Benrinnes “Stronachie” 12 yo Batch 02/12

January 6, 2013
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There are some quite nice flavours in this dram, but palate and finish are a bit too weak to really convince me. – Rating: 80/100

Glencadam 19 yo 1990/2010 A.D. Rattray

July 21, 2012

Apart from the somewhat sharp nose, this is quite an enjoyable malt, richly flaoured with an interesting note of cheese. – Rating: 85/100

Laphroaig 1986/2011 A. D. Rattray

April 26, 2012

A very strong wood influence takes away some of the fruity delights pleasing the nose. This is a very un-medicinal Laphroaig. – Rating: 85/100

Springbank 1995/2010 A. D. Rattray

April 26, 2012

This dram has a very impressive nose and nice flavours, but palate and finish are just too weak to deliver what the nose promised. – Rating: 84/100

Cask Islay Vatting #1 A.D. Rattray

April 21, 2012

A.D. Rattray’s take on the young nameless peat monster trend, not bad but maybe a bit too young for my taste. – Rating: 83/100

Banff 1975/2010 A.D. Rattray

December 28, 2011

A bit lacklustre at the beginning, some drops of water bring out a nice set of flavours. But this is not a bargain dram. – Rating: 85/100

Bowmore 1990/2010 A. D. Rattray

July 31, 2011

Quite a dry dram, but very complex and extremely enjoyable. It is very smooth neat, there is not really a need to add much water. – Rating: 88/100

Bunnahabhain 1974/2009 A.D. Rattray

November 27, 2010

Light and gentle but yet pretty complex. You need to give this dram some time, but it turns out to be very enjoyable. The high age of this malt as well as the Islay provenance are not really noticaeable. – Rating: 84/100

Mortlach 1990/2010 A.D. Rattray

October 3, 2010

Very unusually for a Mortlach, this malt is totally lacking the signature beefiness. It’s richly flavoured and full-bodied , though, making it a nice fruity Speyside dram like many others. – Rating: 83/100

Benriach 1990/2007 A.D. Rattray

September 4, 2010

The sherry is not very obvious, so it could have been a fino cask. A very pleasant dram, rather light and complex at the same time. – Rating: 85/100

Caol Ila 1995/2009 A.D. Rattray

June 8, 2010
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The terrific nose is backed by a sophisticated complexity of the palate that reminds me a little of Port Ellen. This malt is living proof that Caol Ila is capable of producing top class whisky. – Rating: 89/100

Longmorn 15 yo 1992/2008 A. D. Rattray

November 19, 2009

Needs quite some water, a quite nutty dram with much wood spice. Could be a bit more balanced. – Score: 82/100