Scotland

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

Auchentoshan Three Wood

August 9, 2013
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The sweetness of this dram is almost too heavy, but the wood spices keep it in balance. The nose is very nice, the finish a bit short. – Rating: 82/100

Balvenie Tun 1858 Batch 1

July 7, 2013
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One of the finest noses I have ever smelled, and the palate is almost on the same level. It is not really a sherry bomb, the whisky part is just as prominent. Not exactly cheap, though. – Rating: 92/100

Highland Park 1997 Viking Collection “The Sword”

July 3, 2013
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An outstanding and very typical Highland Park, the balance of flavours is just perfect. Too bad it was not bottled at cask strength. – Rating: 90/100

Tamdhu 27 yo 1984/2011 Exclusive Malts

June 23, 2013
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The strong fruit aromas are typical for Tamdhu and make this a very pleasant and sippable dram. – Rating: 84/100

Glenlivet 30 yo 1981/2012 Signatory

June 19, 2013
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A wonderful dram with the wood kept in balance by the lovely fruit and spice aromas. The nose is to die for. – Rating: 91/100

Laphroaig 1996/2012 Malts of Scotland

June 13, 2013
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It needs some time to build up and benefits from a good splash of water, this fantastic whisky has the perfect balance of sherry and peat, maturity and freshness. – Rating: 94/100

Laphroaig 15 yo 1996/2012 Signatory

June 10, 2013
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Not the phenolic bomb you might expect from Laphroaig, this dram is quite crisp and clean with a nice light fruitiness. – Rating: 88/100

Edradour Ballechin 7th Release

June 9, 2013
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Edradour is infamous for wine cask experiments with very mixed outcome, but this peated expression hits the spot. – Rating: 83/100

Tormore 1988/2012 Malts of Scotland

June 7, 2013
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While the nose is sublime, palate and finish feel a bit weaker, but all on a fairly high level to be fair. – Rating: 86/100

Glenlochy 31 yo 1980/2012 Signatory

June 7, 2013
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The slightly waxy mouthfeel works very well together with a classic and well-balanced flavour profile. – Rating: 87/100

Edradour 8 yo 2003/2012 Ruby Port

June 5, 2013
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The tasting notes may read worse than the whisky actually is, but this is just too immature and drowned by the wine. – Rating: 77/100

Edradour 18 yo 1993/2012

June 3, 2013
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A very nice richly sherried expression with many interesting flavours albeit falling behind a bit in the finish. – Rating: 86/100

Ben Nevis 1995/2012 Jean Boyer One Shot

June 3, 2013
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The sherry influence is not very obvious here, it’s simply a very good fruity whisky with a nice unbostrusive sweetness. – Rating: 87/100

Glengoyne 1972/2012 Malts of Scotland

June 1, 2013
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The tasting notes just scratch the surface, there are layers upon layers of aromas and flavours in this fantastic old whisky. – Rating: 92/100

Linkwood 1991/2012 Jean Boyer Best Casks of Scotland

June 1, 2013
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A very fine dram where the sherry is well present but does not overwhelm the spirit. – Rating: 85/100

Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 39

May 31, 2013
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Very nice on nose and palate but not quite on eye level with other batches, especially the finish. – Rating: 84/100

Aberlour 12 yo Non Chill-Filtered

May 31, 2013
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This is a very decent daily dram with nice rich flavours though it is not not overly complex.
– Rating: 83/100