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10yo — Dramming


Three Ships 10 yo Single Cask PX Finish

January 29, 2016
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Fortunately the finish of his inexpensive single cask whisky is rather gentle. The delicate smokiness adds more depth to an already fairly complex dram. – Rating: 85/100

Laphroaig 10 yo Cask Strength Batch 007

June 5, 2015
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After my recent disappointment with the current regular 10 yo I am happy to report that Laphroaig is back to old (cask) strength here. It may not be the most complex of batches, but it perfectly captures what has gone missing in so many recent bottlings of this distillery – Rating: 88/100

Benromach 10 yo 100 Proof

April 28, 2015
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Everything is very well put together in this whisky. It is round and strong but still delicate with perfect balance of all elements. This is Scotch whisky as it should be. – Rating: 87/100

Laphroaig 10 Revisited – I Shouldn’t Have

April 17, 2015
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The current Laphroaig 10 feels like Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” played by an Easy Listening big band with marimbaphone and string section. – Rating: 82/100

Clynelish 10 yo Hedges & Butler

September 16, 2014
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The famous waxy mouthfeel of Clynelish is very prominent here, together with a slight woody driness. This is a very good alternative to the original 14 yo bottling. – Rating: 87/100

Arran 10 yo – Revisited

April 21, 2014
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Definitely an improvement over the older version. It has full flavours and a strong body, the spices are quite prominent, though. Needs a bit of water. – Rating: 85/100

Tamdhu 10 yo

February 11, 2014
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I have read many good reviews about this new Tamdhu standard bottling, but I cannot become friends with it. There is just too little in there to pick up. – Rating: 67/100

Masterson’s Straight Rye 10 yo

February 13, 2013

A very mellow rye whisky with a velvety mouthfeel, quite delicate but still rather complex.- Rating: 84/100

Tomatin 10 yo Trader Joe’s

February 4, 2013
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The flavours of this malt are actually quite nice, but it is just too weakish and watery. – Rating: 73/100

Arran 2001/2012 Bourbon Cask 808

January 30, 2013
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Quite a shy and secluded whisky overall, a dram for those who like their whisky very subtle. – Rating: 81/100

Royal Lochnagar 10 yo 2002/2012 Milroy’s

January 5, 2013
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The tasting notes may read worse than the dram actually is, but the butyric and bitter aromas are not particularly pleasant. – Rating: 74/100

Balblair 2002 First Release

October 25, 2012
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Extremely light in character, subdued but pleasant flavours, this is one for lovers of gentle drams. – Rating: 77/100

Glencadam 10 yo

August 10, 2012
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A very pleasant entry-level malt from a distillery often overlooked, approachable and well-balanced with a nice mixture of fruity and spicy flavours. – Rating: 84/100

Glenturret 10 yo

August 6, 2012
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Quite a nice daily dram with a pleasant flavour profile, a slightly longer finish would have lifted it to the 80 point mark. – Rating: 78/100

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

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

Bowmore 2000/2011 Douglas Laing

May 19, 2012

It reminds me a bit of the Bowmore Darkest, but the youthful freshness makes this dram even more delightful. – Rating: 89/100

Springbank Rundlets & Kilderkins

April 30, 2012
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The small cask maturation creates strong wood spices that almost overpower the spirit. Luckily it was bottled soon enough, so we can still enjoy a very nice dram. – Rating: 86/100

Glentauchers 2000/2011 Aberdeen Distillers

April 9, 2012

This whisky forces you to hunt down its flavours. You will eventually find them but they are all very generic. – Rating: 72/100

Glenmorangie Original (Revisited)

April 4, 2012
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I don’t think this dram has changed much in the past 38 months. Decent nose but non-descript palate. – Score: 72/100