NAS

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

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