NAS

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

Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 39

May 31, 2013
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Very nice on nose and palate but not quite on eye level with other batches, especially the finish. – Rating: 84/100

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5

May 30, 2013
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A very enjoyable whisky with many interesting flavours to explore, one the finish could be a bit longer. – Rating: 85/100

Cutty Sark Storm

May 25, 2013
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The fruity part of this blend is quite nice, but the sweetness and the roughness of young grain are still dominating. – Rating: 69/100

Kornog Taouarc’h Pevared 12BC

May 20, 2013
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A remarkably gentle peated dram that does not slap your face but offers an intriguing mix of flavours. – Rating: 85/100

Glenglassaugh Revival

May 20, 2013
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The nose is rather immature, but on the palate this young whisky is quite enjoyable. – Rating: 76/100

Auchentoshan Heartwood

May 17, 2013
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The fruit flavours taste a bit artificial and the finish is one of the shortest I have experienced in a single malt, but for the rather cheap price it is okay-ish and a step up from the Springwood. – Rating: 74/100

Aberfeldy Unravel

April 27, 2013
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After a rather strong initial sherry punch the aromas fade away rather quickly. It feels young and a bit unbalanced, though not unpleasant. – Rating: 78/100

Auchentoshan Springwood

April 26, 2013

Quite immature but still smooth because of the triple distillation, a dram for moments when you wish to avoid flavourfulness. – Rating: 67/100

Glengoyne Teapot Dram

April 9, 2013
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This is Glengoyne’s answer to Aberlour A’bunadh, and it is a good one. There still is a youthful edge to it but the first fill sherry aromas are wonderful. – Rating: 88/100

Big T Blend by Tomatin

March 28, 2013
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This old NAS blend puts just about everything in this category we have today to shame. Apparently there were mainly bourbon casks used. It is quite sweet but also fresh and fruity. – Rating: 83/100

Tecker Sherry Cask Single Malt

March 2, 2013
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The sherry cask certainly adds some pleasant flavours, but some slight vegetal notes are a bit detrimental. – Rating: 69/100

Balcones True Blue Cask Strength

February 19, 2013

I do like the spicy notes quite a bit, but there is a certain mustiness (probably the blue corn signature) that I am not a fan of. I much preferred the smoked Brimstone. – Rating: 80/100

Boxes Blend

February 19, 2013
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A very nice whisky with a somehow quiet character, nothing to ponder about, just to sip and relax. This is suprisingly good blending work by an amateur. – Rating: 82/100

Writer’s Tears

February 16, 2013

Very gentle and very closed. It is not a bad whisky but it is difficult to find something noteworthy in it. – Rating: 76/100

Amrut Fusion

February 13, 2013
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The spices in this are quite dominant, the light and sweet fruit notes only act as an accompaniment. A complex but sippable dram. – Rating: 83/100

Sullivan’s Cove Double Cask

February 12, 2013
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The nose is quite pleasant, but palate and finish suffer greatly from lack of impact. – Rating: 65/100

Nikka “White” Pure Malt

February 12, 2013
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The vatting of Japanese and Islay malts creates a very delicate and slightly fragrant whisky with a nice driness. – Rating: 83/100