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The Lost Distilleries Blend – Batch 4

March 28, 2014
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Nose and palate of this delicate dram are quite different but complement each other very well. The overall character is light and delicate with very little smoke. – Rating: 87/100

Caol Ila 18 yo 1995/2013 The Whisky Agency

March 25, 2014
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There is a minimal whiff of sulphur on the nose but I am sure this is from the peating process. The whisky is quite edgy and not as complex and rounded as other Caol Ilas of this age. – Rating: 83/100

Clynelish 17 yo 1996/2013 Villa Konthor

March 24, 2014
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This dram has a remarkable density of flavours. It is very good but you should not be too sensitive to wood spice. – Rating: 87/100

Master Of Malt 60 yo Speyside

March 7, 2014
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Many layers of flavours can be explored in this wonderful whisky. Wood is always present but it never gets in the way of the tropical fruits that act as base flavours. – Rating: 93/100

Caledonian 1964/2012 Scott’s Selection

February 28, 2014
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A rather typical old grain whisky from a hard to find distillery, but the wood is already quite pronounced so it feels a bit rougher on the palate than other oldies I have tasted. – Rating: 86/100

Scallywag

February 17, 2014
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Young whisky can be excellent, especially with strong peat or sherry. But this dram is just naked with nothing to hide its immaturity. – Rating: 73/100

Mortlach 1959/60 G&M for Royal Wedding 1986

December 14, 2013
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This outstanding Mortlach is both meaty and very fruity. The flavours are delightful but the low bottling strength makes it slightly watery. – Rating: 90/100

Bunnahabhain 23 yo 1989/2013 Abbey Whisky

September 25, 2013
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With its light colour it looks weakish, but don’t be fooled. After opening up there is a burst of fruity and spicy flavors. Excellent. – Rating: 88/100

Caperdonich 17 yo 1995/2012 Abbey Whisky

September 22, 2013
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Full-bodied and creamy with a nice amount of spice, this already reminds of the famous 1972 vintage, but for quite a bit less money. – Rating: 86/100

Glenfarclas Coronation 1953/2013 Speciality Drinks

September 16, 2013
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An amazing very old Glenfarclas with a fantastic fruitiness underlined by aromatic spices. It has a bit of a wood bite but this does not detract from the glorious aromas that can be found in this whisky. – Rating: 94/100

Macduff 15 yo Vom Fass

August 23, 2013

This rather inexpensive dram is actually quite tasty, a typical bourbon cask whisky already showing some fine maturity. – Rating: 84/100

Tamdhu 27 yo 1984/2011 Exclusive Malts

June 23, 2013
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The strong fruit aromas are typical for Tamdhu and make this a very pleasant and sippable dram. – Rating: 84/100

Glenlivet 30 yo 1981/2012 Signatory

June 19, 2013
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A wonderful dram with the wood kept in balance by the lovely fruit and spice aromas. The nose is to die for. – Rating: 91/100

Laphroaig 1996/2012 Malts of Scotland

June 13, 2013
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It needs some time to build up and benefits from a good splash of water, this fantastic whisky has the perfect balance of sherry and peat, maturity and freshness. – Rating: 94/100

Laphroaig 15 yo 1996/2012 Signatory

June 10, 2013
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Not the phenolic bomb you might expect from Laphroaig, this dram is quite crisp and clean with a nice light fruitiness. – Rating: 88/100

Tormore 1988/2012 Malts of Scotland

June 7, 2013
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While the nose is sublime, palate and finish feel a bit weaker, but all on a fairly high level to be fair. – Rating: 86/100

Glenlochy 31 yo 1980/2012 Signatory

June 7, 2013
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The slightly waxy mouthfeel works very well together with a classic and well-balanced flavour profile. – Rating: 87/100

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

Linkwood 1991/2012 Jean Boyer Best Casks of Scotland

June 1, 2013
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A very fine dram where the sherry is well present but does not overwhelm the spirit. – 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