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Aultmore XO Douglas Laing Old Particular

October 18, 2014
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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
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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

Clynelish 1997/2014 Wemyss “Cayenne Cocoa Bean”

October 14, 2014
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For me it is more coco than cocoa, but anyway, this is a very sippable and typical Clynelish. At cask strength this would have been a true cracker. – Rating: 85/100

Glen Garioch 1989/2014 Wemyss, “Peaches and Cream”

October 12, 2014
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A very nice whisky from the time they still had their own floor maltings at Glen Garioch. The hint of smoke goes very well with the creamy fruitiness – Rating: 86/100

Clynelish 10 yo Hedges & Butler

September 16, 2014
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The famous waxy mouthfeel of Clynelish is very prominent here, together with a slight woody driness. This is a very good alternative to the original 14 yo bottling. – Rating: 87/100

Caol Ila 38 yo 1976/2014 Malts of Scotland

August 31, 2014
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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

Glendronach 9 yo 1987/1997 Signatory

August 24, 2014
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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

Clynelish 17 yo 1996/2013 Douglas Laing Old Particular

August 15, 2014
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Especially on the palate this is not a very typical Clynelish, it is rather rich and quite fruity, almost succulent. – Rating: 85/100

Dailuaine 15 yo 1998/2013 Douglas Laing Old Particular

August 8, 2014
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This is a very nice fruity aperitive style whisky, rather light in character but rich in taste.
– Rating: 86/100

Aultmore 1982/2012 Wemyss “Sugared Almonds”

July 30, 2014
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The name of this whisky does not really do the fruitiness justic which I think is the primary component of this fine whisky. – Rating: 85/100

Lord Elcho 15 yo

July 28, 2014
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Quite a nice blend with a good combination of fruity and spicy flavours. The finish could be a bit longer, though. – Rating: 83/100

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

Girvan 33 yo 1979 Cadenhead Small Batch

July 17, 2014
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Don’t be fooled by the light colour, this excellent grain whisky is very flavour-intensive but still has a light character. – Rating: 87/100

Bowmore 13 yo Cadenhead Small Batch

June 29, 2014
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An excellent younger Bowmore that shows what this distillery is capable of. The combination of fruit and peat here is almost perfect. – Rating: 88/100

Ben Nevis 16 yo Abbey Whisky Rare Casks

June 28, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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