Speyside

Balmenach 32 yo 1979/2012 Maltbarn

May 12, 2013
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It has a nice old-style touch to it but the driness combined with the spices covers the lovely fruit aromas quite a bit. – Rating: 86/100

Glen Grant 58 yo 1953 Gordon & McPhail

May 7, 2013
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After the massive nose, the palate feels rather shy and lacking the complexity you would expect from a whisky of this age. Still a very fine dram but not outstanding. – Rating: 87/100

Glen Moray 21 yo 1990/2012 Single Cask Collection

May 6, 2013
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If you give this dram some time and a few drops of water, the initial shyness is soon forgotten. Delicate fruitiness paired with robust spice – Rating: 88/100

Benriach 16 yo

May 4, 2013
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Unfortunately the palate can not keep up with the interesting nose, it feels a bit watery and disconnected. – Rating: 77/100

Glendronach 40 yo 1972/2012 Cask 713

April 25, 2013
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A divine combination of sherry flavours is somewhat compromised by a very dry and tannic mouthfeel. It was high time this was bottled. – Rating: 90/100

Glenglassaugh 33 yo 1978/2012 Madeira Style Finish

April 25, 2013
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The finish overpowers the spirit quite a bit here. It still is a nice dram, but defnintely not worth the high price. – Rating: 83/100

Glenfarclas Family Cask 1990/2011 For TSMC Taiwan

April 23, 2013
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Some very strong sherry flavours dominate this malt, the spice notes on top of that are nothing for the faint of heart. – Rating: 86/100

Benriach 27 yo 1984/2012 Cask 4050

April 20, 2013
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This whisky is pure delight. Who said that sherry and peat doesn’t work? – Rating: 92/100

Benrinnes 13 1998/2012 yo A.D. Rattray

April 15, 2013
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I am not sure if it is just the sulphur, but somehow I don’t find this heavily sherried dram very compelling. It lacks a certain “roundness” I expect from a really good whisky. – Rating: 80/100

Glendronach 40 yo 1971/2011 Cask 1248

April 12, 2013
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Some excellent “rancio” flavours and a near complete absence of wood tannins could have made this spectacular. But the finish feels a bit too shy to warrant a 90+ score. – Rating: 89/100

Knockando 25 yo

April 10, 2013
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Some nice sherry flavours can be found here, but compared to the lovely nose the palate feels rather lacklustre and a bit watery. – Rating: 82/100

Glenlivet Nadurra 16 yo Batch 0911P

April 8, 2013
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Like so often the nose promises more than the palate can deliver. The intriguing sweet and fruity aromas are somewhat buried in wood spice. – Rating: 82/100

Dufftown 29 yo 1982/2011 Riverstown

April 1, 2013
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Quite an enjoyable dram, a bit on the spicy side. The age does not really show. – Rating: 84/100

Glendronach 17 yo 1995/2013 PX Puncheon 4682

March 25, 2013
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Sherry bombs are the speciality of Glendronach and this is no exception. Interestingly this is not as sweet as you might expect from a PX cask. It is not as complex as the oldies but delicious. – Rating: 86/100

Linkwood 28 yo 1984/2012 Whisky Warehouse No. 8

March 19, 2013
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A quite unusual but also very pleasant whisky and most likely without nicotine. – Rating: 87/100

Mortlach 17 yo 1995/2013 Whisky Warehouse No. 8

March 9, 2013
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It is very gentle on the nose and doesn not have much of a punch on the palate either, but don’t be fooled. There is quite a lot to discover in this smooth dram. – Rating: 85/100

Caperdonich 18 yo 1997/2012 Whisky Warehouse No. 8

March 9, 2013
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A nice nuttiness is joined by creamy fruit and strong spice which is actually a little too strong for my taste. – Rating: 81/100

Glen Keith 20 yo 1991/2012 Nectar Of The Daily Drams

March 6, 2013
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The fruity nose does not really indicate the strong spices that will hit your palate. You have been warned. – Rating: 84/100

Mortlach 21 yo Gordon & MacPhail

February 11, 2013
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A nice dram it is for sure but nothing really breathtaking, and not a very typical ‘meaty’ Mortlach either. – Rating: 83/100

Glen Keith 1993 Gordon & MacPhail

February 11, 2013

The mix of sweet fruit and spice is very well balanced, the creamy mouthfeel adds to the pleasure. – Rating: 85/100