18yo

Tomatin 1990/2008 Single Cask #16351

March 24, 2011

This malt is proof that all casks are different. It shares similarities with neighbouring cask #16352 but the flavour profile is notably more complex and richer overall. – Rating: 86/100

Tomatin 1990/2008 Single Cask #16352

March 5, 2011

A rather straightforward bourbon cask whisky. It is not bad at all but you can get comparable malts for much less money. – Rating: 83/100

Glendronach 18 yo Allardice

January 31, 2011
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This is not just a sherried whisky, this is a sherry whisky. I feel almost tempted to describe it as a 46% ABV oloroso but the whisky character is fully intact nonetheless. – Rating: 89/100

Greenore 18 yo

January 22, 2011

Quite a nice grain whisky with a very dense palate, not easy to pick up speficic notes. Perhaps a tad on the bitter side but still very pleasant – Rating: 84/100

Springbank 18 yo

December 28, 2010
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A quintessential Springbank with a silky mouthfeel, very complex with lots of flavours to discover. It can act both as a winter warmer and a summer refreshment. – Rating: 88/100

Blackstone 18 yo

December 27, 2010

This is a typical “You get what you pay for” supermarket malt. It’s not really bad but the floral notes are much too dominant for an enjoyable older malt. – Rating: 74/100

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

Highland Park 18 yo

November 21, 2010
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A marvelous dram for relaxing on a cold evening. This one has got it all: Peat, smoke, fruit, sweetness, spice. The best value of the HP standard range. – Rating: 90/100

Johnnie Walker Gold Label

November 5, 2010
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Quite a nice blend with a very interesting nose. One the palate it could use a little more fruity flavours. – Rating: 81/100

Glenmorangie 18 yo “Extremely Rare”

October 27, 2010
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A sweet creamy and fruity malt with a slight spiciness that is quite a nice dram, both complex and unoffensive. But like many Glenmorangies the price is a little too high to make it a bargain – Rating: 85/100

Caol Ila 18 yo

October 21, 2010
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This is a most enjoyable expression. Quite strong but not overwhelming peat combined with a nice fruitiness, rounded off with gentle spices. – Rating: 88/100

Tamdhu 1991/2009 C&S Dram Collection

July 29, 2010

The strong banana flavour notes make this a quite enjoyable dram. There is not too much complexity, though. – Rating: 81/100

Bunnahabhain 18 yo

July 5, 2010
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A great dry sherried malt that even reminds me a little of the 18 year Macallans – but for a much friendlier price. – Rating: 87/100

Tullibardine 1991/2010 C&S Dram Collection

July 3, 2010

A rather generic bourbon cask malt, not bad but not earth-shattering either. – Rating: 78/100

Glenfarclas 1987 Quarter Casks

July 1, 2010
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A tightly woven network of complex but subtle flavours that make this whisky a delight to enjoy drop by drop. There is a distinct woody dryness but it is not overpowering the other flavours. – Rating: 88/100

Macallan 18 yo 1987 vintage

June 15, 2010

This kind of whisky is what made The Macallan famous. A perfect balance of sherry and oak with a plethora of fruit and spice flavours. The Sherry Oak 18s are becoming harder and harder to find though, which unfortunately also shows on the price tag. – Rating: 92/100

Smokehead Extra Black 18 yo

June 14, 2010
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It’s hard to pin it down, but I am not utterly convinced by this old version of the Smokehead. The nose is great, but on the palate the different flavours feel more like unconnected bits and pieces instead of being a harmonic ensemble. Given the high price tag, I am mildly disappointed. – Rating: 83/100

Bowmore 18 yo

May 29, 2010
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The character is not unlike the 15yo Darkest, but I think the 18yo lacks some of the richness without offering much in return. Especially the finish is a bit on the weak side. – Score: 82/100

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist

May 26, 2010
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The nose is terrific, but on the palate the sweetness is a little too much for my taste. But that’s just complaining on a very high level. It still is a damn fine malt. – Score: 87/100

Balblair Vintage 1991/2009

May 25, 2010

Rather gentle and unobstrusive, some people call this type a summer whisky which I think is a bit of a euphemism. There are some splendid malts of this type around, mind you. But this is not one of them. – Score: 78/100