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Clynelish 10 yo Hedges & Butler

September 16, 2014
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The famous waxy mouthfeel of Clynelish is very prominent here, together with a slight woody driness. This is a very good alternative to the original 14 yo bottling. – Rating: 87/100

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

Black Bottle 2013 Release

October 28, 2013
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This all-new old favourite has quite unusual flavours and it is not really noticeable that it is a blend. The profile in interesting but probably not everybody’s cup of tea. – Rating: 78/100

Laphroaig 1996/2012 Malts of Scotland

June 13, 2013
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It needs some time to build up and benefits from a good splash of water, this fantastic whisky has the perfect balance of sherry and peat, maturity and freshness. – Rating: 94/100

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 15 yo 1997/2012 Whisky-Fässle

April 16, 2013
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A rather typical and Bow-moreish dram that is a bit on the peatier side. Especially the palate is quite complex. – Rating: 88/100

Port Askaig 12 yo

February 25, 2013
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There is an element of dirtiness in this whisky that adds a wickedly intriguing dimension. The spices in this are delightful. – Rating: 87/100

Glen Keith 1993 Gordon & MacPhail

February 11, 2013

The mix of sweet fruit and spice is very well balanced, the creamy mouthfeel adds to the pleasure. – Rating: 85/100

Braes of Glenlivet 21 yo 1991/2012 Master of Malt

February 10, 2013
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Blimey, what a creamy fruit bomb. This is an immense dram. – Rating: 90/100

Invergordon 18 yo 1993 SMWS G5.4

February 7, 2013
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The fresh oak cask gives this maize-based grain whisky a striking resemblance to bourbon. The delicious flavours are supported by strong wood spices – Rating: 87/100

Highwood 25 yo “100 Years Calgary Stampede”

February 2, 2013
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This is an excellent older Canadian whisky at a very attractive price (if you can find it), very creamy on the palate an only mildly spicy – Rating: 85/100

Nikka All Malt

September 19, 2012
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This Japanese dram may have an unusual pedigree but is impossible to discern from a fruity Scotch. The mouthfeel is creamy but rather light bodied and the flavours are well balanced. – Rating: 85/100

Lagavulin Distillers Edition 1995

September 17, 2012
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This legendary dram delivers top quality, year after year. Peat and sherry in a fruitful symbiosis. – Rating: 89/100

Glenfiddich Distillery Edition 15 yo

September 15, 2012
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A surprisingly rich and powerful malt that can take a bit of water. My favourite of the younger Glenfiddichs. – Rating: 86/100

Glenfarclas 12 yo

September 9, 2012
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A wonderfully rich sherried malt that combines youthful freshness with maturity. – Rating: 86/100

Invergordon 18 yo 1993/2011 SMWS G5.3

August 23, 2012

For a change the SMWS tag line is not bursting of creativity, but it is spot on. The palate feels like an amplified version of the nose, the quality is unusually high for a grain whisky of this medium age. – Rating: 90/100

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel

August 14, 2012
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The nose is massive, the palate a bit more subtle but far from bland and boring. Overall a surprisingly delicate but delicious bourbon. – Rating: 85/100

Glencadam 10 yo

August 10, 2012
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A very pleasant entry-level malt from a distillery often overlooked, approachable and well-balanced with a nice mixture of fruity and spicy flavours. – Rating: 84/100

Bowmore 2000/2011 Douglas Laing

May 19, 2012

It reminds me a bit of the Bowmore Darkest, but the youthful freshness makes this dram even more delightful. – Rating: 89/100

Benriach 12 yo Sherry Wood

May 12, 2012

This sherried whisky is a bit on the dry side which adds an interesting dimension to the fruity base spirit. – Rating: 85/100