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Balblair 1975/2012

January 20, 2014
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The rather short and almost trivial finish spoils for me what could have been a very fine and delicate single malt. – Rating: 83/100

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

Old Pulteney Flotilla 2000

December 18, 2013

It has a nice and fresh nose, but on the palate it feels still somewhat immature. The rather sharp spiciness is not balanced by the other flavours. – Rating: 79/100

Dalmore Vintage 2000

December 12, 2013

If it were not for that odd cardboardy tang, this whisky would actually be pretty good. But so it isn’t. – Rating: 72/100

Dimple Pinch 12 yo – Comparing Old And New(-ish)

November 12, 2013
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I was lucky enough to get hold of a fairly old bottle of Dimple 12 yo and a rather recent one. Needless to say a head to head comparison is appropriate here

Oban 12 yo Unblended Highland Malt

November 3, 2013
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A very gentle but also very refined dram with that old fashioned “they don’t make them like this anymore” taste profile. – Rating: 86/100

Bunnahabhain 40 yo

October 29, 2013
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This oldie has a very rich nose, but it is surprisingly light and fragrant on the palate. Only the price of almost £2000 is a wee bit steep. – Rating: 87/100

anCnoc 22 yo

September 10, 2013
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It still has the lightness Knockdhu is known for, but the long time in the casks have also given it a nice richness not seen in their younger bottlings. – Rating: 86/100

Bruichladdich The Laddie Sixteen

September 8, 2013
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Enormously creamy with the typical Bruichladdich fruitiness, this dram may not be the most complex of all, but it is immensely sippable. – Rating: 87/100

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

Tullamore Dew 12 yo

September 5, 2013
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Unusually sweet and with a syrupy mouthfeel, this is not really what you would expect from an Irish blend. Fortunately the sweetness is backed by a healthy dose of spice. – Rating: 82/100

Balvenie Doublewood 17 yo

August 15, 2013
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While having a superb nose, this older Doublewood version does not quite reach the quality of the almost legendary 12 year old. But go for it, if you like spicy drams. – Rating: 85/100

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

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

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