Scotland

Three Original Glenrothes With Mixed Results

January 1, 2014
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Old Pulteney Flotilla 2000

December 18, 2013

It has a nice and fresh nose, but on the palate it feels still somewhat immature. The rather sharp spiciness is not balanced by the other flavours. – Rating: 79/100

Mortlach 1959/60 G&M for Royal Wedding 1986

December 14, 2013
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This outstanding Mortlach is both meaty and very fruity. The flavours are delightful but the low bottling strength makes it slightly watery. – Rating: 90/100

Dalmore Vintage 2000

December 12, 2013

If it were not for that odd cardboardy tang, this whisky would actually be pretty good. But so it isn’t. – Rating: 72/100

White Horse, probably from the 1960s

December 5, 2013
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Here is another interesting old blend bottle I managed to secure: A miniature of White Horse specially bottled for Air France. Rating: 84/100

Dimple Pinch 12 yo – Comparing Old And New(-ish)

November 12, 2013
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I was lucky enough to get hold of a fairly old bottle of Dimple 12 yo and a rather recent one. Needless to say a head to head comparison is appropriate here

Buchanan’s 12 yo from 1960s/70s Italian Import

November 5, 2013
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There is a lot to discover in this old blend, the complexity is amazing. It would even scratch the 90 point mark if the sweetness was a tad less prominent. – Rating: 88/100

Oban 12 yo Unblended Highland Malt

November 3, 2013
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A very gentle but also very refined dram with that old fashioned “they don’t make them like this anymore” taste profile. – Rating: 86/100

Bunnahabhain 40 yo

October 29, 2013
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This oldie has a very rich nose, but it is surprisingly light and fragrant on the palate. Only the price of almost £2000 is a wee bit steep. – Rating: 87/100

Black Bottle 2013 Release

October 28, 2013
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This all-new old favourite has quite unusual flavours and it is not really noticeable that it is a blend. The profile in interesting but probably not everybody’s cup of tea. – Rating: 78/100

Bunnahabhain 23 yo 1989/2013 Abbey Whisky

September 25, 2013
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With its light colour it looks weakish, but don’t be fooled. After opening up there is a burst of fruity and spicy flavors. Excellent. – Rating: 88/100

Caperdonich 17 yo 1995/2012 Abbey Whisky

September 22, 2013
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Full-bodied and creamy with a nice amount of spice, this already reminds of the famous 1972 vintage, but for quite a bit less money. – Rating: 86/100

Glenfarclas Coronation 1953/2013 Speciality Drinks

September 16, 2013
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An amazing very old Glenfarclas with a fantastic fruitiness underlined by aromatic spices. It has a bit of a wood bite but this does not detract from the glorious aromas that can be found in this whisky. – Rating: 94/100

anCnoc 22 yo

September 10, 2013
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It still has the lightness Knockdhu is known for, but the long time in the casks have also given it a nice richness not seen in their younger bottlings. – Rating: 86/100

Bruichladdich The Laddie Sixteen

September 8, 2013
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Enormously creamy with the typical Bruichladdich fruitiness, this dram may not be the most complex of all, but it is immensely sippable. – Rating: 87/100

Tomatin Cù Bòcan

September 6, 2013
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This is only peated at 15ppm but it feels stronger, especially with a few drops of water. There’s a bit of a trade-off with the trademark Tomatin tropical fruit, but it’s quite a nice dram overall. – Rating: 81/100

Compass Box Canto Cask 48

September 3, 2013
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The wood really weighs down heavily on this dram, on the verge of totally overpowering the spirit. It provesthat wood exctraction done right can define a modern whisky more than distillery house style. – Rating: 86/100

Macduff 15 yo Vom Fass

August 23, 2013

This rather inexpensive dram is actually quite tasty, a typical bourbon cask whisky already showing some fine maturity. – Rating: 84/100

Macallan Gold, Amber and Sienna Compared

August 18, 2013
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Finally I have the chance to review three of the four new NAS Macallans in a side-by-side comparison.

Balvenie Doublewood 17 yo

August 15, 2013
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While having a superb nose, this older Doublewood version does not quite reach the quality of the almost legendary 12 year old. But go for it, if you like spicy drams. – Rating: 85/100