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Scapa Skiren

January 13, 2016
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The early palate is rather pleasant and creamy but soon gives way to the kind of edgy finish that is common for immature whiskies. – Rating: 74/100

Blackstone 15 yo

January 1, 2016

Utterly inoffensive, not necessarily in a bad way. This whisky offers a rather decent value for its low price but it won’t leave a lasting impression. – Rating: 81/100

Glenfarclas Springs

December 28, 2015
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Defenders of the No Age Statement concept say “It’s not about age, it’s about maturity”. They are right. But there is no maturity in this whisky. I can not remember tasting a weaker Glenfarclas. – Rating: 73/100

Port Askaig 100 Proof

December 22, 2015
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A solid young peat monster for those who like this type of whisky. It is pleasant enough without having remarkable properties. – Rating: 86/100

Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve

November 30, 2015
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The nose is actually quite nice but the palate is a disappointment. While the generic flavours of this whisky will not offend anyone, its lack of maturity makes it difficult to like. – Rating: 69/100

Singleton of Glen Ord “Signature”

November 16, 2015

This would be a very nice daily dram if the palate did not feel so watery. The profile is a bit middle-of-the-road but not unpleasant. – Rating: 79/100

Cutty Sark Blended Malt

October 13, 2015
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One of the lesser known Cuttys. I’m afraid this is no winner. Even without the soapy touch it would be just too sweet and not flavourful enough – Rating: 67/100

Johnnie Walker “The Spice Road”

October 9, 2015
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The promised spices are present, and the malt component is actually quite pleasant, but the palate is overwhelmed by the sugar coating of sweet young grain whisky. – Rating: 71/100

Brenne Estate Cask

August 13, 2015
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This is made in alembic stills just like cocgnac. The sweet fruit is very dominant, to an extent that you might not recognize it as whisky in a blind tasting. It is nice, though. – Rating: 80/100

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

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

Coillmor 4 yo American Oak

May 5, 2015
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This is one of the typical young German whiskies that strongly rely on wood extraction from fresh casks while the spirit is secondary. – Rating: 70/100

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

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

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

Benriach 15 yo PX Finish

January 4, 2015
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This is no in-your-face finish, the PX sherry remains a bit in the background. The wood is pronounced but not overwhelming and makes the whisky appear older than it is. – Rating: 87/100

Singleton of Dufftown “Sunray”

December 29, 2014
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While this is not an unpleasant whisky at all, the lack of distinctive flavours combined with a very watery mouthfeel makes tasting this a forgettable experience. 75 points still for being an easy sipper nonetheless. – Rating: 75/100

Wemyss Velvet Fig

November 18, 2014
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A very nice blended malt with an affordable price tag of £40. Sherry fruit and mild spices make it a very good sipper. – Rating: 84/100

SIA Blended Scotch Whisky

November 14, 2014
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Clever blending has turned the often disturbing youthful cereal notes into an asset as they integrate well with the “fruit and nuts” theme of this whisky. – Rating: 80/100