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26yo — Dramming


Balmenach 26 yo 1988/2015 Signatory for TWE

November 3, 2015
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You don’t find Balmenachs very often which is a bit of a shame. This is a very fine expression with a deliciously waxy mouthfeel. – Rating: 86/100

Cardhu 26 yo 1984/2011 Duncan Taylor

March 5, 2015

Cardhu doesn’t have the best reputation among whisky geeks, but this rare inependent bottling proves that they can make great whisky. It is mouth-coating, succulent and richly flavoured. – Rating: 87/100

Invergordon 1988/2014 Wemyss “Caribbean Crème”

February 19, 2015
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Rather light bodied but with quite a bit of flavour inside, this is quite an elegant single grain whisky. Water kills it quickly, though. – Rating: 85/100

Bunahabhain 1988/2014 Wemyss “Kirsch Gateau”

February 13, 2015
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This is a very fine aged sherried malt that has everything you would expect from such a dram. It is quite spicy, though. – Rating: 86/100

Mortlach 1959/60 G&M for Royal Wedding 1986

December 14, 2013
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This outstanding Mortlach is both meaty and very fruity. The flavours are delightful but the low bottling strength makes it slightly watery. – Rating: 90/100

Bunnahabhain 24yo 1986 Exclusive Malts for Taiwan

February 28, 2012

Quite pleasant on the nose but palate and finish are a bit disappointing. There is a nice spiciness but it just feels a bit too sugary. – Rating: 81/100

Speyburn 1980/2006 Signatory

April 23, 2011
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This malt is a good example of what happens when a malt is left for a long time in a nearly incative cask. Random flavour notes appear that seem to have no connection. It can work, but it can also fail. The latter is true here. – Rating: 72/100

Glendullan 1978/2005 Rare Malts

December 11, 2010
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Full-bodied and richly flavoured, this fruity malt is mature without feeling old. It does not really need water, but a few drops bring out more spices. – Rating: 88/100

Braes of Glenlivet 1975/2001 Gordon & Macphail

October 6, 2010
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A nice fruity dram with a surprising light smokiness, not a real cracker but quite enjoyable. Bottled almost 10 years ago and still available. – Rating: 82/100

St. Magdalene 1982/2009 Dun Bheagan

April 3, 2010

Extremely complex and sophisticated. But for me it is very mood dependend. I had days where it tasted only “OK”, but on others it sent me to heaven. – Score: 92/100

Caol Ila 1983/2009 Perfect Dram

March 21, 2010

A rare Caol Ila entirely matured in a sherry cask. Very complex with a very fitting spiciness – Score: 87/100

Glenugie 1982/2008 Douglas Laing

March 14, 2010

A very nice fruity dram, creamy and rich in flavour. The amount of spice is just about right. – Score: 88/100

Coleburn 1983/2009 Whisky Agency

March 1, 2010

This rare dram needs a lot of time but rewards you with an interesting fruity taste experience. The minimal smokiness gives it a bit of an old-fashioned character. Very enjoyable but not a canditate for the bang-for-yor-buck list – Score: 86/100

Linkwood 1975/2001 Rare Malts

January 3, 2010

There seems to something missing here. Timid nose with and without water, rather incomplex palate for a 26yo. But perhaps it was just the sample I received. – Score: 73/100

Glen Mhor 1982/2008 Vom Fass

October 12, 2009

Not very complex for its age. Not bad at all, but I expected a bit more. A bit too one-dimensional. – Score: 84/100

North Port / Brechin 1982/2008

August 17, 2009

This whisky is rather tame for its age. A definite lack of complexity and the aromas don’t really fit together – Score: 69/100