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25Nov 21

Glen Moray 2008, 12 YO, C. Dully Selection, 55.4%, B:2021, cask 5664. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Intense, fresh, malty, moderately floral, round, on vanilla custard, fresh floral flavours, some gooseberries and a touch of spices. Nicely balanced.
Taste: Fresh, light, intense, malty, rather round and balanced, on yellow flowers, vanilla, some oak spices, geranium and gooseberries. The finish is medium to long, round, floral, well balanced, on fresh floral flavours, vanilla, vanilla custard, some geranium and lilly of the valley flavours.
Impression: A very nice expression of Glen Moray, well balanced, floral, fresh and intense, and a light pleasant roundness. Glen Moray is a distillery producing very nice single malts, but unfortunately, with a low visibility.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1

23Nov 21

Islay Single Malt 1985, 33 YO, C. Dully Selection, 47.1%, B:2021. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Peaty, smoky, maritime, intense, complex, on maritime peat smoke, iodine, seaweeds, some citrus and sea shells. The peat smoke is deliciously complex and lingering, old style of peat smoke.
Taste: Salty to very salty, mellow, fruity, maritime, slightly fragrant, on seaweeds, iodine, peat smoke, some exotic fruits, lavender, sea shells and gooseberries. The finish is medium to long, mellow, maritime, salty, on iodine, seaweeds, peat smoke, some tar, exotic fruits and vanilla. Diluted, it becomes smokier.
Impression: An excellent old and mellow Islay single malt distilled at the Bowmore distillery, with a rather smoky and peat nose and finish, mellow and well balanced and with only a moderate fragrance on the palate. Very good value compared to the official bottlings.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A3

18Nov 21

Bladnoch 14 YO, OB, 46.7%, B :2021. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Round, bold, malty, raisins, sultanas, leather, dried fruits, some oak spices, cocoa, orange, cinnamon and Christmas cake. Very nice and well balanced.
Taste: Round, malty, spicy, moderately oaky, on dried fruits, orange peel, sultanas, cinnamon, some nutmeg, dark chocolate, leather and a touch of lacquer. The finish is medium to long, nutty, moderately oaky, on leather, dried fruits, sultanas, orange, some ripe floral flavours, dark chocolate and Christmas cake. Diluted, it becomes fruitier.
Impression: It has been a long time since I had the opportunity of tasting an official bottling and this is one is very good, with lots of dried fruits, chocolate and leather coating your palate.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D1

17Nov 21

Talisker Special Release 2021, 8 YO, OB, 59.7%, B :2021. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Very coastal and smoky, oaky, tarry, intense, salty, on strong flavours of smoke (peat and burnt wood) and various maritime influence (sea salt, iodine, seaweeds), iodine and some tar.
Taste: Very intense and smoky, maritime, iodine, on burnt wood (charred), iodine, seaweeds, lemon, pepper, peat smoke, and seaweeds. The finish is long, tarry, rooty, maritime, on iodine, citrus, liquorice roots, burnt wood and smoke, seaweeds and some tar.
Impression: A very intense and smoky Talisker, with strong maritime flavours. Smokier than the standard 10 YO.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A6

 

11Nov 21

Waterfords The Cuvée, OB, 50%, B :2021. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Malty, oily, winey, on vanilla, green orchards fruits, floral flavours and some banana as well as some Pu-Erh tea.
Taste: Fresh, young, smooth, malty, moderately green and spicy, on orchards fruits, vanilla custard, banana and some dried tobacco leaves, as well as light exotic fruits. The finish is medium, malty, oily, on banana, vanilla and fresh malty flavours. Diluted, it becomes more oily and on gooseberries.
Impression: A nice, clean and young whisky, with a pleasant body. Tasted first from a bottle freshly opened after a long transit, it tasted rather unbalanced. At the second tasting a few days later, it had positively changed to a balanced whisky, with rich green fruity and malty flavours.
Rating : 14/20 FP:C1

09Nov 21

Highland Park Single Cask series for Hermann Brothers 2007, 12 YO, OB, 65.6%, B:2020, cask 4608. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round, sweet, fruity, slightly coastal, on ripe orange, some exotic fruits, sultanas, leather, a touch of cinnamon and a hint of smoke. Well balanced and juicy.
Taste: Rather hot when tasted neat. Diluted, it is round, sweet, juicy, rather fruity, on leather, ripe orange, some peat smoke, tobacco quid, lacquer, black liquorice, sultanas and tangerine.
Impression: A very nice round Highland Park, on leather, dry and juicy fruits, as well as some leather. Rather hot at full strength, but you just need to add a few drops of water and it becomes very pleasant.
Rating: 16/20 FP:D2

 

01Nov 21

Torabhaig, OB, 46%, B:2021. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Sweet (young), salty, smoky, maritime, on iodine, seaweeds, peat smoke, some vanilla and juicy oak. Reminds me strongly of the Talisker bottled 20 years ago with its maritime peat smoke.
Taste: Sweet to very sweet (sugary), maritime, salty, on dry maritime peat smoke, lots of iodine, juicy oak, dry maritime and oily peat smoke, some hemp, tar, soot and seaweeds. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: From the second distillery built on Skye, this whisky shares a strong similarity with the other distillery on the island, with maybe a more pronounced peat smoke.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A5

28Oct 21

Secret Grain 1976, 43 YO, Dramcatcher, 45.1%, B:2020, cask 940006. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Grainy, round, on cooked cereals, fragrance, moderately floral, with some melon, vanilla and cooked orchards fruits.
Taste: Grainy, round, moderately fragrant and oily, slightly spicy, on vanilla, fragrance, porridge, cooked cereals and a touch of exotic fruits. The finish is medium, grainy, round, moderately fragrant, on vanilla, fragrance, some porridge and cooked fruits.
Impression: Compared to the Givran, it is mellower, more complex, and less burning. According to the label, this was distilled at the Dumbarton grain distillery. A good whisky from a lost distillery and very affordable.
Rating: 14/20FP: A1

27Oct 21

Givran 1989 XOP for Hermann Brothers, Douglas Laing, 31 YO,  56.9%, B:2021, cask 14434. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Grainy, rather hot, fragrant, with some vanilla, porridge and perfume. The alcohol is rather burning. With water, it improves markedly, becoming mellower, more fruity, on melon, some papaya and vanilla custard.
Taste: Grainy, fragrant, hot, floral, on porridge, melon, vanilla and some exotic fruits. Diluted, it become more floral and fragrant, on fragrant floral flavours, some varnish The finish is medium and hot. Let’s add quickly some water: it becomes more grainy, on cooked cereals, vanilla and floral fragrance.
Impression: Tasting neat with a rested nose, the alcohol is very present and almost burning. With water, it becomes mellower, more elegant and fragrant. Intense and rather clean.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1

26Oct 21

Komagatake Limited Edition 2020, OB, 50%, B:2021. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Very smooth, fresh and floral, balanced, with some starch, vanilla and fresh summer flowers, as well as a touch of spices.
Taste: Smooth, well balanced an rather bold and malty, with some starch, malt, toffee, sultanas, some dried fruits (including plums and apricots) as well as some exotic fruits. Diluted, it become rather spicy and with some pipe tobacco. The finish is medium to long, malty, starchy, smooth, on spices, some dried fruits, nuts and round floral flavours. Rather complex.
Impression: The whisky is rather young (approximately 5 years old), but nicely smooth, balanced, with nice spicy flavours and some dried fruits. A rather complex expression of that distillery.
Rating: 14/20 FP:D1

23Oct 21

Irish single malt whiskey 1998, Samaroli, 40%, B :2021. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Malty, gristy, slightly dry and oaky, with some gooseberries, blackcurrant, oak spices and pears.
Taste: Light, delicate, on gooseberries, blackcurrant, some aromatic herbs, soft spices and a touch of orchards fruits. The finish is short to  medium, delicate, rather green, slightly malty, with some berries and light oaky flavours, as well as orchards fruits.
Impression: Distilled at Cooley, this malt is light and rather delicate, but flavours are not very intense and finish rather short, probably due to the reduction to 40%. Slightly too thin to my liking.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A2

22Oct 21

Secret Irish 2002, 17 YO, Dramcatcher, 48.7%, B:2020, cask 11464. Price:
Colour: Pale gold-Gold
Nose: Intense, fresh, slightly malty and spicy, on orchards fruits, freshly ground malt and some gooseberries. Very pleasant.
Taste: Intense, green, malty, bold, rather juicy, on cooked orchards fruits, melon, some berries, round malty flavours, vanilla, vanilla custards and pear drops. Balanced and rich. The finish is medium to long, malty, green, rather intense, on nice bold malty flavours, vanilla, melon, orchards fruits, some spices and light vegetal flavours. Diluted, it becomes fruitier and slightly smoky.
Impression: A  very nice bold and intense Irish whisky bottled by a new Swiss independent bottler, Dramcatcher.  I enjoyed the balance between the sweet malty flavours and round fruity flavours. A whisky with a very nice body and without the dry oaky flavours too often encountered in several secret Irish single malts.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1

17Oct 21

Glen Garioch 2011, Samaroli, 45%, B :2021, cask 1537. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Intense, oaky, spicy, rather aromatic, on ginger, vanilla, spices, aromatic herbs, some heather, grist and light floral flavours.
Taste: Rich, intense, spicy, moderately aromatic and floral, on heather, honey, aromatic spices, vanilla, some ginger and floral fragrance. Diltued, it becomes smoother, more aromatic and on candied ginger. The finish is medium, round, floral, aromatic, on round spicy flavours, some ginger, aromatic herbs and heather.
Impression: A very nice, round, rather aromatic Glen Garioch, with some ginger, heather and other round spices and aromatic herbs. Balanced and rather complex for a 10 YO whisky. Independent bottlings of Glen Garioch are rather uncommon lately, unfortunately.
Rating:15/20 FP:A1

14Oct 21

The Blended Whisky 1980, 31 YO, Samaroli, 40%, B :2021, cask 18. Price:
Colour : Amber
Nose : Rich, mellow, complex, spicy, aromatic, on ginger, vanilla, oak spices, leather, sultanas, heather, some honey, aromatic herbs, light floral flavours and a touch of cereals. Very nice and rather intense.
Taste: Very mellow and round, slightly grainy, peaty and smoky, with some ginger, banana, vanilla, almonds, cooked cereals (including maize/corn), sultanas and strawberries. The finish is long, round, sweet, moderately grainy, on cooked cereals, ginger, vanilla, sultanas, strawberries, some ripe oranges and heather. Diluted, it becomes more aromatic and on old aromatic peat smoke, with some austere and slightly fragrant flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly more fragrant.
Impression: A vatting of 80% Glen Garioch and 20% of North British grain. The nose taste very much like the old style of Glen Garioch, rich, aromatic and with a light aromatic peat smoke, while on the palate, the influence of the grain is rather dominant, round and on cooked cereals. On the finish, it starts on a round and grainy mouthfeel before moving to a more intense, spicy, aromatic and austere peat smoke flavours. The vatting of the malt and grain whisky works rather well, although I wished they had bottled it as a Glen Garioch single malt. I suppose that the Glen Garioch went below 40% and they added the grain to increase the abv above 40%. The blend had a final maturation in a sherry cask.
Rating: 16/20 FP:F3

08Oct 21

Bimber For Fine Food Switzerland, OB, 58.6%, B :2021, cask 205. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Clean, intense, malty, slightly mineral and oily, with some green apples and black berries.
Taste: Round, intense, malty, floral, moderately spicy and oily, on aromatic herbs, vanilla, berries, some green apples and ginger. The finish is medium to long, aromatic, spicy, rather complex, on green apples, ginger and some black berries. Diluted, it becomes smoother and slightly more oaky.
Impression: A rather impressive whisky, rich, balanced, aromatic, moderately spicy and a surprising complexity for such a young whisky. A tour de force. Very nice. 
Rating: 15/20 FP:A2

06Oct 21

Blended Malt 1993, 27 ans, Sélection C. Dully, 53.2%, B:2021, Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, spicy, intense, on leather, fine tannins, spices, dried and candied fruits, orange, toffee, and a touch of peat smoke. Very complex and well balanced. Delicious.
Taste:  Rich, very complex and complex, intense, with rich spices, high grade leather, dried and candied fruits (sultanas, orange, dates and figs mainly),soft floral flavours, cinnamon, Christmas cake, lots of oranges, some liquorice a touch of coastal flavours. Lovely. The finish is long, rich, spicy, floral, rather thick and complex, on leather, dried fruits, cinnamons, some tannins, orange, dark chocolate and spiced bread. Diluted, it becomes more tannic and bitter.
Impression: An excellent aged blended malt from Edrington, with a nose smelling like the old Macallan 100% sherry matured. The whisky is very complex, rich and fruity. Most enjoyable and it is best tasted neat. I just wished the finish was longer. A very good value whisky too. One of the best recently bottled malt whisky I tasted.
Rating :  17/20 FP:H2

03Oct 21

Goldwaescher Pure Rye, OB, 43%, B:2021. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Spicy to very spicy, round, slightly mineral and floral, with strong notes of rye, some grilled bread, vanilla and light winey flavours. The Rye flavours are very intense, but not very dry or coarse.
Taste: Smooth to very smooth initially, fresh, on green orchards fruits, grilled bread, some nice lavender and other fragrant flowers from the South of Europe, grapes, vanilla, and nice spices (rye). The finish is medium, smooth, slightly starchy, very spicy, slightly mineral, on grilled bread, vanilla, some grapes, green orchards fruits and nice floral flavours.
Impression: A 100% Swiss rye whisky, made with local Swiss rye, local water, Swiss yeast and virgin oak casks. Distilled at Diwisa using pot still, the Rye flavours are very nice and intense, and compared to most US Rye whiskies, the whisky does not taste or bitter, but the rye flavours are intense and rather smooth. A good surprise.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1

02Oct 21

Waterfords Biodynamic Luna 1.1, OB, 50%, B:2021. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Young, sweet, fresh, floral, malty, light, slightly earthy, on vanilla, freshly crushed barely, banana, and some tobacco leaves. Very different from The Cuvée.
Taste: Clean to very clean, fresh, floral, on vanilla, almonds, fragrant floral flavours, some spice and green vegetal flavours. The finish is medium, clean, fresh, malty, green, with some apples, spices, almonds, sultan and vanilla. Diluted, it becomes rather winey, on sweet wine.
Impression: A nicely made whisky, clean and light, with some sweet winey flavours, once water is added. Slightly too young to my liking, but I like the concept very much.
Rating :  12/20 FP:B1

29Sep 21

Lindores MCDXCIV, OB, 46%, B:2021. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Oily to very oily, malty, slighty spicy, nutty and herbal, on vanilla, some green apples and light floral flavours.
Taste: Oily to very oily, sweet, sugary, on sweet barley, spices, grapes, orange, strawberries and some nuts. The finish is medium, oily, malty, on grapes, green apples, nuts, winey flavours as well as some floral flavours. Diluted, it becomes spicier and more winey.
Impression: This is the first release from the Lindores distillery, aged in ex-bourbon, sherry and red wine casks. The whisky taste rather young (sweet) and the ex-red wine influence is rather strong. A good whisky for its age, although the flavours are rather unbalanced.
Rating : 11/20 FP:D1

 

06Sep 21

Strathisla 1949, Gordon & MacPhail, 40%, B: 2006. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Aromatic, floral, waxy, moderately dry, fruity, on a mixture of wax, aromatic herbs, sultanas, orange and some exotic fruits. Complex.
Taste: Smoky, mineral, peaty, mellow, slightly waxy, rather aromatic, slightly soft, on an earthy and aromatic peat smoke, light floral flavours, some heather honey, leather and candied citrus. The finish is medium to long, slightly tannic and woody and on the same flavours.
Impression: A surprisingly peaty version of Strathisla, complex, slightly tannic and soft. Very good, but slightly soft and thin. Thank you Patrick S.
Rating: 16/20 FP:E3

30Aug 21

Glenfarclas 1.31 1969, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 52.4% B:1991. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Aromatic, mellow, slightly grassy and floral, subtle, with elegant grassy and aromatic flavours, some humus and peat smoke, with a hint of mineral flavours.
Taste: Grassy, aromatic, mellow, complex, with a nice delicate and mineral peat smoke, metallic wool, aromatic herbs, light grassy and floral flavours and some light stone fruits flavours. The finish is long, complex, mineral, moderately aromatic, on stone fruits, aromatic and grassy flavours, as well as some elegant peat smoke and light spicy flavours. Diluted, there are some light flavours of fruit jam.
Impression: A very good, complex, elegant, rather mineral and peaty expression
Rating: 17/20 FP:C3

20Aug 21

Bunnahabhain Moine 2008 French Oak Finish Feis Ile 2019, 11 YO, OB, 57.4%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, tarry, ashy, dry, oaky, on dry peat smoke, tar, oak spices, some seaweeds and sea brine.
Taste: Very peaty, intense, oaky, tarry, ashy, on soot, dry peat smoke, oak spices, some seaweeds and seabrine. The finish is long, peaty, tarry, rooty, oaky, on dry peat smoke, tar, oak spices and see weeds.
Impression: A rather oaky expression of Bunnahahbain, but with a very pleasant intense and tarry peat smoke.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A8

26Juil 21

Bunnahabhain Feis Ile 2020 Madeira Cask, 19 YO, OB, 53%, B :2020. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Winey, sweet, on dried fruits, some seabrine, sweet wine, dried grapes, and a touch of smoke
Taste: Oaky, spicy, winey, slightly rough, winey and salty, with some sea brine, oak spices, dried fruits and grapes. The finish is medium, oaky, modern, on oak spcies, dried wine, grapes.
Impression: A rather oaky expression of Feis Ile with a strong dried influence of the Madeira cask.
Rating : 14/20 FP:G2

15Juil 21

Bowmore Feis Ile 2019, 15 YO, OB, 51.7%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Peaty to vcry peaty, smoky, maritime, moderately oaky, on an intense dry peat smoke, oak spices, some seaweeds and a touch of yellow fruits and vanilla.
Taste: Dry to vcry dry, oaky, maritime, very peaty, smoky, on seaweeds, dry peat smoke, oaky spices, vanilla, light floral flavours as well as some yellow fruits.
Impression: A modern and rather expression of Bowmore, with intense peaty and smoky flavours. Very enjoyable.
Rating : 15/20 FP:A7

11Juil 21

Glen Scotia 2002 Oloroso Finish Dunnage Tasting 2021, OB, 58.7%, B:2021, cask 2019/618/81. Price: N.A
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Intense to very intense, round, slightly oaky, on oak spices, some vanilla, light sea brine and a touch of dried fruits.
Taste: Intense to very intense, oaky, spicy, with some sultanas, dried fruits, vanilla, oak spices and sea brine, The finish is medium, oaky to very oaky, rather spicy, on oak spice, vanilla, some dried fruits and sultanas,
Impression: A whisky with a rather oaky profile, from a refill bourbon cask and a final maturation in a first fill oloroso cask. As for the Port, the influence of the refill bourbon cask is rather pronounced and the final maturation brings some sweetness without dominating too much the whisky.
Rating: 14/20 FP:D1

06Juil 21

Glen Scotia 2002 Ruby Port Finish Dunnage Tasting 2021, OB, 53.8%, B:2021, cask 2019/609/80. Price: N.A
Colour: Old gold-red
Nose: Intense to very intense, round, sweet, slightly winey and oaky, with a strong influence of the Port.
Taste: Intense to very intense, round, rather sweet and winey, on grapes and a pronounced round Port influence. The finish is medium to long, round, sweet, winey, on sultanas and Port. Diluted, it becomes more salty and sea brine, as well as slightly rubbery.
Impression: Matured in a refill bourbon cask with a final maturation in a first fill ruby port. Neat, the whisky is clean and round, rather intense. Diluted, it becomes more salty, but also slightly rubbery.
Rating: 14/20 FP:G1

30Juin 21

Glen Scotia 1999 Dunnage Tasting 2021, OB, 59.0%, B:2021, cask 2018/256/2. Price: N.A
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very intense, round, slightly oily and floral, with a nice mellowness, some yellow fruits, vanilla, light honey flavours, as well as some sea brine and light round floral flavours.
Taste: Mellow, rich, complex, mellow, on nice yellow fruits, vanilla, some nice mellow floral flavours, light oily flavours as well as some coconut. The finish is long, mellow, slightly oily and maritime, with a nice fruity and floral flavours, as well as some butter.
impression: A nice contrast to the 2015, markedly more complex and mellow, with nice fruity and slightly floral flavours. From a refill bourbon, with a final maturation in a refill bourbon cask.
Rating: 16/20 FP:B1

27June 21

Glen Scotia 2015 Dunnage Tasting 2021, OB, 60.5%, B:2021, cask 1535, 1st Fill Bourbon. Price: N.A
Colour: Gold
Nose: Oily, intense, moderately maritime, on sea brine, some seaweeds, vanilla, coconut, light spices and mineral oil. Rounder than the double cask.
Taste: Young to very young, clean, hot, intense, spicy, slightly floral, with some vanilla, heather and oak spices. Diluted, it becomes lighter, smoother, more on vanilla and with some spring meadow flowers. The finish is medium, clean, slightly floral, with some oak spices, fresh spring flowers, round vanilla flavours and some coconuts.
impression: A rather young and clean whisky, with nice round vanilla and floral flavours, smooth and well balanced. Young but promising, showing a very nice clean distillate.
Rating: 11/20 FP:A1

25Juin 21

Glen Scotia Double Cask, OB, 46%, B:2021. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Intense, spicy, oily, slightly maritime, on sea brine, coconut, vanilla, some oil, oak spices and a hint of sweetness.
Taste: Smooth, oily, maritime to very maritime, with a fair dose of sea brine, on coconut, harbour-like flavours, mineral oil, spices, cinnamon and vanilla. Diluted, it becomes more on vanilla and oak spices, with a little more smoke. The finish is medium, spicy to very spicy, slightly young and smoky, with a hint of sultans.
impression: A nice oily, rich and spicy Glen Scotia, matured in ex-bourbon casks and finished in pedro ximenez casks to contribute to a light sweetness.
Rating: 13/20 FP:D2

01Juin 21

Glen Elgin 1988, 30 YO, Wilson & Morgan, 51.1%, B:2019, Cask 4319, Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Mellow, complex to very complex, floral, grassy, slightly nutty, on dried and stewed fruits, honey and nice sweet exotic fruits. Excellent.
Taste: Mellow, complex to very complex, oily, slightly austere, grassy, aromatic, with a light underlying smokiness, candied citrus, exotic fruits, spices and some humus. Very good! The finish is long, complex, slightly citric, austere and aromatic, with nice mineral flavours, a subtle smokiness and candied grapefruits, as well as some lovely discreet floral flavours. Diluted, it becomes fruitier.
Impression: An excellent fruity, complex, with nice citric and austere flavours.
Rating: 17/20 FP:D2

26May 21

Bunnahabhain Moine 2008 French Oak Finish Feis Ile 2019, 11 YO, OB, 57.4%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, tarry, ashy, dry, oaky, on dry peat smoke, tar, oak spices, some seaweeds and sea brine.
Taste: Very peaty, intense, oaky, tarry, ashy, on soot, dry peat smoke, oak spices, some seaweeds and seabrine. The finish is long, peaty, tarry, rooty, oaky, on dry peat smoke, tar, oak spices and see weeds.
Impression: A rather oaky expression of Bunnahahbain, but with a very pleasant intense and tarry peat smoke.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A8

23May 21

Balblair 10 YO, OB, 40%, B:2005. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Round, fruity, malty, slightly grassy, on juicy oaky flavours, honey, some grassy flavours, orange peel, dried fruits and orchards fruits.
Taste: Malty to very malty, grassy to very grassy, round, slightly spicy, juicy and oaky, on nice round malty flavours, honey, some oak spices, grass, orange peel and dried fruits. The finish is medium, malty, rather grassy, moderately spicy, on honey, malt, light floral flavours as well as some orange peel.
Impression: A nice rich, round and malty Bablair, on honey and nice moderate honey flavours, with probably a fair amount of sherry casks used in the mix. Thank you Martin.
Rating: 14/20 FP:D1

21May 21

Mistery Islay Single Malt 1992 for Waldhaus am See, 28 YO, Signatory, 52.8%, B:2021, cask 6773. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very smoky, maritime, peaty and complex, on seabrine, sea salt, iodine, some camphor, phenol, seaweeds and lapsang souchong. Very good.
Taste: Complex, phenolic, maritime, peaty, smoky, medicinal, on old peat and bonfire smoke, sea salt, citrus, some lapsang souchong and a long lingering maritime peat smoke, as well as a touch of almond. Elegant and most enjoyable. The finish is long, complex, medicinal, phenolic, on seabrine, seaweeds, lapsang souchong, peat smoke, and some citrus.
Impression:  A very good, elegant, smoky and rather peaty whisky distilled at the Laph… distillery on the South shore of Islay, with a nice citrus twist. A whisky that I enjoyed very much sipping.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A5

20Mai 21

Clynelish 1965 for Corti, 21 YO, Duthie’s, 86 US proof, B:1986. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, smooth, velvety, on high grade leather, delicate and subtle peat smoke, orange, heather, with some sea brine soot, “barbour” jacket wax, and metallic flavours and light spices. Superb nose.
Taste: Rich, smooth, waxy, juicy, slightly mineral, peaty and smoky, with some sea brine, light metallic flavours, some candied lemon, orange and tangerines, a few mustard seeds, and old mineral peat smoke. Extremely well balanced. The finish is long to very long, waxy, mineral, on mustard seeds, sea brine, old mineral peat smoke, rancio, old fine leather, some heather, citrus, lemon zest, old furniture, nuts (including a light touch of walnut and maple syrup), orange, tangerine and did I missed something?
Impression: An excellent Clynelish distilled at the old Brora distillery, combining excellent mineral smoky notes with a delicious mild sherry influence. Beautiful.
Rating: 19/20 FP: F3

19May 21

Benromach Cask Strength 2008 batch 1, OB, 57.9%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Meaty, peaty, maritime, slightly aromatic, on tar, dried meat, peat smoke, vanilla, light vanilla and malty flavours. More intense and complex than the 10 YO.
Taste: Round, malty, complex, aromatic, slightly smoky, on round spicy flavours, a round peat smoke, some rubber, marmalade, orange, cinnamon, cloves, candied ginger and nice malty flavours.  Diluted, it becomes markedly smoother, rounder, with some rubber, tannins, and more walnuts. The finish is medium, balanced, malty, nutty, moderately smoky and aromatic, on walnuts, ginger, some toffee, rubber, aromatic herbs, leather, dried and candied fruits, with some underlying aromatic dry peat smoke
Impression: A nice whisky, more intense and complex than the 10 YO, with some dried fruits.
Rating: 14/20 FP:C3

06Mai 21

Kilchoman 2011 Single Cask The Little Big Book  for LMDW, 7 YO, 56.3%, Sherry Cask 621/2011. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, bold, maritime, slightly meaty, on dry maritime and slightly tarry peat smoke, some dry roots, sultanas, oranges and seaweeds.
Taste: Round, tarry, slightly young, rubbery and spirity, on oak spices, tar, some soot, fresh rubber, sultanas, dates, strawberries and seaweeds. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: A slightly young Kilchoman, heavily sherried, with some rubber and a light bitterness.
Rating: 13/20 FP:F7

04May 21

Glenburgie 2007 20 Rue d'Anjou, 12 YO, Signatory, 63.6%, B: 2019, cask 9000777. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Round, floral, spicy, nutty, on dried fruits (mainly sultanas and figs), cinnamon, some nutmeg, cloves, vegetal condiment, orange, tangerine, and Christmas cake.
Taste: Spicy, floral to very floral, fragrant, very bitter, on perfume, floral fragrant flavours, cinnamon, nutmeg, rubber and some unidentified aromas. The finish is medium, bitter to very bitter, floral, fragrant to very fragrant, on perfume, tannins, bitter orange and tannins.
Impression: A sherry monster, on heavily bitter and tannic flavours.
Rating: 09/20 FP:I1

30 Apr 21

Clynelish 1989 Moody Lions, 22 YO, The Whisky Agency, 50.9%, B:2011, 267 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mellow, round, floral, aromatic, complex to very complex, on humus, some grass, honey, aromatic herbs, vanilla and cooked apples. Very good
Taste: Very aromatic, floral, spicy, slightly bitter and salty, on sea brine some citric fruits, aromatic and bitter herbs, some cooked apples and thyme. The finish is rather long, spicy, aromatic, on aromatic herbs slightly bitter, some humus, honey and cooked apples.
Impression:  A very good, complex and rich whisky, with very pleasant aromatic flavours, and only with light waxy flavours.
Rating: 16/20 FP:C2

27 Avr 21

Dalwhinnie 15 YO James Buchanan, OB, 40%, B:1980s. Price:
Colour Old gold
Nose: Complex, slightly austere, waxy, peaty, ashy, malty with light floral flavours, some mineral and dry peat smoke. Markedly different from the current Dalwhinnie.
Taste: Austere, waxy, peaty, tarry, rather mineral, on old fashioned mineral and austere peat smoke, some honey, wax and a hint of orange peel. The finish is long, mineral, austere, peaty, slightly grassy and waxy, with some honey, metallic brush, soot and orange peel.
Impression: A very surprising Dalwhinnie, reminding of some old austere, waxy, and rather smoky old Highland single malts. Most enjoyable and so different from the current production. If you find such an old bottle, do not hesitate to buy one!
Rating: 16/20 FP:D4

22 Apr 21

Glendronach 2009 for the Netherlands, 11 YO, Hart Brothers, 58.1%, B:2020. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Rich, intense, spicy, with lots of dried fruits, lovely round tannins and spices, sultanas, orange and leather.
Taste: Rich, intense, spicy, floral, with nice round tannins, sultanas, dried fruits, orange peel, some dates and oaky flavours. The finish is medium to long, rich, intense, spicy, floral, on dried fruits, spices, tannins, some fudge and oaky flavours.
Impression: A nice rich and intense Glendronach, on dried fruits but also with a rather oaky influence. Thank you Martin.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D1

19Apr 21

Kavalan Solist Moscatel, OB, 56.3%, cask MO100625025A. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Floral, thick, syrupy, heavy, on treacle, marmalade, leather and loads of dried fruits.
Taste: Rich, spicy to very spicy, on a mixture of fresh and dried fruits, some aromatic herbs and spices, leather and tannins. The finish is long, rich, thick, rather syrupy, moderately floral and spicy, on leather some fudge, cocoa, sultanas, tannins, orange and cinnamon.
Impression: A whisky with a very thick and heavily sherry nose, but getting more fruity and less tannic on the palate, with rich and nice candied and dried fruits.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1

16Avr 21

Ledaig 2004, 10 YO, Signatory, 61.4%, Sherry butt cask 900171. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Intense, dry, very peaty, smoky, moderately oaky, on dry and maritime peat smoke, some sea brine, oak spices and seaweeds.
Taste: Very intense, peaty and oaky, maritime, on seaweeds, maritime peat smoke, iodine, camphor, vanilla and oaky spices. Slightly hot. The finish is medium to long, peaty, maritime, intense, smoky, on iodine, seaweeds, camphor, vanilla and some smoked bacon. Diluted, it becomes more on iodine and camphor.
Impression: A slightly young whisky, very intense, peaty and maritime. Powerful and with a sherry rather shy. Thank you Martin.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A8

15Apr 21

Longrow 2001 Society Bottling,  14 YO, OB, 53.2%, B:2016, Fresh sherry butt, 600 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very intense, tarry and peaty, smoky, maritime, on meaty and smoky peat smoke, smoked meat, seaweeds, some dried fruits, phenols and ashes. Delicious.
Taste: Very peaty and intense, maritime, tarry, on soot, peat smoke, some ashes, diesel smoke, seaweeds, camphor, smoked bacon and dried fruits. The finish is medium to long, round, peaty, maritime, smoky, on smoked meat, seaweeds, camphor, some dried fruits and metallic flavours. Diluted, it becomes more oaky and slightly bitter.
Impression: A lovey and very peaty Longrow, intense and with some nice round dried fruits flavours. Very good! Thank you Martin.
Rating: 16/20 FP:D7

14Apr 21

Bruichladdich 2002 for ARen Trading, 16 YO, Archives, 59%, B:2018, Sherry Hogshead, cask 884, 240 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Thick, heavy, floral, tannic, on leather, tannins, thick spices, orange, tangerine, sultanas and other dried fruits.
Taste: Dry, tannic, thick, nutty, on heavy spices, treacle, marmalade, some rubber, lacquer varnish, lacquer and tobacco smoke. The finish is long, thick, floral, heavy on tannins and dried fruity, rather dry and tannic, on leather, marmalade.
Impression: A very nice, thick and heavily sherried single malt, on tannins and lots of dried fruits.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G1

11Apr 21

Kavalan Solist Sherry 2010, 8 YO, OB, 59.4%, B:2018, cask S100201015A, Oloroso Sherry, 481 bottles. Price:
Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Thick, heavy, tannic, floral, nutty, dry, on lacquer, heavy tannins, spices, sultanas, dried fruits, cinnamon and some cloves.
Taste: Dry, floral, very fragrant, on strong varnish, lacquer and wood polish flavours, rubber, some rocket, bitter herbs and marmalade. The finish is rather long, dry, floral, astringent and with lots of varnish and bitter herbs.
Impression:  A very dry and bitter whisky.
Rating: 10/20 FP:G1

08Avr 21

Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique, OB, 57.8%, cask W120302034A. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Thick, rich, nutty, malty, floral, heavy, on tannins, lacquer, spices, nuts, sultanas, some winey flavours, lots of dried fruits, some cocoa and toffee.
Taste: Rich, floral, fragrant to very fragrant, spicy, on lacquer, varnish, apricots, peach, juicy oaky flavours, some melon, tannins, cloves and incense. The finish is medium, dry, very floral and fragrant and on the same flavours.
Impression:  A very floral and fragrant whisky, with rather strong varnish and flavours. Close to a Cognac in style.
Rating: 12/20 FP:I1

06Apr 21

Glentauchers 2009, 10 YO, Asta Morris, 51.5%, B :2019, AM102. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Soft, round, floral, vegetal, on toffee, fudge, some dried fruits, cinnamon, nice round and soft floral flavours.
Taste: Spicy, floral, rich, on tannins, wet wood, orange, cinnamon, sultanas, peach, and other sweet fruity flavours. Nicely complex. The finish is long, sweet, floral, complex, nicely balanced, with sweet fruity flavours, nice soft tannins (fresh soft leather), honey, and light grassy flavours. Very good!
Impression: A very nice and usual expression of Glentauchers, very sweet and fruity, surprisingly complex for its age, with nice honey, grassy, and sweet fruity flavours, as well as tannins to give weight.
Rating: 16/20 FP:F1

05Apr 21

Strathmill 1976, 31 YO, A.D. Rattray, 48.4%. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Rather fresh, malty, slightly green, rather light and elegant, some fresh barley, vanilla and a touch of quince and gooseberries.
Taste: Fresh, malty, slightly green and spicy, on fresh barley, some vanilla, spices and gooseberries. The finish is medium to long, fresh, malty, slightly green, on vanilla and some gooseberries.
Impression:  A nice fresh and malty Strathmill, with some nice fruitiness. Thank you Martin.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1

04Avr 21

Glenesk 5 YO, OB, 40%, B:1970s. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Clean, green, fresh, malty, slightly fragrant, with freshly crushed malt and barley and vanilla.
Taste: Clean, fresh, malty, green, slightly spicy, with some fresh malt, light fresh floral flavours and vanilla. The finish is medium, clean, fresh, slightly green amd malty.
Impression: A nice fresh, green and clean single malt from the lost distillery of Glenesk  / Hillside. Not overly complex, but well balanced and rather mature for its age. Thank you Martin.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A1

01Apr 21

Ainslie's Royal Edinburgh for Fourcroy, OB, 40%, B:1977 Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Waxy, mineral, smoky, metallic, slightly peaty and austere, on wax, some quince, candied lemon, metallic brush and ashes. Very nice old fashioned nose.
Taste: Waxy to very waxy, citric, smoky, austere, with a nice old fashioned smoke with some peat, smoked bacon candied citrus, light metallic and mineral flavours as well as a touch of toffee. The finish is medium to long, round, smoky, mineral, slightly peaty and citric, with some toffee, peat smoke, citrus and various mineral flavours. Slightly austere as well.
Impression: A lovely waxy and mineral blend produced by Ainslie & Heilbron, with a lovely smokiness and candied citrus. Fourcroy was the importer for Belgium for Clynelish and the Ainslie’s brands. Thank you Martin.
Rating: 16/20 FP:E2

31Mar 21

Ardbeg Drum Feis Ile 2019, OB, 46%, B:2019. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose:  Peaty to very peaty, intense, maritime, smoky, on seaweeds, maritime peat smoke, some light sugary sweetness, vanilla, camphor and seaweeds.
Taste: Young, sweet, peaty to very peaty, maritime, on iodine, seaweeds, light sugary flavours, peat smoke, and vanilla. Diluted, it becomes younger and less complex. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours.
Impression: A very nice peaty Ardbeg, with a sweet and sugary influence from the Rum finish. Diluted it tasted younger.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A6

30Mar 21

Ardbeg Wee Beastie, 5 YO, OB, 47.4%, B:2021. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Young, peaty, smoky, maritime, on peat smoke, seaweeds and camphor.
Taste: Peaty to very peaty, clean, smoky to very smoky, maritime, slightly oaky, on iodine, camphor, seaweeds, peat smoke and some vanilla. Diluted, it becomes more salty and citric. The finish is medium, clean, round, slightly young, on peat smoke, iodine, lemon zest, seaweeds and some camphor.
Impression: A new entry in the Ardbeg range. It is only 5 years old, but it shows already a nice maturity. Smoky and peaty. A good one.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A7

29Mar 21

Ben Nevis 1998 Spiders from Mars for the Caskplan participants, 21 YO, Archives, 48.2%, cask 188, 24 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, fresh, slightly oaky, on fresh vanilla, malty flavours, some hopps and light and fresh oaky flavours. Less complex and mellow than the Archives 1996.
Taste: Fresh, light, malty, slightly green and floral, on vanilla, some green malty and grassy flavours, as well some oaky and tobacco leaves flavours. The finish is medium, rather clean and malty, slightly oaky and smoky. It becomes rounder and with some orchards fruits with some water.
Impression: A rather clean version of Ben Nevis, fresh and less complex and round than  the 1996.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A1

28Mar 21

Ben Nevis 1996 Fishes of Samoa, 24 YO, Archives, 49.9% cask 887. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Mellow, round, malty, complex slightly grassy and spicy, on nice grassy flavours, stewed fruits, vanilla, some vanilla custard and light oaky flavours. Nicely complex
Taste: Mellow, rich, complex, grassy, malty, on juicy vanilla and grassy flavours, some quince, nice sweet flavours, vanilla custard, light fruity flavours and a hint of smoke. The finish is long, juicy, malty, grassy, with some vanilla and light honey flavours. Diluted, there is a hint of tobacco quid.
Impression: A very nice, mellow, rich, malty and grassy Ben Nevis, with a nice balance of flavours. Very good! Thank you Martin.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A1

27Mar 21

Carsebridge 1979, 30 YO, Duncan Taylor, 48.8%, B:2010, cask 33043, 69 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Spicy, intense, slightly peppery, on vanilla, spices and crushed pepper. Smells rather young and intense.
Taste: Mellow, grainy, slightly spicy, on cooked corn (maize), a light fragrance and some stewed fruits and porridge. The finish is medium to long, mellow, on cooked cereals, porridge, vanilla, cooked corn and a slight fragrance. Diluted, it becomes more fragrant.
Impression: A very nice mellow Grain whisky, with a light spiciness and cooked corn (maize). Thank you Martin.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1

26Mar 21

Dumbarton 1987, 29 YO, Whiskybroker, 52.5%, B:2016, cask 25240, 143 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, mellow to very mellow, grainy, on vanilla, porridge, light grassy fruity and nice mellow yellow fruits, with a light fragrance.
Taste: Grainy, slightly green and spicy, with some green cereals, vanilla and a light fragrance. The finish is medium, grainy, on porridge, some vanilla and light spices.
Impression: A nice grain whisky, with a mellow fruity nose, while getting fresher and more spicy on the palate. Thank you Martin.
Rating:14/20 FP:A1

25Mar 21

Irish Single Malt Whiskey 1993, 25 YO, Liquid Art & Beacon Spirits, 48.1%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Gold -old gold
Nose: Round, malty, slightly green, with some vanilla, blackurrant, pear drops and a light fragrance.
Taste: Malty, round, slightly oaky and spicy, with some vanilla, pear drops and light oaky flavours. The finish is medium, malty, slightly green and spicy, on vanilla, light oaky and pear drop flavours. Diluted, it becomes slightly fruitier.
Impression: A nice round, malty, slightly oaky and spicy flavours. A good one tasting younger than the age on the label. Thank you Martin.
Rating : 13/20 FP:A1

24Mar 21

  Brothers in arms Irish single malt whiskey, 14 YO, Vom Fass, 43%, B:2015. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Fresh, malty, slightly green, with some vanilla, pear drops and green malt.
Taste: Fresh, young, oaky, rather green, some vanilla, oak spice, pear drops and green malt. Diluted, it becomes more fragrant. The finish is medium, green, young, malty, slightly spicy. Diluted, it was more fragrant.
Impression: A clean, fresh and rather green Irish single malt, that taste rather young. Thank you Martin.
Rating : 12/20 FP:A1

22Mar 21

Special Edition 7  Highland Single malt 1987, 32 YO, Acla Selection, 50.1%, B:2019, 120 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Mellow to very mellow, rich, slightly nutty, on heather, sultanas, some dried fruits, walnuts and honey.
Taste: Mellow to very mellow, nutty, slighty spicy, on dried fruits, heather, honey and some candied fruits. The finish is medium to long, complex, on dried fruits, walnuts, honey and some candied fruits.
Impression:  A very nice mellow old Highland single malt, with dried fruits, a nice mouthfeel and nutty flavours, without any dryness.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G2

20Mar 21

Omar 2013, 6 YO, OB, 57.3%, B:2019, cask 21130075, 1st Fill Sherry Hogshead, 239 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Fragrant, floral, slightly rubbery, on nice soft spices, orange, marmalade, tannins, lacquer, some tannins, leather and rubber.
Taste: Floral, fragrant, clean, slightly spicy and bitter, on red berries, dried fruits, leather, cinnamon, lacquer, some tannins, orange and marmalade. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes more fragrant and bitter.
Impression: A nice smooth, floral, fragrant and lacquered whisky.
Rating: 16/20 FP:H1

17Mar 21

A Secret Highland Distillery 2000, 19 YO, Liquid Treasures, 55.6%, B:2020, cask 1442, 325 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Complex, intense, balanced, waxy to very waxy, with nice light vanilla flavours, some gooseberries, light spicy and mineral flavours.
Taste: Intense, complex, waxy, mineral, on beeswax, some very pleasant mineral flavours, almonds, shoe wax, some gooseberries, pear drops and vanilla. The finish is long, waxy, complex, slightly spicy, mineral and on the same flavours.
Impression:  A secret Highland distillery with a very character and light mineral flavours, that is unique to Clynelish. A very good complex and balanced whisky distilled in the village of Brora.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A1

12Mar 21

Tomatin 2006, 12 YO, OB, 46%, B:2018,  Amontillado Sherry Limited Edition. Price:
Colour:  Old gold
Nose: Round, thick, tannic, slightly acetic, on oak spices, heavy tannins, leather, vegetal condiments, dried fruits, cinnamon, cloves and some rubber.
Taste: Acetic to very acetic, round, on toffee, balsamic vinegar, rubber, tannins, leather and sultanas. The finish is medium, acetic and on the same flavours. Diluted, it becomes more acetic and rubbery.
Impression: A whisky with a very strong Amontillado influence, rather acetic, rubbery and on dried fruits…
Rating: 12/20 FP:D1

09Mar 21

Glenrothes 1997, 21 YO, Cadenhead's, 57.1%, B:2019, 510 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Floral, round, rather mellow, slightly oaky, with some vanilla, light grassy and oaky flavours, as well nice floral flavours.
Taste: Okay, spicy, intense, floral, slightly fragrant, on oak spices, some pepper, fresh floral flavours, green melon, apples and freshly cut grass. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: A nice, oaky, green and spicy Glenrothes, with fresh floral flavours.
Rating: 14/20 FP:C1

05Mar 21

Kavalan Solist Pedro Ximenez, OB, 56.3%, Cask PX100630005A, 481 bottles. Price:
Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Round to very round, floral, moderately creamy and malty, on fudge, nice creamy and round fruity flavours, as well as some lacquer and candied fruits.
Taste: Floral, malty, fragrant to very fragrant, with some lacquer, candied fruits, vanilla, oak spices, tangerine, orange, and wood polish. The finish is medium to long and on the same flavours.
Impression: A rather floral and fragrant whisky, on candied fruits and some lacquer.
Rating: 13/20 FP:F1

27Fev 21

Bn7 2001, Elixir Distillers, 55.7%, B:2018. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Mellow, rich, complex, aromatic, with some floral flavours, fudge, humus, soft spices, mellow fruity flavours, aromatic herbs and round malty flavours. Excellent.
Taste: Mellow, round, floral, fragrant, aromatic, grassy, slightly malty, with some spices, fragrant floral flavours, humus, dried fruits, nice round grassy flavours mixed with some aromatic herbs. Nicely balanced. The finish is long, complex, balanced, malty, aromatic, slightly grassy, floral and fragrant.
Impression: An excellent, rich, complex, floral, fragrant, and on dried fruits. I enjoyed the balance very much. Very well made.
Rating:17/20 FP:F2

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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