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Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 yo

December 12, 2014
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Big and bold wood flavours dominate this chewy bourbon. The finish is a bit on the tannic side but the overall quality is impressive. – Rating: 86/100

Aberfeldy 18 yo

December 11, 2014
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Refill bourbon casks probably make up the bulk of this. It is very civilized and gentle but with quite a pleasant array of flavours. – Rating: 85/100

Heaven Hill 15 yo Whisky Jewbilee 2013 Festival Bottling

November 23, 2014
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An excellent bourbon on the peak of maturity with both rich flavours and a gentle character. Despite the high ABV the thought of adding water never crosses the mind. – Rating: 87/100

Aultmore XO Douglas Laing Old Particular

October 18, 2014
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The young age is quite obvious here, but the strong sherry does a good job in not letting this turn into an annoyance. – Rating: 84/100

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

Glenmorangie The Taghta

October 15, 2014
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A most interesting whisky that is dominated by aromatic spices. Fruity aromas are present but remain in the background. Nice but not an easy-going sipper. – Rating: 86/100

Clynelish 1997/2014 Wemyss “Cayenne Cocoa Bean”

October 14, 2014
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For me it is more coco than cocoa, but anyway, this is a very sippable and typical Clynelish. At cask strength this would have been a true cracker. – Rating: 85/100

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

Clynelish 17 yo 1996/2013 Douglas Laing Old Particular

August 15, 2014
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Especially on the palate this is not a very typical Clynelish, it is rather rich and quite fruity, almost succulent. – Rating: 85/100

Dailuaine 15 yo 1998/2013 Douglas Laing Old Particular

August 8, 2014
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This is a very nice fruity aperitive style whisky, rather light in character but rich in taste.
– Rating: 86/100

Lord Elcho 15 yo

July 28, 2014
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Quite a nice blend with a good combination of fruity and spicy flavours. The finish could be a bit longer, though. – Rating: 83/100

Aberlour 23 yo 1989/2013 Cadenhead Small Batch

July 20, 2014

Bourbon casks are rather unusual for this distillery, but this does not have to mean this whisky is more boring than your usual sherry cask Aberlour. A fine creamy malt with nice fruity flavours. – Rating: 86/100

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

Ben Nevis 16 yo Abbey Whisky Rare Casks

June 28, 2014
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Strong sherry notes dominate this whisky. This monster is not for the faint of heart, it is bold and woody. – Rating: 84/100

Glencadam 22 yo Abbey Whisky Rare Casks

June 27, 2014
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The whisky has pleasant fruity aromas and a nice creamy mouthfeel, but the spiciness – pepper in particular – is overpowering. – Rating: 82/100

Glen Grant 22 yo 1992/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

June 24, 2014
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This is definitely my favourite of the recent SMOS bottlings. The tropical fruit aromas are wonderful, and even though water does make it even better it is perfectly sippable undiluted. – Rating: 88/100

Longmorn 21 yo 1992/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

June 12, 2014
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The wood has done a fine job here, the aromas are pleasantly spicy but not overwehelmingly so. The fruits play second fiddle here. – Rating: 85/100

Clynelish 18 yo 1995/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

June 8, 2014
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Pretty spicy with some nice aromas, but somehow this just stays on the surface of what Clynelish can offer. – Rating: 83/100

Tobermory 19 yo 1994/2014 Single Malts Of Scotland

June 4, 2014
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Very strong wood aromas from toasted over aromatic to hot and spicy dominate this excellent whisky, any more and it would be too much. This was bottled just in time. – Rating: 87/100

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