Speyside

Glenlivet 15 yo 1996 SMWS 2.81

February 4, 2013
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A very interesting mix of sherry and floral aromas, quite sharp on nose and palate. – Rating: 85/100

Tormore 28 yo 1984/2012 Master of Malt

February 1, 2013
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Strong wood spices join sweet fruit in this malt from a lesser known distillery. Very nice but sip with caution. – Rating: 85/100

Glen Grant 60 yo Queen’s Diamond Jubilee G&M

January 30, 2013
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If you have £8000 to spare, you will be rewarded with an excellent and very unusual whisky. Remarkably little wood influence after 60 years in the cask, I can only call it intensely delicate. – Rating: 91/100

Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 1

January 26, 2013
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Rather dominant nut flavours in here and not too much fruit, this is quite complex and a good dram to spend some time with. – Rating: 84/100

Cardhu 12 yo

January 11, 2013
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The very nice nose is not fully matched by the palate. But it is a decent enough daily dram, far from being bland. – Rating: 79/100

Glendronach 8 yo Octarine

January 9, 2013
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Quite a pleasant albeit not very complex daily dram on the sweet and fruity side. – Rating: 81/100

Longmorn 20 yo 1992/2012 Adelphi

January 8, 2013
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Be prepared for a strong spice punch when tasting this whisky. Fortunately the other flavours are bold enough not to get lost. – Rating: 86/100

Benrinnes “Stronachie” 12 yo Batch 02/12

January 6, 2013
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There are some quite nice flavours in this dram, but palate and finish are a bit too weak to really convince me. – Rating: 80/100

Glendronach 41 yo 1971/2012 Cask 1247

January 2, 2013
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A quintessential sherry monster, old but not too woody, very rich with an emphasis on fruity flavours. – Rating: 91/100

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