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23 Oct

Lagavulin 12 YO Special Release 2017, OB, 56.5%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Very peaty and maritime, oaky, modern, salty, on dry fish, seaweeds, disinfectant, liquorice, light mineral and lemony flavours, some mineral wool and light earthy and bonfire smoke.
Taste: Very oaky, intense, peaty, peppery, very oaky (modern), peppery, earthy, oily, maritime, on burnt wood, dry tar, soot, dry liquorice, vanilla and camphor. The finish is long to very long, very dry, oaky and peaty, maritime, tarry to very tarry, with lots of dried liquorice roots, peat smoke, bonfire smoke, camphor, some humus and medicinal flavours. Diluted, it becomes even drier and more aromatic and bitter.
Impression: A very peaty, oaky and dry Lagavulin, modern, with lots of dry liquorice roots and camphor. Very good.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A7

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BenRiach Peated Cask Strength Batch 1, OB, 56%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Very smooth, sweet, malty to very malty, creamy, on dry peat smoke, some tar, light floral flavours, grapefruits, and heather honey.
Taste: Very smooth, young to very young, peaty, malty, slightly creamy, on dry peat smoke, tar, aromatic herbs, soot, hemp rope, light coastal flavours, some honey and light bitter herbs. The finish is medium, initially smooth and sweet, becoming drier, peaty to very peaty, smoky, on dry and aromatic peat smoke, some tar, earthy flavours and aromatic herbs.
Impression: A very smooth and rather young peated whisky, initially sweet, before it becomes dry to very dry on the finish, with a rather aromatic peat smoke. I enjoyed the peat smoke and looking forward tasting more matured versions of that peated BenRiach distilled under Billy Walker ownership.
Rating: 10/20 FP:A6

22 Oct

Caol Ila 18 YO Unpeated Special Releases 2017, OB, 59.8%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Rich, spicy, complex, slightly floral and maritime, with some lemon and vanilla. Rather fresh and malty, with some musk.
Taste: Juicy, salty, slightly citric, floral and creamy, on pineapples, some melon, orchard fruits, pepper, tobacco and a touch of toffee. Complex and warm. The finish is medium to long, smooth, warm, salty, slightly creamy, on orchard fruits, pineapples, some melon and a touch of pepper, as well as some juicy oak and berries. Diluted, the maritime and the salty flavours become intense to very intense.
Impression: I have not tried the unpeated Caol Ila for several years and the previous ones I tasted were rather sweet and young. This one is very good, with strong maritime and salty flavours, as well as some hemp rope and pleasant floral-fruity flavours.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1

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Caol Ila 2002, Valinch & Mallet, 52.8%, sherry cask 17-002. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Young, dry to very dry, fresh, tarry to very tarry, maritime, salty, intense, slightly aromatic, on peat smoke, dry tar, hemp rope, dry liquorice roots, seaweeds, some bandages and iodine.
Taste: Dry to very dry, maritime, smoky, tarry to very tarry, on hemp rope, dry tar, dry liquorice roots, seaweeds, some kippers, and bandages and disinfectant. The finish is long to very long, very dry, tarry and maritime, salty, smoky, peaty, on old hemp rope, seaweeds, old fish, disinfectant and soot. Diluted, rather strong aromas of coffee and roasted coffee beans appear.
Impression: The sherry influence is discreet to very discreet. On the nose it appeared slightly young and dry, but on the palate, it became very intense and dry, very tarry and with strong hemp rope flavours. A rather extreme Caol Ila, that we do not see very often, and that I enjoyed tasting.
Rating: 16/20 FP:C8

21 Oct

Ardbeg 1993 Campbeltown Festival, 23 YO, Cadenhead’s, 52.4%, B:2017, Price:
Colour: Pale gold-gold
Nose: Maritime to very maritime, peaty, smoky to very smoky, slightly oily, mineral and medicinal, on kippers, seaweeds, phenols, cough syrup, bandages and menthol.  Less peaty and intense than the An Oa, but also more medicinal, subtle and complex.
Taste: Mellow, smoky, maritime, slightly oily, mineral, medicinal and salty, on seaweeds, subtle peat smoke, citrus, some lemon zest, bandages, camphor and other medicinal flavour, and pencil shaving. The finish is long, mellow, medicinal, maritime, rather subtle, slightly tarry, on peat smoke and some citrus. There is a very long medicinal and enjoyable peat smoke, which is remarkably complex.
Impression: A mellow, complex and medicinal Ardbeg, with a light mineral and oily influence. The peat smoke is most enjoyable. Very good, although it is “only” moderately peated.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A4

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Ardbeg An Oa, OB, 46.6 %, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very peaty, smoky and maritime, intense, oaky to very oaky (“modern”), on wet seaweeds, vanilla, some phenols, camphor, burnt wood and lemon
Taste: Sweet, slightly young and juicy, oaky to very oaky, maritime, rather salty, on cinnamon, some pepper, lemon, seaweeds and camphor. The finish is medium, oaky to very oaky, maritime, salty, modern, slightly sweet and young, on seaweeds, vanilla,  a light sweetness, some dried fruits, lemon, camphor and a touch of menthol and coffee beans.
Impression: A modern and oaky Ardbeg, intense, slightly sweet and young. Pleasantly maritime, but it tasted younger and less complex than the Ten.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A7

20 Oct

Blair Athol 1993 Special Releases 2017, 23 YO, 58.4%, B:2017, 5514 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich to very rich, spicy to very spicy, floral, nutty, with lots of dried fruits, sultanas, leather, honey, orange, cinnamon and a light fragrance. A very nice rich sherry influence.
Taste: Spicy to very spicy, nutty to very nutty, rich, intense, floral, on toffee, fudge, orange zest, aniseeds, some treacle, honey and bitter orange, as well as a touch of humus.  With time, it becomes more on dark chocolate and orange zest. The finish is long, intense, spicy, complex, rich, on dried fruits, spices, sultanas, leather, some honey, nutty flavours, aniseed, dark chocolate and toffee. Diluted, it becomes more on liquorice and orange juice.
Impression: A very good, rich and spicy Blair Athol, floral and nutty, with a most pleasant sherry influence. Lovely.
Rating: 16/20 FP:E1

Blair Athol 1975 Rare Malts, 27 YO, OB, 54.7%, B: 2003. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Smooth, round, slightly mellow, rather sweet, with some tangerine, melon, raisins and light floral notes. Pleasant.
Taste: Sweet, rather round and smooth, with some tangerine, melon, raisins and nutty flavours. The finish is medium, sweet, rather fruity, with some nutty (walnuts) flavours and floral notes.
Impression: A very good whisky, rather complex and flavours suggesting some sherry influence.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D1

19 Oct

Teaninich 1999 Special Release 2017, 17 YO, OB, 55.1%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Smooth, intense, floral, slightly spicy, on juicy oak, toffee, some almonds, vanilla, hazelnuts, lemon, apples, malt and juicy fruity flavours.
Taste: Smooth, sweet, spicy, green, grassy, slightly floral, on juicy oaky, lemon, icing sugar, wine gum, some toffee, coffee beans and citrus. The finish is medium, sweet, juicy, slightly peppery, bitter and citric, on bitter lemon, some vanilla, a touch of toffee and freshly cut grassy. Diluted, it becomes smoother, fresher, with an initial peppery burst, on toffee, green fruits and more pears.
Impression: A fresh and smooth whisky, with pleasant green and juicy fruity flavours, rather sweet and some pepper. The first Teaninich in the Special Release serie and a good one. More subtle and complex than the old Fauna & Flora serie.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A1

Glen Elgin Special Release 2017, OB, 54.8%, B:2017, 5352 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Smooth to very smooth, fresh to very fresh, green, intense, sweet, well balanced, malty, slightly grassy, with some toffee, orchard fruits, honey, orange, roasted coffee beans, melon, and a few drops of tangerine. Very pleasant.
Taste: Smooth to very smooth, green, grassy, slightly malty and floral, on green apples, orchards fruits, some hazelnuts, coffee beans, pepper, oak spices, toffee, cinnamon, tangerine, a touch of orange and lemon. Rather fresh. The finish is medium, sweet, rather spicy and oaky, slightly green and malty, with some coffee, green tea, malt, orchard fruits and tangerine. Diluted, it becomes smoother, juicier, more on lemon, green orchard fruits and freshly cut grass.
Impression: A vatting of ex-bodega casks with spirit made using Pombe yeast and another part using conventional yeast and matured in refill European oak butts. Although it has matured in ex-sherry casks, the influence of the sherry is very mild, allowing the sweet and grassy flavours of the Glen Elgin to shine. Thus, it also contrasts with the previous Glen Elgin Special Release version. I enjoyed this one very much and enjoyed its richness and freshness.
Rating: 15/20 FP:C1

18 Oct

Port Ellen 17th Release 1979 Special Release 2017, 37 YO, OB, 51.0%, B:2017, 2988 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mellow to very mellow, subtle, elegant, complex, on a nice old style peat smoke, slightly maritime and fruity, with some quince, Mirabelle, leather, exotic fruits and more dry and phenolic peat smoke developing over time. Most pleasant.
Taste: Smooth and mellow, maritime, slightly citric and fruity, slightly to moderately peaty and smoky, with some tar, TCP, bandages, camphor, seaweeds, grapefruit, lemon, exotic fruits, honeycomb, leather and soft floral flavours. Very well balanced, complex and elegant. Diluted, there are a few drops of orchard fruits. The finish is long, smooth, mellow, slightly maritime, smoky, peaty, salty, earthy and velvety, with some peat smoke, liquorice, exotic fruits, honey, Mirabelle and quince jelly, as well as sea salt, tar and seaweeds. Diluted, it becomes slightly more tarry, earthy and fruity.
Impression: An excellent Port Ellen. Probably not for you if you are looking for a peat blast, but if you like a subtle and elegant whisky, then you might fall in love with this one. More Rolls Royce than Ferrari. The elegance and balance of this Port Ellen is simply excellent, with a lingering maritime smokiness, a subtle and slightly earthy peat smoke enveloped by light exotic fruits.
Rating: 18/20 FP:B4

Port Ellen N°3 1982, 27 YO, whiskyforum.se, 61.0%, B:2010,  sherry cask 2858, 102 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, oaky, maritime to very maritime, peaty, smoky, on seaweeds, light medicinal flavours, orange, some sea salt, kippers and aromatic herbs. With time, it becomes slightly rubbery
Taste: Maritime, salty, oaky, and intense, on tangerine, orange, seaweeds, some iodine, salt, liquorice, peat smoke, smoked fish and citrus. The finish is medium to long, smoky, maritime, tarry, moderately peaty and salty, on liquorice, tar, peat smoke, seaweeds, some dried seaweeds, tangerine, orange and leather. Diluted, it becomes slightly more tarry and rootier.
Impression: A moderately peated Port Ellen, nicely rounded and maritime, becoming drier on the finish and some sweet fruity flavours to round the corner.  A very good, pleasant and rather smooth Port Ellen. Thank you Kjell!
Rating: 16/20 FP:F5

17 Oct

Single Grain 31 YO irish Whiskey, Method and Madness, 52.5%, B:2017, cask 21614. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Deliciously smooth, mellow and fruity, with an excellent balance, on mango, peach, apricots, light grassy flavours, banana, honey, and precious wood. Excellent.
Taste: Very mellow, sweet, grainy, smooth to very smooth, very complex, slightly fragrant and floral, on perfume, treacle, corn syrup, peach, mango, honey, some banana and precious wood.  The finish is long, very mellow, syrupy, grainy, on a mixture of corn (maize) syrup and dough, peach, apricots, light fragrant flavours, some fudge, mango, honey, precious wood and cinnamon.
Impression: A deliciously mellow, sweet and syrupy grain whisky, with an impressive balance. One of the best grain whisk(e)y I have tasted. A style that I enjoy very much. I wished the price (1500 euros) was softer.
Rating: 17/20 FP:C1

Port Dundas 1964 Special Releases 2017, 52 YO, OB, 44.6%, B:2017, 725 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very mellow, sweet, on corn (maize) syrup, fruit salad, incense, precious wood, some almond, vanilla and banana. Elegant and most pleasant.
Taste: Mellow to very mellow, very fruity, juicy, grainy, on honey, peach, apricots, mango, guava, some other exotic fruits, orchard fruits, cinnamon and light oaky flavours. The finish is long, mellow, fruity, slightly oaky and creamy, on peach, apricots, mango, cinnamon, some apples and a touch of pineapples. Diluted, some wood and a light astringency are showing up, with some cinnamon, peanut butter and more fur tree honey.
Impression: A most pleasant whisky, mellow and complex and remarkably fruity. Fairly priced for such an old and excellent grain whisky.
Rating: 17/20 FP:C1

16 Oct

Collectivum XXVIII, OB, 57.3%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Intense, nutty, spicy, fruity, oaky, on vanilla and some toffee. With time, it becomes more complex and fruitier.
Taste: Intense to very intense, young, nutty to very nutty, spicy to very spicy, on toffee, apples, some fudge, light floral and fragrant flavours, various nuts, almonds, light creamy flavours, cinnamon, and a touch of citrus. The finish is medium, nutty, spicy, intense, slightly floral and fragrant, on cinnamon, various nuts, vanilla, apples, some toffee and fudge. Diluted, it appears younger, more nutty, fragrant and floral.
Impression: A blended malt from all active malt distilleries of Diageo. An intense, spicy and nutty whisky. Neat, flavours of nuts, mainly chestnuts, were very strong, but if you let it breath a few minutes, it becomes more balanced, less nutty and slightly fruity. A good one.
Rating: 14/20 FP:C1

15 Oct

Caperdonich 1977 175th Anniversary, 39 YO, Cadenhead’s, 50.4%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, intense, complex, floral, thick, slightly fragrant, mellow and nutty, on red berries, orange, leather, tannins, balsamic vinegar, dried fruits and walnuts.
Taste: Rich, intense to very intense, very nutty, floral, on dried fruits, sultanas, dates, walnuts, balsamic vinegar, orange, tannins and leather, with light fruity flavours. The finish is long, dry, nutty to very nutty, tannic, astringent, floral, slightly fragrant, on orange, balsamic vinegar, dried fruits and walnuts. Diluted, it becomes more tannic, astringent and bitter.
Impression: The nose was very rich and intense, on thick sherry. On the palate, it is initially very good, but on the finish it becomes rather tannic, nutty and astringent. Slightly too woody on the finish to my liking.
Rating: 15/20 FP:J1

14 Oct

Banff 1976 175th Anniversary, 40 YO, Cadenhead’s, 51.2%, B:2017, 192 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Rich, fruity, intense, slightly waxy, smoky and peaty, on humus, cooked fruits, honey, orange, melon, some pineapples, peaches and other fruits. Lovely and complex.
Taste: Rich, fruity, slightly smoky, grassy, peaty and maritime, with some liquorice, tobacco leaves, tinned pineapples, melon, Mirabelle, other fruits flavours and some herbal infusion, including chamomile. Slightly fragile and with some wood, but also slightly hearthy and some humus. The finish is medium, rather fruity and grassy, slightly thin, earthy and aromatic, with some smoke, rooty flavours, tinned fruits and herbal infusion. Diluted, it becomes more aromatic and on peat and tobacco smoke, as well as slightly more rooty.
Impression: A very good old style whisky, complex, mellow, rather earthy and aromatic, on old peat smoke and pleasant fruity flavours. I really enjoyed this one. I found it at time slightly too thin to give it a higher rating.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A2

Pure Single Malt 1967, Berry Bros & Rudd, 43%, B:1981. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Intense, on chervil, parsley and some farmy notes and on toffee.
Taste: Juicy, slightly oaky, with lots of toffee, some fur tree honey, mild spices, a slight peaty smokiness and farmy notes. The finish is medium, floral, slightly grassy, farmy, peaty and on toffee.
Impression: An interesting pure malt whisky, very likely from the Speyside, with a rather unusual but pleasant flavour profile.
Rating: 14/20 FP:C3

13 Oct

Littlemill 1991 175th Anniversary, 26 YO, Cadenhead’s, 52.6%, B:2017, 182 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Grassy, floral to very floral, on hay, straw, lavender, some peach, honey, and eucalyptus, with light fruity flavours.
Taste: Floral, dry, grassy to very grassy, fruity to very fruity, slightly smoky, on freshly cut grass, some dry peat smoke, banana, peach, apricots, and aromatic herbs.  Very intense. The finish is long, intense, rather clean, grassy, fruity, on hay, straw, aromatic herbs, stewed fruits and blond chocolate, with a hint of smoke. Diluted, it becomes cleaner and sharper.
Impression: A very different Littlemill from the OB, drier and cleaner, more intense, but also less fruity, complex and mellow.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1

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Littlemill 27 YO Private Cellar, OB, 51.9%, B:2017, 500 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Grassy to very grassy, bold, floral, slightly smoky and aromatic, on dry herbs, some eucalyptus and honey. Very good,
Taste: Grassy to very grassy, intense, moderately spicy, on stewed fruits, citrus (including grapefruit), honey, freshly cut grass, some lavender, precious wood and peat smoke. Complex. The finish is medium to long, grassy, citric, slightly smoky, peaty, aromatic and dry, with some lavender, spices and aromatic herbs. Diluted, it becomes slightly more citric and spicier.
Impression: A lovely Littlemill, rich and grassy and quite aromatic and citric, with pleasant fruity flavours. Slightly dryer and more aromatic than most independent bottlings of Littlemill bottles a few years ago.
Rating: 17/20 FP:C1

12 Oct

Brora 1982 Special Release 2017, 34 YO, OB, 51.9%, B:2017, 3000 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Round to very round, waxy, clean, slightly mustardy, smoky, coastal and smoky, with some citrus, apples and sunbathed barley, pleasant “dirty” flavours and a touch of Mirabelle. A lovely 1982-Brora style nose.
Taste: Spicy to very spicy, intense, peppery, waxy, citric, slightly coastal and smoky, on lemon peel, black pepper, mustard weeds, sea brine, some chilli, stewed fruits, heather, Pu-Erh tea, mirabelle and a touch of aniseeds. The finish is medium to long, waxy, spicy, peppery, slightly coastal and farmy, with some sea brine, lemon peel, cooked apples, vanilla, black pepper, mustard seeds, a few drops of bitter citrus. Diluted, it becomes more peppery, slightly dry and more on liquorice.
Impression: On the nose, we are clearly on the style of the Brora 1982, with almost no peat, while it is noticeably less waxy than the numerous independent bottling of Brora of this vintage bottled almost 10 years ago.  This Brora is charming, very good, with a mixture of coastal, waxy, slightly farmy flavours, pepper and some apples. A rather different style than last year, but very enjoyable. Of note, Diageo announced this week a £35mio investment to restore the Brora and Port Ellen distillery, with production to start in 2020, just 1 year after its 200th anniversary.
Rating: 17/20 FP:B2

11 Oct

Convalmore 1984 Special Release, 32 YO, OB, 48.2%, B:2017, 3972 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Fruity to very fruity, intense, slightly bold, on quince, Mirabelle, melon, cooked apples, candied lemon and some vanilla custard. Complex and well balanced.
Taste: Oaky, mellow, spicy to very spicy, slightly peppery, floral, grassy and aromatic, on tobacco quid, stewed fruits (apples and pears), candied citrus, with some chilli, quince, mirabelle, melon, vanilla custard, nutmeg and cardamom. Diluted, it becomes more oaky and peppery. The finish is medium, oaky, intense, spicy, peppery, slightly floral and bitter, on apples, pepper, some chilli, citrus and stewed fruits.
Impression: After the excellent Special Release from 2013, I was keen on tasting this younger version. From refill American hogshead, this is a very different whisky. While the nose was intense and with very charming various fruity flavours, the oaky flavours, pepper and chilli kick in immediately on the palate. The whisky is very good, intense and oaky, and thus contrasts with the intense sweet fruity flavours from the previous Special Release. Seems younger than the age on the label.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1

Convalmore 1977 175th Anniversary, 40 YO, Cadenhead’s, 56.8%, B:2017, 522 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Fruity, creamy, mellow, grassy, slightly bold, on apples, nutmeg, some cinnamon, oranges, candied citrus, humus, dried fruits and light aromatic herbs. Markedly more earthy and on humus than the OB.
Taste: Grassy, mellow, fruity to very fruity, intense, spicy, earthy, with some humus, honey, candied orange and citrus, green apples, some freshly cut grass, herbal infusions and some tree sap. Lovely and well balanced. The finish is medium to long, intense, rather grassy, mellow and sweet, slightly earthy, on humus, old wet wood, moss, candied citrus, some leather, orange and tangerine juice, bitter lemon and grapes. Diluted, it becomes slightly more tannic and with some grape juice.
Impression: A very different expression from the 32 YO, mellower, more grassy, sweeter and fruiter, but also less intense and spicy. From a sherry butt. I enjoyed this one slightly better. Of note, a blend of the two works very well.
Rating: 17/20 FP:G1

10 Oct

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Blended #1 Batch 3, 35 YO, That-Y boutique, 46.5%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Smooth to very smooth, mellow, elegant, well balanced, slightly floral and grassy, with some leather, cocoa, peach, light aromatic flavours, Swiss milk chocolate and a touch of honey.
Taste: Sweet, grassy, mellow, floral, slightly spicy and smoky, on liquid honey, grassy and aromatic flavours, some heather honey, fur tree sap, a touch of apricots and cinnamon. Pleasantly balanced. The finish is medium to long, sweet, floral, rather juicy, with a light spiciness, orange, tangerine, a few drops of peach juice, some sultanas, dark chocolate, honey, light grassy and aromatic flavours. Diluted, it becomes sweeter, fruitier but also shorter.
Impression: A mellow, very sweet, grassy and pleasant complex blended whisky, with all the flavours well married that makes it very drinkable. Very good.
Rating: 15/20 FP:F1

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Glenrothes 1996, 21 YO, Awico, 53.1%, B:2017, cask 7/1996. Price:
Colour: Gold Nose: Round, mellow, floral, spicy, slightly creamy, on vanilla, vanilla custard, cream, and light spices.
Taste: Floral, round, slightly spicy, on oak spices, nutmeg, some tobacco, vanilla and ricotta. The finish was medium, floral, round, slightly mellow, on vanilla, some honey, tobacco and vanilla custard.
Impression: Another very good Glenrothes, slighthly more on tobacco and less sweet than the Acla Selection. It is nice to see independent bottlings from that distillery, as the official range proposes rarely cask strength version of this brand.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1

09 Oct

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BenRiach 30 YO Peated, OB, 46%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very smoky, peaty, thick, on old tar and leather, sultanas, dried fruits, some candied oranges, soot and old croft house smell. Very good, with a persisting old peat smoke flavours that I enjoyed very much.
Taste: Dry, smoky to very smoky, peaty to very peaty, on intense and lingering peat smoke from a croft house, peat smoked leather, dried fruits, candied oranges, soot and tar. The finish is long to very long, smoky, peaty, on old worn leather, old peat smoke, candied oranges, dried fruits, sultanas and some rusted iron. Diluted, it becomes drier and more on coffee beans. With a very long peaty retro-olfaction.
Impression: A delicious BenRiach, with an intense old-fashioned peat smoke (slightly meaty), rather mineral and on leather. I loved this peat smoke, with a nice dry and slightly fruity sherry influence.
Rating: 17/20 FP: H5

08 Oct

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Glenburgie 1995 White Turf for Waldhaus am See, Signatory, 46%, B:2016, cask 6511. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Floral to very floral, clean, fresh, on vanilla, freshly cut grassy, some hay and a light spicy flavours.
Taste: Fresh, floral to very floral, slightly malty and creamy, on orchard fruits, honey, some tobacco leaves, light spicy flavours and milky flavours. Subtle and elegant. The finish is medium, floral, clean, slightly fragrant, bold and malty, on orchard fruits, fresh floral fragrance and a touch of toffee. Diluted, it becomes rather spicy, bold and on dry tobacco leaves and cardamom.
Impression: An elegant, subtle and floral version Glenburgie. Very enjoyable.
Rating: 14/20 FP: A1

Glenburgie 1997, Cooper’s Choice, 46%, B:2017, cask 9320. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very intense and thick, heavy, vegetal, floral, with loads of leather, cocoa and  dried fruits, on sultanas, figs, some red berries, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange. A sherry monster.
Taste: Tannic to very tannic, very thick, chewy, floral, slighltly sulphury and rubbery, on fresh rubber, vegetal condiment (Maggi), dried fruits, sultanas, figs, some red berries, cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish is long, thick, chewy, floral, on vegetal condiment, some rubber, dried fruits, parsley, rubber and a touch of sulphur. Diluted, it becomes more rubbery and slightly more fruity,
Impression: A sherry monster, thick and chewy, on dried fruits, some vegetal condiment and light rubbery-sulphury flavours.
Rating: 13/20 FP: J1

06 Oct

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The Last Drop Blended Whisky 1971, OB, 46.7%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Mellow to very mellow, floral, complex, slightly spicy, on honeycomb, peach, apricots, cinnamon, nutmeg, leather, tannins, sultanas, dried fruits (including dates and figs), orange, some cocoa, dried apricots, acacia honey and a touch of tree sap. Remarkably complex.
Taste: Rich to very rich, complex, very intense, surprisingly fruity, on peach juice, some tinned (canned) pineapples, dried apricots, honey, light grassy flavours, a hint of smoke and a touch of dried fruits. The finish is long to very long, very complex, fruity to very fruity, slightly grassy, grainy and aromatic, on peach and pineapple juice, dried apricots, liquid honey, some cocoa, a touch of fur tree sap and cream, with a hint of smoke.
Impression: A vatting of 40 different whiskies blended in 1983 as a 12 years old, then matured for 9 years in sherry casks and reracked in ex-bourbon casks for a further 24 years. The nose was initially driven by the flavours of grain whisky before the flavours from the malt gained in intensity. The palate was excellent, well balanced, with sweet sherry flavours and juicy flavours of mix-fruits juice and a long finish. A flawless whisky, very fresh and fruity that hides its age very well. One, if not, the best blended whiskies I tried so far. Simply excellent
Rating: 18/20 FP: F2

The Last Drop blended whisky 50 YO, OB, 51.8%, B:2017, 898 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Grainy, very mellow, slightly smoky, rich, floral, slightly bitter, on cocoa, some fur tree sap, peach, apricots, cinnamon, some dark chocolate and a slight smokiness. The grainy flavours are very strong initially, before the elegant flavours from the malt whiskies, with a light smokiness comes through. Smoother and slightly more bitter and tannic than the 1971.
Taste: Aromatic, bitter, floral, complex, on fur tree sap, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted and charred wood, as well as some dark chocolate and cloves. The finish is medium to long, rich, intense, grainy to vey grainy, on cocoa, bitter lemon, orange, tangerine, cinnamon, some leather, tannins, dark chocolate, aromatic herbs, tree sap, cloves, peach and apricots.
Impression: A blend of 50 whiskies blended as a 30 year old before being filled in Oloroso casks from a further 20 years. A different whisky from the 1971, more elegant, but also more bitter, tannic and less fruity. A very good whisky, but I enjoyed the abundant fruitiness and honey flavours from the 1971 better.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1

05 Oct

Special Whisky Live Paris

Laphroaig 1998, Spirits shop collection, 59.8%, B:2016, Price: N.A.
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Clean, oaky, peaty, smoky, slightly maritime, on kippers, some iodine, peach and vanilla. Light and subtle.
Taste: Floral, round, oaky, subtle, moderately peaty, on fudge, a touch of lemon, vanilla custard and a light spiciness. The finish is medium, floral, mellow, round, with some fudge, toffee, light rooty flavours and some delicate peat smoke. Diluted, it becomes rounder and slightly more creamy.
Impression: A rather floral, round and subtle Laphroaig, moderately peaty.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A3

Laphroaig 1996, Spirits shop collection, 60.5%, B:2016. Price: N.A.
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Smooth, peaty, smoky, subtle, slightly maritime, medicinal and mineral, with some ore, rusted iron and a zest of lemon. Less oaky and more subtle than the 1998.
Taste: Mellow, maritime, slightly salty, peaty and smoky, rather intense, on delicate peat smoke, iodine, some bandages, camphor and light vanilla and mineral flavours. The finish is medium to long, subtle, slightly smoky and fruity, on citrus, peat smoke, light medicinal flavours and light sweet fruity flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly sweeter and with some fudge.
Impression: A pleasant, subtle, rather balanced Laphroaig, more intense and complex than the 1998.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A4

01 Oct

Special Whisky Live Paris

Glenfiddich White Storm, 21 YO, OB, 43%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold- old gold
Nose: Smooth, sweet, round, sugary, slightly floral, on apple and pears, with a hint of smoke and toffee.
Taste: Sweet, rich, slightly winey, spicy and floral, on fruit jam, grapes, icing sugar, dough, vanilla and some green apples.  The finish is medium to long, mellow, rather sweet, sugary and winey, on white grape juice, liquid honey, vanilla, some sultanas and orchard fruits. Diluted, it becomes sweeter.
Impression: Finished in Ice Wine casks from the Pellier Estate, this Glenfiddich differs from the standard range by its sweet and sugary flavours, as well as by some winey flavours. The traditional Glenfiddich fans might not like it, but I enjoyed this one, as it was easy drinking and fresh, ideal to accompany some desserts.
Rating: 14/20 FP:D1

30 Sep

Special Whisky Live Paris

No Name, Compass Box, 48.9%, B:2017, Price: n.c.
Colour: Straw
Nose: Very peaty, intense, dry, maritime, tarry, on hemp rope, seaweeds, some disinfectant, iodine, pepper and a touch of bitter lemon. With a nice complex peat smoke, intense and balanced.
Taste: Very peaty, dry, slightly waxy, on lemon, seaweeds, peat smoke, some medicinal flavours, a few drops of quince and Mirabelle. Complex and intense. The finish is long, complex, waxy, maritime, slightly dry and salty, on dry and tarry peat smoke, some bitter lemon, seaweeds, camphor and iodine. Diluted, it becomes slightly smoother.
Impression: The No Name is a vatting of Ardbeg, Caol Ila and some Clynelish. A real tour de force, as this whisky is very peaty, rather dry and clean, without being astringent and delivers on the palate the waxiness from the Clynelish that merged with the complex vatting of the Ardbeg and Caol Peat smoke. For me, this is a masterpiece of vatting, as all components are harmoniously married.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A7

Kilchoman 2007 Sherry Butt for La Maison du Whisky, 10 YO, OB, 59.3%, B:2017, cask 417/2007. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round to very round, peaty, smoky, maritime, fruity, tarry, rather complex, on peat smoke, some seaweeds, tar, tangerine, orange, leather and iodine. Very good.
Taste: Dry to very dry, intense, oaky, tarry to very tarry, slightly medicinal, on iodine, camphor, peat smoke, some spearmints, roots, tar and ashes, with a dash of citrus and leather, before the maritime flavours kick in. The finish is long, extremely dry, peaty, smoky, rooty to very rooty, with strong aromas of seaweeds, some leather, orange, tangerine, tangerine and dried fruits appearing progressively. Diluted, it becomes sweeter.
Impression: A surprising Kilchoman, as the nose was rather sweet and docile, but the palate is very dry, intense and peaty. It needs to breath, as the maritime flavours needs some time to develop. Not an easy one, but it can be rewarding.
Rating: 14/20 FP:E7

29 Sep

Special Berner Whiskymesse

Caol Ila 2004, 12 YO, The Maltbarn, 54.7%, B:2017, 175 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, intense, clean, tarry, round, maritime, on seaweeds, camphor, some red berries, dried fruits, orange and light farmy flavours.
Taste: Intense, peaty to very peaty, smoky, maritime to very maritime, salty, slightly peppery, on seaweeds, peat smoke, candied citrus, lemon curd, hemp rope, seaweeds, medicinal peat smoke and dry tar. The finish is medium, round, peaty, smoky, maritime, slightly sweet, on peat smoke, sea salt, camphor, disinfectant, hemp rope, orange, tangerine, some candied fruits. Diluted, it becomes more oaky and peppery.
Impression: The first time I tasted it, I found it slightly too round and soft, but if you give it some time to breath, then the intensity and peppery flavours, as well as the medicinal flavours are getting stronger, with a dash of sweetness from the sherry to round the whisky. Very good.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D6

Caol Ila 2003 for Ramseyer’s whisky connection, Gordon & MacPhail, 58.6%, B:2015, cask 302250. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Clean, subtle, smoky, peaty, maritime, on seaweeds, subtle and mellow peat smoke, hemp rope, disinfectant and some camphor.
Taste: Mellow, maritime, smoky, moderately peaty, on seaweeds, iodine, some camphor, sea salt, a zest of lemon, and peat smoke. The finish is medium, mellow, maritime, on seaweeds, camphor, some iodine, disinfectant, candied lemon, lemon curd and a touch of hemp rope.  Diluted, it becomes more maritime and on lemon curd.
Impression: A surprisingly mellow Caol Ila, rather complex and with a strong salty and maritime influence, as well as pleasant lemon curd flavours. Rather complex and tasted like an old Caol Ila. Very good.
Rating: 14/20 FP:C5

28 Sep

Special Berner Whiskymesse

Linkwood 1997 for Waldhaus am See, 20 YO, Signatory, 46%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, mellow to very mellow, malty, bold, fruity, grassy to very grassy, on honey, some aromatic herbs, yellow fruits and a touch of smoke.
Taste: Round, mellow, grassy to very grassy, bold, malty, and floral, on yellow fruits, orchards’ fruits, and quince. The finish is medium to long, complex, on yellow fruits, orchards’ fruits, hay, honey, a slight spiciness and a touch of smoke.
Impression: A very pleasant and round Linkwood, grassy, on honey and bold fruity flavours.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A2

Linkwood 1997 for Waldhaus am See, 20 YO, Signatory, 56.4%, B:2017, cask 7542. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, mellow, floral, bold, malty, with some hay, fudge, leather and yellow fruits.
Taste: Spicy, intense, floral, quite hot, on vanilla, some hay, straw and a light clean fruitiness. The finish is medium, clean, intense, rather floral, on vanilla, some straw, and a touch of honey. Diluted, it becomes slightly fruitier.
Impression: Straight, the alcohol is rather present and adding some water increases the fruitiness of the whisky, while it remains cleaner and sharper than the 46% version.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1

27 Sep

Port Charlotte Double Wood Private Cask Kjell Oberg, 15 YO, OB, 54.9%, B:2017, cask 0002, 267 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round, peaty to very peaty, smoky, maritime, with a lovely complex dry, tarry and maritime peat smoke, on seaweeds, tar, some tannin, figs, grapes and various spices, round and slightly winey flavours,
Taste: Maritime, salty, tarry, peaty, smoky, complex, slightly winey and peppery, on seaweeds, tar, disinfectant, light medicinal flavours, grapes, sultanas, some leather, cocoa and pepper. Diluted, it becomes more winey, with some leather, tannins and chocolate. The finish is long, complex, peaty, smoky, salty, peppery, maritime, on cocoa, light winey flavours, seaweeds, tar, some soot, hemp rope, cocoa, sultanas, dried figs, black pepper and some grape candies from Cyprus. Diluted, it becomes slightly more winey
Impression: I am usually not very found of wine finished whiskies, but in this case, the Port Charlotte was transferred from a bourbon to a wine cask (claret, Chateau Haut-Brion) in which it stayed for 10 years. Thus, the peat had the time to marry well with the wine flavours which are present, but never dominating and contributing probably to the peppery flavours and giving also a nice roundness and sweetness to the whole. The long, complex and subtle peat smoke was excellent. A very good whisky. Thank you Kjell.
Rating: 16/20 FP:E6

26 Sep

Special Berner Whiskymesse
Glenrothes Speyside 1996, 20 YO, Acla Selection, 49.6%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very round, mellow, floral, slightly fruity and spicy, on vanilla custard, melon, quince, some heather and ripe apples.
Taste: Spicy, round, floral, creamy, on apples, a touch of tobacco smoke, wood spices, cinnamon and fudge. Diluted, it becomes creamier. The finish is medium, round, floral, creamy, rather spicy, with some fudge, vanilla custard and a touch of melon.
Impression: A very good Glenrothes, rather intense, floral, with creamy flavours.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1

25 Sep

Special Berner Whiskymesse

Highland Park 1990 For Ramseyer’s Whisky Connection, Gordon & MacPhail, 55.1%, B:2015, cask 5101. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Smoky, maritime, peaty, mellow, slightly mineral, on heather honey, peat smoke, vanilla’s custard and slight austere flavours. Very good.
Taste: Mellow, complex, balanced, fruity, slightly mineral, grassy, and smoky, on pineapple, seaweeds, heather honey, lemon curd, melon, peat smoke, and some lemon. Slightly austere and aromatic. The finish is medium to long, complex, intense, slightly aromatic, smoky, grassy and austere, on melon, heather honey, lemon curd, rhubarb and mineral peat smoke. Diluted, it becomes slightly smokier.
Impression: A very good Highland Park, complex, intense, slightly mineral, and a pleasant fruitiness and smokiness. A nice selection from Markus.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A5

Highland Park 12 YO for Ferratero, OB, 43%, B:1980s. Price:
Colour: Old Gold
Nose: Smoky, complex, round, on a delicious smooth peat smoke, sea brine, some seaweeds, light fruity flavour of tangerine, heather honey and soft spices. Very good.
Taste: Very smooth and sweet, on honey, soft peat smoke, heather honey, some light spicy and maritime flavours, a touch of salt, some bonfire smoke, tangerine and orange peel. The finish is medium to long, round, thick, sweet, on peat smoke, lots of heather honey, some bonfire smoke, tangerine, sweet oranges and seaweeds.
Impression:  A lovely Highland Park, dangerously drinkable, with sweet honey and fruity flavours combined with a very nice peat smoke. Thank you Fabrice
Rating: 16/20 FP: E3

24 Sep

Special Berner Whiskymesse

Highland Park Valkyrie, OB, 45.9%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Young, salty, malty, smoky to very smoky, oaky, smooth, on vanilla, some green fruits and heather honey.
Taste: Very young and smooth, smoky to very smoky, peaty to very peaty, maritime, slightly salty, on vanilla, dry peat smoke, soot and some green fruits. Diluted, it becomes greener, more grassy and on dry tarry peat smoke. The finish is medium, young, smooth, smoky, salty, peaty, on dry peat smoke, some tar, soot and heather honey. Diluted, it becomes slightly mineral, green and grassy.
Impression: A rather smoky and peaty version of Highland Park, slightly dry and young to very young.
Rating: 11/20 FP: B6

23 Sep

Bowmore 10 YO Oloroso and Wine Cask matured for Travel Retail, OB, 46%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Amber-red
Nose: Maritime to very maritime, salty, round, slightly winey, on sweet candies (Haribo Strawberries), peat smoke, red berries, some spice, tannins, vanilla, leather, seaweeds and a touch of parsley. Very sweet.
Taste: Very sweet and winey, oaky, maritime, perfumy, on Haribo candies, strawberries, redcurrant, spices, leather and tannins. The finish is medium, sweet, maritime, smoky, peaty, winey, slightly smoky, on seaweeds, strawberries, tannins and a touch of leather. Diluted, the finish becomes more winey.
Impression: A winey and rather oaky expression of Bowmore, on red berries and salt. An original version.
Rating: 10/20 FP: G6

22 Sep

Bowmore 1988, OB, 47.8%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, smoky, maritime to very maritime, floral, salty, on sea brine, a touch of fragrance and of lavender, a complex peat smoke and some seaweeds. A very good nose.
Taste: Very fragrant, maritime, smoky, on lavender soap, perfume, salt and seaweeds. The finish is medium, very fragrant and perfumy, smoky, with loads of lavender.
Impression: A very fragrant version of Bowmore on Lavender. For the ones who likes this style.
Rating: 11/20 FP:A5

21 Sep

Karuizawa 30 YO For Speciality Drinks, OB, 58.2%, Cask 5347. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Deep, intense, floral, rich, complex, on high grade leather, sultanas, dried fruits, lacquer, plums and exotic wood.
Taste: Very smooth, rich, complex, floral, rather aromatic and fruity, on red berries, leather, sultanas, some melon, various spices, lacquer, plums, tangerine and a touch of tannins. Diluted, it becomes woodier. The finish is medium to long, rich, complex, floral, slightly woody, dry and spicy, with some sultanas, plums, dried fruits and tannins.
Impression: An old Karuizawa, with a rich, deep, and intense nose and very good flavours on the palate, although some woody and tannins are noticeables.
Rating: 16/20 FP:E1

19 Sep

Brora 1981 Straight From The Cask, Signatory, 58.3%, B:2003. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Meaty, smoky, slightly peaty, vegetal, rubbery and coastal, with some sultanas, beeswax, humus, orange, peat smoke and light flavours of vegetal condiment.
Taste: Dry, spicy, peaty, citric, farmy, slightly meaty, with some humus, wet wood, metallic sponge, orange, mustard seeds, tangerine, and various farmy flavours. The finish is medium to long, woody, bitter, farmy, earthy, slightly aromatic, on citrus, mustard seeds, some peat smoke, stables, tangerine, orange and humus. Diluted, it becomes rather bitter, woody and austere.
Impression: A rather farmy, bitter, earthy, slightly aromatic and peaty Brora. Not a very easy, as it has a strong personality.
Rating:15/20 FP:E4

19 Sep

Clynelish 1973 2nd bottling for La Maison du Whisky, 33 YO, The Prestonfield, 54.6%, cask 8913, 439 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Mineral, waxy, citric, slightly peaty, on beeswax, candied orange, some grapefruit, humus, peat smoke, tree sap, and mustard seeds. We are rather close to the old Clynelish (Brora) white label for Edward & Edward.
Taste: Intense to very intense, smoky, very waxy, citric, on lemon peel, peat smoke, grapefruit, guava, Mirabelle, quince, beeswax, some mustard seeds and light farmy flavours. The finish is long, complex, waxy to very waxy, citric, slightly peaty and smoky, on beeswax, grapefruit, lemon peel, candied citrus, some quince, Mirabelle, tangerine, orange and pepper. Diluted, it becomes waxier, on honey and spice bread (Leckerli), as well as some candied pink grapefruit.
Impression: I tried the first bottling almost a decade ago and pleased to have the opportunity of finally tasting it (thank you Trong for your help to source it). Well, this Clynelish is excellent, with a flavour profile reminding very strongly the legendary Clynelish 12 YO 56.9%, with slightly more roundness and mellowness. Simply excellent.
Rating: 19/20 FP:D3

17 Sep

Lagavulin 1990 The Syndicate, 20 YO, OB, 48.1%, B: 2010, cask 4395. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very smoky, peaty, complex, maritime, slightly medicinal and spicy, on seaweeds, iodine, sea brine, some tar and barbecue. Very elegant and balanced.
Taste: Salty to very salty, intense, maritime to very maritime, on lemon zest, peat and bonfire smoke, some liquorice, wood spices, seaweeds, iodine, kippers and camphor. Complex. The finish is long to very long, maritime, salty, very smoky, peaty, and slightly medicinal, with some camphor, spearmint, iodine, bandages, peat and bonfire smoke, as well as some BBQ. Diluted, it becomes more rooty and slightly drier.
Impression: An impressive Lagavulin, very intense, maritime and salty. Quite massive and not for the faint hearted. I found it more intense and complex than the other 15 YO versions of Syndicate. There is some woody flavours, but I think it works well here. I loved this one.
Rating: 18/20 FP:A7

16 Sep

Lagavulin 1990 The Syndicate, 25 YO, OB, 44.0%, B:2015, cask 4394. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold.
Nose: Mellow to very mellow, smoky, on bonfire and peat smoke, light oaky flavours, some disinfectant, seaweeds, dry meat and leather. More gentle and less intense than the 20 YO.
Taste: Very mellow, gentle, subtle, with yellow fruits, vanilla custard, sea brine, candied ginger, some menthol, bandages, citrus, peat and bonfire smoke, and a touch of pepper. The finish is long, mellow, salty, maritime, moderately smoky, slightly peaty, on citrus, some yellow fruits, vanilla, and wood smoke. With some wet wood as well.
Impression: A very mellow Lagavuin, quite gentle and on wood smoke, as well as light fruity flavours and a rather discreet smokiness. Very good, but I prefer the more intense and younger Lagavulin.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A4

15 Sep

Glenlivet 25 YO Silver Jubilee, OB, 75 Proof, B:1977. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very fruity, sweet, floral, mellow, spicy, complex, slightly peaty, earthy and smoky, on humus, dried fruits, Christmas cake, orange, and some tropical fruits.
Taste: Very mellow, soft, floral, peaty, smoky, on ginger, peat smoke, light aromatic herbs, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried fruits (sultanas, apricots and orange) and a touch of pepper. The finish is medium, floral, juicy, soft, slightly earthy, dry, peaty and spicy, on peat smoke, juicy and dried fruits, some pepper, cinnamon and light aromatic flavours.
Impression: A very good Glenlivet distilled around 1952 and thus, explaining the rather peaty and slightly aromatic profile, with pleasant sweet and juicy flavours. Slightly weak and some extra abv would have been beneficial.
Rating: 16/20 FP:D4

14 Sep

Laphroaig 2006, Cooper’s Choice, 46%, B:2013, refill sherry. Price:
Colour: Pale straw
Nose: Young to very young, very peaty, smoky, maritime and oaky, on seaweeds, vanilla, sea salt and tar.
Taste: Young to very young, smoky, peaty, oaky and very maritime, on seaweeds, bandages, disinfectant and camphor. The finish is medium to long, very medicinal, smoky and smoky, on tar, iodine, camphor, bandages, some liquorice root, vanilla, seaweeds and seashells.
Impression: A very clean, smoky and medicinal Laphroaig, with only a faint sweetness from the butt. Tasted rather young and with a different flavour profile from the mainstream Laphroaig and less oaky as well! Thank you Manfred!
Rating: 13/20 FP:A8

Lagavulin Jazz Festival 2016, OB,  54.5%, B:2016, 3200 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Oaky, maritime, intense, dry, medicinal, on camphor, iodine, leather, some menthol and a touch of tobacco. A rather modern version of Lagavulin.
Taste: Round, salty, smoky, slightly maritime and peaty, on leather, toffee, fudge, seaweeds, some iodine, menthol, vanilla, tobacco and a light bitterness. The finish is medium to long, dry to very dry, oaky, maritime, smoky, rather bitter, on liquorice roots, camphor, iodine, seaweeds, some bandages, old leather and toffee. Diluted, it becomes bitterer.
Impression:  A dry and bitter expression of Lagavulin that I was struggling with. The wood influence is strong and the result too dry and bitter to my liking. Thank you Manfred.
Rating: 12/20 FP:B5

13 Sep

Special Berner Whisky Messe

Woflburn Klyver #2, OB, 50%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Coastal, oaky, slightly smoky and mineral, with some honey, aromatic herbs, some buckthorn and light spices
Taste: Oaky, coastal, slightly maritime and mineral, with some spices, a touch of smoke and aromatic herbs. The finish is medium, on a mixture of coastal, slightly maritime, aromatic flavours, as well as some wax, buckthorn and a touch of vanilla.
Impression: A slightly young, but well made Highland Whisky, with a pleasant mixture of mineral, coastal (sea brine) and slightly aromatic flavours.
Rating: 13/20 FP:C2

Woflburn 128, OB, 46%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Young, coastal, oaky, on vanilla, some sea brine and a touch of smoke.
Taste: Young, slightly rough, rather spicy and oaky, on vanilla, some toffee, light floral flavours as well as some green fruits from the orchards. The finish is medium, oaky, rather young, slightly rough and coastal, with some vanilla, aromatic herbs and a touch of smoke. Diluted, it becomes maltier and with some hops.
Impression: A pretty good Wolfburn matured in small casks (40 L) that taste rather young and slightly rough. I enjoyed the Klyver better.
Rating: 11/20 FP:B2

12 Sep

Special Berner Whisky Messe
Rozelieures Tourbé collection, OB, 46%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Intense, peaty, round, peaty to very peaty, tarry, on peat smoke, with some vanilla, tar, sea brine and seaweeds. Clean and well balanced.
Taste: Light, young, subtle, elegant, peaty, round, aromatic peat smoke, tar, some roots, sea brine, disinfectant and soot. The finish is medium, peaty, smoky, rather maritime and light, round, slightly salty and young, on disinfectant, tar, some vanilla and freshly crushed barley.
Impression: The whisky has the freshness and sweetness of a slightly young whisky, but with a nice balance and a most pleasant and complex aromatic peat smoke, rather maritime and with some sooty influence, as well as a dash of air dried beef meat. The Rozelieures is a French single malt from Lorraine with a peatiness reminding me of some Islay single malt. Made from local (French) barley. Well done!
Rating: 14/20 FP:A6

Orma Peated 12.4 Cask Edition, OB, 53%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold-red
Nose: Winey to very winey, smoky to very smoky, peaty, meaty, slightly rubbery, on peat smoke, dry meat (Graubündner (air dried beef) meat), spices, pepper, grapes, burnt rubber and some red berries. Original.
Taste: Winey to very winey, rubbery to very rubbery, meaty, spicy, peppery, slightly malty, on grapes and some sulphur. The finish is medium to long, very winey, peaty, tarry, on grapes, strawberries, tar, pepper and malty flavours.
Impression: A very special peated Orma, with a combination of the winey flavours from the Pinot Noir cask and the peat smoke that do not work for me. A Winesky.
Rating: 07/20 FP:F5

11 Sep

Special Berner Whisky Messe

Octomore 8.1 Masterclass, 8 YO, OB, 57.8%, B:2017, 42000 bottles. Price: .
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Clean to very clean, light, peaty, on tar, some vanilla and light maritime flavours. The nose is rather closed.
Taste: Peaty, round, floral, peaty, slightly salty, on vanilla, toffee, light creamy flavours and some peat smoke and seaweeds. The finish is medium, peaty, round, slightly maritime and medicinal, on toffee and light creamy flavours.
Impression: Where is the peat gone? A rather light and subtle Octomore, with a rather elegant and complex peat smoke, but the peat intensity is surprising low. It tasted markedly less peat than e.g., a Port Charlotte 10 YO. Do not expect a peat blast, but a subtle peatiness.
Rating: 10/20 FP:A6

10 Sep

Special Berner Whisky Messe

Speyside 1973, 44 YO, Acla Selection, 41.7%, B:2017. Price: .
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Mellow, complex, elegant, slightly floral, with some herbal and grassy flavours.
Taste: Grassy, mellow to very mellow, slightly woody, austere and aromatic, on aromatic herbs, light fruity and floral flavours. Complex. The finish is medium to long, aromatic, austere, slightly dry and bitter, with light, dry and slightly fragrant floral flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly more austere and aromatic.
Impression: These undisclosed Speyside are very good or excellent. This one is no exception and the stocks are going very low.
Rating: 17/20 FP:G1

Speyside 1973 For Shinanoya, 44 YO, Maltbarn, 48.8%, B:2017. Price: .
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mellow, complex, elegant, slightly floral, with some herbal and grassy flavours. Very close to the Acla selection, slightly more austere and mineral.
Taste: Aromatic to very aromatic, grassy, mellow to very mellow, slight austere and mineral, with some lemon, green fruits, slightly floral and bitter fruity flavours. The finish is long to very long, aromatic, grassy, slightly austere, floral and on aromatic herbs.
Impression: A version close to the Acla Selection, slightly drier and more aromatic and austere. Both whiskies are of the same quality, while their flavours profile is slightly different, with the Maltbarn more on Fino.
Rating: 17/20 FP:F1

09 Sep

AnCnoc Peter Ankle Ingredients, OB, 46%. Price: .
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Rich, floral, malty, slightly meaty and vegetal, with some leather, toffee, various spices, tangerine, orange, lemon and a touch of honey. More complex than the bricks and warehouse.
Taste: Round, floral to very floral, slightly fragrant, on toffee, some fudge, vegetal flavours, light spices, and a moderate sherry influence. The finish is medium, floral, with some sherry influence, spices and toffee.
Impression: Amongst the Peter Ankle serie, it is one of the most complex one, with a well noticeable sherry influence. Diluted, it becomes more fragrant.
Rating: 13/20 FP:D1

08 Sep

AnCnoc Peter Ankle Warehouse, OB, 46%. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose:  Malty, fresh, floral to very floral, slightly oaky, on freshly cut flowers, with some honey, green pears and gooseberries.
Taste: Floral to very floral, fragrant, on lemon peel, vanilla, freshly cut flowers, some green pears, honey and berries, with a touch of spices. The finish is medium, floral to very floral, citric, malty, slightly milky, on toffee, lemon peel, freshly cut flowers and some bitter toffee. Diluted, the bitter, toffee and fragrant flavours are getting rather strong.
Impression: A very floral, rather fresh and citric AnCnoc. Refreshing.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A1

AnCnoc Peter Ankle Bricks, OB, 46%. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Fresh, clean, malty, floral, slightly fragrant, on green fruits, with some lemon and a touch spices and toffee. Cleaner and slightly less complex than the Warehouse.
Taste: Very floral and fragrant, light, clean, with some vanilla, spices and lemon. The finish is medium, floral to very floral, on vanilla, lemon zest and some pepper.  Diluted, it becomes more fragrant and on toffee, with stronger lemon flavours.
Impression: A clean, floral and fragrant AnCnoc with strong lemon flavour. Not very complex.
Rating: 10/20 FP:A1

07 Sep

AnCnoc Peter Ankle Travel Retail Luggage, OB, 46%. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Young, very fresh, malty, floral to very floral, on hops, green apples and some honey.
Taste: Young, light, floral to very floral, slightly fragrant and spicy, on toffee, some milk, lemon and green fruits. The finish is medium, clean, young, floral to very floral, slightly fragrant, on lime and lemon, some honey, green apples and a touch of spices
Impression: A floral, young and green AnCnoc. Fresh.
Rating: 10/20 FP:A1

AnCnoc Peter Ankle Casks, OB, 46%. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Fresh, floral, on toffee, vanilla, some green fruits, honey, fresh leather and gooseberries.
Taste: Spicy, floral, slightly malty and fragrant, with some toffee, honey, light spices, a touch of leather, tangerine and chocolate. The finish is medium, floral, slightly fragrant and bitter, with some spices, honey and leather. Diluted, it becomes slightly rubbery.
Impression: A floral and rather spicy version of AnCnoc, more complex than the luggage.
Rating: 11/20 FP:D1

06 Sep

Ardbeg 1975 Connoisseurs choice, 12 YO, Gordon & MacPhail, 40%, B:1987. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very peaty, meaty, intense, maritime, smoky, rooty, farmy, slightly mineral, on camphor, tar, seaweeds and stables. Impressive and excellent!
Taste: Dry, peaty to very peaty, waxy, maritime, smoky, mineral, farmy, rooty, slightly grassy, on seaweeds, sea salt, peat smoke, kippers, iodine, camphor, some menthol, tobacco, pepper, a touch of chilli, and mineral oil. Lovely. The finish is medium, very peaty, smooth, smoky, farmy, maritime, slightly mineral, tarry, on stable, peat smoke, diesel smoke, camphor, some iodine, pepper and kippers.
Impression: Woaww, an excellent and very intense Ardbeg, with loads of peat smoke, balanced maritime flavours and the complex peat smoke from the Ardbeg of the mid-1970s. While some whiskies reduced to 40% lack of power, the reduction probably provided some smoothness while retaining a most pleasant intensity. Thank you François (The Golden Promise)
Rating: 18/20 FP:A7

05 Sep

Ardmore 1993 Whisky-online Exclusive, 22 YO, Gordon & MacPhail, 49.9%, B:2015, cask 5750. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold.
Nose: Mineral, smoky, slightly peaty, mineral and round, on lime, gooseberries, aromatic peat smoke, mint, some white chocolate and honey. Well balanced.
Taste: Dry, oaky, aromatic, spicy, peppery, sharp, with some lime, bitter lemon, grapefruits, a slight waxiness, some farmy flavours, gooseberries, slightly sour berries, mint and eucalyptus. It becomes rather aromatic and slightly austere over time. The finish is medium to long, sharp, dry, oaky, slightly bitter, farmy and austere, on ginger, pepper, bitter lemon, some aromatic peat smoke and slightly sour berries.
Impression: A sharp, spicy, dry and oaky Ardmore, starting on a mineral and round nose, before becoming rather dry and bitter on the palate. Avery good one.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A3

Ardmore 1988, 23 YO, Pearls of Scotland, 45%, B: 2014, cask 2455. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Smooth, fruity, waxy, grassy, slightly mineral, peaty, smoky and farmy, on honey, gooseberries, some vanilla, lime, and a sweet oakiness.
Taste: Grassy, waxy, aromatic, on honey, flower honey, freshly cut grass, some aromatic herbs, mint and spearmint. The finish is medium, sweet, oaky, grassy, slightly aromatic, farmy and fruity, on gooseberries, honey, light aromatic herbs, some bitter lemon peel, vanilla and lemon curd. Over time, there is a pleasant sweet and aromatic influence and it becomes more grassy and on honey as well
Impression: A sweet aromatic Ardmore, rather grassy and on honey, becoming slightly more austere and smoky on the finish. Different from the 1993 for Whisky Online but very good. Thank you Angelina.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A3

04 Sep

Ballantruan 10 YO, OB, 50%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Smooth, moderately peaty, slightly young and malty, on toffee and fudge.
Taste: Smooth, young, slightly malty, on peat smoke, sea brine, iodine, disinfectant, a hint of liquorice, lemon and hemp rope. The finish is long to very long, mellow, peaty, smoky, minty, some iodine and camphor. Subtle and very enjoyable.
Impression: A complex, mellow and subtle peaty whisky. I love the subtle and complex peat smoke of this whisky. A marked improvement since its first batch.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A6

03 Sep

Tomatin 18 YO Oloroso sherry cask, OB, 46%. B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Rich, intense, aromatic, spicy to very spicy, with some humus, ginger, and floral flavours.
Taste: Very round and smooth, slightly aromatic and malty, on hops, ginger, vanilla, some aromatic herbs, a touch of toffee and green apples. The finish is medium, spicy, floral, round to very round, slightly malty and aromatic, some tobacco, ginger and nutty aromas.
Impression: A very good and round whisky, well made, with a nice light spiciness.
Rating: 14/20 FP:C2


Tomatin 1976, 38 YO, OB, 46.7%, B: 2016, cask 30132. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very sweet and fruity, bold, malty, on mango, passion fruits, guava and a hint of smoke.
Taste: Rich, bold, very fruity, slightly spicy, on mango, exotic fruits, some pepper, tobacco leaves and oaky flavours. Diluted, it becomes spicier (more pepper and on some ginger). The finish is medium to long, rich, bold, slightly spicy and grassy, on humus, some honey and exotic fruits.
Impression: An excellent whisky, with a superb sweet and fruity nose, on tropical fruit, and more spicy and on humus on the palate. A fruit basket, as expected from a Tomatin of that vintage. Well done.
Rating: 17/20 FP:C2

02 Sep

Tomatin 14 YO Port Casks, OB, 46%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose:  Mellow, round, slightly malty, with some fudge, tangerine, melon and a light spiciness.
Taste: Light, rather thin, floral, on fudge, pollen, fresh flowers and herbs candies. The finish is medium to long, floral, on pollen, herb candies (Ricola) and fudge.
Impression: A whisky tasting like a fudge or a fudge with whisky? Smooth, not very intense, but well balanced and with lots of fudge melting on the tongue.
Rating: 14/20 FP:E1

01 Sep

Port Charlotte 2005 for HNWS, 10 YO, Strange Ways, 60.7%, B:2016, cask 2005001572, 303 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Smoky, moderately peaty, mellow, slightly dry and farmy, with some vanilla and a slight fragrant influence.
Taste: Light, young, on varnish, fragrance, peat smoke, liquorice root and a touch of vanilla. The finish is long to very long, peaty, rooty, bitter, on dry to very dry peat smoke, with some gentian and liquorice root. Diluted, it becomes slightly medicinal.
Impression: A rather naked whisky, with very little wood influence, but with a clean, dry peat smoke, slightly aromatic and rather bitter, especially in the finish.  Matured in an ex-Madeira wine cask.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A6

Bruichalddich Black Art 1992 5.1, 24 YO, OB, 48.4%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: old gold-amber
Nose: Smooth, mellow, rich, spicy, winey to very winey, on grapes, sultanas, some strawberries, seaweeds, nutmeg, Christmas cake and a hint of smoke.
Taste: Rich, fruity, rather winey, slightly maritime, on sweet fruits, grapes, leather, orange, sultanas, dried fruits, some dry and tannic wine(s) and a hint of smoke. The finish is medium, winey, slightly dry and tannic, on grapes, a mixture of some dry, tannic and sweet wine, some sultanas, sea salt, pineapples, coconuts and a hint of smoke
Impression: A good, mellow, rich, fruity and winey Black Art, with an undisclosed type of casks used at least, when released.
Rating: 14/20 FP:G1

31 Aug

Paul John Peated Select Cask, OB, 55.5%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, tarry, aromatic, slightly austere, on smoked bacon, cumin, aromatic herbs, some tangerine, leather and a hint of heather. Very good.
Taste: Very peaty, young, clean, peaty, tarry, fresh, on smoked bacon, tar, soot, with some citrus, disinfectant, camphor, spearmint and a light smoothness.  The finish is medium and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes fresher and more of spearmint.
Impression: A rather heavily peaty, with some spearmint providing a nice freshness. Very pleasant.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A7

30 Aug

BenRiach Quarter Cask Peated, OB, 46%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Peaty, oaky, aromatic, spicy, rather dry and slightly tarry and on vanilla.
Taste: Oaky to very oaky, intense, spicy, peaty to very peaty, aromatic, slightly dry and tarry, with some vanilla and light floral flavours. The finish is medium to long, dry, peaty, aromatic, oaky, slightly floral, with some toffee, honey, humus and wet wood.
Impression: A peaty and rather aromatic whisky, oaky, and with toffee. Slightly young but pleasant. Mature exclusively in quarter casks.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A6

BenRiach 1989 Virgin Oak, 22 YO, OB, 50.6%, cask 5620. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Smooth, round, spicy, oaky, and slightly creamy, on vanilla, a hint of smoke, some marzipan and cinnamon.
Taste: Very creamy, floral, milky, grassy, on juicy oak, light and soft spices, fruits from the orchards, green apples and pears, marzipan and some cinnamon buns. The finish medium to long, spicy (ginger and some pepper), creamy, slightly floral and fragrant, on almonds, light bitter flavours of over-infused tea and light nutty flavours.
Impression:  A very creamy and spicy BenRiach getting more spicy on the palate.  The influence of the virgin oak is well present. Thank you Martin.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1

29 Aug

BenRiach 1976 for The Whisky Agency, 49.6%, B:2012, cask 963. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very fruity, rich, bold, slightly mellow, peaty and smoky, with some tannins, humus and tropical fruit.
Taste: Rather salty and floral, slightly citric and oaky, with some citrus, peat smoke, pink grapefruits and diverse tropical fruits. Very expresive. The finish is medium to long, intense, salty, citric, with some tropical fruits, grapefruits and aromatic peat smoke.
Impression: Rather subtle and not a fruit bomb as I would have expected.  Quite mellow and soft. Was the bottle opened for too long ?
Rating: 16/20 FP:D4

28 Aug

BenRiach 1997 for the 60th Anniversary of La Maison du Whisky, OB, 54.3%, B:2016, cask 96962, 222 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose:  Smooth, slightly fragrant and floral, with some blackcurrant and hay. The fruity flavours are very discreet.
Taste: Smooth, oaky, floral, with light fruity flavours, on vanilla, vanilla custard, some peach, light tropical flavours, grapefruit, honey and a hint of smoke. The finish is medium, smooth, slightly dry, austere, and woody, on citrus, honey, green pineapples, a hint of smoke, menthol and tobacco.
Impression: A rather citric and slightly woody BenRiach, with light tropical fruits and some honey. Rather dry and with the wood well noticeable.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A1

BenRiach 1998 Triple-distilled for La Maison du Whisky PX finish, 17 YO, OB, 57.5%, B:2015, cask 6395, 667 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, smooth, very fruity, on tropical fruits, dried fruits, raisins and honey.
Taste: Smooth, rich, fruity, intense, rather thick, on dried fruits, raisins, dried figs, cinnamon, nutmeg, juicy orange, some leather and macadamia nuts. The finish is long, very smooth and fruity, rich, on dried fruits, tropical fruits, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, some cloves and a hint of menthol.
Impression: An excellent BenRiach, very smooth and fruity, with strong spices and a pleasant richness. Well-balanced and very pleasant to drink.
Rating:  17/20 FP:E1

27 Aug

Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 3, OB, 52.2%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Rich, spicy, oaky, slightly floral, on tannins, leather, dried fruits, vanilla, honey, sultanas and cinnamon
Taste: Spicy to very spicy, oaky, very nutty, floral, with lots of dried fruits, on honey, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, some clove and ginger. The finish is medium, very spicy, on leather, tannins, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, chestnuts, orange, some tangerine, vanilla and honey.
Impression:  A vatting of casks distilled between 1989 and 1993. This Balvenie is very spicy and nutty, with strong oaky notes. A good Balvenie, although dominated by these flavours.
Rating: 14/20   FP:D1

26 Aug

Oban 14 YO, OB, 43%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old  gold
Nose: Round to very round, smoky, peaty, slightly floral, with some vanilla and pollen.
Taste: Smooth, round, slightly soft, creamy and smoky, with some sea brine, vanilla, pollen and very soft spices, as well as light aromas of quince, fresh vanilla and a hint of yellow fruits. The finish is medium, very soft and smooth, creamy, on vanilla, some pollen and a touch of aromatic herbs and peat smoke.
Impression: This might not be the most complex or intense whisky, but I liked very much its smoothness and softness, with a touch of sea brine and peat smoke.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A2

Oban Little bay, OB, 43%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Fresh, fruity, juicy, slightly peaty and tarry, and lots of pear drops.
Taste: Fresh, juicy, on pear drops,  some apple drops, a slightly austerity  and mineral smokiness. The finish is medium, mellow, rather fresh, on mineral peat smoke, slightly aromatic and austere, with some apple and pear drops and heather honey.
Impression: I enjoyed its elegance and its subtle moderate peat smoke. While the nose is fresh and on orchard’s fruits, becoming mellow on the palate. Very good. Tasted fresher and peatier than the 14 YO. Seemed to have improved since the first batch.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A3

25 Aug

Glen Grant 1952, Gordon & MacPhail, 40%, B:1981. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Rich, very fruity, mellow, sweet, on exotic fruits, passion fruits, some aromatic herbs, various dried fruits and soft floral flavours. Complex and well balanced.
Taste: Rich, spicy, floral, round, mellow, complex, on peat smoke and a complex mixture of exotic fruits, some dried fruits, orange and cocoa. The finish is long, complex, rich, mellow, slightly floral, round and sweet, on exotic fruits, peat smoke, some spices, cocoa, tangerine, mango and dark chocolate.
Impression:  An excellent rich, mellow, complex and well balanced Glen Grant, with a delicious sherry influence and some well integrated peat smoke. I love these old bottling of Glen Grant from G&M.
Rating: 18/20 FP:F3

Mortlach 1997 for Asia Palate Association, 18 YO, Chieftains, 58%, B:2015, cask 5238, 623 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, fruity, juicy, slightly floral, on orange juice, light vegetal flavours and aromatic herbs.
Taste: Fresh, aromatic, sweet, juicy, on orange, tangerine, some marmalade, light grassy flavours and a touch of fur tree sap. The finish is long, moderately aromatic and grassy, fruity, complex, on orange, tangerine, some cinnamon and light aromas of vegetal condiment.
Impression: A very good whisky, with a light sherry influence (especially for a first fill sherry), with a most pleasant moderately aromatic influence.
Rating: 17/20 FP:E1

24 Aug

Glen Garioch 1990 for Waldhaus am See, 26 YO, Signatory, 54.3%, B:2016, cask 2693. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Mellow, smooth, slightly peaty, smoky, waxy and aromatic, with some spices, ginger, old tobacco, leather, vanilla and a touch of treacle.
Taste: Rich, spicy, oaky, waxy, mellow, on ginger, treacle, some fudge, aromatic herbs, slightly dry and aromatic peat smoke, tobacco, citrus and leather. The finish is medium, waxy, spicy to very spicy, slightly oaky, smoky and aromatic, with a mixture of toffee, fudge, ginger, pepper and leather, some dark chocolate and citrus.
Impression: A very good, intense and waxy Glen Garioch, rather spicy, with light citric and bitter flavours. A whisky with a strong personality.
Rating: 15/20 FP:C2

Glen Garioch 1989 Cream of the crop, Wemyss, 46%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Smooth to very smooth, spicy, intense, mellow, with light floral notes, on vanilla, honey, some toffee and aromatic smoke.
Taste: Very smooth, mellow, fruity, juicy, slightly waxy and aromatic, on honey, honeycomb, some peach, Mirabelle and quince, and a lingering dry peat smoke. Diluted it becomes slightly more aromatic. The finish is long, big, waxy, very fruity, slightly spicy and aromatic, on juicy and cooked fruits, some peach, Mirabelle, quince, honeycomb, heather honey, a touch of melon and a light dry slightly aromatic peat smoke.
Impression: A very enjoyable big and waxy Glen Garioch, with very nice and rather intense fruity flavours.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A3

23 Aug

Glen Grant 1988, 29 YO, Adelphi, 52.2%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Mellow, round, complex, well balanced, fruity, on yellow fruits, Mirabelle, a touch of smoke and some huckleberries. Very good.
Taste: Very smooth, mellow, slightly spicy, floral and fragrant, on vanilla, yellow fruits, white chocolate, soft spices and some soft fragrant flowers. The finish is medium to long, round, smooth, mellow, rich, on vanilla, some heather honey, yellow fruits, huckleberries and white chocolate. Well balanced. Diluted, it becomes more on vanilla and slightly spicier.
Impression:  A very smooth, well-balanced and complex Glen Grant, with a honey sweetness. Lovely.
Rating: 17/20 FP:B1

22 Aug

Mortlach 25 YO, OB, 43.4%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Smooth, sweet, round, fruity, mellow, slightly smoky and with some round fruity flavours.
Taste: Light, spicy to very spicy, fragrant, slightly floral, with some aromatic herbs, vanilla and heather. The finish is medium to long, light, soft, mellow, on bitter tobacco leaves, ginger and pepper, with some heather and vanilla.
Impression: A light, spicy, mellow, and slightly bitter whisky. Rather fresh and floral. I enjoyed the first batch better.
Rating: 12/20 FP:C1

21 Aug

Mortlach 18 YO, OB, 43.4%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Intense, rich, complex, on old furniture, honey comb, some orange, leather, tannins, wallnuts and toffee.
Taste: Light, fresh, floral, smooth, slightly fragrant, on vanilla, fresh and fragrant flowers, with some quince and honeydew melon. The finish is medium, smooth, fresh, light and floral, with some vanilla, a hint of fudge, honeydew melon and liquid honey.
Impression: A dark whisky that hides a light, fresh and floral flavour, with a touch of fudge. Not bad, but some extra abv might have increased the overall experience.
Rating: 12/20 FP: F1

20 Aug

Longmorn 1999 Distillery Reserve Collection, 16 YO, OB, 59.6%, B:2015, butt 10449, 816 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Malty, clean, floral, fragrant, on marzipan, white chocolate and some geranium. Original.
Taste: Floral, clean, with a hint of toffee, some marzipan, marshmallow and glazed nuts. The finish is medium to long, floral, slightly nutty, with some toffee, fresh almonds and flowers. Diluted it become more on caramel and with some tobacco.
Impression: A good combination of fresh floral flavours and some caramel. A nice and enjoyable whisky available at the distilleries of the Chivas group.
Rating: 14/20 FP: G1

19 Aug

Ledaig 2005 For Taiwan, 10 YO, Signatory, 56.6%, B:2016, cask 900149, 616 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose:  Very peaty, rich, maritime, slightly medicinal and rooty, on dried fruits, sultanas, dates, figs, seaweeds, disinfectant, wet wood, spices and orange. Very good.
Taste: Very intense, dry, tarry, maritime, salty, spicy, on rancio, roasted almonds and coffee beans, dark chocolate, some aromatic herbs, hemp rope, red berries, cinnamon, leather, orange, tangerine and a hint of tropical fruits. Diluted, it becomes more floral, slightly fragrant, bitter and with slightly rubbery flavours. The finish is long, intense, well balanced and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes more fruity and bitter.
Impression: An excellent heavily sherried whisky with dry peaty smoke and a hint of aromatic herbs. The combination and balance of flavours work very well.
Rating: 17/20 FP:F7

18 Aug

Ledaig 1998, 18 YO, Wilson & Morgan, 62.7%, B:2017, Butt 800032. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very peaty, intense and tarry, maritime, slightly medicinal, on seaweeds, some camphor and burnt wood. Very good.
Taste: Dry to very dry, very peaty, maritime, medicinal, slightly oaky, on seaweeds, camphor, burnt wood and some disinfectant. Diluted, it becomes dryer, more rooty, with some toffee and tangerine. The finish is medium to long, very peaty, with a mixture of dry and maritime peat smoke and some light sweet fruity flavours, as well as a hint of toffee.
Impression: A very intense and peaty whisky, with a very dry mouth feel at the start before a light sweetness comes out. Quite extreme. Some might love it, while some might find it “too much”. In any case, a high quality whisky.
Rating: 16/20 FP:C8

17 Aug

Lagavulin 16 YO, OB, 43%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very peaty, tarry and smoky, maritime, dry, oaky, on iodine, disinfectant, some hemp rope and lemon.
Taste: Oaky, rooty, maritime, peaty, slightly bitter, on camphor, iodine and seaweeds. The finish is medium to long, dry, rooty, oaky, peaty and smoky, on wet wood, iodine, seaweeds, disinfectant, liquorice roots and camphor.
Impression: A lovely medicinal peaty and maritime whisky. The disinfectant and camphor seems to stay forever on the palate. The Lagavulin 16 remains one of my favourite standard whiskies. A very good value whisky.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A7

16 Aou

GlenDronach 1994, 22 YO, OB, 51.6%, B:2017, PX Cask 3379. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Smooth, mellow, velvety, floral, on precious wood, treacle, walnuts, dried fruits, orange, lacquer, cinnamon, some cocoa and nutmeg.
Taste: Spicy to very spicy, intense, rich, floral, on precious wood, cinnamon, nutmeg, some tannins, pepper, cloves, dried fruits, orange, tangerine, dates and figs. The finish is long, thick, tannic, slightly bitter, on cocoa, dark chocolate, figs, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and walnuts. Diluted, it becomes bitterer and more tannic.
Impression: An intense, thick and spicy GlenDronach with a rather bitter and tannic finish on dark chocolate. Not for the faint hearted.
Rating: 15/20 FP:I1

15 Aou

GlenDronach 1993, 24 YO, OB, 59.2%, B:2017, cask 43. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Intense, spicy, floral, slightly bitter, on dark chocolate, leather, cocoa, some dried fruits, treacle, and nuts.
Taste: Very intense, rich, thick, bitter, floral, slightly fragrant and astringent, on tannins, cloves, leather, dark chocolate, sultanas and coriander. The finish is long, dry, bitter, intense, floral, rather astringent, slightly fragrant, on spices, dark chocolate, tannins and dried fruits.
Impression: A dry and bitter GlenDronach, rather extreme. Maybe not to anyone’s taste.
Rating: 14/20 FP:J1

14 Aou

GlenDronach 1992, 25 YO, OB, 57%, B:2017, Cask 89. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Musky, intense, spicy, on tannins, leather, treacle, orange, tangerine, some smoke, smoked meat, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa and ovaltine.
Taste: Very intense, floral, slightly fragrant and bitter, on dark chocolate, tannins, leather, ovaltine, nutmeg, cinnamon and some cloves. The finish is medium to long, dry, tannic, bitter, on leather, cinnamon, nutmeg, exotic wood, some cloves, marmalade, cocoa. Diluted, it becomes more tannic, woody and astringent.
Impression: A musky and rather meaty GlenDronach, dry and bitter, with quite some tannins. Diluted, the wood is too present to my liking.
Rating: 13/20 FP: J1

13 Aug

GlenDronach 1990, 27 YO, OB, 53.4%, B:2017, PX cask 7005. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Smooth, mellow, floral, slightly fragrant, nutty and bitter, on walnuts, precious wood, dried fruits, cocoa, some cinnamon, cloves and leather.
Taste: Very mellow, soft, floral, smooth, slightly floral, with some leather, nuts, aromatic spices, cinnamon, milk chocolate, tangerine, orange and sultanas. The finish is medium and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes more tannic, dry and woody.
Impression: A very different profile than the 1992 cask 52, weaker, softer, more mellow and subtle, with more wood and dry spices on the finish. The contrast with the cask 52 is quite impressive.
Rating: 14/20 FP:H1

12 Aug

GlenDronach 1992, 25 YO, OB, 58.5%, B:2017, cask 52. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, floral, very intense, mellow, on treacle, dried fruits, sultanas, precious wood, walnuts, lacquer, various spices (including cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom). Very good!
Taste: Rich to very rich, intense, floral to very floral, slightly fragrant, nutty and spicy, with light fruity flavours, high grade leather, treacle, cinnamon, orange, some nutmeg, dates, sultanas, precious wood and tannins. The finish is long, rich, floral to very floral, slightly fragrant, tannic and dry, on nuts, treacle, orange and some dried fruits.
Impression: The nose was superb, rich, complex and intense, and a most pleasant mouth feel, becoming slightly dry and tannic on the finish.
Rating: 16/20 FP:H1

11 Aug

GlenDronach 1995, 21 YO, OB, 52.6%, B:2017, PX cask 4418. Price:
Colour: Dark gold-amber
Nose: Round to very round, smooth, mellow, floral, spicy, with a touch of rubber, on dried fruits, Christmas cake, sultanas, figs, dates, some treacle, precious wood, cocoa and leather.
Taste: Rich, floral to very floral, spicy, round, slightly fragrant, on Christmas cake, sultanas, figs, dates, treacle, some orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and pineapple. Complex. The finish is long, round, thick, complex, smooth, spicy, on rich spices, leather, cocoa, treacle, various dried fruits and some pineapples. Well balanced.
Impression: An excellent GlenDronach that I enjoyed very much, with a thick and rich texture, coating well the palate and balanced dried fruits and spices, with a good complexity.
Rating: 17/20 FP:G1

11 Aou

Ardbeg 21 YO, OB, 46%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very complex, peaty, maritime, smoky, on seaweeds, tar, some camphor, charcoal and pepper. Most pleasant.
Taste: Peaty, smoky, maritime to very maritime, peppery, on seaweeds, camphor, tar, some ashes, peat smoke and disinfectants. Complex and it keeps evolving. The finish is medium to long, maritime, peaty, smoky to very smoky, slightly tannic, on seaweeds, some camphor, ashes, tar, mint and disinfectants.
Impression:  A very good, complex, maritime and peaty Ardbeg, with a lovely nose. I just wished it was slightly more intense.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A6

09 Aug

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2017, 16 YO, OB, 56.1%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Peaty, smoky to very smoky, oaky to very oaky, maritime, slightly salty, spicy and winey, on sultanas, grapes and some sweet Moscatel influence.
Taste: Dry, winey to very winey, peaty, smoky, maritime, oaky to very oaky, peppery and slightly bitter. The finish is medium to long, dry, bitter, on sultanas, sweet Moscatel influence and dry oaky flavours.
Impression:  An oaky version of Lagavulin with a strong influence from the Moscatel. For the ones who enjoy a Moscatel finished whisky.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A6

08 Aug

Glenfarclas 1989 Family Cask for Asia Palate Association, 26 YO, OB, 55.1%, B:2015, cask 13029. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very smooth, well balanced, floral, slightly malty, on rich and smooth fruity flavours, some tannins and cocoa. Very good and harmonious.
Taste: Spicy, intense, fragrant, slightly floral, on roasted coffee beans, cocoa, cinnamon and cloves. The finish is medium, spicy, bitter, tannic, on leather, dry leather, coffee beans, some marmalade and dried fruits.
Impression: A heavily sherried whisky, intense, bitter whisky. Slightly too tannic and bitter to my liking.
Rating: 13/20 FP:F1

07 Aug

GlenDronach 1995 for Shiuh Heng Co. Ltd, 21 YO, OB, 54.6%, B:2016, PX cask 1523, 684 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Smooth to very smooth, sweet, fruity to very fruity, on cinnamon, orange, tangerine, nutmeg, as well as some mango and light exotic fruits.
Taste: Sweet to very sweet, smooth, on sea brine, subtle rich and pleasant fruity flavours of mango, tangerine, orange, some dried fruits and cinnamon. Slightly creamy. The finish is long, complex, rich, subtle, slightly peppery, on sweet juicy fruits, some cinnamon, soft leather, orange, tangerine, mango and a touch of banana.
Impression: An excellent sweet and juicy whisky, with subtle, rich and harmonious flavours and some coastal/sea brine influence. Dangerously drinkable.
Rating: 18/20 FP:D2

06 Aug

Inchgower 1980, 26 YO, Adelphi, 59.8%, B:2007,  cask 4710, 58 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very thick, intense, nutty to very nutty, slightly bitter and fragrant, on leather, tannins, treacle, spices, sultanas, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark chocolate and some roasted coffee beans and walnuts..
Taste: Rich, thick, heavy, chewy, tannic, spicy, slightly bitter, on cinnamon, nutmeg, dried fruits, lacquer, exotic wood, walnuts, sultanas, dates, precious wood and cloves. The finish is medium to long, rich, thick, chewy, bitter, tannic, astringent, on cloves, cinnamon, some over-infused black tea, sultanas, dates, orange, blood orange and walnuts.
Impression: A very thick, intense and heavily sherried. A true sherry monster. Too much for me.
Rating: 12/20 FP: I1

05 Aug

Highland Park Dark Origins, OB, 46.8%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round, malty, slightly smoky, on toffee, fudge, pollen, vanilla, some sea brine and a hint of tangerine and sultana.
Taste: Round, malty, on toffee, fudge, a hint of salted butter, burnt sugar, tangerine and rubber. The finish is medium, slightly floral, on toffee, fudge, some burnt sugar and tangerine.
Impression: A whisky on toffee, fudge, with some sea brine and tangerine.
Rating: 13/20 FP:E1

04 Aug

Glenlossie 1998 for Vive la Vie, 17 YO, Hunter Laing, 54.3%, B:2015, 250 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Soft to very soft, light to very light, subtle, on chamomile, very light sugary flavours, some elderberry flowers syrup and Rivella (a Swiss soft drink made with milk serum).
Taste: Light, very floral, malty, and slightly milky, with some lemon, quince, and Rivella (Swiss soda with milk serum). The finish is short to medium, light, floral to very floral, slightly fragrant, milky and bitter.
Impression: A light, floral, slightly fragrant and milky whisky. Not bad, but not my style.
Rating: 10/20 FP:A1

03 Aug

Glenlivet 1979 for Lung Family, 34 YO, Berry Bros & Rudd, 49.1%, B:2014, cask 19560. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Fresh, grassy, green, malty, with some green fruits and gooseberries.
Taste: Fruity, green, grassy, malty, with some green fruits, vanilla, gooseberries and green mango. The finish is medium, fruity, green, slightly grassy and floral, with some gooseberries. Diluted, it becomes sweeter and more fruity.
Impression: A very pleasant malty and slightly floral whisky, with a nice fruity mouth feel, without being fragrant or bitter. No peat or heavy sherry, but very well done.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1

02 Aug

Glenkinchie 12 YO, OB, 43%, B:2016. Price:
Colour:  Gold-old gold
Nose: Fresh, fruity, malty, on pears, some honey and heather.
Taste: Fresh, malty, starchy, on pears, some honey, heather and banana. Diluted, it becomes more fresh, slightly grassy and spicy. The finish is medium, malty, fresh, slightly grassy and fragrant, with some heather, honey, a touch of aromatic herbs, banana and citrus. Diluted, there is a light bitterness.
Impression: A nice, fresh, light and starchy whisky, moderately grassy and with slightly mineral flavours in the finish.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1

01 Aug

Glenglassaugh Revival, OB, 46%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Floral, smooth to very smooth, creamy, on fudge, light floral and fragrant flavours, with some vanilla, tangerine, soft spices, yeast and oaky flavours.
Taste: Floral, smooth to very smooth, on fudge, some toffee and light aromas of tangerine and yeast. The finish is medium, floral, and slightly fragrant, on fudge, some toffee and some yellow flowers.
Impression: A rather floral and smooth whisky, with a fair dose of toffee and fudge, as well as a light fragrance.
Rating: 11/20 FP:C1

31 Jul

Glenglassaugh Evolution, OB, 50%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Floral to very floral, fresh, on freshly cut grass, vanilla, some hay and a light fragrance.
Taste: Very smooth and malty, light, mellow,  grassy, on vanilla and honey. Slightly spicy. The finish is medium, smooth, malty, grassy, complex, mellow, slightly bitter, on vanilla and a touch of honey. Diluted, it becomes more fragrant and bitter, slightly nutty, on vanilla and some honey.
Impression: A very smooth, light, mellow and malty whisky, with some honey and light aromas of yellow fruity flavours developing over time. Since the last time I tasted it (2012), the age of the content has increased and the quality as well. Very good. Tasted blind.
Rating: 15/20 FP:B2

30 Jul

Glenfarclas for The Whisky Exchange 2007, OB, 51.1%, B:2016, casks 435 & 456. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Nutty, smooth, slightly mellow, rich, with intense spicy flavours, on peanuts, leather, some mushrooms, dried fruits and hazelnuts.
Taste: Rich, spicy, floral to very floral, malty, slightly nutty and creamy, with some nutella, rich and sweet fruity notes, including mango and other exotic fruits. The finish is medium to long, floral, nutty, fruity, juicy, on leather, spices, cocoa, old leather and some tropical fruits.
Impression: A lovely whisky, malty, rich, with pleasant nutty flavours combined with tropical and juicy fruits, I wish that more whiskies aged less than 10 years would have the same quality as this one. Well done.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G2

28 Jul

Glenfarclas 1990 Family Cask for HNWS, OB, 54%, B:2015, cask 4710, 614 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Thick, syrupy, slightly nutty, spicy to very spicy, on high grade leather, orange, candied fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, some cocoa, roasted coffee beans and dried fruits.
Taste: Rich, intense, spicy, fruity, spicy to very spicy, slightly tannic, on orange, tangerine, figs, dried fruits, sultanas, some grapes, leather, cinnamon and cloves. The finish is medium to long, spicy, tannic, slightly bitter, on cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, candied fruits, orange and tangerine.
Impression: An intense and spicy heavily sherried whisky, fruity, nutty and tannic.
Rating: 16/20 FP:H1

28 Jul

Glenfarclas 1989 Family Cask, OB, 54.7%, B: 2014, cask 13026, 628 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Intense, floral, nutty to very nutty, on wet wood, wood extracts, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, some dates and figs.
Taste: Very smooth, elegant, almost silky, slightly nutty and juicy, with nice and rich spices, on tangerine, orange, cinnamon, leather, beeswax, some tobacco leaves, wild berries, a hint of honey and exotic fruits. The finish is medium to long, very rich and smooth, spicy, floral, on leather, orange, tangerine, cinnamon, some precious wood, tannins, wild berries, dark cherries, nuts and cardamom.
Impression: A very good sherried whisky, with a nose initially nutty, with an excellent smooth, rich and spicy mouth feel. I love this smoothness and balance in this whisky.  From an excellent sherry cask that gave a lot of flavours to the whisky, without dominating it. Flawless. Rating: 17/20 FP:H1

27 Jul

Glenfarclas Family Cask 1994, OB, 53.7%, B:2016, cask 3882, 287 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Thick, syrupy, heavy, bitter, slightly nutty, on tannins, leather, dried fruits, treacle, Christmas cake, candied orange and spices.
Taste: Rich, spicy to very spicy, very fruity, slightly nutty, on leather, tannins, cinnamon, Christmas cake, orange, tangerine, nutmeg, walnuts and some fruit juice. The finish is long, rich, spicy, on tangerine, orange, Fanta, some cinnamon, nutmeg, roasted coffee beans and cocoa.
Impression: A thick, heavy, very rich, fruity heavily sherried whisky, with very pleasant aromas of orange juice and a light bitterness.
Rating: 17/20 FP: I1

26 Jul

Glendullan Singleton, 12 YO, OB, 40%, B:2016, Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Waxy, slightly austere and mustardy, on vanilla, some citrus, honey and pollen.
Taste: Grassy, slightly waxy, aromatic, austere and farmy, on vanilla, some pollen and heather. The finish is medium, smooth, slightly grassy, on pollen, elderberry flowers, some honey and a touch of grapefruits
Impression: A pleasant whisky, soft, rather grassy and a few drops of honey to sweetened the whole.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A1

25 Jul

GlenDronach 1993, 19 YO, OB, 58.1%, B:2012,  cask  467, 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 whisky, on fudge and a soft floral fragrance.
Rating: 15/20 FP:E1

24 Jul

Glencadam 19 YO Oloroso  Sherry Cask Finish Limited Edition, OB, 46%, B:2016, 6000 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, malty, floral, on fresh flowers, some hay, flour, honey and vanilla.
Taste: Rich, light, floral to very floral, slightly fragrant, with light aromas of fudge, tangerine, a hint of orange juice and berries. Diluted, it becomes much spicier (celery, some ginger, a hint of pepper and vegetal condiment). The finish is medium to long, spicy, slightly floral, complex, rich, well balanced, with some fresh and dry flowers, caramel, fudge tangerine and light fruity flavours.
Impression: A nice and complex whisky, with a mixture of floral flavours, caramel and a nice light and sweet fruity aromas.
Rating: 16/20 FP:F1

23 Jul

Glen Ord Singleton Signature, OB, 40%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Malty, starchy, light, rather fresh, slightly floral, and a few drops of orchard’s fruits.
Taste: Smooth, grassy, slightly spicy, on tobacco leaves, a touch of cachou, a few drops of honey and humus. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: A good, smooth and grassy whisky, with some woodlands influence.
Rating: 13/20 FP:C1

23 Jul

Glen Ord Singleton 18 YO, OB, 40%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Slightly austere, fragrant and grassy, with some almond, honey, light grassy and mustard flavours and a few drops of orchards fruits.
Taste: Waxy, slightly citric, aromatic and farmy, on mustard seeds, some grapefruits and discreet aromas of vanilla. The finish is medium to long, waxy, mustardy, and slightly citric. Diluted, it becomes spicier (peppery and with some ginger).
Impression: A very good waxy whisky, rather light and subtle, with pleasant light citric and mustardy flavours.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A2

21 Jul

Glen Ord Singleton 12 YO, OB, 40%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very smooth, mellow, round, slightly floral, spicy, sour and citric, on vanilla, some grapefruit and fizzy citrus.
Taste: Starchy, smooth, mellow, with light citric, austere and peaty smoke. The finish is medium, slightly austere, smoky, and citric, with a hint of grapefruit, light tannins and tobacco.
Impression: A smooth and mellow whisky, slightly citric and austere.
Rating:14/20 FP:D2

Glen Ord Singleton 15 YO, OB, 40%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very floral and fresh, fragrant, smooth, on fresh leather, dry biscuits, some cumin, yellow fruits, macadamia nuts, and precious wood.
Taste:  Very smooth and round, floral, slightly fragrant, on fudge, a hint of smoke, some leather, tannins, cinnamon, nutmeg, liquorice (cachou), macadamia nuts and precious woods, as well as some dried fruits. Diluted, there are some tobacco aromas released.
Impression: A very smooth, round and floral whisky, quite spicy and slightly nutty. Well made.
Rating: 14/20 FP: G1.

20 Jul

English Whisky & Co Peated Raw Cask, Blackadder, 66.3%, B:2016, cask 279, 259 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose:  Young, clean, fresh, very peaty, tarry, rooty, and maritime, on hemp rope, some phenol, disinfectant and spearmint.
Taste: Young to very young, very peaty and intense, maritime, smoky, on iodine, camphor, seaweeds, disinfectant, vanilla, some tar and soot. The finish is medium to long, dry, very peaty, smoky, young to very young, on disinfectant, iodine, camphor, soot, tar, some lemon and vanilla.
Impression: The whisky taste young to very young, (or little interaction with the cask), very peaty, medicinal, maritime, on dry smoke, some citrus, tar and iodine. A very intense and well-made peaty whisky.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A8

19 Jul

Edradour 2004 Warrior for GI Jane 2004, OB, 59.2%, B:2016, cask 476. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, rich, round, mellow, rather meaty, on leather, dried fruits, some tangerine, orange, tar, and other sweet juicy fruity.
Taste: Peaty to very peaty initially, very round, rather meaty and farmy, on sweet juicy flavours, leather, orange, tangerine, sultanas, dates, cinnamon and a touch of seaweeds. The finish is medium, very intense and round, peaty, farmy, slightly meaty, on dried fruits, tannins, lots of leather, and some cocoa and fruity flavours. Diluted, it becomes more on chocolate.
Impression: A whisky initially rather peaty whisky, with a thick and round sherry influence, rather farmy and intense. Very good. 
Rating: 16/20 FP: E5

18 Jul

Edradour Warrior Series for GI Jane 2005, 10 YO, OB, 55.9%, B:2016, cask 52. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Smooth, sweet, round, on toffee, some yeast and vegetal condiment. With time  the vegetal and yeasty flavours are getting lighter and on vanilla, some pollen and a hint of honey.
Taste: Oaky, spicy, on roasted nuts, leather, slightly spices, some pollen and vanilla. The finish is medium, intense, nutty, slightly grassy, with some hay, toffee, dried fruits and slightly fragrant flowers. Diluted, it becomes thinner, subtle and light.
Impression: A good sherried Edradour, on leather, nuts and toffee.
Rating: 14/20 FP: A1

17 Jul

Edradour 2003 for Fortune, 12 YO, OB, 58.4%, B:2016, cask 911, 696 bottles. Price:
Colour:  Old gold
Nose: Very smooth, floral, fragrant, with some yeast, hops, parsley, ham and Gruyere. With time, the cheesy flavours disappear and are replaced by more fruity flavours.
Taste: Fruity, smooth, juicy, on tangerine, some hops, parsley, honey, vanilla and melon. The finish is medium, smooth, fruity, juicy, with some fudge, honey and light fruits from the orchards.
Impression: A very good, smooth, juicy, fruity and well balanced whisky. Very enjoyable to drink. The quality of the Edradour distilled since Andrew took over the distillery is markedly better than most previous distillates. Just let it breath for a few minutes.
Rating: 15/20 FP: D1

16 Jul

Brora 1972 Rare Malts, 22 YO, OB, 58.7%, B:1995. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Very intense, extremely peaty, complex, coastal, farmy to very farmy, on paraffin, sea brine, camphor, maritime peat smoke and a touch of leather. The intensity of the complex peat smoke is impressive. Woaww.
Taste: Dry, intense, farmy to very farmy, peaty, citric, spicy, slightly earthy and aromatic, on dry fish, camphor, humus, some liquorice, menthol, seaweeds, beeswax, lemon peel, hemp rope, mustard seeds and almonds. Diluted, it becomes slightly smoother. The finish is very long, very peaty and intense, dry, complex, farmy, coastal, waxy, on camphor, spearmint, sea brine, some light earthy, mineral and aromatic flavours, some mustard, almonds and pepper. Diluted, it becomes waxier and more on camphor. With an ever lasting farmy (manure) peat smoke.
Impression:  When you bring the nose close to your glass, the peat smoke hits your nostrils with a delicious complex and farmy peat smoke that brings you close to heaven, complement by camphor, some mustard and coastal influence. Simply excellent and the legendary reputation is well deserved for anyone who enjoys this style of whisky, like me.
Thank you so much Benjamin for this gorgeous treat!
Rating: 20/20 FP:A7

Brora 1972 Rare Malts, 22 YO, 61.1%, B:1995. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Clean, peaty to very peaty, intense, farmy, citric to very citric, coastal, dry, spicy, slightly meaty, on peat smoke, lemon peel, sea brine, camphor and some tree sap. Cleaner, drier, more citric, slightly less farmy and complex than the 58.7%.
Taste: Waxy, citric to very citric, peppery, peaty, dry, rather clean, on camphor, lemon peel, bitter lemon, camphor, farmy peat smoke, some bandages, spearmint, light earthy and coastal flavours. Markedly more citric and lemony than the 58.7%. The finish is long to very long, peaty, waxy, farmy, citric to very citric, moderately medicinal, on peat smoke, camphor, iodine, spearmint, some eucalyptus, lemon peel, lemon juice, bitter lemon, other citrus, leather, and a hint of almonds.
Impression: Comparing these two legendary Brora was very instructive, as I was expecting two similar whiskies. These two Rare Malts are quite different, with the 58.7% being very intense, farmy and peaty, while the 61.1% is markedly more citric and on camphor, with light medicinal flavours. Both are excellent whiskies, but the 58.7% is more to my taste. Sadly, few whiskies with this style are being produced.
Thank you Gunnar for your help with sourcing this sample.
Rating: 19/20 FP:A6

15 Jul

Dufftown 1979, Golden Cask, 51.5%, B:2010, cask CM156, 359 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, intense, slightly floral and fragrant, on red berries, orange, tannins, precious wood and a hint of varnish.
Taste: Smooth, sweet, fruity, and slightly spicy, on tangerine, orange, various spices, and some exotic wood. The finish is medium to long, smooth, slightly fragrant and floral, on lacquer, some orange, marmalade and light spices.
Impression: A whisky with a very intense sherry influence on the nose, lighter and smoother on the palate, with a pleasant fruitiness.
Rating: 12/20 FP:I1

14 Jul

Cragganmore 12 YO, OB, 40%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Fresh, green, slightly malty, on green fruits (mainly green apples), some vanilla and liquid honey.
Taste: Green, slightly waxy, mineral and spicy, with some mustard seeds, pepper, vanilla and a touch of green apples and Mirabelle. The finish is medium, smooth, waxy, slightly citric and mineral, on mustard seeds, some pepper, sea brine and a hint of green apples and bitterness.
Impression: A very nice, slightly waxy and mineral whisky, with a touch of bitterness and some mustard seeds. Subtle and rather complex. A classic that is constantly of high quality.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1

13 Jul

Craigellachie Very Old Reserve 31 YO, OB, 52.2%, B:2016,  Ltd Batch No. 04-6137. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mellow, rich, complex, on mellow fruits, some passion fruits and a hint of mineral smoke.
Taste: Intense, spicy to very spicy, slightly waxy and mineral, on vanilla, mustard seeds, with a hint of Mirabelle and citrus. The finish is medium to long, mineral, waxy, spicy (mustardy), slightly peppery and oaky, on vanilla, some heather, a light smokiness and some grapefruit.
Impression: The oldest official Craigellachie I have tasted so far, very mellow and good, with a rather mineral flavour profile.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1

12 Jul

Ledaig Sherry, 11 YO, Cadenhead’s, 61.8%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very peaty, intense and maritime, tarry, slightly salty, on tar, hemp rope, seaweeds, sea salt, iodine, some camphor and a touch of menthol.
Taste: Very smooth and maritime, peaty to very peaty, smoky, tarry, slightly sour, on iodine, citrus, seaweeds, peat smoke, a whiff of fudge and tangerine. The finish is long, intense, maritime to very maritime, smoky, peaty, tarry, slightly medicinal, on peat smoke, idine, camphor, tar, seaweeds, bandages, and a light sweetness.
Impression: A very intense and peaty Ledaig, with strong maritime flavours and a most discreet sherry influence. Very good. Thank you Manfred!
Rating:14/20 FP:B7

11 Jul

Aberfeldy Exceptional Cask Series 1983 for the Chinese Whisky Society, 33 YO, OB, 52.4%, B:2016, 588 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very mellow, silky, elegant, floral, on dried fruits, sultanas, spices (cinnamon and some ginger), honey.
Taste: Mellow, very subtle, smooth, floral to very floral, rather spicy, on ginger, honey, some pepper, cinnamon, dried fruits, sultanas, oranges, light aromatic herbs, candied ginger, vanilla, tobacco leaves and a touch of heather. The finish is medium, very mellow, spicy, and slightly floral, on ginger, cinnamon, some pepper, honey, melon, vanilla, and sultanas and light aromatic herbs. Diluted, it becomes slightly more on melon and with a touch of tropical fruits.
Impression: Only a few official single casks of Aberfeldy have been bottled to date, but all were markedly younger that this mellow and very subtle Aberfeldy finished for 5 years in an ex-marsala cask. The spices (ginger, some pepper, aromatic herbs and cinnamon) probably coming from the wine cask give a certain freshness and intensity to this whisky, where all the flavours are very subtle (i.e., well integrated). A most enjoyable whisky. Thank you Derek.
Rating: 17/20 FP:E1

10 Jul

Clynelish 1996, 19 YO, Adelphi, 49.1%, B:2016, cask 11446,  174 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mellow, round, peaty, smoky, coastal, complex, rather subtle, with some tar and light notes of disinfectant. Excellent.
Taste: Rich, waxy, smooth, fruity to very fruity, lots of mango, some passion fruit and banana. The finish is medium, waxy, mellow, sweet, with lots of mango, on passion fruits and banana, as well as some pink grapefruit.
Impression: A very good and fruity whisky, waxy and mellow that starts to show a slight woodiness.
Rating: 15/20 FP:C2

09 Jul

Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu 2010, 6 YO, Blackadder, 59.7%, B:2016, cask 2630, 311 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold-gold
Nose: Moderately peaty, smoky, slightly rooty, dry and tarry, complex, on camphor, seaweeds and some bitter lemon and light aromatic flavours.
Taste: Rooty, peaty, maritime, rather dry and tarry, on anise seed, aromatic herbs, some citrus, tar, roots and kumquats. The finish is long, smoky, peaty, maritime, and slightly bitter, with some liquorice roots, quinine and some light soft fruity flavours in the back.
Impression: A pleasant whisky, which I found rather difficult, with a subtle balance between the peat, the bitterness and rooty flavours. Remarkable complex for its age.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A6

08 Jul

Cardhu 18 YO, OB, 40%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round to very round, fruity to very fruity, on melon, some tropical flavours and fur tree sap. It becomes sweeter and fruitier over time.
Taste: Thin, sweet, starchy, slightly malty, with light fruits from the orchards, and marshmallow. The finish is short, smooth, thin, slightly starchy, and with very weak flavours. Diluted, it is almost tasteless.
Impression: Initially, the nose was rather pleasant and promising, but after a few minutes, the intensity decreased. It is very weak on the palate and diluted, it tasted more like than flavoured water. Please bottle it at a higher strength!
Rating:  09/20 FP:A1

07 Jul

Cardhu 15 YO, OB, 40%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Smooth, slightly waxy and grassy, with a light touch of bitter lemon and light spices.
Taste: Spicy to very spicy (mustard and some pepper), slightly waxy and grassy, with some honey, grapefruit and a light farmy flavour. The finish is medium, slightly waxy, with some caramel, sea brine and a few mustard seeds.
Impression: A pretty good and nicely spicy whisky. I wished the finish was more intense. Markedly spicier than the 12 Y YO.
Rating: 12/20 FP:B1

06 Jul

Cardhu 12 YO, OB, 40%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Smoky, slightly spicy to spicy, on bacon, BBQ, some light floral flavours and pollen.
Taste: Light, very floral, fragrant, on vanilla, coriander, slightly aromatic, with a hint of tobacco leaves and citrus. The finish is medium, very round, smooth and fragrant, floral, with some tobacco, vanilla and coriander.
Impression: A well-made whisky, pleasant and good value in mainland Europe (around 30 euros).
Rating: 11/20 FP:A1

05 Jul

Bunnahabhain Blossom for Hot Malt Taiwan, 24 YO, Berry Bros & Rudd, 51%, B:2016, cask 7398, 270 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold-gold
Nose: Subtle, smooth, peaty, on vanilla, some dry peat smoke and light soft floral and maritime flavours.
Taste:  Smoky, slightly grassy, aromatic, salty and peaty, with a touch of tar, lemon zest, ginger and a hint of fresh tobacco leaves. The finish is medium to long, slightly waxy, smoky, grassy, and aromatic, with light spicy and aromatic herbs.
Impression: A very good slightly smoky and aromatic whisky, smooth and well balanced and quite complex. I like this style of whisky very much.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A3

04 Jul

Blair Athol 1988 for Taiwan, 26 YO, Signatory, 56.1%, B:2016, Wine treated butt 6846, 624 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose:  Smoky, floral, and slightly fragrant, on toffee, fudge, Christmas cake, cinnamon, nutmeg and a zest of mango and rubber.
Taste: Rich, thick, floral, juicy, dry, winey, vegetal, with some sweet liquorice (Haribo), treacle, dry spices and flowers. The finish is medium, dry, woody, earthy, winey, nutty, spicy, on liquorice and dry fruits..
Impression: A special whisky, winey, spicy, dry and tannic, with some earthy flavours and liquorice. Difficult to rate.
Rating: 13/20 FP:E1

03 Jul

Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 45, OB, 60.28%, B:2013. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich to very rich, intense, spicy, floral, smooth, on orange, chocolate, nuts, cinnamon and some berries. Very good.
Taste: Rich, spicy to very spicy, floral, slightly nutty, on red berries, grapes, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, tangerine, chocolate, leather, tannins, some roasted coffee and a touch of pepper. The finish is medium, heavy, spicy to very spicy, tannic, floral, nutty, on black pepper, leather, tannins, cinnamon, orange, tangerine, ginger, some cloves, bitter orange, red berries, chestnuts and dark chocolate.
Impression: A heavy, intense, rich and spicy Aberlour, with lots of orange. Seems slightly rougher and spicier than the other batches I have tried. Always a very good value whisky. Thank you Manfred.
Rating: 14/20 FP:J1

Mortlach 1995 Refill sherry, 17 YO, Cooper’s choice, 46%, B:2013. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very fruity, rich, floral, on orange, tangerine, guava, some peach and papaya. Lovely.
Taste: Very fruity, sweet, smooth, well balanced, floral, slightly spicy, on peach, guava, papaya, honey, tangerine, juicy oranges, cinnamon buns and some banana. The finish is long, deliciously fruity and juicy, slightly floral, smooth, complex, well balanced, on a mixture of exotic fruits, tangerine, tangerine and cinnamon. Excellent.
Impression: I haven’t tasted many recent Mortlach of this quality, with deliciously fruity, sweet and juicy flavours. Excellent! Thank you Manfred for this good surprise.
Rating: 17/20 FP:E2

02 Jul

Classic of Islay, JWWW, 56.4%, B:2014, cask 2725. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very peaty, smoky and maritime, medicinal, oaky, on iodine, seaweeds, with a touch of menthol and wet woods. Smells good the Lagavulin shore.
Taste: Smooth, young, maritime, smoky, peaty, salty, on sea salt, seaweeds, camphor, nuts, a light leather and nutty sherry influence. The finish is medium, maritime, peaty, smoky to very smoky, oaky, modern, nutty, with lots of iodine and camphor, on leather, some toffee and liquorice roots. Diluted, it becomes more on iodine and camphor, but seems younger as well.
Impression:  The nose was great, becoming rather heavy and oaky on the palate, with rather strong flavours of iodine and camphor. Seems rather young, like a 6 to 7 years old sherry matured, with a rather active influence from the cask. Thank you Manfred.
Rating: 14/20 FP:D6

Classic of Islay, JWWW, 56.1%, B:2014, cask 531. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Peaty, smoky, maritime, intense, oaky, on fudge, leather, iodine, some bandage, camphor, seaweeds. Slightly rounder and more on toffee than the cask 2725.
Taste: Maritime to very maritime, salty, oaky, on leather, nuts, pepper (black pepper), sea salt, kipper, burnt wood and peaty smoke, with light aromas of camphor, toffee and iodine. Heavier and less medicinal than cask 2725. The finis is medium, rather clean, smoky to very smoky, quite heavy, maritime, on peat smoke, spearmint, some camphor, pepper and liquorice roots. Diluted, it becomes slightly more medicinal and with some dark chocolate.
Impression: A cleaner and slightly heavier version than cask 2725, slightly less complex as well.  These Classic of Islay are fairly prices cask strength Islay single casks from the South shore of Islay.
Rating: 13/20 FP: C5

01 Jul

Blair Athol 1988 For Fortune (Taiwan), 25 YO, Signatory, 59.6%, B:2014, casks 6920 & 6924. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Smooth, floral, fragrant, elegant, subtle, harmonious, and light aromas of toffee.
Taste: Very smooth, quite spicy, rich and fruity, with some tobacco leaves, yellow fruits, vanilla custard and light grassy flavours. The finish is medium to long, round, smooth, slightly malty, on vanilla, yellow flowers, with a touch of liquorice and dried flowers. Diluted, it becomes more fragrant and bitter, with some burnt rubber.
Impression: A very good, smooth and floral whisky, rather fresh with a pleasant light and well-integrated spiciness. Better without water.
Rating: 16/20 FP: E1

Blair Athol 1988 For Fortune (Taiwan), 26 YO, Signatory, 57.0%, B:2015, Wine treated butt 6804. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very vegetal, spicy, on vegetal condiment, toffee, caramel and some fudge.
Taste: Vegetal, rubbery, spicy, floral, on burnt rubber, caramel and some vegetal condiment. The finis is medium, very rubbery, spicy, and fragrant, on caramel, burnt sugar and some vegetal spices.
Impression: A very rubbery whisky, fragrant and vegetal. Not my style. Sorry.
Rating: 09/20 FP:G1

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