Islay

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

Laphroaig 1991/2011 The Whisky Agency

March 10, 2012

An unusual sherried Laphroaig, the wine takes away some of the maritime peat punch and replaces it with a nice fruitiness. – Rating: 86/100

Laphroaig 1990/2011 The Whisky Agency

March 3, 2012

This is a quintesential Laphroaig, much cleaner and crisper than the original bottlings in a way. – Rating: 88/100

Bunnahabhain 24yo 1986 Exclusive Malts for Taiwan

February 28, 2012

Quite pleasant on the nose but palate and finish are a bit disappointing. There is a nice spiciness but it just feels a bit too sugary. – Rating: 81/100

Bunnahabhain 1979/2011 Berry Bros. for whisky.com.tw

February 28, 2012

A very pleasant combination of sweet fruit and dry wood with just a hint of the signature Bunnahabhain freshness. – Rating: 89/100

Bunnahabhain 25 yo

February 16, 2012
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The fantastic old time sherry nose is in 90+ territory, but palate and finish are strangely weak for such a high end whisky. – Rating: 84/100

Bunnahabhain 1990/2011 Master of Malt

February 13, 2012
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A very fine and thick dram with a nose that captures the meaty quality some rich sherries can have. Some gentle spices round off this malt. – Rating: 87/100

Lagavulin Distillers Edition 1993

February 6, 2012
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A brilliant combination of fruit and smoke. The PX sherry combines very well with the Lagavulin distillery style. – Rating: 88/100

Lagavulin 12 yo Cask Strength 2010 Release

February 6, 2012
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A very nice peated malt without a doubt, but the rather generic profile lacks some of the depth and richness that previous versions had. – Rating: 85/100

Caol Ila Distillers Edition 1997/2010

January 22, 2012
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The peat needs a while to cut through the sweet fruits. Quite a nice dram, but a bit weakish on the palate. – Rating: 83/100

Port Charlotte 2002/2010 Malts of Scotland

January 10, 2012

This dram has a rather medicinal character. If you like that style of whisky, you will love this one. – Rating: 87/100

Port Charlotte 2002/2010 Whisky Doris

January 7, 2012

A great heavily peated malt, very strong smoke combined with a nice underlying sweetness. It is still a bit young and rough but it’s an excellent dram. – Rating: 89/100