Islay

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

Caol Ila 27 yo 1983 Single Cask Collection

January 2, 2012

Slightly unusual flavours in thie sherried Caol Ila, but it is a very nice dram with lots to explore. – Rating: 87/100

Bruichladdich 10 yo – The Laddie Ten

December 16, 2011
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Both nose and palate of the new Laddie flagship are so packed with flavours that it’s difficult to point out single aromas. There is a ‘coastal’ element that clearly sets it apart from the old expressions. Brilliant! – Rating: 90/100

Bowmore 1995/2010 Whisky-Fässle

December 12, 2011

This rather typical Bowmore has only a slight sherry influence, probably from a refill cask. All flavour elements are very well balanced and make it a highly anjoyable malt. – Rating: 88/100

Elements of Islay Bn1 – Bunnahabhain

December 7, 2011
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This heavily peated Bunnahabhain is quite unusual for the distillery, but it can well compete with the usual suspects. Its oily mouthfeel makes it stand out. – Rating: 86/100

Elements of Islay Br2 – Bruichladdich

December 2, 2011
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A nice malt, typical for the unpeated Bruichladdich house style, perhaps a bit on the spicy side. – Rating: 84/100

Elements of Islay Kh1 – Kilchoman

November 29, 2011
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This malt still shows its youth, but it is far from being unenjoyable. Give it a few more years and it should be terrific. – Rating: 81/100

Laphroaig 1998/2010 The Whisky Cask

November 26, 2011

I can only describe this malt as very crisp. It is not overly complex but it leaves no doubt that it is a very fine young Laphroaig, focussing on the essentials. – Rating: 87/100

Ardbeg Uigeadail L11101584

October 23, 2011
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Simply an excellent bottling. The sherry influence adds yet another layer of flavours to the already very rich Ardbeg spirit. – Rating: 92/100

Bunnahabhain Darach Ur Batch 6

October 14, 2011
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There is a Compass Box whisky called Spice Tree, but this one can safely be called ‘Spice Monster’. Its general character is rather mild, but the flavours are very strong. – Rating: 87/100