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28Mar

Ledaig 1974, 27 YO, Private Cask, 51.3%. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, aromatic, phenolic, maritime to very maritime, on camphor, seaweeds, maritime peat smoke, sea brine, some tar and soot. Very good. Reminds me of the excellent old Ardbeg from the same vintage.
Taste: Round, peaty, maritime, complex, slightly oaky, on a round maritime peat smoke, camphor, iodine, seaweeds, vanilla and light oaky flavours and spearmint.  The finish is long to very long, maritime, peaty, phenolic, on seaweeds, camphor, iodine and peat smoke. Diluted, it becomes more on menthol and spearmint.
Impression: A very good peaty, maritime and phenolic expression of Ledaig, with nice round oaky and light menthol flavours. 
Rating: 17/20 FP:A6


26Mar

TWA Smoky 2007, The Whisky Agency, 48%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Very peaty, intense, maritime, tarry, on dry hemp rope, peat smoke, seaweeds, some iodine, phenols, and camphor. Intense!
Taste: Light, peaty to very peaty, maritime, phenolic, tarry, on sea weeds, hemp rope, peat smoke, iodine, sea salt, some vanilla and lemon peel. The finish is medium to long, peaty, maritime, salty, tarry, on vanilla, hemp rope, peat smoke, iodine, a touch of sea salt, camphor and disinfectant.
Impression: A very peaty, maritime, tarry and phenolic Islay single malt. Rather light.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A7


25Mar

Octomore 10.2, OB, 56.9%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, intense, maritime, slightly meaty, rather balanced, on seaweeds, peat smoke, light oaky and vanilla flavours. Rather matured for an Octomore.
Taste: Oaky, young, peaty to very peaty, maritime, salty, slightly fragrant and floral, on iodine, tar, liquorice root, vanilla and some tar. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes more on vanilla and menthol.
Impression: A nice, oaky, rather balanced Octomore, not too young or dry.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A7


24Mar

Clynelish 1980, 31 YO, Private Cask, 51.4%, B:2011. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Round, balanced, complex, moderately waxy, with some mustard seeds, vanilla, exotic fruits, beeswax, light oaky flavours and a hint of smoke,
Taste: Intense, round, oaky, spicy, moderately waxy, slightly smoky, on oak spices, heather honey, light grassy and toffee flavours, as well as some vanilla custard. The finish is medium to long, oaky, spicy, round, rather complex, with nice round grassy and vanilla flavours, some heather honey, citrus and mustardy flavours.
Impression: A nice oaky, mellow, round, rather oaky and spicy, with some citrus and a light smokiness.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1


23Mar

Clynelish 1965, 29 YO, Signatory, 52.1%, B:1994, cask 667, 530 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Woaww! A delicious waxy, fruity, mineral, slightly sooty and peaty Clynelish, old wax and furniture, shoe polish, some old worn leather, nice elegant sooty and mineral slightly austere peat smoke, orange, walnuts and a hint of walnuts. Complex and simply delicious.
Taste: Waxy to very waxy, oily, mineral, moderately sooty, austere and nutty, on walnuts, sap, mineral and aromatic peat smoke, bitter orange, some old leather, soot, ash and camphor. Very complex. Diluted, it becomes more sooty, ashy, mineral and waxy. The finish is long to very long, sooty, waxy, citric, complex, moderately austere, slightly peaty, on candied bitter orange and citrus, mineral, ashy and slightly sooty aromatic peat smoke, some old leather and a touch of rancio and walnuts.
Impression: A delicious, complex, austere, mineral, sooty and ashy Clynelish. Simply superb! I love this style.
Rating: 20/20 FP:D3


 

22Mar

Macallan 10 YO 1968 for the New Elgin Club, OB, 70 Proof. B: 1970s. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, floral, round, rather vegetal, moderately floral, on toffee, rather fragrant floral flavours, lots of sultanas, on orange, toffee, cinnamon, vegetal condiment, cardamom. Very different for its sister bottling.
Taste: Thick, syrupy, floral, vegetal, slightly fragrant, on rather fragrant floral flavours, caramel, sultanas, some toffee, dried fruits, orange, tangerine, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, old leather and tannins. Heavier on tannins than the other one. With time, it become spicier, more sticky and floral, and less on toffee. The finish is long, complex, thick, sticky and on the same flavours.
Impression: Another very good old Macallan, with markedly stronger toffee and caramel flavours on the nose. Only 70 Proof (UK, i.e., 40%), but so much intensity.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1


21Mar

Macallan 10 YO for the New Elgin Club, OB, 70 Proof, B:1970s. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, spicy, intense, complex, floral, on dried fruits, complex spicy flavours, sultanas, orange, some marmalade, cinnamon, nutmeg and nice nutty flavours. Powerful.
Taste: Rich, intense, complex, floral, spicy, with lots of nicely balanced floral flavours, soft leather and tannins, orange, tangerine, cinnamon, nutmeg, some marmalade, hand made toffee and various dried fruits. The finish is long, complex to very complex, spicy, intense, well balanced, on dried fruits, orange, leather, nice floral and slightly nutty flavours, as well as cinnamon and nutmeg. Diluted, it becomes slightly on ground coffee.
Impression: An excellent, rich, complex, spicy and intense Macallan, with lots of dried fruits and nicely integrated spicy and nutty flavours. So much better than the current 10 YO.
Rating: 17/20 FP:G2


 

20Mar

Glen Mhor 1965, 20 YO, Cadenhead’s, 46%, B:1986. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Sooty, mineral, peaty, smoky, slightly aromatic, with some aromatic herbs, old soot, mineral flavours, peat smoke, a touch of quince and mirabelle.
Taste: Very complex, mineral, sooty, on old fashioned mineral peat smoke, slightly austere, with some aromatic herbs, orange peel, a touch of high grade rubber and light mineral flavours.
Impression: A very good, rich, complex, nicely mineral and sooty whisky. Most enjoyable. Thank you Enrico.
Rating: 16/20 FP:D2


19Mar

GlenDronach 1993 For Scotchwhisky.com, 26 YO, OB, 50.9%, B:2018, cask 6849. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Round, rich, spicy, nutty, floral, intense, on leather, tannins, treacle, orange, sultanas, dried fruity, rich spices and some figs. Very good.
Taste: Rich, spicy, intense, complex, floral, on nice rich floral and spicy flavours, some nuts, tannins, dried fruits, orange, nutmeg and a light fragrance. The finish is medium to long, nutty, slightly tannic and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly more floral and fragrant.
Impression: A very good floral, spicy and rather fragrant complex GlenDronach.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1


 

Glendronach 1970 White Label, Cadenhead’s, 58.9%, cask 26. Price:
Colour: Gold- old gold
Nose: Intense, floral, moderately grassy, slightly smoky, peaty and aromatic, with a nice very light peat smoke, nice floral and slightly aromatic flavours, some aromatic herbs and a touch of berries. Very good and rather different from the OB.
Taste: Rich, light, floral, fragrant, fresh, on vanilla, light oaky flavours, lime blossom, chamomile, a touch of berries and hint of smoke. The finish is medium, floral, fresh, and moderately fragrant, with some heather, berries, vanilla and soft spices.
Impression: A very different Glendronach from the OB, with a nice clean and fresh distillate, with only a faint influence from the cask.
Rating:  15/20 FP:C1


18Mar

Burke’s Old Irish (US import), Edward & John Burke (Dublin), B:1910s. Price:
Colour:  Straw
Nose: Light, with very strong caramel flavours, some leather and toffee. With time, it opens, the caramel fades slightly and it becomes more on air dried orchard fruits.
Taste: Light, fresh, malty, on green malt, fresh orchard fruits, caramel, some dark berries, dried apricots and a hint of smoke. The finish is medium, round, malty, slightly spicy, on dried fruits, orchard fruits, some caramel, fresh barley, walnuts and a hint of smoke.
Impression: From the organoleptic point of view, this is a rather good Irish whiskey, with a flavour profile from a Pot Still. On the nose, it seems like a fair amount of caramel has been added to the product.  It is very rare to taste such old Irish whiskies.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A2

17Mar

Glenlochy 1974, 28 YO, Private Cask, 54.8%. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Dusty, oaky, slightly smoky and rubbery, with some humus, light smoky and dusty flavours, a touch of rubber and dried apricots.
Taste: Oily, moderately smoky, on humus, with some dried fruits, light grassy and aromatic flavours, vanilla, peat smoke and nice oily flavours. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly on lime blossom and some candied oranges.
Impression: The nose was rather dusty and oaky, and becoming nicely oily, rather mineral and grassy on the palate. Complex and very enjoyable.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D2


16Mar

Killyloch 1972, 22 YO, Signatory, 52.6%, sherry cask 20641. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Bold, floral, slightly grassy and smoky, with some hay, vanilla and peach in tin/can.
Taste: Floral, grassy, complex, rather resinous, slightly spicy, on hay, rather fragrant floral flavours, some straw, heather honey, light grassy flavours, quince, Mirabelle, and a light smokiness. The finish is medium, grassy, floral, moderately floral, with a light fragrance, vanilla, stewed fruits, heather honey, some peach, quince and Mirabelle.
Impression: Killyloch was a lightly peated whisky from the Lowlands, distilled at Glen Flager. A whisky that can be seldom seen and a very good one, with nice grassy, floral and resinous flavours.
Rating: 16/20 FP:C1


15Mar

Mosstowie 1979, Signatory, 38 YO, 42.4%, B:2017, cask 14574. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mellow, round, fruity, slightly floral and spicy, some tinned (canned) pears, melon, light spicy and oaky flavours and a touch of menthol.
Taste: Mellow, fruity, malty, slightly oaky, floral and spicy, with some menthol, pears, melon and light oaky flavours. The finish is medium to long, fruity, slightly oaky, floral and spicy, with some melon, menthol and pears.
Impression: A nice mellow Mosstowie, rather fruity and slightly oaky.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A1


 

14Mar

Ainslie’s Specially Selected Very Old 12 YO for Di Chiano, OB, 43%, B:1970s. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Rich, mellow, moderately grainy, waxy and mineral, with some old fashioned peat smoke, wax, light resinous flavours, stewed exotic fruits, and light austere and aromatic flavours. More complex than the other Ainslie & Heilbronn blends.
Taste: Mineral, waxy, citric, on lemon peel, grapefruit, mineral wax, soot, ashes, some liquorice, candied and light exotic fruits. The finish is medium to long, ashy, citric, sooty, waxy, on candied lemon and grapefruit, mineral and sooty old fashioned peat smoke, some quince, Mirabelle, exotic fruits, liquorice and wax.
Impression: A very well made blend, with a flavour profile showing nice smoky, mineral and sooty peat smoke, as the old 12 YO Clynelish white label for Di Chiano.
Rating: 16/20 FP:C3


14Mar

Ainslie Royal Edinburgh Flat Bottle Spring cap, OB, B:1960s. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Round, malty, slightly floral and grainy, on caramel, smooth grainy flavours, some wax, mustard, a light mineral and sooty smoke and a touch of crystallised fruits.
Taste: Round, floral, slightly grainy, moderately mineral, sooty, ashy and waxy, with some austere mineral peat smoke, some caramel, soot, candied fruits (including citrus). Diluted, it becomes more citric, waxy and on old fashioned peat smoke. The finish is medium, moderately, grainy, malty and round, with some soot, ashes, peat smoke, caramel and light floral flavours. Diluted, there are some light coffee flavours.
Impression: A rather round blend, with night light sooty and ashy peat smoke flavours and toffee. Rounder, slightly less complex and more grainy than the Glen Brora.
Rating: 14/20 FP:D2


 

Glen Brora, Carradale blending Co., 40%, B:1970s. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Waxy, round, slightly floral and mellow, on toffee, old mineral wax, some peat smoke and soot. Smells like an old Clynelish with added caramel.
Taste: Mustardy, round, malty, rather waxy and sooty, with a light peat smoke, light mineral and sooty flavours, some quince, Mirabelle, caramel, light floral and exotic fruit flavours. Diluted, it becomes more mineral and sooty, slightly more fruity as well and with some coffee beans.. The finish is rather long, with a nice round sooty old fashioned peat smoke, some caramel, light floral and aromatic flavours and ashes.
Impression: Carradale blending was a company owned by Ainslie & Heilbronn, the owner of the old Clynelish (BroraI distillery). A very nice blend with rather strong flavours reminding me  of old Clynelish (pre-1970s Broras), with some added caramel and a light and rather neutral influence of the grain whisky.
Rating: 15/20 FP:C3

12Mar

Glenury Royal Cask of Distinction 1968, 50 YO, OB, 45.0%, B:2018, cask 8709. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Complex, intense, slightly bold, waxy, smoky and peaty, with some humus, resin, old furniture, beeswax, melon and a touch of honey. Very good.
Taste: Rich, complex, intense, bold, waxy, with some citrus, humus, bold peat smoke, cocoa, leather, a hint of tannins and nuts. The finish is medium to long, complex, rich, bold, rather waxy, with some citrus, vanilla, light grassy and nutty flavours, melon, a touch of peat smoke and orange.
Impression: An excellent Glenury, complex, rather bold and intense, with some pleasant citrus flavours. Markedly different from the previous 50 YO, as the spirit is not dominated by the cask and with just a touch of wood. Lovely.
Rating: 18/20 FP:B2


11Mar

Clynelish Director’s Special, 36 YO, The Single malts of Scotland, 47.1%, B:2020. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Waxy, citric, intense, mellow, complex, on rather intense citrus flavours, with some oaky and vanilla flavours. Very good.
Taste: Light, citric to very citric, waxy, on candied citrus, some pineapples, mellow oaky flavours and candied exotic fruits (guava and papaya). The finish is long, mellow, complex, citric, on candied citrus, some pineapples, light mustardy and waxy flavours, vanilla custard and exotic fruits. Diluted, it becomes more peppery, waxy and on sea brine, as well as with more grapefruits.
Impression: An excellent mellow Clynelish, rather waxy and with strong aromas of citrus fruits. A Clynelish distilled in 1982 that was removed from the cask in 2018 and bottled for the Old and Rare in 2020.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A1


10Mar

Caol Ila 2007 for Ramseyer’s whisky connection, 12 YO, Signatory, 58.2%, B: 2020, cask 307339. Price:
Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Peaty, tarry, maritime, salty, on seaweeds, hemp rope, iodine, seaweeds, dry and tarry peat smoke, with a touch of camphor and salt.
Taste: Intense, fresh, zesty, peaty, maritime, rather medicinal and slightly oak, on a dry oaky peat smoke, vanilla, lemon zest, hemp rope and some iodine. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours.
Impression: An intense, fresh, peaty and zesty Caol Ila, with some oaky spices and lemon zest.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A7


 

09Mar

Brora 1978 Cask of Distinction for Emmanuel Dron, Bihan Yang & Edward Zeng, 41 YO, OB, 45%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Waxy, slightly peaty, austere, farmy and aromatic, with some soot, lemon peel and nice mineral flavours. Not heavily peated, but when tasted head to head with the 35 YO Cask of Distinction, the peat is clearly present.
Taste: Waxy, peaty, farmy, citric, on grapefruits, some lemon peel, beeswax, ripe fruits, mirabelle, vanilla custard, light mineral flavours, orange zest and oily flavours. The finish is medium to long, waxy, mellow, slightly grassy, on ripe fruits, pink grapefruit and some beeswax. Less peaty than than on the palate.
Impression: An excellent Brora, mellow, waxy and citric, with some austere, mineral and citric flavours, with a nice light peat smoke. Thank you Edward.
Rating: 18/20 FP:A2


08Mar

Brora 1982 Cask of Distinction, 35 YO, OB, 44.2%, B: 2017, cask 566, 217 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Waxy to very waxy, mellow, intense, slightly mustardy and farmy, on lemon curd, some light farmy flavours, mustard seeds, melon and other ripe fruits. Excellent.
Taste: Very waxy, farmy, mustardy, citric, complex to very complex, on lemon peel, mirabelle, beeswax, vanilla, light farmy and mustardy flavours. The finish is long to very long, very waxy, complex, on nice fresh lemon and other citrus fruits, some mustard seeds, melon, ripe fruits, vanilla
Impression: An excellent complex, rather fresh and intense Brora, very waxy, on ripe fruits, beeswax and some mustard seeds.
Rating: 18/20 FP:A1


07Mar

Special Whisky & Music

Islay Single Malt for Cadenhead’s Baden 2006, 11 YO, Cadenhead’s, 56.6%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Very peaty and smoky, maritime, on a very nice maritime peat smoke, seaweeds, iodine, medicinal flavours, camphor and sea salt. Very good.
Taste: Smooth, smoky to very smoky, peaty, maritime, on wet wood, liquorice roots, seaweeds, bonfire smoke, peat smoke, some sea shells, vanilla and camphor. The finish is long and on the same flavours. There is a very nice smoky-wet wood retro-olfaction.
Impression: A very nice smoky Islay single malt distilled at Lagavulin, with a nice balance and bonfire smoke.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A6


06Mar

Special Whisky & Music

Edradour 2009 for Ramseyer’s whisky connection, 9 YO, Signatory, 57.9%, B:2019, cask 351. Price:
Colour: Amber-dark amber
Nose: Thick, round, intense, floral, spicy, on leather, sultanas, dried fruits, toffee, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, tannins and light nutty flavours.
Taste: Heavy, floral to very floral, fragrant, spicy, round, on rich fragrant floral flavours, marmalade, orange, toffee, cinnamon, some tangerine, honey, red berries and dark chocolate. Diluted, it becomes more oily. The finish is long, floral, rich, round, on soft spices, cinnamon, soft leather, sultanas, tangerine, round floral and slightly fragrant flavours, as well as some fudge.
Impression: A very round and floral Edradour, on dried fruits and nice soft leather flavours.
Rating: 14/20 FP:F1


05Mar
Macallan Concept 2, OB, 40%, B:2020. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, malty, floral to very floral, moderately spicy, slightly smoky, on sultanas, dried fruits, nice round floral flavours, some fudge, orange and tangerine.
Taste: Floral to very floral, fragrant, oaky, spicy, moderately smoky, on whisky toffee, sultanas, orange, some tangerine, cinnamon, nutmeg, leather, cocoa, and light nutty flavours. The finish is medium to long, nutty, floral, slightly fragrant and oaky, with some whisky toffee, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, leather, toffee and orange. Diluted, it becomes slightly more floral,
Impression: Not very complex, but nicely floral, with a good mouth feel and a light peat smoke. Rather rich and well made.
Rating: 13/20 FP:G2




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