bottled just in time. – Rating: 87/100

Arran 10 yo – Revisited

April 21, 2014
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Definitely an improvement over the older version. It has full flavours and a strong body, the spices are quite prominent, though. Needs a bit of water. – Rating: 85/100

Highland Park Loki

March 3, 2014
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Despite its age of 15 years, this whisky has retained a nice freshness that is complemented by softer and more mature flavours. – Rating: 87/100

Three Tired Warriors From Highland Park

January 23, 2014
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Talisker Port Ruighe

January 17, 2014
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The port finish adds a very sweet fruitiness that fortunately does not quite succeed in destroying the Taliskerness of this whisky. – Rating: 84/100

Talisker Storm

January 15, 2014
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Following the trend of wood-engineered NAS whisky, this Talisker offers a different, fruitier, angle than the regular 10 yo; good but not necessarily better – and more expensive. – Rating: 85/100

Highland Park 1997 Viking Collection “The Sword”

July 3, 2013
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An outstanding and very typical Highland Park, the balance of flavours is just perfect. Too bad it was not bottled at cask strength. – Rating: 90/100

Talisker 25 yo 2011 Release

April 13, 2013
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This is much closer to the 10 year old than previous releases. Combined with the lowered bottling strength there is not much of a reason to spend the extra money. – Rating: 83/100

Tobermory 17 yo 1995/2012 Master of Malt

February 17, 2013
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Very spicy but still quite enjoyable, the mouthfeel is coating and a nice sweetness balances the spice. – Rating: 82/100

Arran 16 yo 1996/2012 Master of Malt

February 12, 2013
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Sharp alcohol and rather strong spice hit your palate, the rest of flavours can barely keep up. – Rating: 80/100

Arran Machrie Moor Batch 2

February 1, 2013
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The profile is slightly unusual but not unpleasant, with less smoke on the palate than on the nose. Overall this dram is less ferocious than the packaging suggests. – Rating: 83/100

Arran 2001/2012 Bourbon Cask 808

January 30, 2013
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Quite a shy and secluded whisky overall, a dram for those who like their whisky very subtle. – Rating: 81/100

Arran Orkney Bere 2004/2012

January 26, 2013
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Surprisingly mature for its young age, this is an excellent example how using an ancient barley variety not designed for high yield can shorten maturation time. – Rating: 85/100

Talisker Distillers Edition 2000

January 3, 2013
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The sherry remains rather in the background, only to underline the famous smoky spiciness of the Talisker spirit. Quite different from the fantastic 1999 vintage. Rating: 87/100

Ledaig 6 yo 2005/2012 Blackadder Riverstown

December 18, 2012
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I am fairly immune to sulphur, but this special specimen just hurts my palate. – Rating: 47/100

Jura 1976/2012 Berry Bros.

December 17, 2012

This is a most unusual whisky and it’s truly kaleidoscopic. There are so many flavours that seem to be shifting constantly that a little of it goes a long way. – Rating: 89/100

Arran 12 yo 1999/2012 Single Cask Nation

December 7, 2012
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Not really the aromas you would expect from a pinot noir cask, but this does not devalue this dram at all. Good fruit and nice spice, well balanced and enjoyable. – Rating: 85/100

Highland Park 1989/2010 Murray McDavid

December 2, 2012
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This really is a borderline finish, very sweet, almost too much so, but there is enough spice to prevent it from becoming over the top. – Rating: 86/100

Ledaig 1998/2010 Malts of Scotland

June 7, 2012

Some rather unusual flavours can be found here, this is a whisky with the potential of dividing opinions. But I can’t make up my mind which side to take. – Rating: 83/100