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26 Avr

Special Limburg Whisky Fair

Speyside 1975 Fino, 43 YO, Antique Lions Spirits, 46.9%, B:2016, 230 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Mellow, very round, rather intense, slightly floral and aromatic, on soft spices, elegant and round fino flavours and lots of exotic fruits. Very good.
Taste: Intense to very intense, mellow, slightly floral, aromatic and mineral, very fruity, on a mixture of sweet exotic fruits, light mineral and aromatic smoke, some Mirabelle, quince and citrus. Complex and well balanced. The finish is long, mellow to very mellow, rich, floral, fruity, mineral, slightly smoky and peaty, on a mixture of exotic fruits, mineral and slightly aromatic smoke, grapefruits and soft spices.
Impression: An excellent, well balanced and complex fino matured single malt, with lovely mineral and slightly citric flavours.
Rating: 18/20 FP:G2

25 Apr

Special Limburg Whisky Fair

Clynelish 1997, 20 YO, Antique Lions Spirits, 48.0%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Intense, sharp, mustardy, slightly mineral and smoky, on sea brine, citrus and a touch of peat smoke. Very good. Reminds me of the 1983 or early 1970s Clynelish style.
Taste: Clean, sharp, waxy to very waxy, citric, mustardy, slightly smoky and peaty, on sea brine, some charcoal, citrus, peat smoke, heather and a hint of tar. The finish is long to very long and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very good, intense, waxy, clean and citric Clynelish. One of the best Clynelish I have tasted from the “new” Clynelish distillery. Simply lovely.
Rating: 17/20 FP:C2

24 Apr

Special Whisky Schiff Luzern

Clynelish 1997 Celebration of the Cask, 20 YO, Carn Mor, 57.0%, B:2017, cask 9441. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very round, mustardy, on sea brine, orange, orange zest, wax, some leather, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste: Very round, fruity, waxy, rich, slightly spicy and rubbery, on mustard seeds, tangerine, orange, orange zest, cinnamon, some nutmeg and sea brine. Diluted, it becomes more waxy, mineral, mustardy and citric. The finish is long, round, sweet, slightly waxy and mineral, with some mustard seeds, red berries, orange peel and sea brine.
Impression: A very good expression of Clynelish, with a very nice round sherry influence. It becomes more mustardy and waxy with some water.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G2

23 Apr

Special Whisky Schiff Luzern

Tobermory 1995, 22 YO, Valinch & Mallet, 51.5%, B:2017, cask 17-202, 124 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very smooth, round, slightly mellow, creamy and salty, on sea brine, vanilla custard, some maritime smoke, light mineral flavours and lemon. Very good.
Taste: Very smooth, mellow, round, creamy, with some lemon, sea brine, seashells, vanilla custard and a light smokiness. Diluted, it becomes spicier and more on tobacco. The finish is medium to long, mellow, very smooth, creamy, slightly maritime and salty, on sea brine, lemon, tobacco, smoke, seashells and vanilla.
Impression: A very good, complex and creamy Tobermory, with nice flavours of seashells and cream.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A2

Tobermory 1995 Old Train Line, 22 YO, JWWW, 44.3%, B:2018, 249 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Light, very smooth, milky, salty, on sea brine and sea shells.
Taste: Light to very light, smooth, slightly salty and maritime, very creamy, with some seashells and vanilla. The finish is medium, smooth, creamy, with light spices, some tobacco, pastries, lemon and vanilla custard. Diluted, it becomes creamier.
Impression: A very creamy, round and smooth expression of Tobermory.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A2

 

21 Apr

Bowmore 12 YO, OB, 40%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Mellow, round, elegant, complex, with soft spices, vanilla, melon, milk and honeydew melon. Very good.
Taste: Balanced, round, grassy to very grassy, rather complex and juicy, slightly peaty and maritime, on honey, vanilla, light milky flavours and juicy fruits. The finish is medium, grassy to very grassy, round, slightly creamy, spicy, maritime and peaty, on honey, light minty and smoky flavours.
Impression: A very good whisky, grassy, slightly peaty, well balanced, with pleasant fruity flavours.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A3

20 Apr

Auchentoshan American Oak, OB, 40%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Very smooth, green, fresh, slightly nutty, on vanilla, orchard fruits and some almonds.
Taste: Smooth, green, spicy, slightly nutty, light, on vanilla, some fragrance and light creamy flavours. The finish is medium, light, smooth, green to very green, slightly spicy and nutty, on freshly cut grass, some honey and green nutty flavours.
Impression: A nice, smooth and green whisky, pleasant to drink.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1

19 Avr

Ardbeg 1974, 15 YO, Samaroli, 57%, B:1999. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very peaty, intense, maritime, slightly medicinal, on peat smoke, tangerine, some dried fruits, light spices, sea brine, some camphor, sea shells, and eucalyptus.
Taste: Very intense, complex, peaty, very maritime, tarry, rooty, slightly sooty and mineral, on peat smoke, sea weeds, tar, hemp rope, soot, on bandages, disinfectant, camphor and iodine, with some dried fruits. The finish is very long, very intense and peaty, oaky, maritime, medicinal, smoky, on iodine, peat smoke, seaweeds, some liquorice roots, sultanas, other light sweet fruity flavours and bandages.
Diluted, it become more medicinal, phenolic and rooty.
Impression: An excellent intense and peaty Ardbeg, with nice light oaky and medicinal flavours. The intensity and balanced between the maritime peat smoke and the moderate sweet sherry influence work very well. While it might not the most complex Ardbeg from the 1970s, I really enjoyed its intensity.
Rating: 18/20 FP:F8

17 Apr

Ardbeg 1976 First Bottling, 25 YO, Silver Seal, 50%, B:2001. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round to very round, sweet, medicinal, smoky, on round and mellow peat smoke, tangerine, sultanas, some disinfectant, seaweeds and bandages.
Taste: Mellow, round, sweet, peaty, medicinal, maritime, phenolic, on peat smoke, seaweeds, some tar, orange, bandages, light spices and disinfectant. The finish is very long, complex, round, mellow, medicinal, smoky, peaty, maritime, on seaweeds, peat smoke, bandages, disinfectant, some roots, tangerine, orange, dried fruits and some light mineral flavours.
Impression: An excellent, medicinal, mellow, round and well balanced Ardbeg, combining a complex peat smoke and some sweet fruity flavours.
Rating: 17/20 FP:F7

16 Avr

Ardbeg 1975, 31 YO, OB, 54.2%, B:2006, cask 1375, 522 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, maritime, phenolic, mellow to very mellow, slightly round and sweet, on peat smoke, tar, mineral smoke, some seaweeds, phenols, bandages, disinfectant and some dried fruits. The peat smoke is excellent.
Taste: Peaty, maritime, complex, salty, elegant, slightly medicinal, on peat smoke, sea brine, seaweeds, tangerine, some orange, disinfectant and bandages. Diluted, it becomes drier and more rooty. The finish is long to very long, complex, very peaty, medicinal, maritime, slightly salty, on dry peat smoke, some tar, liquorice roots, seaweeds and dried fruits. Diluted, it becomes slightly more medicinal.
Impression: An excellent, peaty, maritime and slightly medicinal Ardbeg, with an excellent slightly drying peat smoke and some sweet sherry influence.
Rating: 18/20 FP:E7

15 Apr

Ardbeg 1975 Feis Ile 2005, 29 YO, OB, 47.2%, B:2006, cask 4704, 270 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Intense, peaty to very peaty, medicinal, maritime, on peat smoke, seaweeds, tar, bandages, disinfectant, some dried fruits. More medicinal than the 31 YO.
Taste: Medicinal, smoky, peaty, slightly maritime, on peat smoke, seaweeds, disinfectant, bandages, phenols and some tar. The finish is very long, mellow, medicinal to very medicinal, smoky, peaty, and maritime, with some sweet and dried fruits, nice maritime and medicinal peats smoke. Lovely and very complex.
Impression: An excellent, complex, mellow and well balanced Ardbeg, with an excellent complex peat smoke and nice medicinal flavours. Nice to taste again an Ardbeg from the glorious 1970s.
Rating: 19/20 FP:F7

 

14 Apr

Penderyn Myth, OB, 41%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very fresh, floral, fragrant, on varnish and paint remover.
Taste: Subtle, elegant, slightly grassy, waxy and floral, with some citrus, vanilla, starch, pine wax and marmalade. The finish is medium, smooth, slightly starchy, with some green apples, pine wax, citrus and vanilla.
Impression:  A good whisky, smooth, showing a nice maturity, with light aromatic flavours and pine wax. Pleasantly balanced.
Rating: 14/20 FP:C1

12 Apr

Cardhu 18 YO, OB, 40%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Smooth, nutty, floral, spicy, with some vanilla, tangerine, nuts and a hint of smoke. Over time, it becomes sweeter and fruitier.
Taste: Smooth, sweet, juicy, fruity, slightly floral and nutty, on honey, melon, vanilla, light spices and some nuts. The finish is medium, floral, smooth, nutty, spicy, slightly peppery and with some vanilla, marmalade and tangerine.
Impression: A good, smooth, moderately spicy and nutty whisky, with a good balance. A nice all-rounder.
Rating: 14/20 FP:C1

11 Apr

Cardhu 12 YO, OB, 40%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Clean, light, floral, rather close, with some saw dust.
Taste: Very smooth, light, floral, creamy, on hops, fresh cream and freshly sawn wood and some nutty flavours. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very smooth, floral and creamy whisky. Well made and pleasant to drink.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1


Cardhu 15 YO, OB, 40%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Smooth, fresh, light, floral, on vanilla, light spices, some nuts and light creamy aromas.
Taste: Very smooth, spicy, on juicy oak, light nutty flavours, cinnamon, tangerine, some honey and orange. The finish is medium, smooth to very smooth, slightly floral and nutty, on juicy oak, some honey and various spices.
Impression: A very smooth whisky, spicy and on juicy oak. Pretty good.
Rating: 12/20 FP:C1

08 Avr

Penderyn Port Wood, OB, 46%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Smooth, very aromatic, slightly winey, on bitter and aromatic herbs and tree sap. Good.
Taste: Grassy, smooth, aromatic to very aromatic, on bitter herbs, some green pears, and various aromatic and slightly austere flavours. The finish is medium, smooth, mellow, aromatic, slightly austere and winey, with some aromatic herbs, grapefruits, melon, tobacco and vanilla.
Impression: A very good whisky, smooth, with a nice mouth feel, and with pleasant aromatic flavours. Well made. Matured
Rating: 15/20 FP:C2

07 Apr

Edradour 2004, 11 YO, OB, 57.6%, B:2016, sherry cask 426, 674 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Thick, intense, rich, on tannins, dark chocolate, leather, dried fruits, spices, cinnamon sticks, orange, dried oranges, dark chocolate and some dried meat.
Taste:  Floral, intense, rich, on leather, tannins, dried fruits, spices, orange, some tangerine, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa and precious wood. Diluted, it becomes sweeter and fruitier, including exotic fruits.
Impression: A very heavy intense sherried whisky, fruity and with light tannins and wood spices. Very good.
Rating: 16/20 FP:F1

06 Apr

Yamazaki 25 YO, OB, 43%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Intense, rich, spicy, floral, complex to very complex, heavily sherried, on rich spices, cinnamon, leather, nutmeg, orange, lacquer, exotic wood, some tangerine, melon, sultanas, figs and exotic fruits. Most charming.
Taste: Rich to very rich, intense, floral, very fruity, spicy to very spicy, slightly peppery, rich, fruity to very fruity, on leather, exotic wood and fruits, tangerine, cinnamon, nutmeg, lacquer, sultanas, figs, some cloves and treacle. The finish is medium to long, slightly dry and tannic and on the same flavours. Diluted, it become more bitter and drier.
Impression: A well-matured, complex and spicy whisky, heavy on the European sherry casks with nice fruity flavours. Excellent, and I enjoyed it better neat, as the water tends to reinforce the dry and bitter flavours present in the whisky. An excellent whisky that deserves well its reputation.
Rating: 17/20 FP:E1

05 Apr

Ledaig Private Collection 2005, G&M, 45%, Bourbon finished in Hermitage Casks, 4100 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Mellow to very mellow, round, grassy, moderately peaty and maritime, with some leather, tangerine, orange, light floral flavours, some maritime peat smoke, candied fruits and seaweeds. Nicely complex.
Taste: Peaty to very peaty, dry, salty, maritime, slightly phenolic and medicinal, on leather, dry peat smoke, seaweeds, some honey, tangerine, and light nutty flavours. The finish is medium, dry, peaty, smoky, intense, maritime, slightly medicinal, on seaweeds, camphor, iodine, peat smoke, leather, orange, tangerine, some humus, spices, and disinfectant.
Impression: A very nice mellow, sweet and nutty peaty whisky, with nice medicinal and maritime flavours. The wine cask influence is rather soft.
Rating: 16/20 FP:D6

04 Apr

Ledaig 2005, 12 YO, The Single Malts of Scotland, 54.8%, B:2017, cask 10071, 246 bottles. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Young, smooth, very peaty, maritime, on vanilla, seaweeds, camphor, peat smoke and a touch of seashells.
Taste: Smooth, young to very young, very peaty, dry, ashy, and tarry, slightly maritime, on hemp rope, peat smoke, iodine, camphor and some seaweeds. The finish is medium, very dry and peaty, young, maritime, tarry, on hemp rope, seaweeds, peat smoke, some citrus peel and liquorice roots.
Impression: A peat monster, dry and maritime that taste young.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A8

02 Apr

Ledaig 2005 Cellar Book for La Maison Du Whisky, Signatory, 56.6%, B:2017, Sherry Butt 900155, 634 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round to very round, floral, with lots of toffee and fudge.
Taste: Round to very round, floral, slightly spicy, peaty and rubbery, on toffee, fudge, burnt rubber, slightly bitter caramel, some orange, tangerine, leather, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The finish is medium, slightly smoky, rubbery, round, spicy, on humus, orange, tangerine, toffee, fudge, some sea salt and peat smoke. There is a rather long persisting maritime peat smoke.
Impression: It started on a round nose, with loads of toffee and fudge, as well as some rubber, before the peat smoke and the slightly fruity flavours come through. Complex and enjoyable.
Rating: 15/20 FP:E5

Ledaig 2005 for HNWS Taiwan 12th Anniversary, 12 YO, Cadenhead's, 61.1%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very peaty, intense, complex, maritime, medicinal, on a rather smooth, mellow, tarry and medicinal peat smoke. A good one.
Taste: Peaty, smoky to very smoky, medicinal, tarry, on intense oaky flavours, peat smoke, tar, some toffee, medicinal flavours and seaweeds. Diluted, it becomes oakier and more on toffee. The finish is medium, very maritime, salty, and medicinal, on seaweeds, peat smoke, iodine and disinfectant.
Impression: A good peaty and medicinal peated whisky, rather smooth and easy drinking.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A6

01 Apr

Strathisla 'The Distillery Reserve Collection' 2003,13 YO, OB, 58.3%, Sherry Cask62274, 654 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Nutty to very nutty, smooth, floral, rich to very rich, round, on sultanas, plums, precious wood, some dried figs, leather, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some exotic fruits. Very good.
Taste: Rich, spicy to very spicy, intense, floral, sweet, fruity, on orange, exotic fruits, cinnamon, mango, sultanas, figs, light grassy and aromatic flavours. Delicious. The finish is long, rich, intense, floral, spicy to very spicy, on high grade leather, soft tannins, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, sultanas, dried fruits, some cocoa, mango, exotic fruits and a touch of cloves. Diluted, it becomes sweeter.
Impression: A delicious sweet and fruity whisky, with a most pleasant mouth feel, rich dried and sweet fruity flavours. From an excellent sherry cask bottled at the right time. I loved it.
Rating: 18/20 FP:G1

30 Mar

Kavalan 2009 'Solist', OB, 58.60%, sherry cask S090306024, 461 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose:  Very thick, intense, floral, on treacle, tannins, leather, dried fruits, dates, plums, lacquer, precious wood, orange, sultanas, cinnamon and some cloves. Very good.
Taste: Thick, dry, tannic, floral, slightly astringent, on precious woods, lacquer, marmalade, orange, dry fruits, sultanas, dry tannins, leather, eucalyptus, some menthol. The finish is long, nutty, dry, astringent, tannic, slightly bitter, on cloves, marmalade, precious wood, dried fruits, walnuts, dark chocolate and some fruity flavours. Diluted, the tannins and the astringency growth more intense.
Impression: A real sherry monster, on rich leather and tannins flavours, dried fruits and cloves. From a very good sherry cask, even if the wood is slightly too present to my liking.
Rating: 15/20 FP:J1

25 Mar

Edradour 2005 for Fortune and Drunken Master Bar, 11 YO, OB,  59.1%, B:2016, Oloroso Sherry cask 90. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very round and floral, on fudge, cocoa, sweet juicy fruity flavours, sultanas, some dates, figs, and other pleasant complex flavours. Very good
Taste: Floral to very floral, light, rich, spicy, slightly fragrant, on toffee, fudge, sultanas, dates, orange, tangerine, fudge cake, and light spices. The finish is long, elegant, complex, light, floral, on sticky fudge cake, cocoa, spices, sultanas, dates, figs, orange, tangerine, cinnamon and other spices.
Impression: An excellent whisky. While it is a richly sherried whisky, it has very nice sherry flavours, with the whole surprisingly light and smooth. A remarkable well done whisky.
Rating: 17/20 FP:G1

24 Mar

Glen Grant 1965 for La Maison Du Whisky, 51 YO, Gordon & MacPhail, 43.6%, B:2017, First Fill Sherry Cask, 19 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Deliciously fruity, complex, mellow, floral, on honey, heather, light grassy flavours, aromatic herbs, mango, exotic fruits, orange, some tree sap, tangerine and a touch of eucalyptus.
Taste: A delicious old, complex and aromatic whisky, on tree sap, aromatic and slightly bitter herbs, old furniture, precious wood, plums, sultanas, tannins, old leather, some mint, eucalyptus, earthy flavours, and pine tree sap, with a touch of peat smoke. The finish is very long, floral, aromatic, slightly austere, peaty, tannic and bitter, on walnuts, dark chocolate, orange, marmalade, tangerine, cinnamon, some red berries, Pu-Ehr tea, cocoa and cloves. Diluted, it becomes slightly more tannic and astringent.
Impression: An excellent very old whisky, very complex, on tree sap, marmalade and some dried fruits.  The wood is present, but well integrated. Unfortunately, there were only 19 bottles of this fine malt. A well deserved Supreme Winner at the latest Malt Maniacs Awards in the Ultra Premium Category.
Rating: 18/20 FP:G1

23 Mar

Kavalan 2009 Solist sherry, OB, 58.60%, B:2017, cask S090306031, 481 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber-black
Nose:  Smooth, very intense, tannic, slightly fragrant, on varnish, orange, bitter orange, cinnamon, lacquer, cinnamon and precious wood.
Taste: Very intense and spicy, floral, slightly astringent, tannic and acetic, on balsamic vinegar, marmalade, precious wood, cinnamon, lacquer, leather, wood furniture, some cloves, rancio, and orange liqueur (Cointreau). The finish is medium to long, rich, dry to very dry, floral, fragrant, bitter, on bitter herb liqueur (Appenzeller or Fernet Branca), marmalade, cloves, cinnamon and bitter orange. Heavy on tannins and quite bitter. Diluted, it becomes slightly fruitier.
Impression: A nice complex and rich whisky, heavy on the wood, with a rather bitter and tannic dry finish.
Rating: 15/20 FP:J1

22 Mar

Spécial Whisky Schiff Lucerne 2018

Port Ellen 1978 Rare Malts, 20 YO, OB, 60.90%, B: 1999. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very intense and peaty, clean, slightly oaky, maritime and tarry, on vanilla, peat smoke, some seaweeds and light maritime flavours. Very different from the 1983. More intense and brutal.
Taste: Very intense, salty and peaty, smoky, on iodine, vanilla, peat smoke, liquorice, paraffin, some mineral and diesel smoke, as well some kippers and seaweeds. The finish is long to very long, very peaty and intense, maritime, slightly oaky, on seaweeds, peat smoke, some tar, disinfectant, bandages and dry liquorice roots.
Impression: Another excellent Port Ellen, very intense and peaty, maritime, slightly dry and medicinal. A very different style than the 1983.
Rating: 18/20 FP:A8

Port Ellen 1983 XO, 32 YO, Valinch and Mallet, 54.1%, B:2015, cask 1050. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, very smoky and maritime, on iodine, camphor, peat smoke, some seashells, bandages and diesel and mineral smoke. With a complex peat smoke. Excellent.
Taste: Salty, maritime, very smoky, peaty, medicinal, on iodine, bandages, disinfectant, peat smoke, some camphor and menthol. The finish is very long, very smoky, peaty and phenolic, medicinal, on bandage, camphor, peat smoke, iodine, some menthol, seaweeds, tar and liquorice roots.
Impression: An excellent Port Ellen, with a very complex, smoky and medicinal peat smoke. Well balanced and complex.  The peat smoke seems to stay forever. One of the best Port Ellen from that vintage. From the same cask as the bottling for the Auld Alliance. Thank you Davide.
Rating: 18/20FP:A7

21 Mar

Special Whisky Schiff Luzern

Dalmore 2006, 10 YO, The Whisky Chamber, 55%, B:2017, cask 2128. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Round to very round, slightly floral and spicy, on cherries, sultanas, some dried fruits, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and winey flavours.
Taste: Rich, intense, spicy to very spicy, floral, thick, chewy, slightly winey, on sultanas, grapes, dried fruits, orange, cinnamon, cloves and some tropical fruits. The finish is medium, thick, chewy, syrupy, slightly winey, on dried fruits, sultanas, orange, rich spicy flavours and light floral and nutty flavours.
Impression: It is good to taste a sherried Dalmore. A rich, intense, thick, winey Dalmore, with intense spicy flavours.
Rating: 14/20 FP:H1

20 Mar

Special Whisky Schiff Luzern

Jura 20 YO One for All, OB, 51%, B:2018, 4992 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber-dark amber
Nose: Round, mellow, winey, syrupy, thick, on sultanas, dried fruits, red berries, some malty and sea brine flavours.
Taste:  Round to very round, mellow, rich, fruity, floral, slightly winey, on dried fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, sultanas, grapes, some sea brine and exotic fruits. The finish is medium, thick, mellow, rich, slightly chewy, on dried fruits, light winey flavours, grapes, cinnamon, nutmeg, some cloves and sultanas. Diluted, it becomes rather winey and spicier, as well as with light salty flavours.
Impression: A mellow, round, rich and thick Jura, with a combination of bourbon, sherry and wine casks. Well made, rather pleasant and not too winey.
Rating: 14/20 FP:H1

19 Mar

Special Whisky Schiff Luzern

AWA Gewürtztraminer, OB, 43%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Rich, malty, round, fruity to very fruity, on peach, Mirabelle, quince, some apricots and light spices. With time, it becomes slightly peppery and more sugary.
Taste: Dry initially then spicy, malty, sweet, sugary, on peach, Mirabelle, quince and some pepper. It tasted like some rye whiskey matured in a sweet wine cask. The finish is medium to long, sweet, sugary, slightly dry and peppery, on quince, Mirabelle, peach and some apricots. Diluted, it becomes more sugary and fruitier.
Impression: AWA, the Authentic Whisky D’Alsace is one of the two distilleries of the Alsatian Town of Uberach. A pleasant, easy drinking whisky, sweet and fruity, with some light dry peppery flavours. A good discovery and well made whisky. Worth tasting. Thank you Thierry.
Rating: 14/20 FP:G1

Uberach Cask Jaune 2009, OB, 52.3%, B:2017, SCB cask 209F. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Intense, clean, malty, winey, slightly spicy and rubbery, with some dry white grapes, malt and yellow fruits.
Taste: Rich, intense, winey, slightly rubbery and malty, on sweet wine, light rubber and light malty flavours. The finish is medium, malty, winey, slightly rubbery, with some dried fruits, grapes and light spices. Diluted, it becomes slightly spicier, drier and more winey.
Impression: An intense and rich whisky, with a strong winey influence from the Vin Jaune, a speciality from the French Jura. Not an easy whisky, due to its strong winey influence. A love or hate whisky. Thank you Thierry.
Rating: 12/20 FP:E1

18 Mar

Special Whisky Schiff Luzern

GlenDronach 2004 Hand-filled, OB, 56.1%, B: 2017, cask 345/6630. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Mellow, rich, thick, syrupy, on dark berries, sultanas, plums, leather, cocoa, cinnamon, some roasted almonds and pleasant floral aromas. Very good.
Taste: Rich, very intense, spicy, oaky, clean to very clean, slightly floral, on sultanas, leather, dark berries, some exotic fruits (mango and guava). The finish is long, intense, rich, clean, sharp, on dark fruits, leather, cocoa, dark chocolate, sultanas, some cinnamon, cloves, plums, dark berries (dark cherries and brambleberries) and exotic fruits. Diluted, it becomes slightly more on dark chocolate and with some roasted coffee beans.
Impression: A very clean, sharp and intense GlenDronach, rather floral and on dark chocolate. I enjoyed this style very much.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1

GlenDronach 1994 Distillery Exclusive, 21 YO, OB, 53.2%, B:2017, cask 3399, 629 bottles. Price:
Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Intense, rich, spicy, heavy, slightly oaky and smoky, on dark chocolate, sultanas, leather, tannins and some brambleberries. Rather mellow and different from the 2004.
Taste: Complex, subtle, rich, on spices, tannins, wood spices, leather, some peat smoke, dark berries, cinnamon, nutmeg and subtle floral flavours. Rather thick and chewy. The finish is long, mellow, rich, complex, slightly woody, on leather, tannins, sultanas, dried fruits (figs and plums), some peat smoke, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark berries, cocoa and a touch of roasted coffee beans.  Diluted, it becomes slightly bitterer.
Impression: A different style of whisky than the 2004, smokier, mellower, and more complex, but also slightly more woody and bitter. Two different style, but of the same very high quality (with a slight preference for the 2004).
Rating: 16/20 FP:H2

 

17 Mar

Special Whisky Schiff Luzern

Brora 1981, Signatory, 43%, B:1999, cask 569. Price:
Colour: Straw-pale gold
Nose: Intense, farmy to very farmy, peaty, smoky, mustardy, on peat smoke, soot, mineral oil and wax. Excellent.
Taste: Mineral to very mineral, tarry, sooty, peaty, smoky, farmy to very farmy, on peaty, mineral, tarry and sooty smoke, some mineral oil, bandages and citrus. Oily to very oily with an intense peatiness. Diluted, it becomes more medicinal. The finish is long, dry, smoky, tarry, sooty, peaty, citric, on sooty peat smoke, camphor, bandages, smoked bacon, mineral oil, mustardy and on grapefruits.
Impression: An excellent sooty, peaty, citric Brora with pronounced medicinal flavours. Surprisingly peaty and medicinal from a Brora from that vintage. Very different from the 1981 Millenium, for instance.
Rating: 18/20 FP:A6

Brora 1981, 22 YO, Duncan Taylor, 60.8%, B:2004, cask 1426, 251 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very round, mellow, waxy to very waxy, slightly smoky, mineral and farmy, on mineral oil, mustard seeds, citrus,  some vanilla, smoke bacon, a light dry, sooty and tarry peat smoke. Very good. It becomes more on lemon peel and grapefruit with some aeration.
Taste: Mellow, slightly dry, peaty, smoky and farmy, on citrus, mustard, rather strong farmy flavours, wax, mineral oil, grapefruit and dry peat smoke. The finish is medium to long, dry, rooty, citric, with on grapefruit, lemon peel, dry farmy flavours, some peat smoke, quince and toasted wood. Austere. With a strong dry, austere and farmy (stable) aftertaste.
Impression: A rather difficult Brora, austere, dry, slightly farmy and peaty. Probably not to everyone’s taste.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A3

16 Mar

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Glen Keith World of Whisky 20th Anniversary 1997, 20 YO, Signatory, 53.6%, B:2018, cask 72607, 247 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold-gold
Nose: Floral, light, oaky, with some bitter orange, green apples and light and fragrant flavours.
Taste: Floral, rich, spicy, rather creamy, on apples (cooked and green), some honey, almonds, orange peel and vanilla. The finish is medium, floral, fragrant, fresh, malty, creamy, and slightly peppery, on apples, vanilla, some almonds and bitter orange peel. Diluted, it becomes more peppery.
Impression: The nose is slightly close and rather floral and fragrant, before becoming more complex, creamy and on apples on the palate. Very good.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A1

Glen Keith for Acla da Fans 1997, 20 YO, Signatory, 54.3%, B:2017, cask 72607, 318 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Floral, oaky, with some bitter orange, green apples and light and fragrant flavours. Slightly rounder, sweeter and less oaky than the WoW bottling.
Taste: Fresh, round, creamy, slighty mellow, rather fruity and floral, on honey, cooked apples, some almonds, vanilla, a hint of smoke of marzipan. The finish is medium, round, pleasant, well balanced, with soft spices, on honey, vanilla, cooked apples, light creamy and floral flavours, as well as some almonds. Diluted, it becomes rather creamy and slightly spicier.
Impression: A very good expression of Glen Keith, close to the WoW, but slightly rounder, sweeter and fruitier.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1

15 Mar

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Glenfiddich Distillery Only, 15 YO, OB, 55.6%, B:2017, batch 43. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Rich, complex, subtle, floral, slightly spicy, on humus, orchard fruits, honey, some vanilla, cinnamon, as well as some sweet and dried fruits.
Taste: Mellow, spicy, floral, slightly oaky, on orchard fruits, vanilla, some humus, smoke, honey and cinnamon. The finish is medium, rich, intense, floral, slightly spicy, on humus, orchard fruits, honey, some dried fruits and peat smoke. Diluted, it becomes fruitier, slightly spicier and more on humus.
Impression:  A good, rich and intense Glenfiddich, floral, on orchard fruits, honey and humus.
Rating: 14/20 FP:D2

Glengoyne Distillery Cask 2004, OB, 57.4%, B:2018, cask 3559. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very clean and floral, malty, fresh, fragrant, on hay, freshly cut flowers and a light bitterness.
Taste: Very smooth, clean and floral, malty, floral, with light fresh fruity flavours, on hay, freshly cut flowers, some bitterness and fragrance. The finish is medium and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly bitterer.
Impression:   A very clean and floral expression of Glengoyne, with a light fruity flavour.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1

14 Mar

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Buair an Diabhail of Islay N°1 Port Cask, The Whisky Chamber, 57.3%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Red
Nose: Very peaty, smoky and maritime, slightly oaky, on seaweeds, peat smoke, kippers, oak spices, wood smoke, some iodine, camphor, some light sweet, sugary and winey flavours. Very intense.
Taste: Intense, oaky, peaty, smoky, slightly young, on round winey flavours, some sultanas, grapes, plums, dried fruits, iodine, peat and wood smoke. The finish is medium to long, rich, intense, oaky, spicy, maritime, on peat smoke, some iodine, round winey flavours, grapes, sultanas and camphor. Diluted, it becomes rather winey, with strong Port flavours.
Impression: A very good single malt distilled on the South shore of Lagavulin, very smoky, and a rather discreet Port influence when tasted neat. With water, the Port influence becomes much stronger.
Rating: 15/20 FP:F7

Buair an Diabhail of Islay N°1 for Awico Sauternes Cask, The Whisky Chamber, 57.7%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Intense, peaty, smoky, maritime, round, on sweet white wine, seaweeds, spices, peat and wood smoke, some iodine and camphor.
Taste: Very peaty, smoky and maritime, intense, slightly oaky, on sweet white wine, camphor, iodine, seaweeds, peat and wood smoke, as well as a touch of menthol. The finish is long, intense, very peaty, smoky and maritime, on iodine, peat and wood smoke, camphor, seaweeds, keepers, light oaky spices, some tar, soot and sweet winey flavours.  Diluted, it becomes more medicinal and phenolic.
Impression: A very peaty, medicinal and maritime Lagavulin. An excellent and very intense whisky that I enjoyed very much and with the right balance of Sauternes influence to round the edges. Thank you Willy.
Rating: 17/20 FP:D7

13 Mar

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Glen Garioch 2000, 7 YO, Exclusive Malts, 58.2%, Red Wine Barrique cask 93, 328 bottles. Price:
Colour: Red
Nose: Very smooth and round, winey, on red grapes, light spices and aromatic flavours, red berries and nice malty flavours.
Taste: Young, round to very round, smooth, winey, malty, slightly creamy and spicy, on grapes, with some strawberries, ginger, humus and heather. Diluted, it becomes spicier. The finish is medium, intense, rich, malty, round to very round, clean, slightly winey, with loads of crystalized ginger, on grapes and some humus.
Impression: Avery clean and malty Glen Garioch, with rather strong winey flavours on the nose, becoming lighter on the palate, with some ginger and humus. A pleasant one.
Rating: 14/20 FP:G1

Glen Garioch 1991 For Ramseyer’s Whisky Connection, 26 YO, Maltbarn, 51.6%, B:2017, 78 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Mellow, complex, aromatic to very aromatic, slightly waxy, on light aromatic peat smoke, some humus, ginger, heather and honey. Very good and well balanced.
Taste: Mellow, waxy, rich, moderately spicy, rather aromatic, on heather honey, some candied ginger, humus, and a touch of peat smoke. Complex and well balanced. The finish is medium to long, rich, mellow, aromatic, slightly waxy, on humus, aromatic peat smoke and some ginger. Diluted, it becomes smokier and peatier.
Impression: A very good Glen Garioch, intense, aromatic, complex, with a pleasant aromatic peat smoke. It is very nice to taste again some old fashioned Glen Garioch such as this one (and good value as well). Thank you Markus.
Rating: 16/20 FP:B3

12 Mar
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Glenburgie 1995 for Maltbarn, 22 YO, Signatory, 51.3%, B:2017, cask 6508. 246 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Rich, sweet, mellow, fruity, complex, slightly salty and sugary, on red berries, dried fruits, honey, some tangerine and light grassy flavours. Very good.
Taste: Rich, sweet, fruity, intense, slightly grassy and floral, on honey, tangerine, dried fruits, some humus and smoke. Diluted, it becomes slightly salty, smokier and with some cocoa. The finish is long, syrupy, sweet, complex to very complex, slightly floral and dry, on treacle, dried fruits, cocoa, honey, light grassy and smoky flavours, candied oranges and sultanas.
Impression: An excellent Glenburgie, complex, sweet, mellow, with rich fruity and honey flavours. I loved its balanced. Thank you Markus.
Rating: 17/20 FP:G2

Highland Park for World of Whisky 20th Anniversary, 15 YO, OB, 61%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, thick to very thick, intense, syrupy, with lots of dried fruits, on sultanas, treacle, honey, some heather and peat smoke, as well as some dark chocolate.
Taste: Intense, spirity, floral, slightly dry and syrupy. The alcohol is rather strong, so let’s quickly add some water. Diluted, the whisky becomes clean, sharp, on dried and candied fruits (mainly orange), honey, light creamy and honey flavours, as well as some cocoa and sultanas. The finish is medium, clean, sharp, rather syrupy, on heather honey, dried fruits, sultanas, cocoa, light creamy flavours and some cinnamon. Some peat smoke progressively develops.
Impression: Straight, the alcohol is rather present, but with water, a clean and sharp whisky shines through, with lots of dried fruits, on honey heather and cocoa. From a first fill American Sherry Oak Puncheon.
Rating: 15/20 FP:F3.

11 Mar
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Wolfburn N°270, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Smoky, peaty, slightly austere, waxy and maritime, with some sea brine, light vanilla, coconut and peach flavours.
Taste: Waxy, slightly smoky, peaty, maritime, salty, with some sea brine, coconut, peat smoke, and light citrus aromas. The finish is medium to long, waxy, slightly citric, maritime, smoky, peaty and aromatic, with some peat smoke, humus, light aromatic and grassy flavours, as well as some coconut.
Impression: A pleasant Wolfburn, made with unpeated malt, rather waxy and on  ea brine, with a lingering rather maritime peat smoke, coming from the maturation in ex-Islay casks.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A3

Wolfburn Conrad Gessner for Switzerland, OB, 55%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Clean, round, slightly spicy, on sea brine and some Gruyères cheese. With time, the Swiss cheese flavours disappear and are replaced by more mineral, austere, grassy and aromatic aromas. Slightly more subtle than the batch 270.
Taste: Young, smooth, clean, on vanilla, banana, soft spices, some tobacco and a light smokiness and sea brine. The finish is medium, young, smooth, and slightly creamy, with some sea brine, vanilla, cream and coconuts.
Impression: A whisky matured in 8 quarter casks and bottled for the Swiss market. The whisky is rather young and clean, slightly creamy and on soft spices.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A1

10 Mar

Edradour 1968, 21 YO, Signatory, 46%, B: 1990, Cask 1990-4, 1300 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Nutty, earthy, grassy, slightly smoky and on pear.
Taste: Very floral (plenty of geranium), earthy, spicy, humic, quite heavy, and minty. The finish is medium, heavy, fragrant, humic and on toffee.
Impression: An interesting Edradour, sweeter than current versions. Thank you Patrick S.
Rating: 13/20 FP:D1

Old Pogue Master Select, OB, 45.5%, Batch 6820. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very smooth, spicy, with huge notes of cinnamon, strong notes of corn syrup, some nutmeg, vanilla, apricots and treacle. A concentrate of cinnamon.
Taste: Spicy, rich, with strong notes of rye, apricots, peach, cooked cereals, cinnamon, treacle and maple syrup. Chewy. The finish is medium, smooth, slightly fruity, with nice notes of apricots, peach, cinnamon and rye.
Impression: The flavours of cinnamon and corn (maize) on the nose are impressive, with very nice rye-like influence on the palate. I really enjoyed the personality of this whisky.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1

09 Mar

Mortlach 1951 Private Collection, Gordon & MacPhail, 42%, B:2006, Cask 703/705, 110 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber-black
Nose: Smooth, rich, fragrant, floral, on dried fruits, melon, leather, tannins, red and black berries, rancio and a hint of smoke.
Taste: Rich, very fruity, complex, rather tannic, floral, slightly astringent, on roasted coffee beans, varnish, lacquer and berries. The finish is long to very long, tannic, woody, astringent and floral, with a hint of smoke, lots of berries and some exotic fruits. Diluted, it becomes more on fresh strawberries.
Impression: A very old Mortlach, very fruity and mellow, with sweet berries, but also with strong bitter and astringent flavours coming from a very long maturation. Some might loves this, but this is simply too woody to my liking.
Rating: 13/20 FP:I2

08 Mar

Glenlochy 1965 Old Train Label, 39 YO, JackWiebers, 46.3%, B:2004. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Oaky, floral, smoky, slightly aromatic, on old fashioned peat smoke, nuts, almonds, and some straw.
Taste: Grassy, waxy, aromatic to very aromatic, on camphor, some eucalyptus, smoke, some old engine oil, disinfectant and old fashioned smoke. The finish is medium to long, aromatic, herbal, and grassy, with some bitter herb liquor, smoke, humus, mushrooms and bitter orange. Diluted, it becomes more aromatic and slightly drier and more woody.
Impression: A very good aromatic and intense old fashioned Glenlochy with a good complexity.
Rating: 17/20 FP:B3

07 Mar

Bally Delicious, 23 years Master of Malt, 54%, B:2014. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Smooth, sweet, very floral, slightly peaty, juicy and on pastries.
Taste: Sweet, juicy, oaky, aromatic, slightly floral, fragrant and aromatic, on vanilla and spices. The finish is medium, on almond, rich, spicy, oaky, vanilla, some aromatic flavours and light fragrant notes.
Impression: A nice rich, oaky and aromatic whisky with a nice complexity. Very enjoyable.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A2

Benrinnes 1998, 14 years, Master of Malt, 57.8%, B:2012, 548 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Vegetal, round, on leather, slightly farmy, on tangerine and spices.
Taste: Smooth, round, floral, vegetal, slightly rubbery, on leather, spices and tangerine. The finish is medium, rubbery, spicy, fruity, and vegetal, on spices and orange zest.
Impression: A vegetal and rubbery sherried-influence whisky, with some fudge.
Rating: 13/20 FP:G1

06 Mar

Linkwood 1973, 36 YO, Daily Dram/LMDW, 50.4%, B: 2010. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Round, smooth, very mellow, malty, floral, slightly syrupy, with some ripe fruits and honey.
Taste: Softy, spicy, very juicy, slightly grassy, malty, and smoky, with some overripe apricots, peach, melon and Mirabelle, as well as some heather and burnt wood. Rich. The finish is short to medium, sweet, slightly syrupy, round, fruity to very fruity, on honey comb, some grass and old smoke.
Impression:   One of these sweet old honeyed whiskies than can be drunk like a syrup. Very good.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D3

Coleburn 1970 Wine treated puncheon, 36 YO, Signatory, 62.4%, B: 2006. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Smooth, sweet, very grassy, juicy, with some white fruits, a touch of tangerine and some nice subtle smoky notes.
Taste: Spicy, light, fresh, floral, spirity and slightly smoky.  Diluted, it becomes more on toffee and thin to very thin. The finish is short, clean and slightly woody.
Impression: A rather pleasant but thin on the palate. A whisky that probably lost its intensity due to a too long maturation.
Rating: 10/20 FP:B2

05 Mar

St-Magdalene 1975 Rare Old, Gordon & MacPhail, 43%, B: 2009, Refill sherry. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Light, very smooth, slightly grassy and floral.
Taste: Smooth, slightly soapy, with some almonds and grapes. The finish is medium to long, slightly smoky, on white wine and a hint of smoke.
Impression: A nice light and grassy whisky.
Rating: 14/20 FP:D1

St Magdalene 1982, Berry & Rudd, 46%, B: 2009, cask 2222. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Dry, clean, with some hay, slightly bitter and fragrant notes.
Taste: Dry, smooth, malty, floral, fragrant to very fragrant, citrusy, clean and malty. The finish is medium, fragrant, floral, clean and slightly citrusy.
Impression: A very fragrant version of St-Magdalene, with slight citrusy notes. Rather extreme. Thank you Martin.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A1

04 Mar

Port Ellen 1976 Old Malt Cask,  25 YO, Douglas Laing, 50%, B: 2001, 522 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Smooth, slightly farmy, peaty, maritime, dry, intense, on seaweeds, iodine, TCP, dry peat smoke and some fish. A most pleasant nose. Diluted, it becomes slightly more farmy.
Taste: Very dry, sharp, slightly zesty, maritime, intense, peaty, with some tangerine, seaweeds and chilli. Diluted, it becomes smoother and slightly fruity. The finish is very long, dry, peaty, maritime, with strong medicinal flavours and some citrus. Very intense.
Impression: An excellent Port Ellen, sharp, very intense, medicinal and complex. Simply excellent.
Rating: 18/20 FP:D7

Port Ellen 1979 Platinum for World of Duty Free, 29 YO, Douglas Laing, 53.2%, B: 2009, 270 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Clean, peaty, meaty, slightly mineral andmaritime, with a rather good dose of iodine and camphor, as well as some seaweeds.
Taste: Light, peaty, citric, slightly citrusy, mineral and subtle, with a light and delicate maritime influence. The finish is medium to long, light, subtle, slightly mineral, on liquorice roots, peat, some tar and iodine.
Impression: A nice light and subtle Port Ellen, with nice citrusy notes.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A6

03 Mar

Tullibardine 1989, 27 YO, The Maltbarn, 51.1%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Smooth, creamy, grassy, round, malty to very malty, on vanilla, some almond and starch.
Taste: with strong armomas of fish and dry fish (salted “morue), smooth, salty, slightly maritime and floral, with some marshmallow. The finish is medium, rather floral and aromatic, on dry bacon and fish, some sea brine, aromatic herbs and honey.
Impression: A rather peculiar whisky, with an unusual range of flavours.
Rating: 10/20 FP:B1

Tullibardine 1964, 27 YO, Cadenhead’s, 51.2%, B: 1992. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Intense, floral, oaky, rather spicy, slightly nutty, with some yellow fruits, melon, a touch of quince and honey
Taste: Spicy to very spicy, fruity, fresh, on fruits from the orchards, and a zest of tangerine.  The finish is medium to long, slightly oaky, floral and tannic, fresh, on orchard fruits, melon and some vanilla,
Impression: A very good Tullidardine, fresh, slightly sweet and on fruits from the orchards. Thank you Cyril.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1

02 Mar

Tullibardine 1988, OB, 56%, cask 540, B: 2009. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Smooth, round, fruity, on peach, mango, papaya and fresh grassy notes.
Taste: Slightly smoky, quite spicy, grassy, smooth, fruity, oaky, on melon and peach. The finish is slightly thin, medium, spicy, oaky, slightly smoky and nicely fruity.
Impression: A very nice and fruity Tullibardine, more complex and satisfying than the regular bottlings.
Rating: 14/20 FP:F2

Tullibardine 1965, OB, 48.3%, B:2008, cask 939. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Round, smooth, mellow to very mellow, floral, juicy, on very sweet fruity notes of orange, tangerine, guava and mango, a hint of peat smoke and slight metallic undertones. The sherry influence is excellent, fruity and well balanced with the flavours from the spirit.
Taste: Oaky, floral to very floral, slightly fragrant, with some sweet aromas of strawberries and treacle, on orange, cinnamon sticks, some clove, dried and candied fruits, tannins, leather and a drop of honey. The finish is medium to long, floral to very floral, on strawberries, some honey, a slight fragrance, cinnamon sticks, some clove and orange, as well as a few drops of pineapple and melon. Rather fresh. Diluted, it becomes slighter bitter and woody, with stronger tannins.
Impression: A very good sweet and floral Tullibardine that I enjoyed very much tasting neat, while some water reinforces the woody and tannic influence from a long maturation.
Rating: 17/20 FP: H1

01 Mar

Speyside finest for La Maison du Whisky (LMDW), 41 YO, Douglas Laing, 50.9%, B: 2009, cask 3832, 216 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber.
Nose: Very smooth and fruity, complex, on tangerine, leather and orange.
Taste: Spicy, woody, slightly soapy, on tangerine, cloves, cinnamon and dry liquorice roots. The finish is medium, spicy, tannic, woody, astringent, rubbery, bitter, on dried fruits, plums, cinnamon, cloves and bitter orange.
Impression: The nose was really nice, but then the wood kicks in. Too woody for me
Rating: 11/20 FP:H3

Port Ellen 1981, 19 YO, Sestante, 40%, Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very peaty and maritime, lots of seaweeds, on dry fish and tar. Very intense for a whisky reduced to 40%.
Taste: Salty to very salty, peaty, slightly dry and tarry, on seaweeds, some graphite and fish. The finish is medium to long, salty, fishy and rather round.
Impression: A very nice round Port Ellen. The reduction to 40% enhances the fishy and salty notes.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A7

28 Feb

Mannochmore 1982 64.10, 23 YO, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 60.8%, B:2005, 226 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Sweet, smoky, malty, with some toffee and canned fruits.
Taste: Oaky, spicy, slightly smoky, with some coffee and fruits. The finish is medium, syrupy, slightly malty and smoky, on coffee and some fruits.
Impression: A very nice daily dram, enjoyable, easy to drink and offering a certain complexity.
Rating: 14/20 FP:D2

Mannochmore 1984, 22 YO, King's Court Whisky Society, 59.8%, B: 2007, cask 4582. Price:
Colour: Old Gold.
Nose: Rubbery, slightly sulfury, on strawberries, orange and some floral notes.
Taste: Dry, spicy, slightly salty and syrupy, on toffee, rubber, with some light floral and fragrant aromas. Diluted, it becomes more rubbery and surprisingly rougher. The finish is medium, rubbery, with a hint of smoke and toffee.
Impression: A nice Mannochmore, but too much rubber to my taste.
Rating: 13/20 FP:G2

27 Feb

Old Rhosdhu 1979 Mission, 24 YO, Murray McDavid, 46%, B: 2004,  498 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold,
Nose: Round, earthy, quite heavy, with a nice oakiness, on melon, peach and some peat smoke.
Taste: Malty, floral, slightly soapy, syrupy, on pollen, tangerine, melon with some tobacco smoke. The finish is medium to long, thick, syrupy, slightly bitter, with some floral and peaty notes.
Impression: A very nice and rich whisky that would surprise more than 1 whisky drinker. Reminding me somewhat of a Glenugie. Of note, the brand Old Rhosdhu is still used by the company, although the make is a different one from the old production.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D3

Scapa 2000 for La Maison Du Whisky, Gordon & MacPhail, 45%, B: 2010, cask 1073. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Fresh, floral, on pear, vanilla, with some sea brine, banana and smoke.
Taste: Malty, smoky, slightly salty, fresh, grassy, with a zest of lemon and grapefruit. The finish is medium, round, fresh, grassy, with some salt, smoke and banana.
Impression: A pleasant round and fresh Scapa.
Rating: 11/20 FP:A2

25 Feb

Strathclyde 1973, 33 YO, Duncan Taylor, 55.5% B: 2007, cask 74063. 165 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Grainy, spirity, creamy, some citrus and a light smokiness.
Taste: Oaky, spirity, slightly smoky, with some vanilla and apricots. The finish is medium, slightly soapy, on caramel, vanilla, with some oakiness.
Impression: A rather spirity Strathclyde, not overly complex. From a rather inactive cask.
Rating: 09/20 FP:C1

Kilbeggan 15 YO, OB, 40%, B:2007. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Huge development on coconut flavours, light, sweet, on vanilla toffee, with a certain fruitiness.
Taste: Smooth, on cereal mash, porridge, rye, apricot, coconuts, with spices and other fruity aromas. Diluted, it becomes slightly soapy. The finish is medium, smooth, slightly spicy and sweet on cereal mash, apricots and coconuts.
Impression: A very smooth whiskey produced then at the Cooley distillery. It tasted rather like a grain whiskey.
Rating: 13/20 FP:D1

24 Feb

Mosstowie 18 YO for Sestante, G&M, 64.8%, B: 1980s. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Smoky, spicy, floral (jonquil), light, on heather and some caramel. Diluted, it becomes more floral, with some fresh grassy notes and on green apple.
Taste: Very spicy, a bit harsh, oaky, smoky, floral and hot. Let's add quickly some water: diluted, it become more floral and on bitter chocolate. The finish is long, hot, dry, oaky, and slightly bitter, with some quince. Diluted, it becomes oakier, slightly woody, with flavours of burnt liquorice root.
Impression: A correct Mosstowie, but a bit rough, with a strong caramel flavour. It needs some water.
Rating: 12/20 FP:C2

Inverleven 1977, 27 YO, Signatory, 51.0%, B:2005, cask 3600. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Sugary, slightly fruity and smoky, clean, fresh, on vanilla and malt.
Taste: Soft, spirity, on hay, vanilla, smoke, caramel, and some fruitiness. The finish is medium, malty, on hay, pollen, with some toffee. Diluted, it becomes smokier.
Impression: A malty, light whisky, with some smokiness. Thank you Alain M.
Rating: 12/20 FP:C3

23 Feb

Scapa 1960, Gordon & MacPhail, 40%, B:1980s. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Slightly peaty, malty, smooth, with a nice oakiness, on summer flowers, banana and papaya.
Taste:  Slightly soapy and peaty, malty, salty, on coriander, some yellow fruits, mango and papaya. The finish is medium, smooth, floral, on malt, pollen, with some fruitiness.
Impression: A good Scapa, slightly more peated the current bottlings.
Rating: 13/20 FP:D2

Scapa 1993 for LMDW, Gordon & MacPhail, 45%, B: 2007, cask 1605. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very smooth, malty, fresh, light, clean, on pollen, with some honey sweetness.
Taste: Light, malty, slightly soapy, fruity (yellow fruits), slightly oaky and maritime, very smooth, with some sultanas. The finish is medium, juicy, malty, floral, oaky, and fruity.
Impression: A very smooth Scapa, easy to drink.
Rating: 13/20 FP:C1

Scapa 1992, 14 YO, OB, 60.6%, B:2006, batch: SC14001, Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold.
Nose: Nice soft fruity notes, on mango, guava, with a touch of smoke. Diluted, it becomes more on honey.
Taste: Soft, smooth, fruity, with some spiciness and saltiness, and on pollen. The finish is medium, slightly oaky, smooth and fruity.
General Impression: The flavour profile is quite similar to the G&M bottling, but with more intensity and complexity.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D1

20 Feb

 

Allt-a-bhainne 108.8 1994, 12 YO, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 61%, B:2006, 570 b. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Nice, fresh, fragrant,floral, clean, with a discreet sherry influence. Diluted, it becomes creamier, on fudge and vanilla fudge.
Taste: Malty, oaky, spicy, alcoholic, slightly floral and quite winey. Diluted, it becomes creamier, on fudge and light floral flavours. The finish is short to medium, dry, oaky, on bitter toffee, with a light orange note. Rather winey.
Impression: A nice fresh and floral whisky, rich and tasting older than it is.
Rating: 14/20 FP:E1

Glenfarclas quarter casks 1988, OB, 46.1%, B:2008, 1478 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Nice and very round sherry nose, on clove, orange marmalade, vanilla and camomile.
Taste: Very sweet and fruity, with lots of candied tangerine, with some melon and papaya, as well as some cinnamon. The finish is medium, spicy, sweet, fruity and sugary.
Impression: This Glenfarclas is surprisingly sweet and fruity. A successful experiment.
Rating: 17/20 FP: E2

19 Feb

Linkwood 1964, Signatory, 49.3%, B:1990, cask 1860. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very mellow, smooth, slightly smoky, peaty and grassy, on humus, honey, tobacco and crystallised fruits.
Taste:  Spicy to very spicy, mellow, rather juicy, fruity, with some peat smoke, honey, sultanas, diverse juicy and sweet fruity flavours, as well as some tobacco. The finish is medium to long, spicy, slightly woody, on tobacco, peat smoke, some humus, tangerine, light tannins, oranges and some grassy notes.
Impression: A very good, rather intense and complex Linkwood, on honey and grassy notes, as well as some pleasant old waxy peat smoke.
Rating: 17/20 FP:E2

Balblair 1964, Gordon & MacPhail, 40%, B: 1999. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Smoky, peaty, austere, slightly aromatic, on smooth and round sherry flavours, orange, tropical fruits, some eucalyptus and pine wax. A flavour profile different from the current production.
Taste: Fruity, austere, aromatic, on peat smoke, orange, eucalyptus, menthol, slight woody notes, tangerine, and a hint of juniper.The finish is long, slightly aromatic, austere, peaty ans smoky, with light notes of orange, tangerine, eucalyptus, juniper and other light spices.
Impression:  An old style of whisky, rather austere and with a nose starting on rather strong peat smoke flavours. Different from the current production, but very good.
Rating: 16/20 FP:E3

18 Feb

Port Ellen 1979 60th Anniversary, 30 YO, Douglas Laing, 55.6%, B: 2009, 234 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Smooth, round, slightly peaty and fishy, with some vanilla and a light mellow fruitiness. Medium peated.
Taste: Dry to very dry, salty, with some camphor, seaweeds, iodine, menthol and a light fragrance. Intense and subtle at the same time. The finish is long, maritime, dry, peaty, with a touch of toffee, and some vanilla. Austere.
Impression: An austere and dry expression of Port Ellen close to the Annual Release style, slightly dryer (due some extra wood influence?)
Rating: 17/20 FP:A7

Port Ellen 1983 Provenance, 26 YO, McGibbons, 46%, B: 2010, sherry butt 5746. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very peaty and maritime, intense, with some chocolate, coffee, seaweeds and some tangerine. Surprisingly peaty for a Port Ellen of that vintage
Taste: Salty, maritime, peaty, slightly tarry and ashy, maritime, on tangerine and orange. Well balanced and sweet. The finish is long, maritime, on seaweeds, some tar, iodine, peat and pleasant sweet juicy and fruity notes.
Impression: A most pleasant sweet and peaty highly drinkable Port Ellen. Well balanced too.
Rating: 17/20 FP:E7

17 Fev

Balblair 1997 for La Maison du Whisky, OB, 56.3%, B:2017, cask 1146. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very round, mellow, smooth, juicy, fruity, slightly spicy, on sultanas, candied fruits, sweet oranges, tangerine, red berries, some figs and light aromas of exotic fruits. Very good.
Taste: Spicy to very spicy, oaky, mellow, on soft fruity flavours, figs, sultanas, candied oranges, tangerine, some cinnamon, toasted wood, leather and guava. Diluted, it becomes slightly rubbery. The finish is medium, round, mellow, sweet, fruity, on candied fruits, orange, tangerine, cinnamon, some cloves, leather and fudge.
Impression: A very good, round, mellow whisky with sweet candied fruits.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1

Nikka from the Barrel, OB, 51.4%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, smooth, mellow, silky, slightly peaty, on leather, candied and dried fruits, sultanas, soft exotic fruits,  and some lacquer. Well balanced.
Taste: Mellow, silky, moderately peaty, well balanced, and slightly soft, on dry peat smoke, jasmine, lychees, soft spices, and some dried fruits. The finish is medium, very smooth, silky, slightly peaty, on rice cake, with some soft spices and sugary fruity flavours.
Impression: A very smooth and silky whisky, soft, and some pleasant peat smoke.
Rating: 14/20 FP:E3

15 Feb

Old Pulteney 1990 175th Anniversary Milan, 26 YO, Cadenhead’s, 52.6%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Mellow, intense, salty, slightly smoky, on sea brine, sea salt, some seaweeds, vanilla and a light smokiness. The sea brine influence is very pronounced and most enjoyable.
Taste: Intense to very intense, spicy, maritime, salty, coastal, rather mellow, on sea brine, some melon, vanilla and a touch of mango and tobacco quid. The finish is medium, mellow, salty, complex, coastal, on sea brine, coconut, some melon, vanilla and a light smokiness.
Impression: A very good and complex Old Pulteney, with a nice and intense saltiness. It is not often that one can taste such a salty Pulteney at this age.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A2

Springbank 2003 175h Anniversary Aberdeen, 13 YO, Cadenhead’s, 57.0%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round, slightly salty, round, with lots of fudge, on sea brine, a light smokiness and a touch of rubber.
Taste: Intense, salty, rubbery, smoky, on fresh rubber, fudge, sea brine, some diesel smoke and red berries. The finish is medium, salty, rubbery, slightly smoky, on fresh rubber, sea brine, red berries and some sultanas. Diluted, it becomes saltier and more rubbery.
Impression: A Springbank on rubber, salt and fudge. Not really my type of Springbank.
Rating: 12/20 FP:D1

14 Feb

Laphroaig 1977, OB, 43%. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Intense, peaty, smoky, maritime, slightly medicinal, on seaweeds, grapefruits, tropical fruits and a long intense slightly tarry peat smoke. The mixture of the peat smoke and the fruits is excellent.
Taste: Smoky, peaty, maritime, slightly medicinal and citric, on pink grapefruit, peat smoke, some bonfire smoke and sea salt. The finish is long, very smoky, peaty, and maritime, on pink grapefruit, some sea brine and seaweeds.
Impression: An excellent, complex and smoky Laphroaig, with a lot of pink grapefruits and some other fruity flavours.
Rating: 17/20 FP:C4

13 Feb

Old Taylor, 6 YO, OB, 40%, B: 1980s. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Sweet, rich, intense, sugary, on corn syrup, peach, apricot, some pepper, cooked cereals, and a light fragrance. Very good.
Taste: Smooth, spicy, rich, sweet, on sweet fruity flavours of tinned (canned) peaches and apricots, maple syrup, soft spices, some pepper, caramel and a slight fragrance. The finish is medium, sweet, complex, well balanced, fruity, and slightly spicy, on peach, apricots, maple syrup and light peppery flavours, as well as some caramel. Diluted, it becomes slightly soapy.
Impression: A very good, sweet, rich and fruity Bourbon, with the right dose of spiciness. Rather intense and well balanced. From the old E.H. Taylor distillery. Thank you Enrico.
Rating: 15/20 FP:B1

Heaven Hill 1995, Cadenhead’s, 63%, B:2000. 216 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Fragrant, dry, spicy, oaky, pepper, on orange skin, marmalade, some vanilla and toasted wood. A rather dry version of Heaven Hill, that becomes smoother given time. Very intense.
Taste: Intense to very intense, fragrant, dry, slightly peppery, on floral fragrance, pepper, rye, some peach, treacle and honey. The finish is medium, intense, dry, fragrant, on perfume, nuts, dusty pepper, some marmalade, toffee and oaky spices.
Impression: A very intense, dry and peppery Heaven Hill. From far, the driest and most peppery whiskey I have tasted from that distillery. Thank you Martin.
Rating:12/20 FP:A1

12 Feb

Bowmore 2001 175th Anniversary for Baden, 16 YO, Cadenhead’s, 54.8%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Very peaty and maritime, dry, smoky, slightly oaky, on seaweeds, peat and wood smoke and some iodine, light notes of camphor. Rather subtle.
Taste: Oaky, spicy to very spicy, bitter, peaty, maritime, on iodine, seaweeds, freshly sawn oak, lots of vanilla and light creamy flavours. The finish is medium, dry, peaty, oaky to very oaky, bitter, slightly maritime, on vanilla, vanilla custard, iodine, disinfectant, peat smoke and toasted wood.
Impression: An original Bowmore, with a very peaty nose, and a rather oaky and creamy taste, with strong medicinal flavours. A whisky with a strong personality.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A4

Laphroaig 1998 175th Anniversary for Salzburg, 18 YO, Cadenhead’s, 57.4%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Maritime, peaty, very medicinal, slightly oaky, on toasted wood, camphor, disinfectant, lots of seaweeds, and some iodine.
Taste: Oaky to very oaky, spicy, very smoky, peaty, maritime, on seaweeds, lots of smoke, some peat, iodine, disinfectant, kippers. The salty flavours become stronger over time. The finish is medium, mellow, salty, smoky, maritime, slightly peaty and medicinal, on sea salt, kipper, peat smoke, oak spices and some medicinal flavours.
Impression: A Laphroaig with a flavour profile close the Bowmore, but saltier and smokier.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A5

11 Feb

Clynelish 15 YO, Master of Malt 56.1%, B: 2013. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Smoky, dry, peaty, floral, slightly aromatic, rather clean and meaty, with some tarry notes and on vanilla.
Taste: Dry to very dry, bitter, clean to very clean, young and spirit. Let’s quickly add some water. Diluted, it remains spirity, burning your taste buds, with some sweet influence of a young whisky associated with a rather harsh and oaky mouth feel.
Impression: A fierce, rather harsh and spirity whisky. It taste very young, as if the cask was inactive.
Rating: 07/20 FP:A7

Clynelish 1974, 32 YO, The Whisky Fair, 58.6%, B:2006, 266 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mineral, farmy, waxy, slightly austere and dry, on mustard, lots of grapefruits, some  aromatic and slightly peated smoke. It becomes grassier over time and with some menthol. Very good.
Taste: Round, waxy, slightly mineral, on sweet citric flavours, some mustard seeds, light farmy and smoky flavours, pink grapefruits and mineral oil. The finish is medium to long, waxy, citric, intense, slightly farmy and mineral, on pink grapefruits, light aromas of bitter lemon, some peat smoke and gentian.
Impression:  A very good old fashioned Clynelish, citric and rather farmy. The profile is close to some Brora.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A3

10 Feb

Tullibardine 1993 175th Anniversary Cologne, 23 YO, Cadenhead’s, 48.6%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, warm, slightly spicy, floral, creamy and fruity, on vanilla, some melon, mango and heather. Well balanced.
Taste: Spicy to very spicy, floral, round, slightly peppery, winey and oaky, with some vanilla, melon, heather and oak extracts. The finish is medium, spicy to very spicy, floral, round, slightly winey, on heather, round spicy flavours, wood spices, light creamy and buttery flavours, as well as some perfume.
Impression: A very good Tullibardine, combining intense spicy flavours with some soft creamy milky and vanilla flavours.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1

Glenburgie 1992 175th Anniversary London, 25 YO, Cadenhead’s, 53.7%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Light, subtle, floral, oaky, slightly fragrant, on oak spices, some vanilla, ginger, freshly sawn wood and a touch of honey.
Taste: Spicy, rich, floral, intense, on warm and rich spicy flavours, vanilla, nice round floral flavours, warm vanilla custard and honey. The finish is medium, round, spicy, slightly floral, on round and soft honey flavours, round spices and floral flavours.
Impression: A nicely balanced, round and floral whisky, with pleasantly round and warm vanilla custard.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A1

09 Feb

Glen Garioch Hand Filled 1999 Wine Cask, 18 YO, OB, 56.5%, B:2017, cask 1420. Price:
Colour: Old gold-red
Nose: Winey, mineral, slightly sweet, waxy, peaty and smoky, with an aromatic peat smoke, grapes, and grenadine syrup and metallic brushes. Complex to very complex. Smells like an old Glen Garioch from the late 1970s.
Taste: Round to very round, winey, sugary, spicy, on ginger, grapes, fudge, butterscotch, some heather, light mineral flavours and grenadine syrup. Over time, it becomes slightly smokier and more mineral. The finish is medium, rather winey, spicy, on red grapes, fudge, some ginger, vanilla, and grenadine syrup.
Impression: A Glen Garioch with a rather mineral and smoky nose and with a rather strong influence of red wine, slightly too much to my liking. Thank you Lorzeno.
Rating: 14/20 FP:G1

Glen Garioch 1975 The Birds, Moon Import, 46%, B: 1990, barrel 5910, 706 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold-gold
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, smoky, dry, mineral, aromatic, slightly austere, on tar, some soot and farmy flavours. Very enjoyable.
Taste: Intense, smoky, peaty to very peaty, farmy, waxy, citric, on peat smoke, citrus, some liquorice, smoked bacon and ham, aromatic herbs, pepper and ginger. The finish is long, intense, peaty, farmy, dry, waxy, slightly austere and aromatic, with some leather, citrus, quince, Mirabelle, pepper, tar, soot and cold ashes. Diluted, it becomes waxier, more aromatic, farmy, with some chocolate and pink grapefruit, with a twist of lemon
Impression: An excellent Glen Garioch, intense, complex, peaty, with a nice waxiness and farmy flavours. A typical heavily peated Glen Garioch from the mid-1970s, slightly smooth. Not disappointed.
Rating: 19/20 FP:A2

08 Feb

Glen Garioch Bottle Hand Filled 2000, 17 YO, OB, 53.7%, B:2017, cask 574. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Rather heavy and waxy, round to very round, creamy, with strong aromas of warm waffles, on maple syrup, vanilla custard, some heather honey, melon and quince.
Taste: Waxy, spicy, round, mellow, on candied ginger, wax, some light mineral flavours, heather honey, melon, guava, mango and some other exotic fruits. Becomes fruitier over time. The finish is medium to long, waxy, on candied ginger, guava, papaya, vanilla, some honey and herbs candies (Ricola).
Impression: A surprising Glen Garioch. On the nose, it was very round, creamy and on waffle, while on the palate, it delivered some very good sweet fruity flavours of mango and papaya. Very good! Thank you Lorenzo.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1

07 Feb

Teaninich 1993 175th Anniversary for Odense (Denmark), 23 YO, Cadenhead’s, 52.3%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Mellow, rich, complex, very fruity, creamy, on vanilla, some papaya and soft exotic fruits.
Taste: Spicy to very spicy, round, floral, slightly nutty, on vanilla, some pepper, mango, papaya and soft exotic fruits. The finish is medium, spicy, floral, round, mellow, fruity, with some humus and exotic fruits. Diluted, it becomes slightly more on humus and tobacco.
Impression: A very good and complex Teaninich, with nice spicy and fruity flavours.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1

Arran 1995 175th Anniversary for Berlin (Germany), 21 YO, Cadenhead’s, 49.5%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Floral, very round, creamy, on vanilla, some melon and a touch of mango. Complex and mellow.
Taste: Oaky, spicy to very spicy, floral, peppery, with some menthol, vanilla and mango. The finish is medium, spicy to very spicy, floral, and slightly bitter, with some hops and nuts.
Impression: A whisky with a pleasant and round nose, but rather spicy and oaky on the palate.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1

06 Feb

Miltonduff 1966, Antica Casa, Marchesi Spinola, 61.4%, B:1990. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very intense and rich, spicy to very spicy, smoky, nutty, floral, complex, on nuts, leather, cinnamon, nutmeg, humus, orange, old smoke with a hint of peat, some dried fruits and a touch of honey. A thick and very intense old fashioned type of sherry matured whisky. Excellent.
Taste: Thick, heavy, chewy, resinous, floral, with loads of dried fruits, walnuts, some treacle, berries, candied oranges and pears. Complex and with an excellent mouth feel. The finish is very long, thick, chewy, resinous to very resinous, nutty, slightly smoky and floral, lots of dried fruits (including sultanas), cinnamon, a touch of nutmeg and cocoa.
Impression: An excellent, rich and complex Miltonduff.  An old style of sherry matured whisky and a nice thick and resinous mouth feel. I love this old style of whisky. I wished we had more malt like this one. Thank you Dirk!
Rating: 19/20 FP:G2

05 Feb

Bowmore Vault N°1, OB, 51.5%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Salty, maritime, young, smoky, slightly peaty, bitter and rooty, with some almonds, vanilla, seaweeds and peat smoke.
Taste: Salty to very salty, rooty to very rooty, smoky, peaty, maritime, slightly young and light, on seaweeds, peat smoke, sea salt, some vanilla, almonds, tar and bitter rooty flavours. The finish is medium, salty, smoky, slightly oaky, with some peat smoke, bitter rooty flavours, vanilla and almonds
Impression: A rather salty and young expression, rather smooth and moderately smoky. Not as intense or smoky as the Tempest, but saltier.
Rating: 11/20 FP:A4

Octomore 2011, The Whisky Agency and Acla Selection, 51.9%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Oaky, dry, tarry, very peaty, rather smooth, on dry peat smoke, tar, camphor, some spearmint, and liquorice roots.
Taste: Intense to very intense, young, rooty to very rooty, peaty to very peaty, with some camphor, iodine, seaweeds, spearmint, vanilla, and tar. The finish is medium, intense, on a complex and medicinal peat smoke, with some iodine, camphor, and spearmint.
Impression: A good intense Octomore, slightly oaky, with a rather rooty influence and a nice and rather complex peat smoke. It is rare to taste independent bottling of Octomore.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A7

04 Feb

Glenrothes 1988, OB, 43%, B:2011. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Mellow, floral, complex, fruity, slightly round and spicy, with some tangerine, orange and light aromas of honey and tropical fruits. Well balanced.
Taste: Mellow to very mellow, slightly floral, on sweet and soft fruity flavours,
 exotic fruits, juicy tangerine, some orange juice, soft spices and a nice complexity. The finish is medium to long, juicy, floral, and fruity, on honey, light grassy flavours, tangerine, some orange, exotic fruits and orchard fruits.
Impression: A very good, sweet, juicy, fruity and mellow Glenrothes, with a nice balance and complexity.
Rating: 16/20 FP:E1

J&B 20 YO Pure Malt, OB, 43%, B:1980s. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Smooth, mellow, rich, floral, nutty, on some dry smoke, peat smoke, leather, candied fruits, tangerine, cinnamon, various spices. Rather complex.
Taste: Nutty to very nutty, smoky, floral to very floral, slightly fragrant, on tangerine some cold ashes, peat smoke, light aromatic flavours and a touch or oranges. The finish is medium, smooth, and mellow to very mellow, rich, nutty, on sweet and cooked fruits, mainly tangerine, some coal, ashes, and dry peat smoke. Complex. Diluted, it becomes slightly more on honey.
Impression: A very good old fashioned whisky, with a mixture of nutty, floral and sweet fruity flavours, with a lingering dry mineral smoke.
Rating: 16/20 FP:F3

03 Feb

Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve, OB, 40%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Spicy, floral, mellow, round to very round, on toffee, fudge, heather and rubber. More rubbery than the sherry cask.
Taste: Rubbery to very rubbery, floral, fragrant, on rubber, vegetal condiment, orange, cinnamon and cloves. The finish is medium and on the same flavours, with some additional flavours of burnt matches. Diluted, it becomes more rubbery.
Impression: A round, floral and very rubbery whisky. The rubber flavours are dominating the whisky, unfortunately.
Rating: 10/20 FP:J1

Glenrothes 1995 American Oak, OB, 45%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Spicy to very spicy, floral, on toffee, heather, some vegetal condiments and rubber.
Taste: Oaky to very oaky, spicy, slightly floral and fragrant, on toffee, some fudge, orange, tangerine, cinnamon and cocoa. The finish is medium, round, spicy, oaky, grassy, with some cinnamon, toffee, fudge, heather and orange. Diluted, it becomes more oaky and on tobacco quid.
Impression: A good expression of Glenrothes, with rather oaky-spicy flavours. It seems like the casks have been very active in this whisky made with 1st fill sherry cask only.
Rating: 13/20 FP:D1

02 Feb

Dewar’s Ne Plus Ultra The Very Finest, OB, 43%, B:1955. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Floral to very floral, smooth to very smooth, nutty, slightly smoky and mineral, with some aromatic herbs, honey, old mineral and slightly peaty smoke, walnuts and some pollen. Rather complex.
Taste: Rich, smooth to very smooth, slightly grainy, starchy and aromatic, with some peat smoke, heather honey, walnuts, leather, old furniture, fruit jam and light mineral and nutty flavours. The finish is medium, mellow, rich, complex, slightly earthy and smoky, with some peat smoke, heather honey, humus, walnuts, old wet tobacco leaves for pipes, peach, apricots and tangerine.
Impression: A nice smooth and well-balanced blend, rather complex, with a mixture of heather honey, nuts and a light smokiness. An old style and very enjoyable blend.
Rating: 15/20 FP:G2

Bell’s 20 YO Royal Reserve White Label, OB, B:1960s. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Malty, floral, smooth, mellow, malty, nutty, slightly smoky, on honey, some honeycomb, vanilla and light malty and nutty flavours.
Taste: Light, floral to very floral, slightly dry, resinous, peaty and aromatic, on dry flowers, some tobacco, honeycomb, humus and aromatic herbs. Diluted, it becomes dryier and with some hay. The finish is medium, grassy, floral, slightly resinous, smoky and fruity and on the same flavours as on the nose.
Impression: A nice blend, but dryer and more floral than the Dewar’s and slightly less complex as well.
Rating: 13/20 FP:F1

01 Fev

White Horse Spring Cap (4/5 quart), OB, 86.8 Proof, B:1950s. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Peaty, dry to very dry, floral, waxy, tarry to very tarry, sooty, resinous, slightly medicinal, on metallic wool, soot, peat smoke, seaweeds, old leather, tannins, sultanas, camphor, bandages, orange and some tangerine. Very good and very far from the current White Horse.
Taste: Dry, waxy to very waxy, slightly grainy, aromatic, sooty and mineral, with some starch, peat smoke, tar, coal, soot, old sea weeds, sultanas, honey and old resins. The finish is medium, round, grainy, smoky, maritime, peaty, slightly fruity, on sultanas, orange, resins, spare ribs, smoked meat and earthy flavours. With strong BBQ flavours and some black liquorice.
Impression: A very good and complex White Horse, slightly woody, on an intense, mellow peat smoke and with very strong flavours of BBQ meat grilled on a charcoal fire. The darkest White Horse that I have tasted so far and very different from the current production. Thank you Roger.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G4

Inchmurrin Whiskynerds 2003 Law, 14 YO, OB, 56.3%, B:2017, cask 17/169-1, 264 bottles. Price:
Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Intense, smoky, slightly earthy, on cocoa, earthy peat smoke, dried and candied fruits, high grade leather, orange, some bloody orange, sultanas and humus.
Taste: Rich, intense, peaty, slightly earthy and smoky, sweet, floral, on canned tropical fruits, sultanas, pineapples, cherries, plums, figs and raisins soaked in alcohol. The finish is long, thick, rich, intense, syrupy and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very good expression of Inchmurrin, with a complex and rich sherry influence. Rounder and more chewy than the executive and less floral as well. Thank you Roger.
Rating: 17/20 FP:G2

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