peaty

Bowmore 1996/2014 Wemyss “Aniseed Pastille”

November 6, 2014
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This very delicate dram has the unusual property of being more fragrant on the palate than on the nose. Another excellent yet pricey middle-aged Bowmore. There has been some great whisky coming out the distillery lately. – Rating: 87/100

Laphroaig Select

October 20, 2014
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There really is not very much going on here, but I found the long aromatic finish very pleasant. – Rating: 82/100

Bowmore 15 yo 1999/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

October 16, 2014
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The typical Bowmore fruitiness is balanced by quite strong peat and spices here. Some water and time is need until it fully opens up. – Rating: 86/100

Kilchoman 5 yo 2009/2014 PX Finish Abbey Whisky Exclusive

September 12, 2014
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The density of flaovurs in this young whisky is amazing as is the strong influence of aromatic spices. The finish does not interfere with the spirit. This is a superb thick exlir where a little goes a long way. – Rating: 88/100

Caol Ila 38 yo 1976/2014 Malts of Scotland

August 31, 2014
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Despite its age this malt is still quite peaty. The lovely fruity aromas are much more obvious on the nose than on the palate. Very good but not quite outstanding. – Rating: 89/100

Ardbeg Supernova SN2014 Committee Release

August 28, 2014
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So far I have only tasted the 2009 version of the SN which stupefied me. This is much more civilzed but still very powerful stuff. There are enough other aromas present to prevent this from turning into a mere peat bomb. – Rating: 88/100

Bowmore 13 yo Cadenhead Small Batch

June 29, 2014
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An excellent younger Bowmore that shows what this distillery is capable of. The combination of fruit and peat here is almost perfect. – Rating: 88/100

Springbank 2000/2012 Calvados Wood

May 22, 2014
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The apple flavours are a perfect match for the briny Springbank house style. Even though the whisky has matured in Calvados casks for 6 years, the distillery character is not overpowered in any way. – Rating: 87/100

Ardbeg Auriverdes Launch, Bar Gabányi, Munich

May 20, 2014
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It’s that time of year again, Ardbeg release their eagerly anticipated annual special bottling.

Bowmore Small Batch With Matching Montezuma Chocolate

April 22, 2014
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A young entry level malt in the trademark fruity and mildly peated Bowmore style, it makes for a pleasant sipping but does not provide the complexity found in the older expressions. – Rating: 83/100

Caol Ila 18 yo 1995/2013 The Whisky Agency

March 25, 2014
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There is a minimal whiff of sulphur on the nose but I am sure this is from the peating process. The whisky is quite edgy and not as complex and rounded as other Caol Ilas of this age. – 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

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

Laphroaig 1996/2012 Malts of Scotland

June 13, 2013
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It needs some time to build up and benefits from a good splash of water, this fantastic whisky has the perfect balance of sherry and peat, maturity and freshness. – Rating: 94/100

Laphroaig 15 yo 1996/2012 Signatory

June 10, 2013
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Not the phenolic bomb you might expect from Laphroaig, this dram is quite crisp and clean with a nice light fruitiness. – Rating: 88/100

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

Kornog Sant Erwan

May 27, 2013
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A very sweet peated malt; that there is hardly any fruit and not much spice to compensate makes it less enjoyable for me than other Kornogs I have tried. – Rating: 74/100

Caol Ila 30 yo 1982/2012 Archives

May 21, 2013
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The peat has almost completely transformed into fruity aromas after 30 years. The wood influence is surprisingly gentle – very delicious – Rating: 88/100

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