10yo

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

Comparing Two Macallan 10 yo Cask Strength

January 25, 2011
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The Macallan 10 yo CS is not easy to come by these days and you have to be prepared to pay significantly more than for the standard sherried 10 yo. Yet I was fortunate enough to secure 2 samples of different batches.

Balblair 2000

November 10, 2010
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A very pleasant light-bodied malt that does not brag with its qualities but delivers nonetheless. – Rating: 84/100

Glen Breton 10 yo Ice Wine Barrel

August 26, 2010

The unusual maturation in an ice wine barrel results in a gorgeous whisky that does not have to hide behind its cousins from Sctotland. With malts like that, this Canadian distillery can proudly bear the Glen in its name! – Rating: 86/100

Laphroaig 10 yo Cask Strength

July 14, 2010
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The true essence of Islay. This uncompromising malt does not take prisoners. Extremely complex and much better than the regular 10 yo for an unbeatable price. – Rating: 91/100

Laphroaig 10 yo

July 2, 2010
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One of the Islay classics, this competitively priced malt has an astonishing complexity. But the recent reduction of bottling strength from 43% to 40% didn’t do it a favour. – Rating: 84/100