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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 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 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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