Nikka All Malt

September 19, 2012
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This Japanese dram may have an unusual pedigree but is impossible to discern from a fruity Scotch. The mouthfeel is creamy but rather light bodied and the flavours are well balanced. – Rating: 85/100

Tasting Four Indian “Whiskies”

June 23, 2012
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The spirit that makes India the largest whisky market of the world.

Karuizawa 1981/2011 Number One Drinks

June 8, 2012

This could be a quite remarkable whisky, if the weakish finish did not drag it down. – Rating: 84/100

Penderyn Portwood 41

June 8, 2012

Very nice indeed, most enjoyable and well-balanced. Make the next edition a Portwood 46 please, and it will be even nicer. – Rating: 86/100

Hakushu Heavily Peated

June 6, 2012
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A fantastic combination of heavy peat and a light body. Joyfully bouncing fruit on a waft of peat smoke. – Rating: 88/100

Hakushu 1998/2011 Whisky Shop W 1st Anniversary

June 5, 2012

This whisky is extremely shy to reveal its flavours, everything is very mild and subtle. This is the perfect dram for you, if you like hunting down aromas. – Rating: 84/100

Hakushu 12 yo

June 5, 2012
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Again the Japanese prove their talent to create perfectly balanced malts with delicate yet impressive flavours. The gentle smokiness adds an intriguing dimension. – Rating: 87/100

Yamazaki Mizunara

June 3, 2012

Nicely sweet, fruity and slightly floral, a fine dram with a strong attack on the palate but rather shy towards the end. – Rating: 84/100

Yamazaki Sherry Cask

June 3, 2012

This sherry bomb has got quite some wood influence, but the strong flavours support it. – Rating: 87/100

Yamazaki Bourbon Barrel

May 22, 2012
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A thoroughly enjoyable Japanese whisky with a very good balance of flavours, both complex and approachable at the same time. – Rating: 86/100

Karuizawa 1981/2011 Cask 2634

May 20, 2012

After a very gentle start on the palate, this dram almost bursts into a taste explosion. There is a lot to explore in this malt, also the nose grows larger than Pinocchio’s after a while – Rating: 94/100

Karuizawa 1981/2011 Cask 6207

May 20, 2012

Rich in flavour but not overly complex, sweet and fruity but also a little edgy. – Rating: 86/100

Amrut Blackadder 2010 Bottling

April 6, 2012

A very fine dram with lots of flavours to explore, just a tad too much on the sweet side to rate even higher. – Rating: 86/100

Penderyn Madeira

February 22, 2012
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Uncomplicated but very enjoyable, this is a nice and sippable malt for just about any occasion. – Rating: 83/100

Penderyn Peated Single Cask

February 22, 2012

This is a most unusual malt and certainly one that will split opinions. It is very young and still has some newmake character, but there is a lot going on. The pricing at about £300 is outrageous. – Rating: 82/100

Amrut Portonova

February 21, 2012

An excellent whisky that feels like the creation of an Indian master chef. Densely interwoven flavours tickle your tongue, but nothing sticks out of the harmonic composition. – Rating: 87/100

Kavalan Single Malt

February 21, 2012

The nose of this whisky is stunning. The palate however does not manage to cope, it is just too timid to convince fully. – Rating: 80/100

Kavalan Solist

February 20, 2012

Nose and palate are in very good harmony here, the character is a little gentler than the regular Kavalan despite the cask strength ABV. – Rating: 85/100

Kavalan “King Car”

February 20, 2012

This malt from Taiwan is on eye level with a decent Scotch. The short maturation in hot climate has created a very nice dram, rich in flavour and with a creamy mouthfeel. – Rating: 84/100

Kornog Sant Ivy 2011

February 14, 2012

A terrific whisky. It needs some time to open up, but the richness of flavours is stunning. It can compete with the finest from Islay. – Rating: 92/100