Speyside

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

Glenfarclas 1966/2011 For Nth Las Vegas

July 2, 2012

Quite an unusual flavour profile for this’ Gingerbread Glenafarclas’, the nose is wonderful, but the palate does not quite reach that level. – Rating: 85/100

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 4

June 29, 2012

This really could be a great whisky, but there is a bitter element on the palate that I found a bit unpleasant. – Rating: 84/100

Glenlivet 17 yo 1994 “Josie”

June 27, 2012
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A rather typical sherried Glenlivet that has a very nice flavour base, but the wood is a bit too dominant for my taste. – Rating: 84/100

Knockando 1996 Managers’ Choice

June 24, 2012
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An unusual Knockando sherry monster from a very active cask. There is lots going on here, but the wood is already too strong to make this a truly great one. – Rating: 86/100

Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 41

June 21, 2012

Water unleashes the demons. I tasted many wonderful a’Bunadhs, but this batch should never have been bottled. – Rating: Neat: 68/100, with water: 45/100

Cardhu 22 yo 1982

June 21, 2012

Rich, creamy and complex, this bottling shows that Cardhu can be more than an unoffensive ‘summer dram’. – Rating: 89/100

Inchgower 27 yo 1976 Rare Malts

June 19, 2012

Very strong fruity aromas and a beautifully creamy mouthfel make this flawless whisky a delightful treat. – Rating: 90/100

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