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23 Juin

Blended Scotch Whisky 40 YO For Taiwan, Berry Bros & Rudd, 46%, B:2016, 1600 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Mellow, very fruity, rich, sweet, on apricots, exotic fruits, orange, tangerine, honey, some eucalyptus, tree sap, light aromatic and smoky flavours. Excellent.
Taste: Mellow to very mellow, floral, grassy, very complex, slightly aromatic, on peat smoke, tree sap, honey, aromatic herbs, some eucalyptus, orange, tangerine, various spices and tropical fruits. The finish is long, complex, mellow, rich, slightly peaty, aromatic and austere. Diluted, it becomes more on slightly bitter orange, aromatic herbs and tree sap.
Impression: An excellent whisky, mellow, very complex, with delicious old fashioned flavours, reminding me of some of the finest Speyside and Highland malts from the 1960s.
Rating: 18/20 FP:G2

22 Jun

Irish Single Malt 2001 10th Anniversary, 16 YO, The Whisky Agency, 48.5%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Grassy, malty, intense, citric, on melon, mango, some grapefruit, apples, gooseberries and redcurrant
Taste: Fresh to very fresh, light, grassy to very grassy, citric, on honey, freshly cut grass, gooseberries, redcurrant, melon and a touch of smoke and grapefruits. The finish is medium to long, creamy, slightly oaky and citric, on berries, milk, light oaky spices, some grapefruits and melon.
Impression: A nicely made creamy, fruity and slightly citric Irish single malt. Thank you Carsten.
Rating: 15/20 FP:B2

Irish Singe Malt 1990 10th Anniversary, 28 YO, The Whisky Agency, 28 YO, 42.4%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Very sweet and smooth, extremely fruity, fresh, with loads of exotic fruits, orange, tangerine, cinnamon, chocolate and other very sweet fruits. Excellent.
Taste: Extremely sweet and fruity, on pineapples, mango, guava. papaya, blackcurrant, soft spices and other berries. The finish is long, very sweet and fruity, mellow, extremely fruity, slightly spicy and on the same flavours as on the palate, with some slightly bitter aromas of coffee. Diluted, it becomes more bitter and slightly tannic and astringent.
Impression: An excellent Irish, with delicious sweet fruity flavours as well as most pleasant berry flavours. The slightly bitter, tannic and astringent finish prevents me from giving a higher score.
Rating: 17/20 FP:G1

21 Jun

Littlemill 1991, 27 YO, Cadenhead’s, 50.4%, B:2018, 48 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Very grassy and mellow, slightly smoky and intense, lots of melon, papaya and mango, on honey and freshly cut grass. Very good.
Taste: Malty, soft, very mellow, on tropical fruits, mainly mango, papaya and passion fruits, a light smokiness, some honey and freshly cut grass. Complex. The finish is long, grassy, fruity, and slightly citric, on exotic fruits, lots of passion fruits and some grapefruits.
Impression: An excellent grassy and very mellow Littlemill, with nice exotic fruits. Unfortunately, there was only 48 bottles of this very fairly priced malt.
Rating: 17/20 FP: C2

20 Jun

Glenturret 1989, 29 YO, Signatory, 54.9%, B:2017, cask 380, Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Yeasty, mellow, round, floral, on yeast extracts, hops, some humus, cooked orchard fruits, nuts, and tangerine.
Taste: Fresh, zesty, floral, grassy, with some hops, orchard fruits and citrus, as well as some melon. The finish is medium to long, zesty, fresh, rather smooth and citric, with some humus, hops, grapefruits, zesty citrus, light floral flavours and a hint of roasted nuts and melon.
Impression: A nice balanced Glenturret, with a rather typical nose with some hops, becoming pleasantly fresh and zesty on the palate. A good one.
Rating: 14/20 FP: C1

Glentauchers 1998, Gordon & MacPhail, 56.8%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Floral to very floral, fragrant, malty, slightly spicy, with some humus, hops, wet tobacco, some dried fruits, sultanas, orange and pollen.
Taste:  Intense, spicy, fruity, floral to very floral, on humus, yeast, hops, tangerine, orange, nutmeg, some cinnamon, cardamom and soft and mellow spices. Diluted, it becomes more nutty. The finish is medium to long, rich, spicy, floral, very smooth, slightly smoky, on ginger, tobacco, humus, melon, vanilla, honey and some hops. Diluted, it becomes slightly smokier.
Impression: A good and sweet whisky, smooth, floral, with a nice roundness and fruitiness.
Rating: 14/20 FP:G2

19 Juin

Glenallachie 50th Anniversary 1990, OB, 44.97%, B:2017, cask 2515, 748 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very intense, floral to very floral, spicy, rich, complex, on dried fruits, orange skin, sultanas, nice spices and dark chocolate. Very good.
Taste: Very mellow, round, floral, fruity to very fruity, on orange, tangerine, pineapples, some grapes, grapefruits and exotic fruits. The finish is long, mellow, round, floral, fruity, complex, with some toffee, fudge, exotic fruits, orange and tangerine. Diluted, it becomes spicier and more on cocoa.
Impression: A delicious floral, mellow and complex whisky, with a nice fruitiness and cocoa flavours. Billy Walker selected an impressive cask for his new distillery and first bottlings.
Rating: 18/20 FP:G1

Glenallachie 50th Anniversary 1989, OB, 57.7%, B:2018, cask 986, 152 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very floral, smooth, sweet, on toffee, fudge, cocoa, spices, on complex floral flavours, some pineapple, cinnamon and orange. Rather different from the 1990.
Taste:  Very floral, fragrant, smooth to very smooth, slightly spicy and fragrant, on toffee, fudge, fresh flowers, sultanas, dates, figs, dry spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and some rubber. The finish is medium to long, smooth to very smooth, floral on soft floral and spices, dates, cinnamon, some cloves, sultanas, dry leather and light fruity flavours. Diluted, it becomes more floral, fragrant, and drier.
Impression: A very smooth and floral version of Glenallachie. Less complex, drier than the 1990, and with less fruity flavours.
Rating: 15/20 FP:F1

18 Juin

Millstone 1996, OB, 55.5%, B:2017 cask 2530/SS29. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Thick, rich, intense to very intense, slightly dry and floral, on treacle, dried fruits, figs, dates, cinnamon, cloves, some walnuts and cocoa. Diluted, it becomes slightly smoky and rather meaty (dried meat)
Taste: Rich, dry, intense, spicy, thick to very thick, syrupy, quite rubbery, on plums, sultanas, treacle, some burnt rubber, cinnamon, cocoa, tannins and roasted coffee beans.  Diluted, it becomes less rubbery and strong fruity flavours of orange, tangerine, quince, leather and some meaty flavours. The finish is medium, spicy, thick, syrupy, slightly dry and tannic, on bloody orange, marmalade, dried apricots, some red berries jam, treacle, leather, honey, dried meat, cocoa and roasted coffee beans.
Impression: A very good heavily sherried whisky, thick and syrupy, with rich spicy and fruity flavours, but slightly too rubbery to my liking.
Rating: 16/20 FP:H2

17 Juin

Hammerfall Imperial 18 YO, OB, 43%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, intense, complex, spicy to very spicy, floral, on precious wood, various spices, round floral flavours, orange, tangerine, and light aromatic herbs. Rather round.
Taste: Rich, spicy, intense, floral to very floral, slightly bitter, on fresh and zesty orange, tangerine, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried fruits, some leather, precious wood, aromatic herbs and a touch of rubber and incense. The finish is medium to long, very round, floral, complex, intense, spicy, with some aromatic herbs, orange, tangerine, cinnamon, nutmeg, lacquer and precious wood.
Impression: A very nice, floral, round and complex whisky, slightly aromatic and with round fruity flavours, as well as some well-integrated dry spices and precious wood. Very good! A Speyside single malt whisky, but not necessarily from the lost Imperial distillery.
Rating: 15/20 FP:H1

Islay Caol Ila 2009, Bar du Nord, 59.9%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Straw-pale gold
Nose: Intense to very intense, slightly young and smooth, fresh, peaty to very peaty, salty, on seaweeds, sea salt, kipper, tar, iodine and light aromas of vanilla.
Taste: Young smooth, intense, salty, lemony, maritime to very maritime, on peat smoke, tar, liquorice roots, camphor, seaweeds and lemon juice. The finish is medium to long, intense to very intense, peaty, maritime to very maritime, smoky to very smoky, on liquorice roots, tar, camphor, peat smoke, seaweeds, and iodine.
Impression: Slightly young and smooth on the nose, peaty to very peaty and with a remarkable intensity on the palate, with a strong maritime influence, on iodine and camphor.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A7

16 Jun

Ardbeg 1972 Connoisseur’s Choice, 13 YO, Gordon & MacPhail, 40%, B:1985. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very peaty and phenolic, maritime, with lots of camphor and disinfectant, on iodine, maritime peat smoke, tar, charcoal, seaweeds and other medicinal flavours, as well as sweet fruity flavours. Excellent.
Taste: Rich, intense, very peaty, maritime and oaky, with lots of tar, soap tar, soot and smoked meat, on wet wood, peat smoke, medicinal flavours, some liquorice roots, black liquorice, orange, candied oranges and various spices
Impression: An impressive Ardbeg. Bottled only at 40%, it is very intense, rich, with loads of tarry flavours, nice maritime and medicinal flavours. Excellent.
Rating: 19/20 FP:G7

Ardbeg 10 YO Dark Green Label, OB, 70 Proof, B: 1970s. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mineral, peaty, smoky, meaty, maritime, with some iodine, disinfectant, wet wood and smoked bacon.
Taste: Mineral, maritime, waxy, slightly juicy and grassy, subtle, complex, on seaweeds, some seashells, old mineral peat smoke and light notes of bandages. The finish is medium, maritime, medicinal, mineral, smoky, subtle, some seabrine, slightly wet wood and liquorice roots, and a touch of sea spray.
Impression: A subtle mineral, and medicinal old style of Ardbeg, with a good intensity for being bottled at 70 Proof. Thank you Patrick.
Rating: 17/20 FP: A5

14 Jun

Dallas Dhu 1979, 23 YO, Cadenhead’s, 59.2%, B:2003, 168 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very round and mellow, grassy to very grassy, floral, sweet, on melon, honey, abundant grassy flavours, a light smokiness and some cooked apples. Very good!
Taste: Rich, grassy, round, spicy, slightly peppery, on cooked apples, freshly cut grass, some melon, grapefruits and tobacco. The finish is medium, grassy, peppery, and slightly smoky, on cooked apples, melon, some grapefruits and light tobacco flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly more peppery.
Impression: A very nice grassy Dallas Dhu, mellow, grassy, slightly peppery and with a nice complexity.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A2

Dallas Dhu 1975 45.10, 27 YO, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 49.9%, B:2003. Price:
Colour: Pale gold-gold
Nose: Floral to very floral, slightly fragrant, round, mellow, on hay, dry smoke, sun bathed malt, exotic fruits, light grassy, peaty and spicy flavours. Very good.
Taste: Spicy to very spicy, floral, mellow, slightly grassy and tarry, on ginger, hay, dry smoke, cold tar, some honey, mango, melon and tobacco. The finish is long, floral, peaty, dry, grassy, slightly fragrant, on dry peat smoke, freshly cut grass, some malt and honey. Diluted, it becomes slightly bitter.
Impression: A very good and mellow Dallas Dhu, with a rather dry and peaty flavours.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A3

12 Jun

Port Charlotte distilled at Bruichladdich 2001, 15 YO, Blackadder, 58.6%, B;2017, cask 888, 266 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very peaty and tarry, sweet, on new tyres, tar, peat smoke, toffee, orange, dried fruits, leather, cocoa, soft spices and soot. A nice balance between dry peat smoke and a very smooth sherry influence on fudge and light floral flavours.
Taste: Smooth, mellow, round, peaty to very peaty, salty, tarry to very tarry, maritime, slightly fruity, on orange, tangerine, a peat smoke slightly aromatic, sea weeds, tar, some soot, tyre and liquorice. The finish is medium to long, slightly tannic, on cloves, various spices, maritime and aromatic peat smoke, orange, tangerine, some cocoa, coffee, dried fruits, tar, soot and seaweeds.
Impression: A very good, sweet and peaty whisky, with a rather smooth and sweet sherry influence complemented by loads of tar.
Rating: 16/20 FP:H6

Macallan 1989 Statement Sherry Cask, 27 YO, Blackadder, 45.7%, B:2017, cask 5245. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Smooth to very smooth, floral, elegant, malty to very malty, slightly smoky and creamy, on yellow flowers, some fudge, soft spices and orange.
Taste: Very floral, smooth, slightly fragrant, with some bitter and bloody orange, caramel, roasted coffee beans, cocoa, orchard fruits and freshly cut flowers. The finish is medium, floral to very floral, slightly fragrant, on bitter caramel, freshly cut flowers and light fruity flavours. Diluted, it becomes more on bitter caramel and dry floral flavours.
Impression: A very floral and smooth whisky, and rather strong caramel flavours. Tasted blind.
Rating: 10/20 FP: F1

11 Jun

Peat Reek Islay Single Malt 2006 Sherry Cask Finish, 10 YO, Blackadder, 58.6%, B:2017, cask PR 2017-4, 234 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Smooth, peaty, slightly maritime, on vanilla, toffee and some disinfectant.
Taste: Young, very smooth, peaty, maritime, rooty, on disinfectant, camphor and peat smoke, with some seaweeds and fish. The finish is medium to long, salty, very rooty,  phenolic, tarry, on peat smoke, tar, some seaweeds and camphor. Slightly young.
Impression: A young, very smooth, peaty and very rooty whisky.
Rating: 13/20 FP: A6

Peat Reek Embers Islay Single malts, Blackadder, 59.4%, B:2016, EMB1, 285 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very peaty and intense, clean, smooth, on vanilla, some seaweeds, camphor and iodine. Very good.
Taste: Slightly smooth and young, very peaty, intense, salty, medicinal, on camphor , seaweeds and tar. The finish is medium, very peaty, intense, tarry, salty, medicinal, on seaweeds, camphor and candied citrus.
Impression: A very peaty, intense and clean whisky.  I enjoyed it very much.
Rating: 15/20 FP: A7

10 Jun

Amrut Greedy Angels, 8 YO, OB, 50%, B:2017, 1350 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Smooth to very smooth, bold, malty, fruity to very fruity, on apricots, peach, exotic fruits, some blackcurrant and other berries. Smells like an Irish single malt.
Taste:  Smooth to very smooth, mellow, starchy, bold, slightly spicy, fruity, rich, with some toffee, orchard and exotic fruits, mango, papaya, cinnamon and other spices. The finish is long, smooth to very smooth, fruity, bold, slightly creamy, and aromatic, some aromatic herbs, citrus, orchard and exotic fruits, with light and various spices. Diluted, there is some coffee, light aromatic flavours and it is slightly smoky as well.
Impression: A smooth, mellow and rather bold whisky, with a nice fruitiness, including light citric flavours. Tasting almost like an Irish single malt. Tasted blind
Rating: 16/20 FP: C1

Paul John Classic Select Cask, OB, 55.2%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Mellow to very mellow, round, complex, intense, fruity to very fruity, on vanilla, honeydew melon, quince, Mirabelle, some honey, banana, mango and other exotic fruits.
Taste: Rich, mellow, spicy, complex, on apples, juicy oaky, honey, freshly cut grass, mango and orchard fruits, with a hint of smoke. The finish is medium, mellow to very mellow, slightly green and fruity, on honey, Mirabelle, quince, juicy oak, apples and some exotic fruits. Diluted, it becomes rounder and more nutty.
Impression: A very good, pleasant, mellow and round whisky. Well made and rather complex.
Rating: 14/20 FP: B2

09 Jun

Amrut Double Cask, OB, 46%, B:2017, 1850 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very peaty and tarry, meaty, maritime to very maritime, medicinal, on dry kelps, dry tar, leather, cocoa, some dry orange and tangerine, camphor, cinnamon and bonfire smoke.
Taste: Tarry, salty, smoky, very maritime, on toffee, sea salt, orange, coffee, leather and fudge. The finish is medium to long, salty, maritime, smoky, on toffee, orange, black and salted liquorice and seaweeds.
Impression: A rather unusual whisky, with strong tarry and smoky flavours, on barbecue, and only with a moderate peatiness.
Rating: 13/20 FP: G4

Amrut Spectrum 004, OB, 50%, B:2017, 1800 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Intense, rich, vegetal, and floral, on vegetal condiment, lacquer, dried fruits, orange, toffee, and various spices.
Taste: Aromatic, herbal, floral, spicy, on toffee, some sea salt, dried fruits, bitter orange, tangerine and some vegetal condiment. The finish is medium, floral, smooth, on toffee, roasted coffee beans, orange, spices and vegetal condiments.
Impression: A rather unusual whisky, smooth, with a pleasant mouth feel, but with the flavours going in every direction. A whisky that I have not understood.
Rating: 13/20 FP: G2

08 Jun

Amrut Peated Cask Finish, Blackadder, 61.2%, B:2017, cask BA27-2017, 166 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Peaty, mellow, malty, slightly dry and tarry, on melon, apricots, some exotic fruits, as well as some cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste: Young, smooth to very smooth, malty, floral, on vanilla custard, apples, honey, melon, mango and a touch of aromatic herbs. The finish is medium to long, rich, complex, mellow, slightly peaty, with some dried fruits, citrus and light exotic fruity flavours.
Impression: A very good, complex, sweet and fruity whisky. Tasted slightly young at the start, before the complex and sweet flavours come through. Very good.
Rating: 16/20 FP: D3

Amrut 2011 PX Sherry Exclusively Bottled for Hot Malt, OB, 56.5%, B:2016, cask 4122. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Spicy to very spicy, very vegetal, salty, with loads of vegetal condiment (Maggi), as well as some toffee and humus. Original.
Taste: Dry, austere, aromatic, floral, spicy, vegetal, on coffee, roasted coffee beans, dry nutty flavours, old dried meat (Graubündner dried meat), and vegetal condiment. The finish is medium to long, dry to very dry, floral, nutty, vegetal, on tannins, cloves, dry leather, sweet liquorice, light dry aromatic and slightly bitter flavours, bitter orange, coffee beans and some eucalyptus. Diluted, it becomes more on toffee and fudge, as well as slightly salty and creamy.
Impression: Initially very spicy and vegetal on the nose, it is a rather dry, floral, spicy whisky on the palate, on tannins and with more toffee on the finish, especially once water has been added.
Rating: 16/20 FP: H1

07 Juin

Special Limburg Whisky Fair

Linkwood 1939 Connoisseur’s Choice for Pinerolo, 37 YO, Gordon & MacPhail, 43%, B:1970s. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very complex, peaty, meaty, smoky, slightly floral, on old leather, dry and meaty peat smoke, orange, tangerine, some humus, dry and smoked meat, aromatic herbs, tobacco, resins, coal and oil. Excellent.
Taste: Very sweet and mellow, rich, floral, smoky, peaty, meaty, on leather, dry peat smoke, tangerine, orange, some charcoal, tree sap, smoked bacon, papaya, orange liqueur, slight austere and aromatic flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly dryer. The finish is long, rich, dry, smoky, peaty, meaty, on old and dry leather, some papaya, coconut, smoked ham, light mineral flavours, peach, Mirabelle, old, dry, slightly metallic and aromatic peat smoke, as well as cocoa. Diluted, it becomes more on bitter orange, slightly more metallic, and with some coffee.
Impression: An excellent Linkwood, complex, meaty, slightly metallic, with a nice dry and old-fashioned peat smoke. Lovely.
Rating: 17/20 FP: G4

06 Juin

Millstone 1996 American Oak, 20 YO, OB, 51.45% ; B:2017, cask 1376, 287 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very rich and complex, mellow, elegant, slightly floral, on precious wood, lacquer, some wallnuts, candied oranges and tangerine, marmalade, cinnamon and nutmeg. Excellent.
Taste: Rich, complex, intense, on pleasant soft aromatic herbs, dried fruits, sultanas, some quince, orange, Cointreau (orange liqueur), precious wood, tannins, and cocoa. The finish is long to very long, complex, floral, slightly aromatic, on tree sap, marmalade, precious wood, lacquer, some eucalyptus, cocoa and roasted coffee beans. Diluted, there are some light notes of hand made fudge.
Impression: A delicious sherried whisky that reminds the some of best Speyside whiskies distilled in the 1960s, with a mixture of precious wood, tree sap and various spiced. Simply excellent.
Rating: 18/20 FP: H2

Millstone Single Malt 1996 Oloroso sherry, OB, 55.5%, cask 2530/SS35. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose:  Rich, intense, elegant, slightly floral, smooth to very smooth, on precious wood, some lacquer, orange, tangerine, tannins, cinnamon, nutmeg and light nutty flavours. Deliciously complex.
Taste: Thick, intense, rich, syrupy, slightly floral, on fudge, spices (cinnamon, some nutmeg and cloves), tannins, leather, fruit jam, light exotic fruits flavours, orange, tangerine, some marmalade, precious wood, grinded coffee and dark chocolate and tree sap. The finish is long, syrupy, thick, quite heavy, on treacle, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried fruits, plums, orange, apricots, some marmalade and walnuts. Diluted, it becomes more on caramel and slightly astringent.
Impression: A very good and rich sherried whisky, very thick, complex and pleasantly fruity.  Of very high quality, as expected by Zuidam.
Rating: 17/20 FP: G2

05 Jun

Special Limburg Whisky Fair

Sandy Ross Old Blended Malt, OB, B:1960s. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Grainy, smooth to very smooth, on cooked cereals, some starch,  a light smokiness, light sugary and fruity flavours.
Taste: Very smooth, peaty, smoky, grainy, slightly salty and fruity, with some wax, camphor, Mirabelle, quince, tangerine and a touch of iodine and sugar. Diluted, it becomes slightly sweeter. The finish is medium, sweet, grainy, moderately smoky and peaty, slightly salty and mineral, with some tar, soot, quince, Mirabelle, tangerine, some humus and wax.
Impression:  A blended whisky that started rather grainy on the nose, before becoming more intense, sweeter and smokier on the palate. Thank you Nicolas.
Rating: 13/20 FP: D3

Old Vatted Malt, Cadenhead’s, 80 Proof (46%), B: 1970s. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very round, mellow, floral, nutty, sweet, rich, rather complex, on humus, furniture, old leather, dried fruits, plums, orange, tangerine, sultanas, some cinnamon and fruit jam.
Taste: Mellow to very mellow, floral, sweet, slightly meaty, on humus, some hops, tangerine, sultanas, cinnamon and a light smokiness. Diluted, it becomes spicier, woodier, smoky and with some old dry old fashioned peat smoke. The finish is medium, nutty, slightly muddy, on humus, old leather, some old-fashioned dry peat smoke, sea brine, humus, dried fruits, tangerine, some cocoa and roasted coffee beans. Diluted, it becomes more on coffee.
Impression: A good, mellow, balanced, fruity blended malt, on pleasant leather, floral and nutty flavours.
Rating: 13/20 FP: F3

04 Jun

Special Whisky Schiff Luzern

Ardmore 1996, 20 YO, OB, 49.3%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Peaty, smoky, aromatic, intense, slightly maritime and tarry, on a mixture of aromatic, tarry and  dry peat smoke, seaweeds, aromatic herbs and some vanilla.
Taste: Grassy, oaky, dry, peaty, aromatic, dry, tarry, maritime, slightly citric, on aromatic peat smoke, some camphor, iodine, rather pronounced oak spices, sea salt, and bitter lemon. The finish is medium, oaky, slightly dry and citric, moderately peaty, with some tarry and aromatic peat smoke, as well as a twist of bitter lemon. Diluted, it becomes bitterer.
Impression: A rather special Ardmore, with a nice and intense peaty nose, slightly maritime and with some citrus on the palate. Matured in a first fill cask and then finished in ex-Islay cask. The influence of the ex-Islay is noticeable and shows some contrast with the aromatic peat smoke from Ardmore. Fairly price (under 100 euros)
Rating: 14/20 FP: A4

03 Jun

Ben Nevis 1973, 26 YO, OB, 52.7%, B:1999, cask 747, 232 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very round and mellow, complex, intense, slightly grassy and sweet, on cooked cereals, peach, apricots, tangerine, heather honey, exotic fruits and some marzipan. Very good and rich.
Taste: Intense, fruity to very fruity, with loads of pineapples, on exotic fruits, cinnamon, orange, some tangerine and nutmeg, as well as canned (tinned) peaches. Well balanced and complex. Diluted, it becomes slightly smokier, with more tobacco and cooked cereals. The finish is medium to long, mellow, very smooth, slightly sweet, on cooked cereals, light spices, some cinnamon, dry leather, melon and pineapples.
Impression: A very good, well-balanced and complex Ben Nevis, with nice exotic fruits and pineapples.
Rating: 16/20 FP: E2

Ben Nevis 1972, 19 YO, OB, 55%, B: 1991. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Intense, sharp, floral, slightly nutty, on a clean and dry sherry, tangerine, orange, some leather, smoke, cinnamon, nutmeg, peach, tobacco and cinnamon. Very good.
Taste: Very intense, clean, sharp, floral, on varnish, lacquer, plums, cinnamon, orange, some nutmeg and cloves. The finish is medium to long, dry, intense, bitter, nutty, slightly tannic, floral and fragrant, on varnish, fragrance, dry to very dry sherry, orange, tangerine, some honey and nutmeg.
Impression: A very intense and clean Ben Nevis, with surprisingly intense varnish flavours and some dry nuts.
Rating: 13/20 FP: G2

02 Jun

Special Limburg Whisky Fair

Inchmurrin 1967, 34 YO, Part Nan Angelen, 45.3%, B:2001. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Mellow to very mellow, very round, malty, moderately spicy, on round and mellow spicy flavours, lots of yellow fruits and a fair dose of exotic fruits. Well balanced.
Taste: Spicy, malty, slightly floral, yeasty and oaky, round, with some toffee, fudge, yellow fruits, melon and some orchard fruits. Balanced.  The finish is medium to long, rich, mellow to very mellow, round, malty, fruity, with some tobacco, fudge and exotic fruits. Diluted, it becomes slightly sweeter and with some figs and dried fruits.
Impression: A very good, mellow, round and fruity Inchmurrin. Thank you to the unknown donator!
Rating: 16/20 FP: C1

01 Jun

Coilltean, Unique Pure Malt 1997 No Age, Samaroli, 45%, 1997, 480 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Complex, peaty, smoky, maritime, slightly dry and floral, on dry, complex and maritime peat smoke, seaweeds, some bandages, camphor and iodine. Smells good the old and complex peat smoke from Islay. Diluted, it becomes more complex.
Taste:  Light, subtle, with a delicious complex, elegant, mineral and old-fashioned peat smoke, slightly maritime and salty, with some exotic fruits, tar and soot. The finish is long, light, subtle, and elegant, on complex and subtle old-fashioned peat smoke, tar, soot and seaweeds.
Impression: A delicious complex, mellow and rather light whisky with a most elegant complex old fashioned maritime peat smoke. Excellent. Tasted pretty much like a vatting of old style Islay malts.
Rating: 17/20 FP:B5

Miltonduff 1982 Maturing in Style 72.56, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 49.5%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very round and grassy, floral, on toffee, grassy and aromatic flavours, some citrus, yellow fruity and smoke
Taste: Citric, slightly spicy and floral, on grapefruit, wet tobacco, some hops, apricots, vanilla and light aromatic flavours. Diluted, it becomes spicier, mainly on black pepper. The finish is medium to long, slightly dry, rooty and floral, on wet tobacco leaves, some hops, tobacco quid, some apricots, vanilla, light aromatic and citric flavours.
Impression: A very good expression of Miltonduff, rounded, rather complex, with a mixture of tobacco, citrus and light aromatic flavours.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A2


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