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