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Edradour 18 yo 1993/2012

June 3, 2013
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A very nice richly sherried expression with many interesting flavours albeit falling behind a bit in the finish. – Rating: 86/100

Glengoyne 1972/2012 Malts of Scotland

June 1, 2013
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The tasting notes just scratch the surface, there are layers upon layers of aromas and flavours in this fantastic old whisky. – Rating: 92/100

Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 39

May 31, 2013
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Very nice on nose and palate but not quite on eye level with other batches, especially the finish. – Rating: 84/100

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5

May 30, 2013
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A very enjoyable whisky with many interesting flavours to explore, one the finish could be a bit longer. – Rating: 85/100

Glen Grant 37 yo 1974/2012 Berry Bros.

May 30, 2013
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On one hand this is a very nice whisky with no real flaws, on the other hand I would have expected a bit more from a whisky of that age. The palate feels a bit unbalanced. – Rating: 83/100

Glenturret 34 yo Berry Bros.

May 29, 2013
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A very well-balanced fruity dram with no disturbing notes. It does not take much water, though. – Rating: 86/100

Glenlivet 38 yo 1973/2012 Berry Bros.

May 29, 2013
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The fruity Glenlivet style is well present, but there is quite a pronounced dryness caused by the long maturation. – Rating: 81/100

Caol Ila 30 yo 1982/2012 Archives

May 21, 2013
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The peat has almost completely transformed into fruity aromas after 30 years. The wood influence is surprisingly gentle – very delicious – Rating: 88/100

North British 50 yo 1962/2012 Adelphi

May 21, 2013
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While the nose of this old grain is truly delightful, it fails to fully satisfy on the palate. The sweetness is quite dominant, though the wood is kept under control. – Rating: 83/100

Glenfarclas 105 20 yo

May 19, 2013
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Very rich sherry flavours carress nose and palate and give you a feeling of laid-back luxury, only the finish is not quite on par. – Rating: 88/100

Bowmore 15 yo 1996/2011 Wilson & Morgan

May 19, 2013
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A wonderful combination of peat and sherry. It is dry but not too woody and feels older than it actually is. – Rating: 91/100

Glenesk 28 yo 1983/2012 Blackadder

May 13, 2013
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Some very nice elements can be found here, especially on the nose, but the palate feels a bit incoherent. – Rating: 84/100

Balmenach 32 yo 1979/2012 Maltbarn

May 12, 2013
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It has a nice old-style touch to it but the driness combined with the spices covers the lovely fruit aromas quite a bit. – Rating: 86/100

Glen Grant 58 yo 1953 Gordon & McPhail

May 7, 2013
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After the massive nose, the palate feels rather shy and lacking the complexity you would expect from a whisky of this age. Still a very fine dram but not outstanding. – Rating: 87/100

Longrow Red 11 yo

May 7, 2013
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The wine influence is bold, and you can see it in the colour. But it works surprisingly well. – Rating: 86/100

Lagavulin 12 yo Cask Strength 2011 Release

May 6, 2013
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This is a bit unusual in a way that it feels rather naked compared to the standard releases. It is not particularly complex but smoothness and sippability are outstanding, even undiluted. – Rating: 88/100

Glen Moray 21 yo 1990/2012 Single Cask Collection

May 6, 2013
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If you give this dram some time and a few drops of water, the initial shyness is soon forgotten. Delicate fruitiness paired with robust spice – Rating: 88/100

Clynelish 23 yo 1989/2012 The Perfect Dram

April 28, 2013
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The famous Clynelish waxiness is prominently featured in this wonderful malt, a perfect dram from the Brora successor. – Rating: 91/100

Bunnahabhain 6 yo 2005/2012 Riverstown

April 28, 2013
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This uncommon heavily peated Bunnahabhain is also unusually sweet, in fact a bit too sweet for my taste. – Rating: 79/100

Aberfeldy Unravel

April 27, 2013
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After a rather strong initial sherry punch the aromas fade away rather quickly. It feels young and a bit unbalanced, though not unpleasant. – Rating: 78/100