10yo

Bunnahabhain 2001/2011 The Whisky Agency

March 23, 2012

A malt from a rather tired cask with a less than perfect nose, on the palate it catches up a little but overall it remains somewhat lacklustre. – Rating: 80/100

Laphroaig 1991/2011 The Whisky Agency

March 10, 2012

An unusual sherried Laphroaig, the wine takes away some of the maritime peat punch and replaces it with a nice fruitiness. – Rating: 86/100

Macduff 10 yo 2000 Exclusive Malts for Taiwan

February 28, 2012

A very pleasant mix of flavours here. This whisky is quite heavily sherried but overall it is rather subtle than in your face. – Rating: 87/100

Tobermory 10 yo

February 13, 2012
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There is not much to find in this whisky. It is mostly sweet on the palate with a light fruitiness, the nose is disappointing. – Rating: 65/100

Macduff 10yo 2000 Exclusive Malts

January 14, 2012

Quite a sweet dram but extremely richly flavoured, an excellent young sherry monster. – Rating: 87/100

Longrow 1999/2010 for Usquebaugh Society

January 5, 2012

The trademark combination of brininess with citrus zests makes this a typical specimen from the Springbank distillery. Very good but also very expensive for a 10 yo. – Rating: 88/100

Bruichladdich 10 yo – The Laddie Ten

December 16, 2011
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Both nose and palate of the new Laddie flagship are so packed with flavours that it’s difficult to point out single aromas. There is a ‘coastal’ element that clearly sets it apart from the old expressions. Brilliant! – Rating: 90/100

Clynelish 1997/2008 Gordon & Macphail

October 18, 2011
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The general taste of this whisky is very nice indeed, but there is a spirty edge to it that takes away some of the pleasure.
– Rating: 83/100

Bowmore 1999/2010 C&S Dram Collection

September 3, 2011

Without water this is a very untypical and somewhat strange Bowmore. But add a spash or two and it will transfrom into a nice albeit somewhat spicy dram. – Rating: 82/100

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

Comparing Two Tyrconnell 10 yo Cask Finishes

August 25, 2011
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A head to head comparision of sherry and port finishes.

The Tweeddale Blend Batch #1

July 28, 2011
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Quite nice for a blend of this age, with a rather complex flavour profile. It feels a bit “edgy” though – Rating: 81/100

Tullibardine Sherry Wood 1998/2008

July 11, 2011

This sherry finish has an unusal savoury quality to it which is not at all unpleasant. The complexity created by this is quite stunning.
– Rating: 83/100

Ledaig 10 yo

July 2, 2011
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Well, it’s certainly an interesting whisky, but this combination of flavours does not really convince me. – Rating: 74/100

Spirit of Speyside Festival 2011 Blended Malt

June 1, 2011

This blended malt has a very promising nose, but there is a distinct bitterness on the palate that I find a bit off-putting – Score: 78/100

Imperial 1998/2009 Signatory

May 27, 2011

A nice and fruity Speysider of the “easy sipping” category, quite enjoyable but not overly complex. – Rating: 83/100

Eagle Rare 10 yo

April 22, 2011
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A massive bourbon nose is supported by a strong and dry palate. This whiskey proudly shows its age. It is quite dry and mildy spicy but not overly woody. – Rating: 85/100

Clynelish 1997/2008 James MacArthur

March 20, 2011
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A very flavourful Clynelish proving that age is not everything for a whisky. I like it considerably better than the 13 yo I tasted yesterday. – Rating: 86/100

Glenfarclas 105

March 16, 2011
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A great young sherry monster at a budget price. It’s not the most complex malt on the planet, but it is extremely enjoyable nonetheless. – Rating: 85/100

Bowmore 2000/2010 James MacArthur

January 29, 2011
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Despite its pale colour this malt is pretty complex but also rather gentle. A few drops of water release even more flavours. Unusually “clean” for a Bowmore. – Rating: 83/100