cask strength

Aultmore XO Douglas Laing Old Particular

October 18, 2014
Thumbnail image for Aultmore XO Douglas Laing Old Particular

The young age is quite obvious here, but the strong sherry does a good job in not letting this turn into an annoyance. – Rating: 84/100

Bowmore 15 yo 1999/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

October 16, 2014
Thumbnail image for Bowmore 15 yo 1999/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

The typical Bowmore fruitiness is balanced by quite strong peat and spices here. Some water and time is need until it fully opens up. – Rating: 86/100

Kilchoman 5 yo 2009/2014 PX Finish Abbey Whisky Exclusive

September 12, 2014
Thumbnail image for Kilchoman 5 yo 2009/2014 PX Finish Abbey Whisky Exclusive

The density of flaovurs in this young whisky is amazing as is the strong influence of aromatic spices. The finish does not interfere with the spirit. This is a superb thick exlir where a little goes a long way. – Rating: 88/100

Caol Ila 38 yo 1976/2014 Malts of Scotland

August 31, 2014
Thumbnail image for Caol Ila 38 yo 1976/2014 Malts of Scotland

Despite its age this malt is still quite peaty. The lovely fruity aromas are much more obvious on the nose than on the palate. Very good but not quite outstanding. – Rating: 89/100

Ardbeg Supernova SN2014 Committee Release

August 28, 2014
Thumbnail image for Ardbeg Supernova SN2014 Committee Release

So far I have only tasted the 2009 version of the SN which stupefied me. This is much more civilzed but still very powerful stuff. There are enough other aromas present to prevent this from turning into a mere peat bomb. – Rating: 88/100

Glendronach 27 yo 1985/2013 Cask 1035

August 27, 2014

Quite a bold sherry monster but not as sweet as one might expect from a PX cask. The wood spices are already beginning to take control of the whisky. – Rating: 86/100

Glendronach 9 yo 1987/1997 Signatory

August 24, 2014
Thumbnail image for Glendronach 9 yo 1987/1997 Signatory

The youth of this surprisingly smoky whisky from the late stages of the Paxarette age can be noticed, but still it has an amazing complexity for a 9 year old. – Rating: 88/100

Auchroisk 24 yo 1989/2013 Cadenhead Small Batch

July 22, 2014

This is still quite a nice whisky, despite the slight sulphur influence. Overall it is a bit on the sweet side. – Rating: 84/100

Aberlour 23 yo 1989/2013 Cadenhead Small Batch

July 20, 2014

Bourbon casks are rather unusual for this distillery, but this does not have to mean this whisky is more boring than your usual sherry cask Aberlour. A fine creamy malt with nice fruity flavours. – Rating: 86/100

Ben Nevis 16 yo Abbey Whisky Rare Casks

June 28, 2014
Thumbnail image for Ben Nevis 16 yo Abbey Whisky Rare Casks

Strong sherry notes dominate this whisky. This monster is not for the faint of heart, it is bold and woody. – Rating: 84/100

Glencadam 22 yo Abbey Whisky Rare Casks

June 27, 2014
Thumbnail image for Glencadam 22 yo Abbey Whisky Rare Casks

The whisky has pleasant fruity aromas and a nice creamy mouthfeel, but the spiciness – pepper in particular – is overpowering. – Rating: 82/100

Glen Grant 22 yo 1992/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

June 24, 2014
Thumbnail image for Glen Grant 22 yo 1992/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

This is definitely my favourite of the recent SMOS bottlings. The tropical fruit aromas are wonderful, and even though water does make it even better it is perfectly sippable undiluted. – Rating: 88/100

Glen Grant 66 yo 1948/2014 G&M For Wealth Solutions

June 14, 2014
Thumbnail image for Glen Grant 66 yo 1948/2014 G&M For Wealth Solutions

Magnificent fruity aromas have developed over the decades but the wood has had a significant influence. The driness is kept just in check by the rich primary flavours. – Rating: 91/100

Longmorn 21 yo 1992/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

June 12, 2014
Thumbnail image for Longmorn 21 yo 1992/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

The wood has done a fine job here, the aromas are pleasantly spicy but not overwehelmingly so. The fruits play second fiddle here. – Rating: 85/100

Clynelish 18 yo 1995/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

June 8, 2014
Thumbnail image for Clynelish 18 yo 1995/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

Pretty spicy with some nice aromas, but somehow this just stays on the surface of what Clynelish can offer. – Rating: 83/100

Tobermory 19 yo 1994/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

June 4, 2014
Thumbnail image for Tobermory 19 yo 1994/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

Very strong wood aromas from toasted over aromatic to hot and spicy dominate this excellent whisky, any more and it would be too much. This was bottled just in time. – Rating: 87/100

Glenrothes 23 yo 1990/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

June 2, 2014
Thumbnail image for Glenrothes 23 yo 1990/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

Very enjoyable. If you believe in whisky regions, this would be your typical unsherried Speysider. Not the most complex of malts, but the balance of fruit, sweetness and spice is just right. – Rating: 86/100

Springbank 2000/2012 Calvados Wood

May 22, 2014
Thumbnail image for Springbank 2000/2012 Calvados Wood

The apple flavours are a perfect match for the briny Springbank house style. Even though the whisky has matured in Calvados casks for 6 years, the distillery character is not overpowered in any way. – Rating: 87/100

Benrinnes 15 yo Darkness! Oloroso And PX Finish

May 18, 2014
Thumbnail image for Benrinnes 15 yo Darkness! Oloroso And PX Finish

Two very good whiskies with strong sherry aromas. Rating: 89/100 and 86/100

Daftmill, ca. 7 yo

May 18, 2014

The style is very light and the young age of this is quite obvious. It shows promise but the slight bitter note is a bit disturbing. – Rating: 77/100