peaty

Caperdonich 18 yo 1997/2012 Whisky Warehouse No. 8

March 9, 2013
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A nice nuttiness is joined by creamy fruit and strong spice which is actually a little too strong for my taste. – Rating: 81/100

Port Askaig 30 yo Cask Strength

February 26, 2013
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Some very pleasant fruit notes are playing with the peat here. The mouthfeel is unusally creamy for a peated malt. – Rating: 87/100

Port Askaig 19 yo Cask Strength

February 26, 2013
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Quite a dry dram with a light bitterness on the palate. The finish is a bit timid. – Rating: 84/100

Port Askaig 12 yo

February 25, 2013
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There is an element of dirtiness in this whisky that adds a wickedly intriguing dimension. The spices in this are delightful. – Rating: 87/100

Bowmore 15 yo Laimrig

February 17, 2013

Rich fruity sherry flavours enter a fruitful symbisois with the trademark Bowmore mild peat. Essentially this is a cask strength version of the Darkest. – Rating: 87/100

Bunnahabhain Toiteach

February 1, 2013
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Simply a nice peated daily dram, nothing stands out here. – Rating: 83/100

Arran Machrie Moor Batch 2

February 1, 2013
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The profile is slightly unusual but not unpleasant, with less smoke on the palate than on the nose. Overall this dram is less ferocious than the packaging suggests. – Rating: 83/100

Bowmore Batch 1 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company

January 30, 2013
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A slight herbalness joins dry peat in this Bowmore that also shows nicely balanced fruity notes. – Rating: 85/100

Blackadder Peat Reek 13 yo

January 4, 2013
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This whisky is aptly named. It’s all about peat here, mainly on the nose but also on the palate. The other aromas only act as ‘garnish’ but this works surprsingly well. – Rating: 86/100

Wemyss Bunnahabhain 15 yo “Driftwood”

January 4, 2013
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Despite the rather strong peat the underlying flavours are rather subtle, the nose has a nice freshness. This feels a bit younger than it actually is. – Rating: 84/100

Yoichi 23 yo 1989/2012 for LMDW

January 1, 2013
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One of those flavour compositions that only the Japanese can create with boldness and delicacy in perfect balance. – Rating: 89/100

Smoking Islay Cask 2012/436

December 23, 2012
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This dram is very generic and one-dimenensional, I cannot find much of interest here. – Rating: 67/100

Benriach 17 yo Septendecim

December 23, 2012
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The farmy character of this expression is not my cup of tea. Your mileage may vary. – Rating: 68/100

Jura 1976/2012 Berry Bros.

December 17, 2012

This is a most unusual whisky and it’s truly kaleidoscopic. There are so many flavours that seem to be shifting constantly that a little of it goes a long way. – Rating: 89/100

Kilchoman 4 yo 2007/2012 Single Cask Nation

December 11, 2012
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Crisp and clean with quite an amazing depth of flavours for such a young whisky. They know how to make good whisky on the Rhinns, and the bottlers know how to select good casks. – Rating: 87/100

Benriach 17 yo 1995/2012 Single Cask Nation

December 9, 2012
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Very much in your face mainland peat backed up by gentle fruit and spice, this has the potental to divide opinions as it is no dram for the faint of heart. – Rating: 86/100

Laphroaig PX Cask

November 14, 2012
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The (mild) PX sweetness makes this an interesting variation on the Quarter Cask. It is well worth a try although it shows a little less complexity. – Rating: 87/100

Caol Ila 19 yo The Whisky Exchange

November 4, 2012
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Dry and crisp, it feels younger than it actually is. This dram demonstrates how Caol Ila can be bold and elgegant at the same time. – Rating: 88/100

Elements of Islay Pl1

October 19, 2012
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An uncompromising, almost brutal phenolic attack on your tastebuds, but it is not simply a peat monster, it has complex layers of flavours. – Rating: 90/100

Lagavulin 21 yo 2012 Release

October 12, 2012
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This Lagavulin is virtually blasting with oriental spices, the fruit stays in the background here. An exquisite whisky that succeeds in combining boldness and gentleness. – Rating: 92/100