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25Feb 21

Amrut Kadhambam, OB, 50%, B:2019, 3600 botttles. Price:
Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Floral to very floral, round, on tannins, some lacquer, juicy oak, exotic fruity, cinnamon and light grassy flavours.
Taste: Floral, spicy, slightly oaky, balanced, rather fruity, on oak spices, some cinnamon, ginger, exotic fruits, marzipan, marmalade and lacquer. The finish is medium, spicy, floral, slightly fruity, on sultanas, leather, some tannins, black liquorice, exotic fruits, ginger, oak spices and dark chocolate.
Impression:  A nicely balanced whisky, rich, fruity, spicy and with a pleasant complexity.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1

07Feb 21

The Old Man of Hoy Orcadian 12 YO For Taiwan, Blackadder, 58.8%, B:2019, Hogshead, C#OMH 2019-3, 365 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Gristy, slightly young, light and coastal, with a light smokiness, some orchards fruits, vanilla and sea brine.
Taste: Salty, maritime, slightly oaky, on vanilla, some heather, seabrine, a hint of smoke and seashells. The finish is medium and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes smokier, slightly rooty
Impression: A nice maritime, slightly salty and smoky whisky.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A2

02Feb 21

Glen Moray Raw Cask 2007, 10 YO, Blackadder, 57.6%, B:2018, cask 5688. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Very sweet and fruity, fresh, on freshly pressed green pears, nice malty and grassy flavours, as well as a hint of spices.
Taste: Fresh, floral, malty, slightly green, on green apples and pears, some oaky, malty and grassy flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly more peppery. The finish is medium, malty, oaky, spicy, peppery, rather intense, slightly floral, on nice fresh malty flavours and some pepper.
Impression: A nice and intense Glen Moray, rather sweet, smooth and fruity on the nose, with initial flavours of green orchards fruits, before becoming more spicy and peppery.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A2

31Jan 21

The GlenAllachie Cask Strength Batch 3, 10 YO, OB, 58.2%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round, floral, rather intense, moderately spicy, on nice floral and fragrant flavours, stewed fruits, exotic fruits, Taste: Round to very round, floral, slightly grassy, with some honey, lemon, vanilla custard and nice round stewed fruits flavours, as well as soft spices. Nicely balanced. Diluted, it becomes slightly more aromatic. The finish is medium and on the same flavours
Impression: A nice GlenAllachie, very round, but also rather intense, well balanced and nicely fruity. Very good value. Rating: 15/20 FP:C1

30Jan 21

The GlenAllachie 18 YO, OB, 46%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Mellow, nutty, rather heavy, slightly floral, on nice spices, leather, dried and dark fruits, Christmas cake, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, and humus.
Taste: Mellow, floral, on soft and round spices, sultanas, leather, cinnamon, nutmeg, praline, nice fragrant flowers, some orange, tangerine, exotic fruits, including mango.
Impression: A very good floral, mellow and rather complex whisky, on soft spices and nice fruity flavours.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1

29Jan 21

Timorous Beastie 18 YO Blended Malt, Douglas Laing, 46.8%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Intense, oaky, spicy, rather mellow, slightly malty and floral, with round spices, nice round floral flavours and some honey.
Taste: Floral, mellow, fruity, slightly spicy, on honey, some humus, nice round fruity flavours and light aromatic herbs. Diluted, it becomes smoother. The finish is medium, rather mellow and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very nice, mellow and slightly aromatic blended malt, with nice honey flavours.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1

28Jan 21

Millstone Special # 17 Moscatel 2010, OB,  46%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Mellow, round to very round, vegetal, slightly floral, on vegetal condiment, leather, tannins, various dried fruits and some fragrant flowers.
Taste: Round, malty, slightly floral, acetic and fruity, on sultanas, dried fruits, some vegetal condiment, round spices and dark chocolate. Diluted, it becomes rounder, fruitier and more malty. The finish is medium to long, malty, floral, on spices, cachou, sultanas, light acetic flavours, dried fruits and some vegetal condiments.
Impression: A very nice expression of Millstone, with a slightly acetic and dry influence of the Moscatel. Slightly too much to my liking when tasted neat, but then it becomes more balanced and smoother once diluted. Very good.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D1

27Jan 21

Ballechin Vintage 2009, OB, 46%, B:2019, Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, dry, slightly floral and aromatic, on dry peat smoke, some aromatic herbs, soot and tar.
Taste: Dry, tarry, peaty, slightly floral, with some phenols, dry and tarry peat smoke, some aromatic herbs and light grassy flavours. The finish is medium, dry, rooty, tarry, sooty and on dry aromatic peat smoke
Impression: A very peaty, dry and tarry expression of Ballechin.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A7

26Jan 21

Glendronach 1993, 25 YO, OB, 53.9%, B:2019, cask 6251. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Mellow, floral, complex, slightly spicy, on round floral flavours, Christmas cake, some toffee, spices, fruits and sultanas.
Taste: Rich, floral, spicy to very spicy, complex, slightly nutty, on orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, Christmas cake, leather, sultanas, and some exotic fruits. The finish is long, spicy, rich, nutty, slightly tannic and bitter, on dried fruits, nuts, orange, marmalade, leather, tannins, cinnamon and some cloves. Diluted, it becomes more tannic and bitter.
Impression: A very nice, rich, floral, intense and rather spicy Glendronach, becoming with on tannins after some dilution.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1

 

25Jan 21

Invergordon 1974, 44 YO,  The Whisky Blues, 46.5%, B:2018, cask 29, refill butt, 250 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very fruity, sweet, round, on peaches, cooked cereals, some exotic fruits, apricots and nice cinnamon flavours.
Taste: Very round, grainy, sweet, slightly fragrant, on cooked cereals, peach juice, apricots, some light perfume flavours and mango. The finish is medium to long, rich, mellow, fruity, grainy and on the same nice flavours, with some cinnamon.
Impression: A very nice, mellow, sweet and fruity Invergordon.
Rating: 16/20 FP:D2

22Jan 21

Aultmore 13 YO Collective 3.3, 2006, LMDW, 48%, B:2019, 1st Fill Sherry Butt, Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, mellow, fruity, sweet, complex, with nice sweet exotic fruits flavours (mango puree, pineapples and some coco nut), vanilla and light creamy aromas. Very good!
Taste: Mellow, sweet, very fruity, on delicious and very abundant fruity flavours. The  finish is long to very long, sweet, extremely fruity, mellow, complex and very nicely balanced.
Impression: A deliciously sweet, round and fruity Aultmore. The fruitiness is delicious and it seems much older than the age indicated on the label.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A1

21Jan 21

Invergordon 1974 For Hot Malt Art Series, 45 YO, Signatory, 45%, B:2019, cask 30, Bourbon Barrel, 228 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Complex, round, mellow, on cinnamon, stewed fruits, vanilla, nice floral flavours, and some custard.
Taste: Mellow to very mellow, round, fruity, on stewed fruits, cinnamon, some cardamom, a light fragrance, apricots and some nutmeg. The finish is long, mellow, fruity, slightly fragrant, on stewed fruits, apricots, some peach, nice floral and slightly fragrant flavours and soft spices.
Impression: A very nice mellow grain whisky, slightly fragrant and with nice stewed fruits
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1

19Jan

Glenrothes 1996 Connoisseur Society, The Maltman, 47.8%, cask 1627, Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask, 259 bottles. Price:
Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Round, floral, rather close, with some leather, melon, apricots and plums.
Taste: Round, floral to very floral, slightly fragrant, on sultanas, cinnamon, some nutmeg, cloves, and fragrant floral flavours. Diluted, it becomes more bitter. The finish is medium to long, fragrant, floral, tannic, bitter, on coca, coffee beans, dried figs, sultanas, nuts and fragrant floral flavours.
Impression: A very fragrant and rather tannic Glenrothes, very heavy on the sherry. For the sherry bombs lovers.
Rating:12/20 FP:G1

18Jan

Whisky Trail Jazz Groove Vol.1: Mortlach 1993, 26 YO, Elixir Distillers, 56.2%, cask #85, 190 bottles. Price:
Colour: Straw Nose: Meaty, heavy, floral, spicy, on meaty flavours (mainly ham), some vanilla, melon and other fruity flavours. Rather complex and balanced.
Taste: Floral, intense, complex, on very nice complex spices, some light smoky and meaty flavours, precious wood, humus and light aromatic herbs. The finish is long, complex, aromatic herbs, some precious wood and various spicy and fruity flavours.
Impression: A very nice complex and rather aromatic Mortlach, with a nice meaty nose.
Rating: 15/20 FP:B2

17Jan

Highland Region Malt 1996 for Taiwan, 22 YO, The Whisky Agency, 48.4%, B:2018, 340 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Floral, heavy, complex, grassy, slightly fragrant, with some varnish, nice grassy-waxy flavours, melon, quince and orchards fruits.
Taste: Bold, grassy, waxy, fruity, floral, malty, slightly spicy, on vanilla, nice grassy and malty flavours, some spices, a hint of smoke, melon and orchards fruits. The finish is medium, bold, malty, and on the same flavours.
Impression: A nice bold, malty, grassy-waxy and rather complex whisky, with a nice mouthfeel. A single malt apparently distilled in the town of Brora.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1

11Jan

MacNair's Blended Malt Lum Reek 21 YO, OB, 48%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, mellow, nicely floral, slightly peaty, with some heather, honey and vanilla.
Taste: Mellow, slightly floral, with a nice mellow peat smoke, nice fruity flavours, as well as some elderberries flowers syrup. The finish is long, sweet, fruity, and on the same flavours
Impression: A very nice, mellow, fruity and well balanced blended malt.
Rating: 15/20 FP:C1

 

02Dec

  Kilnachtan Blended Malt, Le Liquoriste, 43%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Bold, spicy, rich, rather intense, on humus, oak spices, some toffee, light floral flavours and nuts
Taste: Floral, round, spicy, slightly bold, on humus, some toffee, fragrant flowers, caramel, sultanas and carambar. Rather fresh. Diluted, it becomes more fragrant. The finish is medium to long, fresh, floral, fragrant, on humus, caramel, some dried fruits and fresh fragrant flowers.
Impression: A whisky rather bold rich, intense and spicy on the nose, becoming rather floral and fragrant on the palate, and even more fragrant on the palate, with some nutty and caramel flavours. A good one.
Rating: 12/20 FP:F1



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