Islay

Caol Ila Unpeated 12 yo

May 27, 2012
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It may be made from unpeated malt, but there is still a hint of smoke carried over from the regular peated mashes. This creates a fascinating mix of flavours in this spicy dram. – Rating: 86/100

Bowmore 2000/2011 Douglas Laing

May 19, 2012

It reminds me a bit of the Bowmore Darkest, but the youthful freshness makes this dram even more delightful. – Rating: 89/100

Bunnahabhain 1979/2011 Adelphi

May 14, 2012

The nose of this oldie is very impressive, but palate and finish are strangely weak in comparison. – Rating: 84/100

Port Charlotte 2001/2011 For Whiskyfriends in Denmark

May 7, 2012
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The delightful nose suggests a higher age, but the palate is still vibrant and youthful. The very strong sherry suits the very strong spirit very well. – Rating: 88/100

Laphroaig 1990/2008 Hart Brothers

May 6, 2012

Quite unusual for a Laphroaig and obviously from a worn-out cask. Not all bad, but not all good either. – Rating: 76/100

Kilchoman Inaugural 100% Islay

May 2, 2012
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This malt is very light in character and quite different from the Machir Bay. A good dram but it takes some effort to taste the flavours beyond the comparatively mild peat – Rating: 83/100

Kilchoman Machir Bay

May 2, 2012
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Once more Kilchoman has managed to issue a young whisky that is extremely enjoyable. The endless finish is its biggest asset as well as the affordable price. – Rating: 87/100

Laphroaig 1986/2011 A. D. Rattray

April 26, 2012

A very strong wood influence takes away some of the fruity delights pleasing the nose. This is a very un-medicinal Laphroaig. – Rating: 85/100

Laphroaig 1995/2011 Signatory

April 16, 2012

It may not be immediately recognizable as a Laphroaig, but it’s a fine example of a rather typical Islay style malt. – Rating: 86/100

Port Charlotte 2001/2010 Malts of Scotland

April 11, 2012

The sweetness is a little too dominant here to make it a truly great malt. Still quite a good dram, though. – Rating: 85/100

Port Charlotte 2002/2010 Malts of Scotland

April 11, 2012

Ultra-rich in taste but quite sweet, this is a great dram for contemplative sipping with a little going a long way.
– Rating: 89/100

Caol Ila 1983/2011 Duncan Taylor

April 10, 2012

Quite a good dram overall, but I am not sure if putting it into an octave cask really improved it. – Rating: 85/100

Kilchoman Spring 2011 Release

April 7, 2012
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A very enjoybale whisky already tasting much more mature than only 3 years, it has some Bowmore-eqsue elements that I really like. – Rating: 86/100

Caol Ila 1981/2011 The Whisky Agency

April 1, 2012

Much of the peat has transformed into other aromas, especially on the nose, a very enjoyable dram. – Rating: 85/100

Caol Ila 1983/2011 Berry Bros.

March 29, 2012

A nice sweetness adds to the peat and fruit here making this a Caol Ila with an interesting twist.- Rating: 86/100

Port Ellen 1982/2011 Wilson & Morgan

March 25, 2012

A rather delicate peaty dram with very subtle flavours. Very nice but not quite on par with other Port Ellens I have tasted. – Rating: 85/100

Bunnahabhain 1968/2011 Wilson & Morgan

March 25, 2012

A delicious old-style whisky with a creamy and slightly waxy mouthfeel but no overwhelming wood influence. – Rating: 87/100

Laphroaig 1990/2011 Wilson & Morgan

March 24, 2012

The full sherry impact masks the Laphroaig-ness here, still this is a fine dram which shows that peat and sherry can get along very well. – Rating: 85/100

Bunnahabhain 2001/2011 The Whisky Agency

March 23, 2012

A malt from a rather tired cask with a less than perfect nose, on the palate it catches up a little but overall it remains somewhat lacklustre. – Rating: 80/100

Caol Ila 1995/2010 James MacArthur

March 15, 2012

The mild sherry influence adds a nice fruity and sweet twist to this Caol Ila. Water is not really needed here. – Rating: 86/100