sherry

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

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5

May 30, 2013
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A very enjoyable whisky with many interesting flavours to explore, one the finish could be a bit longer. – Rating: 85/100

Glen Grant 37 yo 1974/2012 Berry Bros.

May 30, 2013
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On one hand this is a very nice whisky with no real flaws, on the other hand I would have expected a bit more from a whisky of that age. The palate feels a bit unbalanced. – Rating: 83/100

Glenfarclas 105 20 yo

May 19, 2013
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Very rich sherry flavours carress nose and palate and give you a feeling of laid-back luxury, only the finish is not quite on par. – Rating: 88/100

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

Northern Islay 20 yo 1990/2011 L’Esprit

May 14, 2013
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Wonderful aromas on the nose are paired with a robust palate. The wood flavours are well integrated with the sherry fruit. – Rating: 87/100

Glen Grant 58 yo 1953 Gordon & McPhail

May 7, 2013
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After the massive nose, the palate feels rather shy and lacking the complexity you would expect from a whisky of this age. Still a very fine dram but not outstanding. – Rating: 87/100

Aberfeldy Unravel

April 27, 2013
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After a rather strong initial sherry punch the aromas fade away rather quickly. It feels young and a bit unbalanced, though not unpleasant. – Rating: 78/100

Glen Scotia 20 yo 1991/2012 Wilson & Morgan

April 27, 2013
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There is an unusual amount of spices in this sherried malt, the fruit is almost in the background. It is quite dry but still pleasant on the palate. – Rating: 85/100

Glendronach 40 yo 1972/2012 Cask 713

April 25, 2013
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A divine combination of sherry flavours is somewhat compromised by a very dry and tannic mouthfeel. It was high time this was bottled. – Rating: 90/100

Glenfarclas Family Cask 1990/2011 For TSMC Taiwan

April 23, 2013
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Some very strong sherry flavours dominate this malt, the spice notes on top of that are nothing for the faint of heart. – Rating: 86/100

Caol Ila 30 yo 1980/2011 Maltbarn

April 19, 2013
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There is an interesting savoury element in this dram, lots going on on the palate, only the finish is a bit timid. – Rating: 87/100

Benrinnes 13 1998/2012 yo A.D. Rattray

April 15, 2013
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I am not sure if it is just the sulphur, but somehow I don’t find this heavily sherried dram very compelling. It lacks a certain “roundness” I expect from a really good whisky. – Rating: 80/100

Glendronach 40 yo 1971/2011 Cask 1248

April 12, 2013
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Some excellent “rancio” flavours and a near complete absence of wood tannins could have made this spectacular. But the finish feels a bit too shy to warrant a 90+ score. – Rating: 89/100

Knockando 25 yo

April 10, 2013
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Some nice sherry flavours can be found here, but compared to the lovely nose the palate feels rather lacklustre and a bit watery. – Rating: 82/100

Glengoyne Teapot Dram

April 9, 2013
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This is Glengoyne’s answer to Aberlour A’bunadh, and it is a good one. There still is a youthful edge to it but the first fill sherry aromas are wonderful. – Rating: 88/100

Glenrothes 42 yo 1969/2012 Adelphi

April 4, 2013
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Here is an amazing example how a whisky can taste ‘old’ with very little wood influence. And it has strong sherry without being a monster. The smoothness of this whisky is exceptional. – Rating: 89/100

Glenrothes 24 yo 1988/2012 Whisky Doris

April 3, 2013
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It has a lovely nose, but palate and finish are disappointing, a rather anticlimactic dram. – Rating: 76/100

Glendronach 17 yo 1995/2013 PX Puncheon 4682

March 25, 2013
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Sherry bombs are the speciality of Glendronach and this is no exception. Interestingly this is not as sweet as you might expect from a PX cask. It is not as complex as the oldies but delicious. – Rating: 86/100

Girvan 48 yo 1964/2012 The Whisky Agency

March 23, 2013
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A sherried grain whisky is always something special. This one has very strong wood notes, but in combination with the strong grain profile it works remarkably well. – Rating: 88/100