Islay

Caol Ila 38 yo 1976/2014 Malts of Scotland

August 31, 2014
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Despite its age this malt is still quite peaty. The lovely fruity aromas are much more obvious on the nose than on the palate. Very good but not quite outstanding. – Rating: 89/100

Ardbeg Supernova SN2014 Committee Release

August 28, 2014
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So far I have only tasted the 2009 version of the SN which stupefied me. This is much more civilzed but still very powerful stuff. There are enough other aromas present to prevent this from turning into a mere peat bomb. – Rating: 88/100

Bowmore 13 yo Cadenhead Small Batch

June 29, 2014
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An excellent younger Bowmore that shows what this distillery is capable of. The combination of fruit and peat here is almost perfect. – Rating: 88/100

Ardbeg Auriverdes Launch, Bar Gabányi, Munich

May 20, 2014
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It’s that time of year again, Ardbeg release their eagerly anticipated annual special bottling.

Bowmore Small Batch With Matching Montezuma Chocolate

April 22, 2014
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A young entry level malt in the trademark fruity and mildly peated Bowmore style, it makes for a pleasant sipping but does not provide the complexity found in the older expressions. – Rating: 83/100

Caol Ila 18 yo 1995/2013 The Whisky Agency

March 25, 2014
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There is a minimal whiff of sulphur on the nose but I am sure this is from the peating process. The whisky is quite edgy and not as complex and rounded as other Caol Ilas of this age. – Rating: 83/100

Bunnahabhain 40 yo

October 29, 2013
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This oldie has a very rich nose, but it is surprisingly light and fragrant on the palate. Only the price of almost £2000 is a wee bit steep. – Rating: 87/100

Bunnahabhain 23 yo 1989/2013 Abbey Whisky

September 25, 2013
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With its light colour it looks weakish, but don’t be fooled. After opening up there is a burst of fruity and spicy flavors. Excellent. – Rating: 88/100

Bruichladdich The Laddie Sixteen

September 8, 2013
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Enormously creamy with the typical Bruichladdich fruitiness, this dram may not be the most complex of all, but it is immensely sippable. – Rating: 87/100

Laphroaig 1996/2012 Malts of Scotland

June 13, 2013
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It needs some time to build up and benefits from a good splash of water, this fantastic whisky has the perfect balance of sherry and peat, maturity and freshness. – Rating: 94/100

Laphroaig 15 yo 1996/2012 Signatory

June 10, 2013
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Not the phenolic bomb you might expect from Laphroaig, this dram is quite crisp and clean with a nice light fruitiness. – Rating: 88/100

Caol Ila 30 yo 1982/2012 Archives

May 21, 2013
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The peat has almost completely transformed into fruity aromas after 30 years. The wood influence is surprisingly gentle – very delicious – Rating: 88/100

Bowmore 15 yo 1996/2011 Wilson & Morgan

May 19, 2013
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A wonderful combination of peat and sherry. It is dry but not too woody and feels older than it actually is. – Rating: 91/100

Bowmore 8 yo 2002/2011 L’Esprit

May 15, 2013
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The nose and the first seconds on the palate are really nice but the flavours quickly fade away into a nondescript peaty sweetness. – Rating: 80/100

Lagavulin 12 yo Cask Strength 2011 Release

May 6, 2013
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This is a bit unusual in a way that it feels rather naked compared to the standard releases. It is not particularly complex but smoothness and sippability are outstanding, even undiluted. – Rating: 88/100

Bunnahabhain 6 yo 2005/2012 Riverstown

April 28, 2013
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This uncommon heavily peated Bunnahabhain is also unusually sweet, in fact a bit too sweet for my taste. – Rating: 79/100

Caol Ila 30 yo 1980/2011 Maltbarn

April 19, 2013
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There is an interesting savoury element in this dram, lots going on on the palate, only the finish is a bit timid. – Rating: 87/100

Caol Ila 16 yo 1995/2012 Whisky Doris

April 18, 2013
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More medicinal and “dirty” than your usual Caol Ila, this is an excellent and complex peaty powerhouse. – Rating: 87/100

Bowmore 15 yo 1997/2012 Whisky-Fässle

April 16, 2013
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A rather typical and Bow-moreish dram that is a bit on the peatier side. Especially the palate is quite complex. – Rating: 88/100

Laphroaig 25 yo (Cask Strength Version)

March 23, 2013
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It is amazing how medicinal this old whisky still is. The complexity in this epic dram is enormous. – Rating: 90/100