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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

John Brown Whisky From Malta

March 4, 2014
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Industrial spirit mixed with some vaguely whisky-ish flavourings is my best guess of what this might be. – Rating: 38/100

Black Bottle 2013 Release

October 28, 2013
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This all-new old favourite has quite unusual flavours and it is not really noticeable that it is a blend. The profile in interesting but probably not everybody’s cup of tea. – Rating: 78/100

Laphroaig 25 yo (Cask Strength Version)

March 23, 2013
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It is amazing how medicinal this old whisky still is. The complexity in this epic dram is enormous. – Rating: 90/100

Clan MacGregor Blended Scotch Whisky

February 3, 2013
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One of the weaker cheap blends, just about acceptable if nothing else is around. – Rating: 62/100

Kuchh Nai Blended Scotch Whisky

February 3, 2013
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A drinkable entry level blend with an Indian story (the name means “nothing”); not more, not less. – Rating: 70/100

Jim Beam Devil’s Cut

May 15, 2012
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Rather strong flavours in this special bourbon, but there is a bitterness that puts me off somewhat. The finish is a bit weak as well. – Rating: 73/100

Calvados Couperne VSOP

December 30, 2011

At the price of a standard blended whisky, this calvados offers a very decent value. With a rather typical and taste profile it does not have to fear its more expensive competitors. – Rating: 81/100

Draymans Solera Blend

October 11, 2011

Unfortunately the rather nice base flavour is covered by a rubberiness that is just a bit too dominant. – Rating: 68/100

It’s Rum Week!

September 5, 2011
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Summer is coming to an end. To keep up the spirit I decided to turn this week into the official Dramming Rum Week.

John B. Stetson

July 3, 2011
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A mild and obviously rather young bourbon. Driness and color hint on lightly charred barrrels. It is not very complex but nicely sippable. – Rating: 78/100

Drumguish

June 24, 2011
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An utterly unexciting and bland malt. It is cheap, but you get more for your money, if you invest the same amount in a standard blend. – Rating: 53/100

Johnnie Walker Red Label

June 17, 2011
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This top selling blend is obviously designed not to offend any palate. There are some interesting flavours, but they are hidden underneath a layer of sweetness. Rating: 67/100

Whyte & Mackay Special

April 26, 2011
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The Special is a decent enough entry level blend. It’s alright for sipping alongside a pint, but its taste profile is fairly simple – Rating: 66/100

Racke Rauchzart

March 31, 2011
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This blend is aptly named “Tender Smoke”. I really like the balance of flavours. If they were stronger, this €10 dram would beat most well-known entry level blends. But it feels much too toned down. – Rating: 62/100

Ballantine’s Finest

January 23, 2011
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One of the more recommendable entry level blends. The nose is nothing to speak of, but it’s not entirely unpleasant on the palate. – Rating: 73/100

Blackstone 18 yo

December 27, 2010

This is a typical “You get what you pay for” supermarket malt. It’s not really bad but the floral notes are much too dominant for an enjoyable older malt. – Rating: 74/100

Glen Grant The Major’s Reserve

October 26, 2010

Overall: This youngster just dosen’t cut it. It’s the cheapest single malt in competition with Loch Lomond at the price of a major brand blend. Actually I would recommend to stick to one of those like for example Teacher’s. – Rating: 62/100

Teacher’s Highland Cream

July 4, 2010
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For a NAS blend, this one is actually quite good. The roughness of the young grain is still there, but the unusually high malt content of 45% caters for a rather rich taste. – Rating: 68/100

Sikkim Black Cat Rum

June 1, 2010

This rum has a nose to die for, but it is a bit weaker on the palate. Exotic provenance but a quite decent (and very inexpensive) rum. – Rating: 80/100