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Ardmore 22 yo 1993/2015 G&M for Whisky-Online

February 11, 2016
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The herbal peatiness makes for quite an unusual whisky style with the wood remaining very much in the background. It tastes quite odd on the first sip but it grows on you and greatly benefits from a splash of water. – Rating: 86/100

Octomore 7.4 7 yo Virgin Oak

February 5, 2016
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The virgin oak has left a massive imprint on the spirit, so despite the many wonderful flavours present in this whisky the tannic bitterness is a bit much for my taste. – Rating: 84/100

Port Askaig 100 Proof

December 22, 2015
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A solid young peat monster for those who like this type of whisky. It is pleasant enough without having remarkable properties. – Rating: 86/100

Caol Ila 31 yo 1983/2015 Signatory for TWE

November 11, 2015
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There is hardly any peatiness left in this old Caol Ila, it all has transformed into fruity aromas. The cask was a bit too generous to the angels, though. – Rating: 85/100

Glen Grant 65 yo 1950/2015 G&M For Wealth Solutions

November 6, 2015

There is remarkably little wood influence for a whisky of this age. After some time to open up, there are a lot of fruity flavours to discover, the overall character is very delicate and refined. – Rating: 90/100

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

Two English Whiskies For TWE

October 24, 2015
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English Whisky Classic – 82/100
English Whisky Peated – 86/100

Two Value Bourbons That Give Many More Expensive Scotches A Run for Their Money

October 21, 2015
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With ever rising prices for whisky good value bottles are increasingly difficult to find. I came across two bourbons made by Heaven Hill with an excellent value for money.

Octomore 7.3 Islay Barley 5 yo

October 19, 2015
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The very high peating level is obvious on nose on palate but there is also the nice fruitiness that is typical for Bruichladdich. You can taste its youth but it works well. – Rating: 86/100

Glenlivet 33 yo 1981/2015 Signatory for TWE

October 16, 2015
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There is only a mild sherry influence which allows the distillery character to shine through. Despite being slightly tannic on the palate, it is a very fine and well-balanced expression. – Rating: 87/100

Anon 13 yo Batch 1 (Abbey Whisky)

September 28, 2015
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Very interesting and complex with bold flavours, this has got quite a charater. Even though it is rather spicy, the overall balance is excellent. – Rating: 87/100

Cardhu 21 yo

September 23, 2015
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Quite a pleasant dram with nice fruity flavours, but from an older whisky at this price (£175) I expect a little more. – Rating: 83/100

Ardbeg Supernova 2015

September 14, 2015
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Surprisingly fruity and civilised despite the 100 ppm phenol level of the malted barley. This does not feel like a peat monster at all, the fruitiness almost makes you forget the peat. – Rating: 87/100

Laphroaig 16 yo 1998/2015 Signatory for TWE

September 2, 2015
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Sherry cask Laphroaigs are hard to come by, and this reflects in the price. This is an excellent example that has a stronger peat punch than you would expect. – Rating: 90/100

Clynelish 18 yo 1996/2015 Signatory for TWE

August 29, 2015
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Even though this is a refill cask the sherry influence is still quite strong. It’s a solid whisky but does not show very much of the Clynelish distillery character. – Rating: 85/100

Glen Garioch 1990/2015 Usquebaugh Society

August 9, 2015

A richly flavoured Glen Garioch that is very typical of older expressions of this distillery. It is quite spicy but not overwhelmingly so. – Rating: 87/100

Elements of Islay Lp6

August 5, 2015
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This is a bit fruitier then the official Cask Strength bottling but it still focuses on the strong medicinal distillery character. The website says “moreish”, and I agree. – Rating: 87/100

Elements of Islay Bw5

August 3, 2015
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Tropical fruits galore are the backbone of this whisky, the peat is only in the background. This is excellent, if only the bottles were bigger… – Rating: 88/100

Glenlivet 33 yo 1981/2015 Signatory for TWE

July 25, 2015
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The pleasantly fruity sherry aromas have a hard time fighting a multitude of wood spices. A whisky for oak lovers. – Rating: 83/100

Laphroaig 10 yo Cask Strength Batch 007

June 5, 2015
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After my recent disappointment with the current regular 10 yo I am happy to report that Laphroaig is back to old (cask) strength here. It may not be the most complex of batches, but it perfectly captures what has gone missing in so many recent bottlings of this distillery – Rating: 88/100