Islay

Bunnahabhain 38 yo 1973/2012 Wilson & Morgan

January 11, 2013
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Not your typical oloroso cask here… The nose is superb, but the ABV has come down to a level that gives it a sightly watery mouthfeel. Surprisingly litte wood influence. – Rating: 87/100

Wemyss Bunnahabhain 15 yo “Driftwood”

January 4, 2013
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Despite the rather strong peat the underlying flavours are rather subtle, the nose has a nice freshness. This feels a bit younger than it actually is. – Rating: 84/100

Bunnahabhain 35 yo 1976/2012 Whisky Doris

January 2, 2013
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The wood has begun to take over here, but it still is a very fine dram. The finish is a bit on the short side, though. – Rating: 88/100

Kilchoman 4 yo 2007/2012 Single Cask Nation

December 11, 2012
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Crisp and clean with quite an amazing depth of flavours for such a young whisky. They know how to make good whisky on the Rhinns, and the bottlers know how to select good casks. – Rating: 87/100

Bunnahabhain 1989/2012 Berry Bros.

November 27, 2012

A dram that needs a little time and attention, but the patience is rewarded with delicate and lovely flavours. – Rating: 87/100

Laphroaig PX Cask

November 14, 2012
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The (mild) PX sweetness makes this an interesting variation on the Quarter Cask. It is well worth a try although it shows a little less complexity. – Rating: 87/100

Caol Ila 19 yo The Whisky Exchange

November 4, 2012
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Dry and crisp, it feels younger than it actually is. This dram demonstrates how Caol Ila can be bold and elgegant at the same time. – Rating: 88/100

Elements of Islay Pl1

October 19, 2012
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An uncompromising, almost brutal phenolic attack on your tastebuds, but it is not simply a peat monster, it has complex layers of flavours. – Rating: 90/100

Lagavulin 21 yo 2012 Release

October 12, 2012
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This Lagavulin is virtually blasting with oriental spices, the fruit stays in the background here. An exquisite whisky that succeeds in combining boldness and gentleness. – Rating: 92/100

Caol Ila 29 yo 1982/2012 Signatory

October 1, 2012
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My oh my, a powerful dram that does not hold back its flavours. Expect no subtleties. This may be the oldest peat monster ever, dealing you a phenol punch as well as a wood bite. – Rating: 89/100

Elements of Islay Bw1

September 30, 2012
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You need a bit of water to lure the fruity flavours out of their hideout, it is not a typical exponent of this distillery, but a solid one nevertheless. – Rating: 84/100

Elements of Islay Br4

September 28, 2012
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A delectable dram with a perfectly balanced combination of fruit and sweetness with the wood staying in the background. – Rating: 87/100

Lagavulin Distillers Edition 1995

September 17, 2012
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This legendary dram delivers top quality, year after year. Peat and sherry in a fruitful symbiosis. – Rating: 89/100

Ardbeg Alligator

September 5, 2012

The extreme charring of the casks makes this a quite unusal Ardbeg thay may repel the faint of heart. It has strong flavours and an almost chewy mouthfeel. – Rating: 87/100

Bowmore 16 yo 1995/2012 Adelphi

August 3, 2012

The palate is almost on par with the fantastic nose, a very richly flavoured dram with strong fruity and spicy notes. – Rating: 88/100

Ardbeg 17 yo 1994/2011 Cadenhead’s

July 30, 2012

The peat is unusually strong and medicinal in this older Ardbeg. Everything is very clean and very dry, not overly complex but truly delightful. – Rating: 90/100

Bruichladdich Sherry Classic

July 17, 2012
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The spices are quite dominant here and cover the nice fruity and sweet flavours to some extent. Overall it still is a decent value dram. – Rating: 82/100

Caol Ila 23 yo 1978 Rare Malts

June 24, 2012

Unusually fruity and rather sweet for a Caol Ila, but it works perfectly well. – Rating: 91/100

Port Ellen 11th Annual Release

June 23, 2012
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This Port Ellen is a bit on the sweet side, but all the flavours are very well balanced. A fabulous dram indeed, but at a very steep price..- Rating: 92/100

Port Ellen 1983/2011 Malts of Scotland

June 8, 2012

A very light and subtle Port Ellen that needs a little time to open up, a style that its not too prominent on Islay anymore. – Rating: 87/100