Speyside

Glenlivet 32 yo 1981 Signatory for TWE

November 11, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Glen Grant 22 yo 1992/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

June 24, 2014
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This is definitely my favourite of the recent SMOS bottlings. The tropical fruit aromas are wonderful, and even though water does make it even better it is perfectly sippable undiluted. – Rating: 88/100

Glen Grant 66 yo 1948/2014 G&M For Wealth Solutions

June 14, 2014
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Magnificent fruity aromas have developed over the decades but the wood has had a significant influence. The driness is kept just in check by the rich primary flavours. – Rating: 91/100

Longmorn 21 yo 1992/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

June 12, 2014
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The wood has done a fine job here, the aromas are pleasantly spicy but not overwehelmingly so. The fruits play second fiddle here. – Rating: 85/100

Benrinnes 15 yo Darkness! Oloroso And PX Finish

May 18, 2014
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Two very good whiskies with strong sherry aromas. Rating: 89/100 and 86/100

Macallan 15 yo Darkness! PX Finish

May 14, 2014
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Not really dark at all, but a very nice whisky. The nutty aromas work welll with the sherry fruit, water increases the spiciness. – Rating: 86/100

Tamdhu 10 yo

February 11, 2014
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I have read many good reviews about this new Tamdhu standard bottling, but I cannot become friends with it. There is just too little in there to pick up. – Rating: 67/100

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

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