Speyside

Glenglassaugh Evolution

December 30, 2012
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Still quite a young whisky but not too newmakey, the nose is very pleasant and the fruity creaminess on the palate makes it a nice uncomplicated sipping dram. – Rating: 81/100

Benriach 17 yo Septendecim

December 23, 2012
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The farmy character of this expression is not my cup of tea. Your mileage may vary. – Rating: 68/100

Longmorn 44 yo 1967/2011 Gordon & MacPhail

December 20, 2012
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The nose of this very rich whisky is wonderful. On the palate and in the finish there is a bit too much wood for my taste – Rating: 87/100

Benriach 17 yo 1995/2012 Single Cask Nation

December 9, 2012
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Very much in your face mainland peat backed up by gentle fruit and spice, this has the potental to divide opinions as it is no dram for the faint of heart. – Rating: 86/100

Benriach Batch 1 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

December 4, 2012
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The nose is quite spicy but on the palate it is surprisingly mild with sweet fruit taking the lead. A rich and satisfying dram. – Rating: 86/100

Benrinnes Batch 1 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

November 26, 2012
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A rather typical Benrinnes with that meaty sherry character we also often find in Mortlach, but the fruity aromas are stronger here. – Rating: 86/100

Aberlour Batch 1 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

November 23, 2012
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A few drops of water open it up a bit, but this dram does not give away a great deal of flavours. It is all very subdued. – Rating: 78/100

Aultmore Batch 1 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

November 22, 2012
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A nice combination of nutty and fruity flavours with quite some wood spice, powerful on the palate but light in body. – Rating: 84/100

Benrinnes 14 yo 1998/2012 Master of Malt

November 11, 2012
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Excellent! This is a monumental dram and a real treat for all who like that meaty and richly sherried style. – Rating: 89/100

anCnoc Peter Arkle Second Release

October 21, 2012
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The fruit stays in the background and the bourbon cask plays first fiddle here, overall it is a solid, pleasant and well-balanced dram. – Rating: 83/100

Mortlach 20yo 1990/2010 Wilson & Morgan

September 24, 2012

The quintessential sherried Mortlach, bursting with flavour, this is essentially a complete Christmas dinner in liquid form. – Rating: 89/100

Glenfarclas 21 yo

September 21, 2012
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A delicious but rather dry bottling of Glenfarclas, the fruitiness of younger expressions has given way to an almost savoury character. – Rating: 88/100

Glenfiddich Distillery Edition 15 yo

September 15, 2012
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A surprisingly rich and powerful malt that can take a bit of water. My favourite of the younger Glenfiddichs. – Rating: 86/100

Glenfarclas 12 yo

September 9, 2012
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A wonderfully rich sherried malt that combines youthful freshness with maturity. – Rating: 86/100

Glenlivet 12 yo Unblended All Malt

August 26, 2012
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Very dense flavours here that are difficult to dissect. This is rather different from today’s 12 yo, much drier and a little less fruity. Very good stuff. – Rating: 86/100

Glenfiddich Millennium Vintage

August 12, 2012
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Very delightful on the nose, the palate suffers a bit from the low bottling strength. It certainly is a step up from the regular 12 yo, though. – Rating: 81/100

Aberlour 10 yo

August 1, 2012
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A surprisingly strong density of flavours makes this a very enjoyable sherried entry level dram. – Rating: 84/100

Dufftown 8 yo

July 24, 2012
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No sensational old malt, but a very interesting one. Especially on the nose there is a slight meatiness that is totally lost in today’s Singletons. – Rating: 83/100

Miltonduff 1980/2011 Malts of Scotland

July 22, 2012

A loveley old malt where age and freshness are perfectly balanced. Even at a low strength like this, it benefits from a few drops of water. – Rating: 88/100

Tamdhu 1989/2011 Douglas Laing

July 6, 2012

The sherry influence on this malt is extreme, but it works very well. The wood is in the background here. – Rating: 89/100