Undisclosed/Bastard

The Trojan 25 yo 1990/2016 Exile Casks

April 1, 2016
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Wood spices dominate but the fruit is always present. This whisky benefits from some water and needs a little time to open up. – Rating: 85/100

Blackstone 15 yo

January 1, 2016

Utterly inoffensive, not necessarily in a bad way. This whisky offers a rather decent value for its low price but it won’t leave a lasting impression. – Rating: 81/100

Port Askaig 100 Proof

December 22, 2015
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A solid young peat monster for those who like this type of whisky. It is pleasant enough without having remarkable properties. – Rating: 86/100

Port Askaig 30 yo 2015 Release

December 11, 2015
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If you can afford this expensive bottle, you will be rewarded with an outstanding whisky. The balance of fruit and spice notes is fantastic and everything is underlined by a delicate medicinal smokiness. – Rating: 91/100

Port Askaig 16 yo

November 24, 2015
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The nose of this is very intriguing but the palate does not quite live up to the promise. The sweetness is overwhelming and despite the solid ABV the mouthfeel is a bit watery. – Rating: 82/100

Anon 13 yo Batch 1 (Abbey Whisky)

September 28, 2015
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Very interesting and complex with bold flavours, this has got quite a charater. Even though it is rather spicy, the overall balance is excellent. – Rating: 87/100

The Master Of Malt Reference Series

April 27, 2014
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Tasting notes for and thoughts on the new “educational” range

Master Of Malt 60 yo Speyside

March 7, 2014
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Many layers of flavours can be explored in this wonderful whisky. Wood is always present but it never gets in the way of the tropical fruits that act as base flavours. – Rating: 93/100

Compass Box Canto Cask 48

September 3, 2013
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The wood really weighs down heavily on this dram, on the verge of totally overpowering the spirit. It provesthat wood exctraction done right can define a modern whisky more than distillery house style. – Rating: 86/100

Northern Islay 20 yo 1990/2011 L’Esprit

May 14, 2013
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Wonderful aromas on the nose are paired with a robust palate. The wood flavours are well integrated with the sherry fruit. – Rating: 87/100

Blairfindy 27 yo 1984/2011 Blackadder

April 21, 2013
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Quite an enjoyable dram that shows its age with a certain driness. Altogether it is nothing really special, though. – Rating: 85/100

“Lochranza” 16 yo 1996/2012 Blackadder

April 12, 2013
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A smooth nose and a rather punchy but fruity palate make this undisclosed malt (probably from the Isle of Arran) a pleasant sipping experience. – Rating: 86/100

Port Askaig 30 yo Cask Strength

February 26, 2013
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Some very pleasant fruit notes are playing with the peat here. The mouthfeel is unusally creamy for a peated malt. – Rating: 87/100

Port Askaig 19 yo Cask Strength

February 26, 2013
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Quite a dry dram with a light bitterness on the palate. The finish is a bit timid. – Rating: 84/100

Port Askaig 12 yo

February 25, 2013
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There is an element of dirtiness in this whisky that adds a wickedly intriguing dimension. The spices in this are delightful. – Rating: 87/100

Grand Castle 18 yo

January 9, 2013
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A shy sherry monster, the powerful nose is followed by a fairly modest palate and finish. Very nice aromas but it is over too soon. – Rating: 84/100

Blackadder Peat Reek 13 yo

January 4, 2013
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This whisky is aptly named. It’s all about peat here, mainly on the nose but also on the palate. The other aromas only act as ‘garnish’ but this works surprsingly well. – Rating: 86/100

Smoking Islay Cask 2012/436

December 23, 2012
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This dram is very generic and one-dimenensional, I cannot find much of interest here. – Rating: 67/100

Master of Malt 30 yo Speyside 5th Edition

December 4, 2012
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Unusual apple aromas can be found in this sherried dram, a very fine whisky indeed, with just enough wood influence to be noticeable. – Rating: 87/100

Ellenstown 10 yo

July 11, 2012

With the nose of a peat monster that takes no prisoners and a sweet but dry palate that is dominated by spices, this malt is not for the faint of heart. But delicious it is. – Rating: 86/100