Master Of Malt

Benriach Batch 1 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

December 4, 2012
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The nose is quite spicy but on the palate it is surprisingly mild with sweet fruit taking the lead. A rich and satisfying dram. – Rating: 86/100

Master of Malt 30 yo Speyside 5th Edition

December 4, 2012
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Unusual apple aromas can be found in this sherried dram, a very fine whisky indeed, with just enough wood influence to be noticeable. – Rating: 87/100

Benrinnes Batch 1 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

November 26, 2012
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A rather typical Benrinnes with that meaty sherry character we also often find in Mortlach, but the fruity aromas are stronger here. – Rating: 86/100

Aberlour Batch 1 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

November 23, 2012
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A few drops of water open it up a bit, but this dram does not give away a great deal of flavours. It is all very subdued. – Rating: 78/100

Aultmore Batch 1 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

November 22, 2012
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A nice combination of nutty and fruity flavours with quite some wood spice, powerful on the palate but light in body. – Rating: 84/100

Benrinnes 14 yo 1998/2012 Master of Malt

November 11, 2012
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Excellent! This is a monumental dram and a real treat for all who like that meaty and richly sherried style. – Rating: 89/100

Bunnahabhain 1990/2011 Master of Malt

February 13, 2012
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A very fine and thick dram with a nose that captures the meaty quality some rich sherries can have. Some gentle spices round off this malt. – Rating: 87/100

Inchgower 1982/2011 Master of Malt

February 10, 2012
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Despite its age this is a very mild and gentle dram with subtle aromas. It needs quite a while to devlop in the glass but then it becomes very enjoyable – Rating: 85/100

Speyside 40 yo Master of Malt

February 8, 2012
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A great sherry whisky with a gentle cask influence that does not disturb flavours. At this quality level the low botling strength is excusable. – Rating: 88/100

Master of Malt 30 yo Speyside 4th Edition

December 3, 2011
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A very nice sherry dram indeed, offering a lot of flavours to hunt down. The bottlers could have been a bit more generous with the ABV, though. – Rating: 87/100

Cragganmore 20 yo 1992 Master Of Malt

September 23, 2011
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The flavours of this malt are rather generic for a refill bourbon cask, but they are well balanced and make it a very pleasurable dram. – Rating: 84/100

Dalmore 1996/2011 Master of Malt

September 2, 2011
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Unfortunately, the refill cask could not give this malt the richness we have come to expect from a Dalmore. There are some nice flavours, but they are a little too subtle for my taste. – Rating: 76/100

North British 1991/2011 Master of Malt

August 22, 2011
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This single grain has a very nice flavour base, but be warned: It is rather spicy stuff. – Rating: 84/100

Tamnavulin 16 yo Master Of Malt

April 21, 2011
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Showing similar cereal aromas as the original 12 yo bottling, this malt plays in a higher league. It is quite richly flavoured, but the spices are a bit too dominant for me. – Rating: 81/100

Caol Ila 1980/2010 Master of Malt

March 15, 2011
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The unusual herbal notes make this a rather unusal Caol Ila. But they are well integrated into a fruity and spicy mix of flavours. – Rating: 84/100

Highland Park 1997/2010 Master of Malt

March 12, 2011
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Quite a nice dram that needs a little attention. It has a rather pleasant taste but it appears more like a toned down Islay malt than a proper Highland Park. – Rating: 83/100