James MacArthur

Auchentoshan 1998/2011 James MacArthur

March 15, 2012

Triple distillation and a refill cask make this an extremely subtle dram. You may well give it a try, if you like that ultra-light style, but this doesn’t cut it for me – Rating: 63/100

Caol Ila 1995/2010 James MacArthur

March 15, 2012

The mild sherry influence adds a nice fruity and sweet twist to this Caol Ila. Water is not really needed here. – Rating: 86/100

Clynelish 1997/2008 James MacArthur

March 20, 2011
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A very flavourful Clynelish proving that age is not everything for a whisky. I like it considerably better than the 13 yo I tasted yesterday. – Rating: 86/100

Clynelish 1997/2010 James MacArthur

March 19, 2011

The character of this malt reminds me of Highland Park. It is not from the strongest cask but it is still an enjoyable dram. – Rating: 83/100

Caol Ila 1995/2009 James MacArthur

March 14, 2011

The sherry adds a nice and slightly sweet fruitiness to this Caol Ila. A fantastic and strongly flavoured dram that should be enjoyed in small sips. – Rating: 88/100

Highland Park 1998/2010 James MacArthur

February 17, 2011
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This Highland Park is unusually smoky but it clearly shows its provenance. Very complex and a pleasure to enjoy. Remarkably smooth without water. – Rating: 87/100

Mortlach 1996/2010 James MacArthur

February 7, 2011
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This malt was aged in a refill cask that didn’t have much strength anymore to contribute to the flavour. No real flaws but rather unimpressive. – Rating: 76/100

Glen Ord 1998/2010 James MacArthur

February 1, 2011

Glen Ord bottlings are not easy to find, and this one is definitely reccomendable. It is full-bodied, creamy and fruity and creates the impression of being noticeably older than just 12 years. – Rating: 85/100

Bowmore 2000/2010 James MacArthur

January 29, 2011
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Despite its pale colour this malt is pretty complex but also rather gentle. A few drops of water release even more flavours. Unusually “clean” for a Bowmore. – Rating: 83/100

Allt-Á-Bhainne 1995/2006 James MacArthur

March 4, 2010

A very light-bodied malt, might be suitable as an aperitive but has not much to offer overall. Needs much water to overcome the sharpness of the spirit. – Score: 72/100

Clynelish 10 yo James MacArthur

November 25, 2009

Very enjoyable with a good balance between sweetness and spice – Score: 87/100