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05 Apr 10

Special Whisky Schiff Lucerne

Ardbeg 1994, 15 YO, Cadenhead's, 56%, B: 2010, cask 1060, 268 bottles. Price:

Colour: Straw

Nose: Clean, peaty, maritime, on iodine and camphor. Very medicinal.

Taste: Clean, peaty, maritime, with a lot of iodine, kippers, sea brine, and vanilla. Diluted, it becomes slightly salty. The finish is medium to long, clean, peaty, with a long development, on maritime and medicinal flavours.

General Impression: A very nice and very medicinal Ardbeg.

Rating: 16/20 FP:A7

04 Apr 10

Dunyvaig (Ardbeg) 1993 for Bar Metro, 16 YO, Silver Seal (sestante), 50%, B: 2009. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold.

Nose: Very maritime, on seaweeds, disinfectant, iodine, old wet wood and hemp rope.

Diluted, it becomes more on disinfectant.

Taste: Round, oily, strongly maritime, lots of vanilla, on seaweeds, pineapples and menthol. The finish is medium to long, peaty, maritime, salty, and on vanilla.

General Impression: A very nice old Ardbeg, very much on disinfectant and medicinal notes.
Rating: 17/20 FP: A6

03 Apr 10

Sandy Macdonald Special Scotch Whisky, OB, 43%, B: 1970s. Price: N.A.

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Smooth, sweet, malty, smoky, on light grassy notes and some apricots.

Taste: Smooth, sweet, malty, on cereals, slightly soapy and smoky, with some bitter caramel. The finish is medium, mellow, sweet, smoky, with some bitter caramel.

General Impression: A very nice, rich and sweet blend, containing probably a good dose of old Glendullan with the grain whisky being discreet. Bottled at 43° Gay Lussac. Thank you Max.

Rating: 12/20 FP: D3

02 Apr 10

Littlemill 1990, 19 YO, Silver Seal (Sestante), 57%, B: 2009. Price:

Colour: Pale yellow.

Nose: Fragrant, fresh, grassy, quite round, with a touch of smoke, on honey. It becomes richer and more complex with water.

Taste: Grassy to very grassy, with a surprisingly strong fruity flavours, on guava, melon, papaya and vanilla. Rich, complex, creamy with a touch of smoke. The finish is medium to long, rich, thick, grassy, fruity with some smoke.

General Impression: Littlemill does not have a very reputation, but this whisky is remarkable, simply excellent, with a complexity matching whiskies twice its age. If you like Lowlands whiskies, do not miss this one. Thank you Giorgio and Max.

Rating: 17/20 FP: D3

01 Apr 10

Laphroaig 1987, 22 YO,,  46%, B:2009. 120 bottles. Price:

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Maritime, peaty, on seaweeds, fish, camphor, iodine, liquorice and tar.

Taste: Salty to very salty, maritime, tarry, peaty, with some cold ashes, camphor, vanilla and a slight soapiness. The finish is medium to long, peaty, maritime, smoky, on vanilla, seaweeds, wet quid and tar.

General Impression: An excellent "typical" complex Laphroaig, very enjoyable. Thank you Giorgio.

Rating: 17/20 FP: A8

31 Mar 10

Bowmore 1998 NC2, 10 YO, Duncan Taylor, 46%, B: 2008.Price:

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Peaty, farmy, slightly maritime, on vanilla and seaweeds.

Taste: Salty to very salty, with a strong sea breeze, on peat, seaweeds and vanilla. The finish is medium, floral, peaty, clean, maritime and on vanilla.

General Impression: A nicely clean and maritime Bowmore.

Rating: 13/20 FP:A6

30 Mar 10

Bowmore 1965, Hart Brothers, 43%, B: 1998. Price:

Colour: Gold-old gold.

Nose: Very sweet, mellow and fruity, on guava, papaya and melon, with some peat smoke as well as some grassy notes.

Taste: Bold, salty to very salty, oily, slightly peaty, maritime, slightly tarry and ashy, on mango and guava. The finish is medium to long, bold, maritime, salty, slightly fruity and peaty.

General Impression: A very nice bold and fruity Bowmore, which would have benefited from a few more % abv. Thank you Anthony.

Rating: 17/20 FP:C4

27 Mar 10

Bowmore 1973, 25 YO, Kingsbury's, 46%. Cask 3172. Price:

Colour: Old gold.

Nose: Slightly peaty, some mineral flavours and a lot of fruitiness, reminding of the Bowmore distilled in the end of the 1960s. Very good.

Taste: Spicy, on exotic fruits, ginger, passion fruit and guava, with some bold peat smoke. Diluted, it becomes very peppery. The finish is long, slightly dry, very fruity, peaty, on exotic fruits and some salts.

General Impression: A rather special Bowmore, sweet and salty, very fruity and slightly peated. The profile is quite unusual, difficult to describem but I really enjoyed it. Thank you Patrick S.

Rating: 19/20

26 Mar 10

Bowmore 12 YO "Dumpy", OB, 43%, B: 1980s, Price: N.A.

Colour: Gold-old gold

Nose: Sweet, peaty, maritime, salty, on soft round peat, seaweeds, tangerine and some papaya. Excellent.

Taste: Smoky, slightly bitter, peaty, salty, sweet, on tangerine, mango, papaya, with some coffee and cocoa. Well balanced. The finish is medium, sweet, maritime, on tropical fruits and peat.

General Impression: It is not surprising that Bowmore reached a cult status with such bottles. I would have loved trying these whiskies at full strength!

Rating: 19/20 FP:D5

25 Mar 10

Bowmist (Sheriff), 70 Proof, OB, Price: N.A.

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Very fruity, rich on exotic fruits and pineapple. Reminding of the bowmore distilled in the mid 1960s.

Taste: It starts on bitter notes, before the fruitiness is coming back, with its exotic fruits, melon and pineapples. Quite waxy. The finish is medium, with some dryness, plenty of exotic fruits and some smoke.

General Impression: An excellent old Bowmore, very fruity. Some extra %abv would have been welcomed. Thank you Olivier.

Rating: 16/20

24 Mar 10

Bowmore bicentenary, OB, 43%, B: 1979. Price:

Colour: amber

Nose: Peaty, round, smoky, on plums, peach, exotic fruits and mango.

Taste: Smoky, dry, salty, slightly tarry and mineral, on peach, plums, seaweeds and some fish. The finish is medium, round, peaty, with some maltiness, and fruity.

General Impression: An excellent Bowmore, with a strong sherry influence and some Chinese spices. Thank you Patrick S.

Rating: 17/20

23 Mar 10

Bowmore Tempest 10 YO, OB, 55.3%, B:2009, Batch 1. Price:

Colour: Old gold.

Nose: Floral, peaty, maritime, clean, on seaweeds and vanilla.

Taste: Peaty, clean, spicy, slightly maritime, strong vanilla flavours as well some liquorice. The influence of the first fill casks is well present. The finish is medium, peaty, clean, maritime, on seaweeds and vanilla.

General Impression: A very nicely made Bowmore, very peaty and clean. A modern whisky.

Rating: 15/20 FP:B6

22 Mar 10

Bowmore White 1964, 43 YO, OB, 42.8%, B: 2008, 732 bottles. Price:

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Extremely fruity, rich, complex, on lychees, papaya, mango, passion fruit and pink grapefruit, with some sea breeze in the back. The aroma of pink grapefruit is becoming over time.

Taste: Salty to very salty, slightly peaty, maritime, on sea breeze, fish, seashells, fruits, pink grapefruit and a twist of lemon. With time, it evolves more on peat, tar and cold ashes. The finish is long, salty, on sea breeze and grapefruit, with the peat lingering in the back.

General Impression: A very elegant and very subtle complex Bowmore, with a superb nose and a lot on finesse. Very little peat. Thank you Misako.

Rating: 19/20 FP:B3

19 Mar 10

Strathisla 1954, Gordon & MacPhail, 40%. Price:

Colour: Amber.

Nose:  Very nice round sherry, on peat, tangerine, papaya, mango, red fruits, plums with quite some spiciness. Rich and complex.

Taste: Smooth, peppery, spicy, salty, peaty, slightly woody, fruity (tangerine), and on Turkish delights. The finish is long, mellow, fruity (grapefruit, mango and papaya), peaty and smoky.

General Impression: An excellent Strathisla, rich, spicy, very complex, deliciously sweet, with the most discreet woody influence.  Thank you Patrick S.

Rating: 17/20 FP:I4

17 Mar 10

Strathisla 1967, 42 YO, Whisky Agency, 44.5%, B: 2009. 120 bottles. Price:

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Slightly smoky, on red berries, blackcurrant, leather, oranges, tangerine, melon and some heather.

Taste: Very smooth and mellow, slightly spicy and grassy, fruity, with some melon and watermelon, mint and some pepper. The finish is long, slightly syrupy, mellow to very mellow, smooth, with some quince jam and melon.

General Impression: A very nice and very old Strathisla, quite thick, rich, and easy drinking.

Rating: 17/20 FP:C2

17 Mar 10

Kilkerran Work in Progress, 5 YO, OB, 46%, B: 2009. Price:

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Slightly farmy and spicy, on "woodlands" scents, with some smoked ham, grass, malt, vanilla, toffee and some coconut.

Taste: Young, fresh, oaky, slightly salty and grassy, on vanilla, curry (soft), and brown sugar. The finish is short to medium, oaky, grassy, with a hint of smoke, vanilla, and some malt.

General Impression: The first "widely" available Kilkerran distilled at Glengyle has well matured for its age, without excessive "new make"-like flavours.

Rating: 10/20 FP:D2

16 Mar 10

Kornog Taouarc'h Kentan, OB, 57.1%, B: 2009. Price:

Colour: Pale gold.

Nose: Very peaty, clean, slightly farmy and quite maritime. Suprisingly Islay-like.

Taste: Very peaty, sweet, quite floral, on pears, vanilla and some seaweeds. The finish is medium to long, peaty, oily, slightly salty, on sweet pears and some seaweeds. A very long peaty reto-olfaction.

General Impression: A surprisingly matured whisky for just being 3 years old. Very enjoyable and not as spirity as other young single malts. The flavour profile is surprisingly close to an Islay whisky, with maybe some extra smoothness. One of the best very young single malt tasted so far.

Rating: 12/20 FP:D7

14 Mar 10

Glann Ar Mor, OB, 46%, B: 2009. Price:

Colour: Straw.

Nose: Young to very young, quite spirity, on freshly pressed pears, with some delicate floral notes and marzipan.

Taste: Very clean, quite floral and fragrant, with lots of pears, a hint of smoke and on marzipan. The finish is short to medium, floral, on vanilla and marzipan.

General Impression: A very young whisky, fragrant with nice marzipan aromas. Well made and promising.

Rating: 08/20 FP: C1

12 Mar 10

Speymalt (Macallan) 1970 for La Maison du Whisky, Gordon & Macphail, 46%, B: 2009, cask 8326, 524 bottles. Price:

Colour: Amber

Nose: Very nice sherry, very fruity, on orange, tangerine, with some melon, soft spices and heather.

Taste: Rich, spicy, smooth, round, mellow, slightly dry, tannic and bitter, on orange, tangerine, melon and strawberries. The finish is medium, dry, tannic, spicy, slightly smoky. Diluted, it becomes smokier, with some peat.

General Impression: A tad tannic for me, but a very nice and sherried expression of Macallan. Very enjoyable.

Rating: 16/20 FP: I3

11 Mar 10

Macallan 1979, Duthie's, 46%, B: 1993. Price: N.A.

Colour: Old gold.

Nose: Floral, smooth, on pollen, with some smoke and a hint of cardboard.

Taste: Light, floral, slightly peaty, quite fruity, on peach, melon, with some quite strong smoky flavours and a certain coffee bitterness. The finish is medium, dry, floral, on bitter caramel, syrupy, fruity and with some smokiness.

General Impression: A good Macallan, quite smoky, but slightly thin with some old bottle effect.

Rating: 13/20 FP: C4

10 Mar 10

Macallan 1989, 19 YO, Blackadder, 53.3%, B:2009. 255 bottles. Price:

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Smooth, floral, on summer flowers and some pollen.

Taste: Floral, quite spicy and rich, malty, with some pollen. The finish is medium, slightly smoky, on toffee, honey, with some heatter and spices.

General Impression: A quite pleasant and rich Macallan.

Rating: 13/20 FP:C3

09 Mar 10

Macallan 1968, Duncan Taylor, 50.94%, B: 2006. Cask 5586. Price:

Colour: Old gold.

Nose: Slightly smoky, oaky, smooth, fruity, on melon, tangerine and with a touch of pineapple.

Taste: Fruity, slightly woody, smoky, sweet, with some light floral notes. The finish is medium, sweet, slightly weak and tannic, and with some tangerine.

General Impression: A nice old Macallan, although it retained a high strength, the flavours are slightly weak.

Rating: 15/20 FP:G3

08 Mar 10

Macallan 1966, 18 YO, OB, 43%, B: 1984 (for Italy), Price: N.A.

Colour: Old gold-amber.

Nose: Floral, slightly mineral and fruity, with some honey, heather, old bold peat smoke, some cold ashes, some figs and oranges.

Taste: Rich, fruity, complex, rather peaty and smoky, quite spicy, slightly mineral, floral, on tangerine and orange. The finish is long, thick, floral, slightly grassy, fruity and on peat smoke.

General Impression: Difficult to compare such an old Macallan with the latest releases. With such products, one can understand how Macallan reached a cult status. Simply excellent. Thank you Giorgio.

Rating: 18/20 FP:G5

07 Mar 10

Macallan 1987 Rum finish Old Malt Cask, 20 YO, Douglas Laing, 50%, B: 2007, Ref 3445. Price:

Colour: Gold-green.

Nose: Floral, fruity, fresh, sugary, on sugar cane and some toffee.

Taste: Sugary, slightly spicy, with some floral notes, coconuts and pineapples. The finish is medium, slightly spicy, on coconut, vanilla and pineapples.

General Impression: A pleasant Macallan with quite some Pina Colada influence.

Rating: 13/20 FP:C2

06 Mar 10

Macallan Exceptional Single Cask (ESC) 1990, 14 YO, OB, 59.6%, B:2004, cask 24483. Price: (70cl equivalent)

Colour: Amber.

Nose: Floral, rich, spicy, on beeswax, wood polish, orange, tangerine and heather.

Taste: Rich, floral, spicy, very complex, quite sweet, on heather, beeswax, with some herb spices, orange, tangerine and a touch of peat smoke. Lovely. The finish is long, slightly dry and tannic, spicy, floral, fruity, on orange and tangerine.

General Impression: A delicious, rich and intense sherried Macallan. Highly recommended.

Rating: 19/20  FP:H3

05 Mar 10

Macallan 1977 Platinum, Douglas Laing, 50.3%, B: 2006, 185 bottles. Price:

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Very floral, smooth, on pollen, with some honey and summer flowers, as well as some camomile and smoke. Diluted, it becomes more on camomile, with some orange peel.

Taste: Spicy, oaky, slightly peppery, intense, floral, with some coriander, and some toffee. Diluted, it becomes very floral, slightly bitter, and with some smoke. The finish is long, spicy, rich, intense, smoky, floral and slightly woody.

General Impression: A pleasant and well made Macallan, very drinkable.

Rating: 15/20 FP:C3

04 Mar 10

Macallan 1950, OB, 43%, B: 1980s. 75 cl, Price: N.A.

Colour: Old gold.

Nose: Very nutty, smoky, slighty peaty, on fresh chestnuts, some nutmeg and ripe fruits.

Taste: Spicy, slightly peppery and peaty, on nuts and walnuts. The finish is medium, nutty, smooth and peaty.

General Impression: A very nutty version of Macallan bottled for the French Market from an excellent sherry cask.

Rating: 16/20

03 Mar 10

Macallan 1991, 15 YO, Blackadder, 63.1%, B: 2007, Cask 21411, 232 b., 750 ml. Price:

Colour: Amber

Nose: Smooth, spicy, creamy, on heather and orange.

Taste: Spicy, oaky, rich, complex, floral, on green apples and some violet. With a “velvety” texture. Diluted, it becomes smoother, more floral and on raspberries. The finish is medium, oaky, spicy (ginger) and on cream fudge.

General Impression: A good Macallan, rich and complex.

Rating: 14/20

02 Mar 10

Macallan 1973, Scott’s Selection, 47.0%, B:1999. Price:

Colour: Old gold

Nose: Very floral, light and fragrant, on heather and honey.

Taste: Very smooth, silky, slightly spicy, with a whiff of peat smoke and a long fruity development (guava, passion fruits and candied oranges) gaining strength after time. The finish is light, but long, very smooth and sweet, fruity (tropical fruits), cream fudge and some peat smoke.

General Impression: This Macallan is weak and tasted more like a 40% than a 47% whisky. If you don’t mind weak malts, then you will really enjoy this once, since it offers beautiful fruity and floral flavours, with a lot of finesse and subtlety.

Rating: 18/20

01 Mar 10

Macallan 1969, 38 YO, Duncan Taylor, 40.4%, B: 2007, cask 6846, Price:

Colour: Gold-old gold.

Nose: Round and mellow, on old wood furniture, beeswax, tangerine and sweet tropical fruits (mango).

Taste: Sweet and bitter, malty, smoky, relatively dry, on tobacco leaves with some light exotic fruit flavours. The finish is short, mellow, on bitter toffee and fudge. Fades quickly.

General Impression: A correct whisky, which has passed its prime age, with the woodiness getting quite present.

Rating: 12/20

28 Feb 10

Macallan 1990, 17 YO, Single Malts of Scotland, 46%, B: 2007, Price:

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Fresh, rich, smoky, fruity, oaky, on tangerine, with some apricot, a touch of honey and of thym.

Taste: Sweet, clean, malty, citric (lemon and grapefruit), with some coconut, peat smoke and tangerine, as well as with traces of gentian and lavender. The finish is medium, malty, on bitter toffee, smoke, and raisins.

General Impression: A good Macallan, particularly fresh and slightly bitter.

Rating: 13/20

27 Feb 10

"Macallan" 1939, Gordon & MacPhail, 70 proof. Price: N.A.

Colour: Old gold

Nose: Grassy, with some honey, peat and some seaweeds.

Taste: Grassy, rough, young to very young, plain, with some honey, peat and seaweeds. The finish was short, dull, with some grassy notes and some seaweeds

General Impression: The colour was rather pale, no precipitate, the cap was strangely red, without the "open" mention, the seal closed but "squeezed", with some painting falling apart. It smelled fake and the tasting confirmed that the content was a young to very young poor quality blend. If you don't mind paying a lot of money for a nice label, then you won't be disappointed :-). A confirmed fake. Thank you Max.

Rating: 05/20 FP:D4

25 Feb 10

"Macallan" 1964, 18 YO, Avery's, 40%, D:1983. Price: N.A.

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Very grassy, on honey, camomille and freshly cut grass.

Taste: Hot, spicy, fierce, rough, slightly soapy and very grassy. The finish was short to medium, grassy, rough and on honey.

General Impression: A 70 cl bottle of Macallan of 1964 from a rather unknow English wine merchant bottled in 1982 carrying the double mention of 40° and 70° Proof was more than suspicious. The tasting confirmed this bottle as being a fake Macallan. The content tasted like a young and fierce whisky (blend). If you find a malt whisky from Avery's, save your money for real whisky. Thank you Max.

Rating: 06/20 FP:E2

21 Feb 10

Glenury Royal 1970, 36 YO, OB, 51.2%, B: 2005, 2100 b. Price:

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Slightly floral, fruity, oaky, with lots of vanilla cream fudge, on chocolate, honey, pollen and a hint of peat. Diluted, it becomes soapy.

Taste: Very smooth and mellow, slightly sugary and salty, on peat smoke, seaweed, melon and mango. Complex. Diluted, it becomes soapy and on white wine. The finish is medium-long, smoky, nutty, tannic, on bitter orange and coffee beans.

General Impression: With the sherry less dominant than in the 50 YO version, the spirit of Glenury is more present. Both OBs are very good, but I enjoyed the 36 YO slightly better.

Rating: 17/20

20 Feb 10

Glenury Royal 1953, 50 YO, OB, 42.8%, B: 2003, Price:

Colour: Dark amber.

Nose: Smooth, round and very mellow, on brandy, sweet orange and tangerine, old polished furniture and leather. Heavily sherried, but most pleasant.

Taste: Very oily, dry, tannic, oaky, slightly nutty.on old polished furniture, leather, cloves, cinnamon, blackcurrant, and orange skin. Rich and complex. The finish is long, dry, tannic, oily, on leather, polished wood, cinnamon powder and orange.

General Impression: An excellent Old Glenury, more tannic than woody, but not as much as you might expect from such a venerable whisky. Pricey, but if you do not count and you like heavily sherried non-rubbery whiskies, this one is for you.

Rating: 17/20

19 Feb 10

GlenDronach 1992 batch 1, 16 YO, OB, 57.2%, B: 2009, Oloroso butt 1140, 598 bottles. Price:

Colour: Amber.

Nose: Rich, fresh, nicely balance, on strawberries and other berries.

Taste: Fresh, slightly citric, fruity, clean, slightly spicy and fragrant.

The finish is medium to long, clean, slightly rubbery, fruity and fresh. Diluted, it becomes more on orange.

General Impression: A nice, clean, vibrant and fresh Glendronach, slightly rubbery.

Rating: 17/20 FP:G3

18 Feb 10

Glendronach 1970, 20 YO, Signatory, 56%, B: 1990, cask 513-8, 1800 bottles. Price:

Colour: Amber.

Nose: Fruity, sweet, slightly grassy, on precious wood, peat smoke, leather, tannins, papaya, redcurrant and tangerine. Lovely.

Taste: Spicy to very spicy, rather dry, on estragon, cherry, tangerine, leather, beeswax, dried flowers, berries and with some tannins and peat smoke. The finish is long, powerful, slightly metallic, on redcurrant, wood berries, bitter orange, tangerines, with some coffee and tannins. Quite dry.

General Impression: A quite dry and heavily sherried Glendronach, very vibrant and powerful.

Rating: 18/20 FP:J4

17 Feb 10

Glendronach 1970, Samaroli, 43%, 480 bottles. Price: N.A.

Colour: Amber.

Nose: Fruity, slightly meaty, on bloody orange, tangerine and a good dose of wood berries, as well as some peat smoke. With time some chocolate flavours are coming through.

Taste: Very fruity, smooth, slightly dry, on peat smoke, raspberries and other berries, as well as on tangerine and fresh orange. The finish is long, rich, fruity, spicy and on peat smoke.

General Impression: A very nice elegant and well balanced Glendronach.

Rating: 18/20 FP:H4

16 Feb 10

Lagavulin 12 YO (white label), OB, 43%, B: c.1980s. Price: N.A.

Colour: Gold

Nose: Smooth, mellow, peaty, and fruity. Not very expressive.

Taste: Peaty, salty, mineral, smooth, strong seaweeds flavours and on cold ashes. The finish is very long, clean, peaty and mineral. Diluted, it becomes very salty,

General Impression: The nose was quite restrained, but the mouth is pleasantly smooth, salty and peaty. Thank you Patrick S.

Rating: 16/20

13 Feb 10

Lagavulin 25 YO, OB, 57.2%, D: 1977, B: 2003, 9000 bottles. Price:

Colour: Gold-old gold

Nose: On vegetamine (Knorr) balsamic vinegar, peat smoke and fruity.

Taste: Winey, on grapes, somepeat, vegetamine and grilled bread. The finish is dry, spicy, malty, tannic and citric. Intense.

General Impression: To make a long story short, I have seen much better Lagavulin than this one. This Lagavulin was the first old (over 16 YO) cask strength released by Diageo. Thank you Patrick S.

Rating: 14/20

12 Feb 10

Lagavulin 12 YO, OB, 56.4%, B: 2008. Price:

Colour: Light gold.

Nose: Meaty, maritime, peaty, with some bacon, on seaweed, cold ashes and smoked fish.

Taste: Dry, bitter (geranium and gentian), tarry, maritime, peaty, smoky, on seashells and seaweed. The finish is long, dry, peaty, bitter to very bitter, with some iodine.

General Impression: Probably the most bitter version of the last 3 years.

Rating: 16/20 FP:A7

11 Feb 10

Lagavulin 12 YO, OB, 56.4%, B: 2007 Price:

Colour: Light gold.

Nose: Floral, peaty, maritime, on seaweeds and iodine.

Taste: Salty, very maritime, peaty, smoky, slightly tarry, on seashells, with some seaweed and grilled bacon. The finish is long, dry, tarry, oaky, salty, maritime, with a light bitterness.

General Impression: A very nice Lagavulin, more floral than the more recent vintages and slightly less balanced.

Rating: 16/20 FP: A7

10 Feb 10

Lagavulin 12 YO, OB, 57.4%. B: 2009. Price:

Colour: Light gold.

Nose: Floral, slightly bitter, peaty, farmy and maritime.

Taste: Dry, bitter, tarry, with a slight fruitiness added compared to older vintages, with some floral notes, peat, iodine and cold ashes. The finish is long, dry to very dry, tarry, peaty, on bitter and cold ashes, with a slightly metallic tone and some liquorice root..

General Impression: The peat and in particular the tar and cold ashes are more present in this vintage than in the older vintages. A more robust whisky, which I appreciated very much. The differences between the 3 vintages (2007, 8, and 9) are not very big, but noticeable.

Rating: 16/20 FP:A7

09 Feb 10

Inchgower 1980, 27 YO, Signatory, 53.7%, B:2008, cask 13276, 200 bottles. Price:

Colour: Old gold.

Nose: Slightly humic and farmy, maritime, on seaweeds, spices as well as some pollen.

Taste: Slightly soapy, maritime, spicy, salty to very salty, sweet, smooth, with a gentle smokiness and on tangerine. The finish is medium to long, sweet, salty, maritime, slightly smoky, with a nice sweet frutiness.

General Impression: A very nice Inchgower, with the refill sherry contributing to extra sweetness.

Rating: 15/20 FP:G4

07 Feb 10

Inchgower Cars, 18 YO, Moon, 59%, B: 2008, Price:

Colour: Old gold.

Nose: Slighty yeasty, spicy, on vegetal extracts, very slightly rubbery, smooth and on dry kelps.

Taste: Quite yeasty, rich, thick, syrupy, quite spicy (ginger bread), with some milk chocolate, tangerines, almond and some maritime flavours. The finish is medium to long, syrupy, slightly mineral, salty, and mineral, sweet and fruity (cooked fruits).

General Impression: The nose is not that pleasant at start and it needs some time to open. Afterwards, it becomes a very pleasant whisky.

Rating: 15/20 FP: H4

06 Feb 10

Inchgower 1969, 37 YO, Duncan Taylor, 46.2%, B: 2006, cask 6129, 184 bottles. Price:

Colour: Gold-old gold.

Nose: Very unusual, on genepi (Alp herbs liqueur), anis seeds, smoked ham and eucalyptus.

Taste: Same profile as on the nose, but more bitter, and with some salt. The finish is long, dominated by the eucalyptus flavours, with some maritime influence.

General Impression: A whisky infused with eucalyptus leaves? It is not a bad whisky, but just very unusual.

Rating: 09/20 FP:D2

05 Feb 10

Inchgower 1974, 34 YO, Single Malts of Scotland, 61.2%, B: 2008, cask 8787, 128 bottles. Price:

Colour: Old gold-amber.

Nose: Very fruity, quite fragrant, slightly smoky and salty, grassy, complex, rich, intense and round.

Taste: Smooth, very juicy, salty, creamy, rich, complex, slightly spicy, waxy, on ripe yellow fruits, nice grassy notes, with some peat smoke. The finish is long, fruity, complex, round, grassy, smooth and slightly smoky.

General Impression: A delicious expression of Inchgower, very much to my taste and most enjoyable.

Rating: 18/20 FP:F3

04 Feb 10

Inchgower 1980 Sherry, 24 YO, Signatory, 55.6%, cask 14145. Price:

Colour: Old gold

Nose: Floral, toffee, milk chocolate, orange skin, vegetamine and some grassy flavours. Soft and smooth nose.

Taste: Very smooth and sweet, on oranges, some smoke and saltiness. With a clean and pleasant mouthfeel, slightly winey and with some round peat and chocolate. The finish is medium, round, malty, slightly winey, on oranges, leather, beewax and some rubbery notes.

General Impression: A quite heavily sherried Inchgower, quite clean, with a pleasant roundness and sweetness, nicely priced.

Rating: 16/20

03 Feb 10

Inchgower 1974 Exclusive Malts, 34 YO, David Stirk, 49.7%, B: 2008, cask 7881, 187 bottles. Price:

Colour: Old gold-amber.

Nose: Sweet, rich, slightly smoky, on juicy oak, melon, tangerine and some mango.

Taste: Salty, smoky, juicy, maritime, on tangerine, pineapple and some orange. A pleasant mixture of quite different flavours. The finish is long, rich, quite thick, slightly mineral, on mango, tangerine and some papaya.

General Impression: An excellent Inchgower, sweet, fruity, with a light mineral smokiness. Dangerousy drinkable.

Rating: 17/20 FP:H4

02 Feb 10

Inchgower 1974, 35 YO, The Whisky Agency, 57.3%, B: 2009. 195 bottles. Price:

Colour: Gold-old gold.

Nose: Maritime, quite floral, on pollen, spices, with a light smokiness and some pineapples. Quite clean and fresh.

Taste: Spicy to very spicy, salty, maritime, on vanilla, with some melon and tangerine, as well as with a light mineral smokiness. Nicely smooth and mouth coating. The finish is long, smooth, oaky, slightly salty and maritime, on elder berries.

General Impression: An excellent fresh and vibrant Inchgower, hiding its age very well.

Rating: 16/20 FP:C3

31 Jan 10

Black Bull 30 YO, OB, 50%, Duncan Taylor, B: 2009. Price:

Colour: Amber

Nose: Strong cereal notes, slightly floral, round, very smooth, slightly spirity, with some smokiness, and on ripe apricots. Like an old well matured grain whisky.

Taste: Spirity, spicy, nutty, on pepper, cooked cereal mash, apricots, with some peach and spices and round fruity notes. The finish is medium to long, clean, smooth, well rounded, with some tannin, on walnut and spices infusion, cereals.

General Impression: A very nicely balanced, smooth and well rounded blended whisky. Of note, this whisky was blended at birth and not after 30 years.

Rating: 13/20 FP: F2

30 Jan 10

Garnheath 1969 OMC for LMDW, 40 YO, Douglas Laing, 51.6%, B :2009, 154 bottles. Price:

Colour: Gold

Nose: Rich, clean, intense, on cooked cereals, apricots and some peach.

Taste: Dry, hot, woody, with some saw dust, on pineapples, apricots and cereals. The finish is medium, marked by the wood, on cereals, apricots and some smoke.

General Impression: A very nice nose, but the wood is rather present on the palate. Garneath bottlings are very rare and the price fair. The first grain whisky from the Old Malt Cask?

Rating: 12/20 FP:A1

29 Jan 10

Laphroaig 1990 29.76 A fish smoker in Provence, 18 YO, SMWS, 51.3%, 306 bottles. Price:

Colour: Old Gold.

Nose: Smoky, peaty, dry, tarry, with some ashes and crème caramel.

Taste: Dry, maritime, with some pineapples, grilled fish, iodine, and strong seaweeds flavours. The finish is long, peaty, maritime, with some vanilla.

General Impression: An expression very close to the 29.75, but with more vanilla and seaweeds.

Rating: 17/20 FP:A7

28 Jan 10

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Laphroaig 1989 Old Malt Cask for LMDW, 20 YO, Douglas Laing, 57.1%, B: 2009, 219 bottles. Price:

Colour: Amber.

Nose: Sweet, very maritime, tarry, mineral, slightly humic, on seaweeds, tangerine and some orange.

Taste: Salty to very salty, smooth, with some sweet fruity notes (tangerine), quite tarry and ashy, with the mineral flavours developing over time. The finish is long, ashy, tarry, smoky, peaty, with some smoke fish and ham. Diluted, it becomes more on tobacco smoke and coffee.

General Impression: A very nice Laphroaig, quite mineral and ashy, with the sherry giving a nice smoothness and sweetness.

Rating: 18/20 FP:F7

27 Jan 10

Laphroaig 1990 29.75 Light shining from a croft window, 19 YO, SMWS, 51.5%, B: 2009, 295 bottles. Price:

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Smoky to very smoky, maritime, peaty, fishy, on seaweeds and smoked ham.

Taste: Very maritime, salty, rather sweet-citric, quite smooth, on pineapples, with some peat smoke, seaweeds and liquorice root. The finish is long, smoky, maritime, peaty and quite round.

General Impression: A classical and well made Laphroaig, rather smoky and on vanilla.

Rating: 17/20 FP:A7

26 Jan 10

Laphroaig 1986 Perfect Dram IV, 23 YO, The Whisky Agency, 60.9%, B:2009, 166 bottles. Price:

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Dry, peaty, smoky, maritime, quite mineral and on seaweeds.

Taste: Dry, salty, mineral, quite citric, tarry, on seaweeds, vanilla and pineapple. The finish is long, peaty, smoky, slightly citric, on liquorice root, vanilla and some smoked fish.

General Impression: Austere, with quite some vanilla, this Laphroaig is clean, delivers very enjoyable sensations. A shapeshifter.

Rating: 18/20 FP:C7

25 Jan 10

Laphroaig 1964, Berry Bros & Rudd, 43%, B: 1981. Price:

Colour: Amber.

Nose: Woaw, a great nose, with the sherry perfectly in balance with the peat smoke. Very mineral, on flint stones, seaweeds and sea air. Diluted, it becomes slightly sweeter and with some fruits.

Taste: Sweet, maritime, smoky, tarry, bitter, austere and complex, on cold ashes, dry bonfire and peat fire smoke. It gives the impression of swallowing the smoke of a peat fire in a croft house on Islay. The finish is long to very long, very smoky, tarry and on cold ashes.

General Impression: A very smoky, ashy and mineral “old style” Laphproaig. Rather extreme, but I enjoyed it very much. Thank you Régis for the offer.

Rating: 19/20 FP:G8

24 Jan 10

Glenlivet 1972 The Perfect Dram, 37 YO, The Whisky Agency, 56.8%, B: 2009, 141 bottles. Price:

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Floral, slightly smoky, fruity (jelly fruits), and slightly farmy.

Taste: Fruity to very fruity (ripe fruits), spicy, on pineapple and fresh vanilla, with some grassy notes. The finish is medium, slightly thin, on vanilla and some hint of wood.

General Impression: A nice Glenlivet, getting slightly thin on the edges.

Rating: 15/20 FP:C3

23 Jan 10

Speyside 1976 Perfect Dram (Glenfarclas ?), 33 YO, The Whisky Agency, 53.4%, B: 2009, 125 bottles. Price:

Colour: Gold-old gold.

Nose: Rich, fruity, floral, quite fresh, with some smoke and a lot of vanilla.

Taste: Rich, smooth, sweet, with some grassy notes, a hint of eucalyptus, some oakiness and on vanilla. The finish is medium, smooth, slightly smoky and on vanilla.

General Impression: A nice old and smooth Speysider.

Rating: 15/20 FP:C3

22 Jan 10

Glendullan 1978 OMC, 20 YO, Douglas Laing, 50%, B: 1999, 299 bottles. Price:

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Light, fresh, floral, with a light smokiness and oaky sweetness.

Taste: Light, malty, smoky and peppery. The finish is medium, smoky, peppery, with some toffee.

General Impression: A good Glendullan, quite peppery. The products of the new Glendullan distillery are quite different from the old one (which I preferred).

Rating: 13/20 FP:C2

21 Jan 10

Glendullan 1981 Flowers, 28 YO, The Whisky Agency, 49.6%, B: 2009, 257 bottles. Price:

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Smooth, quite sweet and smoky, with some oakiness, slightly fruity and quite heavy.

Taste: Malty, smooth, with a light oaky juiciness, sweet, with some melon and quince. The finish is medium, oaky, sweet, peppery and slightly smoky.

General Impression: A version of Glendullan with some suprising black pepper notes in the finish. Old versions are quite rare. This one is fairly priced.

Rating: 13/20 FP:A2

20 Jan 10

Glendullan 12 YO Fauna & Flora, OB, 43%, B: 2008. Price:

Colour: Straw-gold.

Nose: Light, smoky and malty.

Taste: Malty, with a light sweet oakyness and some smoke. The finish is medium, smoky, malty, with a light sweet oakyness.

General Impression: A malty and rather smoky Speysider.

Rating: 11/20 FP:B3

19 Jan 10

Craigellachie 1991, 16 YO, Dewar Rattray, 60.7%, B: 2007, cask 6924. Price:

Colour: Straw.

Nose: Malty, fresh, very fruity and sweet, with some melon and tangerine.

Taste: Clean, light to very light, very floral, fruity, on melon and pineapple, with some honey. Diluted, it becomes more lemony and bitter. The finish is short to medium, clean, malty, floral to very floral, with a light fruity oakiness.

General Impression: A nice smooth and floral Craigellachie.

Rating: 13/20 FP:A1

16 Jan 10

Craigellachie 1999 44.34 A meal in a glass, 8 YO, SMWS, 61.1%, B: 2008, 613 bottles. Price.
Colour: Gold.

Nose: Rich, quite smoky, floral, on honey and with a lot of vanilla.

Taste: Spicy, floral to very floral, malty, with a lot of vanilla, some fudge and freshly cut grass. The finish is short to medium, malty, on honey, vanilla and some fruits.

General Impression: A very nice Speysider, rich and very drinkable.

Ratng: 13/20 FP:B3

15 Jan 10

Craigellachie 1984 Flowers, 25 YO, The Whisky Agency/ Daily Dram, 53.7%, B: 2009, 256 bottles. Price:

Colour: Straw-gold.

Nose; Sweet, malty, slightly smoky and floral, with a rich honey flavour and some delicate fruitiness.

Taste: Light, clean, fragrant, with a light sweet oakiness, floral, vanilla and some almond pastry. The finish is medium, sweet, oaky, light and fragrant.

General Impression: An old Craigellachie, light and floral, with a nice sweet oakiness. The subtle flavours of Craigellachie have been preserved during its long maturation. Thank you Carsten.

Rating: 15/20 FP: A2

14 Jan 10

Oban 18 YO, OB, 43%, B:2008. 7700 bottles. Price:

Colour: Straw-gold.

Nose: Smooth, quite sweet and juicy, with some peat smoke and a rather strong sea breeze, as well as on freshly crushed barley. Fresh and much younger than its age would suggest.

Taste: Salty to very salty, quite smoky, juicy, with a very slight touch of tar, some melon and plenty of freshly crushed barley. Smooth and sweet. The finish is medium sweet, malty, slightly smoky, with a touch of toffee.

General Impression:  A very nice and drinkable whisky, sweet, fresh and with plenty of freshly crushed barley. It seems much younger than 18 YO.

Rating: 15/20 FP: D4

13 Jan 10

Oban 20 YO, OB, 57.9%, D: 1984, B: 2005. 1260 bottles. Price:

Colour: Straw.

Nose: Smooth, quite maritime and round, slightly smoky, with some dry fish, melon and watermelon.

Taste: Spicy, salty to very salty, maritime, slightly floral, with some peat and diesel smoke, a touch of bitterness. Diluted, it becomes slightly citric and somewhat wilder. The finish is medium to long, spicy, salty, maritime, with some peat smoke.

General Impression:  A very intense and complex version of Oban, powerful and much pleasant. A sharp contrast with the 18 YO.

Rating: 17/20 PA: B4

12 Jan 10

Oban Manager's choice 2000, 9 YO, OB, 58.7%, B: 2009, cask 1186, 534 bottles. Price:

Colour: Gold-old gold.

Nose: Smooth, slightly farmy and fruity, maritime, on peat smoke, some tangerine, quince and freshly crushed barley.

Taste: Round, smoky, salty to very salty, on juicy oak, some toffee, tar and diesel smoke, as well with some bitter, Diluted, it becomes saltier and more malty. The finish is medium to long, maritime, bitter, savoury, salty, on peat smoked fish, with some light fruity notes (tangerine and pink grapefruit).

General Impression: With the Cardhu, probably the best of the first batch of Manager's choice. Young, but intense and complex.

Rating: 17/20 PA: E4

General Impression on the manager's choice: Well, they are VERY expensive. So far, no single casks have been so expensive for this age. I am fortunate to live in Switzerland, so I could attend to master classes organized by Diageo Switzerland and taste them for 60 CHF (app. 40 euros/£). Hopefully, master classes for the batch 2 will be organized too.

So, exceptional whiskies? According to my personal preferences, not, but you might have a different opinion. In any case, the casks selected are different, from refill casks allowing the whisky to express itself, without being too influence by the wood.

11 Jan 10

Oban 1990 Distillers Edition, OB, 43%, Price:

Colour: Old gold

Nose: Smooth, very floral (violet and geranium), clean, simple, with some apricots flavours.

Taste: Quite dry, spicy to very spicy, some nutty and tangerine flavours, slightly bitter and a hint of diesel. The finish was short, malty, clean, quite round and on dry bitter toffee.

General Impression: The Montillo Fino finish gives a pleasant sherry influence on the Oban, but makes it quite dry. The finish changes the flavour profile of the Oban and reduces its subtility.

Rating: 12/20

09 Jan 10

Cardhu 1973 Rare Malts, 27 YO, OB, 60.02%, B: 2000. Price:

Colour: Straw-old Gold

Nose: Very floral, quite some vanilla. Fresh, malty, with a touch of peat. Diluted, the nose gets very round, more malty, with a touch of toffee and black tea.

Taste: Very juicy, intense, rich, with light floral notes (rich and diverse light flower mix). The peat is nicely round and the body reveals also strong malty aromas mixed with tangerines. Diluted, the tangerine flavours are enhanced, and gets more juicy. The finish is bitter and dry, long and quite peaty, with some dry meat (bacon) flavours. Diluted, the finish is more on toffee, malt and liquorice.

General Impression: A big and firm Cardhu, quite different from the regular 12YO, with a lot of character and quite peaty.

Rating: 14/20

08 Jan 10


Cardhu Manager's choice 1997, OB, 57.3%, B: 2009, cask 3363, 252 bottles.Price:

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Very fruity, with a lot of fresh pears, some milk chocolate, cream, cinnamon and a touch of smoke.

Taste: Light, very fresh, lightly fruit, with a nice sweetness and freshly pressed pears. The finish is medium, fresh, on freshly pressed pears and vanilla.

General Impression: A very fresh whisky on pear juice. Very enjoyable.

Rating: 16/20 PA: C1


07 Jan 10


Teaninch Manager's choice 1996, OB, 55.3%, B: 2009, cask 9802, 246 bottles. Price:

Colour: Old gold.

Nose: Spicy, oaky, mustardy, nicely round, with some fresh fruitiness and some herbal flavours and cardamom.

Taste: Spicy, round, smooth, with some mustard, on vanilla custard, a few drops of tangerine and coconut. Well balanced. The finish is medium, round, creamy, fruity, lemony, with some mustard and chocolate. Diluted, it becomes fresher and fruitier.

General Impression: A very pleasant whisky, harmonious, with an intense and mild spiciness.

Rating: 16/20 FP: D2

05 Jan 10

Mortlach 1978 Rare Malts, 20 YO, OB, B:1998, 62.20%, Price:

Colour: Gold-old gold

Nose: Nice and delicate sherried nose, malty (soft bread), grassy (dry grass) and slightly citric. Diluted, the nose is more on tangerine and toffee.

Taste: Very round and smooth, sweet (sugary), with lots of oranges and tangerine, and strong malty presence with a touch of peat. Diluted, it gets very silky. The finish is long, smooth and smoky (dry tobacco) and some wet peat.

General Impression: A nice Mortlach with a subtle sherry influence.

Rating: 14/20

04 Jan 10

Mortlach Manager's choice 1997, OB, 57.1%, cask 6802 American oak,  240 bottles. Price:

Colour: Straw.

Nose: Oaky, very smooth, on caramel, camomile, heather and some drops of pear.

Taste: Oaky, quite spicy and intense, with some fruity and grassy notes, on caramel and some lemon. The finish is medium, malty, fruity, grassy, quite sweet, on vanilla with some floral notes in the retro-olfaction.

General Impression: The nose is somewhat close, but then it delivers very pleasant flavours on the palate.

Rating: 15/20 FP: B2

03 Jan 10

Linkwood Manager's choice 1996, OB, 58.2%, B: 2009, cask 10552 Bodega Sherry European Oak, 480 bottles. Price:

Colour: Old gold.

Nose: Rubbery, light, very floral, with some sulphur, heather, pollen and camomile.

Taste: Fresh, very floral, slightly citric, malty, on vanilla, with some honey and tangerine. The finish is medium, smooth, on honey and vanilla, with some rubbery notes at the end.

General Impression: A smooth Linkwood, quite pleasant, but with some rubbery-gummy notes.

Rating: 14/20 FP:E1

02 Jan 10

Glen Elgin Manager's choice 1998, OB, 61.1%, B: 2009, cask 3678, 534 bottles. Price:

Colour: Gold.

Nose: Smooth, slightly rubbery, on apples, with a slight spiciness (cardamon) and honey. Diluted, it becomes very floral.

Taste: Slightly spicy, floral, quite light, on pear, with some honey and caramel. The finish is short, light, sweet, floral and on caramel.

General Impression: A light, floral and quite young Elgin, rather unremarkable (at the exception of the price). I have tasted much better official Glen Elgin. Difficult to find the sherry influence. From a 3rd or 4th refill sherry cask?

Rating: 11/20 FP: B1


Hakushu 1989 for The Whisky Exchange 10th Anniversary, OB, 62%, B: 2009, cask 90 50021. Price:

Colour: Dark amber.

Nose: Sweet, on ketchup, precious wood, plums, soybean sauce, tangerine, vegetamine and some orange.

Taste: Rich, spicy, clean, quite polished, slightly rubbery, on sandalwood, plums and some vegetamine. The finish is long, floral, slightly dry and rubbery, spicy, smooth, polished and on sandalwood.

General Impression: A very nice selection from the TWE, from an excellent cask resulting in a harmonious whisky.

Rating: 16/20 FP: I1

Hakushu 1990 120.4, 19 YO, SMWS, 59.3%, B: 2009. 104 bottles. Price:

Colour: Dark amber.

Nose: Thick, rich, meaty, on vegetamine (yeast extract), rubber, orange, tangerine and sandalwood.

Taste: Thick, quite dry, on vegetamine, rubber, treacle, and some sulphur. The finish is medium, dry, clean, meaty and polished.

General Impression: A nice whisky, quite rubbery and reminding me of some sherried Benrinnes.

Rating: 13/20 FP:I1

Hakushu 1988, OB, 56%, B: 2005. Price:

Colour: Old gold.

Nose: Fresh. Quite thick, velvety, on precious wood, honey, fur tree wax and a hint of plums. Diluted, it becomes lighter, fresher and more floral.

Taste: Dry, sweet-salty, quite spicy, with some light floral notes and sandalwood and on mild spices and kumquats. The finish is medium, clean, smooth, on sandalwood, spices and some saltiness.

General Impression: A very nice, clean, smooth and polished whisky, different from most Scotch whiskies, but very enjoyable.

Rating: 15/20 FP:D1

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