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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

Benromach 2001/2010 Cask Strength

April 29, 2012
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A most unusual whisky that is not easy to describe, but everything fits together very well. Lots to discover in this young malt. – Rating: 87/100

Glenlivet Nadurra 16 yo Batch 1010K

April 20, 2012
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This is a quintessential Glenlivet fruit bomb at full strength, highly enjoyable and affordably priced. – Rating: 87/100

Laphroaig 1990/2011 Wilson & Morgan

March 24, 2012

The full sherry impact masks the Laphroaig-ness here, still this is a fine dram which shows that peat and sherry can get along very well. – Rating: 85/100

Wemyss Vanilla Summer 1997/2011

March 10, 2012

Sweet and fruity and very intense, this dram has divided the jurors at the MM Awards. Some think it’s over the top. I love it. – Rating: 92/100

Wemyss Peat Chimney 12 yo

March 10, 2012
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This combination of sweetness and peat works excellently. With a few more ABV percents this could even have broken into Top Dram terittory. – Rating: 88/100

Kilkerran Work In Progress 2011

March 6, 2012
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The Kilkerran successfully continues its path to maturity. At only seven years it is already remarkably ‘grown-up’. A perfect sipping dram. – Rating: 85/100

Kornog Sant Ivy 2011

February 14, 2012

A terrific whisky. It needs some time to open up, but the richness of flavours is stunning. It can compete with the finest from Islay. – Rating: 92/100

Port Charlotte 2002/2010 Whisky Doris

January 7, 2012

A great heavily peated malt, very strong smoke combined with a nice underlying sweetness. It is still a bit young and rough but it’s an excellent dram. – Rating: 89/100

Bowmore 1995/2010 Whisky-Fässle

December 12, 2011

This rather typical Bowmore has only a slight sherry influence, probably from a refill cask. All flavour elements are very well balanced and make it a highly anjoyable malt. – Rating: 88/100

Bunnahabhain Darach Ur Batch 6

October 14, 2011
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There is a Compass Box whisky called Spice Tree, but this one can safely be called ‘Spice Monster’. Its general character is rather mild, but the flavours are very strong. – Rating: 87/100

Classic of Islay 2009

October 3, 2011

With a few drops of water this malt literally explodes into flavours. This outburst on the palate is backed up by a massive nose. – Rating: 89/100

Compass Box Great King Street

September 22, 2011
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This whisky has a fantastic nose, and also the palate delivers a very wide spectrum of well-composed flavours. A very high quality blend indeed. – Rating: 86/100

W. L. Weller 7 yo

September 4, 2011

For a wheated bourbon, this packs qute a punch. A decent dram and a good value. – Rating: 81/100

Ledaig 2005/2010 Berry Bros.

August 31, 2011

Fast maturation does not only happen in tropical climates. With the right cask even a Scotch can become a cracker of a dram in only four years. This whisky is a peaty flavour bomb. – Rating: 88/100

Caol Ila 12 yo 1997/2010 Chieftain’s

August 27, 2011

The nose requires water to reach full strength, the palate not necessarily. It is an excellent and rather ‘thick’ Caol Ila that feels a bit older than stated on the label. – Rating: 88/100