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

Kornog Taouarc’H Eilvet 11 BC

February 14, 2012

This malt from Brittany has a very intriguing nose, but on the palate it is a bit one-dimensional. – Rating: 76/100

Draymans Solera Blend

October 11, 2011

Unfortunately the rather nice base flavour is covered by a rubberiness that is just a bit too dominant. – Rating: 68/100

Three Ships 10 yo

August 30, 2011
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South Africans can make good whisky too. It’s a bit on the spicy side, but the other flavours are strong enough to counter it. – Rating: 80/100

Nikka Taketsuru 17 yo

August 5, 2011
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Well-balanced and very complex, this is very fine example of a Japanese vatted malt. The general character is rather dry with the fruity notes remaining in the background. – Rating: 87/100

Karuizawa 1990/2009 for Whisky Live

July 30, 2011

A very fine sherry profile is somewhat disturbed by a quite strong spice and alcohol punch. – Rating: 84/100

Amrut Herald

July 21, 2011
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Spices are the main attraction of this malt, underlined by sweetness and fruit. Does the additional island maturation make a difference? I am still not sure. But good whisky it is. – Rating: 84/100

Nikka “Black” Pure Malt

June 21, 2011
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While the nose of this blended malt is quite fruity, its palate is suprisingly savoury. This is a very intriguing whisky composition. – Rating: 87/100

Hanyu “Two of Diamonds” 1991/2008

June 8, 2011
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Despite its age this malt has quite some punch. A gentle carress on the nose is followed by a karate kick right into your mouth. – Score: 82/100

Nikka From The Barrel

April 11, 2011
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This is a very high quality blend with a stunning density of flavours and an emphasis on sherry. The affordable price makes it a very good deal. Rating: 87/100

Yamazaki 18 yo

November 23, 2010
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A very rich sherry monster with a highly complex flavour profile. You can taste the age but the wood influence is only very gentle. – Rating: 90/100

Three Ships Bourbon Finish

November 22, 2010
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Don’t be put off by the weak nose, on the palate this South African blend is amazingly complex and very enjoyable. It easily beats most young Scotch blends. – Rating: 80/100

Karuizawa 15 yo

October 11, 2010

A great balance between smoke and full-flavoured sherry. Very very nice, but the 40% bottling strength makes it a wee bit watery. – Rating: 85/100

Bain’s Single Grain 5 yo

September 20, 2010

At five years of age, this grain whisky has not yet lost all of its harsheness but there is already a quite remarkable variety of enjoyable flavours. With longer maturation it should have the potential to match any fine old Scotch single grain. – Rating: 75/100

Three Ships 5 yo

September 10, 2010

A very interesting blend that does not need to shy back behind proper Scotches. Not a real cracker, but plenty of flavours can be found in this sippable whisky from South Africa. – Rating: 78/100