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value0 — Dramming


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

Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash 1

December 28, 2013
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This is not more than a novelty and it cannot match a decent single malt newmake. – Rating: 55/100

Glenglassaugh 33 yo 1978/2012 Madeira Style Finish

April 25, 2013
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The finish overpowers the spirit quite a bit here. It still is a nice dram, but defnintely not worth the high price. – Rating: 83/100

Glen Grant 60 yo Queen’s Diamond Jubilee G&M

January 30, 2013
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If you have £8000 to spare, you will be rewarded with an excellent and very unusual whisky. Remarkably little wood influence after 60 years in the cask, I can only call it intensely delicate. – Rating: 91/100

Ledaig 6 yo 2005/2012 Blackadder Riverstown

December 18, 2012
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I am fairly immune to sulphur, but this special specimen just hurts my palate. – Rating: 47/100

Isawa Vintage 1983

October 20, 2012
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A whisky with very strange flavours that may well represent the nadir of Japanese whisky making. – Rating: 45/100

Glenrothes 24 yo 1984/2008 Jack Wiebers

August 31, 2012

If you ever wondered why some distilleries don’t like their name on independent bottlings, this forgettable whisky from a dead cask gives you the answer. – Rating: 64/100

Glenfarclas 1966/2011 For Nth Las Vegas

July 2, 2012

Quite an unusual flavour profile for this’ Gingerbread Glenafarclas’, the nose is wonderful, but the palate does not quite reach that level. – Rating: 85/100

Knockando 1996 Managers’ Choice

June 24, 2012
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An unusual Knockando sherry monster from a very active cask. There is lots going on here, but the wood is already too strong to make this a truly great one. – Rating: 86/100

Port Ellen 11th Annual Release

June 23, 2012
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This Port Ellen is a bit on the sweet side, but all the flavours are very well balanced. A fabulous dram indeed, but at a very steep price..- Rating: 92/100

Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 41

June 21, 2012

Water unleashes the demons. I tasted many wonderful a’Bunadhs, but this batch should never have been bottled. – Rating: Neat: 68/100, with water: 45/100

Strathmill 1974/2011 Archives

June 4, 2012

The wood is well integrated in this old malt, but the overall flavours are rather generic. The finish is just a pale shadow of the excellent nose. – Rating: 83/100

Glen Grant 59 yo 1952 Gordon & Macphail

May 22, 2012

It has a nose to die for as well as many lovely flavours on the palate, but the very adstringent ‘woody’ mouthfeel is detrimental. – Rating: 87/100

Bunnahabhain 1979/2011 Adelphi

May 14, 2012

The nose of this oldie is very impressive, but palate and finish are strangely weak in comparison. – Rating: 84/100

Highland Park 1978/2011 Douglas Laing

May 3, 2012
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It could be a geat whisky, but the adstringent wood tannins are much too strong for my taste. But you will love this dram, if you like that. – Rating: 80/100

Glenugie 1980/2010 Dun Bheagan

March 25, 2012

All rather generic here, unoffensive and sippable, but the middle-of-the-road character does not make this a must-have dram. – Rating: 81/100

Auchentoshan 1998/2011 James MacArthur

March 15, 2012

Triple distillation and a refill cask make this an extremely subtle dram. You may well give it a try, if you like that ultra-light style, but this doesn’t cut it for me – Rating: 63/100

Tobermory 10 yo

February 13, 2012
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There is not much to find in this whisky. It is mostly sweet on the palate with a light fruitiness, the nose is disappointing. – Rating: 65/100

Inchmoan 2001/2005

March 22, 2011

Avoid. – Rating: 23/100

Bunnahabhain 1978/2008 Samaroli Coiltean

March 17, 2011

For a 30 year old whisky this Bunnahabhain seems amazingly immature. This was clearly not the best cask of 1978. But yet there it has a captivating element. – Rating: 77/100