Speyside

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

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