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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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