Speyside

Cragellachie 2002/2014 Wemyss “Dark Treacle Fondant”

February 15, 2015
Thumbnail image for Cragellachie 2002/2014 Wemyss “Dark Treacle Fondant”

A decent sipping whisky, quite sweet and a bit spicy, but the palate feels a bit weak and the finish could be longer.. – Rating: 82/100

Linkwood 1987/2011 Malts of Scotland

February 2, 2015

This Linkwood is fairly light in character but nonetheless has quite an intense palate. The fruity flavours dominate, spices are in the background. This is bourbon refill as it should be – Rating: 87/100

Tamdhu 1988/2012 Malts of Scotland

January 26, 2015

Both nose and palate are fairly restrained, there really is not much interesting going on. It sips nicely but I expect a bit more from a whisky of this age. Rating: 83/100

Glendronach 20 yo 1994/2014 Abbey Whisky Exclusive

January 22, 2015
Thumbnail image for Glendronach 20 yo 1994/2014 Abbey Whisky Exclusive

The wood has been very active on this cask, not only because of the very dark colour. The strong tannins are kept just in check by the fruity sherry aromas. A sherry monster for those who like it strong. – Rating: 85/100

Glenlivet 15 yo 1998/2014 Signatory For Whiskybrother

January 11, 2015
Thumbnail image for Glenlivet 15 yo 1998/2014 Signatory For Whiskybrother

Quite simply this is a very good full sherried single malt, right out of the textbook, not too old and not too young. There is nothing unusual about it at all, but it is delicious. – Rating: 87/100

Convalmore 36 yo Special Release 2013

January 6, 2015
Thumbnail image for Convalmore 36 yo Special Release 2013

The nose is excellent and tells of its old age, but the spices on the palate are a little too strong and the finish is a little too short for a truly remarkable whisky. – Rating: 86/100

Benriach 15 yo PX Finish

January 4, 2015
Thumbnail image for Benriach 15 yo PX Finish

This is no in-your-face finish, the PX sherry remains a bit in the background. The wood is pronounced but not overwhelming and makes the whisky appear older than it is. – Rating: 87/100

Glendronach 18 yo Tawny Port Finish

January 1, 2015
Thumbnail image for Glendronach 18 yo Tawny Port Finish

For 46% ABV this is quite watery. The spice aromas are a bit odd and don’t really harmonize with the subdued fruit aromas. Not my cup of tea. – Rating: 79/100

Singleton of Dufftown “Sunray”

December 29, 2014
Thumbnail image for Singleton of Dufftown “Sunray”

While this is not an unpleasant whisky at all, the lack of distinctive flavours combined with a very watery mouthfeel makes tasting this a forgettable experience. 75 points still for being an easy sipper nonetheless. – Rating: 75/100

Glenlivet 32 yo 1981 Signatory for TWE

November 11, 2014
Thumbnail image for Glenlivet 32 yo 1981 Signatory for TWE

Independent Glenlivets are not easy to find. This is an excellent example from a refill sherry cask that almost tastes like a first fill. – Rating: 88/100

Linkwood 28 yo 1985 Signatory for TWE

October 27, 2014
Thumbnail image for Linkwood 28 yo 1985 Signatory for TWE

The flavours are very dense and compact here which makes it hard to single out specific ones. It is a lovely whisky, but it needs time to open up. – Rating: 87/100

Aultmore XO Douglas Laing Old Particular

October 18, 2014
Thumbnail image for Aultmore XO Douglas Laing Old Particular

The young age is quite obvious here, but the strong sherry does a good job in not letting this turn into an annoyance. – Rating: 84/100

Mortlach 25 yo

October 9, 2014
Thumbnail image for Mortlach 25 yo

Quite delicate for its age and would probably not be recognized as Mortlach in a blind tasting. It has an excellent balance of flavours but it is strangely subdued. – Rating: 87/100

Mortlach Rare Old

October 9, 2014
Thumbnail image for Mortlach Rare Old

Indeed this is an entry level whisky. In a way it shows everything one might expect of a Mortlach but it does so in a rather shy manner. – Rating: 83/100

Glendronach 27 yo 1985/2013 Cask 1035

August 27, 2014

Quite a bold sherry monster but not as sweet as one might expect from a PX cask. The wood spices are already beginning to take control of the whisky. – Rating: 86/100

Glendronach 9 yo 1987/1997 Signatory

August 24, 2014
Thumbnail image for Glendronach 9 yo 1987/1997 Signatory

The youth of this surprisingly smoky whisky from the late stages of the Paxarette age can be noticed, but still it has an amazing complexity for a 9 year old. – Rating: 88/100

Dailuaine 15 yo 1998/2013 Douglas Laing Old Particular

August 8, 2014
Thumbnail image for Dailuaine 15 yo 1998/2013 Douglas Laing Old Particular

This is a very nice fruity aperitive style whisky, rather light in character but rich in taste.
– Rating: 86/100

Aultmore 1982/2012 Wemyss “Sugared Almonds”

July 30, 2014
Thumbnail image for Aultmore 1982/2012 Wemyss “Sugared Almonds”

The name of this whisky does not really do the fruitiness justic which I think is the primary component of this fine whisky. – Rating: 85/100

Auchroisk 24 yo 1989/2013 Cadenhead Small Batch

July 22, 2014

This is still quite a nice whisky, despite the slight sulphur influence. Overall it is a bit on the sweet side. – Rating: 84/100

Aberlour 23 yo 1989/2013 Cadenhead Small Batch

July 20, 2014

Bourbon casks are rather unusual for this distillery, but this does not have to mean this whisky is more boring than your usual sherry cask Aberlour. A fine creamy malt with nice fruity flavours. – Rating: 86/100