NAS

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

John Brown Whisky From Malta

March 4, 2014
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Industrial spirit mixed with some vaguely whisky-ish flavourings is my best guess of what this might be. – Rating: 38/100

Glenmorangie Companta

February 18, 2014
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A well done wine finish that leaves enough room for the whisky to be noticed. It is quite smooth, maybe even a tad too much so. – Rating: 85/100

Talisker Port Ruighe

January 17, 2014
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The port finish adds a very sweet fruitiness that fortunately does not quite succeed in destroying the Taliskerness of this whisky. – Rating: 84/100

Talisker Storm

January 15, 2014
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Following the trend of wood-engineered NAS whisky, this Talisker offers a different, fruitier, angle than the regular 10 yo; good but not necessarily better – and more expensive. – Rating: 85/100

Tomatin Cù Bòcan

September 6, 2013
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This is only peated at 15ppm but it feels stronger, especially with a few drops of water. There’s a bit of a trade-off with the trademark Tomatin tropical fruit, but it’s quite a nice dram overall. – Rating: 81/100

Compass Box Canto Cask 48

September 3, 2013
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The wood really weighs down heavily on this dram, on the verge of totally overpowering the spirit. It provesthat wood exctraction done right can define a modern whisky more than distillery house style. – Rating: 86/100

Balcones Texas Single Malt Batch SM 8-12

August 28, 2013
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Quite an unusual flavour profile here with strong emphasis on wood (in a good way). It’s a very nice whisky overall, apart from the slightly shortish finish . – Rating: 84/100

Mackmyra Moment Källa

August 26, 2013
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Another interesting dram from Sweden which is quite strong on nose and palate, but the finish is just too short and trivial. – Rating: 78/100

Auchentoshan Three Wood

August 9, 2013
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The sweetness of this dram is almost too heavy, but the wood spices keep it in balance. The nose is very nice, the finish a bit short. – Rating: 82/100

Mackmyra Special 09 – Vildhallon

August 5, 2013
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While the lovely nose is easy to grasp, the palate is most unusual with no real prominent aromas. Everything here is rather fragrant but there is also a slightly bitter element. – Rating: 81/100

Bushmills Black Bush

July 15, 2013
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A decent daily dram, not more and not less. It feels a bit more like a Scotch blend than an Irish. – Rating: 80/100

Balvenie Tun 1858 Batch 1

July 7, 2013
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One of the finest noses I have ever smelled, and the palate is almost on the same level. It is not really a sherry bomb, the whisky part is just as prominent. Not exactly cheap, though. – Rating: 92/100

Highland Park 1997 Viking Collection “The Sword”

July 3, 2013
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An outstanding and very typical Highland Park, the balance of flavours is just perfect. Too bad it was not bottled at cask strength. – Rating: 90/100

Hakushu Sherry Cask

June 30, 2013
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This is a rather typical sherry bomb, hard to tell that it is from Japan. The nose beats the palate, but it is a high quality whisky overall. – Rating: 85/100

Yamazaki Puncheon

June 29, 2013
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It is interesting to note the experimental use of a bigger cask. Usually it’s the other way around. I’m not sure if anything was gained by this, but it makes for a pleasant sipping experience. – Rating: 83/100

Kavalan Solist Cask R061113061

June 21, 2013
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Overall this is a very good whisky with nice tropical fruit aromas, but the spices on the palate are quite intensive. – Rating: 86/100

Lark Port Cask

June 17, 2013
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This is not immediately recognizable as a port cask, and the light savoury element gives it a special touch. Very nice indeed. – Rating: 86/100

Edradour Ballechin 7th Release

June 9, 2013
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Edradour is infamous for wine cask experiments with very mixed outcome, but this peated expression hits the spot. – Rating: 83/100

Lark Single Malt Cask Strength 2011 Release

June 5, 2013
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This single malt almost feels like a grain whisky. While the nose is not very exciting, the palate is full flavoured and delicious. – Rating: 85/100