12yo

Knockando 1996 Managers’ Choice

June 24, 2012
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An unusual Knockando sherry monster from a very active cask. There is lots going on here, but the wood is already too strong to make this a truly great one. – Rating: 86/100

Ledaig 1998/2010 Malts of Scotland

June 7, 2012

Some rather unusual flavours can be found here, this is a whisky with the potential of dividing opinions. But I can’t make up my mind which side to take. – Rating: 83/100

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

Caol Ila Unpeated 12 yo

May 27, 2012
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It may be made from unpeated malt, but there is still a hint of smoke carried over from the regular peated mashes. This creates a fascinating mix of flavours in this spicy dram. – Rating: 86/100

Benriach 12 yo Sherry Wood

May 12, 2012

This sherried whisky is a bit on the dry side which adds an interesting dimension to the fruity base spirit. – Rating: 85/100

Glendronach 12 yo Original

May 8, 2012
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Quite a nice combination of flavours, but the mouthfeel is slightly watery. Still a pretty good daily dram. – Rating: 82/100

Charbay Hop Flavored Whiskey Release III 1999/2011

May 4, 2012
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I could nose this forever. The beer provenance is very noticeable on the palate, the density of flavours is stunning. But Distilling bottle-ready beer makes this whiskey hideously expensive. – Rating: 91/100

Cutty Sark 12 yo

April 13, 2012
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A whisky like a nice piece of music in a radio turned down to minimum volume so you have trouble hearing it properly. – Rating: 74/100

Glen Spey 1999/2011 Riverstown

April 7, 2012

Another one of those generic “not bad, but…” drams from very inactive casks. – Rating: 74/100

Auchentoshan 1998/2011 James MacArthur

March 15, 2012

Triple distillation and a refill cask make this an extremely subtle dram. You may well give it a try, if you like that ultra-light style, but this doesn’t cut it for me – Rating: 63/100

Wemyss Peat Chimney 12 yo

March 10, 2012
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This combination of sweetness and peat works excellently. With a few more ABV percents this could even have broken into Top Dram terittory. – Rating: 88/100

Deanston 12 yo

February 19, 2012
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The relaunched Deanston is a rich and rather savoury dram. Some unusal flavours probably don’t make it a whisky for anybody, but I like it. – Rating: 84/100

Redbreast 12 yo Cask Strength

February 18, 2012

A very good potstill dram at natural strength. It is a bit less fruity than the regular 12 yo expression which I actually prefer slightly. – Rating: 86/100

Head To Head – Two Longmorns – 35 Years Apart

February 15, 2012

At the Munich Finest Spirits Festival 2012 I had the chance to get two interesting Longmorn samples at the stand of slowdrink.de. One 12 and on 14 year old, but from two entirely different ages. Let’s see how they compare:

Lagavulin 12 yo Cask Strength 2010 Release

February 6, 2012
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A very nice peated malt without a doubt, but the rather generic profile lacks some of the depth and richness that previous versions had. – Rating: 85/100

Singleton of Glen Ord 12 yo

February 5, 2012

Some very nice flavours are hidden in this malt, especially the well-integrated barrel char, but the mouthfeel is a bit watery. – Rating: 81/100

Singleton of Dufftown 12 yo

February 5, 2012
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Quite pleasant overall, the nose being a bit more impressive than the palate. Decent Daily Dram. – Rating: 83/100

Laphroaig 1998/2010 The Whisky Cask

November 26, 2011

I can only describe this malt as very crisp. It is not overly complex but it leaves no doubt that it is a very fine young Laphroaig, focussing on the essentials. – Rating: 87/100

Laphroaig 1998/2011 Malts of Scotland

September 29, 2011

This Laphroaig is a bit on the sweet side which complements the smoke and spice very nicely. – Rating: 86/100