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Rittenhouse Single Barrel Rye 1984/2009

August 24, 2015
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A wonderful old rye that is very wood-forward without being too much dominated by it. It still has a surprisingly gentle base. – Rating: 88/100

Millstone Rye Whisky 2007/2014 for Usquebaugh Society

August 12, 2015

Mind you, this is a good tasting whisky, but am not sure if it was the right decison to put it into the cask at 46% ABV. There is almost no reserve for adding water, and overall it is too mild for what I expect of a rye. It feels more like a bourbon at the lower end of the “high rye” spectrum. – Rating: 83/100

Glen Breton 14 yo

August 1, 2015

Sorry, but the soapy notes on the palate ruin the experience for me. Without them it would have been a light and delicate single malt. – Rating: 63/100

Cleveland Whiskey 100 Proof

July 29, 2015

Another failed experiment to speed up maturation. It does not really taste bad upfront, but it leaves an unpleasant blandness on your palate. – Rating: 58/100

Hibiki Japanese Harmony

July 23, 2015
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Grainy sweetness dominates this blend. The fruity and floral notes are in balance but the spiciness feels very youthful. The nose is much better than the palate. – Rating: 79/100

Laphroaig 10 yo Cask Strength Batch 007

June 5, 2015
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After my recent disappointment with the current regular 10 yo I am happy to report that Laphroaig is back to old (cask) strength here. It may not be the most complex of batches, but it perfectly captures what has gone missing in so many recent bottlings of this distillery – Rating: 88/100

Springbank 12 yo Green

May 21, 2015
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The lack of sherry influence makes this a slightly unusual Springbank but the pedigree always is clear. It does feel as if something is missing though. – Rating: 83/100

Tomatin Cask Strength

May 19, 2015
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This is quite a bit on the spicy side, and the wood spices fight a little with the creamy fruitiness of the base whisky for dominance here. Not bad overall but the balance could be better. – Rating: 84/100

Ardbeg Perpetuum

May 18, 2015
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This is probably the most typically “Ardbeg” of the recent special releases, very straightforward in a way, but noticeably sweeter than for example the 10 year old. – Rating: 87/100

Arran 18 yo

May 17, 2015
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The nose in particular is very enjoyable, but the age has imparted a driness to the palate that I find a tad too strong. – Rating: 85/100

Laphroaig Highgrove 1999/2013 Cask 5162

May 16, 2015

Quite an exceptional cask that has an amazing fruitiness already at a relatively young age, but the typical Laphroaig DNA is always present. – Rating: 91/100

Wolfburn Newmake

May 3, 2015

This is high quality spirit with a creamy mouthfeel. I hope the distillery manages to transform it into equally good whisky. – Rating: 72/100

Glenfarclas Heritage

May 1, 2015

Yes, everything in this cheap whisky is “light”, “slight”, “vague” and “indifferent”. It is flawless but also featureless. Skip, unless you want to try to convert a vodka drinker to whisky. – Rating: 75/100

Benromach 10 yo 100 Proof

April 28, 2015
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Everything is very well put together in this whisky. It is round and strong but still delicate with perfect balance of all elements. This is Scotch whisky as it should be. – Rating: 87/100

Talisker Skye

April 27, 2015
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The nose of this is really nice but palate and finish can not keep the promise. I had trouble to recognize this as a Talisker. – Rating: 82/100

Laphroaig 10 Revisited – I Shouldn’t Have

April 17, 2015
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The current Laphroaig 10 feels like Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” played by an Easy Listening big band with marimbaphone and string section. – Rating: 82/100

Glen Spey 1996/2009 Manager’s Choice

April 10, 2015
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The good news: It is the best Glen Spey I have ever tasted. The bad news: It is not more than a generic nice refill bourbon whisky and at £200 it is no wonder that it is still on the shelves after 5 years. – Rating: 83/100

Glengoyne 25 yo

March 18, 2015
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While the flavours of this old whisky are complex and very enjoyable the quite strong tannic wood influence and lacklustre finish prevent a higher score.

Rating: 83/100

Wild Turkey 8 yo

March 9, 2015
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It is not easy to find but this inexpensive aged bourbon can easily compete with more expensive ones. The wood influence is quite strong but it still is a well-rounded dram. – Rating: 86/100

Glendronach 20 yo 1994/2014 Abbey Whisky Exclusive

January 22, 2015
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The wood has been very active on this cask, not only because of the very dark colour. The strong tannins are kept just in check by the fruity sherry aromas. A sherry monster for those who like it strong. – Rating: 85/100