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25May

Secret Orkney for Taiwan Hot Malt 2005, 12 YO, The Cooper's Choice, 57%, B:2018, cask 28, 360 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round to very round, on toffee, quince, vanilla, some peach and a few stewed fruits. Nice sweet fruity flavours.
Taste: Dusty, malty, slightly aromatic, moderately round, with a touch of tobacco, some Mirabelle, quince, peat smoke, and a hint aromatic herbs. The finish is medium, spicy, slightly dusty, on roughly crushed barley, slightly aromatic, with tobacco, some slightly bitter and aromatic herbs.
Impression: A nice coarse and malty single malt.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A3

Glenfarclas 1990 for Asia Palate Association, OB, 57.7%, B:2016, cask 9467, 546 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very thick, heavy, on tannins, nuts, leather, treacle, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, oranges and precious wood. Heavy on the tannins.
Taste: Rich, dry, bitter, rather spicy and floral, on tannins, toffee, fresh fragrant flavours, cinnamon, cloves, precious wood and sultanas. The finish is long, dry, bitter, tannic, heavy, floral, on leather, nuts, sultanas, exotic wood and lacquer.
Impression: A very dry, tannic and bitter floral whisky. A true sherry monster. Too much wood for me.
Rating: 12/20 FP:J1

23May

English Whisky Company, 8 YO, Cadenhead's, 61.9%, B:2018, 228 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Very round, floral, nicely balanced, on vanilla, some yellow fruits and goosberries. Very pleasant.
Taste: Dry, oaky, spicy, floral, slightly to moderately peaty, smoky and aromatic, on toasted wood, cinnamon, aromatic peat smoke, some vanilla, quince and a light fragrance. The finish is medium to long, aromatic, slightly dry, oaky, peaty, smoky and fragrant, on vanilla, aromatic peat smoke and fragrance.
Impression:   A very nice whisky, moderately peaty, smoky and aromatic, with some fragrance.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A4

Cask Orkney, 18 YO, A.D. Rattray, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Young, smooth to very smooth, with some soap, vanilla and pear drops.
Taste: Light, fresh, slightly oaky, on fresh fruity flavours, some vanilla, pear drops and a touch of spices. Diluted, it becomes slightly grassy and on honey. The finish is medium, fresh, smooth and on the same flavours.
Impression:  A light and fresh whisky, elegant and satisfying.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A2

22May

OMAR Bourbon Barrel 2009, OB, 52.%, B:2018, cask 11090094. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very mellow, round, extremely fruity, on a basket of exotic fruits. So good! A beautiful nose.
Taste: Round, nicely floral, very fruity, on sweet and round fruity flavours, exotic fruits, some pollen and peach. The finish is long, sweet, fruity, complex,  slightly floral, round, mellow, on sweet and rich fruity flavours, exotic fruits,  as well as some pears.
Impression: An excellent, rich, sweet and complex whisky, with excellent fruity flavours, mainly exotic fruits.
Rating: 17/20 FP:F2

OMAR Sherry Cask 2008, OB, 54.2%, B:2018, cask 23130014. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, mellow, fruity to very fruity, on sweet exotic fruity flavours. Slightly thicker and with a dash of floral notes more than the bourbon.
Taste: Round to very round, fruity, on toffee, fudge, bloody oranges, oranges, some tangerine, marzipan, exotic fruits and dried fruits. The finish is long, thick, heavy, slightly tannic, on leather, lacquer, exotic fruits, some peach, sultanas and other dried fruits.
Impression:  A rich, heavy and fruity whisky, with nice exotic fruits and some slightly dry and woody flavours.
Rating: 16/20 FP:H1

21Mai

Breath of Speyside for Hot Malt 2006, 11 YO, Adelphi, 58.1%, B:2018 sherry cask, 240 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Thick, rich, nutty, on leather, plums, sultanas, dried fruits, toffee, spices and light floral flavours.
Taste: Rich, spicy, oaky, intense, slightly peppery, on ginger, dried fruits, toffee, some old tobacco, sultanas, candied orange and bloody orange, leather, precious wood, some honey and ripe fruits. Diluted, the thick and heavy fruits are getting more intense. The finish is long, thick, mellow, rich, intense, slightly peppery, on toffee, plums, sultanas, dates, a mixture of candied and stewed fruits, orange, treacle, some leather and various spices.
Impression: A very good, thick, rich and robust whisky, that becomes nicely fruity once some water has been added.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1

OMAR Peated Bourbon Barrel 2014, OB, 59%, OB, B:2018, cask 11140796, Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Aromatic, peaty, oaky, on ginger, dry roots (mainly liquorice), some vanilla and sea brine.
Taste: Peaty, dry, oaky, aromatic, rooty, slightly floral, on aromatic peat smoke, some dry roots, vanilla and oaky spices. The finish is long and on the same flavours, with a very long aromatic peat smoke retro-olfaction.
Impression: A whisky with an intense and dry aromatic peat smoke.
Rating:15/20 FP:A5

20Mai

Paul John Peated Select Cask, OB, 55.5%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, malty, slightly peaty and aromatic, with some dry aromatic peat smoke, vanilla, light malty flavours, as well as a hint of white chocolate.
Taste: Round to very round, sweet, sugary, slightly peaty, on sugar-like sweetness, some light salty and maritime peat smoke, spices, some pepper and seaweeds. The finish is long, dry, peppery, peaty, slightly medicinal and rooty, on peat smoke, pepper, some iodine and menthol.
Impression: A very good peated whisky, very intense and peppery, spicy and moderately maritime.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A6

Kanya by Paul John, 7 YO, OB, 50%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Rich, intense, fruity to very fruity, sweet slightly juicy, with some banana and other exotic fruits.
Taste: Soft, round, on sweet and soft fruity flavours, on soft floral flavours, a touch of spices, some melon, vanilla, exotic fruits and ginger. The finish is medium, soft, rather fruity, with a very pleasant smooth and very mellow fruitiness and some ginger and a light spiciness on the background. Nicely balanced,
Impression:  A very enjoyable whisky, with a very soft mouth feel, and mellow fruity flavours, with an light underlying spiciness giving a nice attractiveness to the whole.
Rating: 16/20 FP:C1

19Mai

Ben Nevis 2006 Heavily Peated, Hidden Spirits, 48% B:2019. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round, floral, intense, peaty, meaty, on a very smoky and slightly meaty peat smoke, some seabrine, a light maritime influence and sultanas. Balanced.
Taste: Peaty, round, floral, balanced, slightly maritime and meaty, on nice round floral flavours, aromatic and meaty peat smoke, some smoked ham and sultanas. Diluted, it becomes slightly more maritime. The finish is medium to long, balanced, meaty, smoky to smoky, slightly oaky, on smoked ham, a very smoky peat smoke, with aromatic herbs, light floral and oaky spices, as well as some seaweeds and sultanas.
Impression: A very nice, balanced and very smoky expression of Ben Nevis. It might not as peaty as the label might indicate, but it is a well made whisky, with a rather meaty peat smoke, with some aromatic peat smoke and some maritime flavours probably coming from the ex-Laphroaig cask used the finishing.
Rating: 15/20 FP:C5

Ben Nevis 1996, 21 YO, Cadenhead’s, 52.9%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, fruity, moderately mellow and sweet, on sweet fruity flavours, mango, honey, elderberries flowers, and some exotic fruits.
Taste: Spicy, mellow, grassy, mellow, slightly starchy, on mango, exotic fruits, vanilla pods, some honey and grassy flavours. The finish is medium, grassy, fruity, moderately starchy and sweet, on nice round grassy flavours, honey and some exotic fruits. Diluted, it become spicier and more grassy.
Impression: A very good Ben Nevis, well balanced, grassy, mixing honey, spices and nice exotic fruits.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1

18May

Port Askaig 45 YO, Elixir Distillers, 40.8%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Maritime, mellow, complex, fruity, slightly mineral and aromatic, on sea brine, dried fruits, orange, soft spices, aromatic herbs, some seaweeds and a light aromatic and peaty smoke. Most pleasant.
Taste: Mellow to very mellow, mineral, aromatic, fruity, moderately grassy, on citrus zest, orange, mineral and aromatic smoke, some sea brine, seaweeds and moderate fresh grassy flavours. The finish is long and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly more on elderberries flowers and with some prunes.
Impression: It is always to taste this excellent mellow and complex single malt distilled in 1968 at Bunnahabhain distillery.
Rating: 17/20 FP:G2

Bunnahabhain 1968 30th Anniversary, 50 YO, Signatory, 41.8%, B:2019, cask 12397. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Intense, round, moderately mellow, fruity, slightly mineral and aromatic, on sea brine, orange, tangerine, some grapefruits, aromatic peat smoke and sea weeds. Slightly less aromatic and rounder than the Port Askaig.
Taste: Mellow, round to very round, fruity, on stewed fruits, moderate grassy flavours, some sea brine, toffee, light aromatic and grassy smoke, as well as some citrus. The finish is long and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly more on toffee, marmalade and roasted coffee beans.
Impression: A version close to the Askaig on the nose, but on the palate, it is markedly softer and rounder initially, before the aromatic and grassy flavours are released.
Rating: 17/20 FP:H1

17May

Edradour Straight from the Cask for World of Whisky 2008, OB, 58.1%, B:2019, cask 362. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Intense, floral to very floral, round, thick, heavy, slightly fragrant, on leather, tannins, sultanas, dried fruits, some berries, cherries and high grade rubber.
Taste: Intense, round, balanced, thick, chewy, rather complex, on cherries, soft spices, leather, old worn boiled leather, sultanas, dates, figs, some cocoa and roasted coffee beans. The finish is long and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes drier, spicier, with more cherries and some high-grade rubber.
Impression: A very nice, thick, intense and heavily sherried Edradour, with a good complexity.
Rating: 16/20 FP:H1

Macallan edition 1, OB, 48%, B:2015. Prix:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Round, sweet, floral, spicy, slightly vegetal and young, on toffee, soft spices, round floral and slightly fragrant flavours, caramel, some dried fruits, orange and tangerine. Less intense and complex than the Edradour.
Taste: Sweet, smooth to very smooth, young, moderately spicy, on caramel, fresh floral and slightly fragrant flavours, cinnamon, nutmeg, some cloves, sultanas, rubber, vegetal condiment and green orchards fruits. Diluted, it falls apart and taste like flavoured water. The finish is medium, smooth, floral, moderately spicy and young, on caramel, soft spices, some dried fruits and a light fragrance. Diluted, it fades and the caramel is more pronounced.
Impression: I was glad to finally taste this Edition n°1, as the prices at auctions is very high and it was the only one from the Edition series that I have not tried. It has the lowest abv of the series. It is smooth, rather young and on caramel, with soft spices. The worst from the series, according to my taste.
Rating: 11/20 FP:F1

16May

Clynelish 5 YO for Di Chiano Short Cap, OB, 43%, B:1970s. Price:
Colour: Pale straw
Nose: Austere, clean, mustardy, waxy, on grapefruits, mustard seeds, some mineral oil and peat smoke.
Taste: Austere to very austere, dry, mustardy, waxy, citric, on dried grapefruits, mustard seeds, some vanilla, austere mineral peat smoke and some diesel smoke. The finish is long, dry, austere to very austere, aromatic herbs and smoke, some flint stone, citrus (mainly grapefruits), vanilla, dry liquorice roots and limestone. Diluted, it becomes more waxy and slightly fruitier.
Impression: A very dry and austere expression of Clynelish distilled at the Brora distillery, mustardy and with mineral flavours. Not the easiest one but I enjoyed very much.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A3

Clynelish 12 YO bi-colour label for Widimport, OB, 43%, B:1973. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Waxy, complex, intense, mustardy, rather farmy, moderately austere and citric, on aromatic and austere peat smoke, candied citrus, and light fruity flavours.
Taste: Mustardy, fruity, farmy, “dirty”, waxy, moderately spicy and austere, on mineral, austere and aromatic peat smoke, grapefruits, lemon zest, limestone, various light fruity flavours, some farmy flavours and stewed fruits. The finish is long, waxy, fruity, moderately austere, citric, mineral and farmy, on mustard seeds, various fruity flavours, including quince and grapefruits, some black liquorice and stewed fruits.
Impression: A more mellow and fruity version than the 5 YO, with also more pleasant farmy flavours for this single malt distilled at Brora. I miss some extra balance to give it a higher rating.
Rating: 17/20 FP:E3

15Mai

Balblair 1997 for Shinanoya, OB, 52.2%, B:2015, cask 905. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Floral, round to very round, rather mellow and fruity, on honey, sweet and ripe fruity flavours, exotic fruits, melon and quince. Very nice balanced. Lovely.
Taste: Malty, rather intense, slightly floral and oaky, on vanilla, heather honey, quince, melon, Mirabelle, some exotic fruits. The finish is long, intense, slightly spicy, floral, on honey, vanilla, some wood spices, melon, quince, papaya and other exotic fruits.
Impression: A very nice intense Balblair, with a lovely balance, fruity flavours and honey sweetness.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1

Balblair, OB, B:1960-70s. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Intense, round, balanced, slightly mellow, smoky and peaty, on heather, some aromatic peat smoke, honey, melon, Mirabelle and quince. More peaty and cleaner than the 1995.
Taste: Intense, clean, sharp, slightly waxy, on a slightly to moderately austere and aromatic peat smoke, some burnt heather, soot, quince, Mirabelle and citrus. The finish is long, austere, rather aromatic, peaty and sooty, and on aromatic peat smoke
Impression: According to Angus, this was a cask sample bottled for the cask owner, thus no abv was provided. This Balblair is unusually peaty, sooty and aromatic, suggesting a distillation before the mid-1960s. Tasted blind, it could be mistaken for a Glen Garioch or a Clynelish distilled in the 1960s. Most enjoyable.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A4

14May

Speyburn 2004 for Shinanoya, OB, 52.7% B:2017. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Round, intense, floral, spicy, heavily sherried, on sultanas, dried fruits, cinnamon, orange, nuts, some cloves, leather and vegetal condiments.
Taste: Round, thick, intense, spicy, chewy, on dried fruits, candied oranges, cinnamon, some cloves, toffee and vegetal condiments. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes dryer, more on leather and tannins.
Impression: A very nice and heavily sherried Speyburn, on tannins and dried fruits.
Rating: 15/20 FP:G1

Tomatin 2005 for Shinanoya, OB, 58.0%, B:2016, cask 5216. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Round, floral, malty, very vegetal, slightly yeasty, on round toffee flavours, vegetal condiment, celery, sultanas and some fresh rubber.
Taste: Round, intense, spicy to very spicy, thick, floral, moderately floral and rubbery, on fresh rubber, tannins, dried fruits, sultanas, orange, cinnamon and cloves. The finish is long and  on the same flavours.
Impression: A sherry monster, round, thick, on rubber and dried fruits.
Rating: 12/20 FP:I1

13May

Glenrothes 1996, 22 YO, The Maltbarn, 48.7%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, mellow, slightly fruity and floral, on nice mellow fruity flavours, including orchards fruits, melon and quince.
Taste: Rich, oaky, spicy, floral, intense, on juicy oak, oak spices, vanilla, some tobacco and pears. The finish is medium, oaky, intense, moderately spicy, on green pears and apples, with some tobacco leaves.
Impression: A rather nice and complex whisky, rather mellow on the nose, but fresh, intense and oaky on the palate. Thank you Markus.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A1

Deanston 1999, 18 YO, Acla Selection, 49.3%, B:2018, Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Intense, malty, oaky, on green orchards fruits, oak spices and green malt.
Taste: Malty, rather fresh and floral, on orchards fruits, some melon, oak spices and light malty flavours. The finish is medium, fresh and on the same flavours.
Impression: A nicely fresh single malt, with nice green orchards fruits.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1

12May

McTavish pear shape Di Chiano import, OB, 43%, B:1960s. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Waxy to very waxy, mineral, slightly austere and aromatic, on caramel, some orange zest, mustard, candied fruits and some mineral smoke. Reminiscent of old Clynelish.
Taste: Smooth, rather thin and waxy, on candied oranges and other citrus, some mustard seeds, toffee, tangerine and light mineral flavours. The finish is rather short, waxy, round, slightly grainy, on toffee, orange zest, some tangerine and candied fruits. Diluted, it becomes slightly more austere and peaty.
Impression: A whisky with a very pleasant nice and waxy nose, rounder, thinner and more on toffee on the palate, with a rather short finish.
Rating: 13/20 FP:E2

Johnnie Walker Port Ellen, OB, 43.8%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Fresh, smooth, light, rather clean and grainy, with rather light smoky, peaty and maritime flavours. The whole is rather neutral.
Taste: Fresh, light, smooth, grainy, with some green orchards fruits, spices, vanilla, vanilla custard, light aromatic herbs, peat smoke, seaweeds and tar. The finish is medium, smooth, balanced, grainy, with some orchards fruits, with a discrete peat smoke, some iodine, sea brine, vanilla and light candied fruits flavours.
Impression: A smooth, light, balanced and grainy Johnnie Walker with a light touch of maritime peat smoke. A rather neutral blend and the amount of Port Ellen should be very limited.
Rating: 11/20 FP:C2

11May

Paul John Brilliance, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Rich, floral, sweet, fruity, slightly yeasty and oaky, with some orchards fruits and light fresh exotic fruity.
Taste: Malty, fresh, intense, sweet, fruity, slightly oaky and spicy, on fresh exotic fruits and some oak spices. The finish is long, oaky, fresh, slightly malty, on fresh exotic fruits and juicy oaky flavours.
Impression:  A very nice intense, fresh and oaky fruity whisky. Elegant.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A2

Paul John Edited, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Peaty, fruity to very fruity, sweet, on mango, passion fruits, stewed fruits and light grassy and malty flavours.
Taste: Peaty, smoky, maritime, complex, with an elegant subtle and moderately peated smoke, seaweeds, some old wood fire smoke, aromatic herbs and a touch of iodine and sweetness. The finish is long, complex, well balanced and on the same flavours.
Impression: A lovey whisky, complex, mellow, slightly sweet and with a lovely complex and subtle peat smoke.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A5

10May

Milk and Honey single malt triple cask 2018, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price: N/A
Colour:  Gold
Nose: Very young and smooth, moderately floral and malty, with some vanilla, oak spices and winey flavours.
Taste: Winey, oaky, syrupy, malty, slightly oaky, on grapes, vanilla and oak spices. The finish is medium and on the same flavours. Diluted, it become more winey and oaky.
Impression: A single malt, with a very smooth and young nose, but then, the wood spices hit the palate. An oaky-winey infusion.
Rating: 07/20 G1

Mc Warrior Highland Single Malt, House of Macallum, 43.5%, B:2019. Price:
Colour:  Gold-old gold
Nose: Oaky to very oaky, spicy, on oak spices and vanilla, with some rather green orchards fruits. Lots of fresh wood.
Taste: Fresh, oaky, malty, round, fruity to very fruity, on freshly sawn wood, orchards fruits, melon, some blackcurrant, honey and mango. The finish is medium, malty, oaky, on green orchards fruits, mango, melon and blackcurrant.
Impression: A Highland single malt whisky with a strong oaky influence.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A1

09May

Ardbeg 1976 Manager’s Dram, OB, 56%, B: 1999, cask 2391. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Intense, round, peaty, smoky, maritime, complex, on sultanas, dates, seaweeds, iodine, candied oranges, cocoa, leather, cinnamon, some tangerine, coffee, tar and phenols.
Taste: Rich, thick, chewy, intense, smoky, peaty, complex, maritime, slightly nutty, with thick and chewy dried fruits, thick leather, cocoa, roasted coffee beans, iodine, peat smoke, camphor, some seaweeds, stewed fruits, orange, tar, cinnamon and a hint of soot. The finish is long to very long, thick, chewy, peaty, smoky, and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes more meaty and on smoked meat.
Impression: A sherry monster of Ardbeg, with a thick and chewy mouth feel on dried fruits, leather and spices, with nice maritime and peat smoke flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly more meaty. The sherry influence is very strong, but without any unpleasant rubbery flavours. A sharp contrast of intensity with the 23 YO.
Rating: 18/20 FP:G6

Ardbeg 23 YO, OB, 46.3%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Complex, peaty, mellow, smoky, peaty, maritime, with a nice complex peat smoke, iodine, seaweeds, some camphor and medicinal flavours.
Taste: Thin, maritime, smoky, slightly medicinal and peaty, on peat smoke, seaweeds, iodine, camphor, disinfectant, toffee, some dried fruits and candied fruits. The finish is medium, rather thin, slightly woody and on the same flavours. Diluted, it falls apart.
Impression: An Ardbeg with a nice, complex and mellow nose, but is it surprisingly soft and thin on the palate. I wished the palate was matching the nose.
Rating: 14/20 FP:D4

08Mai

Royal Lochnagar 1974 Rare Malt, 30 YO, OB, 56.2%, B:2004. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mellow, round, floral, slightly sweet, on ripe fruits, soft floral flavours and some honey.
Taste: Oaky, floral, round, intense, slightly fragrant, on nice round and rather floral flavours, some almonds, quince, elderberries flowers, vanilla and light creamy and malty flavours. The finish is medium to long, oaky, rather spicy and on the same flavours.
Impression: A good, intense, floral, and round Lochnagar, with some honey and a fair dose of spices. It taste younger than the age on the label.
Rating:14/20 FP:A1

Royal Lochnagar 1971 Platinum, 34 YO, Douglas Laing, 57.7%, B:2005. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, thick, complex, sweet, nutty, moderately floral, on sultanas, dried fruits, old leather, nice tannins, candied oranges, and some ripe exotic fruits. From an excellent sherry cask.
Taste: Intense, spicy, rich, floral, nutty, on tannins, spices, old worn leather, sultanas, figs, walnuts, candied oranges, cinnamon, some cloves and marmalade. The finish is long, floral, slightly nutty and tannic, on sultanas, figs, walnuts, leather, cinnamon, cloves, marmalade, orange, some tangerine and honey.
Impression: A whisky with a great, thick, sweet, fruity nose with a nice leather, and on similar qualities on the palate, with some wood on the finish.
Rating: 16/20 FP:H1

07May

Clynelish 23 YO for Whisky Hood, Signatory, 54.4%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very nicely waxy and mineral, with nice moderate juicy and fruity flavours, honey, juicy fruity flavours, tangerine, some cinnamon, quince, honey and metallic flavours. Very good! We are close to the early 1970s style.
Taste: Mineral, waxy, complex, on flint stones, mustard seeds, tangerine, some citrus, and various mineral and slightly metallic flavours. The finish is long, rich, mineral, waxy, slightly mustardy, on flint stone, tangerine, candied oranges and citrus, as well as some elderberries flowers syrup and mustard seeds. Diluted, it becomes spicier and sweeter.
Impression: A most charming mineral and waxy Clynelish, with a light and sweet sherry influence, leaving all the nice old-fashioned Clynelish character to shine. I love it!
Rating: 17/20 FP:F1

Clynelish 1997 for MoS Warehouseshop, 47.1%, B:2019, cask 18026. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Sweet, rubbery, slightly yeasty and sulphury, on stewed and dried fruits, tangerine, cinnamon, some cloves and sultanas. With time, it becomes slightly mineral.
Taste: Intense, vegetal, round, slightly to moderately sulphury, on burnt rubber, strawberries, yeast and toffee. The finish is long, rubbery, slightly sulphury and on the same flavours.
Impression: The opposite of the Whisky Hood: the flavours of burn rubber and tyres are dominating completely the spirit.
Rating: 09/20 FP:G1

06May

Highland Park 1985 Cask Selection 3, 25 YO, The Stillman’s Dram, 52.2%, B:2010. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Waxy, grassy, slightly coastal, mellow, balanced, rather complex, on honey, gooseberries, mango, nice grassy flavours, vanilla and a touch of smoke. Very good.
Taste: Salty, smoky, maritime, coastal, on peat smoke, burnt wood, sea brine, heather honey, some mango, vanilla and honey. Intense and nicely complex. The finish is long, smoky to very smoky, coastal, on sea brine, peat smoke, some aromatic herbs, heather, orange peel, sea salt, ginger and vanilla.
Impression: An impressive and complex Highland Park, with a fair dose of lovely peat smoke, a nice balanced, some aromatic herbs and nice fruity flavours. A remarkable selection from Daniel Kissling.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A4

Highland Park Viking Pride for Travel Retail, 18 YO, OB, 46%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round, mellow, slightly maritime, smoky and rubbery, on toffee, leather, some honey, sultanas, sea brine, rubber, dried fruits, and a light peat smoke. With time, it becomes less rubbery and more on dried smoke.
Taste: Round, mellow, slightly rubbery, fruity, salty and maritime, on burn rubber, fruit jam, orange, tangerine, some heather honey, sultanas, leather, cinnamon and soft spices. The finish is medium, round, mellow, slightly salty, maritime, rubbery and on the same flavours.
Impression: A rather nice round and sweet Highland Park, with a nice honey sweetness and round sherry flavours, but slightly too much rubber to my liking.
Rating: 14/20 FP:G3

05May

Tria Junata In Uno, Michel Couvreur, 49.9%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Mellow, intense, thick, complex, slightly acetic and nutty, on balsamic vinegar, sultanas, dried fruits, leather, some rancio, orange, treacle, toffee and cocoa.
Taste: Rich, intense, complex, thick, syrupy, rather fresh and round, slightly nutty, on sultanas, dried fruits, oranges, tangerine, cinnamon, some strawberries, nuts, figs, fudge and other nice various fruity flavours. The finish is long, round, syrupy, thick, complex, nutty, on leather, some walnuts, orange, tangerine, cinnamon, cloves, old leather, precious wood, tannins and balsamic vinegar.
Impression: A very good, round, rather complex Michel Couvreur, with nice round fruity and nutty flavours. For details on this whisky, please read my report from the Limburg whisky fair. Unfortunately, the price tag is rather hefty (close to 600 euros for a 50 cl bottle).
Rating: 17/20 FP:G2

1984, 30 YO, Michel Couvreur, 45%, B:2014. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Mellow, intense, nutty, thick, complex, round, on sultanas, dried fruits, leather, nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, candied orange, some cloves, cocoa and light floral flavours.
Taste: Very round, syrupy, juicy, sweet, fruity, on tangerine, orange, sultanas, exotic fruits, cinnamon, honey and other nice sweet-sugary fruity flavours. The finish is long, surprisingly sweet and sugary, on honey, stewed and juicy fruity flavours of orange, tangerine and some exotic flavours. Diluted, it becomes even more sugary.
Impression: A very sweet, sugary and fruity expression of Michel Couvreur, without any off notes. Dangerously drinkable, like a syrup. Rather different from the one above.
Rating: 17/20 FP:E1

04May

Irish single malt, 12 YO, the Whisky Cask, 54.3%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Round, intense, malty, slightly smooth, on honey, nice round malty flavours, some melon and quince.
Taste: Intense, spicy, moderately oaky and fruity, on honey, round malty flavours, guava, mango, spices and other exotic fruits. The finish is medium to long, malty, oaky, rather sweet and on the same flavours.
Impression: For being 12 years old, this Irish whiskey is very pleasant and the fruitiness rather impressive. An intense, well-made and rather fruity malt.
Rating:15/20 FP:C1

Irish single malt 1990 Private Stock, The Whisky Agency, 47.3%, B:2019. Price:
Colour:  Old gold-amber
Nose: Mellow, rich, fruity, complex, sweet, on blackcurrant, mango, guava, honey and exotic fruits. Very good!
Taste: Mellow, rich, fruity to very fruity, slightly spicy, on blackcurrant, and lots of ripe exotic fruits, some dried fruit, honey, heather and cinnamon. The finish is long, rich, fruity, on exotic fruits, cinnamon, heather honey, some cinnamon, dried fruits and tannins. Diluted, it becomes slightly more tannic and mellower.
Impression: A very good mellow, rich and fruity aged Irish malt, with lovely flavours of blackcurrant and exotic fruits, with some wood starting to appear.
Rating: 16/20 FP:E2

03May

Glen Garioch 1968, 29 YO, OB, 56.3%, B:1997, cask 621. Price:
Colour: Dark Amber
Nose: Rich, thick, nutty, peaty, on leather, sultanas, dried fruits, leather, aromatic peat smoke, plums, some treacle and ground coffee beans. Very good!
Taste: Thick, rich, nutty, syrupy, slightly floral and fragrant, on aromatic peat smoke, sultanas, dark chocolate, treacle, old worn leather, a nice light fragrance, walnuts, dried figs, some coca, candied oranges, and roasted coffee beans. The finish is long to very long, complex, thick, nutty, peaty, slightly floral, aromatic, dry and woody, on nuts, aromatic peat smoke, a very nice fragrance, wet wood, cocoa, aromatic peat smoke, ground coffee, treacle and candied oranges.
Impression: An excellent old style of peated Glen Garioch, thick, heavily sherried, nutty and with nice fragrant flavours and old worn leather, and a rather light to moderate woody influence.
Rating: 19/20 FP:G5

Glen Garioch 1974 150th Anniversary, 18 YO, Cadenhead’s, 54.9%, B:1992. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Dry, peaty, aromatic to very aromatic, oily, slightly waxy, on a very aromatic peat smoke, some bitter herbs, Barbour wax and a hint of grassy flavours. Very good.
Taste: Oily, waxy, grassy, peaty, aromatic, moderately austere, with a nice grassy-oily mouth feel, linseed oil, aromatic peat smoke, some almonds, slightly austere herbs, a hint of tar and soot. Complex and subtle. The finish is long, oily to very oily, aromatic, smoky, peaty, grassy, slightly mineral and sooty, on linseed oil, aromatic peat smoke, nice grassy and aromatic herbal flavours, with some tar, light metallic flavours and fresh almonds.
Impression: With the exception of a soapy cask sample, this is my first Glen Garioch 1974. Compared to the 1973 or 1975 Glen Garioch I have tasted so far, this one was less peated. On the nose, the aromatic and oily flavours are very nice and it was surprisingly oily, greasy and grassy on the palate, with a nice combination of herbal and smoky flavours. It might not have the depth and complexity of the 1968, but it remains a very good Glen Garioch.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A5

02 May

Ledaig 2007, 11 YO, House of McCallum, 46.5%, B:2019, cask 638-9. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Peaty, light, fresh, fishy, maritime, on fresh fish, iodine, seaweeds, peat and wood smoke.
Taste: Peaty, tarry, dry, rooty, moderately maritime, on fish, sea salt, dry root, dry peat smoke, tar, some iodine, medicinal flavours and vanilla. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours.
Impression: A nice, dry, peaty and rooty Ledaig, with flavours of freshly caught fish.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A6

Ledaig 2007, 11 YO, Hidden Spirits, 52.2%, B:2019, cask LG719. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Rooty, peaty, maritime, slightly salty, on peat smoke, dry roots, some iodine, tar and hemp rope.
Taste: Fresh, clean, peaty, rooty, maritime, on dry peat smoke, hemp rope, iodine, sea brine, dry roots, disinfectant and other medicinal flavours. The finish is long, complex, peaty, dry, maritime, medicinal, slightly rooty and with some bitter herbs.
Impression: A very nice, clean, dry, peaty and maritime expression of Ledaig, slightly more complex than the McCallum
Rating: 15/20 FP:A7

01 May

Ben Nevis 1998 Snakes, Liquid Treasures, 52.1%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Intense, fresh, malty, slightly floral, with some vanilla, pear drops, light fresh fruity flavours and a hint of honey.
Taste: Fresh, intense, malty, slightly oaky, on vanilla, fresh malty flavours, some dough, hops, tobacco and fresh fruity flavours. The finish is medium to long, round, subtle, on vanilla, some honey, melon and nice fresh fruity flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly rounder.
Impression: A very good, fresh and malty whisky, with some vanilla and light nice fresh fruity flavours.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1

Ben Nevis 1996 Organic French Syrah Wine Finish, 22 YO, House of McCallum. 46.5%, B:2019, cask 01041. Price:
Colour: Pale gold-gold
Nose: Smooth, malty, rather fresh, slightly yeasty and okay, on oak spices, some vanilla, creamy flavours and pear drops
Taste: Round to very round, malty, slightly winey, on vanilla, light spices, some tobacco and a hint of soap. Slightly more oaky than the Snakes. The finish is medium, floral, malty to very malty, round, smooth, slightly oaky and winey, with some green tobacco leaves and coriander.
Impression: A good Ben Nevis, round and malty, but more oaky than the Snakes and with some coriander.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1

30 Apr

Glenfarclas 1998 for World of Whisky by Waldhaus 20th Anniversary, OB, 55.0%, B:2018, cask 4448. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, floral, slightly vegetal, on toffee, sultanas, leather, some old rubber, orange, fudge and light aromas of aromatic herbs.
Taste: Aromatic, round, floral, on toffee, some light aromatic herbs, zesty orange, stewed fruits, fudge, dried fruits and spices, including some cloves. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes more aromatic and winey.
Impression: A rather atypical and aromatic version of Glenfarclas.
Rating: 13/20 FP:D1

Speyside Aingeal 2008, 10 YO, The Whisky Chamber, 59.1%, B:2018, cask 900855. Price:
Colour: Old gold-red
Nose: Winey, sweet, round, floral, slightly spicy, on sweet red grapes, soft spices, some cinnamon, cloves and cherries.
Taste: Spicy, moderately floral, winey and peppery, round, complex, intense, on red grapes, pepper, red wine, sultanas, some dark cherries, cinnamon and stewed fruits. The finish is long, round, moderately spicy and peppery, on grapes, dark berries, with some cinnamon, cloves and other spices.
Impression: A single malt distilled at Glenfarclas and matured exclusively in an Italian Amorone wine cask. It is a very good, round, balanced, intense and spicy whisky, with a pleasant grape and cherry influence from the Amarone. Thank you Willy.
Rating: 15/20 FP:G1

29 Apr

Teaninich 1972 Rare Malts, 23 YO, OB, 64.8%, B: 1995. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Intense, round, malty, floral to very floral, oily, on vanilla, some almond, melon and light fruity flavours. Charming.
Taste: Malty, smooth, floral, slightly vegetal, with some almond, vanilla, vanilla custard and melon. After a strong dilution, it becomes nicely round, malty and floral, with nice vanilla flavours. The finish is medium, smooth, malty, floral and on vanilla. Smoother and with more vanilla flavours once diluted.
Impression: A whisky that tasted rather clean at full strength. Once you have added a very fair dose of water, it becomes smoother, more balanced and malty.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A1

Teaninich 2006, 12 YO, Hidden Spirits, 51.7%, B:2019, cask TH619. Price:
Colour:  Straw
Nose: Markedly younger than the Rare Malt, smooth, malty, slightly oaky, on vanilla and some green pear.
Taste: Young to very young, malty, creamy, on vanilla and nice floral flavours. Diluted, it taste even younger. The finish is medium, smooth, young, floral and slightly malty.
Impression: A floral and malty whisky, clean, fresh and rather young.
Rating: 10/20 FP:A1

25 Apr

Paul John Bold, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, mellow, slightly aromatic and peaty, with some hops, vanilla and melon and malty.
Taste: Young, smooth, peaty, maritime, slightly spirity and medicinal, with some dry peat smoke, oak spices, iodine, bandages and some vanilla. Diluted, it becomes more aromatic. The finish is medium and on the same flavours and with some extra mint flavours and gentian.
Impression: A young, dry, clean, smooth whisky, with some dry, aromatic peat smoke and some oaky flavours.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A5

Paul John Classic Select Cask, OB, 55.2%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Round to very round, very fruity, slightly floral and malty, on exotic fruits, some melon and quince. Very good!
Taste: Very round and mellow, fruity, moderately floral, fragrant and spicy, on porridge, exotic fruits, peach, cinnamon and fresh fragrant floral flavours. Very good. The finish is long, mellow, very round, fruity to very fruity, floral, on round fragrant flavours, stewed fruits, exotic fruits, cinnamon, some peach, apricots and almonds.
Impression:  A very good, mellow and fruity whisky, with nice round floral flavours.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A2

24 Apr

Ardmore Best 3 Star Hotels of Switzerland 2009, 8 YO, Signatory, 46%, B:2018, cask 705160. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Aromatic, slightly smooth and peaty, with a moderate aromatic smoke, some vanilla and roots.
Taste: Aromatic to very aromatic, moderately oaky, spicy and rooty, on aromatic and slightly dry peat smoke, light grassy flavours and vanilla. The finish is medium to long, on aromatic peat smoke, some almonds, aromatic herbs and dry roots.
Impression: A nice smooth, aromatic and slightly grassy and rooty Ardmore.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A4

Ardmore 2008, Spirits Shop Selection & Sansibar, 55.8%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Aromatic, intense, slightly oaky and peaty, with a nice moderate aromatic peat smoke, some vanilla and a hint of liquorice roots and almonds.
Taste: Light, smooth, subtle, with a light aromatic smoke, some almonds, grassy flavours and soft spices. The finish is medium, smooth, slightly soft, aromatic and grassy, and a hint of liquorice roots.
Impression: A smooth, subtle and aromatic lightly peated Ardmore, markedly less peated than the Signatory version.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A2

22 Apr

English Whisky Company 2009, 8 YO, That Boutique-y Whisky Company, 50.3%, B:2017, batch 2, Sauternes/Bourbon Barrels, 845 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Fresh, aromatic, intense, floral, slightly smoky, with some bitter and aromatic herbs.
Taste: Rich, fruity, intense, mellow, round, floral, on exotic fruits, some aromatic herbs, peat smoke, other stewed fruits, sugary flavours and light aromatic herbs. Well balanced. The finish is long and on the same flavours.
Impression: A lovely whisky, peaty, with moderate aromatic herbs, a nice sweetness, and balance. Very good.
Rating: 17/20 FP:C5

Nectar Grove, Wemyss Malts, 46%, B:2018, Madeira Wine finished. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very malty, fresh, with some rhubarb and an unidentified flavour. Original and fresh.
Taste: Fresh, floral, malty, with some fresh almonds, round and soft floral flavours and some vanilla. Nicely round and well balanced. The finish is medium to long, smooth, very round, milky, on soft malty and floral flavours, fresh milk as well as some almonds.
Impression: A very round, soft and milky whisky, well balanced and with a lovely mouth feel.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1

21 Apr

Blair Athol 1996, 21 YO, Aquae Vitae Venus, 47.8%, B:2017, sherry butt, 300 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, floral, on stewed fruits, vanilla, some melon, pollen and nice floral flavours.
Taste: Rich, grassy, very round, oaky, on caramel (Werther’s), some coastal influence, nice round floral flavours, pollen, and slightly bitter and grassy flavours. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: Not an easy whisky, with a mixture of oaky, salty, caramel and floral flavours. I was struggling with the flavour balance, but some might love it. Original.
Rating: 11/20 FP:D1

GlenDronach 1993 for Andy's Selection No.2 Taiwan, 24 YO, OB,  53.5%, B:2017, cask 407, 633 bottles. Price:
Color: Amber
Nose:  Round, oaky, spicy, slightly nutty, tannic and floral, on rich, thick spices, sultanas, cinnamon, some nutmeg, cloves, dates, lacquer and precious wood.
Taste:  Intense, spicy, floral, thick, on sultanas, plums, berries, some rubber, orange, tangerine, incense, precious wood and high grade leather. The finish is long, rich, complex, spicy, and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very good, rich, spicy, intense and floral whisky, with a nice complexity.
Rating: 17/20 FP:G1

20 Apr

Omar Black Queen Wine Barrel Cask Strength, OB, 56%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Dark amber
Nose:  Rich, complex, heavy, fruity, spicy, slightly nutty, rather mellow, on leather, tannins, spices, plums, orange, tangerine, cinnamon, nutmeg and cocoa. Very good.
Taste: Surprisingly light, fresh and zesty on the palate, on cinnamon, tangerine and orange zest, some lemon, vanilla and light floral flavours. The finish is long, floral, zesty, on tannins, cinnamon powder, lots of nuts, orange, tangerine, some lemon and sultanas. Diluted, it becomes more tannic.
Impression: A nice fresh, zesty and nutty whisky, with light winey flavours.
Rating: 14/20 FP:G2

Kilkerran 2007 distilled at Glengyle distillery, 11 YO, Cadenhead's, 58.1%, B:2018, Sherry wood, 564 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Round, moderately smoky and peaty, rather mellow, slightly maritime, on dried fruits, some tar and cocoa.
Taste: Peaty, smoky, round, slightly maritime and tarry, on sultanas, seaweeds, peat smoke, orange, tangerine, some tar, cinnamon and soot. The finish is long, peaty, smoky, slightly maritime, round, well balanced and rather fruity, as well as some berries, cocoa, peat smoke, and light maritime flavours.
Impression: A very nice, mellow, peaty, smoky, slightly maritime and with a nice round sherry influence.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G5

19 Apr

Kavalan 2010 Sherry Solist For Asia Palate Association, 7 YO, OB, 58.6%, B:2017, cask S100309004A, 504 bottles. Price:
Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Round, floral, bitter, nutty, tannic to very tannic, on bitter orange, treacle, nuts, leather and some honey.
Taste: Floral, thick, heavy, fragrant, rubbery to very rubbery, bitter, on treacle, tannins, lacquer, precious wood, cloves, marmalade, plums and sultanas. The finish is long, thick, heavy, intense, tannic, spicy, very nutty and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very heavily sherried whisky, with loads of tannins. For sherry freaks,
Rating: 13/20 FP:J1

Glendronach 2004 for Asia Palate Association, OB, 58.1%, B:2016, cask 6628, Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon, 647 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Complex, rich, moderately floral, on high grade leather, sultanas, nice round fruity flavours, some exotic fruits, fudge and cinnamon.  Very good.
Taste: Fresh, young, floral, rich, sweet, well balanced, on round floral and fruity flavours, some orange, orange blossom and soft spices. The finish is long, smooth to very smooth, round, well-balanced, on soft and round fruity and floral flavours, dried fruits, tangerine, some candied orange, cardamom, peach syrup and quince.
Impression: A very well-made whisky, soft and round, on nice sweet and round floral and fruity flavours. Lovely balanced.
Rating: 17/20 FP:F2

17 Apr

Secret Distillery #1 2007, 9 YO That Boutique-y Whisky Company, 51.7%, B:2016, Sherry Butts, 1220 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose:  Round, thick, dry, nutty to very nutty, floral, spicy, on cinnamon, cloves, cocoa, lacquer, precious wood, orange, and walnuts.
Taste: Fresh, young, smooth, fragrant, floral, on violet, sultanas, cinnamon, precious wood, some cocoa, leather and lacquer. Diluted, it becomes slightly more floral and on toffee. The finish is long, rich, round to very round, floral, on toffee, sultanas, plums, leather and precious wood.
Impression: A rich, smooth, floral, very round and well-balanced whisky, with nice round fruity and soft spices.
Rating: 17/20 FP:G1

Springbank 1996, 21 YO, That Boutique-y Whisky Company, 47.5%, B:2018, cask 02/0118-1 (767), Madeira Butts, 911 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very thick, vegetal to very vegetal, on vegetal condiment (Maggi), toffee, some rubber, plums, sultanas, and floral flavours. Original.
Taste: Rich, spicy, rubbery, floral, winey, slightly fragrant, on vegetal condiment, toffee, rubber, some plums, sultanas and salty flavours. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours, with pronounced rubbery flavours.
Impression:  A thick and heavy whisky, floral, with heavy rubbery flavours and vegetal flavours.
Rating: 13/20 FP:I1

16 Avr

Aberlour 1992, 25 YO, The Malt Whisky Company, 55.6%, B:2017, Oloroso Sherry Finish. Price:
Colour: Dark Amber
Nose: Thick, round, floral, very vegetal, with strong aromas on vegetal condiment and on toffee.
Taste: Very round, malty, floral, with loads of toffee, on vegetal condiments and cinnamon. The finish is medium to long, thick, floral and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes rather rubbery and slightly sulphury.
Impression: A thick single malt, with lots of toffee and some rubber. A single malt with the sherry used for the finish that tends to dominate the whisky.
Rating: 13/20 FP:H1

Kavalan Sherry Solist White, OB, 55.6%, B:2018, cask S081229029, 497 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, intense, floral, tannic, nutty, slightly bitter, on old woods, tannins, orange, nutmeg and some cloves.
Taste: Round, floral, nutty, thick, on toffee, cinnamon, some cloves, nutmeg, rubber, nuts, sultanas, fragrance, lacquer and precious wood. The finish is medium to long, round, and on the same flavours.
Impression: A whisky with very strong toffee flavours and tannins
Rating: 14/20 FP:H1

15 Apr

Penderyn Ruby Port Barrique 2003, OB, 60.6%, B:2009, cask PT13. Price:
Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Very round, thick, floral, on leather, tannins, sultanas, dried fruits, some lacquer and exotic fruits. Rich and very good.
Taste: Very thick, heavy and syrupy, nutty, floral, intense, on dried fruits (sultanas and figs), candied oranges, leather, tannins, soft spices, some marmalade, cloves, fudge and cardamom. The finish is long, thick, chewy and  on the same flavours.
Impression: A very nice, thick, heavy Penderyn, complex and on dried fruits. Very well made.
Rating: 17/20 FP:G1

Penderyn Tawny Port Pipe 2012, OB, 59.6%, 2017, cask PT260. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Thick, heavy, floral, vegetal, tannic, on leather, old wood, lacquer, orange, and marmalade.
Taste: Spirity to very spirity, fragrant, on toffee, varnish, cinnamon and candied oranges. The finish is long, floral, spicy, nutty, with some orange, tangerine, exotic fruits, cinnamon and lacquer. Diluted, it becomes smoother.
Impression: A rather spirity whisky, fragrant, nutty and on caramel. Not the easiest one, but rather pleasant,
Rating: 15/20 FP:H1

14 Avr

Penderyn Port Wood, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold- old gold
Nose:  Clean, young, on fresh orchards fruits (mainly pears), some vanilla, dough and slight winey falvours.
Taste: Young to very young, smooth, floral to very floral, on new make, lacquer and varnish. The finish is rather short, young to very young, smooth and with some orchards fruits.
Impression: A clean and fresh whisky, that taste very young on the palate. The influence of the Port is rather moderate.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A1

Omar bourbon cask 2013, 4 YO, OB, 56.0%, B:2018, C#111305676, 206 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-gold
Nose: Complex, mellow, fruity, elegant, on stewed fruits, melon and some exotic fruits. Very good.
Taste: Intense, fresh, complex, on stewed fruits, exotic fruits, mango, guava, some melon and papaya. The finish is long and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very well made whisky, with various and ripe exotic fruits combined with a clean, intense and fresh whisky. Very pleasant.
Rating: 16/20 FP:C1

13 Avr

Glenburgie 1995 For Ramseyer’s Whisky Connection, 23 YO, Signatory, 55.7%, B:2019, cask 6539. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, balanced, floral, elegant, with nice round, subtle and elegant floral flavours and a touch of soft fruits. Very elegant.
Taste: Round, floral, elegant, balanced, on rose water, soft floral flavours, some cinnamon, almonds and heather. The finish is medium to long, elegant, and on the same flavours, with more almonds flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly smoother and slightly more malty.
Impression: The beauty of a whisky can be in its complexity, but it might  be also in its elegance, as for this one, with nice elegant and subtle floral flavours. Thank you Markus.
Rating: 16/20 FP:B1

 

Tullibardine 21 YO (Swiss import), OB, 43%, B:1980s. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, complex, spicy, slightly floral, on a very elegant old style of sweet sherry, leather, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, sultanas and dried oranges, as well as some precious wood. Few Tullibardine show such a nice complexity as this one.
Taste: Round, complex, moderately spicy and floral, on soft leather, cinnamon, old fashioned complex sherry, with soft fruity and nutty flavours, sultanas and dried fruits. The finish is long, mineral, floral, sweet, fruity, moderately spicy, on leather, dried fruits, sultanas, orange, tangerine, cinnamon, some cocoa, honey, exotic fruits and a light smokiness. Diluted, it becomes slightly more mineral and on candied ginger.
Impression: The best Tullibardine I have tried, with nice mineral flavours and an excellent light old of ripe fruity flavours. A very pleasant surprise
Rating: 17/20 FP:G1

11 Apr

Buair an diabhail of Islay Rum quartercask for Switzerland, The Whisky Chamber 57.0%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, oaky, intense to very intense, very peaty, very smoky, maritime, light winey flavours, on maritime peat smoke, seaweeds, round oaky flavours, some camphor and light round sweet winey flavours.
Taste: Very intense and peaty, salty, maritime, smoky, moderately oaky and spicy, on seaweeds, peat smoke, round oaky flavours, a nice smokiness and light winey flavours. The finish is long, maritime, smoky, peaty, moderately salty and phenolic, on camphor, maritime peat smoke, seaweeds and some iodine. Diluted, it becomes spicier, smokier, more oaky and with some spearmint.
Impression: A very good, intense, smoky and oaky single malt distilled at Lagavulin and matured in a quarter cask. The Rum influence is moderate and well integrated. Thank you Willy.
Rating: 16/20 FP:C7

Buair an diabhail of Islay Porto quartercask, The Whisky Chamber, 56.9%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Winey, round, syrupy, smoky, peaty, moderately oaky, on round sugary flavours of Port, camphor, maritime peat smoke and some sea salt. Sweeter, rounder and more winey than the Rum version.
Taste: Round, sugary-sweet, winey, oaky, smoky to very smoky, peaty, maritime, on maritime peat smoke, camphor, some iodine and round winey flavours. The finish is medium to long, round, sugary, smoky, maritime, peaty, rather oaky, slightly syrupy, on maritime peat smoke, with some vanilla, iodine, camphor and various sugary winey flavours.
Impression: Another single malt distilled at Lagavulin and matured in an ex-Port Wood quarter cask. It tasted younger, more winey and sugary then the Rum wood.
Rating: 14/20 FP:F6

10 Apr

Tormore 1988, 28 YO, The First Editions, 51.1%, B:2017, Ref HL14356. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose:  Sweet to very sweet, mellow, floral, round, slightly nutty, on sultanas, dried fruits, honey, nice round floral flavours and hazelnuts, some quince, vanilla and Mirabelle. Very good.
Taste: Floral intense, nutty, fruity, round, elegant, on nice dry fruity flavours, sultanas, orange, some floral fragrance. Diluted, it becomes more fragrant. The finish is medium, floral, fragrant, round, moderately nutty and spicy, round, malty, on candied oranges, hazelnuts, some sultanas, orange and a touch of exotic fruits.
Impression: A mellow, rather fragrant single malt, with nice nutty and fruity flavours, with some fragrance that would have deserved a better balance.
Rating: 14/20 FP:F1

Tormore 1994, 23 YO, Awico, 51.1%, B: 2018, 30 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, floral, elegant, floral, with nice round and mellow fruity flavours, on honey and a hint of smoke. Very good.
Taste: Light, fresh, round, floral, elegant, slightly malty and smoky, on soft spices, melon, some honey, quince, round floral flavours and vanilla. The finish is medium to long, round, floral, and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly spicier and with some tobacco.
Impression: A very nice, elegant, round single malt, nicely balanced and with nice floral flavours. Thank you Willy.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1

09 Avr

Edradour 2002, OB, 54.7%, B:2017, Cask 1419. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round, sweet, fruity, floral, juicy, slightly grassy, on sultanas, juicy fruits, some mango, honey and round floral flavours. Very good and fruity.
Taste: Spicy, intense, round, fruity, slightly oaky, on sultanas, mango, some candied fruits, cinnamon, other exotic fruits, and a touch of cloves. Very good. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes more on leather, cocoa and ground coffee.
Impression: A very nice, spicy and fruity Edradour, with very pleasant sweet fruits flavours, especially if you let it breath.
Rating: 15/20 FP:G1

Ballantruan 15 YO, OB, 50%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, peaty to very peaty, floral, malty, on grilled bread, aromatic peat smoke, some tar and soot. Initially, it tasted rather round, smooth and slightly young, but then it becomes drier, more tarry and sooty.
Taste: Dry to very dry, very peaty, tarry, floral, on grilled bread, fragrant floral flavours, vanilla, tar and aromatic smoke. The finish is medium to long, dry, peaty, aromatic, smoky, floral, slightly fragrant and on vanilla.
Impression: A dry, very peaty and tarry single malt distilled at Tomintoul distillery. Rather floral, gentle and not overly complex.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A6

08 Avr

Benrinnes 1996 White Turf, 21 YO, Signatory, 46%, B:2018, cask 11743. Price:
Colour:  Gold
Nose: Light, clean, fresh, floral, slightly yeasty, on fresh floral flavours, light orchard’s fruits, some dry and slightly fragrant aromas.
Taste: Round, very floral, fragrant to very fragrant, slightly light, on round floral and fragrant flavours, some orchards fruits, chamomile, honey, quince and light grassy flavours. The finish is medium, round, floral, grassy and slightly fragrant. Diluted, it becomes slightly nutty and with some tobacco.
Impression: A good, fresh, round and rather well balanced Benrinnes.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1

Glentauchers 1996 for Acla Selection, 22 YO, Signatory, 50.7%, B:2018, cask 1404. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Round, mellow, floral, well balanced, slightly malty, on round floral flavours, some round fruity flavours and honey. Very good.
Taste: Round, spicy, rather mellow and floral, with some hops, malty flavours, starch, fresh and slightly green fruits. The finish is medium and on the same flavours. Diluted, it become slightly spicier and with more hops.
Impression: A nice round, rather floral Glentauchers, with some hops and green fruits.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A1

07 Avr

Octomore 2007, 11 YO, The Whisky Whisperer, 60.3%, B:2019, ex-Sauternes wine cask. Price:
Colour: Yellow gold
Nose: Winey, peaty to very peaty, sweet, maritime, moderately tarry and round, on dry maritime peat smoke, seaweeds, iodine, some camphor, round sweet winey flavours, some dry tar.
Taste: Peaty to very peaty, salty, maritime, intense to very intense, slightly oaky, on almonds, peat smoke, sweet and sugary winey flavours, grape sugar, some sweet berries, ripe melon, seaweeds, iodine, tar and soot. The finish is long, round, maritime, peaty, smoky, rather intense, slightly sweet, on grapes, maritime peat smoke, and some grape sugar. Diluted, it becomes longer, more syrupy and winey, with some bitter herbs and green almonds.
Impression: The Whisky Whisperer is the brand owned Jim McEwan and distributed in a joint venture with Reto Stöckli. It consists of the private casks from Jim. This Octomore is heavily peated, but it does not taste as much peated as most of OB, at it is a rather old Octomore (11 YO) and the Sauternes sweet wine contributes to rather heavy sweet wine flavours. It is very good, but slightly too winey to my liking. For the fans of heavily peated Sauternes influenced whiskies, this will be a must have!
Rating: 15/20 FP:G7

Croftengea 2007, The Single Cask, 60.2%, B:2018, cask 209. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Young, smooth, peaty, slightly floral, with light malty flavours, some almonds, aromatic peat smoke and some dry roots. Rounder, less peated and smoother than the Inchfad Hepburn’s Choice recently tasted.
Taste: Peaty, floral, slightly young and floral, with some aromatic and floral peat smoke, vanilla, green apples, light oaky flavours and a touch of almonds. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: Another nice heavily peated single malt from Loch Lomond distillery. Slightly younger and more floral than the Hepburn’s choice.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A6

06 Apr

Port Charlotte 2001, 17 YO, The Cask Whisperer, 52.8%, B:2019. Sherry Cask. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, maritime, round, complex, elegant, on sea weeds, maritime peat smoke, some tar, iodine, leather, orange, sultanas and a touch of rubber. Very good. Tends to be slightly more rubbery over time.
Taste: Tarry to very tarry, mellow, maritime, spicy, peaty to very peaty, on old worn leather, seaweeds, maritime peat smoke, iodine, sea brine, strawberries, cinnamon, orange, dried fruits, some cloves, rubber and liquorice roots. The finish is long, round, maritime, peaty, smoky, slightly rubbery and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very nice and round maritime Port Charlotte, elegant and balanced, with some dry tar, dried fruits and rubbery. Port Charlotte matures well with age.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G6

Caol Ila For Whisky Schiff Luzern, 11 YO, Signatory, 52.9%, B:2019. Price:
Colour:  Amber
Nose: Round to very round, maritime, peaty, smoky, slightly dry, on round fruity flavours, oranges, cinnamon, rubber, some vegetal condiment, leather, tar, hemp rope, seaweeds and red berries.
Taste: Salty, peaty, tarry, maritime, intense, rubbery, thick, sirupy on dried fruits, sultanas, figs, rubbery, sulphur, strawberries, tar, hemp rope, orange, and tangerine. The finish is long, thick and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very round, thick and heavily sherried Caol Ila. It might have been very good, if the sherry was less rubbery, meaty and sulphury.
Rating: 12/20 FP:H7

05 Apr

Miltonduff 2008, 10 YO, Claxton’s, 55.8%, B:2019. Price:
Colour:  Pale straw
Nose: Round, floral, fruity, juicy, on nice sweet honey flavours, melon and nice fresh juicy flavours. Very good and fruitier than the colour would suggest it.
Taste: Oaky, spicy, floral, rather round and intense, on fresh floral flavours, melon, mango, some quince and ginger. The finish is medium, oaky, floral, spicy, on ginger  and some fresh fruity flavours. Diluted, it becomes spicier and more on ginger.
Impression: A nice, intense, oaky, juicy and rather fruity Miltonduff.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A1

Glenallachie 2006 For Europe Batch 1, OB, 61.4%, B:2018. Price:
Colour:  Old gold
Nose: Intense, floral, round, moderately oaky, on oak spices, some honey, various rich spices, nice round aromatic herbs and almonds.
Taste: Floral, intense, round, slightly oaky, on dried fruits, herbal flavours, some bitter herbs, almonds, melon and tropical fruits. The finish is medium to long, floral, moderately oaky and grassy, on green almonds and tropical fruits and as well some tree sap. Diluted, it becomes more aromatic and on ginger.
Impression:  A very nice, intense, rich and grassy whisky. Very good and rather different from the 1989.
Rating: 16/20 FP:E1

04 Apr

Glenallachie 1989 For Europe Batch 1, OB, 58.1%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very floral, round, intense, slightly oaky, on nice spices, leather, round floral flavours, almonds, some fresh floral flavours, stewed fruits, cinnamon, exotic fruits and mango. Substantially different from the 25 YO.
Taste: Mellow, fresh, floral, intense, with very nice round fruity flavours, sultanas, nice ripe exotic fruits, a light spiciness and fresh slightly fragrant floral flavours.  The finish is medium to long, elegant, floral, intense, slightly fruity and grassy, on nice fresh flowers, sweet and rather juicy fruity flavours, some grassy flavours and soft spices. Diluted, it becomes softer, smoother and grassier.
Impression: A very good Glenallachie, surprisingly intense for its age, with a very pleasant juicy and fruity mouth feel, some dried fruits and nicely grassy.
Rating: 17/20 FP:F1

Glenallachie 25 YO, OB, 48%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Mellow, rich, complex, moderately floral, on nice rich and soft spice, honey, some mellow fruity and herbal flavours, dried herbs and a touch of leather. Very good.
Taste: Mellow to very mellow, moderately floral, slightly oak and spicy, on nice round floral flavours, some light oaky, malty and grassy flavours, sultanas, dried fruits, cinnamon, almonds and nice floral flavours. The finish is long, floral, round, moderately oaky, spicy and syrupy, with various grassy flavours, oak spices, sultanas, dried fruits and a touch of cinnamon.
Impression:  A very nice balanced Glenallachie, with a mixture of ex-bourbon, PX and Oloroso casks. Thank you Juliette.
Rating: 15/20 FP:F1

03 Apr

Octomore 9.2 156 PPM For Travel Retail, OB, 58.3%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Gold-red
Nose: Winey, peaty, smoky, dry, tarry slightly oaky, on dry peat smoke, some tar, spicy winey flavours, some grapes, black berries and soot.
Taste: Winey, young, oaky, very peaty, smoky, on gapes, cherries, berries, peat smoke, seaweeds, dry tar, some soot and sea salt. The finish is long, very peaty, winey to very winey, slightly young and oaky, on grapes, berries, dry peat smoke, tar, seaweeds and medicinal flavours.
Impression: A whisky matured for 4 years in ex-bourbon casks and 1 year in red Burgundy wines. Very peaty and winey, syrupy, maritime, on a dry peat smoke. Not overly complex but very punchy.
Rating: 14/20 FP:F8

Octomore 2009, 9 YO, The Cask Whisperer, 63.7%, B:2019, ex-Chateau Latour wine cask. Price:
Colour: Old gold-red
Nose: Winey to very winey, peaty, dry, tarry, smoky, maritime, slightly floral and round, with some strawberries, blackcurrant, peat smoke, grapes and light medicinal flavours. More complex, rounder and balanced than the 9.2.
Taste: Spicy, oaky, winey, slightly peppery, round, intense, peaty, maritime, on round winey flavours, red berries, peat smoke, some tar, iodine and camphor. Nicely balanced. The finish is medium to long, rubbery, intense, maritime, and medicinal, on camphor, peat smoke, iodine, grapes, some spices and seaweeds. Diluted, it becomes more on berries and sweeter.
Impression: A nice round, balanced, intense and well made Octomore matured in an ex-red wine cask. Initially spicy on the nose, it is rather sweet and round on the palate, with a nice and elegant peat smoke. Rather different from the 9.2:  more complex and balanced, but also more gentle.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D7

02 Avr

Loch Lomond Inchfad 2005, Hepburn’s Choice, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Pale straw
Nose: Very peaty, aromatic, slightly bitter, malty and floral, on dry and rather peat smoke and light rooty flavours.
Taste: Round, smooth, floral, peaty, aromatic, with some lemon, light malty flavours, vanilla, some almonds, dry rooty flavours and green apples. The finish is medium, peaty, aromatic, slightly earthy, on lemon peel, aromatic peat smoke, roots and some green apples.
Impression: A very nice, rather clean whisky, with a nice aromatic peat smoke and some dry roots. Well made.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A7

Loch Lomond Heavily Peated 2005, 13 YO, Claxton’s, 57.5%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Mellow, peaty, moderately aromatic, floral, on aromatic peat smoke, light malty flavours, some vanilla and dry rooty flavours. The peat smoke is rather complex.
Taste: Oaky, peaty, aromatic, balanced, slightly round and floral, with some vanilla, almonds, light creamy and vanilla flavours, and a touch of fragrance. The finish is medium, floral, moderately peaty, slightly aromatic, creamy and malty, with some almonds, aromatic peat smoke and vanilla.
Impression: A round and nicely balanced expression of peated Loch Lomond, with nice floral and creamy flavours. Thank you Hugo.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A5

01 Avr

Kilkerran Heavily Peated Peat In Progress, OB, 59.3%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Heavily peated, young, oaky, slightly fishy and maritime, on kippers, peat smoke, tar, some seaweeds, spices, citrus, vanilla and almonds.
Taste: Young to very young, maritime, intense, peppery, very peaty, on seaweeds, salt, citrus, light oaky and spicy flavours, hemp rope, some tar, farmy flavours, dried meat and fruits. Diluted, it becomes markedly younger, more rooty and bitter. The finish is medium, intense, oaky, maritime, peaty to very peaty, slightly waxy, on citrus, seaweeds, peat smoke, some camphor, almonds, dried fruits, hemp rope and tar. Diluted, it becomes younger, more oaky, citric and bitter.
Impression: For being just 3 years old, this whisky shows a nice complexity and intensity when tasted neat. With some diluted, the young age is markedly more apparent and it becomes more citric and bitter. A mixture of 55% bourbon and 45% sherry casks.
Rating: 12/20 FP:C7

Caol Ila 2012, 7 YO, Claxton’s, 60%, B:2019, 285 bottles. Price:
Colour:  Pale straw
Nose: Intense, peaty, maritime, clean to very clean, rather punchy, on citrus, peat smoke, tar, hemp rope and a hint of vanilla.
Taste: Clean, rather smooth, slightly young, fresh, maritime, on citrus, clean peat smoke, seaweeds, hemp rope, tar and some vanilla. The finish is medium, citric, peaty, and maritime, on peat smoke, lemon, some iodine, hemp rope and camphor. Diluted, it becomes on vanilla custard and some dry roots.
Impression: A nice, clean, peaty and maritime Caol Ila. Rather intense and maritime. Thank you Hugo.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A7

31 Mar

Macallan Concept 1, OB, 40%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very round, floral, on fudge, caramel, some cinnamon, orange, tangerine and honey.
Taste: Round, floral, grassy, slightly spicy, on caramel, fudge, cinnamon, spices, some orange, tangerine, nutmeg, sultanas, leather and hint of cloves. The finish is short to medium, round, slightly floral and spicy, on juicy fruits, fudge, tangerine, orange, cinnamon and sultanas. Diluted, it becomes spicier and with a hint of smoke.
Impression: A whisky with the spicy-floral DNA of Macallan, rather fruity, round and on fudge. Not very complex, but well made and easy drinking.
Rating: 13/20 FP:F1

Tobermory 1994 The Single Cask, 24 YO, Claxton’s, 55.3%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Intense, mellow, smooth, some sea brine, apples, light herbal flavours, and a light sweetness. The influence of the sherry is light, but elegant.
Taste: Round, smooth, floral, malty, slightly fragrant, with a nice light fruitiness, some candied oranges and tangerines, sea brine, a touch of plums, leather and cinnamon. Subtle and elegant. The finish is medium, elegant, smooth, malty slightly floral, syrupy and fruity, with some candied tangerines and orange, cinnamon, sea brine and apples. Diluted, it becomes slightly spicier.
Impression: Tobermory tends to be a rather light, smooth and malty whisky, with some sea brine. These flavours are nicely present in this whisky, complemented by very elegant and rather round light sherry flavours. This light sherry influence, thus complementing well the distillate and providing a harmonious balance, with a lot of finesse. A nice value whisky. Thank you Hugo.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1

30 Mar

Laphroaig 25 YO, OB, 52%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Mellow, smoky, maritime, peaty, rather complex, on seaweeds, maritime peat smoke, some iodine, dried fruits, light meaty flavours and a hint of rubber.
Taste: Mellow, juicy, balanced, complex, slightly grassy, on a subtle peat smoke, maritime and grassy flavours, some sea salt, soot, tar and iodine. The finish is medium to long, subtle, mellow, moderately peaty and smoky, slightly maritime, some peat smoke, dried fruity, with a hint of menthol and bandages.
Impression: A very nice Laphroaig 25 YO, markedly better than the first batches of 25 YO, subtle and complex, nicely smoky and medicinal. Thank you Haeky.
Rating: 16/20 FP:D5

Lp9, Elements of Islay, 54.3%, B:2018, 718 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Mellow, spicy, well balanced, peaty, smoky, moderately maritime, on peat smoke, sultanas, seaweeds, stewed fruits, some smoked meat and iodine. Very good.
Taste: Salty, intense, maritime to very maritime, on smoke meat, seaweeds, iodine, some camphor, BBQ, dried and stewed fruity and sea salt. The finish is long to very long, medicinal, smoky, peaty, rather intense, tarry, meaty and well balanced, on BBQ, smoked meat, dried fruits, various medicinal flavours, some seaweeds, sea salt, iodine, bandages, sultanas and soot.
Impression: A Laphroaig from a Pedro Ximenez butt distilled in 1998. A very good, intense, rich and maritime single malt, with a thick sherry influence and some excellent smoked meat flavours. A most enjoyable and sherried Islay single malt.
Rating: 17/20 FP:G7

29 Mar

Tomatin Water, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very round, smooth, malty, slightly floral and fruity, with some tangerine, orange, rubbery, cloves and cinnamon.
Taste: Very smooth, round, elegant, balanced, slightly malty, grassy, floral, and spicy, with some starch, smooth and round light fruity flavours, some honey, spices, tangerine, sultanas and cinnamon. The finish is medium, round, malty, slightly spicy, fruity and floral, with some light grassy flavours, soft spices, cinnamon, tangerine and honey. Diluted it becomes spicier.
Impression: A nice, round and smooth whisky, with light fruity, spicy and grassy flavours. The whole is well-balanced and pleasant to drink.
Rating: 14/20 FP:D1

Tobermory 2008, Liquid Treasures, 59.9%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Extremely peaty, intense, rough, maritime, very intense, on an intense maritime peat smoke, iodine, seaweeds, tar, some camphor and medicinal flavours. Excellent!
Taste: Intense, rich, maritime, heavily peated, complex, balanced, on a very nice and elegant maritime peat smoke, iodine, tar, seaweeds, camphor and other medicinal flavours. The finish is long, complex, intense, peaty to very peaty, maritime, and medicinal, on seaweeds, iodine, camphor, tar and some vanilla. With a very nice peated and smoky retro-olfaction.
Impression: An excellent peated Tobermory (Ledaig), with a very intense and complex peat smoke. The intensity of this whisky is impressive and the peat smoke reminds me strongly of the old Ardbeg 10 YO, but with more intensity.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A8

28 Mar

XII years 2006 PX Cask, Michel Couvreur, 47%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round to very round, on dry sherry, sultanas, figs, soft spices, orange, leather, some nuts and a hint of nuts.
Taste: Round, floral to very floral, thick, rubbery, on toffee, fudge, sultanas, orange, tangerine, leather and various spices. Quite fruity. The finish is medium, round to very round, fruity, on toffee, fudge, sultanas, figs, some nuts, orange, tangerine and leather.
Impression: A nice round to very round sherried whisky, with a nice mouthfeel and balanced, and with rather pronounced rubbery flavours that tends to disappear over time.
Rating: 15/20 FP:G1

XV years 2003 Oloroso Cask, Michel Couvreur, 45%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Smooth, winey, spicy, moderately vegetal, on cabbage, vegetal spices (Maggi), wine, and some odd flavours. Rather special.
Taste: Spicy, dry, winey, mineral, vegetal, on cabbage, dried fruits, dry wine, raisins and nuts. The finish is rather long, syrupy, thick, winey and on the same flavours.
Impression: An Oloroso cask sur base Clearach. A rather winey whisky based on the Clearach, a Vin Jaune du Jura wine cask matured whisky. Original.
Rating: 12/20 FP:F1

27 Mar

Ledaig 1997 Stealing Beauty, 20YO, Spirits Salon, 61.1%, B:2017, cask 800111, 120 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, aromatic to very aromatic, intense, slightly floral, on vanilla and oak spices.
Taste: Intense, oaky, aromatic, dry, spicy, moderately floral, on oak spices, aromatic peat smoke, some tar and vanilla. The finish is medium to long, oaky, intense, on aromatic peat smoke, some liquorice roots, vanilla and tar.
Impression: A lovely peated whisky, with a nice aromatic peat smoke. Rather dry and oaky. I enjoy this style very much.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A5

Benrinnes 1997 For LMDW, 20 YO, Signatory, 55.0%, B:2018, cask 9734, 239 bottles. Price:
Benrinnes 1997 For LMDW, 20 YO, Signatory, 55.0%, B:2018, cask 9734, Sherry Hogshead, 239 bottles.
Colour: Amber-black
Nose: Thick, heavy, tannic, floral, round, with very heavy tannins, sultanas, figs, leather, cloves and wood spices.
Taste: Thick, syrupy, intense, tannic, bitter to very bitter, astringent, on orange, marmalade, cloves, cinnamon, dark chocolate and some exotic fruits. The finish is long, very bitter, tannic and astringent, on cloves, dry woody flavours.
Impression: A very tannic, dry and bitter whisky. Extremely heavy on the wood.  A hate or love whisky. For sherry freaks.
Rating: 10/20 FP:J1

26 Mar

Kavalan Sherry Cask Solist, OB, 57.8%, OB, Sherry Butt S081215028, 496 bottles. Price:
Colour: Dark amber
Nose:  Round, spicy, floral, rather vegetal, on toffee, treacle, sultanas, vegetal condiment, and some ground coffee.
Taste: Rich, floral to very floral, astringent, rubbery, vegetal, on round vegetal condiments, spices, round rubber flavours, cloves, toffee, and nuts. The finish is medium to long, chewy, thick, rubbery, floral, nutty, on rubber, cinnamon, treacle, cloves and nutmeg. Diluted it become spicier, fruitier and more tannic.
Impression: A very thick, chewy and heavy whisky, nutty and with a fair dose of rubber. A sherry bomb. Too much rubber for me.
Rating: 13/20 FP:J1

Kavalan Port Cask Solist, OB, 57.8%, cask O090619031A, 184 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Extremely well balanced, round, floral, rather thick and syrupy, on leather, tannins, round floral flavours, orange, tangerine, sultanas, some exotic fruits, precious wood, light spicy and nutty flavours. Excellent.
Taste: Floral to very floral, intense, rather spicy and spirit, on tangerine, orange, candied pineapples, some exotic fruits, tannins, leather, cinnamon, nutmeg and some cloves. The finish is long, thick, floral to very floral, slightly dry, tannic and bitter, on round floral flavours, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, some marmalade, lacquer and precious wood.
Impression: A whisky with a beautiful, thick and rich nose, slightly lighter on the palate than the nose suggested, slightly dry and tannic on the finish. The Port is very well integrated and not dominating.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1

25 Mar

Hampden Estate, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, floral, fragrant, on pineapples, bananas, some varnish and paint.
Taste: Light to very light, fragrant, slightly spicy, on pineapples, bananas, some varnish, paint, ginger and moss. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: A nice light floral, fragrant Jamaican Rum, with nice flavours of varnish, pineapples and bananas.
Rating:13/20 FP:A1

Hampden Estate Overproof, OB, 60%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, floral, slightly dirty, on pineapples, bananas, some varnish, paint, light sugary flavours and some dried fruits. Heavier and fruitier than the Estate.
Taste: Light, with strong varnish flavours, on spices, ginger, oil, acetone, pineapples, bananas and liquorice. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours.
Impression: A heavier version of the Hampden than the 46%, as well as with more phenols and tar.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A1

24 Mar

MacPhails Highland Malt 1940, 42 YO, Gordon & MacPhail, 40%, B:1982. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round, smoky, peaty, complex to very complex, slightly sooty, on old bold peat smoke, rather aromatic and sooty, on dried and candied fruits, including tangerine, orange and sultanas, soft and elegant spices. Very good.
Taste: Peaty, smoky, aromatic, sooty, rather spicy, slightly mellow, on leather, orange, tangerine, cinnamon and light nutty flavours. Very complex and well balanced. The finish is long, smoky, peaty, balanced, complex, moderately aromatic and sooty, slightly nutty, on candied oranges, sultanas, some tangerine, cinnamon, cocoa, aromatic herbs and a touch of brown sugar.
Impression: An excellent old style of Highland single, moderately peaty, with an old sooty and rather complex smoke. This peat smoke reminds me strongly of a peated Macallan I tasted last year. And rather intense for being bottled at 40%, with almost no blemish of age. Very well done.
Rating: 18/20 FP:G4

Glenfarclas 1976 Spirit of Independence, OB, 43%, B:1996. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round, floral to very floral, rubbery to very rubbery, on toffee, fudge, burnt and fresh rubber, cloves, cinnamon, some orange and sultanas.
Taste: Vegetal, floral, rubbery to very rubbery, on toffee, fudge, fresh and burn rubber and various spices. The finish is medium and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly more fruity (candied fruits) and spicier.
Impression: A moderately sherry Glenfarclas, round, with lots of toffee, fudge and a fair amount of rubber.
Rating: 12/20 FP:D1

23 Mar

Mortlach Private Collection 1957, Gordon & MacPhail, 43.5%, B:2007. Price:
Colour: Amber-black
Nose: Floral, heavy, tannic, dry, nutty, on heavy and dry sherried flavours, dark tannins, toffee, orange, bitter orange, treacle, sultanas, dates, cinnamon and cloves.
Taste: Floral, dry, moderately bitter, tannic, on very heavy tannins, old worn leather, lots of dried fruits, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, floral flavours, thick soft spices and some bitter orange. The finish is long, thick, mouth coating, very heavy, syrupy, on black liquorice, heavy and dry tannins, old worn leather, sultanas, figs, dates, orange, candied orange, some bitter orange, walnuts and some bitter flavours. Diluted, it becomes more tannic and drier.
Impression: A very old and very dark sherry Mortlach, very heavy and mouth coating, with lots of old leather flavours. Very good and the wood is present, just at the limit.
Rating: 15/20 FP:J1

Glenfarclas 1995 for Germany, OB, 57.3%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, floral, slightly spicy, on round sherry flavours, toffee, some leather, cinnamon, sultanas, candied oranges and figs. Rather well balanced.
Taste: Floral, light, round, slightly spicy and fragrant, on tangerine, orange, some cinnamon, peach and candied fruits. Well balanced. The finish is medium to long, rich, floral, spicy, and slightly fragrant, on cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, some tangerine, sultanas, leather and fudge.
Impression: A very nice, round, well-balanced Glenfarclas, rather floral, slightly spicy and on dried and candied fruits.
Rating: 16/20 FP:D1

22 Mar

Belgian Owl 47 months, OB, 46%, B:2018, cask 566+299. Price:
Colour: Pale straw
Nose: Round, malty, very smooth, slightly floral, with some vanilla, hay and a touch of yeast.
Taste: Very smooth, young, on new make, some vanilla, hops and a freshly cut grass. The finish is short to medium, malty, very smooth, slightly creamy and grassy, with some vanilla, honey and grassy flavours.
Impression: For a distillate of less than 2 years, it is pretty nice, smooth, grassy and malty, with some orchards fruits.
Rating:

The Whistler 10 YO, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very smooth, malty, slightly grainy, sweet and fruity, on stewed fruits, peach, apricots, porridge, some exotic fruits, sultanas, orange and tangerine. It gets fruitier over time.
Taste: Nutty, smooth, rather complex, fruity, slightly spicy, on mushrooms, old wet wood, some rubber, old tyres, sultanas, hazelnuts, orange, sultanas and tangerine. The finish is medium, nutty, spicy, slightly rubbery, on fresh rubber, sultanas, orange, some dates, hazelnuts, grassy flavours and almonds.
Impression: An Irish whiskey with a very nice fruity nose, getting more woody and less balanced on the palate.
Rating: 11/20 FP:F1

21 Mar

Slyrs 2006, 12 YO, OB, 43%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very mellow, rich, fruity, on porridge, some pepper, peach, apricots, melon and tropical fruits. Tasted somewhat like aged Bourbon, with a touch of rye.
Taste: Mellow, slightly spicy and peppery, balanced, on some peppery rye flavours, cinnamon, nutmeg, peach, apricots and a touch of melon. Rather complex. Diluted, it becomes more floral and slightly creamy. The finish is medium to long, mellow, slightly to moderately spicy, with some melon, orchards fruits, rye and vanilla.
Impression: A nice mellow and rather complex Slyrs, with a flavour profile reminding me of an aged Bourbon whiskey.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A1

Slyrs PX finish, OB, 43%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round, spicy, oaky, on toffee, fudge, leather, vanilla, winey flavours, orange and some yeast.
Taste: Young, smooth, slightly floral and rubbery, on red berries, honey, light winey and rubbery flavours, toffee and fudge. The finish is medium and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes spicier and oakier.
Impression: A young Slyrs, with some oaky spices and red berries.
Rating: 11/20 FP:G1

20 Mar

Clynelish 1995, 23 YO, Signatory, 54.5%, B:2018, cask 8674 (part). Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round, mellow, musky, spicy, slightly waxy, on dry rubber, light meaty flavours, orange, mustard seeds and leather. The sherry is rather thick and heavy, with some rubber and meaty flavours.
Taste: Intense, spicy, waxy, on sea brine, rubber, leather, wax, light meaty and farmy flavours, some mustard, old rubber, orange, tangerine, sea brine and butter scotch. The finish is medium, round, slightly winey, spicy, rubbery and salty and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very round and rather thick Clynelish, with a fair dose or rubber. Slightly too rubbery for me.
Rating: 15/20 FP:H1

Clynelish 1995, 20 YO, Signatory, 53.6%, B:2016, cask 8687. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very waxy, smooth, mustardy, slightly dusty and oaky, on citrus (mainly bitter lemon) and some rooty flavours.
Taste: Waxy, spicy to very spicy, slightly woody, smooth, rich, on tangerine, leather, orange, cinnamon, some cloves, fudge and tannins. The finish is medium to long, woody, slightly tannic and spicy, on tangerine, some orange, cinnamon, leather, cloves, orange peel and dry liquorice sticks.
Impression: A rather dry and spicy Clynelish, with some round sherry influence and woody influence.
Rating: 13/20 FP:G1

19 Mar

Clynelish 1995, 22 YO, Signatory, 55.4%, B:2018, cask 11230. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round, mellow, on rich and thick fruity flavours, oranges, some pepper, tangerine, light sulphury flavours, cloves and rubber. Slightly fruitier and more sulphury than cask 8674.
Taste: Intense, round, mellow, slightly sulphury and rubbery, on orange, tangerine, some sea brine, leather, light meaty flavours, cinnamon and fresh rubber. With time, it becomes slightly more mineral. The finish is medium, moderately spicy, mineral and rubbery, on orange and candied tangerine, as well as some spices and a hint of sulphur, on. With time, it becomes less rubbery, more elegant and mineral.
Impression: A whisky with a rather rubbery nose and some sulphur, that tends to go away on the finish. A good whisky, but the sherry is rather present and dominating on the nose and initially on the palate.
Rating: 15/20 FP:G1


Clynelish 1995 Friendship Bottling "Whisk(e)y Shop Tara & Brühler Whiskyhaus", 22 YO, Signatory, 52.2%, B:2018, cask 11233. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Mellow, round, slightly mineral and waxy, on dried fruits, light mineral flavours, orange, tangerine, some pepper, cinnamon and light farmy flavours. Very good, and without the rubbery or sulphury flavours from the other casks.
Taste: Intense, spicy, mellow, waxy, moderately mineral, on tangerine, flint stones, some leather, orange and coffee beans. The finish is long, intense, mineral, balanced, spicy and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes spicier.
Impression: A very nice mineral, waxy Clynelish, with some nice sherry flavours not taking over the distillate.
Rating: 16/20 FP:E1

18 Mar

Auchentoshan 1975, 21 YO, OB, 55.4%, B:1996. Price:
Colour:  Old gold-amber
Nose: Rich, mellow, moderately floral, complex, fruity, on rich sweet dried and stewed fruits, cinnamon, leather, ripe exotic fruits and honey. Very good.
Taste: Round, mellow, sweet, on porridge, cinnamon, vanilla, peach, some apricots, various stewed fruits, including apples. The finish is long, spicy, mellow to very mellow, on cooked cereals, cinnamon, tangerine, peach, apricots, light floral and fragrant flavours and a hint of smoke. Diluted, it becomes spicier and slightly woody.
Impression: A very nice, mellow and rather complex Auchentoshan on stewed fruits. The flavour profile almost reminds me of an aged Bourbon.
Rating: 16/20 FP:D2


Auchentoshan 5.5 1974, 16 YO, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 56.3%, B:1991. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Light, mellow, floral, subtle, on fresh vanilla from Magadscar, porridge, some butterscotch, soft spices and round floral flavours. Very good and rather different from the OB.
Taste: Light, round, fresh, mellow, floral, subtle, slightly fragrant, rather clean, with some vanilla, orchards fruits, other stone fruits, a light fragrance, and round floral flavours. The finish is medium and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly spicier.
Impression: A subtle, light, and rather clean Auchentoshan, with very limited wood influence.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1

17 Mar

Raasay While We Wait 2nd Edition, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Peaty, smoky, round, slightly aromatic and maritime, on peat smoke, bonfire smoke, light aromatic flavours, some honey and light fruity flavours. Well balanced and rather complex.
Taste: Very round, smooth, peaty, smoky, aromatic, moderately floral, with some seaweeds, sea brine, light floral flavours, some sultanas, honey, light winey flavours and tangerine. The finish is medium and on the same flavours. Diluted, it become thinner, rounder and more floral.
Impression: A very nice peated malt finished in super Tuscan wine that is intended to reflect the flavour profile of the new Raasay distillery. It taste like a very good moderately peated whisky, with peat from the Highlands. A nice surprise. Thank you Reto.
Rating: 15/20 FP:C5


Aberlour A’Bunnadh Batch 67, OB, 60.8%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Clean, round, floral, with a nice clean sherry, sultanas, orange, tangerine, cinnamon and leather.
Taste: Round, young, smooth, clean, spirity, slightly oaky, on sultanas, leather, toffee, orange, sultanas, cinnamon, nice clean floral flavours and some varnish. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very goo, clean, floral and nicely made sherry whisky, on leather and toffee. Seems cleaner, slightly younger and more on dried fruits and leather than the previous batches I have tried.
Rating: 14/20 FP:H1

16 Mar

Clynelish 5 YO Yellow Label for Di Chiano, OB, 43%, B:1979. Price:
Colour:  Pale gold
Nose: Round, wax, moderately peppery, slightly mineral, on mustard seeds, flint stones, with some sea brine, grapefruits and lemon.
Taste: Mineral, waxy, round, slightly citric, bold and waxy, with some pollen, citrus, old mineral oil, dry and austere peat smoke, wax, paraffin and mustard seeds. The finish is medium to long, austere, mineral, rather citric and waxy, on lemon, some grapefruits, ginger, pepper, mustard seeds and a touch of dry sooty smoke. Diluted, it becomes slightly more citric.
Impression:  A very nice Clynelish, very likely from the new distillery, with a profile close to the old 5 YO white labels, but rounder and slightly less complex as well.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A3


Clynelish 1972 White Label, Cadenhead’s, 61.5%, cask 5643. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Mellow, round, rich, complex, moderately mineral, slightly waxy and austere, on leather, sea brine, tangerine, light farmy flavours, some dried fruit, candied citrus, a few drops of exotic fruits and some humus. Very good!
Taste: Intense, complex, citric, on dry fruits, old leather, very pleasant dried fruits flavours, mango, orange, tangerine, old furniture and some other exotic fruits. A most lovely whisky. The finish is long, complex, slightly waxy, on dried leather, some dry meat and farmy flavours, candied citrus, ginger, orange, tangerine, mango and humus.
Impression: An excellent old style Clynelish, with a beautiful old style of dry sherry, on leather and some rancio, with nice fruity flavours.
Rating:  18/20 FP:H2

15 Mar

Springbank School, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price: N/A
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Peaty, smoky, slightly tarry and farmy, intense to very intense, on sea brine, peat smoke, tar, some dry meat, soot and seaweeds. Very good, but it is really a Springbank and not a Longrow, with all this peat smoke?
Taste: Oaky, spicy, peaty, maritime, intense, with light winey-like flavours, some peat smoke, mineral smoke, diesel oil, sea brine, salt and seaweeds. The finish is medium, maritime, smoky, oaky, with some grapes, peat smoke, mineral oil and seaweeds. Diluted, it becomes slightly spicier and more on toasted wood.
Impression: A very good, intense and surprisingly peated Springbank, especially on the nose. Was there some Longrow poured into this cask? Thank you Roger.
Rating: 15/20 FP:G5


Caol Ila 1994 "Advance Sample" Old Malt Cask, 18 YO, Douglas Laing, 50%, B:2013. Price: (70cl equivalent)
Colour: Straw
Nose: Very peaty, intense, maritime, phenolic, tarry, on hemp rope, iodine, seaweeds, phenols, some bandages and camphor. Clean and nicely phenolic, with a rather complex peat smoke.
Taste: Peaty to very peaty, maritime, rather salty and tarry, on phenols, peat smoke, tar, hemp rope, some vanilla, iodine, seaweeds and bandages. The finish is medium to long, clean, intense, peaty, medicinal, on hemp rope, peat smoke, some roots, bandages, iodine and various medicinal flavours.
Impression: A very good Caol Ila, intense, peaty, medicinal, with a very pleasant peat smoke, tar and hemp rope.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A7

14 Mar

Aberlour 1992, 19 YO, Berry’s Bros & Rudd, 55.5%, B: 2012, cask 3919. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Clean, malty to very malty, with some straw, light floral and honey notes, as well as some vanilla and ginger.
Taste: Spicy, intense, lively, slightly smoky, bitter, floral and fragrant, with some oaky notes, vanilla and hay. The finish is medium to long, intense, clean, floral, slightly smoky and bitter, with some honey, oak, vanilla and ginger. With water, it becomes slightly smoother and more on honey.
Impression: Aberlour is seldom bottled by independent bottler and this version is particularly clean.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A2


GlenDronach 1992 For Whisky Paradise SRL, 26 YO, OB, 52.8%, B:2018, cask 67. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very round, smooth, elegant, floral, slightly fragrant, on lacquer, plums, dried fruits, sultanas, sandalwood, cloves, fragrant floral flavours as well as some cinnamon. A very good GlenDronach.
Taste: Floral, fragrant, oaky, slightly bitter, on tannins, spices, lacquer, dried plums, some sultanas, cinnamon and cloves. The finish is medium to long, rich, floral, moderately fragrant, on lacquer, precious wood, cinnamon, cloves, some dried fruits and oranges. Diluted, it becomes slightly smoother.
Impression: A very nice and floral whisky, round, on lacquer, cloves, dried fruits and precious wood.
Rating:  16/20 FP:G1

13 Mar

Caperdonich Ocean Linear Whisky Schiff 2015, 21 YO, JWWW for Monnier, 51.10%, B:2015, cask 108. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Smooth, spicy, floral and nutty. Rather rough.
Taste: Smooth, light, floral, slightly peaty, on fruits from the orchards, toffee, fudge and some freshly crushed barley, with light vanilla flavours. The finish is medium, floral, slightly nutty and grassy, with some fruits from the orchards. Seems rather young. Diluted, it taste younger and sweeter.
Impression: A light and sugary Caperdonich tasting young suggesting that the cask has not been very active. A whisky with flavours close to a new make.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A1

12 Mar

Imperial 1997, 21 YO, The Single Malts of Scotland, 50.6%, B:2018, cask 2473. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Fresh, juicy, grassy, slightly oaky, on fresh orchards fruits and nice herbal flavours.
Taste: Fresh, juicy, grassy, slightly oaky, on fresh orchards fruits, nice herbal flavours, some honey and citrus. The finish is medium to long and one the same flavours, with a hint of smoke
Impression: A very nice, fresh, grassy and juicy whisky from a lost distillery, well balanced and rather complex, with nice orchards fruits.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1


Imperial 1995, 22 YO, The Single Malts of Scotland, 43.3%, B:2018, cask 5410. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Round, mellow, slightly grassy, on pollen, orchards fruits, light juicy oak and herbal floral. Slightly rounder and more floral than the 21 YO.
Taste: Fresh, light, oaky, slightly floral, grassy and starchy, with some pollen, honey, orchards fruits and a touch of yellow fruits. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours.
Impression: Another very nice Imperial, grassy, round, slightly oaky with a mixture of juicy oaky and orchards fruits. Very good, slightly rounder and with slightly more wood than the 21 YO.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1

11 Mar

North Port Brechin 1981 30th Anniversary, 36 YO, Signatory, 57.2%, B:2018, cask 1708. Price:
Colour:  Pale gold
Nose: Austere, moderately smoky, slightly mineral, with some hay, a light fragrance, some bitter orange, wax and herbal flavours. Very good.
Taste: Floral, rather dry and yeasty, on hops, hay, melon, some quince, light mineral flavours, herbal flavours, bitter oranges and a drop of honey. The finish is long, complex, fruity, moderately yeasty and austere, slightly mineral, with some elderberries flavours, quince, bitter orange, yeast, hay, a touch of smoke, melon and mango.
Impression: A very positive surprise this North Port whisky distilled at the Nort Port distillery in Brechin, a lost distillery. While most North Port tend to be rather dry, this one as very nice herbal, mineral and austere flavours, complex, with some bitter orange and light to moderate yeasty flavours. The whole is well balanced. My favourite whisky from this distillery.
Rating: 17/20 FP:C2


Craigduff 1973 30th Anniversary, 45 YO, Signatory, 45.4%, B:2018, cask 2518. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Mellow, intense, rich, fruity, complex, slightly austere, with some mineral flavours, elderberries flowers syrup, exotic fruits, melon, limestone, and a zest of lime. Very good.
Taste: Damp, moderately austere, spicy and floral, on humus, old tobacco, some flint stone, zest of lime and bitter orange, grassy flavours and old-fashioned mineral smoke. The finish is medium to long, complex, moderately austere and woody, on old tobacco, humus, some mushrooms, old-fashioned smoke, some ashes, flint stone, bitter orange and a zest of lime.
Impression: A very nice smoky and austere whisky, with a fair dose of humus and old-fashioned smoke. Craigduff was a peated whisky distilled at Glen Keith. This whisky was more smoky than peaty, probably as a result of the long maturation.
Rating: 16/20 FP:E3

10 Mar

Glen Scotia 2001 Campbletown Whisky Festival 2016, OB, 57.1%, B: 2016, cask 554. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very intense, smooth, on sea brine, vanilla custards, melon, some seaweeds, old diesel smoke, coconuts and a few drops of pears. Very good.
Taste: Salty, maritime, slightly smoky, on coconuts, vanilla, candied ginger, some diesel smoke, Mirabelle, melon, a touch pollen and a few pear drops. With some slightly peaty smoke coming over time. Diluted, it become more fatty-waxy, with some grease, and a more mineral-peaty old smoke.
Impression: A very good example of Glen Scotia, with a combination of sea bine, wax and old diesel smoke that smell good the Campbletown harbour.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A2


Glen Scotia 5 YO (Gillies), OB, 40%, B: 1970s. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Oily, greasy, light, maritime, slightly dirty and smoky, on sea brine, some citrus, grease, diesel smoke, a light peat smoke and rusted iron. A very nice “dirty” nose.
Taste: Light, mineral, on herbal infusion, some spearmint, cardboard, sea brine, diesel smoke, light mineral flavours, a touch of orchards fruits drops, citrus and humus. The finish is medium, moderately oily, mineral, smoky, with some almonds, green olives, diesel smoke, peat smoke, humus, rusted iron and sea brine. Diluted, it becomes more on almonds and old mineral oil.
Impression: A very pleasant old style of “dirty” Glen Scotia, moderately mineral, maritime and smoky. I like this style very much. Thank you Roger!
Rating: 14/20 FP:B3

09 Mar

Ainslie’s Royal Edinburgh, OB, 40%, B: 1960-70s. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Round, waxy, mineral, with some toffee, mineral oil, leather, peat smoke and aromatic herbs. Rather intense.
Taste: Waxy, grassy, mineral, oil, with some mustard seeds, mineral oil, orange peel, aromatic herbs and caramel. The finish is medium, round, waxy, slightly grassy and greasy, on mineral oil, some aromatic herbs, slightly austere flavours, leather, honey and orange. Diluted, it becomes more on aromatic and slightly austere smoky flavours.
Impression: A very good Ainslie, rather waxy, with very nice moderate smoky flavours and mineral oil. Even if it is bottled at 40%, it is rather fresh and intense, with a profile suggesting old Clynelish single malt at his core.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D2


Mackie’s Ancient Brand, White Horse Distillery, 86.8 Proof, B:1940-50s. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mineral, sooty, tarry, smoky, on peat smoke, tar, some caramel, mineral oil, soot, peat smoke, leather, Barbour wax, aromatic herbs and seabrine. With a very nice old-fashioned aromatic and maritime peat smoke.
Taste: Light, maritime, sooty to very sooty, tarry, peaty, on sooty peat smoke, seaweeds, tar, old peat smoke, some aromatic herbs, mineral oil, wax, herb liqueur and slightly austere flavours. The finish is medium, peaty, sooty, maritime, rather mineral and aromatic, on soot, seaweeds, peat smoke, some tar, meaty flavours, herbal liquor and orange peel. Diluted, it becomes slightly more grassy, aromatic, sooty and on caramel.
Impression: A very nice blended whisky, peaty, mellow, maritime with strong sooty flavours. The grain is rather silent, as for the Ainslie’s.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D5

08 Mar

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel, OB, 55%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Clean, smooth, rather sharp and shy, on cinnamon, some orange and caramel.
Taste: Fresh, spicy, fragrant, on orange, lacquer, orange peel, cinnamon, some nutmeg and toasted wood. The finish is medium to long, fragrant, spicy, slightly to moderately bitter, on orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, some orange juice and toasted wood. Diluted, it becomes spicy to very spicy and bitterer, with more cinnamon.
Impression: A clean, smooth, rather sharp and fragrant Bourbon distilled at Wild Turkey, with lots of orange.  Surprisingly, no barrel number is provided on the bottles, thus you are never sure of which one you tried. Considering that the price difference between various “selected” casks is rather different, I hope they will fix it in the future.
Rating: 12/20 FP:C1


Russell's Reserve Small Batch - Single Barrel, OB, 55%, B:2014, code 721059000000. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Creamy, very smooth, grainy, on varnish, almonds, cinnamon, vanilla sherbet, nutmeg, peach, apricots and porridge.
Taste: Spicy to very spicy, peppery, on varnish, almond, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, peach, cooked cereals, and corn (maize) syrup. The finish is medium, bitter, tannic, rather astringent, peppery, on cloves, vanilla, some varnish, peach, apricots, leather, charred/toasted wood.
Impression: A smooth and grainy Bourbon, with some varnish, but slightly too woody and astringent to my liking. Too long in the cask.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A1

Very Old Bourbon, Enrico’s Private Blend, B:2019. Price: N/A
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very smooth, round, malty, complex to very complex, slightly fresh, on porridge, peach, some stewed fruits, cinnamon and a very nice smooth influence of wheated bourbon.
Taste: Mellow, sweet, malty, floral, moderately fragrant, with some pepper (rye), porridge, cooked cereals, peach, orange, orange peel, cinnamon and cloves. The finish is medium, mellow, round, moderately fragrant, on soft spices, cooked cereals, some orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and hint of pepper.
Impression: A very nice “blended” bourbon, with a strong influence from the weathed bourbon, with a dash of rye. Slightly mellow, with Russell's Reserve a very pleasant mouth feel with a very light oaky (wood) influence, as one might taste in the Old Fitzgerald whiskies. A house blend made with Old Fitzgerald from the 1980s, Pikesville 110 Rye and some Wild Turkey 101 from the 1980s.
Rating: 15/20 FP:C1

07 Mar

Glen Scotia 15 YO, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Oaky, dirty, slightly maritime and smoky, on sea brine, some wet wood, harbour-like flavours, ginger, cinnamon and pollen.
Taste: Oaky, spicy, coastal, slightly maritime, on sea brine, vanilla, some pollen, harbour-like flavours, diesel smoke, ginger and peach.  The finish is medium, maritime, salty, slightly smoky, mineral and oaky, on sea brine, some mineral oil, vanilla and peach.
Impression: A good oaky Glen Scotia, with nice sea brine and some mineral oil flavours, as well as some yellow fruits.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1


Glen Scotia 2008 Peated Campbeltown Festival Ruby Port Wood, OB, 57.8%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold-red
Nose: Sweet, maritime, winey, round, oaky, slightly coastal, on nice round Port flavours, sea brine, ginger and other spicy flavours. Very good,
Taste: Winey, very round, oaky, salty, on sweet and round Port flavours, red berries,  some vanilla, sea brine, sea salt, peat smoke and pollen. The finish is medium and on the same flavours, with rather lingering syrupy ruby port flavours.
Impression: A very good, intense and winey Glen Scotia, with a strong and pleasant ruby port influence, that tends to mask the peat.
Rating: 15/20 FP:G3

06 Mar

Glenturret 1988 30th Anniversary, 30 YO, Signatory, 52.4%, B:2018, cask 532. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mellow, slightly fragrant, on hops, some yeast, vanilla, banana and honey. It was initially rather dry and on hops, but after a couple of minutes, it becomes softer, mellow, on vanilla custard, some melon and quince.
Taste: Spicy, rather mellow, slightly dry and malty, on hops, yellow ripe fruits, some yeast, citrus and burnt tobacco. The finish is medium to long, rather dry, slightly bitter and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes more bitter and on liquorice.
Impression: The typical “hops+yeast” flavours from the distillery are well present, with a nicely fruity and slightly citric palate. I always Glenturret a difficult whisky and this one is no exception, but it has some very nice fruity flavours and the Glenturret fans might love this one.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1


 

Glenlossie 1978  Orange Surprise 46.13, 28 YO, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 55.4%, B:2006. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mellow, very round, soft, fruity, on pollen, ripe fruits, melon, and a touch of exotic fruits.
Taste: Mellow, very round, floral, on round stewed fruits, pollen, honey, some Mirabelle, quince and elderberries flowers. The finish is long, mellow, round, floral, soft, fruity, rich, on honey, some fruits, elderberries flowers and Mirabelle.
Impression: A very nice, round, mellow Glenlossie, floral, and with soft fruity flavours. Very good.
Rating: 16/20 FP:B1

05 Mar

Bruichladdich Black Art 6.1 1990, 26 YO, OB, 46.9%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Rich, slightly maritime, moderately winey and spicy, on grapes, some spices, pepper, sultanas, vanilla, cardamom, a light smokiness and sea brine.
Taste: Mellow, maritime, sweet, fruity, winey, slightly salty and peaty, on grapes, pineapples, dates, dried fruits, some pepper and coastal flavours. The finish is long, winey, salty, fruity, sweet, mellow, on grapes, with some sea salt, smoke, spices and a light smokiness. Diluted, it becomes very winey.
Impression: A mellow, maritime and slightly smoky Bruichladdich, with rather strong winey flavours. There seems to be a mixture of sweet wines and more dry red wines in the mix. With a nice mouthfeel.
Rating: 15/20 FP:H2


Bruichladdich 1990, 27 YO, Signatory, 55.5%, B:2018, cask 166. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, slightly mellow, maritime and peaty,  rather complex, well balanced, with some maritime peat smoke, sea spray, vanilla and hint of Mirabelle and melon.
Taste: Very round, soft, mellow, on vanilla custard, nice round and soft malty flavours, a hint of sea spray and smoke. Diluted, it becomes saltier. The finish is medium, very round, soft and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly bitter and fragrant.
Impression: A particularly round and soft expression of Bruichladdich.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A2

04 Mar

Glen Moray 1998 PX finish Distillery Collection, OB, 45.5%, B:2018, cask 99913. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Round, moderately mellow, oaky, fruity, slightly soft, on melon, oak spices, some sultanas, leather, light floral and exotic fruit flavours.
Taste: Floral, round to very round, floral, creamy, on vanilla, vanilla custard, exotic fruits, dried figs, sultanas, strawberries, cinnamon sticks and some cardamom. The finish is long, very round, floral, slightly creamy, on strawberries, vanilla, vanilla custard, dried figs, some melon and cardamom.
Impression: A very nice Glen Moray, floral, soft, on strawberries and dried figs.
Rating: 16/20 FP:H1


Glen Moray 2010 Peated PX Finish Distillery Collection, OB, 55.8%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Peated to very peated, meaty, aromatic, on smoked ham cooked in tar, barbecue, aromatic peat smoke, light oaky flavours and tar.
Taste: Slightly young and smooth, meaty, tarry, slightly aromatic and maritime, on peat smoke, tar, barbecue, smoked ham cooked in tar, iodine, bandages, some seaweeds, sultanas, oranges and a light toffee flavours. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very nice whisky, slightly young, very peaty and meaty, with strong aromas of smoked meat and aromatic peat smoke, with a fair dose of tar.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D7

03 Mar

Bladnoch 1993 30th Anniversary, 25 YO, Signatory, 54.4%, B:2018, cask 777. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Fresh, freshly floral, slightly malty and spicy, moderately mellow, with nice fresh floral flavours, vanilla, some rather freshly cut herbs, ginger and light oaky flavours.
Taste: Floral to very floral, round, malty, on vanilla, some vanilla custard, freshly cut flowers from a sunbathed field, a touch of ginger, vanilla, tobacco and coconuts. Very pleasant and well balanced. The finish is medium, round, floral, slightly malty and fragrant, with some hay, vanilla, vanilla custard and Mirabelle. Diluted, it becomes bitterer, slightly fragrant, more on tobacco and with some green orchards fruits.
Impression: A very nice floral and well-balanced Bladnoch, slightly malty and creamy, leaving a nice mouth feel. Nice to taste again a Bladnoch.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1


Caperdonich 1995 30th Anniversary, 23 YO, Signatory, 58.4%, B:2018, cask 95050. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Rather sharp, slightly floral and malty, on lemon zest, some peach, vanilla and apples. A whisky that needs time to open.
Taste: Sharp, oaky, slightly citric, on a mixture of lemon, pink grapefruit, some vanilla and soft spices. With time, it becomes mellower and sweeter, with more tropical flavours, on top of the citric flavours. The finish is medium, mellow, moderately spicy and on tobacco, with some citrus, sweet fruits and light grassy flavours.
Impression: A rather sharp and intense Caperdonich, with a fair dose of citrus combined with more mellow fruity flavours. A nice one.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A1

02 Mar

Cl11 elements of Islay, Elixir Distillers, 55.4%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round to very round, peaty, on leather, strawberries, cherries, dark chocolate, some other berries and butter scotch. A rather unusual sherry nose.
Taste: Very round, peaty, rubbery, on leather, tannins, cocoa, cherries, red berries, some peat smoke and tar. The finish is medium, peaty, maritime, round, on leather, tannins, cherries, strawberries, other berries, cocoa, peat smoke and some tar. The finish is medium to long, peaty, round, rich, thick, syrupy, moderately tarry, on peat smoke, tar, butterscotch, fresh tannins, some orange, grapes, seaweeds and a touch of rubber. Diluted, it becomes slightly yeasty and on cooked grapes.
Impression: This whisky was distilled in 2008, with a final maturation for 18 months in ex-solera sherry casks. The influence of the ex-sherry casks is very strong and dominating the whisky, with thick and rich leather and cherries flavours, as well as some dried fruits and a touch of yeast. It is rare to find a solera sherry cask finished or matured single malt and it is interesting to taste, how different can be a solera cask from the other “traditional” sherry cask.
Rating: 11/20 FP:H5


Peat and Sherry for LMDW Elements of Islay, Elixir Distillers, 58.5%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Intense, peaty, smoky, rather round and well balanced, slightly young, with some leather, sultanas, other dried fruits, orange, tangerine and cocoa.
Taste: Peaty, smoky, maritime, tarry, rather thick, slightly young and rubbery, on red berries, dried fruits, peat smoke, tar, orange, some iodine and medicinal flavours. The finish is medium to long, smooth, round, maritime, peaty, smoky, slightly salty and tarry, on seaweeds, toffee, dried fruits, orange, and berries and leather. Diluted, it becomes more on cloves, cocoa and rubber.
Impression: A very nice blended whisky in the Elements of Islay bottled exclusively for La Maison du Whisky. It is in fact their blended whisky “Peat” with an additional maturation in sherry casks.
Rating: 15/20 FP:G6

01 Mar

Loch Lomond The Open Special Edition, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Oaky, spicy, mineral, on diesel smoke, sea brine, harbour-like flavours, some vanilla, toasted wood, orchards fruits, and a hint of salt.
Taste: Smooth to very smooth, on orchards fruits, sea brine, diesel smoke, light mineral and oily flavours, as well as some vanilla and caramel. The finish is medium, smooth, slightly salty, oily and oaky, with some caramel, sea brine, and orchards fruits.
Impression: A nicely made whisky, slightly mineral and oily, on caramel and some seabrine. A good value whisky.
Rating: 11/20 FP:A1


Inchmoan 12 YO, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Intense, peaty, smoky, on very aromatic peat smoke, vanilla and tar.
Taste: Very peaty and smoky, tarry, slightly meaty, on a very aromatic peat smoke, tar, some humus, smoked meat, toasted wood, vanilla and sea brine. The finish is medium and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes smokier and more maritime.
Impression: A very peaty, aromatic and smoky whisky, with some smoke meat and sea brine. Very enjoyable and worth at least a try.
Rating:  13/20 FP:A7

28 Feb

Bowmore 1973, 20 YO, OB, 56.8%, B:1993. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Mellow, round, mellow, fruity, moderately peaty and maritime, on citrus (mainly grapefruits), exotic fruits (including mango), sea brine, seaweeds, moderately peaty and smoky flavours, some iodine and other sweet fruity flavours. A very different profile from the recent 26 YO!
Taste: Complex, smoky, peaty, tarry to very tarry, citric, salty, on soot, old tar, peat smoke, some bandages, burnt wood, grapefruits and exotic fruits. The finish is long, complex, mellow, salty, tarry, and slightly citric, on soot, tar, peat smoke, some grapefruits, exotic fruits and sea brine. Diluted, it becomes slightly more meaty, citric and salty.
Impression: A very rare and excellent Bowmore, with very good tarry and sooty flavours, mixed with a moderate peat smoke, citrus and exotic fruits. Lovely old style of Bowmore.
Rating:  18/20 FP:E4


Bowmore 26 YO The Vintner's Trilogy - French Oak Barrique, OB, 48.7%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Smoky to very smoky, peaty, maritime to very maritime, complex, oaky, on sea weeds, peat smoke, vanilla, iodine and some sea shells. Very good.
Taste: Oaky, round, maritime, smoky, peaty, slightly mellow, on oak spices, round vanilla flavours, peat smoke, iodine, seaweeds, some camphor, dried fruits, smoked meat and a touch of seashells. The finish is medium to long, intense, oaky, smoky, peaty, meaty, moderately maritime, on seaweeds, vanilla, peat smoke and smoked meat and some berries. With a long oaky and smoky retro-olfaction.
Impression: A very good aged Bowmore, without any fragrant flavours, but a nice intensity, strong smoky flavours and clean peaty flavours, as well as nice smoked ham. Thank you Haecky.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A6

27 Feb

Glenlossie 1997 For Waldhaus am See, 19 YO, Signatory, 46%, B:2017, cask 1132. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Rich, sweet, slightly floral, complex, slightly smoky and peaty, with an excellent balance, nice honey and grassy flavours, and sweet fruity flavours, including vanilla, melon and banana. Very good and elegant.
Taste: Floral to very floral, elegant, slightly smoky, with nice mild spices, a hint of peat smoke, some cocoa, stewed fruits, orange, tangerine and a touch of milk and apricots. Diluted, it becomes slightly spicier, with some cinnamon, vanilla custard and exotic fruits. The finish is medium to long, sweet, very smooth, mellow, complex, slightly smoky and floral, on stewed and dried fruits, apricots, berries (redcurrant), peach, tangerine and orange.
Impression: An excellent Glenlossie, elegant, rich, with nice fruity and sweety flavours. Elegant, subtle and with an amazing balance. Very good selection from Claudio! Very good value.
Rating: 17/20 FP:G2


 

Glenlossie-Glenlivet Army and Navy stores, OB, 70 Proof, B:1950. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Smooth to very smooth, slightly floral, smoky and peaty, on green leaves, vanilla, dried flowers, some eucalyptus and light aromatic flavours.
Taste: Very grassy, green, floral, on humus, dried flowers, fudge, some honey, eucalyptus, potpourri, fur tree sap and caramel. The finish is medium to long, green, grassy, aromatic, slightly smoky and metallic, on eucalyptus, honey, some camphor, humus and moss.
Impression: A good, smooth and very grassy expression of Glenlossie, with some old fashioned smoke and some aromatic resinous flavours.
Rating: 15/20 FP:H3

26 Feb

Linkwood 1990 30th Anniversary, 27 YO, Signatory, 50.3%, B:2018, cask 9735. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Fresh, intense, very floral, malty, well balanced, slightly fragrant, on freshly cut flowers, some hay, vanilla, quince, honey and pollen.
Taste: Fresh, floral to very floral, fragrant, slightly bitter, on fragrant flowers, some hay, lemon and vanilla. The finish is medium, fresh, very floral, moderately fragrant, slightly bitter, on vanilla and some pollen.
Impression: A fresh, floral, moderately fragrant Linkwood, with light elegant flavours. A good one, but I miss a Woaww factor in this whisky, especially for the price.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1


Glenlossie 1984 30th Anniversary, 33 YO, Signatory, 56.7%, B:2018, cask 2533. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Mellow to very mellow, round, sweet, slightly floral, on fresh floral and malty flavours, some dried fruits, orange, honey and dates.
Taste: Soft, mellow, floral, sweet, fruity, on dried fruits, dates, some orange, orange peel, nuts, leather and cinnamon. The finish is medium, soft, floral, sweet, slightly nutty and malty, on dried fruits, sultanas, dates, some orange peel and toffee. Diluted, it becomes slightly on tobacco.
Impression: A very nice mellow, soft and floral Glenlossie, with some toffee and nutty flavours.
Rating: 15/20 FP:E1

25 Feb

Ardbeg 1991 Private Cask, 27 YO, 48.5%, B:2018, cask O2/54-4. Price: N/A
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Mellow, peaty, smoky, complex, on peat smoke, iodine, spearmint, light maritime flavours and bandages. Balanced.
Taste: Mellow, complex, medicinal, subtle, on old subtle peat smoke, some spearmint, cocoa, dry roots, seaweeds, and medicinal flavours. The finish is medium to long, complex, medicinal, maritime, smoky, moderately peaty, on maritime peat smoke, some spearmint, bandages, iodine, tar and a touch of soot.
Impression: A nice mellow, complex, medicinal and smoky Ardbeg, moderately peaty and well balanced. Very good and more complex and subtle than the current OB I have tried. With just a bit more intensity, it would be have higher. Thank you whisky.auction
Rating: 16/20 FP:A5


Ardbeg 18 YO 10th Anniversary Whisky Show, Elixir Distillers, 55.9%, B:2018. Price:
Colour:  Gold-old gold
Nose: Peated to very peated, complex, intense, maritime to very maritime, moderately medicinal, on peat smoke, seaweeds, iodine, camphor, bandages, medicinal flavours,
Taste: Intense, smoky, salty, maritime, on peat smoke, iodine, bandages, seaweeds, tar, some bandages, camphor, medicinal flavours and a hint of menthol. Complex. The finish is long, complex, intense, peaty and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very good, complex, rich, intense, maritime, medicinal and peated Ardbeg.  I have not tasted such a good recently bottled Ardbeg for a long time. But not as complex or subtle at the 27 YO, but with more kick.
Rating: 17/20 FP:C7

24 Feb

Ben Nevis Collective 2010 2.5, 7 YO, La Maison du Whisky, 48%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very smooth, round, fruity to very fruity, slightly young, with intense and rich round fruity flavours of melon, mango and other exotic fruits. The fruity flavours are most pleasant.
Taste: Very sweet and round, fruity to very fruity, fresh, slightly light and malty, on yuzu, melon, passion fruits some mango, tangerine and Mirabelle. Very good.  The finish is medium, very round and fruity, smooth, rather sweet, and on the same fruity flavours as on the nose. Diluted, there is some fudge.
Impression: A rather young Ben Nevis, but with very rich and sweet fruity flavours. Surprisingly well matured and very good.
Rating: 16/20 FP:C1


Ben Nevis Heavily Peated 2004, Hidden Spirits, 57.5%, B:2017, cask BN417. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Peaty, aromatic, meaty, rather maritime, slightly dry and oaky, on aromatic peat smoke, barbecue, and some slightly dry and bitter herbs.
Taste: Light, grassy, floral, slightly aromatic, on smoked ham, BBQ, some aromatic peat smoke, tar, candied citrus, soot and quince.  The finish is medium, dry, floral, rather aromatic and bitter, on candied citrus, vanilla, oak and BBQ.
Impression: An unusual Ben Nevis. On the nose it was rather heavily peated, but only moderately peaty on the palate, with a nice aromatic peat and some BBQ flavours.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A5

23 Feb

GlenDronach 1989, 28 YO, OB, 49.9%, B:2018, Pedro Ximinez cask 5476. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Mellow, round, complex, slightly floral, on nice round spicy flavours, some leather, dried fruits, exotic fruits (including mango), sultanas and orange. Rather fresh and juicy.
Taste: Dry, mellow, floral, slightly woody and tannic, on leather, heavy tannins, old wood, dried fruits, blueberries, old furniture, some cinnamon, incense, dark chocolate and marmalade. The finish is long, dry, woody, slightly tannic, nutty and floral, on walnut, dark chocolate, old wood, tannins, dried fruits and marmalade.
Impression: An aged GlenDronach, rather dry and woody. The wood is rather present, too much to my liking.
Rating: 13/20 FP:G1


GlenDronach 15 YO Revival, OB, 46%, B:2012. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Dry, floral, spicy, slightly smoky and peaty, on cinnamon, nutmeg, dates, leather, soft tannins, cocoa, sultanas, some dried fruits, roasted coffee beans and a light peat smoke. Closed to the old 15 YO 100% sherry than the new Revival.
Taste: Rich, spicy, floral, round to very round, on fudge, dried fruits, sultanas, orange, cinnamon, cocoa, some nutmeg, cloves, peat smoke, tannins and leather. The finish is medium to long, rich, spicy, floral, thick, on sultanas, dried fruits, berries, orange, tangerine, tannins and a light peat smoke.
Impression: A very good GlenDronach, less spicy, rubbery and oaky than the new Revival, and less sticky as well. I like it better than the new one, as it is closed to the old 15 YO 100% sherry.
Rating: 15/20 FP:G2

22 Feb

Clynelish 2001, Gordon & MacPhail, 54.0%, B:2016, cask 307849/50. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very smooth, round, elegant, with some sea brine, citrus, tangerine and some soft fruits.
Taste: Rich, spicy to very spicy, woody, waxy, slightly rooty, on tangerine, spices, orange, cinnamon, Christmas cake, cocoa and cloves. The finish is medium to long, rich, spicy, waxy, dry, and slightly rooty, with some fudge, tangerine and sea brine.
Impression:  A very good, rich, spicy and rather dry Clynelish.
Rating: 15/20 FP:F1


Clynelish 1995, 10 YO, Gordon & MacPhail, 59.1%, B:2006, cask 5831+5832. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Intense, oaky, spicy, slightly farmy, on stewed fruits, dried fruits, humus and light farmy and herbal flavours.
Taste: Spicy to very spicy, dry, waxy, farmy, mustardy, slightly rubbery, on orange, sultanas, leather, some burnt rubber, pepper, ginger, and oaky spices. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very good and spicy Clynelish, oaky, rather heavy on the sherry, on orange and moderate farmy flavours.
Rating: 14/20 FP:G1

21 Feb

GlenDronach 15% 100% Sherry Cask, OB, 40%, B:2000s, Code L01758. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, intense, thick, floral, nutty, on tannins, old leather, sultanas, orange, tangerine, cinnamon, cocoa, some nutmeg and a light peat smoke. Very good.
Taste: Sweet, fruity, juicy, rich, floral, on old leather, lots of soft tannins, cinnamon, cardamom, sultanas, dried fruit, orange, plums, some peat smoke, and cocoa. The finish is long and on the same flavours.
Impression: This was the first GlenDronach I ever tasted and happy to taste it again. Rich, complex, with nice old leather, soft tannins, cocoa and dried fruits. Very good!
Rating: 16/20 FP:G2


GlenDronach 15 YO Revival, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour:  Amber
Nose: Oaky, slightly floral, on tannins, fresh leather, orange, cinnamon, freshly sawn wood and dried fruits. Very different from the old GlenDronach.
Taste: Oaky, fruity, floral, slightly spicy, on fresh orange, some dried fruits, dark chocolate, tannins, cinnamon, cloves and tangerine. The finish is medium, oaky and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes bitter, more on cloves, dark chocolate and cinnamon sticks.
Impression: From the new Revival release. A sharp contrast with the (very) old 15 YO, with a much stronger fresh wood (oaky influence). It is also more subtle, but also less complex and pleasant. A combination of PX and Oloroso casks.
Rating: 14/20 FP:D1

20 Feb

Yoichi 20 YO, OB, 60%, B: circa 2014, GD100126, 08B48R. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Deliciously meaty, peaty and smoky, intense, complex, on precious wood, lacquer, some plums, smoked meat and light floral flavours.
Taste: Floral to very floral, spirity, smooth to very smooth, complex, on rosewater, some plums, dried fruits, lacquer and a light peat smoke. Well rounded. The finish is long, very smooth and mellow, floral, round, well balanced, slightly spicy and rooty, on dried fruits, plums, peat smoke, elegant floral flavours (Jasmin), some lacquer and precious wood. Diluted, it becomes more on dry and smoked meat.
Impression: A very elegant, complex, smooth and floral Yoichi, with a very pleasant meaty and peaty smoke. Thank you Gene.
Rating: 18/20 FP:G4


The Kurayoshi Pure Malt, OB, 8 YO, 43%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very malty, creamy, slightly spicy and grassy, on honey, stewed fruits, some orange, tangerine, soft spices, Mirabelle, and orchard fruits.
Taste: Very grassy and malty, spicy, slightly oaky, on honey, freshly cut grass, cinnamon, some orange, tangerine, Mirabelle and freshly ground barley. The finish is medium, sweet, very round and grassy, on tobacco leaves, honey, cinnamon and some fruits marmalade,
Impression: A good, very grassy and malty whisky, with some spices and stewed fruits. One of this pure malt that might contain some (or a lot of) Scottish single malt.
Rating: 11/20 FP:G2

19 Feb

Port Ellen 1982 30th Anniversary, 35 YO, Signatory, 55.1%, B:2018,  Sherry cask 2040. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, complex, tarry, maritime, moderately mellow, on a complex, maritime and tarry peat smoke, some iodine, light medicinal flavours, dried seaweeds, old tar. Very good and intense.
Taste: Peaty to very peaty, complex, mineral, oily, maritime, rather mellow, slightly sweet, on seaweeds, seaspray, seashells, peat smoke, citrus, some tar, soot, iodine, dried fruits and mango. The finish is long, dry, peaty, smoky, maritime, on liquorice roots, seaweeds, tar, citrus, peat smoke, some mango and pepper.
Impression:  An excellent intense, complex and tarry Port Ellen, with rather dry, maritime and tarry finish and citrus. Well, a Port Ellen that left with an excellent impression and happy birthday Signatory. I hope they will continue whiskies of this quality.
Rating: 18/20 FP:D6


Port Ellen Queen’s Visit, 12 YO, OB, B:1980. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Waxy, very oily, tarry, peaty and smoky, dirty, maritime, on mineral oil, mineral peat smoke, Barbour’s grease, some soot, farmy flavours and mango.
Taste: Sooty, waxy, oily, tarry, maritime, on old wax, Barbour and mineral oil, seaweeds, farmy flavours, leather, soot, peat smoke, a mixture of citrus (mainly pink grapefruits) and mango, and old mineral smoke. The finish is long, sooty, peaty, waxy, citric, smoky, maritime, farmy, on peat smoke, tar, soot, citrus (grapefruit), dirty farmy flavours, some mango and seaweeds. Diluted it becomes rather citric and bitter.
Impression: Tasted blind, I would have guessed it was a Brora from the early 1970s (sorry for the PE fans), with its dirty, peaty, waxy and oily profile. Rather different from the other Port Ellen I have tried so far. I love this old style of peated single malts. Just miss some extra intensity and slightly too bitter on the finish to give it a higher rating.
Rating: 19/20 FP:C7

18 Feb

Glen Scotia Victoriana, OB, 54.8%, B:2018, batch 1. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Rich, maritime, oaky, on diesel smoke, mineral oil, some harbour-like flavour and citrus.
Taste: Oaky, spicy, slightly peppery and salty, on mineral oil, charred wood, oaky flavours, some vanilla, sea brine, citrus and light smoky flavours. The finish is medium, oaky, and on the same flavours.
Impression: A nice oaky Glen Scotia, on vanilla, sea brine, mineral oil and charred wood. A fairly price value Glen Scotia finished on charred wood casks.
Rating: 13/20 FP: A1


Glen Scotia 18 YO, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mellow, slightly salty, maritime and oaky, with some seaweeds, humus, candied citrus, vanilla and honey. A sharp contrast to the Victoriana.
Taste: Mellow, slightly oaky, fruity and salty, on honey, light spicy flavours, vanilla, some orchards fruits, a light smoke, mineral oil and mirabelle. The finish is medium to long, mellow, and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly fruitier.
Impression: A nice Glen Scotia, mellow, on vanilla, honey, nice fruity flavours and good sea spray and harbour-like flavours. Very good.
Rating: 14/20 FP: A1

17 Feb

Wild Turkey Revival Sherry Finish, OB, 50.5%, B:2018, batch 001. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very round, mellow, complex, rich, on dried fruits, cinnamon, toasted wood, caramel, nice floral flavours, vanilla, some cooked cereals and cherries. Very good.
Taste: Very round, smooth, mellow, complex, on cherries, some roses, almond, toasted wood, cinnamon, candied ginger, porridge and peach. The finish is long, rich, complex, on dried fruits, cinnamon, sultanas, ginger, some vanilla and roses. Diluted, it becomes more on caramel.
Impression: A very nice Wild Turkey made with 12 to 15 years old cask and finished in Spanish sherry casks. The most balanced and less woody of the 3.
Rating: 16/20 FP: E1


Wild Turkey Decades, OB, 52%, B:2018, batch 1. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Intense, spicy, slightly oaky and nutty, on spices, ginger, toasted wood, vanilla and some tannins. Spicier and more intense than the revival.
Taste: Intense, floral, fragrant, spicy, oaky, on toasted wood, vanilla, some ginger, porridge, pepper, cherries, roses and caramel. The finish is medium to long, rich, oaky and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very nice, rich, intense and rather oaky Wild Turkey, with a nice complexity. A vatting of Wild Turkey matured between 10 to 20 years.
Rating: 15/20 FP: C1

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep 17 YO, OB, 43.4%, B:2018, batch 001. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Intense, spicy, oaky, on cinnamon, some pepper, ginger, vanilla, caramel, roasted coffee beans and a hint of cherries.
Taste: Rich, oaky, spicy, floral, fragrant, on cherries, some candied ginger, vanilla, caramel, toasted wood and rose. The finish is medium to long, rather bitter and tannic, slightly floral and fragrant, on cherries, cinnamon, candied ginger, some peach and caramel.
Impression: A whiskey with a nice and intense nose, rather rich on the palate, but slightly too loud on the wood in the finish.
Rating: 13/20 FP: C1

16 Fev

Port Ellen 1975, 18 YO, Coopers’ Choice, 43%, B:1993. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Very peaty and maritime, oaky, medicinal, tarry, slightly phenolic, with some seashells and slight grassy notes.
Taste: Rather sweet and grassy, maritime, peaty, rather medicinal, on seaweeds, sea shells, and iodine. The finish is medium to long, maritime, medicinal, tarry, on seaweeds, iodine, seaweeds, sea salt, peat smoke and light grassy and tarry notes.
Impression: A nice young, intense, maritime, medicinal and rather peaty version of Port Ellen.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A7


Port Ellen 1979, 20 YO, Gordon & MacPhail, 60.7%,  cask 7244 + 7247. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Oaky, maritime, medicinal, with some disinfectant, moderately peaty, as well as some liquorice (cachou).
Taste: Medicinal, oaky, maritime, moderately peaty, citric, on pineapples, some humus and liquorice. The finish is medium, oaky to very oaky, maritime, on humus, old wood, some mushroom, liquorice roots, and peat smoke.
Impression: A rather oaky Port Ellen, maritime and moderately peaty. Slightly too heavy on the wood to my liking.
Rating: 15/20 FP: A6

15Feb

Peat Beast, OB, 52.3%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very peaty, maritime, intense, on seaweeds, peat smoke, iodine, lemon juice, vanilla and hemp rope. Very pleasant even if slightly young.
Taste: Slightly young and oaky, intense, maritime, tarry, on peat smoke, iodine, hemp rope, vanilla and some seaweeds. The finish is medium and on the same flavours. With time, there are some menthol flavours.
Impression: The whisky might be slightly young and smooth, but it is very fresh and intense, peaty and with nice maritime flavours. A nicely made whisky.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A6


Peat Beast PX finish, OB, 54.7%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Peaty, round, maritime, on sweet fruity flavours, sultanas, some hemp rope, tar and iodine. Rounder and sweet than the other one.
Taste: Young, smooth, slighty spicy and oaky, on oak spices, dried fruits, some orange, vanilla, light maritime and tarry peat smoke. The finish is medium, maritime, peaty, tarry, slightly salty, on maritime peat smoke, tar, some iodine and dried fruits.
Impression: A version that seems younger than the non-PX, slightly spicier and oakier as well.
Rating: 12/20 FP:D5

14Feb

Mosstowie 1973 30th Anniversary, 45 YO, Signatory, 51.6%, B:2018, sherry butt 7622. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very fruity, rather intense and fresh, on fresh pears, pear drops, vanilla, juicy oaky, fresh fruits and a hint of smoke. Very complex and enjoyable.
Taste: Rather fresh, slightly woody and spicy, on fresh pears, lime and orange blossom, some vanilla, melon and mango. The finish is medium, slightly spicy, on fresh fruits, mainly pears, some apples, mango and elderberries flowers syrup. Refreshing. Diluted, it becomes slightly woodier.
Impression: A very nice fresh and fruity Mosstowie, on fresh fruity flavours and with a light woodiness on the finish.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A2


Glencraig 1976 30th Anniversary, 42 YO, Signatory, 42%, B:2018, barrel 4283. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Floral, mellow, slightly dusty, grassy and malty, on slightly dry floral flavours, hay, melon, some mango and light exotic fruits. A whisky that needs some time to have the slightly initially dry floral flavours to be replaced by nice sweet fruity flavours.
Taste: Very round, soft, mellow, slightly spicy and malty, on quince, sweet fruity flavours, some mango and papaya, and a touch of wood. The finish is medium, sweet, grassy, slightly spicy and woody, with some melon, elderberries flowers and banana. Diluted, it becomes more on juicy oak.
Impression: A very good grassy, slightly malty and floral whisky, with nice sweet and fresh fruity flavours.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1

13Feb

Spirit of the Sea Voyage #1, Black Mountain 42.6%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Maritime, salty, light, on sea shells, oysters and strong sea flavours.
Taste: Grassy, grainy, slightly malty, salty, on diesel smoke, honey, grassy flavours, green almonds, some unidentified flavours, salt, seashells and sea influence. The finish is medium and on the same flavours. Diluted, there are some light black liquorice flavours.
Impression: A blended whisky, grassy, grainy, slightly malty, with some vanilla and a rather pronounced maritime influence, probably coming from its final maturation on a ship at sea. Thank you le trésor du chai.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1


The Dirty Dozen, AWA (Authentique Whisy D'Alasce), 48.6%, B:2018, 495 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Grassy, winey, aromatic, slightly bitter, with some Pineau des Charentes and various winey flavours. Original.
Taste: Winey, grassy, slightly floral, on Pineau des Charentes, various herbal flavours, malty and grassy flavours. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: An original whisky, grassy, slightly malty and floral, with winey, including Pineau des Charentes flavours. From a vatting of 12 various casks (e.g., Pineau des Charentes, Vin Jaune, Stout). The profile is rather original, and the flavours are rather well integrated. Thank you le Trésor du chai.
Rating: 12/20 FP:D1

12Feb

Ardmore Teacher’s Director Christmas Old Highland Cream, 24 YO, OB, B:1950. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Grassy, resinous, aromatic, slightly mineral, on dry sherry, sultanas, candied fruits (mainly orange and some exotic fruits), some tropical fruits, prunes, old worn leather and old mineral aromatic peat smoke.
Taste: Smooth, grassy to very grassy, resinous to very resinous, mineral, on mineral oil, old aromatic and slightly bitter herbs, walnut oil, dry and candied oranges and tangerine, sultanas soaked in alcohol, pine wax, dry spices, cherries and tobacco leaves. The finish is medium, mellow, resinous to very resinous, nutty, dry, with some leather, tobacco, old tobacco leaves and furniture, sultanas, a touch of aromatic herbs and pine wax. Diluted, it becomes more mineral, on old mineral and slightly peaty smoke, with more aromatic herbs and walnuts.
Impression: An excellent and mellow old-fashioned Ardmore, nicely mineral and smoky, with pleasant resinous and aromatic flavours, as well a dry complex old style of sherry. Lovely.
Rating: 18/20 FP:F2


Ardmore Heavily Peated, Cooper’s Choice, 46%, B: 2015, bourbon cask 4889, 330 bottles. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Oaky, smooth, peaty to very peaty, slightly floral, creamy and aromatic, with some tar, vanilla, hemp rope and tar.
Taste: Young, sweet, fresh, oaky, peaty, malty, slightly bitter, aromatic and creamy, on soot, tar, dry peat smoke and freshly crushed barley, with light sugary and honey flavours. The finish is medium, oaky, and slightly floral, on dry and tarry peat smoke, sweet fresh barley, vanilla and some soot.
Impression: A good Ardmore, relatively young, combines a dry peat smoke with a sweet-sugary flavours from a young distillate. Close to the previous Ardmore Traditional.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A6

11Fev

Orkney Island 2004, Sprits Shop & Sansibar, 56.1%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, intense, slightly smoky, on heather, some fudge, honey and a light peat smoke. Well balanced.
Taste: Very round, intense, slightly smoky and maritime, on sea brine, heather honey, vanilla, light grassy and earthy flavours. The finish is long, round, well balanced, complex, grassy, with some honey, smoky and grassy flavours.
Impression: A very good and well-made Orkney single malt distilled in a distillery belonging to Edrington. Very pleasant to drink and well balanced. In addition, a very good value single malt from Orkney.
Rating: 16/20 FP:B3


Highland Park 1991 30th Anniversary, 27 YO, Signatory, 52%, B:2018, cask 15086. Price:
Colour: Amber Nose: Mellow, floral, round, slightly acetic, on sea brine, dry heather smoke, some honey, vinegar, dried fruits, and fudge. A nice round Highland Park with unusual earthy and acetic flavours.
Taste: Acetic, aromatic, earthy, rubbery to very rubbery, on fresh and intense rubber, dried fruits, some burnt rubber, vinegar, fudge, heather, orange and grapes. The finish is long and on the same flavours.
Impression: Not an easy Highland Park, with its strong rubbery flavours, including burnt rubber, complemented by fudge and acetic flavours. This was one of the fastest selling whisky from the Signatory 30th Anniversary range, probably not due to the quality of the whisky, but certainly by the fact it was matured in an ex Palo Cortado sherry cask. Whiskies matured in Palo Cortado casks are seldomly seen.
Rating: 13/20 FP:H1

10Feb

Ardmore 1996, 21 YO, The First Edition, 53.5%, B:2017, HL 14467. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Dry, tarry, aromatic, complex, on aromatic and slightly earthy peat smoke, vanilla, some root, and earthy flavours. Very good.
Taste: Light, dry, rooty, aromatic, earthy, slightly grassy, on aromatic peat smoke, some tar, dry roots, mineral oil, slightly bitter aromatic herbs and light grassy flavours. The finish is long, complex, aromatic, rooty, on aromatic peat smoke and light earthy and croft peat fire flavours.
Impression: An excellent Ardmore, aromatic, peaty, dry and rather rooty, with a nice complexity.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A6


Ardmore Artist 2008, 10 YO, La Maison du Whisky, 60.3%, B:2018, First Fill bourbon cask 800168. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Aromatic, peaty, slightly grassy, on aromatic peat smoke, with some vanilla, dry roots and gentian,
Taste: Peaty, aromatic, intense, slightly floral, with light creamy flavours, on dried roots, aromatic peat smoke and some bitter herbs. The finish is medium, aromatic, slightly bitter, peaty, and creamy, on dry aromatic peat smoke, some bitter herbs and gentian.
Impression: A nice, clean, aromatic, slightly bitter. peaty to very peaty Ardmore.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A5

09Feb

Lagavulin 1997 Select Cask for European Lagavulin Fans, OB, 56.6%, B:2018, European oak cask 0001, 158 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Smoky, elegant, subtle, complex, with some seaweeds, seabrine, a gentle peat smoke and dry liquorice root. Lighter and more mineral than the 20 YO.
Taste: Spicy, intense, rich, smoky, maritime, with some tobacco, sea salt, seabrine, menthol, medicinal flavours, bandages, candied oranges and tangerine, and a touch of iodine. Complex. The finish is medium to long, smoky, rather intense and maritime, moderately peaty, with some spearmint, candied oranges, camphor, iodine, bandages and liquorice. Diluted, it becomes slightly smokier and with more dry tobacco leaves.
Impression: An excellent Lagavulin, smoky, complex, with a very good balance between the maritime, smoky and medicinal flavours and a light sweetness. Thank you Boris!
Rating: 18/20 FP:E4


Lagavulin 1995 Select Cask for Vincent Leung, Ginger, Rex Tong, Whisky Lovers HK, 23 YO, OB, 48.7%, B:2018, European Oak cask 9001, 376 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: The nose is very close to the 21 YO, mellower, slightly more subtle and medicinal, with some additional tobacco and artichoke flavours.
Taste: Subtle to very subtle, mellow, smoky, slightly peaty and medicinal, with some iodine, camphor, almond, a touch of barbecue, menthol, sea brine and seaweeds. The finish is medium, smoky, medicinal, rather subtle, slightly medicinal and maritime, with seaweeds, iodine, camphor, some bandages, soft spices and seashells. Diluted, it becomes saltier and more maritime, and with some barbecue.
Impression:  A rather old Lagavulin from the Cask of Distinction program selected by the team of the Ginger Bar in Hong-Kong. As with most aged Lagavulin, do not expect a very peaty and intense whisky. This version is subtle to very subtle, complex and it needs time to be savoured. The influence of the European cask is very discreet. With nice gentle maritime and medicinal flavours. Slightly more gentle and less intense than the 21 YO. Thank you Vincent.
Rating: 17/20 FP:C3

08Feb

Lagavulin 10 YO Batch 2, Malt Dé Royal, 56.7%, B:2018, 99 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Peaty, smoky to very smoky, slightly maritime, on peat smoke, barbecue, seaweeds, some iodine and camphor. Rather intense.
Taste: Oaky to very oaky, maritime, peaty, smoky to very smoky, on seaweeds, sea salt, iodine, liquorice, some spearmint, iodine and camphor. The finish is medium to long, oaky, maritime, peaty, smoky, slightly medicinal, on vanilla, peat smoke, seaweeds, camphor and iodine.
Impression: A very good and intense Lagavulin, smoky, peaty, moderately oaky, maritime and on camphor.  
Rating: 16/20 FP:B7


Lagavulin 1997 Select Cask for China, 20 YO, OB, 56.3%, B:2017, American Oak cask 0002. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Subtle, elegant, smoky, rather medicinal, slightly peaty and mineral, on peat smoke, light mineral flavours, some almonds, iodine, bandages, leather, liquorice roots, smoked ham and a light sweetness. Very good.
Taste: Round to very round, mellow, rather maritime, with round medicinal flavours, some camphor, iodine, vanilla, peat smoke, barbecue, leather, sea brine and grassy flavours. Diluted, it becomes more herbal and grassy. The finish is medium to long, round to very round, on mint liqueur, peat smoke, barbecue, some herbal and grassy flavours, as well as some maritime flavours and iodine.
Impression: A Lagavulin rather difficult to rate, as it is rather different from the other Select Cask or the core range of Lagavulin. The Select Casks are better known under the Cask of Distinction (CoD) program. Less complex, but also rounder, grassier, with more menthol than the other CoD. Very good and with a very discreet influence from the cask. Thank you Vincent.
Rating: 17/20 FP:C5

07Feb

Lochan Sholum 2003, 14 YO, The Maltbarn, 50.3%, B:2018, Sherry cask 95. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very peaty and smoky, maritime, tarry, on peat smoke, hemp rope, tar, light salty flavours, some citrus and vanilla.
Taste: Smooth, peaty to very peaty, very smoky, maritime, slightly round, on dried fruits, peat smoke, seaweeds, iodine and camphor. The finish is medium, maritime, on seaweeds, dried fruits, peat smoke, iodine, some tar and round vanilla flavours.
Impression: A rather round, sweet and soft peated and maritime Islay whisky. Very smoky. Lochan Sholum is the water source of Lagavulin distillery.  Very good and fairly priced for a sherried Lagavulin. Thank you Markus.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A5


Inganess bay 2000, 18 YO, The Maltbarn, 50.3%, B:2018, 180 bottles. Price:
Colour:  Pale gold
Nose: Complex, rather fresh and mellow, slightly smoky, with some heather honey, light grassy and smoky flavours. Very good.
Taste: Round, slightly soft, mellow and maritime, on heather honey, with a light smokiness, light grassy flavours, vanilla and soft spices. The finish is medium, slightly starchy, soft, grassy, with some seabrine, heather honey and a touch of smoke. Diluted, it becomes slightly spicier.
Impression: A very nice, soft and mellow single malt, balanced and subtle. Highland Park distillery is the closest to that bay. Thank you Markus.
Rating: 15/20 FP: A2

06Feb

Arran 21 YO 10th Anniversary Whisky Show, Elixir Distillers, 50.2%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Spicy, floral, intense, rather oaky, slightly malty, with some green apples, hay and heather. More floral and drier than the Private Cask.
Taste: Round, rather spicy, on juicy oak, some vanilla, ripe melon, green apples, hay and slightly oaky flavours. The finish is medium, floral, spicy, on ripe and green melon, green apples, some vanilla and light spices. The finish is medium, slightly floral and dry, with some hay, spices, green apples, and melon. Diluted, it becomes greener and slightly woody.
Impression: A round, floral and spicy Arran, with some green fruity flavours and hay. Slightly dry and soft to my liking.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1


Distilled At the Lochranza Distillery (Arran) 1996 Private Cask for Nigel & Lynn Arnold, OB, 50.2%, B:2018. Price: N/A
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Mellow to very mellow, slightly smoky, complex, well balanced, on soft ripe fruits, melon, some dried fruits, grapes, orange, honey and exotic fruits. Very good.
Taste: Rich, fruity, complex, round, mellow, well balanced, on orange, sultanas, exotic fruits, some grapes, a light smokiness and light spicy flavours. The finish is long, rich, complex, well balanced, slightly spicy and smoky, some melon, exotic fruits, apples, grapes, pink grapefruits and light floral flavours.
Impression: A very nice, complex, mellow whisky, well balanced and nicely fruity flavours. Very good!
Rating: 16/20 FP:G2

05Feb

Ardmore 1998 Distillery Label, Gordon & MacPhail, 43%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Mellow, complex, moderately aromatic, balanced, on cooked apples, light floral flavours, some caramel and light floral flavours.
Taste: Rich, mellow, very round, on tarte tatin, cinnamon, round and soft aromatic herbs, honey, dried fruits, and some round spices. The finish is medium, round, mellow and the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes more on salted fudge.
Impression: A very nice, mellow and well balanced Ardmore, slightly aromatic and with nice sweet and dry fruits.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D2


Ardmore 1997, 20 YO, First Editions 54.1% B:2018, HL13570. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Aromatic, complex, with some peat smoke, light grassy flavours, cooked apples, light aromatic herbs, and other slightly austere flavours.
Taste: Smoky, aromatic, peaty, slightly austere, rather clean, on austere and aromatic peat smoke, some honey and grassy flavours. The finish is medium to long, aromatic, austere, moderately peaty and smoky, with light grassy flavours, on aromatic peat smoke and some honey.
Impression: A very nice aromatic, moderately austere, smoky and peaty Ardmore, with a nice balance.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A4

04Feb

Chichibu The Peated 2011, OB, 62.5%, B:2015. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Very peaty, maritime, dry, very tarry, ashy, on seaweeds and hemp rope.
Taste: Very peaty and intense, young, rough, slightly salty, with strong tarry flavours as well as some yellow fruits. Diluted, it becomes more oaky and drier. The finish is medium, very peaty, dry, rough, slightly young, tarry, with ashes, seaweeds and hemp rope. Diluted it becomes more oaky, younger and drier, with slightly more tarry flavours.
Impression: A young, very peaty, dry and intense whisky, with some harshness from the oak. Well matured for its age.
Rating: 13/20 FPA8


Chichibu Chibidaru 2010, OB, 53.5%, B:2014. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Peated, round, rather sweet, on pineapples, tropical fruit, and light farmy notes Surprisingly sweet, syrupy and fruity.
Taste: Smooth, slightly oaky and young, fruity, on pineapples, coconut, other exotic fruity notes, some wood spices and light smooth floral flavours, as well as some pear drops. Diluted, it becomes more on banana. The finish is medium, smooth to very smooth, on starch, some light floral notes, coconuts, banana and some other smooth tropical fruits.
Impression: A well matured, smooth, sweet and very fruity Chichibu. I have never tasted such fruitiness in a whisky of that age. Very promising for the future.
Rating: 13/20 FPA2

03Feb

Chichibu The Peated, OB, 54.5%, B:2018. Price:
Colour:  Gold
Nose: Young, smooth, peated to very peated, maritime, with some camphor and iodine.
Taste: Young, smooth, peaty, moderately oaky, medicinal and aromatic, on delicate peat smoke, tar, iodine, bandages, some sea brine, seaweeds and a hint of menthol. The finish is medium, medicinal, peaty, smoky, with some camphor, peat smoke, iodine, dry rooty flavours and light oaky flavours.
Impression: A nice subtle, elegant, smoky and peaty Chichibu, slightly young, smooth, medicinal and nicely balanced.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A5


Clynelish 1995, 21 YO, The Single Malts of Scotland, 55.9%, B:2017, cask 10203. Price:
Colour: gold
Nose: Intense, oaky, slightly mustardy, with a light sea brine, vanilla, oak spices and a touch of Dijon mustard.
Taste: Complex to very complex, subtle, waxy, rather farmy, slightly smoky, on old leather, some light earthy and farmy flavours (stable), some citrus, sea brine and a touch of peat smoke. The finish is long, complex, waxy to very waxy, mustardy, moderately floral, on vanilla, pollen, farmy flavours and some grapefruits. Diluted, it becomes slightly more lemony and mustardy.
Impression: A very good Clynelish, waxy and rather farmy. Intense and very pleasant.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A3

02Feb

Tomatin 1994, 23 YO, First Editions, 46.1%, B:2018, Ref 15287. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Floral, slightly malty, on apples, lime blossom flavours, some melon, starch, fresh quince and a hint of smoke
Taste: Rich, spicy, floral, slightly nutty, on stewed fruits, orange, cinnamon, chocolate, coffee beans, honey and cooked apples. The finish is medium to long, spicy, rich and on the same flavours.
Impression: A nice, rich, spicy and fruity Tomatin.
Rating: 14/20 FP:G1


Tomatin Metal, OB, 46%, B:2018, Price:
Colour: Pale gold Nose: Malty, floral, spicy, slightly fragrant, with some vanilla, metal dust, and light oaky flavours.
Taste: Malty, spicy, oaky, slightly fragrant, with some vanilla, metal dust, green apples and oak spices. The finish is medium, floral and on the same flavours.
Impression: A malty, spicy, rather fresh and oaky Tomatin.
Rating: 11/20 FP: A1

01Feb

Inchmurrin 12 YO, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Malty, slightly nutty, on caramel, crushed barley, cooked apples, some cinnamon and exotic fruits.
Taste: Fresh, fruity, malty, slightly spicy, on exotic fruits, melon, cooked apples and some cinnamon and charred wood. Very pleasant. The finish is medium to long, malty, slightly nutty and “dirty”, on grist, nuts, apples, cinnamon and some porridge.
Impression: Distilled only from Lomond stills and after a long fermentation, it is a nice fruity and nutty whisky, with rather pleasant fruity flavours and some roughly crushed barley. Good to very good.
Rating:  13/20 FP:C1


Inchmurrin 18 YO, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Mellow, round, floral, nutty, with some hay, grist, vanilla and cinnamon.
Taste: Mellow, round, floral, fruity, on mango, some hay, nuts, honey, cinnamon and Pu-Erh tea. The finish is medium, mellow, rich, complex, nutty, malty, fruity, on grist, some vanilla, mango, honey and grassy flavours.
Impression: Another very good Inchmurrin, heavier and slightly less balanced on the nose than the 12 YO, but the fruity flavours are slightly more complex and heavier on the palate.
Rating: 13/20 FP:E1

31Jan

Ben Nevis 1996 10th Anniversary TWA, The Whisky Agency, 50.3%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Very fresh and fruity, smooth, slightly malty and green, on fresh juicy and fruity flavours, on exotic fruits and some mango. Very good.
Taste: Very fruity, fresh, on exotic fruits, mango, passion fruits and nice spicy flavours. The finish is long, sweet, fruity to very fruity, fresh, complex and on exotic fruity flavours and some nice malty flavours.
Impression: A very nice fresh, fruity and intense Ben Nevis, with a nice light oaky and malty flavours.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A3


Ben Nevis 1990 30th Anniversary, 27 YO, Signatory, 59.4%, B:2018, Fino Cask 1505, 593 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Malty, oaky, slightly musky and green, with some green orchards fruits and grist. It becomes slightly fruitier, sweeter, mellower, more on leather and with some walnuts.
Taste: Spicy, oaky, malty, nutty, on cooked fruits, sultanas, and walnuts. The finish is medium to long, rather thick, on toffee, cooked fruits, grist, leather and walnuts.
Impression: A spicy, oaky, nutty Ben Nevis, on walnuts, some leather, dried fruits and toffee.
Rating: 13/20 FP:D1

30Jan

Bunnahabhain 1978 XOP, 35 YO, Douglas Laing, 45.2%, B:2013, cask 10348. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mellow, balanced, slightly smoky and maritime, with some tobacco leaves, vanilla, melon, quince and smoke.
Taste: Very round, mellow, slightly maritime, on vanilla, soft floral flavours, some marshmallow and lemon peel. The finish is medium, mellow, oaky and slightly salty, with some vanilla and light maritime flavours. Diluted, it becomes thinner and more on orchards fruits.
Impression: A very round, slightly oaky and mellow whisky. Good, even if not overly complex.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A1


Bunnahabhain 1968, 38 YO, Duncan Taylor, 43.1%, B:2006, Ref 11571. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Intense, complex to very complex, mellow, maritime, with some nice peat smoke, sweet fruity flavours, orange, tangerine, soft spices and precious wood. Excellent.
Taste: Very complex, mellow, maritime, on grapefruits, some peat smoke, tobacco, and other citrus. The finish is long, austere, and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very nice, complex, moderately smoky, on citrus and nice mineral flavours. A very good old style Bunna.
Rating:  17/20 FP:C3

29Jan

Tweedale evolution 28 YO, OB, 52%. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Round, fresh, floral, slightly fragrant, malty, and spirity.
Taste: Rich, round, floral, slightly fragrant, on porridge, cooked cereals, apricots, cinnamon, maple syrup, some orange zest and fragrant floral flavours. The finish is medium, fresh, intense, malty, slightly to moderately fragrant, spicy and spirity, and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly more on hay and vanilla.
Impression: A nice, fresh, round, malty and floral whisky, with some fragrance and varnish, as well as a noticeably presence of grain whisky,
Rating: 14/20 FP:C2


Excalibur 1972, 45 YO, OB, 43.2%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, fruity, moderately spicy, slightly floral and austere, rather intense, on vanilla, some pineapples, various spices, light oaky and smoky flavours, sultanas and a hint of toffee.
Taste: Mellow to very mellow, moderately sweet and floral, on cooked apples, some cinnamon, marzipan, green apples, sultanas and fresh oranges. The finish is medium, spicy, slightly oaky and austere, rather intense, on cinnamon, humus, cooked and green apples, as well as light floral flavours.
Impression: A blend, with a base of Tamdhu and Glenrothes single malts. Rather rich and spicy and with some humus and various floral and fruity flavours. A nice one with surprisingly very little tannins for a whisky of that age.
Rating: 14/20 FP:G1

28Jan

Diplomatico Distillery Collection 2 Barbet Rum (Column), OB, 47%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very round, sugary, on treacle, cinnamon, oak and some toffee.
Taste: Round, sugary, rather bland and on cinnamon powder. The finish is medium, clean and sugary, with some treacle and cinnamon. Rather bland.
Impression: A very sugary rum, monodimensional and on cinnamon.
Rating: 08/20 FP:C1


Diplomatico Distillery Collection 1 Batch Kettle, OB, 47%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Rich, thick, heavy, on treacle, cinnamon, pecan nuts, cooked pineapples, and dry tobacco leaves.
Taste: Thick, sugary, on cinnamon, pecan nuts, orange peel, tobacco leaves and some cooked pineapples. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: A rum more complex than the column, heavier and slightly more complex. However, it remains rather uni-dimensional.
Rating: 10/20 FP:C1

27Jan

Bunnahabhain 2001, 16 YO, The Single Malts of Scotland, 53.4%, B:2018, cask 1254. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round, oaky, slightly maritime, with some yellow fruits, melon, sea brine, light maritime flavours, and a hint of salt. Well balanced and rather complex.
Taste: Rich, oaky, intense, slightly maritime, spicy, on orange, sultanas, sea brine, some sea salt, tangerine and leather. The finish is medium, rich, spicy, sweet, on sultanas, orange, leather, spices, melon and some yellow fruits. Diluted, it becomes more on tobacco leaves.
Impression: A very good, rich, intense Bunna, rather oaky and spicy, with a lovely sherry influence.
Rating: 16/20 FP:F2


Bunnahabhain 1995, 22 YO, Valinch & Mallet, 46.5%, B:2018, cask 18-2201. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Intense, complex, smoky, aromatic and slightly austere, on quince, some Mirabelle, a hint of mango and melon. Very good.
Taste: Smoky, austere, mineral, oily, slightly to moderately citric, on lime blossom flowers, old mineral smoke, some peat smoke, soot and ashes. The finish is long and on the same flavours.
Impression: A surprisingly smoky, mineral, oily, aromatic and austere Bunna, reminding me of the old smoky whiskies from the 1950s.  This might not be the most typical whisky from that distillery, but it is so good!
Rating: 17/20 FP:C4

26Jan

Langatun Old Woodpecker 2011, OB, 46%, B:2018, cask 162. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Winey, malty, round, slightly spicy, on white wine, grapes, sultanas, vanilla and nice round malty flavours.
Taste: Malty, clean, winey to very winey, slightly spicy, on grapes, sultanas and nice round malty flavours. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: A Swiss single malt matured exclusively in an ex- Chardonnay wine cask. It is nicely round and malty, with a very strong influence of the Chardonnay wine casks. An organic whisky.
Rating: 13/20 FP:D1


Seven Seals Sherry Finish, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Young, fresh, oaky, moderately spicy, malty, on vanilla, some toffee, sultanas, treacle, orange, and nice “young” oaky flavours.
Taste: Young, fresh, malty, smooth, oaky, spicy, slightly floral, on toffee, vanilla, sultanas, some orange and tannins. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: A malty, oaky, spicy and slightly floral spirit, on treacle, maple syrup and toffee. A young Swiss single malt that underwent an accelerated aging via a proprietary finish. No details are provided on the technology, but taste wise, it seems like the single malt was pushed in and out the staves, as there are strong lactone-like (treacle and maple syrup) flavours. There is also quite some tannin. The single malt taste initially rather young, but it becomes more matured. Rather matured for a single malt aged less than 3 years.
Rating: 11/20 FP:G1

25Jan

Ireland 2001 10th Anniversary of TWA, 16 YO, The Whisky Agency, 48.5%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Rich, fruity, oaky, intense, moderately complex and malty, with some blackcurrant, ginger, barley, and green apples.
Taste: Rich, fruity, intense, moderately spicy, on green orchards fruits, slightly green pineapples and exotic fruits, some ginger and blackcurrant. The finish is long, spicy, green, with some ginger, green fruits, blackcurrant, oak spices, melon, green pineapples, apricots and light milky flavours.
Impression: A very nice, fresh and oaky Irish single malt, with nice slightly green fruity flavours and some blackcurrant.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A2


County of Louth 2003, 14 YO, Valinch & Mallet, 51.5%, B:2017, cask 17-3001, Price:
Colour:  Gold-old gold
Nose: Fresh, clean, round, oaky, with some green orchards fruits and melon.
Taste: Very smooth, round, oaky, slightly sugary, on freshly sawn oak, soft spices, vanilla, some vanilla custard, starch and a hint of green fruits. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very clean and smooth Irish single malt, with rather intense oaky flavours, but rather monodimensional.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A1

24Jan

Glen Garioch 1990 La Norma, 25 YO, Silver Seal, 52.1%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose:  Grassy, aromatic to very aromatic, austere, slightly mineral, with a delicate peat smoke, aromatic and bitter herbs, some humus and gentian.
Taste: Grassy to very grassy, aromatic to very aromatic, slightly bitter and austere, on citrus, aromatic herbs (Genepi), some gentian and a light mineral peat smoke. The finish is medium, grassy, slightly austere, bitter and smoky, on grapefruits, Genepi, some gentian and peat smoke.
Impression: An excellent Glen Garioch, rather austere and aromatic, with some mineral peat smoke and citrus. I really like this style of Glen Garioch.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A3


Glen Garioch 1991 Carn Mor, Morrison Mackay, 51%, B:2018, cask 20392. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Fresh, mellow, complex, on cooked and ripe orchards, some ginger, vanilla, and light aromas of exotic fruits.
Taste: Musty, waxy, gingery, slightly smoky, on fudge, light grassy flavours, some aromatic and slightly bitter herbs, a light aromatic smoke, as well as walnuts. Diluted, it becomes slightly more aromatic, more on beeswax, with some tangerine, and a hint of mineral oil. The finish is long, very round, rather soft, on vanilla, beeswax, some ginger and light sweet fruity flavours.
Impression: A nice grassy, waxy and mellow Glen Garioch, slightly soft and gingery.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A2

23Jan

Ledaig 2008 The Whisky Schiff, 10 YO, Monnier (JWWW), 53.30%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Oaky, peaty, medicinal, maritime, phenolic, on tar, hemp rope, peat smoke, iodine, camphor and some vanilla.
Taste:  Fresh, young, oaky, maritime, rooty, slightly tarry, with some peat smoke, lemon zest, seaweeds, dry roots, vanilla and light oaky flavours. The finish is medium, maritime, slightly rooty, rather smooth and medicinal, with some rooty flavours, iodine and bandages.
Impression: A fresh, slightly young, peaty and medicinal whisky, with a rather subtle rooty and medicinal peat smoke.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A5


Ledaig 2008, 10 YO, The Single Cask, 58.5%, B:2018, cask 700076. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Very peaty, intense, maritime, tarry, dry, on seaweeds, peat smoke, iodine, tar, some oak, camphor and bandages.
Taste: Round, oaky, peaty, on dry peat smoke, camphor, some iodine, dry liquorice, tar, dry oaky and medicinal flavours, as well some vanilla. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very good Ledaig, peaty, rooty, intense, rather medicinal, maritime and oaky.
Rating:  14/20 FP:A5

22Jan

Springbank 21 YO, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, slightly malty, salty, dry, oaky, and coastal, with some coconuts, seabrine, orange peel, a whiff of peat smoke, some vanilla and dry roots.
Taste: Oaky, moderately complex, slightly dry, rooty, maritime, peaty and smoky, on dry roots, some marmalade, orange, coconut, sea brine and oak spices. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: A good Springbank, slightly mineral, coastal and smoky. Nice to drink, although not overly complex and rather dry and oaky.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D3


Springbank 21 YO Single Cask for Lateltin Switzerland, OB, 47.9%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round, sweet, mellow, rather intense, on tangerine, sea brine, some peat smoke, coconut, and a whiff of mineral oil. More complex, intense and sweeter than the 46% OB.
Taste: Rich, intense, spicy, moderately oily, smoky, sweet and fruity, rather complex, slightly peaty and coastal, with some marmalade, coconut, orange zest, tangerine, peat smoke and mineral oil. The finish is medium to long, rather complex and on the same flavours.
Impression: One of the best recently bottled Springbank, rather intense and complex, with nice coastal, mineral and smoky flavours. Very good.
Rating: 17/20 FP:D3

21Jan

Glenury 1984 Rarest of the Rare, 22 YO, Duncan Taylor, 50.50%, cask 3041. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, intense, slightly mineral, with some humus, a light smokiness, pollen, very nice round and grassy flavours
Taste: Very round, rather soft, slightly mineral and oily, with a nice round and soft mouth feel, some peat smoke, ripe yellow fruits, pollen and a hint of citrus. Diluted, it becomes more on tangerine, melon, almonds and honey. The finish is long, oily, round, slightly soft, on pollen, honey, some almonds, melon, tangerine, ginger, walnuts, mineral oil and a touch of smoke
Impression: Rather different from the older Glenury, less smoky and citric, but softer and rounder.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A1


Strathisla 40 YO for The Whisky Exchange, Gordon & MacPhail, 48.5%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Floral, slightly fragrant, grassy and aromatic, on heather, honey, candied orange, marzipan, and lemon. Very good.
Taste: Mellow to very mellow, on juicy oaky, honey, some tree sap, apples, light floral and grassy flavours, butterscotch, almonds and sweet malty flavours. The finish is long, complex, and subtle, on almonds, some tree sap, and eucalyptus and light aromatic herbs.
Impression: A very complex, subtle Strathisla, with some sweet fruity flavours, light aromatic flavours, sweetened by heather and honey. Very good.
Rating: 16/20 FP:C1

20Jan

Glenury Royal 1968 Old Malt Cask, 35 YO, Douglas Laing, 42.5%, B:2004, Ref 654, 26 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Mellow, citric, slightly mineral and smoky, on pink grapefruits, light mineral and rusty flavours, some banana, elegant and light peat smoke, humus, mushrooms and a hint of parsley. Given time, more ripe fruits evolve. Very good. Nicely complex and the most peated of the serie.
Taste: Musty, waxy, grassy, on old mineral peat smoke, some mineral oil, almonds, humus, wax and some woodland flavours. Diluted, it becomes more on ground coffee, toffee and light old mineral peat smoke. The finish is long, complex, mellow, slightly mineral, waxy and smoky, some toffee, citrus, a light mineral peat smoke, wax, tangerine, almond, and a hint of resins.
Impression: A very nice old fashioned Glenury Royal, rather waxy, with light mineral and smoky flavours, as well as some citrus and humus.
Rating: 17/20 FP: D3


Glenury Royal 1972 Old Malt Cask, 32 YO, Douglas Laing, 50%,B:005, 226 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mellow, slightly grassy, smoky, waxy and mineral, with some citrus, melon, banana, pineapples, humus and flint stones.
Taste: Waxy to very waxy, mineral, slightly peaty, on paraffin, almonds, humus, grapefruits and a touch of mineral oil. Very good. The finish is long, complex, and on the same flavours.
Impression: A nice complex and elegant Glenury, waxy, and with a pleasant mouthfeel. Slightly more balanced and rounder than the 1968.
Rating:  18/20 FP: B3

19Jan

Millstone 100 Rye, D:2005, OB, 50%, B:2016. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Intense, rich, spicy, rather mellow and fruity, on orange blossom, some pepper and freshly saw oak. Very good.
Taste: Intense, very spicy, peppery, on ginger, orange blossom, some peach, apricots, cinnamon, fresh oak and violet. The finish is medium to long, rich, spicy, peppery, round, zesty, fruity, on orange, violet and freshly sawn oak. Diluted, it becomes slightly more on cooked cereals and with some caramel.
Impression: A very nicely made Dutch Rye, matured for 100 months (over 8 years) from a 100% Rye Grain and matured in new American oak. Very pleasant, rich, intense and complex. One of the best rye whisky I have tasted.
Rating:  15/20 FP: E1


Millstone 12 YO Sherry Cask, D:2000, OB, 46%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Mellow, complex, moderately spicy, on leather, cinnamon, some vegetal condiment, orange, sultanas, cocoa and cloves
Taste: Rich, mellow, sweet, fruity, nutty, floral, rather complex, slightly rubbery, on cinnamon, cloves, some fresh rubber, red berries, sultanas, and treacle. The finish is long, complex, thick, rich, heavy, slightly rubbery, on sultanas, orange, cinnamon, treacle, some cloves, rancio, balsamic vinegar and precious wood.
Impression: A rather thick and heavy expression of Millstone, on rancio, dried fruits and heavy sherry.
Rating: 15/20 FP:G1

18 Jan

Highland Park 15 YO Distillery Exclusive, OB, 60.3%, B:2018, First Fill sherry puncheon, cask 1938. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Round, smooth, rather juicy, nicely balanced, with some heather, peat smoke, and rather juicy and fruity flavours. Very good.
Taste: Intense to very intense, spicy, complex, on heather, tangerine, spices, some peat smoke, old leather, various juicy fruity flavours, including some exotic fruits. The finish is long, complex, rather spicy, on aromatic and rather dry peat smoke, some dry roots, aromatic herbs, juicy fruits and some spices.
Impression: A very good Highland Park, complex, smokier and peatier than the HP Single Casks that I have tried, with a style of peat smoke that reminds me of the old style of HP. A very good pick from the distillery.
Rating: 16/20 FP:F3


Highland Park 1974, 16 YO, Prestonfield, 57%, B:1990, cask 7137. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very intense, rich, aromatic, peaty, floral, slightly maritime, on an intense and aromatic peat smoke, clean floral flavours, orange, some tangerine, heather honey and sultanas. Complex and intense. An excellent old style of Highland Park.
Taste: Intense, complex, aromatic, smoky, moderately peaty, on sea brine, heather honey, aromatic peat smoke, a mixture of tangerine and candied orange, some cinnamon and wax. The finish is long, intense, peaty, aromatic, smoky, on polished wood, wax and heather honey.
Impression: An excellent old style of Highland Park, waxy, aromatic, moderately peaty, with some round heather honey flavours. I love this style and so different from the current production. Thank you Carsten.
Rating: 18/20 FP:D5

17 Jan

Highland Park Single Cask 2004 for Vinothek Massen Luxembourg, 13 YO, OB, 65.4%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very round, slightly floral, on toffee, treacle, sultanas, dates, heather honey, orange, round spices and a hint of smoke.
Taste: Rich, spicy, intense, on orange, tangerine, cinnamon, sultanas, some herbs, leather, heather, and candied fruits. Very good. The finish is medium to long, round, well balanced and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very nice round, spicy, and well-balanced whisky, with a very nice and round influence from the sherry.
Rating: 15/20 FP:G2


Highland Park Single Cask 2005 Münich’s 5 Star Airport, 12 YO, OB, 61.9%, B:2018, cask 4267, 581 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Vegetal, spicy, floral, rubbery, on toffee, initially rather rubber at nosing, but then the rubber fades and it is getting more fragrant and on cloves.
Taste: Spicy, intense, moderately rubbery, slightly vegetal and salty, on candied oranges, some heather, vegetal condiment, cinnamon, some cloves and toffee. The finish is medium, with some bitter herbs and on the same flavours as on the palate.
Impression: Probably the most difficult Highland Park Single Cask I have tasted. It is good, but more vegetal and slightly less balanced than the others, with rubbery flavours that fade over time. A whisky that need time to breathe.
Rating: 14/20 FP:G2

16 Jan

Port Charlotte PC 10, OB, 50%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Round, peaty, slightly winey and tarry, on grapes, light spices, peat smoke, some seaweeds, tar and a light sweetness.
Taste: Peaty, maritime, medicinal, with a moderate sweet winey flavours, some camphor, iodine, seaweeds and light fruity flavours. The finish is long, peaty, rather medicinal, winey, tarry, with some medicinal peat smoke and sweet winey flavours.
Impression: A nicely balanced whisky, peaty, medicinal and with moderate winey flavours.
Rating: 14/20 FP:F7


Port Charlotte MRC:01 2010, OB, 59.2%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Round, sweet, tarry, slightly sugary, on peat smoke, pepper, red wine, some tar, seaweeds and grapes. Much more winey than the PC10.
Taste: Winey, sweet, sugary, peaty, slightly maritime, on pepper, grapes, red wine and peat smoke. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly more medicinal.
Impression: A good whisky, but heavy on the red wine flavours, too much to my liking. Matured ex-Bordeaux Mouton Rotschild.
Rating: 13/20 FP: G6

15 Jan

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2010, OB, 50%, B:2018. Price:
Colour:  Gold
Nose: Fresh to very fresh, malty to very malty, slightly zesty, on fresh malt, some vanilla, green orchards fruits and a hint of seabrine.
Bouche: Very fresh and malty, clean, on vanilla, green orchards fruits, freshly crushed barley and a hint of sea brine. The finish is long, very fresh and on the same flavours.
Impression: A surprisingly fresh and clean Bruichladdich, with very good fresh malty flavours. Nice to taste such a fresh and well made “naked” whisky.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A1


Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2011, OB, 50%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Very peaty, dry, rooty, maritime, tarry, on seaweeds, peat smoke, tar, light meaty flavours and dry liquorice roots. Very intense.
Taste: Peaty, intense, tarry, rather medicinal, on camphor, seaweeds, peat smoke and medicinal flavours. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours.
Impression: A nice peaty, clean and rather medicinal expression of Port Charlotte. Some extra maturity would have pushed the score higher up.
Score: 14/20 FP:A7

14 Jan

Caperdonich 1968, 30 YO, Signatory, 50.3%, B:1998, cask 3560. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Rich, complex, fruity, some resins, precious wood, cedar wood, eucalyptus, banana and coconuts.
Taste: Long, complex, round, resinous, and slightly mineral, on incense, eucalyptus, stewed and candied fruits, cedar wood, incense and pollen. Very good. The finish is long, resinous and on the same flavours.
Impression: A nice resinous old style of Caperdonich, with some eucalyptus and a mixture of stewed and candied fruits.
Rating: 17/20 FP:C1


Caperdonich 1994, 21 YO, First Choice, 59.6%, 90 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, intense, malty, slightly milky and floral, on vanilla, mild fruity flavours, some parley and marzipan.
Taste: Round, malty, rather milky, slightly spicy and resinous, on soft vanilla, light creamy flavours, some stewed fruits, pollen and nice round malty flavours. The finish is long, very round, soft, on soft spices, pollen, round floral flavours, some resins and almonds.
Impression: A very nice and soft single malt, malty and slightly resinous. With a pleasant mouthfeel.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1

13 Jan

Cladach Special Release 2018, OB, 57.1%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Peaty, smoky, slightly mineral and malty, on peat smoke, some tar, soot, nice malty flavours and round fruity flavours. Well made.
Taste: Smoky, peaty, dry, slightly aromatic, bitter, waxy and floral, with some fragrance, almonds, peat smoke and seaweeds. The finish is long, bitter, fragrant, slightly astringent, oaky, and maritime, with some almonds and spices.
Impression: A nice peated blended malt whisky, rather fragrant. Not necessarily an easy one.  A vatting of the coastal distilleries from Inchgower, Clynelish, Talisker, Oban, Caol Ila and Lagavulin.
Rating: 14/20 FP:B5


Ascona Whisky, OB, 43%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very round, clean, slightly malty, rather fresh, on vanilla, some malt, grapes and light winey flavours.
Taste: Winey, malty, round, slightly floral and fragrant, with some grapes, light winey flavours and fresh malt. The finish is medium, floral, malty, round, moderately winey, with some vanilla, varnish, grapes and soft spices.
Impression: A clean and round whisky, rather malty and with light winey flavours.
Rating: 11/20 FP:D1

12 Jan

Millstone 12 YO Oloroso Sherry Oak, D:2006, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round to very round, floral, on sultanas, soft spices, orange, tangerine and some fudge.
Taste: Rich, round to very round, rather thick, floral, on toffee, sultanas, some fudge, orange, tangerine, polished wood and high grade leather. The finish is medium to long, round, rich, rather complex, slightly floral and malty, on leather, toffee, fudge, soft spices, some dried fruits, cinnamon and orange.
Impression: A very different style of Millstone, round, on soft spices and nice dried fruits. Of note, as Zuidam is bottling his products as small batch (or casks by casks?), there might be some variability between each lot. In addition, I have seen the age of the content varying between 12 and 15 years between the lots. In any case, a well made product.
Rating: 15/20 FP:F1


Amrut Cask Strength, OB, 61.8%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very malty, spicy, slightly dusty, on spices, freshly ground barley, some freshly sawn oak and a light fruitiness.
Taste: Young, fresh, malty, moderately spicy, rather spirity, with some melon, rhubarb and Haribo candies. The finish is medium, round, moderately malty, with some melon, rhubarb and Haribo candies
Impression: A good Amrut, slightly young and spirity on the palate when tasted neat, but then it becomes rounder, more pleasant and fruitier with a few drops of water added.
Rating: 12/20 FP:C1

11 Jan

Millstone 1O YO French Oak, D:2008, OB, 40%, B:2018. Price:
Colour:  Old gold
Nose: Very round, smooth, oaky, on oak spices, light creamy flavours, some vanilla, cinnamon and light aromatic herbs.
Taste: Oaky to very oaky, clean, fresh, spicy, slightly floral, malty and creamy, on freshly sawn oak, spices, vanilla custard and light milky flavours.
Impression: A clean, round and smooth whisky, with flavours reminding me of virgin oak casks. Matured in refill American oak and finished in French Oak casks.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A1


Millstone 10 YO American Oak, D:2007, OB, 43%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, smooth, oaky, malty, slightly creamy, on vanilla, some melon, mango, sultanas, cinnamon and a light sweetness.
Taste: Oaky, spicy, smooth, slightly floral and creamy, on oaky spices, cinnamon, some peach, cloves and a light sweetness. The finish is medium and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes spicier.
Impression: A whisky matured in new American oak cask, fresh, oaky, and spicy. Close to the French oak, but slightly rounder, more complex and more on cinnamon and cloves.
Rating: 13/20 FP:D1

10 Jan

Miltonduff Ballantine’s 15 YO, OB, 40%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very round, mellow, balanced, floral, grassy to very grassy, on honey, vanilla, soft spices, some almonds, sultanas and various sweet fruity flavours. Rather complex and well balanced.
Taste: Light, grassy, fresh, spicy to very spicy, on honey, nice grassy flavours, some pollen, sultanas, and various spices. The finish is long, spicy, grassy, slightly nutty, with some sultanas, orange, a hint of tangerine and cinnamon.
Impression: It might be a whisky reduced to 40%, but it is nicely complex, rich and spicy.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D2


Royal Brackla 2006 World of Whisky 20th Anniversary, 61.4%, Signatory, B:2018, cask 310859, 294 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Floral, fresh, spicy to very spicy, rather fragrant, on vanilla and fresh floral flavours.
Taste: Rich, spicy, spirity, intense, floral, on vanilla and some bitter fragrance. The finish is medium to long, bitter, fragrant and spicy. Diluted, it becomes more fragrant and on bitter almonds.
Impression: A fresh, intense, spirity, floral and spicy whisky.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1

09 Jan

Caol Ila 2006, 10 YO, Gordon MacPhail, 60.2%, B:2017, cask 306183+4, 306186+7. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Intense, smoky, maritime, salty, on peat smoke, some camphor, iodine, burnt juniper bushes, dry tarry and slightly aromatic peat smoke.
Taste: Very peaty, maritime, salty, on iodine, camphor, bandages, peat smoke, tar and some soot, lemon peel, with a light sweetness. The finish is long, intense, peaty, smoky, maritime, on iodine, seaweeds, camphor, peat smoke and lapsang souchong.
Impression: A very nice intense, peaty, maritime and medicinal Islay whisky.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A7


Glenburgie 1966, Gordon & MacPhail, 45%, B: 2005. Price:
Colour: Amber.
Nose: Very smooth and mellow, velvety, unctuous, on fine leather, dry fruits such as raisins and dates, a slight peat smoke and some red berries.
Taste: Smooth, velvety, on leather, tannins, orange, tangerine, some berries and rather woody notes. The finish is medium, woody, tannic, on leather and berries.
Impression: The nose was excellent, on very smooth and velvety  flavours, but it is unfortunately on the rather strong woody and tannic side on the palate. A whisky that has spent too much time in the cask. Not really my type, but I know many people who love that one, so taste it to make your own judgement.
Rating: 13/20 FP:J2

08 Jan

Lochindaal 2007, 10 YO, Hidden Spirit, 53.1%, B:2018, Cask LH718. Price:
Colour:  Gold
Colour: Gold
Nose:  Smooth, elegant, peaty, maritime, slightly round, on peat smoke, light maritime and medicinal flavours, bandages and disinfectant. Subtle and elegant.
Taste: Peaty to very peaty, smoky, maritime, elegant, very medicinal, on iodine, camphor, peat smoke, bandages and other medicinal flavours. The finish is long, elegant, subtle and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very nice Port Charlotte, very peaty, but not too powerful and massive. Rather smooth, subtle and lots of medicinal flavours. Very good and with almost no oaky flavours.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A5


Octomore Savannah Series 2011, Antique Lions of Spirits, 51.9%, B:2017. Price:
Colour:  Gold
Colour: Straw
Nose: Very peaty, smooth, medicinal, on camphor, iodine, dry and ashy peat smoke, some spearmint. Clean and with some bandages.
Taste: Juicy, fresh, peaty, on pear drops, vanilla custard, and a rather soft peat smoke. Balanced and elegant. The finish is medium, well balanced and juicy, on orchards fruits, peat smoke and some vanilla.
Impression: An atypical Octomore, fresh, juicy, with fresh orchard fruits and with a rather moderate peatiness. As this Octomore is rather lightly peaty, the whisky seems finer and more complex than the official bottlings. Very good.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A5

07 Jan

BenRiach Four Casks, 21 YO, OB, 46%, B:2018. Price:
Colour:  Gold
Nose: Round, rather clean and fresh, slightly floral, oaky, and creamy, on fresh oak, some vanilla, orchards fruits, and a hint of melon. A clear virgin oak influence on the nose.
Taste: Spicy, oaky to very oaky, slightly floral, green and grassy, on freshly sawn wood and vanilla, with a hint of sweetness. The finish is medium and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly nutty.
Impression: A quite fresh and clean BenRiach, with a clear influence of the virgin oak. Rather clean and fresh, and not as complex or mellow as you might expect from a whisky of that age.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A2    


Benriach 10th Anniversary of the Whisky Show, 28 YO, Elixir Distillers, 48.8%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Round, slightly mellow, green, mineral and aromatic,
Taste: Rich, spicy, rather intense, mellow and grassy, with some tobacco, honey, melon and vanilla. The finish is medium to long, rich, grassy, on honey, tobacco, melon, some vanilla and melon.
Impression: Rather different from the OB, more intense, grassier and mellower.
Rating:  15/20 FP:A2

06 Jan

Carsebridge 1974 10 th Anniversary, 43 YO, The Whisky Agency, 46.4%, B:2018, 102 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Round, mellow, on corn syrup, cooked corn, porridge, a light fragrance, some vanilla, cinnamon, and dried apricots. Well balanced.
Taste: Very mellow, round, on cooked cereals, corn syrup, dried apricots, vanilla, peach juice, some cinnamon and stewed fruits. The finish is medium to long, very mellow and round, fruity, on elderberries flowers, dried apricots, peach, vanilla and some corn syrup. Diluted, it becomes slightly oaky and milky.
Impression: A very pleasant and mellow grain whisky, with a nice mouth feel. Seemed to have improved after a few months after opening.
Rating:  16/20 FP:A1


Invergordon 1973 for Sweden Whiskyklubben, 44YO, Sansibar, 51.1%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very round, mellow, well balanced, rather complex, on cooked cereals, some porridge, corn syrup and vanilla custard. Very good and rather smooth.
Taste: Round, floral, fragrant, rather intense, mellow, on porridge, cooked cereals, cinnamon, marmalade, some orange, tangerine, and apricots. The finish is medium to long, round, mellow, intense, slightly fragrant, on cooked cereals, apricots and marmalade.
Impression: A very nice round and mellow grain whisky, more on sweet corn-like flavours than the Carsebridge, but also more fragrant.
Rating: 16/20 FP:D1

Cameronbridge 1984 10th Anniversary of World of Whisky, Signatory, 50.4%, B:2018, cask 19305. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Clean to very clean, on green cereals, some varnish, vanilla and honey. Rather fragrant and floral.
Taste: On varnish and solvent. With time it becomes clean, light, fresh, and rather spirity. The finish is medium to long, clean to very clean, on vanilla, some varnish and solvent.
Impression: A rather peculiar whisky. It needs some time to breath, in order to leave the solvent and varnish flavours to disappear. Something went bad with the sample?
Rating: 08/20 FP:A1

05 Jan

Elements of Islay Pl5 2009, Elixir Distillers, 63.1%, B:2018, 582 bottles. Price: (70 cl equivalent),
Colour:  Gold
Nose: Clean, very peaty and maritime, slightly young and oaky, on intense peat smoke, seaweeds, iodine, some kippers and hemp rope. Very intense.
Taste: Young, oaky, peaty, maritime, on seaweeds, iodine, camphor, vanilla, lemon and hemp rope. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes drier, more on hemp rope and slightly younger.
Impression: A nice and peaty Port Charlotte, dry and on lemon zest. A few extra years of maturation would have been welcomed.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A8


Port Charlotte 2002, 15 YO, FEW Barrels, 61.8%, B:2018, Sherry cask 324. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Round, peaty, complex, maritime to very maritime, moderately meaty and farmy, on peat smoke, seaweeds, iodine, a touch of camphor, leather and air-dry bacon.
Taste: Dry to very dry, peaty, maritime, on peat smoke, with some round meaty flavours, dry red berries, leather, camphor and spearmint. Rather spirity. Diluted, it becomes more on spearmint and bandages. The finish is long, peaty, maritime, medicinal, on camphor, iodine, bandages, some spearmint and seaweeds.
Impression: A very peaty and medicinal version of Port Charlotte. The sherry influence was rather noticeable on the nose, but then it was markedly more discreet on the palate. Tasted first in rather warm conditions, it seemed rather soft. Tasted again a few weeks later in standard conditions, it became more complex, intense and medicinal. A very good one that needs some time to open. I wished the price was softer.
Rating: 16/20 FP:D7

04 Jan

Highland Park 1980 to commemorate of the visit of Maxxium UK to the Highland Park distillery, 20 YO, OB, 50.5%, Cask 8421, 252 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Aromatic, floral, complex, moderately peaty and smoky, on heather honey, dry peat smoke, dried oranges, some sultanas, figs, exotic fruits, and old peat fire. Rich and with lovely dried and candied fruits.
Taste: Rich, intense, salty, complex, smoky, slightly maritime, on cocoa, dark chocolate, dry peat smoke, candied fruits, orange, tangerine, heather honey, dates, sultanas and some exotic fruits. The finish is long, rich, spicy, slightly salty, on dry peat smoke, cocoa, dark chocolate, some sea salt, sea brine, honey, sultanas, figs, treacle and various dried fruits. Diluted, it becomes fruitier and the peat smoke more tarry and heavier.
Impression: An old style of Highland Park that I enjoy very much, heavier, peatier, and thicker than the current production, and with more depth as well. From an excellent sherry cask.
Rating: 18/20 FP:G4


Highland Park Runrig Dram, 22 YO, Duncan Taylor, 51.4%, B:2009. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Fresh, mellow, smooth, slightly peaty, on tangerine, citron (cedrat), heather, a light peat smoke, some melon, sea brine and papaya. Elegant.
Taste: Fresh, zesty, slightly smoky, austere and salty, on heather honey, a light peat smoke, citron (cedrat), light spices, some nuts, camphor and various herbal flavours. The finish is medium, herbal, rather fresh, slightly smoky, on citron (cedrat), and soft herbal flavours.
Impression: A nice and elegant Highland Park, rather subtle and with nice aromas of citron (or cedrat in French, one of the original citrus fruit that you can find in Corsica). An atypical Highland Park but a good one.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A2

03 Jan

Glenglassaugh 1984 Old Malt Cask Sherry, 25 YO, Douglas Laing, 50%, B: 2009, DL 5362. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very round, floral, grassy to very grassy, with lots of toffee and fudge, on honey, herbs, peach, melon, and some exotic fruits.
Taste: Very spicy (mustard, ginger and pepper), grassy, nutty, slightly rubbery and bitter, on tannins, liquorice roots, old leather, walnuts, herbs and honey. The finish is medium, spicy, dry, nutty to very nutty, slightly herbal, on liquorice, walnuts, old leather and some old wood. Diluted, it becomes drier, nuttier and bitterer.
Impression: A whisky with a nose strong on toffee, and rather dry and nutty on the palate.
Rating: 12/20 FP:F1


Glenglassaugh 1978 Old Malt Cask, 27 YO, Douglas Laing, 50%, B: 2005, DL 1994. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Rich, mellow, complex, floral, rather grassy and herbal, on honey, rich stewed fruits, some exotic fruits, peach, spices, a hint of smoke and nuts. Very good.
Taste: Spicy to very spicy (ginger, mustard and some pepper), floral, rich, grassy, fruity, on honey, melon, peach, guava, some papaya and a touch of almonds. The finish is medium, grassy to very grassy, very creamy, nutty, on almonds, some peach, vanilla, mint and marzipan. Diluted, it becomes more nutty and marzipan.
Impression: A good one, grassy, initially rather fruity, then it becomes more nutty.
Rating: 14/20 FP:C2

02 Jan

Port Mourant 1997, El Dorado, 57.9%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very fruity, intense, deep, complex, on dates, sultanas, dried apricots and pineapples. Very good.
Taste: Rich, deep, fruity to very fruity, on quince jelly, cooked pineapples, dried apricots, thick tar, some coffee and black liquorice. The finish is long, thick, deep, tarry, bitter, on pineapples, plums, blackcurrant, caramel, cinnamon, cloves and thick treacle. With time, it becomes more intense on liquorice.
Impression: A thick, heavy and intense Port Mourant rum distilled in wooden column, with liquorice, ground coffee beans and caramel. Very good.
Rating: 16/20


Enmore 1996, El Dorado, 57.2%, B:2017. Price:
Colour: Amber-red
Nose: Mellow, round, floral, on varnish, cinnamon, cloves, molasses, ground coffee beans and light fragrant flavours,
Taste: Very rich, fruity, floral, complex, on dried apricots and pineapples, cinnamon, some cloves, molasses, and other elegant ripe fruity flavours. The finish is long, rich, intense, complex, and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very good, rich, fruity, and rather floral rum, nicely complex and thick, with diverse ripe fruits.
Rating: 16/20

01 Jan 2019

Longrow 1973, 30 YO, FoD, 50.1%, B:2003, Bourbon cask. Price:
Colour:  Gold-old gold
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, complex, tarry, slightly mineral, with a rather farmy peat smoke, some sea brine and light fruity flavours. A lovely old style of peat smoke reminding me of the Longrow 1973 from Moon. I love this style, peatier and more farmy than the current Longrow.
Taste: Floral, round, mellow, moderately fragrant and medicinal, on disinfectant, medicinal peat smoke, vanilla, some camphor, perfume and a hint of green almonds. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours. With a long medicinal and moderately peaty retro-olfaction.
Impression: The nose was excellent, rather heavily peated, with a nice farmy flavours, while it becomes more floral and slightly fragrant on the palate, and less peaty as expected by the nose. Tasted much younger on the palate than the age indicated on the label.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A5


Longrow 1973, 30 YO, FoD, 55.6%, B:2003, Sherry cask. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Round, mellow, farmy, moderately peaty, on sultanas, dried fruits, mango, stables, some other exotic fruits, old leather, sea brine and orange. Seems less peaty and tarry than the Bourbon, but it is also richer and fruitier. Excellent.
Taste: Intense, complex, peaty, tarry, rubbery, on fresh rubber, farmy and slightly maritime peat smoke, some iodine, leather, sultanas, exotic fruits and liquorice roots. The finish is long and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes more rubbery, astringent and bitter.
Impression: The nose was excellent and very much to my liking, with its combination of dry farmy peat smoke, leather and exotic fruits. The rubbery flavours were light and well integrated on the nose, but it quickly gains in intensity on the palate and with a few drops of water, it becomes rather bitter and astringent.
Rating: 15/20 FP:H5



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