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MMcD — Dramming


Highland Park 1989/2010 Murray McDavid

December 2, 2012
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This really is a borderline finish, very sweet, almost too much so, but there is enough spice to prevent it from becoming over the top. – Rating: 86/100

Mortlach 13 yo 1997 Murray McDavid

May 14, 2012

Some quite unusual flavours in this malt that was probably from a weak cask and saved by the finish. I like it, but it is a rather special dram. – Rating: 85/100

Glenrothes 1998/2009 Murray McDavid

December 19, 2011

Not quite as sweet as one would expect from a sweet wine finish, this is quite an enjoyable dram. A nice amount of spice complements the fruity flavours. – Rating: 85/100

Glendullan 1996/2005 Murray McDavid

August 29, 2011

A finish just short of being overdone. Not bad overall but a little one-dimensional. The un-finished version must have been utterly unexciting but very spicy. – Rating: 79/100

Bunnahabhain 1976/2008 Murray McDavid

August 11, 2011

This very complex malt displays some rather odd flavours which I really like, but it may not be everybody’s favourite. – Rating: 89/100

Caol Ila 2000/2008 Murray McDavid

December 29, 2010

Zinfandel running amok. The heavy finish even manages to overpower the peatiness of a young Caol Ila. If you like smoky Cassis, you must buy this bottle. I don’t. – Rating: 71/100

Bowmore 1996/2009 Murray McDavid

September 25, 2010

A finish well done and not too overpowering. The fruity notes of the famous Pomerol mix quite well with the suprisingly strong peatiness of the Bowmore malt. – Rating: 83/100

Bunnahabhain 1978/2009 Murray McDavid

September 6, 2010

It it were not for the mint hint, this fine sherried dram might be mistaken for a Macallan or Glenfarclas. Surprisingly fresh and un-woody for its age. – Rating: 88/100

Rhosdhu 1996/2008 Murray McDavid

April 13, 2010

This is very dark for a bourbon cask and could even be mistaken for a sherried whisky. Very complex but certainly not everybody’s darling. – Score: 75/100

Highland Park 1989/2005 Murray McDavid

October 16, 2009

A very nice whisky, perhaps it would have been even better if the finish was a little less dominant. – Score: 88/100

Macallan 1989/2005 Murray McDavid

August 23, 2009

A very well-balanced whisky. The finish fits well and does not dominate. – Score: 85/100

Ben Nevis 1999/2007 Murray McDavid

August 16, 2009

Defined manily by its finish. Bottled a bit too young for my taste as it is a bit “scratchy”. But still not a bad dram. – Score: 78/100

Springbank 1995/2008 Murray McDavid

August 4, 2009

The nose is exceptionally good, the palate is slightly wearker. But still a great whisky, well-balanced and complex – Score: 88/100

Tobermory 1995/2007 Murray McDavid

August 2, 2009

Very enjoyable if you like finishes. I doubt that much of the distilery character is preserved, but it doesn’t taste bad at all. – Score: 82/100