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8yo — Dramming


Wild Turkey 8 yo

March 9, 2015
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It is not easy to find but this inexpensive aged bourbon can easily compete with more expensive ones. The wood influence is quite strong but it still is a well-rounded dram. – Rating: 86/100

Edradour 8 yo 2003/2012 Ruby Port

June 5, 2013
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The tasting notes may read worse than the whisky actually is, but this is just too immature and drowned by the wine. – Rating: 77/100

Bowmore 8 yo 2002/2011 L’Esprit

May 15, 2013
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The nose and the first seconds on the palate are really nice but the flavours quickly fade away into a nondescript peaty sweetness. – Rating: 80/100

Arran Orkney Bere 2004/2012

January 26, 2013
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Surprisingly mature for its young age, this is an excellent example how using an ancient barley variety not designed for high yield can shorten maturation time. – Rating: 85/100

Glendronach 8 yo Octarine

January 9, 2013
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Quite a pleasant albeit not very complex daily dram on the sweet and fruity side. – Rating: 81/100

Isle of Skye 8 yo

August 28, 2012
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Not really an unpleasant blend, but the flavours are just a bit too generic to lift it significantly above the major brands that sell for less. – Rating: 72/100

Dufftown 8 yo

July 24, 2012
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No sensational old malt, but a very interesting one. Especially on the nose there is a slight meatiness that is totally lost in today’s Singletons. – Rating: 83/100

Edradour Natural Cask Strength 2nd Release

April 15, 2012
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Another very young Edradour, but this time without cask experimentation. And indeed the spirit does benefit from not fiddling around with it. – Rating: 81/100

Port Charlotte 2001/2010 Malts of Scotland

April 11, 2012

The sweetness is a little too dominant here to make it a truly great malt. Still quite a good dram, though. – Rating: 85/100

Port Charlotte 2002/2010 Malts of Scotland

April 11, 2012

Ultra-rich in taste but quite sweet, this is a great dram for contemplative sipping with a little going a long way.
– Rating: 89/100

Port Charlotte 2002/2010 Malts of Scotland

January 10, 2012

This dram has a rather medicinal character. If you like that style of whisky, you will love this one. – Rating: 87/100

Mortlach 1998/2006 C&S Dram Collection

November 27, 2011

Very fast cask maturation here, it does not matter at all that the whisky is ‘only’ 8 years old. It is rich and creamy with a nice slightly dry fruitiness. – Rating: 86/100

Mortlach 1987/1995 Cadenhead’s

September 25, 2011

As could be expected, this young bourbon cask Mortlach is not really typical, but it is a very nice malt anyway. A single digit age is not a problem at all here.
– Rating: 83/100

Sheep Dip

July 24, 2011
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A delicious blended malt full of rich flavours. It is a bit on the sweet side, but fruit and gentle spice give it a good balance. – Rating: 86/100

Hazelburn 8 yo Cask Strength

June 20, 2011
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Even though it is only 8 years, this malt shows some characertistics of older whiskies. There is a lot going on in this fine and richly flavoured dram. – Rating: 85/100

Hazelburn 2002/2011 Sauternes Finish

May 25, 2011
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The sweet wine finish puts the trademark orange notes into the background. A quite enjoyable malt, but there seems to be some sulphur present that contrary to my usual preferences does detract a bit. – Rating: 82/100

Caol Ila 2000/2008 Murray McDavid

December 29, 2010

Zinfandel running amok. The heavy finish even manages to overpower the peatiness of a young Caol Ila. If you like smoky Cassis, you must buy this bottle. I don’t. – Rating: 71/100

Springbank 2001/2009 Small Casks

January 18, 2010

This is Springbank’s interpretation of the Quarter Cask, and it’s a successful experiment. My favourite Springbank so far (although I haven’t had too many yet). It is surprisingly peaty with both a youthful punch and a mature complexity. – Score: 89/100

Hazelburn 8 yo from 2007

January 15, 2010

Nice and fresh with strong citrus note. Not bad, but I definitely prefer the 12yo. – Score: 80/100

Glen Garioch 8 yo from the 1980s

December 13, 2009

A very interesting older young whisky. A youthful edge combined with the complexity and smoothness of “Golden Promise” barley. – Score: 86/100