Tamdhu 25 yo 1984/2010 Whisky Doris

May 26, 2015

A very good Tamdhu, creamy and fruity with just the perfect dose of wood spice. The mid-twenties are the sweet spot of this disillery, in my opinion. – Rating: 87/100

Springbank 12 yo Green

May 21, 2015
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The lack of sherry influence makes this a slightly unusual Springbank but the pedigree always is clear. It does feel as if something is missing though. – Rating: 83/100

Tomatin Cask Strength

May 19, 2015
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This is quite a bit on the spicy side, and the wood spices fight a little with the creamy fruitiness of the base whisky for dominance here. Not bad overall but the balance could be better. – Rating: 84/100

Ardbeg Perpetuum

May 18, 2015
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This is probably the most typically “Ardbeg” of the recent special releases, very straightforward in a way, but noticeably sweeter than for example the 10 year old. – Rating: 87/100

Arran 18 yo

May 17, 2015
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The nose in particular is very enjoyable, but the age has imparted a driness to the palate that I find a tad too strong. – Rating: 85/100

Laphroaig Highgrove 1999/2013 Cask 5162

May 16, 2015

Quite an exceptional cask that has an amazing fruitiness already at a relatively young age, but the typical Laphroaig DNA is always present. – Rating: 91/100

Port Ellen 1982/2013 Malts of Scotland

May 10, 2015

While the nose is fantastic and incredibly complex, the wood has already begun to take over the palate. It still is a very good whisky but not quite good enough to break the 90 point barrier. – Rating: 89/100

Cragganmore 12 – Old And New Head To Head

May 9, 2015
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At the Limburg Whisky Fair I had the opportunity to buy a sample of an old Gragganmore 12 Italian import bottle, probably from the 1970s. Let’s compare it to the current expression in a head to head tasting:

Bowmore 1995/2014 Wemyss “The Rockpool”

May 6, 2015
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One of the best non-classic Bowmores I have tasted. It is very rich and thick and benefits from a bit of water. – Rating: 89/100

Wolfburn Newmake

May 3, 2015

This is high quality spirit with a creamy mouthfeel. I hope the distillery manages to transform it into equally good whisky. – Rating: 72/100

Glenfarclas Heritage

May 1, 2015

Yes, everything in this cheap whisky is “light”, “slight”, “vague” and “indifferent”. It is flawless but also featureless. Skip, unless you want to try to convert a vodka drinker to whisky. – Rating: 75/100

Benromach 10 yo 100 Proof

April 28, 2015
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Everything is very well put together in this whisky. It is round and strong but still delicate with perfect balance of all elements. This is Scotch whisky as it should be. – Rating: 87/100

Talisker Skye

April 27, 2015
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The nose of this is really nice but palate and finish can not keep the promise. I had trouble to recognize this as a Talisker. – Rating: 82/100

Benrinnes 2001/2014 Wemyss “Rhubarb Royale”

April 22, 2015
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A very nice fruity dram, surprisingly light for what you would expect from Benrinnes but richly flavoured anyway. – Rating: 86/100

Laphroaig 10 Revisited – I Shouldn’t Have

April 17, 2015
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The current Laphroaig 10 feels like Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” played by an Easy Listening big band with marimbaphone and string section. – Rating: 82/100

Glen Spey 1996/2009 Manager’s Choice

April 10, 2015
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The good news: It is the best Glen Spey I have ever tasted. The bad news: It is not more than a generic nice refill bourbon whisky and at £200 it is no wonder that it is still on the shelves after 5 years. – Rating: 83/100

Blair Athol 1991/2014 Wemyss “Foraged Fruit Fool”

March 30, 2015
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This is a typical refill bourbon whisky with a light and delicate character. It is nice and enjoyable but it is not a bargain. – Rating: 85/100

Glengoyne 25 yo

March 18, 2015
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While the flavours of this old whisky are complex and very enjoyable the quite strong tannic wood influence and lacklustre finish prevent a higher score.

Rating: 83/100

Ardmore 1991/2013 Rum Barrel Malts of Scotland

March 12, 2015

If you expected a sweet elixir, you will be disappointed. This whisky is very elegant, a mix of peat and fruit with a just light sweetness. – Rating: 87/100

Cardhu 26 yo 1984/2011 Duncan Taylor

March 5, 2015

Cardhu doesn’t have the best reputation among whisky geeks, but this rare inependent bottling proves that they can make great whisky. It is mouth-coating, succulent and richly flavoured. – Rating: 87/100