Speyside

Mortlach 1942/1993 Gordon & MacPhail

June 17, 2012

The nose of this rare whisky is to die for. It is enormously complex on the palate with lots of spices and a surprising herbal element, but the wood is very well present. – Rating: 88/100

Roseisle Newmake – Light Style

June 15, 2012

A very good newmake with no off notes and a good balance of fruit and cereal flavours. The smooth and creamy mouthfeel is unusual for raw spirit but very pleasant., – Rating: 78/100

Longmorn 1976/2011 Malts of Scotland

June 7, 2012

A very nice dram certainly, a tad on the dry side maybe, but not quite as spectacular as some may expect from a Longmorn of this age. – Rating: 86/100

Strathmill 1974/2011 Archives

June 4, 2012

The wood is well integrated in this old malt, but the overall flavours are rather generic. The finish is just a pale shadow of the excellent nose. – Rating: 83/100

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery 19 yo

May 31, 2012
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A very nice creamy and fruity whisky, rich in flavours but could benefit from a few more ABV points. – Rating: 84/100

Benrinnes 23 yo

May 29, 2012
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Rich, richer, Benrinnes. – Rating: 88/100

Glenfarclas Premium Edition 1993/2011

May 28, 2012
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Because of its somewhat sour elements this was the least favourite whisky of the Scotch blind tasting competition. Not really a bad one, but not really ‘premium’ either. – Rating: 83/100

Strathisla 1970/2011 Gordon & MacPhail

May 23, 2012

Despite of slightly lacking ABV punch this is a brilliant whisky with lots of sherried goodness and an outstanding finish. – Rating: 88/100

Glenallachie 35 yo Single Malts of Scotland

May 23, 2012
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Classic old-time sherry here, gorgeous nose, strong attack on the palate, then getting a little timid before growing again to a strong finish. – Rating: 85/100

Glen Grant 59 yo 1952 Gordon & Macphail

May 22, 2012

It has a nose to die for as well as many lovely flavours on the palate, but the very adstringent ‘woody’ mouthfeel is detrimental. – Rating: 87/100

Tamdhu 1989/2010 Mackillop’s

May 21, 2012

The sweetness of this malt is supported by a marked fruitiness, it is a very fine dram, light and fresh. – Rating: 84/100

Tormore 1982/2011 Gordon & Macphail

May 19, 2012

This is a nice but rather sweet dram with a very creamy mouthfeel, the nose being the strongest asset. – Rating: 84/100

Glenfarclas 2002/2011

May 18, 2012

A very nice sherry bomb, still a bit youthful around the edges, but rich in flavours and well-balanced. – Rating: 86/100

Linkwood 1989/2011 Signatory

May 17, 2012

Despite the very rich flavours, this malt has a delightful lightness often found in Linkwood. Be careful with water. Sublime. – Rating: 89/100

Glenfarclas 1953/2012

May 16, 2012
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Simply magnificent. Most of these bottles are offered to investors. But anyone buying this bottle to increase their wealth by a few bucks misses out on a once-in-a-liftetime opportunity. If you can afford this whisky, please drink it! – Rating: 95/100

Allt-á-Bhainne 1995/2012 C&S Dram Collection

May 14, 2012
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A very nice light ‘summer dram’, quite enjoyable overall, but the dilemma is: water enhances the nose but weakens the palate. – Rating: 82/100

Mortlach 13 yo 1997 Murray McDavid

May 14, 2012

Some quite unusual flavours in this malt that was probably from a weak cask and saved by the finish. I like it, but it is a rather special dram. – Rating: 85/100

Glendronach 1972/2011 Cask 712

May 13, 2012

Outstanding. Not too much wood, not too much spice, just enormously rich and complex yet full of elegance. – Rating: 93/100

Linkwood 1984/2012 Adelphi

May 12, 2012

Quite a nice dram with an intriguing nose and a well-balanced palate. The pricing is adequate for its age but there are better deals out there. – Rating: 84/100

Benriach 1976/2011 Cask 6942

May 12, 2012

The light smokiness on the palate makes this a perfect old-fashioned high end Scotch. You need to take your time to enjoy its many flavours. – Rating: 89/100