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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

Clynelish 18 yo 1995/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

June 8, 2014
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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
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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
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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

Benrinnes 15 yo Darkness! Oloroso And PX Finish

May 18, 2014
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Two very good whiskies with strong sherry aromas. Rating: 89/100 and 86/100

Clynelish 16 yo Darkness! Oloroso Finish

May 15, 2014
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Very thick, almost chewy, this whisky has a slightly savoury touch. The sherry is strong in this one, as are the spices. – Rating: 84/100

Macallan 15 yo Darkness! PX Finish

May 14, 2014
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Not really dark at all, but a very nice whisky. The nutty aromas work welll with the sherry fruit, water increases the spiciness. – Rating: 86/100

Kinclaith 16 yo 1966 Gordon & MacPhail

May 13, 2014
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The nose is extremely pleasant and promises a wonderful palate, but the strong soapy flavours completely ruin the experience. – Rating: 62/100

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