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14 Aug

Redbreast 32 YO Dream Cask, OB, 46.5%, B:2018, cask 41207. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very mellow and fruity, round, complex to very complex, on exotic fruits (mainly mango), high grade leather, some tannins, honey, peach and  polished oak. Excellent!
Taste: Gorgeous! Very mellow, round, on exotic fruits (mango, banana and papaya), leather, tannins, cinnamons, some peach, nutmeg and liquorice roots. The finish is long, slightly woody and tannic, on exotic fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, old furniture and wax. Diluted, it becomes slightly more tannic.
Impression: The nose of this Redbreast was delicious, very mellow and with beautiful flavours of exotic fruits. On the palate, it stated on the same pleasant flavours, before the impact of the long wood maturations starts to kick in. If not, it would have reached a higher score.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1

13 Aug

Glenlossie 1997 Acla Da Fans, 20 YO, Signatory, 52.2%, B:2017, cask 6774. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very smooth and fresh, mellow, round, floral, fruity, on green orchard fruits, freshly cut grass and flowers, some yellow fruits, honey and vanilla. Pleasantly fresh and floral,
Taste: Very floral and round, mellow, fruity, sweet, sugary, on icing sugar, cooked apricots and peaches, vanilla, flower honey, some elderberries flower syrup and peaches in syrup. The finish is long to very long, floral, fresh, floral, round, mellow, sweet and sugary, on tinned (canned) peaches and apricots, elderberries flower syrup, flower honey, freshly cut summer flowers some vanilla and a hint of spices.
Impression: A particularly floral and sugary version of Glenlossie, very drinkable, with a sticky syrupy mouth feel combining fruits and fresh floral aromas. Very good.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A2


Teeling for Shinanoya, 23 YO, OB, 54%, B:2017, cask 6894, 187 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very mellow, round and fruity, on sultanas, dried fruits, tangerine, orange, soft spices, blackcurrant, other berries, some leather and cinnamon. Very good.
Taste: Very smooth and mellow, slightly floral, on soft spices and tannins, some blackcurrant, cocoa, orange, sultanas, hay and green malt, a touch of mango and papaya. The finish is medium to long, smooth, mellow, slightly spicy, on soft tannins, tangerine, blackcurrant, papaya, and mango. Slightly tannic.
Impression: A round, smooth and very mellow Teeling, with soft spices and fruity flavours.
Rating: 14/20 FP:E1

12 Aug

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2018, 18 YO, OB, 53.9%, B:2018, 6000 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Peaty, maritime, oaky, with light medicinal flavours, oak spices, peat smoke, some tar, lemon peel, freshly sawn wood and smoke.
Taste: Intense, oaky, spicy to very spicy, peaty, smoky, citric, on pepper, with a lingering peat smoke, some citrus, BBQ and some very light flavours of sultanas and dried fruits. The finish is long, smoky to very smoky, peaty, moderately maritime, citric and medicinal, on seaweeds, peat smoke, citrus and some dried fruits. Diluted, it becomes smokier and on liquorice roots.
Impression: A very good Lagavulin, very smoky, complex and quite oaky. A combination of refill American oak hogsheads, rejuvinated American oak hogsheads and ex-Bodega European oak butts. The ex-Bodega influence is rather light.
Rating: 16/20 FP:D7


Talisker Distillery exclusive, OB, 48%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, maritime, salty, slightly smoky and peaty, on charred and/or toasted wood, some pepper, oak spices, peat smoke, seaweeds, citrus and a touch of dried fruits.
Taste: Light, round, zesty, peppery, moderately spicy, fresh, on charred and/or toasted wood, ground pepper, peat smoke, sea salt, seaweeds and lemon juice. The finish is medium, fresh, zesty, peppery, slightly smoky and peppery, on citrus, black pepper, smoke, and some light and fresh floral flavours.
Impression: A light, fresh, zesty and peppery Talisker. A nice one for the summer. First matured in refill oak casks, then specially charred American Oak hogsheads, before finally maturing in old European Oak Puncheons.
Rating: 15/20FP: A4

11 Aug

Octomore Farm Port Charlotte 2001, 16 YO, OB, 61.6%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Complex, peaty, maritime, balanced, salty, on peat smoke, tar, seaweeds, tar, dried fish and soot. With a nice complex peat smoke.
Taste: Complex, elegant, peaty to very peaty, hot. Let us quickly add some water. Diluted, it becomes more maritime, meaty and with elegant peat smoke. The finish is long, complex, with an elegant and rather subtle meaty peat smoke, tar and some soot.
Impression: A very nice and aged expression of Port Charlotte, with a very nice, elegant peat smoke combining maritime and meaty flavours. Very enjoyable. A whisky that needs a few drops of water.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A8

10 Aug

Port Charlotte 2001 The Heretic, OB, 55.9%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, peaty, tarry, dry, maritime, round, balanced, winey, slightly salty and mineral, on peat smoke, tar, sea salt, seaweeds, round and dried fruits, and a touch of rubber.
Taste: Intense, hot, peaty, maritime, winey, on dry peat smoke, various winey flavours, leather, berries, soot, tar, and grapes. The finish is long, dry, peaty, intense, maritime, winey, on berries, sultanas and peat smoke. Diluted, it becomes spicier and wineier.
Impression: A very peaty Port Charlotte, complex, tarry and sooty, with rather winey flavours. A mixture of PC matured in bourbon, rum, and French wine casks.
Rating: 15/20 FP:G7


Port Charlotte 2005 Valinch Oloroso Sherry Cask Feis Ile 2018, OB, 59.3%, B:2018, cask 2087. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, tarry to very tarry, maritime, on peat smoke, sultanas, seaweeds, with light vegetal flavours, some sea salt, orange, tangerine and leather. Elegant, round and well balanced.
Taste: Salty, spicy, intense, round, tarry, sooty, maritime, on sultanas, orange, leather, cocoa, peat smoke, tar, some soot and red berries. The finish is medium to long, rich, peaty, tarry, round, complex, maritime, on sultanas, figs and dried fruits. Diluted, it becomes more tarry, with a long lasted round peaty influence.
Impression: A very good and very round sherried Port Charlotte, with the finish round, peaty, on berries and soot.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G7

09 Aou

GlenDronach 1992 for Hsiu Ming, 24 YO, OB, 57.5%, B:2016, cask 97, 586 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Smooth, rich, floral, slightly fragrant, on rich sweet and dry fruity flavours, treacle, high grade leather, orange, tangerine, precious wood, figs and dates. Excellent and well balanced.
Taste: Rich to very rich, intense, spicy to very spicy, floral, slightly fragrant, bitter and tannic, on sultanas, tannins, toffee, caramel, cinnamon and some nutmeg. The finish is medium, floral, bitter, rather tannic and dry, on treacle, toffee, fudge, sultanas, tannins, cocoa, and some dried flowers. Diluted, it becomes more on toffee and with some coffee.
Impression: A good, rich and rather thick heavily sherried whisky, with a light fragrance and bitterness, but not too much.
Rating: 15/20 FP:G1

08 Aug

Kavalan Sherry Solist 2008 for CC Choice, OB, 56.3%, B:2017, cask S081229033. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Floral, vegetal, round, with strong aromas of vegetal condiment (Maggi), on broth, tannins, leather, orange, cinnamon and some sea salt.
Taste: Rich, dry, floral, tannic, bitter, rather astringent, on dark chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, marmalade, cloves and old precious wood. The finish is long, complex, dry, floral, tannic, slightly bitter and rather astringent, on cinnamon, cloves, marmalade and old wood. Once water has been added, there is a whiff of freshly burnt rubber.
Impression: An intense and complex sherry matured, with rather strong woody and tannic flavours. A very good whisky but that probably stayed too long in the wood.
Rating: 14/20 FP:J1


GlenDronach 1993 for DC and TDM, 23 YO, OB, 59.1%, B:2016, Oloroso cask 41. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, intense, spicy, slightly dry and tannic, on dark chocolate, dry leather, high grade tannins, orange, some vegetal condiment, plums, figs, dates, sultanas and precious wood.
Taste: Rich, spicy to very spicy, intense, complex, fruity to very fruity, with some black liquorice, dark chocolate, cinnamon, lacquer, precious wood, dried figs, dates, sultanas, high grade leather and tannins. The finish is medium, dry, floral, spicy to very spicy, slightly rubbery, on tannins, dark chocolate, precious wood, orange, marmalade, leather and some fresh rubber.Impression: An excellent dry, complex and well-balanced sherried whisky, on various dried fruits and cocoa.  Slightly too rubbery on the finish to grant it a higher score.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1

07 Aug

Ben Nevis 1996, 20 YO, The Single Malts of Scotland, 53.1%, B:2017, cask 1528, 466 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round, floral, spicy, rich, slightly fruity, on orange, Christmas cake, candied citrus, fudge, and fresh flowers.
Taste: Rich, floral, slightly fragrant and bitter, on caramel, citron (cedrat), toffee, cinnamon, soft spices, and some light sweet fruity flavours. The finish is medium, smooth, floral to very floral, slightly sugary and creamy, on soft spices and leather, toffee, fudge, some orange, milk chocolate and a touch of citron.
Impression: A nice floral whisky, with round sweet flavours of toffee.
Rating: 12/20 FP:D1

06 Aug

Kavalan Solist Sherry 2009, OB, 58.6%, B:2017, cask S090306031. Price:
Colour: Amber-black
Nose:  Smooth, very intense, tannic, slightly fragrant, on varnish, orange, bitter orange, cinnamon, lacquer, dried fruits 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 Blanca), marmalade, cloves, cinnamon, 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


Ben Nevis 1997 MCCRAES, 18 YO, Hunter Laing, 55.4%, B:2016, cask HL12157, 415 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Spicy, rich, floral, slightly vegetal and smooth, on tannins, leather, dried fruits, sultanas, some vegetal condiment, orange and fudge. Well balanced and with light fruity flavours. With time, it becomes more grassy.
Taste: Floral to very floral, slightly fragrant and bitter, syrupy to very syrupy, on caramel, toffee, freshly cut fragrant flowers, some treacle, orange, banana and milk chocolate. The finish is medium to long, very floral, fragrant, rather syrupy, on hay, freshly cut flowers, caramel, orange, leather, cinnamon and some dark chocolate.
Impression: A very floral whisky, with a syrupy mouth feel, as well with some fragrance and freshly cut flowers and grass. A rather atypical whisky from that distillery.
Rating: 12/20 FP:G1

05 Aug

Mars Shinshu Peated 2013, 3 YO, Blackadder, 61%, B:2016, cask 1647, 239 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Very peaty, farmy, meaty, smoky to very smoky, maritime, on dry meat, seaweeds, peat smoke, light farmy and aromatic flavours, as well as some iodine and disinfectant. Very good!
Taste: Light, peaty to very peaty, maritime to very maritime, on seaweeds, lemon peel, camphor, some hemp smoke and liquorice roots. The finish is medium to long, intense, light, very peaty, maritime, on kippers, peat smoke, seaweeds, camphor, iodine, hemp rope, lemon and light vanilla flavours.
Impression: A very good and very peaty whisky, quite maritime and with some hemp rope. I liked it very much. For being only 3 years old, it is rather impressive.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A8

04 Aug

A drop of the Irish, 8 YO, Blackadder, 58.6%, B:2016, cask DI 2015-6, 366 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Mellow, sweet, fruity, slightly grassy and floral, on honey, vanilla and some melon.
Taste: Floral, slightly fragrant, sweet, fruity, on orchard fruits, honey, light spicy flavours, vanilla, some heather and some slightly green-grassy flavours. The finish is medium, floral to very floral, smooth, on yellow flowers, some heather, honey, hay, vanilla and a touch of citrus and spices.
Impression: A good, floral and very smooth whiskey, matured, and a slight fragrance in the finish.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A1


Chimera, Blackadder, 46%, B:2016, cask CH 1-2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Smooth, slightly mellow, spicy, moderately peaty, on cinnamon, orange, tangerine, and a light peat smoke, as well as some mango, dried fruits, pineapples, and leather.
Taste: Very smooth, light, slightly smoky and peaty, on citrus, honey, some exotic fruits, leather and soft spices. Quite grassy. The finish is medium, smooth, floral, grassy to very grassy, on honey, quince, orange, tangerine and a light smokiness. Diluted, it becomes slightly smokier, with some tannins, coffee, cocoa and with more dried fruits.
Impression: A very good whisky, balanced, rich, with various spices, cocoa and exotic fruits. Very enjoyable blended malt
Rating: 15/20 FP:D3

03 Aug

Black Snake VAT 7 2nd Venom for Liquors Hasegawa and Clydesdale AB, Blackadder, 57.5%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, very nutty, spicy, earthy, on humus, rubber, vanilla, floral flavours and lots of nuts (mainly hazelnuts).
Taste: Floral, spicy, nutty, round to very round, slightly spicy, rather intense and complex, on vanilla, spices, honey, some lemon, melon, pineapples and other exotic fruits. Very good. The finish is long, round, mellow, fruity, slightly floral, and grassy, on honey, dried fruits (mainly dried figs), melon and mango. Diluted, it becomes fruitier and slightly peaty and smoky.
Impression: The whisky was rather nutty on the nose, before it develops very good soft fruity flavours, including dried fruits. The mouth feel was excellent and the fruity flavours soft and most pleasant.
Rating: 17/20 FP:C1

02 Aug

Kavalan Solist Sherry 2009, OB, 57.1%, B:2016, cask S090306012, 498 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very rich and round, floral, on rich spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, sultanas, orange, some tropical fruits and high grade smooth leather. With some lacquer, plums, light fragrant flavours and a hint of parsley.
Taste: Rich, intense to very intense, floral, fragrant, slightly bitter, on tannins, sultanas, Cointreau (orange liqueur), Glühwein spices, rich spices, including cinnamon, cloves and aniseeds, orange, tangerine, exotic wood and some lacquer. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes quite nutty (walnuts) and slightly astringent.
Impression: A very good, thick and intense whisky, with a deep sherry influence and a nice mouth feel, and rich spices.
Rating: 16/20 FP:J1


Ben Nevis 1997, 19 YO, Blackadder, 57.5%, B:2017, cask 59. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very smooth, floral, on caramel, fresh flowers and a light fragrance.
Taste: Floral to very floral, smooth, on fresh flowers, a slight fragrance, soft spices, some tangerine, treacle and light nutty flavours.  The finish is medium, very floral, slightly dry and fragrant, with light nutty flavours, some green apples, hay, and caramel.
Impression: A very smooth and floral whisky, clean and with some caramel flavours.
Rating: 11/20 FP:G1

01 Aug

GlenDronach for Tiger Selection 1992, 24 YO, OB, 57.6%, B:2016, cask 95. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Smooth to very smooth, mellow, rich, fruity, juicy, moderately spicy and grassy, on orange, tangerine, honey, leather, exotic fruits, some cocoa, milk chocolate, cinnamon and various spices. Complex.
Taste: Smooth, smoky, rather meaty, slightly floral, tarry and peaty, on smoked bacon, tar cooked ham, peat smoke, leather, some cinnamon, juniper berries, marmalade and aromatic herbs. The finish is medium, dry, and aromatic to very aromatic, on tree sap, humus, some tar, toffee and fudge.
Impression: A surprising whisky, as it is very smooth, rich and fruity on the nose, with a rather tarry and aromatic palate and a dry austere and aromatic finish.
Rating: 17/20 FP: G3


Glenlivet for Collector (GI Jane) 1995, 20 YO, Signatory, 57.2%, B: 2016, cask 166957. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, thick, floral, bitter, slightly astringent and fruity, on dark chocolate, marmalade, some aromatic herbs, spices, dark chocolate, some cocoa, orange, leather and tannins. Well balanced.
Taste: Round to very round, rich, fruity, balanced, on toffee, cinnamon, gingerbread, tangerine, light floral and aromatic flavours, some nutmeg, leather and Cointreau (orange liqueur). The finish is medium, rather dry, bitter and tannic, aromatic, on bitter orange, lacquer, tannins, cloves and a touch of juniper.
Impression: A pleasant sherried whisky, rich, rather complex, with a rather tannic and bitter finish, probably due to a long maturation.
Rating: 16/20 FP: J1

31 Jul

Edradour for Fortune 2005, 11 YO, OB, 62.8%, B:2016, cask 100. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Mellow, nutty, thick, slightly floral, astringent, on nuts, dried fruits, treacle, exotic wood, dates, figs and lacquer.
Taste: Rich, complex, intense, spicy, floral, subtle, on plums, sultanas, cinnamon, marmalade, light smoky flavours, woodland flavours, some cloves. Diluted, it becomes smoother, on elegant tannins and high quality leather, as well as some more cloves. The finish is long, elegant, floral, slightly nutty, on orange, marmalade, cinnamon, nutmeg, lacquer, precious wood, some exotic fruits, walnuts, a touch of smoke and cloves. Diluted, it becomes slightly sweeter.
Impression: An excellent, complex and elegant sherried Whisky, on leather, dried fruits and leather of the highest quality.  Lovely.
Rating: 18/20 FP:G2

30 Jul

Bowmore 1996 Sherry finish, 16 YO, Wilson & Morgan, 56.6%, B:2012. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very peaty, smoky to very smoky, dry, ashy, on tar, soot, orange, tangerine, dried fruits and some aromatic herbs. Complex and very good.
Taste: Very smoky, peaty, maritime, slightly dry, tarry and ashy, with some orange, seaweeds, tar, soot, BBQ, smoked meat and a touch of salt. The finish is long, smoky to very smoky, maritime, peaty, on smoked meat, some dried fruits, tangerine, orange, and BBQ.
Impression: A very good Bowmore, very smoky, complex, on BBQ, tar and sweet sherry flavours.
Rating:  16/20 FP: F5


Bowmore 2001 Old Malt Cask, 14 YO, Hunter Laing, 51.8%, B.2016, cask 12280, 402 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very peaty, tarry and smoky, meaty to very meaty, maritime, on charcoal, BBQ, lots of dry tar, sea weeds and a nice dry sherry influence.
Taste: Very dry, peaty and tarry, maritime, on rich juicy flavours, pineapples, exotic fruits, light aromatic, grassy and honey flavours. The finish is long to very long, very tarry, peaty, smoky, maritime, on peat smoke, light meaty flavours, tar, leather, some dried fruits and candied tropical fruits. Diluted, it becomes more on dried meat and with some roasted coffee beans.
Impression: A very peaty, dry and intense whisky, on a pleasantly dry sherry influence and nice light sweet juicy flavours.
Rating: 16/20 FP: D7

29 Jul

Craigellachie 1995 Old Particular, 21 YO, Douglas Laing, 57.4%, B:2017, cask DL 11446, 408 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Smooth, balanced, rich, rather complex, slightly smoky and spicy, some fudge, freshly cut flowers, straw, berries and leather. Over time, it becomes markedly fruitier. Very good.
Taste: Sweet, floral, fruity to very fruity, juicy, on orange, tangerine, melon, tropical fruits, some humus and a light smokiness. The finish is long, sweet to very sweet, spicy, juicy, fruity, on rich sweet and juicy fruity flavours, with some pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Impression: A very well balanced, rich, sweet and juicy whisky. Easy drinking, well made and most enjoyable.
Rating: 16/20 FP: F2

28 Jul

Scallywag Sherry, 13 YO, Douglas Laing, 46%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Round, floral, on caramel and some vanilla.
Taste: Smooth to very smooth, slightly floral and spicy, with a light fragrance, on caramel, soft and sweet fruity flavours, some cinnamon, cloves, tangerine, and freshly cut flowers. Diluted it becomes smoother, and with stronger toffee flavours. The finish is medium, smooth, floral, slightly malty, on toffee, fudge, light creamy flavours, with rather sweet fruity flavours and with some pepper. Diluted, it becomes slightly more on fudge and slightly fruitier.
Impression: A very smooth, floral and easy drinking whisky, with a mixture of toffee and juicy fruits that works well.
Rating: 15/20 FP: G1


Rock Oyster Sherry, Douglas Laing, 46.8%, B:2017. Price:
Colour:  Old gold-amber
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, smoky, maritime to very maritime, intense, rich, on vanilla, intense and complex maritime peat smoke, camphor, light medicinal flavours, with a touch of sweetness. Very good.
Taste: Mellow to very mellow, light, medicinal, smoky, peaty, on vanilla, seaweeds, peat smoke, camphor and medicinal flavours. The finish is medium, mellow, maritime, peaty, smoky, on camphor, medicinal flavours and some menthol. Diluted, it becomes more maritime and medicinal.
Impression: A good, salty, maritime and peaty whisky, with a mellow medicinal peat smoke.
Rating: 13/20 FP: A5

27 Jul

Blair Athol 1995 Old Malt Cask, 20 YO, Hunter Laing, 50%, B:2016, 201 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Intense, very floral, smooth, on fudge, fresh floral flavours, some hay, freshly cut flowers and some honey.
Taste: Smooth to very smooth, floral, fragrant, on orange, marmalade, some freshly cut flowers and grass, and some toffee. Very good. The finish is medium to long, floral to very floral, slightly fragrant, on orange, marmalade, cinnamon, some cloves, hay and light fragrant flowers.
Impression: A very nice floral whisky, with a round and slightly spicy sherry influence. Well balanced.
Rating:  16/20 FP: H1


Blair Athol 1995 Old Malt Cask, 20 YO, Hunter Laing, 57.1%, B:2016, HL.12537, 240 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose:  Intense, floral to very floral, smooth, on fudge, some dry sherry influence, chocolate, tannins, orange and yellow flowers.
Taste: Smooth to very smooth, floral to very floral, very fragrant, slightly tannic and meaty, on leather, marmalade, dry grass and flowers, some smoke, toffee and honey. The finish is medium, smooth to very smooth, on rather dry sherry, leather, marmalade, some sweet fruity flavours, coffee beans and a light smokiness.
Impression: A smooth, floral, fragrant and slightly smoky whisky, with a nice dry sherry influence on leather.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1

26 Jul

Glengoyne 1988 for Taiwan, 28 YO, OB, 51.1%, B:2016, cask 835, 574 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very fruity, smooth, mellow to very mellow, slightly floral and malty, on soft spices, exotic fruits, papaya, and a touch of humus.
Taste: Rich, spicy, soft, gently, slightly tannic, on mango, papaya, other exotic fruits, some humus, light earthy flavours, and tobacco leaves. Diluted, it becomes more spicy, but also sweeter and fruitier, with more exotic fruits and slightly more earthy flavours as well. The finish is medium, mellow to very mellow, smooth, with light spices and soft tropical fruits.
Impression: A very mellow and sweet fruity whisky. I enjoyed the exotic fruity flavours very much, but it wished they were most intense, as the whole is rather soft.
Rating: 15/20 FP:E1

25 Jul

Glenfarclas 2005, 10 YO, OB, 60.9%, B:2015, cask 2424, 634 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very smooth, rich to very rich, floral, slightly fragrant, on black berries, leather, rich spices, precious wood, lacquer, plums, sultanas, orange, some cinnamon and cocoa. Very good and elegant.
Taste: Rich, round, smooth, floral, elegant, complex, slightly sweet and fruity, on treacle, dried figs, sultanas, orange, exotic fruits, cinnamon, premium Swiss chocolate, leather, some honey, soft spices and tannins. Very good. The finish is long, complex, rich, round, velvety, on rich and soft spices, high-grade leather and tannins, orange, some exotic fruits, cinnamon, precious wood. Diluted, it becomes slightly on dark chocolate.
Impression: A whisky at the peak of its maturation, complex, rich, spicy, from the finest sherry cask. The balance is impressive. Excellent. A well deserved awards at the last Malt Maniacs Awards.
Rating: 18/20 FP:H1


Glenfarclas 2005, 10 YO, OB, 60.7%, B:2015, cask 2425, 635 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very smooth, floral, rich, sweet, fruity to very fruity, on soft spices, cocoa, light malty and creamy flavours, orange juice, exotic fruits and melon. Excellent!
Taste: Rich, spicy, intense to very intense, floral, slightly fragrant, on leather, dark chocolate, cacao powder, orange, some treacle, marmalade, some precious wood, cinnamon, sultanas and cloves. The finish is medium to long, rich, dry, spicy, slightly floral and tannic, on dark chocolate, sultanas, cinnamon, cloves, some lacquer and marmalade.
Impression: A very good, intense, rich whisky, on chocolate and a dry sherry influence. Markedly different from its sister cask
Rating: 16/20 FP:J1

24 Jul

Glenfarclas 1990, 25 YO, OB, 56.8%, B:2016, cask 9470. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, intense, spicy to very spicy, on lacquer, precious wood, tannins, cocoa, tangerine, nutmeg, orange, dried fruits, orange zest, sultanas and dried fruits.
Taste: Rich, spicy to very spicy, tannic, slightly woody, on lacquer, exotic fruits, bitter citrus, marmalade, cinnamon, nutmeg, dry tannins, some cloves, and Pu-Erh tea. The finish is long, dry, tannic, woody, bitter, very spicy, on Pu-Erh, marmalade, orange, dark chocolate, cinnamon, cloves and dry tannins. With some astringency.
Impression:  A complex, dry, tannic and woody heavily sherried whisky. An old sherry monster. Too much for me, but some will love this one.
Rating: 15/20 FP:J1


Glenfarclas 1994, 21 YO, OB, 58.4%, B:2016, cask 3981, 276 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, intense, spicy, floral, fragrant, slightly bitter, on precious wood, lacquer, orange, varnish, some cloves, cinnamon, dried and candied fruits.
Taste: Rich, spicy to very spicy, intense, on leather, cacao, marmalade, orange, some tangerine, cinnamon, nutmeg, peach, dried apricots and precious wood. The finish is long, fruity, spicy, slightly bitter, on lacquer, tannins, marmalade, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, precious wood, some cloves, sultanas, dried fruits, and dark chocolate.  Diluted, it becomes fruitier and sweeter.
Impression: A whisky close to the 1990, but less woody and tannic. Adding some water makes it fruitier and more enjoyable.
Rating: 16/20 FP:I1

23 Jul

Glenfarclas 15 YO, OB, 46%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Smooth, malty, floral, on summer flowers, some honey and lemon.
Taste: Spicy to very spicy, light, floral, slightly fragrant and malty, on ginger, some pepper, marmalade, freshly cut flowers, lemon, honey and a touch of hazelnuts. The finish is medium, floral to very floral, rather light, bitter, fragrant, with some malty, creamy and freshly cut flowers flavours, as well as some caramel. Diluted, it becomes more fragrant and bitter.
Impression: A floral and fragrant whisky, with quite some spices. With nice intense floral flavours.
Rating: 15/20 A1


Glenfarclas 21 YO, OB, 43%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Floral to very floral, rather fragrant and light to moderately nutty, with some orange peel and various spices, as well as some toffee.
Taste: Juicy, grassy, slightly waxy, floral, on cooked fruits, apples, ginger, some quince, honey, aromatic herbs, marmalade, bitter orange and toffee, with light austere flavours. The finish is long, intense, rather complex, floral, slightly spicy and austere, with some aromatic flavours, marmalade, orange peel and a few dried fruits in the background.
Impression: A very good sherried whisky, with a rather aromatic and austere flavours profile. Well made and most enjoyable. The 21 YO has been always a favourite of the core range.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1

22 Jul

Glenfarclas 105, OB, 60%, B:2017. Price:.
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Intense, rich, spicy, slightly rubbery and bitter, on dark chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, sultanas, orange, leather, some pepper, marmalade and orange juice.
Taste: Spicy, floral to very floral, with some toffee, fudge, ginger, milk chocolate, orange, candied tangerine, soft spices and nutmeg. The finish is medium, spicy, floral, slightly bitter, on dark chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, some cloves, marmalade and ginger, with light aromatic herbs. Diluted, it becomes slightly more bitter and astringent.
Impression: A very good, floral and rich whisky, with a pleasant complexity and a finish slightly too bitter and tannic to my liking.
Rating: 14/20 FP:G1

21 Jui

Glenfarclas 1976, 40 YO, OB, 43.7%, B:2016. Price:.
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very smooth and mellow, fruity, well balanced, slightly floral and fragrant, on soft spices, leather, tannins, honey, soft and sweet fruity flavours, including tangerine, orange and melon and a touch of humus. Slightly more floral and less spicy than the APA2.
Taste:  Sweet to very sweet, fruity, rich, spicy, on tropical fruits, mango, papaya, orange, tangerine, honey, light grassy and aromatic flavours, some Swiss milk chocolate and cinnamon. The finish is medium to long, rich, sweet, fruity, spicy, on various tropical and exotic fruits, Swiss milk chocolate and soft spices.
Impression: It seemed slightly less complex than the APA2 but markedly sweeter and fruitier. Very enjoyable. Surprisingly fresh for a whisky of its age.
Rating: 17/20 FP: F1

20 Jul

Glenfarclas 2006, 10 YO, Glenfarclas, OB, 60.4%, B:2016, cask 619. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very floral, fragrant, smooth, rather clean, on freshly cut flowers and grass, toffee, and some leather.
Taste: Rich, floral, nutty, slightly fragrant and syrupy, on cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, fudge, sultanas, some vegetal condiment, cloves, precious wood, tannins, marmalade, lacquer and incense. The finish is medium to long, well balanced, elegant, on tannins, leather, lacquer, precious wood, sultanas, figs, marmalade, candied orange, cinnamon, some nutmeg, tangerine and just a dash of varnish,
Impression: A very elegant and matured whisky, well balanced, and with some high grade tannins, without any unpleasant bitterness. Very good.
Rating: 16/20 FP:F1


Glenfarclas 1989 for APA batch 2, 25 YO, OB, 55.1%, B:2016, cask 18029. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very smooth, mellow and elegant, silky, fruity, on soft spices, soft leather, tangerine, orange, honey, honeycomb, melon, and exotic fruits. Excellent.
Taste: Spicy, complex, rich, intense to very intense, floral, on rich spices, high grade leather, orange, marmalade, sultanas, cinnamon, nutmeg, some cloves, Christmas cake and some exotic and precious wood. The finish is long, floral, spicy to very spicy, complex, on high grade tannins, leather, marmalade, fine dark chocolate, candied oranges and other exotic spices.
Impression: A most enjoyable whisky, from an excellent sherry cask, and a good mixture of spices, dried fruits and fine dark chocolate.
Rating: 17/20 FP: G1

19 Juil

Caol Ila 1966, 18 YO, Cadenhead’s, 46%, B:1982. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Sooty, tarry, maritime, peaty, smoky, on mineral oil, old fashioned peat smoke, seaweeds, some citrus, tar, flint stone and light floral flavours. Very good. Balanced and complex.
Taste: Very citric and mineral, peaty, smoky, maritime, juicy, on mineral peat smoke, lemon juice, candied citrus, medicinal flavours, camphor, iodine, seaweeds, hemp rope and a touch of tobacco. The finish is long, mineral, smoky, peaty, on lemon juice, disinfectant, iodine, camphor, mineral peat smoke, bandages, seaweeds and some grapefruits.  Diluted, it becomes smoother, more tarry, ashy and on a drier peat smoke. With time, it becomes slightly bitterer, on gentian and roots.
Impression: An excellent citric Caol Ila, on a fine old fashioned mineral peat smoke.
Rating: 18/20 FP:A7

18 Jul

Glenfarclas 2006 Tiger’s Finest Selection, 10 YO, OB, 60.3%, B:2016, cask 618. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, thick, smooth to very smooth, winey, spicy, slightly vegetal, on cane sugar, sultanas, dried fruits, dates, Rum-like flavours, some treacle and corn (maize) syrup.
Taste: Rich, spicy to very spicy, floral to very floral, fragrant, on precious wood, cane sugar, sultanas, dried fruits, rum-like flavours, some treacle, leather, lacquer and a touch of roasted coffee beans. Diluted, it becomes rather sweet and fruity, on pineapples and other exotic fruits. The finish is medium to long, very smooth, almost velvety, sweet, thick, slightly sugary and fruity, on tannins, dried fruits, light fragrant floral flavours, lacquer, orange, tangerine, cane sugar and some honey.
Impression: A whisky matured in a excellent cask, smooth, sweet and very balanced. Quite sugary and pleasantly fruity once some water has been added.
Rating: 17/20 FP:G1


Glenfarclas 2005, OB, 60.80%, B:2016, cask 2427, 514 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Complex, rich, intense, on various and pleasant spices, high grade leather, orange, sultanas, dates, some precious and exotic wood, berries, humus, banana, mango, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. Very good.
Taste: Spicy, rich, floral, intense, on brambleberries, plums, sultanas, figs, banana, precious wood, cinnamon, cocoa, some cloves and ginger. Complex. The finish is medium to long, thick, mouth coating, floral, spicy, rich to very rich, complex, slightly fruity, on dark berries, banana, orange, sultanas, cocoa, leather, some exotic fruits, ginger, tannins, dark chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg. Diluted, it becomes slightly fruitier.
Impression: A very good, matured and well balanced whisky, with a lovely balance between the fruits, spices and cacao. Most enjoyable.
Rating: 17/20 FP:G1

17 Jul

Kornog Sant Erwan 2017, OB, 50.0%, B:2017, cask KRG 17126. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Light, clean, peaty to very peat, smoky, maritime, slightly oaky and medicinal, on peat smoke, seaweeds, iodine, vanilla and camphor.
Taste: Intense, peaty, young, tarry, maritime, oaky, slightly salty, on caramel, peat smoke, seaweeds and some hemp rope. The finish is medium, light, salty, maritime, smoky, peaty, with some lemon juice, seaweeds, caramel and peat smoke.
Impression: A light, clean and oaky peated whisky, rather maritime and some caramel.
Rating: 11/20 FP:A6


Armorik Sherry Cask, OB, 46%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Fresh, floral, slightly green, with light spices, some green tobacco leaves and a light fragrance.
Taste: Intense, oaky, spicy, floral, fragrant, slightly bitter, on vanilla, toffee, some roasted coffee beans and freshly cut flowers. The finish is medium, floral, fragrant, slightly bitter, on toffee, some vanilla and dry tobacco leaves.
Impression: A rather floral and fragrant whisky, slightly bitter and oaky.
Rating: 12/20 FP:C2

16 Jul

Timorous  Beastie Blended Malt, 18 YO, Douglas Laing, 46.8%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Oaky, fresh, light, grainy, mellow, slightly round and floral, with some porridge, pineapples and vanilla.
Taste: Very smooth, starchy, malty, floral to very floral, grainy, soft, on toffee, fudge and porridge, with some grassy and banana flavours. The finish is medium, soft, grainy, floral, slightly bitter, on vanilla, caramel, some banana and green flavours. Diluted, it becomes more green and bitterer.
Impression: A light, soft and rather "grainy" whisky, with some bitter caramel. Although it is a blended malt, it tasted like if there was a fair dose of grain whisky, as it was very smooth and rather soft.
Rating: 09/20 FP:A1


Armorik Maitre de Chai 2010, 7 YO, OB, 46%, B:2017, First Fill Sherry Butts 3320+3321, 2000 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Smooth, peaty, smoky, slightly tarry and fruity, with some orchard fruits, orange, tangerine, sultanas, leather, honey and light grassy flavours.
Taste: Young, fresh, oaky, modern, malty to very malty, on peat smoke, some tar, orchards fruit, cloves and a touch of juniper. The finish is medium, fresh, young, oaky, floral, on milk chocolate, some cloves, juniper berries, caramel and orchards fruits.
Impression: A good, oaky and fresh whisky, that taste rather young, but with a promising complexity.
Rating: 11/20 FP:D3

15 Jul

Port Charlotte (Bruichladdich Heavy Peated Type) 2003 Sherry 10 Years TWA, 14 YO, The Whisky Agency, 52.9%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very peaty and intense, meaty, maritime, rubbery, on peat smoke, high grade rubber, nice meaty flavours (dried meat), some tar, burnt matches, and red berries. There are some sulphury and rubbery flavours, but not unpleasant and well integrated.
Taste: Round, sweet, maritime, slightly meaty, becoming smokier and peatier over time, on sultanas, fudge, candied oranges and tangerine, dried meaty flavours, some rubber, cloves, cinnamon, with a fair dose of seaweeds, iodine and other medicinal flavours.  The finish is long, rich, sweet, maritime, smoky, peaty, slightly mellow and medicinal, on iodine, camphor, seaweeds, tangerine, orange, and some dried meat. Diluted, it becomes drier, more on leather, fudge, dried meat and some sea salt.
Impression:  At first, I was slightly concerned about the rubbery and sulphury flavours, but they are well integrated on the nose and almost not noticeable on the palate and finish. The whisky is balanced, slightly mellow, with lovely meaty and fruity flavours, and elegant medicinal flavours. Very enjoyable. Thank you Carsten!
Rating: 15/20 FP:G6

14 Jul

Bowmore 2001 Authentic Collection, Cadenhead’s, 53.8%, B: 2018. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Mellow, fragrant, floral, smoky, moderately peaty, on honey, lavender, some peat smoke, fragrance, and lime blossom.
Taste: Very soft, salty, lightly smoky, peaty, floral and fragrant, on honey, lime blossom, lavender and marshmallow. Diluted, it becomes more bitter and rooty. The finish is medium, soft, mellow, slightly medicinal, smoky and peaty, on honey, fragrance, peat smoke and lime blossom.
Impression: A surprising Bowmore, very smooth, with a very mild peat smoke and rather floral and fragrant flavours. A rather unusual Bowmore.
Rating: 10/20 FP:A2


Laphroaig 1998 Authentic collection, 19 YO, Cadenhead’s, 53.4%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Clean, very maritime, peaty, smoky to very smoky, slightly mellow, on complex maritime smoke, lots of seaweeds and various maritime flavours, peat smoke, hemp rope, some iodine and camphor.
Taste: Maritime, mellow, smoky, medicinal, slightly smoky, on iodine, camphor, seaweeds, peat smoke and some tar.  Diluted, it becomes more medicinal. The finish is long, smoky, peaty, citric, maritime, on seaweeds, iodine, camphor, peat smoke, citrus and some rooty flavours. Diluted, it becomes more medicinal, citric and rooty. With a long subtle peated retro-olfaction
Impression: A very good mellow, citric, rooty Laphroaig, with nice medicinal flavours and a long peated finish.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A5

13 Jul

Linlithgow 1974 Old Malt Cask, 26 YO, Douglas Laing, 50%, B:2000, 333 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Floral to very floral, round, slightly mellow, on hay, some straw, complex floral and slightly fragrant flavours, with some melon, quince, peach, citrus and light mineral and bitter floral,
Taste: Round to very round, mellow, well balanced, floral, fruity, slightly fragrant, on quince, banana, melon, honey, honeydew melon, some apricots and light creamy flavours. Very good. The finish is long, complex, mellow, round, fruity to very fruity, floral, on quince, melon, heather, honey, some exotic fruits, light grassy flavours and some lime blossom. Diluted, it becomes slightly more grassy, mellow and creamy.
Impression: A lovely, floral, intense, round and mellow single malt, with lovely fruity flavours. A type of St-Magdalene that I really enjoy. Thank you Tomas.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A1

12 Juil

Aultmore 2002 Elevenses at the furniture emporium 73.101, 15 YO, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 58.3%, B:2018, 228 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very round, smooth, floral to very floral, well balanced, on soft spices, sultanas, some precious wood, orange, tangerine, honey, some cloves and leather.
Taste: Spicy, floral, very round, nutty, well balanced, on soft leather, cinnamon, some cloves, toffee, honey, rich and various end of spring flowers (liquid flower honey). Very nice! The finish is long, rich, round, slightly dry, on leather, spices, cinnamon, cloves, some mocha, dried fruits (including sultanas and figs), candied oranges and tangerines, as well as honey and nutty flavours. Diluted, it becomes spicier and more on black liquorice
Impression: A very round, rich, floral and very well balanced Aultmore, with nice aromas of dried fruits.
Rating: 16/20 FP:H1


Glen Moray 2001 A composition in wood 35.194, 16 YO, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 59.8%, B:2017, 598 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold-amber
Nose: Very acidic, on cheap balsamic vinegar, vegetamine and sulphur. Arghh…
Taste: Bitter, rubbery, acidic, yeasty, and  very spirity. Diluted, it remains spirity, rubbery and sulphury. The finish is medium and on the same flavours, with more dried fruits.
Impression: A mixture of sulphur, yeast, rubber and cheap balsamic vinegar. On the palate, it is very spirit and burns the tongue, so you do not really feel the flavours.  My worst Glen Moray so far…
Rating: 08/20 FP:J1

11 Juil

Hakushu 1997 Whisky Live Tokyo 2010, 12 YO, OB, 56%, B:2009, cask BJ 41521. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Fresh to very fresh, slightly creamy and oaky, smooth to very smooth, on fresh orchards fruits, freshly pressed pear drops, light grassy flavours and a hint of smoke.
Taste: Smooth, spicy, rich, floral, intense, fresh, creamy, malty, on orchard fruits, pear drops, some pepper and rose water. Fresh. The finish is long, smooth to very smooth, fresh to very fresh, creamy, on orchard fruits, vanilla, melon, some quince, pepper, cardamom and pear drops.
Impression: A smooth and very fresh whisky, on orchard fruits and a hint of pepper. Very good.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A2


Macduff 1989 Authentic Collection, 29 YO, Cadenhead’s, 55.1%, B:2018, sherry butt. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Very mellow, round, floral, rather fresh, slightly fragrant and aromatic, with some melon, vanilla, orchard fruits and a hint of tangerine and cherries.
Taste: Mellow to very mellow, round, floral, slightly spicy, with some humus, wild berries, blackcurrant, melon, some orchard fruits and pollen. Quite fresh. The finish is medium to long, oaky, rather spicy, slightly dry and bitter, with some wild berries, melon and vanilla. Diluted, it becomes spicier and bitterer.
Impression: A good and very mellow Macduff, with little sherry influence.
Rating: 13/20 FP:D2

10 Jul

Omar Sherry 2009, 8 YO, OB, 58%, B:2017,  cask 21090936, 201 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Smooth to very smooth, mellow, slightly floral and winey, soft, with some plums, banana, peach and apricots.
Taste: Smooth, mellow, rather rich, with some hops, pine wax, vanilla, peach and apricots, as well aromatic herbs and eucalyptus. The finish is medium, aromatic, bitter, mellow, rather soft, on eucalyptus, pine wax, some peach, apricots and aromatic herbs. Diluted, it becomes creamier and more on vanilla custard.
Impression: A whisky close to cask 2109092, but slightly more intense. With some soft bourbon-like flavours.
Rating: 13/20 FP:C1


Glen Scotia 1992 Like a vintage dessert wine 93.78, 25 YO, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 53.3%, B:2017, Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, spicy to very spicy, nutty to very nutty, with some leather, cinnamon, orange, tangerine and light varnish flavours.
Taste: Rich to very rich, intense, spicy, floral, rubbery to very rubbery, on fresh rubber, dried fruits, intense floral flavours, some fragrance, sultanas, leather, fudge, orange, cinnamon and cloves.  The finish is medium to long, spicy, intense, rubbery, rich, and fruity, on juicy orange and tangerine, some cinnamon, cloves, red berries and dried fruity.
Impression: Although it is slightly too rubbery to my liking, I like the rich fruity flavours and its freshness. Rather complex.
Rating: 14/20 FP:G1

09 Jul

Omar Bourbon 2009, 8 YO, OB, 54.4%, B:2017, cask 11090084, 158 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Oaky, intense, rich, slightly floral and mellow, on wet wood, apricots, some peach, vanilla, melon and mango. A nice mellow whisky, with a bourbon-like fruitiness.
Taste: Very smooth, mellow, floral, slightly fragrant, malty, slightly oaky, on varnish, peach, apricots, porridge, some vanilla, mango and papaya, with a light earthy flavour. The finish is medium to long, mellow, complex, slightly aromatic and austere, with some aromatic herbs, peach, apricots, vanilla and a slight austerity.
Impression: A very elegant whisky, smooth and mellow, with some apricots, peach, vanilla and aromatic herbs. Remarquably complex and with bourbon-like flavours on the palate.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1


Omar Sherry 2009, 8 YO, OB, 54.4%, B:2017, cask 2109092, 210 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Extremely smooth, mellow, floral, subtle, on soft flowers, some peach, cinnamon, apricots and nice creamy flavours. The smoothness is impressive.
Taste: Soft to very soft, very smooth, mellow, green, on pineapples, peach, peanuts, pine wax, some vanilla, apricots and soft floral flavours. The finish is medium, very smooth, on pine wax, eucalyptus, a slight bitterness, some vanilla and Alps herb liqueur (mixture of Genepi and Appenzeller). Diluted, it becomes more aromatic, earthy and bitter.
Impression: A very soft and smooth whisky, with a rather aromatic and slightly bitter finish.
Rating: 11/20 FP:E1

08 Jul

Hakushu 25 YO, OB, 43%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very intense and smooth, smoky, slightly,peaty, on BBQ, exotic wood and fruits, peach and some dried fruits. Very good.
Taste: Very mellow, smoky, intense, aromatic, slightly peaty, on smoked meat, exotic fruits, honey, melon and some peach. Well balanced and complex. The finish is long, intense, mellow, smoky, peaty, aromatic fruits and various fruity flavours.
Impression: An excellent whisky combining complex fruity flavours and aromatic peat smoke. The balance is impressive.
Rating: 18/20 FP: D3


Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016, OB, 43%, B: 2016. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Complex, intense, very floral, silky, fruity, slightly spicy and rich, on exotic wood, orange, tangerine, some lacquer, leather, toffee, cinnamon and other spices. Rather soft and remarkably balanced.
Taste: Elegant, complex to very complex, intense, rich, floral, spicy, on cinnamon, cloves, peach, lacquer, exotic wood, leather, dry and bitter tannins. Diluted, it becomes smoother, sweeter and fruitier. The finish is long, complex, intense, fruity, rather smooth and fruity, floral, slightly sweet and silky, on leather, cinnamon, various spices, leather, some cloves, orange, tangerine, marmalade, exotic woods and plums.
Impression: A very elegant, complex and well-balanced whisky, floral and lovely fruity flavours. Excellent.
Rating: 18/20 FP:E1

07 Jul

Omar Virgin Oak 2012, 4 YO, OB, 58.5%, B:2017, cask 1120003, 224 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very peaty, dry, tarry, maritime, on peat smoke, disinfectant, dried fish, tar, hemp rope, seaweeds and some liquorice roots. Very good, complex and on old-fashioned peat smoke.
Taste: Peaty to very peaty, dry to very dry, maritime, salty, on liquorice root, tar, hemp rope, camphor, iodine, menthol, old peat and tobacco smoke. The finish is long, complex, elegant, smoky, peaty, slightly tarry and maritime, on iodine, seaweeds, camphor, complex peat smoke and some spearmint.
Impression: A very good, complex and subtle peated whisky, with a complex and subtle peat smoke. Lovely. Impressive of complexity for being only 4 years old.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A5


Omar Bourbon 2014, OB, 57.4%, 2017, cask 11140689, 220 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Extremely smooth, silky, with delicate and soft spices, some plums, cinnamon and light creamy flavours.
Taste: Floral, fragrant, smooth, spicy, oaky, with some peach, apricots, cinnamon, treacle and a touch of eucalyptus and bitter aromatic flavours. The finish is medium to long, aromatic, slightly austere, on aromatic herbs, peach, apricots, cinnamon and a touch of eucalyptus and a slight astringency.
Impression: A whisky with an extremely smooth nose, with a fair dose of apricots, while it becomes more aromatic and austere on the finish. Seems like a whisky that has matured quickly.
Rating: 14/20 FP:D1

06 Jul

Box The Festival 2017, OB, 54.2%, B:2017,  Virgin American Oak, 1000 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Smooth, spicy, rich, floral, with lots of soft tannins, nuts, leather, some cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, various spices, orange, tangerine and humus. The leathery flavours are more enjoyable.
Taste:  Rich, floral, complex, slightly fragrant and bitter, on rich spices, leather, mango, some exotic fruits, orange, marmalade and freshly cut flowers. The finish is medium to long, floral, complex, slightly spicy, austere and aromatic, on aromatic herbs, marmalade, orange zest, cinnamon, lacquer, cardamom, vanilla and some grapes.
Impression: A very good, intense, rich, rather complex whisky, with a very pleasant balance between floral, spicy and slightly aromatic flavours.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1


Box Dálvve batch 4, OB, 46%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Dry, peaty to very peaty, tarry, maritime, with some humus, seaweeds, and a touch of menthol and camphor.
Taste: Dry, smoky, maritime, peaty, tarry to very tarry, on old peat smoke, vanilla, spearmint, some menthol and sea weeds. With a nice mellow peat smoke. The finish is medium, oaky to very oaky, bitter, slightly aromatic, on hops, peat smoke and some juniper.
Impression: A nice peaty and smoky whisky, rather oaky, and becoming quite bitter on the finish.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A3

05 Jul

Penderyn Rich Oak 2013, OB,  50%, B:2016, Cask D161. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Smooth, round, with lots of toffee and fudge, rather aromatic, slightly peaty and floral, with some vanilla and light austere and bitter herbs.
Taste: Grassy, smooth, mellow, aromatic, bitter, on aromatic and bitter herbs, gentian, bitter caramel, and some honey. The finish is medium, aromatic, slightly bitter, on aromatic herbs, some caramel, light grassy flavours as well as some quince, melon, and grapefruits.
Impression: A good whisky, close to the Gold Range, but more bitter and slightly drier.
Rating: 13/20 FP:B2


Box 2012 Swedish Oaky 'Quercus Robur', OB, 50.8%, B:2017, 7800 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, aromatic, slightly austere, floral and fragrant.
Taste: Oaky to very oaky, aromatic, floral, slightly fragrant, on wood spices, tree sap, vanilla and light bitter herbs. The finish is medium, oaky, floral, slightly creamy, with some vanilla, ginger and aromatic herbs. Diluted, it becomes more on hops.
Impression: Tasted like a virgin oak matured whisky, with lots of wood and on aromatic and austere flavours.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A1

04 Jul

Ar 10, Elements of Islay, 52.4%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Mellow, peaty, complex, peaty, smoky, maritime to very maritime, on citrus, seaweeds, maritime complex peat smoke, camphor, and lots of iodine. Very good!
Taste: Mellow, maritime, complex, smoky, peaty, on sea salt, complex maritime peat smoke, iodine, camphor, some bandages, menthol, charcoal, tar and dry bacon. Very good! The finish is long, complex, maritime, medicinal, smoky, peaty, slightly salty and meaty, on dry meaty and maritime peat smoke, some citrus, camphor and charcoal. Diluted, it becomes more medicinal, with more iodine, seaweeds and sea salt.
Impression: A very lovely Ardbeg, rich, complex, intense, maritime, with very good and intense medicinal flavours. A very good value whisky.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A7


Oc 5, Elements of Islay, 59.8%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Smooth,  peaty, slightly young, on dry bacon, dry peat smoke, light meaty flavours, some vanilla  and light malty flavours. Over time, it becomes more complex.
Taste: Young, smooth to very smooth, on dry peat smoke, tar, charcoal, some iodine, cooked apples and bacon. The finish is medium, smooth, on dry peat smoke, some iodine, dry bacon, menthol and some cooked apples.
Impression: Although it was distilled in 2011, I find it still slightly young, but with nice dry peat smoke and medicinal flavours, as well as a nice smooth mouth feel. A good expression of Octomore.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A7

03 Jul

Lg 8, Elements of Islay, 59.5%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Oaky, smoky, peaty, with a rather light and subtle smoke, some peat, soot, vanilla, seaweeds, iodine, camphor and light medicinal flavours.
Taste: Salty, peaty, maritime, oaky, smoky, slightly rooty, on peat smoke, liquorice root, sea brine, camphor, lots of iodine, some grapefruits, bandages, peach and mint. The finish is long, rooty, smoky, peaty, slightly oaky and salty, on peat smoke, seaweeds, iodine, camphor, bandages, sea brine and some light fruity flavours. With a nice and long medicinal retro-olfaction.
Impression: A very nice medicinal expression of Lagavulin, with light rooty and salty flavours.  Very good!
Rating: 15/20 FP:A6


Cl 10, Elements of Islay, 58.2%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Maritime, peaty, smoky, on seaweeds, peat smoke, camphor and hemp rope. Rather clean and complex.
Taste: Light, fresh, smoky, maritime, salty, on lemon juice, camphor, seaweeds, hemp rope, peat smoke and a touch of toffee and tangerine juice. The finish is medium, mellow, smooth, light, rather fresh, on lemon juice, hemp rope, with some tangerine drops and liquorice roots.
Impression:  A very smooth, light and elegant expression of Caol Ila, on lemon juice and a subtle peat smoke. Slightly young, but well balanced and with a nice touch of sea brine.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A6

02 Jul

Macmyra 10 YO, OB, 46.1%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Mellow, rich, intense, fruity, slightly grassy, on honey, some spices and light floral flavours and summer flowers.
Taste: Oaky, spicy, grassy, slightly fruity and malty, on honey, some starch, almonds and slightly bitter and fragrant flowers. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: An oaky, spicy and grassy whisky, with light floral flavours.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A1

01 Jul

Speyside Region 1977 10th Anniversary, 40 YO, The Whisky Agency, 43.0%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very rich, thick, intense, complex, nutty, floral, on cloves, rich spices, precious woods, cinnamon, nutmeg, sultanas, figs, dried fruits, orange and tangerine. Lovely.
Taste: Rich, floral, nutty, with lots of dried fruits, various spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, sultanas, candied oranges, cloves, dried fruits, dark chocolate and some exotic fruits, as well as nutty and light fragrant flavours. The finish is long to very long, complex, rich, thick, syrupy, on leather, precious wood, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark chocolate, dried fruits, various spices and nutty flavours. Diluted, it becomes drier.
Impression: A delicious, complex, floral and nutty whisky, with intense dried fruits aromas. An excellent thick and sherried single malt. Thank you Carsten.
Rating: 18/20 FP:H2


Carsebridge 1974 10th Anniversary, 43 YO, The Whisky Agency, 46.4%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Very mellow, smooth, fragrant, with some varnish, melon, vanilla, exotic fruits and a touch of mint.
Taste: Fresh to very fresh, fragrant to very fragrant, on cooked cereals, varnish, some melon, honey and peach. The finish is medium, fresh, fragrant, on varnish, vanilla, peach and some honey. Diluted, it becomes more grainy.
Impression: A fresh and fragrant grain whisky, with some varnish and fruity flavours. Thank you Carsten.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A2

30 Juin

Ardbeg 1965, 13 YO, Cadenhead’s, 46%, B:1978. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Clean, oaky, tarry, maritime, medicinal, floral, on seaweeds, bandages, old wet woods, camphor and burnt wood. With some surprising soft slightly floral flavours. Rather light and delicate.
Taste: Oaky, stinky, peaty, with an abundance of wet socks and some pears. The finish is unfortunately long and on the same flavours.
Impression: A flawed and unpleasant whisky on wet socks. Very expensive for what it is.
Rating: 07/20 FP:A5

29 Jun

Aberlour-Glenlivet Centenary Decanter 1958, 21 YO, OB, 80 Proof, B:1979. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Sweet, fruity, floral, mellow, round, slightly resinous and aromatic, with some orange, tangerine, mineral smoke and a touch of papaya.
Taste: Very smooth, mellow and sweet, fruity, spicy, slightly peppery, on delicate floral flavours, some bitter orange, leather, ripe tangerine, cinnamon and a touch of high grade leather. The finish is rather short, mellow, smooth to very smooth, creamy, on honey, some tangerine, orange, soft spices and melon. Diluted, it becomes very weak.
Impression: A nice Aberlour, with a sweet, floral and mellow nose, remarquably smooth and mellow on the palate and although it was bottled at 80 proof (46%), it is rather weak.
Rating: 14/20 FP:E2


Balmenach 25 YO Golden Jubilee Decanter, 58%. B:2002. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Mellow, floral to very floral, malty, slightly fruity and creamy, with a subtle interplay between gooseberries, geranium, melon, orchard fruits, heather honey, kiwi, and some soft spices, with a hint of smoke
Taste: Floral to very floral, round, on apples, gooseberries, some quince, melon, vanilla. Fresh to very fresh. The finish is long, round, fresh, floral, on quince, melon, kiwi, vanilla, gooseberries, some freshly crushed malt, a twist of lemon, and a slight bitterness.
Impression: A very good Balmenach, surprisingly fresh, slightly malty, on apples and gooseberries.
Rating: 15/20 FP:C1

25 Jun

Dailuaine 1980 Fauna & Flora, OB, 63.8%, B:1997. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Floral to very floral, round, very intense, on fresh rubber, intense spicy and slightly bitter flavours, orange zest, coffee, leather and some burnt rubber.
Taste: Very intense and floral, round, sweet to very sweet, rubbery, slightly bitter, on orange zest, cinnamon, cloves, fresh rubber, some coffee beans, fresh leather and liquorice. The finish is medium to long, floral to very floral, spicy, rubbery, slightly bitter and spicy, on fresh rubber, some burnt tyres, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest, precious wood, some dried fruits and lacquer.
Impression: Not an easy one. When taster rather fresh, the whisky was extremely rubbery and quite bitter. Tasted later on and in standard conditions, the whisky was sweeter and more pleasant, and slightly less rubbery. The rubbery flavours remain otherwise rather pronounced.
Rating: 11/20 FP:H1

24 Jun

Glenlivet 1965, 20 YO, Intertrade, 56.4%, B:1985. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Intense, fresh, floral, smooth to very smooth, on pears, vanilla, a touch of melon and some wax. Without any noticeable cask influence.
Taste: Floral top very floral, smooth, slightly grassy, smoky and waxy, with some mint, cooked orchard fruits, some wax, freshly cut grass, vanilla and light nutty flavours. The finish is medium to long, floral, intense, rather spicy, slightly waxy and grassy, on beeswax, vanilla, some peat smoke, melon and light aromas of orchard fruits. Diluted, it becomes spicier (more peppery) and more intense.
Impression: A very good, floral, intense, clean Genlivet, with light grassy flavours.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A3


Glenlivet 1984, 10 YO, Wilson & Morgan, 56.3%, B:1984, cask 2550. Price:
Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Very intense, thick, spicy to very spicy, nutty to very nutty, very rich, on humus, wet tobacco, leather, spices, orange, tangerine, cinnamon and nutmeg. Very complex.
Taste: Thick, rich, floral to very floral, very intense, nutty, slightly rubbery, on rich spices, intense aromas of leather, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cocoa, orange, some fresh and high grade rubber, mint, sultanas, figs and a hint of roasted coffee beans. The finish is long, intense, rich, spicy, thick, slightly bitter and rubbery, on cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, leather, bitter orange, some toffee, roasted coffee beans, and a touch of fresh rubber. Diluted, it becomes slightly more rubbery.
Impression: A very intense, rich, spicy and thick Glenlivet, with an amazing complexity for being only 10 years old. If not for some rubbery flavours, it would have even reached a higher score.
Rating: 17/20 FP:H2

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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