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31 Mar

anCnoc 2005 for La Maison du Whisky 12.8 ppm, OB, 58.0%, B:2016, cask 422. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose:  Sharp, intense, “chiselled”, on dry, aromatic and slightly austere peat smoke, nice floral and malty flavours. A very pleasant nose, with a crisp and chiselled peat smoke, like if the aromas were cut with a Damascus Japanese blade.
Taste: Chiselled, intense, peaty, slightly tarry, with some curry, pollen, heather, light floral aromas, some rose, almonds, honey, gooseberries, and vanilla custard (milky). The finish is rather long, quite peaty and milky, slightly floral, austere and aromatic, with some tar, honey, vanilla custard, gooseberries, some iodine and tar.
Impression: Tasted together with the Stack, I was impressed by the intensity and sharpness of the whisky. While it is “only” 11 years old, the combination of complexity and intensity is impressive. The ppm are lower than the Stack, but they appear more intense and complex. I love this style of whisky. A fine selection from la Maison du Whisky for their 60th Birthday.
Rating: 16/20 PA:A4

anCnoc Stack 20 ppm, OB, 46%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Aromatic, malty, sweet-smooth, slightly grassy, on aromatic and tarry peat smoke, some liquid tar, aromatic herbs, honey and sweet-smooth notes of new make (just a few and light).
Taste: Light, fresh, floral, slightly grassy and maritime, on iodine, with a light sweetness, some tar, seaweeds, a touch of heather and aromatic herbs. The finish is rather short and sweet, on iodine, tar, some aromatic peat smoke, slight grassy notes and some heather and floral notes as well.
Impression: A moderately peaty anCnoc, with a rather aromatic peat smoke. It seemed also more maritime and on iodine than the previous releases of peated anCnoc, while it retains some sweetness of a young whisky.
Rating: 12/20 PA:A5

30 Mar

AnCnoc 1994, OB, 46%, B:2008. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Round, smooth, mellow, malty, with a nice smokiness.
Taste: Very smooth, juicy, with nice mellow fruity notes, on juicy oak, some malt, tobacco leaves and a hint of grassy notes. The finish is medium to long, grassy, mellow, with some nice sweet fruity notes.
Impression: A very good satisfying daily dram that should appeal to a large audience.
Rating: 13/20 PA:B2

Knockdhu 1980 101.1, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 57.8%, B: 1993. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Vegetal, slightly yeasty, round, with vegetal condiment, nutmeg, some apples and honey.
Taste: Very spicy, rich, intense, oaky, very floral, slightly fragrant, with some humus, nuts and green apples. The finish is medium, resinous to very resinous, slightly humic, floral, spicy, on apples and some honey.
Impression: A spicy, resinous Knockdhu (AnCnoc), floral and with quite some humus.
Rating: 13/20 PA:C2

29 Mar

North of Scotland, 50 YO, The Whisky Exchange/OB, 40.4%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very mellow, intense, smooth, with lots of cooked cereals, apricots, peach, vanilla, some varnish and cinnamon.  Very pleasant.
Taste: Rich, floral, fragrant, on cooked cereals, some peach, apricots, coconut, corn syrup, cinnamon, cream and vanilla. The finish is medium to long, creamy, very mellow, smooth, soft, slightly milky, on coconuts, some peach, apricots, vanilla, cinnamon and maize.
Impression: A very mellow and slightly soft grain whisky, complex and without any bitterness or woodiness that you would expect from such an old whisky. As The Whisky Exchange now owns the North of Scotland brand, this could considered as an official bottling.
Rating: 14/20 PA:A1

28 Mar

Cambus 1991 Old Particular Range, 24 YO, Douglas Laing, 51.5%, B:2016, cask 11172, 249 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Smooth, mellow, slightly waxy, with some honey, fresh floral flavours, some lime blossom and pollen. Rather subtle.
Taste: Starchy, floral, fragrant, on porridge, peach, apricots, cinnamon, orange, and some treacle. The finish is medium to long, light, fresh, fragrant, slightly grassy, on treacle, porridge, peach, apricots, cinnamon, nutmeg, some honey and a touch of tangerine.
Impression: A very good and floral grain whisky, with nice fruity flavours. Tasted blind.
Rating: 15/20 PA:B1

Invergordon Riverstown 1984, 30 YO, Blackadder, 64.3%, B:2015, cask 2015-44, 276 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Spicy, malty, with some toffee, artichoke, a touch of rubber and some sea brine.
Taste: Floral, fragrant, slightly nutty, on varnish, vanilla, oak extract, some hops, honeycomb and a touch of toffee and sea brine. The finish is medium to long, slightly salty and smoky, with some fudge, vanilla, dried fruits, sultanas, cinnamon and sea brine.
Impression:  A very good, well-balanced whisky, with some fudge and a well integrated sea brine influence.
Rating: 16/20 PA:C2

27 Mar

Invergordon 1988, 25 YO, A.D. Rattray, 52.8%, B:2014, cask 8093, 309 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Very smooth, rich, complex, on cooked cereals, ripe peach and apricots, vanilla, some cinnamon and vanilla custard. Smells like an old and mellow bourbon. Very good.
Taste: Very smooth, light, starchy, on cooked cereals (mainly corn), peach, apricots, some cinnamon, and a light fragrance. The finish is medium, very smooth, on cooked cereals, peach, apricots, warm corn, some vanilla and cinnamon.
Impression: A good smooth and mellow whisky, with a profile close to fine and old mellow bourbon.
Rating: 13/20 PA:A1

Garnheath 1974 XOP Old Particular, 42 YO, Douglas Laing, 44.5%, B:2106, 130 bottles, cask 11209. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Very smooth, mellow, rather grassy, slightly grainy and round, on apricots and vanilla.
Taste: Grassy, slightly rough and oaky, on vanilla, apricots, peach, porridge with some treacle and maple syrup. The finish is medium, grainy, grassy, slightly syrupy, on vanilla, apricots and coconuts.
Impression: A very pleasant smooth, grainy and mellow Garnheath that I enjoyed better than the previous bottling for LMDW. From a lost grain distillery.
Rating: 14/20 PA:C1

26 Mar

Invergordon 1984, 30 YO, Cooper’s Choice, 57%, B:2015, cask 12, 360 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Very smooth, grainy, malty, with some apricots, apple and citrus. Becoming more complex and richer over time.
Taste: Very grainy, with lots of cooked cereals, slightly dusty, with some grist, apples, apricots, light floral and fragrant flavours, as well as some nutmeg and maple syrup. The finish is medium, round, mellow, and very smooth, with some maple syrup, on nutmeg, pecan nuts, apricots, apples and a touch of citrus.
Impression: A good mellow and smooth Invergordon, with nice notes of nutmeg and pecan nuts.
Rating: 14/20 PA:A1

25 Mar

Talisker Skye, OB, 45.8%, B:2016. Prix:
Colour: Old gold
Nose:  Very peaty, tarry and smoky, maritime, dry, on iodine, some hemp rope and seaweeds.
Taste: Peaty to very peaty, maritime, on iodine, disinfectant, camphor, some spearmint, seaweeds, and a hint of vanilla. The finish is medium to long, peaty, smoky, maritime, medicinal, rather fresh, with some seaweeds, iodine, disinfectant and hint of spearmint.
Impression: A peaty whisky, with a nice freshness, rather medicinal and light. Well done. A very good value whisky. Tasted blind.
Rating: 15/20 PA:A7

Talisker Port Ruighe, OB, 45.8%, B:2016. Prix:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Smooth, complex, malty, on pollen and light, smooth and soft fruity flavours.
Taste: Soft, slightly smoky, austere and citric flavours, on smoke peat, a hint of soot and ashes, as well as some quince, Mirabelle, cocoa and crème brulée. The finish is medium, slightly fragrant, bitter and sooty, on dry and slightly aromatic peat smoke, juniper, heather and a hint of liquorice roots.
Impression: A dry, austere and smoky whisky with a hint of dry liquorice roots. I am not so fond of this Port-influence Talisker.
Rating: 13/20 PA:A7

24 Mar

Talisker Storm, OB, 45.8%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very peaty, maritime, complex, slightly mellow, on seaweeds, some tar, peat smoke, a hint of citrus, some oak extracts and light medicinal flavours.
Taste: Dry, oaky, peaty to very peaty, smoky, a few drops of fruits from the orchards, seaweeds, sea salt, some lemon, hemp rope and a touch of camphor and disinfectant. The finish is medium, maritime, slightly salty, peaty, smoky, oaky, with some camphor, tar and hemp rope. Diluted, it becomes slightly bitter (gentian) and on wet wood.
Impression: The nose is most pleasant, peaty and tarry, rather complex, becoming lighter, oakier and slightly bitter on the palate.
Rating: 14/20 PA:A6

Talisker Dark Storm, OB, 45.8%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Light, smoky, subtle, slightly smoky and peaty, with some sea salt, hemp rope and tar.
Taste: Tarry, salty, maritime, oaky, slightly spicy, with some camphor, light medicinal flavours. The finish is medium to long, very smoky, medicinal, light, oaky, maritime, slightly mellow, with some camphor, sea brine, tar and iodine.
Impression: A good, mellow and maritime whisky, with a lingering medicinal flavour. Smokier and more oaky than the Storm. Made with heavily charred casks.
Rating: 14/20 PA:A6

23 Mar

Talisker 10 YO, OB, 45.8%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, dry, tarry, ashy, maritime, with some iodine and seaweeds.
Taste: Smooth to very smooth, round, floral, rather sweet, peaty, smoky, salty and peppery.with some gentian, ashes, soot and light aromas of vanilla, dried fruits and heather. The finish is medium to long, with a combination of round, smooth and slightly floral flavours contrasting with a rather aromatic, dry and ashy peat smoke.
Impression: The Talisker 10 YO is a classic and remains of one my favourite standard single malt. Very good. Seems rounder than the earlier batches and less spicy/peppery.
Rating: 15/20 PA:B6

Talisker 18 YO, OB, 45.8%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Smooth, mellow, floral, moderately fruity, slightly peaty, on vanilla, some vanilla custard, melon, and a hint of Mirabelle.
Taste: Austere, slightly citric, grassy and round, quite fruity, on old peat smoke, heather, some honey, tangerine, a few drops of cream and a light acidic-sour touch. Very complex. The finish is long to very long, mellow, slightly dry, citric and austere, on aromatic peat smoke, some heather, quince, Mirabelle, vanilla and honey dew melon.
Impression: As mellow, round and fruity as the 10 YO is peaty and spicy. I enjoyed it markedly better than the earlier version I tasted some years ago. Excellent and markedly different from the 10 YO. Tasted blind.
Rating: 16/20 PA:B4

22 Mar

Bowmore 1965 for Soffianto Full Strength, OB, 57.8%, B: 1980s. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very fruity, on tropical fruits, some dried fruits, a complex and mellow peat smoke, plums, treacle, orange, tangerine, sea brine, seaweeds and a touch of aromatic flavours. More intense, complex and thicker than the Prestonfield 1965.
Taste: Rich to very rich, very complex, fruity, well-balanced, slightly maritime and citric (pink grapefruit), moderately peaty, on mango, exotic fruits, some sea brine, sea salt, tangerine, orange, citrus, charcoal, berries and a hint of fudge. The finish is medium to long, rich, fruity, intense, slightly maritime, with some peat smoke, sea salt, a touch of worn leather, exotic fruits purée and juice, some pink grapefruits, charcoal, and a touch of aromatic herbs. With lingering and complex fruity flavours. Diluted, it become spicier, more aromatic and more on mango.
Impression: An excellent, deliciously drinkable whisky that can be enjoyed at full strength. The balance between the fruity flavours, peat smoke and a slight maritime flavour is impressive.
Rating: 19/20 PA:E5

21 Mar

Bowmore 1966 Peerless, 40 YO, Duncan Taylor, 43.4%, B:2006, cask 3316, 151 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mellow to very mellow, fruity to very fruity, on tropical fruits, some grapefruits, mango, guava and peat smoke.
Taste: Mellow, very fruity, rather salty, maritime, and smoky, on exotic fruits, passion fruits, guava, mango, papaya, some pink grapefruit. The finish is medium to long, fruity, maritime, rather salty, and slightly citric, with some peat smoke, passion fruits and mango. Diluted, it becomes more maritime, on seashells, and slightly peatier.
Impression: An excellent mellow and fruity Bowmore, with a discreet peat smoke, that is enhanced by adding some water. Quite maritime.
Rating: 18/20 PA:A3

Bowmore 1966 Peerless, 41 YO, Duncan Taylor, 44.5%, B:2007, cask 3314, 162 bottles. Price:
Colour: Or
Nose: Mellow, fruity to very fruity, on tropical fruits, pineapples, mango, some guava and a light peat smoke.
Taste: Slightly citric at the start, before moving to very fruity flavours, on a fruit basket, with passion fruits and Sugus (fruit candies).  The finish is very long, complex, on passion fruits, ripe mango, guava purée, a hint of banana and aromatic smoke.
Impression: An excellent mellow and very fruity Bowmore, with a light smokiness. Thank you Ruedi!
Rating: 19/20 PA:C3

20 Mar

Glen Garioch 1971 for Oddbins, OB, 43%, B:  end 1990s. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very peaty, sooty, tarry and aromatic, mineral, intense, on dry sherry, aromatic peat smoke, tangerine, cocoa, leather, lots of soot, some ashes, charcoal, tar, aromatic herbs, dried fruits, and camphor. Excellent!
Taste: Very intense, peaty and complex, aromatic, medicinal, slightly aromatic, on dry sherry, soot, tar, ashes, charcoal, some bandages, candied oranges, leather, cocoa, and cinnamon sticks. The dry smoky-bold peaty flavours are simply stunning. The finish is very long, intense, peaty, smoky, tarry, ashy and complex, slightly medicinal, on cocoa, bold and intense peat smoke, dry sherry flavours, game, some medicinal and coastal influence, seaweeds, soot, tar and various spices. Diluted, it becomes more bitter and on dark chocolate.
Impression: Although it has been bottled only at 43%, the intensity of the flavours is impressive, as well as the complexity and peatiness of this Glen Garioch. Simply, one of the very best whiskies I have tasted so far. More elegant, less bitter than the 1971 Samaroli 56.9% and without rubbery flavours. A dream dram and a must to try for any fans of old style peated whiskies. Superb.
Rating: 20/20 PA:H8

19 Mar

Bowmore 1968 Anniversary, 32 YO, OB, 45.5%, B:2001. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Mellow, complex, fruity, very aromatic, moderately peaty and maritime, on peat smoke, aromatic herbs, mango, passion fruits, some pineapple, melon and seaweeds. It is not the first time I taste this one, but I appreciate each time slightly better.
Taste: Riche, spicy, intense, maritime to very maritime, very fruity, on tropical fruits, passion fruits, mango, pink grapefruits, other citric flavours, a pleasant round peat smoke and some melon. Diluted, it becomes more grassy and aromatic. The finish is long, complex, intense, maritime, on sea brine, a mixture of exotic fruits, banana, mango and citrus, as well as a pleasant peat smoke and some aromatic flavours. Diluted it becomes spicier (mainly pepper) and ore citric.
Impression: An excellent Bowmore, combining peat smoke, tropical fruits and citrus in an elegant and intense manner, with a pleasant dash of aromatic herbs. Lovely.
Rating: 19/20 PA:C5

18 Mar

Springbank 12 YO 100 Proof for Samaroli, OB, 57.1%, B:1980s. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Smoky, peaty, complex, intense, waxy, slightly maritime and mineral, on dry to very dry sherry, tar, lots of dried fruits, tropical fruits, pineapples, sea brine, sea salt, high grade leather, red fruits and some dry mineral peat smoke. Excellent. The nose was more on sherry and fruitier than the first bottle I could taste.
Taste: Initially dry to very dry, then it becomes sweeter, intense, rich, fruity, complex, waxy-oily, on red berries, high grade leather, dried fruits, tropical flavours, slightly bitter oranges, some rancio, peat smoke, sea brine and sea salt. The omplexity for a 12 years old whisky is amazing. The finish is long to very long, salty, intense, fruity to very fruity, waxy, resinous, on high grade leather, pineapple, tropical fruits, sea salt, red berries, some slightly bitter orange, dry mineral peat smoke, soybean, rancio and sweet liquorice (Haribo) and a touch of aromatic herbs.
Impression: I tried this whisky already a few years ago, but I felt slightly short of my expectations. This is from another bottle freshly opened, but I found it better than the first bottle, fruitier, more complex and with more dry sherry. Simply superb, with an excellent combination of light mineral peat smoke combined with a gorgeous influence of an old style of dry sherry. Reputation well deserved.
Rating: 20/20 PA:H4

16 Mar

Lagavulin Cask of Distinction 1992 for Boyao Zhao, 23 YO, OB, 55.7%, B:2016, cask 5745, 420 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber.
Nose: Very round, mellow, complex, dry, tarry to very tarry, smoky, on soot, tar, ashes, lots of dry peat smoke, some apples and light soft tropical fruits. Dryer, slightly tarrier and less intense than the 1991 200th.
Taste: Mellow, complex, well-balanced, slightly maritime, on iodine, camphor, disinfectant, peat smoke, some citrus, tar, oranges and tangerine, as well as some aromatic and resinous flavours. The sherry influence is modest. The finish is long, dry, woody, slightly medicinal and maritime, on bonfire and dry peat smoke, iodine, camphor, some bitter lemon and orange, orange zest, honey, liquorice, tar, soot and dark chocolate.
Impression: Quite different from the 1991 200th anniversary. A whisky with a moderate sherry influence, and with a dry rather medicinal long smoky and peaty finish that keeps going on. Excellent. I love this style of Lagavulin. The cask of distinction is a program from Diageo proposing single casks from their distilleries to Asian customers.
Rating: 19/20 PA:D5

16 Mar

Lagavulin 1991 200th Anniversary, OB, 52.7%, B:2017, 522 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very round, mellow, complex, on dried fruits, chocolate, peat smoke, dried smoke, ashes, some soot, bacon, tar rope and caramel. It becomes tarrier and slightly medicinal with time.
Taste: Spicy, oaky, smoky, peaty, mellow, slightly peppery, sweet and resinous, on dried fruits, sultanas, some honey, tar, dry peat smoke, liquorice roots and a touch of cloves. The finish is long, oaky, slightly dry and tannic, on slightly green apples, dry peat smoke, ashes, liquorice root, honeycomb, nuts, candied orange, some tangerine, various spices (including cloves), tar, light maritime and medicinal flavours. With a retro-olfaction in dry bonfire and peat smoke, with some camphor and iodine.
Impression: A very round and rather mellow Lagavulin, with a noticeable oaky influence and dried fruity flavours combined with some honey and rooty flavours. An excellent whisky, with a different style than the 25 YO 200th Anniversary (less sherry). Reminds me more of single casks of Lagavulin for the Feis Ile.
Rating: 18/20 PA:E5

15 Mar

Lagavulin 15 YO, OB, 45%, B:1980s. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, very smoky and maritime, on seaweeds, ashes, tar, some seashells, camphor and Lapsang Souchong and light fruity flavours, including some cooked apples. A different style than the 1990s single casks.
Taste: Rich, sweet, fruity, tarry, juicy, peaty, very smoky, rather maritime, salty and citric, on tangerine, some orange, tropical fruits, seaweeds, camphor and a touch of iodine. The finish is long, rooty, smoky to very smoky, peaty, on dry peat smoke, tar, liquorice, seaweeds, some sea salt, orange, tangerine, citrus, pine wax as well as light notes of dried fish and exotic fruits.
Impression: An excellent and hugely drinkable Lagavulin, with a delicious balance between a dry peat smoke and gentle slightly juicy exotic fruits and a touch of medicinal flavours. Lovely.
Rating: 19/20 PA:D6

14 Mar

The Antiquary De Luxe, OB, 43.5%, B:1950s. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Grassy, dirty, floral, grainy, starchy, with some humus, peat smoke, old smoke and some metallic brushes. Rather light.
Taste: Smoky, waxy, aromatic, slightly mineral, with some eucalyptus, honey, ore, grassy flavours and aromatic herbs. The finish is medium, smoky, slightly metallic, aromatic, with some vanilla, melon, apricots, peach, starch, humus, old fashioned smoke, Mirabelle and a hint of peat smoke.
Impression: The nose was quite light and grainy, with a light smokiness, and gained a much appreciated complexity and intensity on the palate, as well as additional aromatic flavours. An old fashioned and pretty good blended whisky.
Rating: 13/20 PA:C2

Glen Rossie Special Reserve, OB, B:1950s. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Floral to very floral, malty, grainy, on dry flowers, fudge, some Mirabelle, malt, starch, porridge and vanilla.
Taste: Light, grassy to very grassy, floral, spicy, on heather honey, toffee (Werther’s) some Mirabelle, porridge, peach, eucalyptus and humus. The finish is medium, grainy, floral to very floral, grassy, slightly starchy, on humus, heather honey, some pepper, toffee (Werther’s), humus and old fashioned smoke.
Impression: An old-fashioned Whisky, moderately smoky, flora and grassy, with round heather honey flavours, as well as some eucalyptus. The influence of the grain is well present.
Rating: 11/20 PA:C2

13 Mar

Caroni Full Proof 1982, 24 YO, Velier, 58.3%, B:2006. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Thick, heavy, phenolic, floral, complex, quite fragrant, with some lacquer, caramel and grapes
Taste: Intense, dry, tannic, phenolic, fragrant, with some coffee, tar, molasses, liquorice, dried fruits, citrus and precious woods. Diluted, it becomes bitter, more fragrant and slightly woody. The finish is medium to long, thick, phenolic, with some charcoal, liquid tar, liquorice, roots, molasses and raisins.
Impression: A very intense, heavy and phenolic Caroni. Not for the faint hearted but definitely a very good Caroni. Thank you Enrico.
Rating: N/A PA:A3

Rhum JM VO Martinique, OB, 43%, B:2015. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very sugary, round, quite fragrant, on pineapple, coconut, cane sugar, vanilla and some treacle.
Taste: Very sweet and green, sugary, on rucola and ripe banana. The finish is medium to long, sugary, on banana, rucola and some pineapples.
Impression: A very sweet Rum, with a nose initially on coconut, vanilla and pineapples, before moving to more green and banana flavours. My experience with Rum is very limited, but not one really suited to my taste. Thank you Gilles.
Rating:  09/20 N/A PA:C1

Vallein-Tercinier “lot 65” Grande Champagne 1965, OB, 47%, B:2015. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very fruity and mellow, rich, sweet, sugary, on grapes sugar, tropical fruits, passion fruits and honey. The freshness for such an old cognac is impressive.
Taste: Rich, very complex, on passion fruits, lots of papaya and guava, herbal tea, grapefruits, pineapples and banana. The finish is long, complex, rich, with lots of herbal tea and exotic fruits, on grapes sugar, orange juice, passion fruits, mango, papaya and some aromatic flavours
Impression: An excellent smooth and sugary Cognac, with lots of exotic fruits and herbal tea, with a long retro-olfaction reminding me of some soft drinks on exotic fruits. Thank you Christian D.
Rating: N/A PA:C1

12 Mar

Speyside Region The perfect Dram 1969, 41 YO, The Whisky Agency, 54.3%, B:2010, 195 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very mellow, complex, balanced, juicy, fruity, rich, grassy, on honey, tangerine, some orange, cinnamon, precious wood and aromatic flavours.
Taste: Very mellow, round, floral, quite soft, on orange, tangerine, cinnamon, some peat smoke, light aromatic herbs and honey. The finish is medium to long, very mellow, soft, on honey, some tangerine, leather, orange, cinnamon and peat smoke. Diluted, it becomes more bitter, woody and astringent.
Impression:  The nose is very mellow, fruity and quite soft, with a nice soft and very fruity palate, but becoming quite bitter and tannic on the finish with water added.
Rating: 15/20 PA:H2

Speyside 1992, 21 YO, First Editions, 58.6%, B:2014, 299 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Smooth, floral, oaky, spicy, green, with some humus, tangerine and grassy flavours.
Taste: Oaky to very oaky, young, spirity, green to very green, on wood spices, ginger, green apples, some hay and humus. The finish is medium, very green, floral, young, oaky, rather spirity, slightly sour, on humus, some green apples and wood spices.
Impression:  A whisky matured in a rather inactive whisky cask. It tasted rather young and slightly sour.
Rating: 10/20 PA:C1

11 Mar

Laphroaig 1996 Old Particular for Taiwan, 19 YO, Douglas Laing, 53.3%, B: 2015, DL10720, 22 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, tarry, slightly aromatic, maritime and meaty, with some smoked meat, disinfectant, and iodine. Very good.
Taste: Fresh, dry, peaty to very peaty, mellow to very mellow, maritime, some tar, soot, iodine, peat smoke and sea brine. The finish is medium to long, mellow to very mellow, maritime, on iodine, peat smoke, camphor and a hint of spearmint.
Impression: A very good peaty, mellow and maritime whisky, with a very pleasant and complex peat smoke, and a fair dose of peat.
Rating: 16/20 PA:A6

Laphroaig 1998, 16 YO, The Whisky Fair, 46%, B:2015, 246 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Smoky, peaty, maritime, on bacon, BBQ, some citrus, tar, tangerine, orange, dry smoke and a hint of rubber,
Taste: Dry, smoky, maritime, sweet, on figs, dates, dark chocolate, cherries, dried seaweeds, tar and soot. The finish is medium, dry, smoky, peaty, tarry, maritime, with some tangerine, dark chocolate, leather, cherries, dry peat smoke and dry seaweeds. Diluted, it becomes more on mocha and roasted coffee beans and nuts.
Impression: When I first tasted, I remembered of tasting a sweet and fruity Laphroaig, but tasted again in my standard tasting conditions, it tasted dried and more on dark and slightly bitter sherry.
Rating: 13/20 PA: H5

10 Mar

Speyside 1973, 41 YO, Chieftains, 57.4%, B:2015, cask 7992,  369 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose:  Fruity to very fruity, rich, sweet, intense, complex, on rich spices, leather, orange, some fudge, tropical fruits, cinnamon, milk chocolate, rancio and Christmas cake, as well as some dried fruits.
Taste: Sweet, rich, fruity, slightly aromatic, spicy, on treacle, cocoa, rancio, berries, dried fruits, cinnamon, orange, tangerine, leather, cinnamon and delicate spices. The finish is medium to long, rich, spicy, floral, sweet, smooth, fruity, nutty, on coffee beans, leather, precious wood, cinnamon, nutmeg, some rancio, cocoa, walnuts and orange.
Impression: A nice, fresh, rich, complex whisky, heavy on leather and spices, with the right dose of tannins, nuts and bitterness. Very good.
Rating: 16/20 PA:H1

Laphroaig 1998, 14 YO, Chieftains, 44.3%, B: 2013. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, oaky, maritime, on wet wood, humus, seaweeds, iodine, disinfectant and vanilla.
Taste: Very maritime, salty, peaty, slightly woody, on seashells, sea weeds, salt, bandages, disinfectant and some tar. The finish is medium to long, salty, very maritime, medicinal, phenolic, slightly tarry, on seaweeds and old type of peat smoke.
Impression: Not the most intense or complex Laphroaig, but I really enjoyed this complex, maritime, subtle and elegant peat smoke.
Rating: 14/20 PA:A5

09 Mar

Speyside, 15 YO, Chieftains, 43%, B:2015, 8400 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Smooth, grassy, malty, and slightly floral, on quince, melon, vanilla, honey and some Mirabelle.
Taste: Fresh, grassy, round, slightly floral and juicy, on pastries, dough, some melon, honey, quince and gooseberries. The finish is medium, malty, fresh, slightly green, floral and bitter, slightly buttery, with some ginger, fragrant flowers, vanilla, quince, gooseberries and tobacco leaves.
Impression: A fresh, floral, fragrant whisky, with a hint of bitterness. Refreshing.
Rating: 14/20 PA:A1

Speyside 1995, 20 YO, Chieftains, 53.6%, B:2015, cask 1378, 645 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold -amber
Nose: Smooth, floral, fruity, on strawberries, leather, some cinnamon, orange and light vegetal flavours.
Taste: Rich, vegetal, rather light, on toffee, leather, some salt, cinnamon, orange and nutmeg. The finish is medium, slightly spicy, floral, and salty, on toffee, fudge, some orange, tangerine and a hint of aromatic herbs. Diluted, it becomes mellower.
Impression: A very good and mellow whisky, with a moderate smooth sherry influence on toffee and fudge.
Rating: 17/20 PA:F1

08 Mar

Speyside Region 1994 for China, 21 YO, Vive La Vie, 51.7%, B:2015, cask 166956, 110 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Smooth, round to very round, vegetal, on vegetal condiment (Fondor), some celery and toffee.
Taste: Rich, spicy, floral, slightly fragrant, astringent, on burnt rubber, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, tannins, roasted coffee beans, cinnamon sticks, some celery and toffee. The finish is long, thick, chewy, tannic, and intense, on worn leather, some celery, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, marmalade, cinnamon and cloves. Diluted, it becomes much smoother, more floral, on fudge, and with less tannins and rubber.
Impression: Tasted neat, this whisky was dominated by thick, rich and intense sherry flavours, loaded with tannins, spices and leather, while it becomes smoother, subtler and less extreme with some water.
Rating: 14/20 PA:I1

Peat Reek, The Blackadder, 46%, B:2016, cask PR 2016-3, 348 bottles. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Light, fresh, young, peaty, oaky, maritime and with some toffee.
Taste: Young, fresh, oaky to very oaky, peaty, smoky, maritime, slightly austere and rooty, with loads of vanilla. The finish is medium, oaky to very oaky, maritime to very maritime, slightly rooty and on vanilla.
Impression: A young, light, oaky, peaty to very peaty whisky with a nice smokiness.
Rating: 11/20 PA:A7

07 Mar

Golden Malt Speyside Region for Taiwan 1973, 40 YO, Scottish Independent Distillers, 54.4%, B:2014, cask 7989, 249 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber-black
Nose: Thick, intense, floral, nutty, very spicy, heavily sherried, on cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, bloody orange, dried fruits, and leather. Excellent.
Taste: Intense, very rich and spicy, fresh, light, floral, on vanilla, leather, tannins, soft spices, berries, precious wood, cloves, orange, some exotic fruits and walnuts. The finish is long, rich, floral, on precious wood, walnuts, orange, tangerine, leather, some tannin, cinnamons, honey, berries and light exotic fruits.
Impression: A very good and heavily sherried whisky, on leather, some honey, walnuts, sweet and smooth fruity influence. The whole is well balanced and most pleasant.
Rating: 17/20 PA:H1

Speyside 1997 First Fill Sherry, 18 YO, Chieftains, 57.6%, B: 2015, cask 5242,  629 bottles. Price:
Colour:  Amber
Nose: Rich, round, mellow, heavy, fruity to very fruity, sweet, floral, fresh, on almonds, high grade leather, roasted almonds, some cocoa, rancio, dried fruits, and a hint of berries.  The balance is impressive.
Taste: Juicy, fruity, spicy, slightly grassy and malty, on exotic fruits, pineapples, guava, grape and orange juice, as well as some banana, mint, peat smoke, tar and grapes sugar. The finish is rather long, fruity, floral, slightly mellow and astringent, with some peat smoke, rubber, pepper, treacle, leather, tannins, marmalade, sultanas and tar. Diluted, it become more fragrant, bitter (coffee beans and dark chocolate) and astringent.
Impression: A rather difficult whisky, as the influence of the oak cask is very intense and tends to dominates this rich, fruity, spicy and slightly floral and smoky whisky. Very good and would have score higher, if the influence from the sherry had been slightly less pronounced.
Rating: 16/20 PA:I2

06 Mar

Red Snake, Blackadder, 61.3%, B:2016, cask Redneck RC02, 248 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose:  Light, fresh, malty, on icing sugar, fresh flowers, a hint of vanilla and lemon zest.
Taste: Young, malty, fresh, on fresh flowers, some vanilla, freshly cut grass, lemon grass and Indian tonic. The finish is medium to long, light, fresh, slightly grassy, malty, and aromatic, with some Indian tonic, freshly cut grass and lemon grass.
Impression: A good, fresh, light, grassy, and subtle whisky with some Indian tonic and lemon grass.
Rating: 15/20 PA:A1

Red Snake for Taiwan, Blackadder, 61.3%, B:2016, cask  Redneck RC04, 254 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mellow, round, fruity, grassy, with some honey, light floral flavours, some vanilla, mint, and a touch of almond.
Taste: Spicy, mellow, fruity, malty, slightly grassy, with some light floral flavours and a touch of pepper. The finish is medium to long, spicy to very spicy, round, mellow, with some spices, tobacco and a few drops of orchards fruits and fallen leaves.
Impression:  A very good and mellow whisky, slightly earthy whisky, with pleasant woodland flavours and a nice spicy bite.
Rating: 15/20 PAC2

05 Mar

House Malt Sherry wood Islay 1990, 25 YO, Wilson & Morgan, 54.2%, B:2016, cask 55. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, intense, woody and fragrant, on lacquer, varnish, precious wood, tannins and orange.
Taste: Spicy, smooth, sweet, juicy, slightly maritime, on strawberries, cinnamon, some tannins, caramel, cocoa and dried fruits.  The finish is medium, sweet, juicy, with a touch of sea brine, on orange, tangerine, orange juice, some cinnamon and a touch of rubber.
Impression: A very nice, sweet and juicy sherried whisky, with a dash of orange juice. A single malt from Islay.
Rating: 14/20 PA:F1

Speyside Region 1975 Fino, 40 YO, The Whisky Agency, 55%, B:2016, 389 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose:  Round, fruity, smooth, slightly malty and mellow, on quince, dough, melon, some peach and melon. Given time, it becomes more on passion fruits, coconuts and banana.
Taste: Rich, fruity to very fruity, mellow, round to very round, slightly smoky, peaty and citric, on melon, quince, tropical fruits, papaya, grapefruits, some banana and a few drops of liquid honey.  The finish is long, mellow, citric, fruity to very fruity, slightly peaty and smoky, with the same exotics fruits as on the palate.
Impression: An excellent mellow, rich, fruity, slightly citric whisky, with a fruit basket on top of some lingering peat smoke. Miamiam.
Rating: 18/20 PA:E3

04 Mar

GlenDronach 2003 For Taiwan, 11 YO, OB, 54.8%, B:2014,  cask 4002, 687 bottles. Prix:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very sweet and fruity, smooth, mellow, on a fruit basket of tropical fruits and a light smokiness. Excellent.
Taste: Very smooth, mellow and fruity, well-balanced, complex and rich tropical fruits. I love these fruity flavours. The finish is long, complex, slightly dry and spicy, on tropical fruits, leather, some tannins and cinnamon.
Impression: A deliciously fruity whisky, very smooth and mellow, complex and well balanced. Harmonious.  Eleven years old and very mature. A whisky at its peak. Well done!
Rating: 18/20 PA:E2

GlenDronach 2003 For Taiwan, 11 YO, OB, 53.9%, B:2014,  cask 4008, 678 bottles. Prix:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Smooth, floral, slightly salty, on toffee, fudge, tangerine, light vegetal flavours and condiments. Original.
Taste: Rich, spicy, floral, on vegetal condiment, fudge, fondor (vegetal condiment), tangerine, some balsamic vinegar and leather. Diluted, it becomes better, fruitier, rounder, more complex, less vegetal, with light grassy and honey flavours. The finis is medium to long, grassy, vegetal, and fruity, on honey, tangerine, orange, cinnamon and some red berries. Diluted, the vegetal flavours are replaced by round and pleasant fruity flavours.
Impression: Tasted straight, I found the vegetal flavours slightly disturbing, but once water has been added, it becomes less vegetal, rounder, more fruity and pleasant. Better to drink with some water.
Rating: 17/20 PA:G1

03 Mar

GlenDronach 1993, 19 YO, OB, 58.1%, B: 2012, cask 476, 613 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Nutty, floral, spicy, farmy, slightly meaty, on treacle, nutmeg, some precious wood, banana and other light exotic fruits.
Taste: Smooth, spicy, slightly floral and fragrant, malty, on fudge, some toffee, orange, tangerine, soft spices and pollen.  The finish is medium to long, smooth, slightly creamy, floral and malty, with some pollen, fudge and a slight fragrance.
Impression: A very smooth, slightly fragrant, on fudge and a soft floral fragrance.
Rating: 15/20 PA:E1

GlenDronach 1994 Andy’s Selection N°1, 21 YO, OB, 53.8%, B:2016, cask 259, 587 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very grassy, green, fruity, malty, slightly starchy, on honey, forest honey, some herbal infusion, spices, and milky flavours. Original but very good.
Taste: Rich, Spicy to very spicy, green, grassy, with lots of honey, some aromatic herbs and milky flavours. The finish is long, intense, rich, green, grassy, malty, fruity, well balanced and complex, on melon, tangerine, Mirabelle and light aromas of mango and guava, as well as hint of smoke.
Impression: A most pleasant whisky, with a mixture of aromatic herbs, honey, milk and rich spices. The flavour profile might be unusual, but the combination of flavours works very much and I enjoyed very much.
Rating: 17/20 PA:G2

02 Mar

GlenDronach 18 YO Allardice, OB, 46%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Slightly peaty and smoky, round, on dried fruits, orange, rubber, some toffee and vegetal condiment.
Taste: Rich, fruity to very fruity, slightly spicy, with a touch of salt, rubber, toffee, dried fruits, peach, tangerine, orange and sultanas. Slightly winey. The finish is medium to long, rich, fruity, rubbery, on dried fruits, some nuts, mango, orange, other exotic fruits, sultanas and light winey flavours.
Impression: A very good and fruity whisky, intense and rich, but more bitter and rubbery than the first time I tasted this whisky some years ago. Tasted blind.
Rating: 14/20 PA:G2

GlenDronach 21 YO Parliament, OB, 48%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Mellow, floral, earthy, on leather, dried fruits, some humus, orange, berries, cinnamon and nutmeg
Taste: Smooth, juicy, malty, floral, slightly fragrant, on sweet juicy fruity flavours, tobacco leaves, leather, roasted coffee beans, rubber, and a hint of smoke. The finish is medium, fragrant, light, quite spicy, slightly dry and grassy, on yellow fruits, some peach, tangerine and honey.
Impression: A very nice, smooth and rather fruity sherried whisky, Very enjoyable.
Rating: 16/20 PA:F1

01 Mar

GlenDronach 1993 for Beija-Flor & Silver Seal, 21 YO, OB, 59.6%, B:2014, cask 38, 622 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Smooth, heavy, thick, heavily sherried, nutty, on dried fruits, leather, heavy tannins, treacle, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange and walnut.
Taste: Rich, spicy, slightly vegetal, with some sea brine, walnuts, leather, tannin, various spices and fruity flavours (orange, orange juice and some tangerine). The finish is long, thick, rich, chewy, slightly tannic and floral, on heavy leather, dried fruits, tangerine, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark chocolate, cherries, some nutty and light aromatic flavours and humus.
Impression: A heavy and sherried whisky, intense, well balanced, and with a pleasant nuttiness and fruitiness.
Rating: 17/20 FP:I2

GlenDronach 1995 Vive La Vie, 19 YO, OB, 54.1%, B:2014, cask 78, 583 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-Amber
Nose: Nutty, meaty, thick, heavy, on treacle, some vegetal condiment, spices, celery, leather, and cocoa.
Taste: Floral, fragrant, spicy, fruity, slightly salty-citric and nutty, on spices, some vegetal condiment, cocoa, leather, orange and tangerine. The finish is medium to long, fruity, spicy, on leather, slightly sour-citric.
Impression: A very well made heavily sherried whisky, rich and intense, with a pleasant and rather intense sour fruity influence, that works very well.
Rating: 17/20 FP:H1

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