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Compass Box Canto Cask 48

September 3, 2013
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The wood really weighs down heavily on this dram, on the verge of totally overpowering the spirit. It provesthat wood exctraction done right can define a modern whisky more than distillery house style. – Rating: 86/100

Balcones Texas Single Malt Batch SM 8-12

August 28, 2013
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Quite an unusual flavour profile here with strong emphasis on wood (in a good way). It’s a very nice whisky overall, apart from the slightly shortish finish . – Rating: 84/100

Balvenie Doublewood 17 yo

August 15, 2013
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While having a superb nose, this older Doublewood version does not quite reach the quality of the almost legendary 12 year old. But go for it, if you like spicy drams. – Rating: 85/100

Mackmyra Special 09 – Vildhallon

August 5, 2013
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While the lovely nose is easy to grasp, the palate is most unusual with no real prominent aromas. Everything here is rather fragrant but there is also a slightly bitter element. – Rating: 81/100

Hakushu Sherry Cask

June 30, 2013
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This is a rather typical sherry bomb, hard to tell that it is from Japan. The nose beats the palate, but it is a high quality whisky overall. – Rating: 85/100

Yamazaki Puncheon

June 29, 2013
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It is interesting to note the experimental use of a bigger cask. Usually it’s the other way around. I’m not sure if anything was gained by this, but it makes for a pleasant sipping experience. – Rating: 83/100

Lark Port Cask

June 17, 2013
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This is not immediately recognizable as a port cask, and the light savoury element gives it a special touch. Very nice indeed. – Rating: 86/100

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

Edradour 8 yo 2003/2012 Ruby Port

June 5, 2013
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The tasting notes may read worse than the whisky actually is, but this is just too immature and drowned by the wine. – Rating: 77/100

Ben Nevis 1995/2012 Jean Boyer One Shot

June 3, 2013
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The sherry influence is not very obvious here, it’s simply a very good fruity whisky with a nice unbostrusive sweetness. – Rating: 87/100

Linkwood 1991/2012 Jean Boyer Best Casks of Scotland

June 1, 2013
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A very fine dram where the sherry is well present but does not overwhelm the spirit. – Rating: 85/100

Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 39

May 31, 2013
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Very nice on nose and palate but not quite on eye level with other batches, especially the finish. – Rating: 84/100

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

Yellow Spot 12 yo

May 27, 2013
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This is another ‘decrescendo’ dram: Fantastic nose and good early palate, then fading away rather quickly. – Rating: 81/100

Glenrothes 1995/2011

May 25, 2013
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A nice malt that needs some time to open up, the mix of fruit and nuts is quite pleasant. – Rating: 82/100

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

Bowmore 15 yo 1996/2011 Wilson & Morgan

May 19, 2013
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A wonderful combination of peat and sherry. It is dry but not too woody and feels older than it actually is. – Rating: 91/100

Clynelish 15 yo 1995/2011 L’Esprit

May 15, 2013
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Without a doubt this is a divisive dram. For me the sulphur is just the right amount to add depth, but your mileage may vary. – Rating: 88/100

Bowmore 8 yo 2002/2011 L’Esprit

May 15, 2013
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The nose and the first seconds on the palate are really nice but the flavours quickly fade away into a nondescript peaty sweetness. – Rating: 80/100