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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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