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30 Sep 12

Fragment of Scotland Eastern Highland (Glen Garioch) 1975, Samaroli, 50%. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Peaty, farmy, floral, mineral and slightly bitter.
Taste: Bitter, peaty, smoky, very spicy, intense, slightly salty and on coffee. The finish is long, peaty, smoky, mineral, on cold ashes and slightly bitter.
Impression: Another excellent Glen Garioch, very peaty and quite similar to the 1975 Samaroli bottled at 50%.
Rating: 18/20 FP:A9

29 Sep 12

Glen Garioch 1968 Platinum Rum Finish, Douglas Laing, 55.9%, B: 2004, 84 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Sweet, floral, peaty, on grape, treacle and molasses. The sugary influence of the Rum is quite pronounced.
Taste: Spicy, sugary, on peat smoke, cocoa, cappuccino, floral notes and treacle. The finish is long, sugary, floral, peaty, smoky and on cappuccino.
Impression: The influence of the Rum is quite pronounced, resulting is a quite unique association of flavours.
Rating: 16/20 FP:E7

28 Sep 12

Glen Garioch, 10 YO, OB, 40%, B:2006 Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Dry grass, toffee, dry flowers, a touch of honey and gristy, then citric.
Taste: Dry, bitter toffee, malty, smoky, gentian and some peat. The finish is quite short, dry, bitter, malty, on toffee and gentian.
Impression: Although not peaty, this Glen Garioch is quite smoky and bitter. A decent daily dram
Rating: 11/20

27 Sep 12

Brora 1981 The Prestonfield, 19 YO, Signatory, 58.8%, B: 2000, c. 1083, 545 b. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Very peaty, meaty, slightly floral, on bonfire smoke, drying seaweeds and treacle.
Taste: Waxy, peaty, very citric, maritime, smoky, on orange skin and smoke. Slightly tannic. Diluted, it becomes lighter. The finish is long, pleasantly peated, slightly tannic, on maple syrup and some seaweeds.
Impression: Most Brora distilled in the 1980s are slightly peaty, but this one is a clear exception. The alliance between the sherry and the peat is most pleasant.
Rating: 18/20 FP:E8

26 Sep 12

Strathmill 21 YO, Anam Na H-Alba, 54.5%, B: 2012. Price:
Colour: Old gold Nose: Very clean, slightly malty, spirity, with some discreet notes of apples. Taste: Floral to very floral, round, with some toffee and light fruity notes. The finish is short to medium, smooth, floral with fruits from the orchards. Impression: A decent floral whisky, with a rather silent nose. Rating: 11/20 FP:A1

25 Sep 12

Strathmill 1989 sherry, 22 YO, The First Editions, 59.5%, B: 2012. 609 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Smooth, light, floral, on fresh flowers, some hay, honey and light fruity notes.
Taste: Smooth, floral, light, intense, and slightly peaty, with some tangerine and vanilla. The finish is medium, smooth, floral, slightly fragrant, light and rather fruity (vanilla and tangerine). Diluted, it becomes smoother.
Impression: A few aged Strathmill have been recently bottled by different independent bottler. This version of Strathmill is particularly smooth, and unusually for the First Edition, it comes from a refill sherry cask. The sherry influence is modest but contributes to some subtle notes of tangerine. The general flavours could have suggested a partial maturation (or finish) in an ex-bourbon cask.
Rating: 16/20 FP:D1

24 Sep 12

Glen Spey 1991, 20 YO, The First Editions, 50.8%, B: 2012, 300 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Fresh, intense, light, floral, on fresh flowers, with some notes of vanilla, apple and pear schnapps. Most pleasant.
Taste: Very smooth, floral, slightly malty and nutty, with some honey, on vanilla and some slight bitter smoky notes. The finish is medium, smooth, slightly bitter and smoky, some spices and on vanilla. Diluted, it looses most of its bitterness, becomes slightly more floral and with some extra notes of peach.
Impression: A light and floral Glen Spey, with a pleasant smoothness. A fine example of this distillery.
Rating: 15/20 FP: B1

23 Sep 12

Littlemill 8 YO, OB, 40%. B: 1990s. Price:
Colour: Gold- old gold
Nose: Grassy, bold, on cardboard, slightly bitter and floral, with some bold peat smoke.
Taste: Grassy, waxy, on wet cardboard, some bitter caramel and a touch of peat smoke. The finish is rather short, grassy to very grassy, on cardboard, some caramel and cocoa.
Impression: A correct and grassy whisky from a lost Lowland distillery.
Rating: 10/20 FP:C2

22 Sep 12

Littlemill 1991, 21 YO, The First Editions, 47.7%, B: 2012, cask ES 017/01. 261 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, grassy, with a whiff of smoke, some lime blossom infusion,  a few drops of lemon and honey.
Taste: Light, floral, smooth, grassy, with some honey, a touch of bitter smoke, some starch, lime blossom infusion with some lemon. Subtle. The finish is medium, smooth, floral, on herbal infusion, grass and a whiff of smoke. Diluted, it becomes slightly bitter, with some tobacco leaves and some pollen.
Impression: A good Littlemill, rather light, but smooth with some bitter notes (although not as strong and unpleasant as the First Cask).
Rating: 14/20 FP: A2

Littlemill 1990, 20 YO, First Cask, 54.2%, barrel 726, 225 bottles.Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Slightly grassy, spirity, clean, on cardboard, toffee and straw.
Taste:  Light, grassy, winey, floral, fragrant, slightly bitter, with some hay, green apples and some vanilla. The finish is medium, light, grassy, bitter, floral, fragrant, with some cardboard. Diluted, it becomes unpleasantly fragrant and bitter.
Impression: A light fragrant expression of littlemill with an unpleasant bitterness (star anis and violet) once diluted. Not to my liking.
Rating: 09/20 FP:A1

21 Sep 12

Speyside 1994, 17 YO, The First Editions, 61.2%, B: 2012, cask ES 019/01. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Floral, intense, spirity, thick, on toffee, chocolate, some leather, spices. Diluted, it becomes lighter.
Taste:  Spirity, smooth, floral, with some violet, lavender, toffee, chocolate, spices (cinnamon) and some leather. Light bodied. The finish is medium, floral, rather light, on Christmas cake and cinnamon.
Impression: At full strength, the whisky is rather spirity and requires some water to enjoy it. The whisky is rather light bodied, floral and with some fragrance, while the sherry notes contributes to a pleasant smoothness. The first product from this distillery, the Cu Dhub, is the worst single malt I have ever tasted and I was pleased to taste this pleasant and easy drinking product from The Speyside distillery.
Rating: 13/20 FP: E1

20 Sep 12

Miyagikyo 1988, 20 YO, OB, 50%, B: 2008, 1500 bottles, Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber.
Nez: Very clean and polished, oaky, very floral, on iris and oriental flowers and wood, with some lichees.
Taste: Juicy, malty, oaky, floral, fruity, on peach, pear, watermelon, tangerine, with some dry peat smoke and sandalwood. Very harmonious. The finish is short to medium, very clean, slightly dry, tannic and fruity.
Impression: A very nice whisky, quite fruity, with a finish of short pleasure.
Rating: 15/20 FP: F3

19 Sep 12

Miyagikyo 1990, 19 YO, OB, 61%, B:2009, refill butt 36385,  346 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber.
Nose: Very fresh and floral, clean, slightly peaty, on sandalwood, jasmine, plums, raisins and some tangerine.
Taste: Very clean, smooth, very floral, fragrant, on light flowers, peach, pear, some light peat smoke, sandalwood and some Swiss milk chocolate. The finish is medium, very clean, slightly fruity and syrupy, with a touch of peat smoke, Turkish delights and peach.
Impression: A light, fresh, floral Miagikyo that I appreciated very much.
Rating: 16/20 FP: F3

18 Sep 12

Glenrothes Alba Reserve, OB, 40%, B: 2009. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Sweet, oaky, on vanilla, banana, herbal infusion, butterscotch and strong buttery flavours, as well as some fishy ones.
Taste: Light, fresh, very oaky, creamy, on crushes cereals, porridge, apricots, vanilla, bananas and some infusion made with lime blossom wood. The finish is medium to long, creamy, buttery, oaky, on vanilla and some coconut milk.
Impression: A fresh and young Glenrothes exclusively made from refill bourbon casks. The influence of the bourbon is very strong, maybe even a tad too strong, giving the impression that some virgin oak has been used.
Rating: 10/20 FP:A1

17 Sep 12

Glenrothes 25 YO, OB, 43%, B: 2010. Price:
Colour: Amber.
Nose: Light, smooth, on rich sherry notes, spices, fudge and orange.
Taste: Very smooth, spicy, on tangerine, orange and Christmas cake. Diluted, it becomes more complex and spicier. The finish is long, rich, spicy, complex, on tangerine and lots of oranges.
Impression: A very smooth and very sherried Glenrothes. Very well made.
Rating: 16/20 FP:H2

16 Sep 12

Glenrothes 1979, OB, 55.2%, B: 2005, 502 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old Gold
Nose: Very nice and soft floral nose (camomile), heather, honey, sweet juicy malt, with some fruity flavours, on tangerine and apple pie. Rich.
Taste: Spicy, woody, floral (camomile and geranium), on apple pie, tangerine, coriander and some Christmas cake. The finish is medium, spicy, slightly syrupy, mouth coating and malty.
Impression: A very good Glenrothes, quite smooth and very drinkable.
Rating: 15/20 FP:F2

15 Sep 12

Glenrothes 1978, OB, 43%, B: 2009. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Mellow, malty, well balanced, on Christmas cake, tangerine, orange, honey heather and cooked fruits.
Taste: Malty, slightly soapy and tannic, on spices, honey, toffee, cooked apples (“tarte tatin”), tangerine and some coriander. The finish is medium to long, smooth, malty, on honey, tangerine, with some ginger bread and cooked apple pie.
Impression: Glenrothes is producing very good whiskies and this one is a pleasant example, although that some additional %ABV would probably have given more depth to it.
Rating: 14/20  FP:E2

Glenrothes 1989, 21 YO, Blackadder, 54%, 330 bottles. Price:
Colour: Deep gold.
Nose: Fresh, light, sweet, floral, with some violet and tangerine, as well as some mellow sweet fruits.
Taste: Fresh, light, sweet, floral, with some berries and tangerine. The finish is medium, sweet, and slightly floral, with some bitter toffee and apricots.
Impression:  A pleasantly light, sweet and rather fruity Glenrothes.
Rating: 13/20 FP:D1

14 Sep 12

BenRiach 1976 Peated batch 9, 35 YO, OB, 54.9%, cask 8804, 232 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Dry, mineral, slightly austere, peaty, with some tar and heather. Diluted, it becomes more fruity.
Taste: Dry, peaty to very peaty, slightly tarry, and fruity to very fruity, on mango, papaya, guava and some pineapple. The finish is medium, slightly woody and tarry, peaty, with some citrus and tropical fruits.
Impression: A rather difficult whisky with the dry and peaty notes contrasting with the sweet and tropical underlying notes.
Rating: 15/20 FP:C6

13 Sep 12

Glenrothes 1990 Gerhard der Grosse, 18 YO, Krüger Whiskygalerie, 43%, B: 2009. Price:
Colour: light gold.
Nose: Very round, slightly floral, on fudge and toffee. Very appetizing.
Taste: Smooth, on walnut, toffee, fudge, with some floral notes. Well balanced. The finish is medium to long, on fudge and toffee.
General Impression: A very good, smooth, all-round Glenrothes, with a strong toffee-fudge influence. Was fairly priced.
Rating: 14/20 FP:D2

Glenrothes 1987, Malts of Scotland, 53.4%, B: 2009, sherry butt 7409, 198 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber.
Nose: Malty, fresh, sweet, quite floral, on honey and pollen, with some tangerine.
Taste: Spicy, rich, slightly peppery and fruity, on tangerine, Pu-Her tea, Christmas cake and some tannin. The finish is medium, rich, smooth, slightly tannic, fruity and slightly spicy.
Impression: A nicely made Glenrothes, smooth and with a pleasant sherry influence.
Rating: 13/20 FP:G1

12 Sep 12

Ardmore  Wine Treated Barrel 1990, 20 YO, Signatory, 61.6%, B: 2010, cask 30118, 355 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Smooth, round, smoky, slightly peaty, oaky and on bold aromatic peat.
Taste: Spicy, smoky, round, floral, on tobacco leaves, some humus and a faint peatiness. The finish is medium, round, oaky, smoky, on bold peat smoke, slightly farmy, as well as with some floral notes. Diluted, it becomes peatier.
Impression:   I tasted this whisky twice at different whisky fairs and I was slightly disappointed by this Ardmore the first time. When tasting it quietly at home with a fresh palate, then I could really appreciate the subtlety of this charming whisky, with a lovely elegant and subtle peat smoke that you might expect from a medium peated Ardmore.
Rating: 14/20 FP:C4

11 Sep 12

Ardmore 1992, 18 YO, Exclusive Malts, 44.1%, cask 5016, 292 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Mineral, slightly peaty, sooty, ashy, with some old tobacco smoke, with traces of citrus. With time, some light and discreet floral lavender notes are released.
Taste: Dry to very dry, oily, ashy to very ashy, sooty, mineral, smoky, peaty, austere, citric and a few drops of quince. Complex.  Diluted, it becomes more on notes of cold ashtray. The finish is long, dry, ashy, citric, mineral, peaty, smoky and on ashtray.
Impression: I am a fan of this type of whisky with its austere smoky notes, a citric bite, and a whiff of cold ashes. A nice pick from David Stirk.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A6

10 Sep 12

Ardmore 1992, 20 YO, Archives, 48.6%, B:2012, cask 4764, 80 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose:  Round, peaty, slightly juicy and oaky, with some light note of fruits from orchards, as well as some old and cold ashes.
Taste: Round, oaky, mineral, with some wood spices, cold ashes, citrus, and some light fragrant and slightly bitter floral notes. Rather austere with discreet peaty notes. The citric (mainly lime) notes are rather expressive. Diluted, it becomes more mineral and ashy. The finish is medium, oaky, slightly spicy and mineral, citric (lime, bitter lemon and grapefruits), with some round peat smoke.
Impression: A good Ardmore, slightly rounder than most 1992’s Ardmore that improves (more mineral and on ashes) once water is added.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A4

09 Sep 12

North British 1962, 50 YO, Archives, 45.2%, B: 2012, cask 29, 168 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Grainy, oaky, sweet, on vanilla, rum and some coconut.
Taste: Spicy, oaky, on sandalwood, rosewater, banana, vanilla, coconut, some pineapples. Rather fresh and with some sawdust. The finish is rather short, on juicy oak, slightly thin, herbal, on rosewater, pineapple and coconut, with some banana and cinnamon.
Impression: A rather good Grain whisky, surprisingly light and slightly thin. The grainy notes are rather discreet on the palate. Of note, the absence of woody notes in a whisky that has matured for 50 years in an oak cask is remarkable. Fairly priced.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A1

08 Sep 12

Glen Scotia 93.36 Spicy sausage and chocolate sauce 1992, 17 YO, SMWS, 57.5%, B: 2009, 329 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber.
Nose: Round, on toffee, fudge, chocolate, smoke and strong maritime influence, with some yeast extracts.
Taste: Maritime, rubbery, slightly sulphury and salty. The finish is medium, big, rubbery, maritime and sulphury.
Impression: A very rubbery and sulphury whisky, Not for me.
Rating: 08/20 FP:F3

07 Sep 12

Glen Scotia 93.32 “Old puffer by the harbour wall” 1992, 16 YO, SMWS, 64.6%, B 2008, 197 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold.
Nose: Musty, maritime, salty, slightly floral, on coconut, vanilla, some fudge, cocoa and dried fish. Smooth.
Taste: On soft spices, cocoa, chocolate, some salt, seaweeds and a touch of smoke. Very coastal. Diluted, it becomes immediately maritime and salty. The finish is medium, slightly rough, maritime, salty, on cocoa and toffee.
Impression: A very round Glen Scotia.
Rating: 12/20 FP:D3

06 Sep 12

Glen Scotia 1992, 20 YO, Archives (whiskybase), 50.4%, B: 2012, cask 08/71, 80 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Smoky, peaty, on sea brine, vanilla and diverse “harbour” flavours. A real Campbletown whisky.
Taste: Smoky, peaty, oily, on elegant subtle aromatic and maritime peat smoke, some fish, sea brine, vanilla and a touch of coconut. The finish is medium, oaky, maritime, peaty, smoky, on sea brine, coconut and vanilla, with some notes of fish. Some nuts in the aftertaste.
Impression: A very pleasant, rather old fashioned whisky with flavours reminding the harbour of Campbeltown. The peaty notes are subtle, elegant and most pleasant. Definitely worth a try.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A5

Glen Scotia 1966, 27 YO, Signatory, 51.5%, B: 1994, cask 1271-2, 405 bottles. Price:
Colour: Godl.
Nose: Smooth, mellow, smoky, slightly peaty, maritime and on seaweeds. Slightly mineral.
Taste: Spicy, very salty, slightly bitter, intense, on diverse roots, with some peat smoke and mineral notes (graphite). Diluted, it becomes bigger and oilier. The finish is medium to long, slightly bitter, citric, salty and maritime.
Impression: A rather big and oily whisky, slightly bitter and smoky. An old style whisky, maybe not very easy, but most enjoyable.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A4

05 Sep 12

Glen Scotia 1992, Signatory, 43%, B: 2005. Refill butt. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Very maritime, smoky, on seaweeds, seashells and some coconut.
Taste: Heavy, oily, very martime, salty, smoky, on dried fish, vanilla and coconut. The finish is medium, oily, farmy, smoky and on smoked fish.
Impression:  A big heavy and oily whisky, with some tobacco smoke that I enjoyed very much.
Rating: 14/20 FP:D5

04 Sep 12

Glen Scotia 1974, 31 YO, Signatory, 44.9%, B: 2005, cask 844. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Sweet nose, fruity (melon, apricots, ripe peach), on delicate smoke, sea breeze, honey and with some grapes.
Taste: Smoky, silky, sweet, malty, buttery, salty, with some smoke, nice round oakiness, fruity (apricots and melon), on vanilla, grapes and heather. Diluted, it becomes spicier (“Taliskerish”) and more on toffee. The finish is short, clean, slightly bitter, on salt liquorice and some coffee beans.
Impression: A very pleasant Glen Scotia, with a beautiful texture in mouth, from an often-underrated distillery. Thank you Patrick S.
Rating: 16/20

03 Sep 12

Glen Scotia 1999 for the Whiskyfair, 6 YO, OB, 52.7% B: 2006, casks 541/2, Price:
Colour: Pale yellow
Nose: Young, clean, very peaty, quite floral and on grilled bread. Quite playful.
Taste: Very peaty, tarry, mineral, slightly dry and floral (gentian), on diesel and hemp rope. The finish is of medium length, clean, quite floral (gentian), heavily peaty, tarry and on grilled bread. Quite smooth.
Impression: A nice clean and heavily peaty Glen Scotia, not as dry as the young heavily peated Islay counterparts.
Rating: 15/20

02 Sep 12

Glen Scotia 1992 Fino refill, 13 YO, Signatory, 43%, B: 2005. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Malty, dry fino sherry influence, sea kelp and quite sweet.
Taste: Dry at start, then smoother, salty-spicy, some diesel and a light fruitiness. The Fino influence is quite strong. The finish is smooth, malty, smoky, slightly bitter and rubbery.
Impression: The influence of the Fino is quite pronounced but sweet and mixed well with the maltiness. A quite unusual but pleasant combination for a Glen Scotia.
Rating: 13/20

01 Sep 12

Auld Reekie, 12 YO, Duncan Taylor, 46%, B:2006. Price:
Colour:  Pale yellow-straw
Nose: typical “old damp coir/hemp rope” Caol Ila nose with smoked bacon flavours and diesel oil. Clean.
Taste: Iodine, tar and the typical “old damp coir/hemp rope” Caol Ila note. The finish is dry, on peat smoke and salt liquorice. The finish is long.
Impression: A very peaty and punchy vatted malt (75% Caol Ila and 25% Ardbeg), with more complexity than its young brother, the Big Smoke. A very good introduction to the peaty Islay whisies.
Rating: 13/20

Spice Tree, Compass Box, 46%, B: 2009. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Smooth, very spicy, peppery, with a touch of hay.
Taste: Slightly waxy and citrusy, some heather, rich spices, mustard and pepper. Diluted, it becomes spicier and hot. The finish is medium to long, light, slightly waxy and spicy.
Impression: A very nice and very spicy vatted (blended) malt, with a nice complexity and a lot of Clynelish.
Rating: 13/20 FP:B2

Spice Tree, Compass Box, 54.6%, B: 2009. Price:
Similar to the version at 46%, slightly more mellow, complex, but less spicy.
Impression: same rating.
Rating: 13/20 FP:B2

31 Aug 12

Caol Ila 1974 for La Maison du whisky, 30 YO, Signatory, 46%, B: 2005. Cask 12623, 419 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Dry, clean, farmy, peaty, on hemp rope and stables.
Taste: Citric to very citric, peaty, smoky, on tobacco leaves, seaweeds and sea water, as well as on hemp rope and a hint of fudge. The finish is very long, salty, maritime, dry, citric, tarry, on seaweeds and liquorice.
Impression: A very intense dry and peaty Caol Ila. Thank you Patrick S.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A7

30 Aug 12

Caol Ila 1974, 18 YO, Morgan & Wilson, 60.9%, B: 1993, cask 12493, 262 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale gold-gold.
Nose; Very peaty, on old hemp rope, drying seaweeds, some sea spray, with light farmy notes.
Taste: Salty to very salty, intense, maritime, on sea shells, old peat smoke, lemon, tobacco quid, liquorice and a touch of tar. Rich. The finish is very long, dry, smoky, salty, ashy, bitter, citric, on tobacco and peat smoke, some seaweeds, lime and creosote.
Impression: An excellent old Caol Ila from the first year of the production of the new distillery. As most 1974s Caol Ila, it has something else, it has a flavour profile closer to the old distillery than the current production.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A7

29 Aug 12

Hanyu 1986, 22 YO, La Part des Anges, 58.4%, B: 2008, cask 281. Price:
Colour: Old Gold.
Nose: Fresh, clean, quite farmy, on varnish, sandalwoods, with some soybean and apricots.
Taste: Smooth, spicy, clean, with some coriander, tangerines, sandalwood, wood furniture and apples. The finish is medium to long, clean, dry, slightly smoky and bitter, on orange and green apples.
Impression: A very nice and "polished" Hanyu.
Rating:  15/20 FP:D2

28 Aug 12

Hanyu 1990, 17 YO, One Drinks, 55.5%, B: 2007, cask 9511, 374 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber.
Nose: Fresh, clean, on varnish, slightly floral, farmy, with some orange skin and tangerine. Slightly smoky.
Taste: Fresh, clean, on varnish, geranium, lacquer, beeswax, tangerine and some  soybean. The finish is medium to long, clean, slightly green (vegetal and bitter), with some orange skin.
Impression: An interesting Hanyu, intense and finished in a Japanase oak cask.
Rating: 14/20 FP:D2

27 Aug 12

Ginko, OB, 46%, B: 2008. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold.
Nose: Very clean, smooth, nicely peaty and smoky, floral.
Taste: Smooth, spicy, smoky, clean, floral, with some soybean, with the finish being short to medium, on the same flavours.
General Impression: The first ever vatted malt produced including Japanese single malts from different companies such a Nikka and Suntory. A well made vatted whisky.
Rating: 13/20 FP:D5

26 Aug 12

Tamdhu 1958 Prenzlow collection, JWWW, 40.8%, B: 2004, 120 b. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Round, smooth, slightly smoky and peated, on tropical fruits (mango and lots of papaya), candied fruits, vanilla and banana.
Taste: Malty, clean, slightly spicy (white pepper) and soapy, earthy, slightly smoky (tobacco smoke) and fragrant. A bit woody. Diluted, it decomes dryier and more tannic. The finish is medium, fragrant, slightly dry, on honey, tobacco smoke and candied fruits.
Impression: The nose is excellent, but then the mouth reminds of its age, although the wood is not excessively expressive.
Rating: 15/20

25 Aug 12

Ben Nevis 1967 for Alambique, 40 YO, OB, 43.4%, B; 2007, 157 b. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Malty, very mellow, on Christmas cake, old polished wood, lots of ripe oranges, cinnamon and on honey wax. Very nice.
Taste: Tannic, spicy (cinnamon and ginger cake), bitter, on Christmas cake, orange, eucalyptus and with a strong sherry influence. The finish is short to medium, slightly dry and rubbery, on spearmint, eucalyptus and cinnamon.
Impression: A very charming Ben Nevis, very sherried, but not as much tannic as the colour and the age might suggest, with a lot of Christmas savours.
Rating: 15/20

24 Aug 12

Dumbarton Clan Denny, Duncan Taylor, 44.1%, B: 2007, HH224. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Is it really a whisky or a fresh coconut? It starts on a delicious and strong coconut flavour, and on cooked maize, apricot and peach.
Taste: Very sweet, on cooked corn and cereals, with a lot of coconut, on peach and abricots. Slightly dry and tannic. The finish is dry, round, on peach, apricot, and coconut.
Impression: A good grain whisky with a strong coconut influence.
Rating: 13/20

23 Aug 12

GlenDronach 1978 batch 6, 33 YO, OB, 52.9%, B:2012, Oloroso Puncheon 1068, 318 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Tannic, woody, on dried fruits, figs, some bitter notes, on dark chocolate, orange, tangerine, some heather. With time, the strong woody notes leave place to some more complex and balanced smooth and fruity notes.
Taste: Bitter, tannic, slightly astringent, floral, rich, complex to very complex, on lavender, black and sour berries, some tangerine, orange, coffee beans and some cocoa. The finish is medium to long, slightly tannic, astringent and bitter, with some walnut, over infused tea, orange, tangerine, leather, coffee and cocoa. Diluted, it becomes unpleasantly bitter and astringent.
Impression: Some notes of old oak are present, but still pretty well controlled, with flavours more complex, although slightly less intense than the 1990 and 1993 vintages.  A very good old GlenDronach.
Rating: 16/20 FP:I2

22 Aug 12

Glendronach 1990, 22 YO, OB, 55.1%, B: 2012, PX puncheon  2966. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Smooth, floral, on tangerine, with vegetal condiments (Maggi), some rubber and dried meat. With a rather strong vegetal sherry influence.
Taste: Smooth, syrupy, very thick, rich, complex, floral, slightly bitter, and less tannic than the 1993, some walnuts, other dried fruits (including fig) and some coffee.  Diluted, it becomes creamier, on toffee, with some lavender and some sour berries. The finish is medium, tannic, floral, on walnut, black tea, coffee, dried fruits and some bitter orange.
Impression: A good and rich GlenDronach, rather thick with pleasant notes of figs. The harmony between the flavours might be better.
Rating: 14/20 FP:I2

21 Aug 12

A few GlenDronach from the batch 6, starting with the 1993 vintage

Glendronach 1993, 19 YO, OB, 59.4%, B: 2012,  Oloroso butt 536. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Smooth, nutty to very nutty, floral, intense, thick, tannic, on old leather, dry fruits, treacle, toffee, coffee,  and some dried meat
Taste: Rich, dry, floral to very floral, rather thick and syrupy, on berries, heather, some leather, orange, tangerine, treacle, milk chocolate and tannins. Diluted, it becomes creamier. The finish is medium to long, tannic, rich, thick, syrupy, with some tangerine, tea with infused walnut shells, and on dried fruits. Diluted, it becomes very bitter, nutty and woody.
Impression: The nose was very good, but then it becomes rather heavy on the tannins and wood on the palate.
Rating: 15/20 FP:I2

20 Aug 12

Bowmore 1997, 14 YO, The First Editions, 54.8%, B: 2012 Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Intense, rich and oaky. At the start, there are strong notes of vanilla and toffee giving place rather rapidly to more maritime notes, some tobacco leaves, tar and peat. Slightly more complex than the latest Bowmore Tempest.
Taste: Smooth, salty, maritime, slightly sweet, oaky, on bonfire smoke, with some seaweeds and wet wood. The finish is medium, oaky, peaty, maritime, with some toffee, gentian and peat.
Impression: An oakier and smoother version than the Whiskybroker version. We are not too far from the Bowmore Tempest, with some additional smoothness. These Bomwore from the 1990s are definitely more to my liking than the ones from the 1980s.
Rating:15/20 FP:B5

19 Aug 12

Linkwood 1987, 24 YO, The First Editions, 51.2%, B: 2012. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Floral, intense, rich, round, smooth and with some fruits.
Taste: Smoky, floral, smooth, rich, smoky, on honey and with light notes of apples. Complex. Diluted, it becomes bolder and relatively spicy (ginger).The finish is medium, rich, smooth, slightly mellow, with some liquid honey and biscuits.
Impression: A very pleasant, rich, intense and well balanced Linkwood, easy drinking but complex.
Rating: 15/20 FP:C2

18 Aug 12

Tobermory 1995, 16 YO, The First Editions, 54.1%, B: 2012. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Meaty, intense, on smoked and cured ham, vegetal condiments (Maggi), peat smoke with some light notes of seaweeds.
Taste: Maritime, coastal, rich, sweet, smooth, with some seaweeds, peat-infused water, cured ham and ripe tangerine. Smoother and sweeter than the nose would suggest it. Diluted, it becomes spicier, more vegetal, slightly waxy, more intense, on mustard, pepper and some gentian. The finish is medium, soft, smooth, on sweet fruity notes, some pineapple and tangerine, with some maritime influence.
Impression: A smooth and pleasant Tobermory with a strong spiciness once diluted. A good whisky, with a quality superior to that tmight have been  previously bottled from that distillery.
Rating: 14/20 FP:D3

17 Aug 12

Mortlach 1989, 22 YO, The First Editions, 52.1%, B:2012 Price:
Colour:  Gold
Nose: Spicy, intense to very intense, dry, floral, slightly meaty, on vanilla, some honey, dark cherries and dried fruits. Diluted, it becomes smoother.
Taste: Spicy to very spicy (ginger), okay, dry, slightly winey, floral, slightly fragrant, on vanilla, honey, some nuts, wood extracts and a hint of hay. Diluted, it becomes slightly smoother and notes of white wine stronger. The finish is medium, dry, oaky, and floral, on vanillin, some chestnut and a thin thread of smoke
Impression: A rather dry expression of Mortlach. It is not a woody/tannic whisky, but it has rather some dry, slightly astringent, influence coming from the wood. Not as smooth as you might expect from The First Editions.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A2

16 Aug 12

Clynelish 1997, 14 YO, The First Editions, 52.8%, B: 2012. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, rather sweet, slightly meaty, on vegetal condiment (Maggi), spicy (mustard) and some orange.
Taste: Very smooth, sweet, clean, soft, waxy, mustardy, intense, on ripe tangerine, orange, some white pepper and other sweet fruity notes. The finish is medium, soft, smooth to very smooth, slightly mustardy with sweet fruity notes of ripe tangerine.
Impression: A very smooth and soft Clynelish, without any harshness making it very easy drinking, with some delicious sweet fruity notes thanks to the sherry cask.
Rating: 16/20 FP:E2

15 Aug 12

The First Editions are single malts bottled by Edition Spirits Ltd, company founded by Andrew Laing, son of Douglas Laing and distributed in Switzerland and in a few other selected countries.

Clynelish 1989, 22 YO, The First Editions, 52.5%, B: 2012. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Immediately “Clynelish” at the first sniff. Intense, clean, mustardy, malty, oaky, with some vanilla, grapefruit and a faint smokiness. Slightly juicy. With time, the gentian notes become stronger. Diluted, it becomes slighty citrusy and lemony.
Taste: Smooth to very smooth, mustardy, clean, waxy, on citrus, ginger, vanilla, some smooth notes of gentian and grapefruit coated with some grassy and mineral notes. Diluted, it becomes as smooth as a liqueur, with a lemon twist.The finish is medium to long, smooth, very waxy, slightly grassy and smoky, with some vanilla and candied ginger. With some ashy notes at the very end.
Impression: A very smooth, candied and waxy Clynelish, rather complex and easy drinking. A most pleasant Clynelish.
Rating: 16/20 FP:B2

14 Aug 12

Clynelish 1995, 14 YO, The Whisky Agency, 53%, B: 2010. 170 bottles. Price:
Colour: Straw-pale gold.
Nose: Intense, round, malty, oaky, on vanilla, pollen and a touch of toffee.
Taste: Salty, soapy to very soapy, clean to very clean, waxy to very waxy, spicy, slightly mustard and on bitter lemon. The finish is medium, very clean, waxy, slightly soapy, and on bitter lemon.
Impression: A rather difficult Clynelish: clean, soapy and very waxy. If you like the extremes, then you might enjoy experiencing this whisky. I had problem with this whisky. Something went wrong with the bottle?
Rating: 09/20 FP:A1

Clynelish 1996, 12 YO, Malts of Scotland, 58.1%, B:2009, cask 8245, 304 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Fresh, intense, rich, fruity, slightly meaty, with some round and sweet notes of tangerine and honey. Harmonious and most pleasant.
Taste: Rich, intense, slightly floral, waxy, zesty, with high quality mustard weeds, some smoke, a light sea brine and some pleasant oakiness. Some orange skin?  The finish is medium, rich, intense, spicy and mustary. Diluted, it becomes more mustardy, bitter, on tobacco smoke and some tangerine.
Impression: A very nice, rich and intense “classical” Clynelish, with a very light sherry influence contributing to some additional complexity.
Rating: 14/20 FP:C2

13 Aug 12

Clynelish 1991 Valentino Zagatti’s Personal Choice, 16 YO, High Spirits, 46%, B: 2008. Price:
Colour: Amber.
Nose: Thick, on balsamic vinegar,  spices, leather, orange and tangerine, with some heather.
Taste: Sweet, spicy, heavily sherried, bitter, on fresh rubber, strawberries, tangerine, leather, tannins, cloves, cinnamon, toffee and orange. The finish is medium to long, heavy, tannic, spicy, slightly salty, on tangerine, bitter oranges, cinnamon, cloves and coffee beans.
Impression: A good whisky dominated by the intense sherry notes, with a flavour profile closer to a GlenDronach than a Clynelish. Tasted blind, it would have never recognised the distillery. For the sherry freaks.
Rating: 15/20 FP:J1

12 Aug 12

Clynelish 1983, 23 YO, Scotch Single Malt Circle, 53.1%, B: 2006, cask 1351. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Intense, rather sharp, spicy, mustardy, with a light waxiness, some very light grassy and floral notes, as well as a light fruitiness (maturing melon).
Taste: Rich, intense, fragrant, slightly floral, waxy, spicy to very spicy, mustardy, peppery and with some green fruity notes. Some ham at the end. The finish is medium, slightly bitter, mustardy and spicy.
Impression: A rather floral and fragrant version of Clynelish with intense spicy notes, as well as a light bitterness.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A2

11 Aug 12

Clynelish 1982 30th Anniversary, 28 YO, Silver Seal, 46.4%, B:2011, Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Waxy, fresh, on juicy oaky, with some sweet and fresh fruity notes, and a touch of heather.
Taste: Light, fresh, juicy, slightly waxy, with some mustard, ginger, sea brine, apples and a touch of heather. Slightly thin. The finish is light, fresh, juicy, oaky, slightly mustardy, with some tobacco smoke and light heathery notes. Diluted, it becomes spicier and more mustard.
Impression: A nice light and fresh Clynelish, with little wood influence allowing the character of the distillery to speak. A whisky slightly tired by its long sleep in the cask.
Rating: 13/20 FP: A2

10 Aug 12

Clynelish 1997 joint bottling with Villa Konthor, 14 YO, The Whisky Agency, 52.7%, B: 2011. Price:
Colour: Pale straw
Nose: Very fresh, light, sweet-malty, juicy, slightly waxy, with a light round floral note, as well as a zest of lemon.
Taste: Light, fresh, zesty, malty, slightly waxy, sweet, on fresh white raisins grapes and slight mustardy notes. The finish is medium, sweet, light, very fresh and zesty.
Impression: Not a very complex Clynelish, but one sweet and light expression. A refreshing dram for the summer.
Rating: 13/20 FP: A1

09 Aug 12

Clynelish 1998, 13 YO, The Maltman, 46%. B: 2011, cask 7735 Prix:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Young, malty, fresh and floral.
Taste: Young to very young, peaty, floral, with some pear drops, hay and tar. Simple. The finish is short, peaty, dry-smooth, and immature.
Impression: A whisky from a rather inactive cask giving the impression of a young to very young whisky. Not bad, simply too "young" to my taste.
Rating: 08/20 FP: A3

08 Aug 12

Old Pulteney 11 YO le Puits à whisky, Jean Boyer, 43%, Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Young to very young, floral, dry, on pear drops and some peat. Immature.
Taste: Peaty, tarry to very tarry, floral, aromatic, slightly dry and floral, with some pear drops. More mature than the nose could suggest it. The finish is medium, slightly aromatic, tarry and peaty, with some young bitter and mineral notes. Fresh
Impression: The nose was not very appealing to me, but then I was positively surprised once the liquid was in contact with my palate, where it started to release its delicate and subtle tarry and peaty notes. A whisky that needs time to reveal its potential. Good value.
Rating: 13/20 FP: A4

07 Aug 12

Linkwood 1987, 24 YO, Malts of Scotland 51.4%. B: 2011 Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Round, slightly floral, on camomile, dry grass, and some vanilla.
Taste: Dry to very dry, smoky, tarry, on dry grass, vanilla and some toffee, with some farmy notes. The finish is short to medium, bitter, on gentian, dry grass and some toffee.
Impression: A curious whisky, difficult to classify, with a mixture of bitter and dry grassy notes. Not too much to my liking.
Rating: 10/20 FP:A2

06 Aug 12

BenRiach 1968 Rarest of the Rare, Duncan Taylor, 48.0%, B: 2003. cask 2592. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold.
Nose: Smooth, soft, mellow to very mellow and on tropical fruits. Less intense and thinner than the 1966 Private Collection.
Taste: Smooth, very fruity (on tropical fruits), slightly waxy, rather spicy (ginger and pepper), with some smoke, spearmint and heather. The finish is medium to long, smooth, fruity, slightly oaky, with some peat smoke and on exotic fruit and pink grapfefruit.
Impression: A very good BenRiach on tropical fruits, that should not disapppoint any BenRiach enthusiast.
Rating: 17/20 FP:B4

05 Aug 12

BenRiach 1976 For Japan, 35 YO, OB, 44.2%, B: 2011, cask 3032, 176 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Oaky, smooth, mellow, on tropical fruits (mango, pineapples and other) and a thread of peat smoke. Well balanced.
Taste: Smooth, mellow to very mellow, soft, very fruity (tropical fruits), some citrus and a thin smokiness. The finish is short to medium, soft, smooth, rather thin, on citrus and some exotic fruits.
Impression: A good 1976 BenRiach but becoming rather thin compared to the previous releases (or compared to the 1966 Private Collection).
Rating: 16/20 FP:A3

04 Aug 12

BenRiach 1966 Private collection, 44 YO, Gordon & Macphail, 56.1%, B: 2010, cask 605, 129 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Smooth, mellow, on tropical and cooked fruits, with some spicy oakiness, banana flambée, and a slight thread of peat smoke, as well as some pineapple.
Taste: Oaky, spicy (ginger), with lots of pineapples, a nice old bold complex peat smoke. The finish is medium, smooth, mellow, fruity, with some well integrated peat smoke, on mango, guava, and pineapples. Diluted, it becomes richer, fresher and spicier. With only faint woody notes.
Impression: A very good and surprisingly fresh BenRiach considering its 44 years of maturation in a cask, with a whooping 56%! I do not know how G&M manages to keep whiskies that long at such strength.
Rating: 17/20 FP:C4

03 Aug 12

Dalwhinnie 1986, 20 YO, OB, 56.8% B:2006 Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Lots of beewax, strong sherry influence, polished wood, spicy and vegetal, some oranges and berries.
Taste: Spicy, round, smooth, strong sherry influence, some saltiness, berries mixed with orange and old leather. Full, round and complex, with vanilla and heather undertones. The finish is long, on toffee, cream fudges, spices, heather and honey. With a hint of soap at the very end.
Impression: The influence of the sherry (mainly first fill sherry casks to my opinion) on the Dalwhinnie results in an excellent surprise and evokes some sherry monsters such as the sherried Longmorn from the 1970s. Suprisingly rich and complex for its age.
Rating: 18/20

02 Aug 12

Dalwhinnie 1973, 29 YO, OB, 57.8% Price:
Colour: Gold- old gold
Nose: Very fresh and floral, lots of heather, May flowers, pollen and honey.
Taste: Very spicy, maritime, some round smoke, heather, honey, mango, guava, vanilla and some citric aroma. Fresh. The finish is of medium length, very smooth, on cream fudge, mango and flowers, with a hint of peat smoke.
Impression: A very nice, subtle and rich Dalwhinnie, not as much dominated by the wood as the 36 YO.
Rating: 18/20

01 Aug 12

Dalwhinnie 1966, 36 YO, OB, 47.2%, 1500 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Light, floral, quite tannic, on toffee, heather, with some bitterness on the back.
Taste: Dry to very dry, tannic, floral, slightly spicy, oily and light, on rubber, leather, and with a light minty fragrance,then comes the oranges and mango. Rich and complex. The finish is quite long, round, on toffee, leather, in fruity notes and with some rubbery flavours.
Impression: The oldest version of Dalwhinnie released so far, very good, but with the cask taking slightly over the spirit.
Rating: 16/20

31 Jul 12

Glen Garioch “First for us” 1975, 15 YO, Jean Boyer, 43%, B: 1990, rebottled in 2006, 43% Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Mineral (flint stone), heavily peaty, smoky, very clean, fruity and with flavours of humus. Reminds me a lot of the pre-1970 Clynelish (Brora).
Taste: Quite dry, heavily peaty, mineral, smoky, fruity (oranges), oily and with aromas of eucalyptus. The finish is long, clean, oily, heavily peaty, slightly bitter and rubbery, with liquorice and some eucalyptus.
General Impression: A stunning Glen Garioch reminding me of the old Clynelish (i.e., Brora) with a very clean peatiness and some mineral flavours, with some extra aromatic and floral notes
Rating: 18/20 FP:A6

30 Jul 12

Bladnoch 1974, 25 YO, Signatory, 54.8%, cask 283, 313 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Grassy, malty, very round, on honey, and some old wood smoke, with a light freshness.
Taste: Grassy, malty, floral, and slightly fragrant, on honey and some bold smoke. Round and rather heavy. The finish is medium, round, mellow, green-grassy, malty, with some smoke and tobacco leaves, some floral and vanilla notes. Diluted, it becomes more floral, lighter, and with some extra fudge.
Impression: A rather big and heavy Bladnoch, well rounded with pleasant smoky notes. Diluted, the profiles changes quite dramatically and reveals a lighter, fresher and more floral whisky. Thank you Lukas.
Rating: 14/20 FP:E2

29 Jul 12

Aultmore 1982, 28 YO, Bladnoch Forum, 53.1%, B: 2010, cask 2217, 235 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Smooth, mellow, slightly fruity (orchards) and spicy, with some honey and a whiff of smoke.
Taste: Smooth, oaky, spicy, with some plums, honey, heather, vanilla, a whiff of smoke and a rather spicy presence. Well balanced. The finish is medium to long, rather rich, slightly resinous, oaky, on vanilla custard and some fruits drops.
Impression: A very nice and mellow whisky, smoother, more complex than the whiskybroker, as the cost of some freshness.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1

27 Jul 12

Strathmill 1990, 21 YO, Whiskybroker, 54.4%, B: 2012, Sherry butt cask 2254, 85 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold.
Nose: Smooth, floral, malty, on pastries and with light fruity and nutty notes.
Taste: Rich, spicy, floral, slightly fragrant and creamy, biscuity, oaky, with some toffee and some marshmallows. Rather complex and round. The finish is short to medium, on toffee, bitter caramel and some oak.
Impression: A most pleasant Strathmill, complex, with a pleasant roundness, without any dryness. At approximately £40 a bottle, these Whiskybroker are all good value and drinking whiskies.
Rating: 14/20 FP:B1

26 Jul 12

Bunnhahbain 1991, 20 YO, Whiskybroker, 49.7%, B:2012, cask 5469, 286 bottles, Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Smooth, light, spicy (ginger), slightly maritime and smoky, with light floral notes. Diluted, it becomes more on apple and pear drops.
Taste: Smooth to very smooth, juicy, with some green apples, light maritime notes and some old tobacco smoke. The finish is medium, smooth to very smooth, subtle, slightly maritime and with some tobacco leaves.
Impression: A smooth subtle and elegant Bunnhahbhain, eventually slightly thin.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A1

25 Jul 12

Islay Malt 3 (Bunnhahbain) 21 YO, Whiskybroker, 54.5%, B: 2012, First Fill Butt 3, 739 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Oaky, woody, on humus, old wet wood and lots of leather.
Taste: Rich, intense, oaky, meaty, slightly syrupy, on tobacco, raisin, humus and mushrooms, with a faint smoky notes. The finish is medium, heavy, oaky, meaty, on humus and mushrooms.
Impression: A richer, heavier and oakier Bunna than the 20 YO from the same bottler.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A2

24 Jul 12

During the end of this summer break, I will try to publish tasting notes of the second generation of independent bottlers. Following the footsteps of his father, Raymond Armstrong of the Bladnoch distillery and his famous "Bladnoch Forum" bottlings, Martin is now in the whiskybroker business and bottling as well some casks under the Whiskybroker name, offering very good value whiskies.

Bowmore 1997, 14 YO, Whiskybroker, 55%, B:2011, cask 800220, 183 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Intense, peaty, maritime, mineral, on wood smoke and some green banana. Very pleasant. Diluted, some pleasant light oaky notes are released.
Taste: Very peaty and intense, maritime, salty, mineral, on Riesling, some tobacco smoke and clean peaty notes, with some tar and slight citric notes. The finish is medium to long, rich, intense, peaty, slightly mineral, with some aromatic and maritime smoke.
Impression: A very good intense and rather mineral version of Bowmore. A lovely dram.
Rating: 16/20 FP:A6

23 Jul 12

Blair Athol 1989, 22 YO, Whiskybroker, 50.6%, B: 2012, cask 2934, 102 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Fresh, clean, rather light, with some honey notes, on hay and rather freshly cut grass. Diluted, it becomes more floral.
Taste: Smooth, juicy, spicy, and floral, with some honey and vanilla. Rather fragrant. Rather complex. Diluted, there are some distant and bitter notes appearing.The finish is medium, smooth, on honey, grass, some hay and some light lemony notes.
Impression: An elegant, smooth, well balanced and enjoyable Blair Athol, with a good balance between the fresh and smooth notes.
Rating:15/20 FP:A1

22 Jul 12

Blair Athol 1990 Old Malt Cask, 13 YO, Douglas Laing, 50%, B: 2003, Ref 2127. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Malty, slightly smoky and floral, extremely light. Rather bland.
Taste: Spicy, slightly floral (geranium), peppery, mustardy and spirity. The finish is medium, rough, spicy (pepper, chilli and mustard), slightly bitter and floral.
Impression: A rather harsh and spicy Blair Athll, not very much to my liking.
Rating: 07/20 FP:A1

21 Jul 12

Blair Athol Rare Auld 1977, 30 YO, Duncan Taylor, 54.7%, B:2007. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold
Nose: Smooth, clean, with some honey, hay, vanilla and rather strong floral-perfumy flavours.
Taste: Same flavours as expected by the nose, with some additional notes of gentian and of oak extracts. The finish is medium, smooth, oaky, bitter-floral, with some caramel and some hay dust. Diluted, it becomes more complex and richer.
Impression: A heavier and oakier version than the whiskybroker version, but also more complex. A few drops of water improves the general appreciation.
Rating: 14/20 FP:B1

20 Jul 12

Balvenie 17 YO Peated Cask, OB, 43%, B: 2010. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold.
Nose: Meaty, on smoked bacon, dry peat, cold hashes, honey and heather. Quite special.
Taste: Dry to very dry attack, ashy, floral, on honey and dry peat smoke. Unbalanced. The finish is medium to long, ashy, dry, with some heather.
Impression: A special Balvenie with its dry, smoky and ashy aromas. A whisky looking for its balance. An interesting experience. The peatiness of the whisky is surprisingly high.
Rating: 12/20 FP:C4

19 Jul 12

Imperial 1990 Romantique, 21 YO, The Whisky Agency, 52.7%, B: 2011. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Fresh, very fragrant, floral, with some humus, some pears or apples.
Taste: Spicy, rich, complex, with some honey, tobacco smoke, divers aromatic herbs,  almonds and pleasant light malty notes. The finish is medium, dry, spicy, slightly smoky, aromatic, with some pear and apple juice, nice and light fragrant and floral notes, as well as some crushed almonds.
Impression: A very pleasant and complex Imperial, with intense fresh and fragrant notes as well as a spicy bite. Rather smoky finish.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A1

18 Jul 12

Dailuaine 1983, 27 YO, Master of Malts 53.6%, B:2011, 231 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Smooth, light, fresh, round, floral, and fragrant. Smells good the Speyside.
Taste: Oaky, juicy, rich, slightly smoky, on sweet fruity notes, some peach, guava and papaya. The mouth feel is very pleasant, rather big, intense but most enjoyable. The finish is long, rich, intense, fruity, rather big and syrupy, with a faint astringency.
Impression: This is a rich, rather full bodied whisky, with a nice structure and balance. A very good whisky to share with friends.
Rating: 16/20 FP:D2

17 Jul 12

Dailuaine 16 YO Fauna & Flora, OB, 43%, B: 2009. Price:
Colour: Amber.
Nose: Floral, nutty, spicy, rich, intense, with a nice roundness and a strong sherry presence.
Taste: Fresh, rich, spicy, floral, slightly rubbery and on orange. The finish is medium, rich, nutty, floral, slightly grassy and fruity, spicy and on oranges.
Impression: A very good Dailuaine. I would like to see more Dailuaine like this one.
Rating: 15/20 FP:H2

16 Jul 12

Dailuaine 1979, 25 YO, Signatory, 51.4%, B: 2005, cask 8958, 509 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold.
Nose: Very nice sherry nose, quite heavy, with some humus, on orange and tangerines. It becomes smoother and lighter with some water.
Taste: Smoky, peppery, spicy, salty, slightly humic and on ginger. Diluted, it becomes more on melon, almond and tangerine. The finish is medium, earthy, smoky, dry, slightly tannic and on orange.
Impression: A good and fresh satisfying Dailuaine.
Rating: 14/20

15 Jul 12

Dailuaine 1983, 26 YO, Bladnoch Forum, 53.1%, B:2010, cask 4315, 276 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Fresh, young, intense, floral and smooth.
Taste: Intense, spicy, sweet, round, fresh, with some light fragrant and slightly bitter floral notes. The finish is medium to long, dry, slightly bitter and floral, fresh and spicy.
Impression: Probably from an ex-fino cask, this Dailuaine is very pleasant and nicely balanced.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D3

Dailuaine 1983, 26 YO, Bladnoch Forum, 53.1%, B:2010, cask 4316, 233 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber.
Nose: Rich, spicy, on Christmas cakes, leather, vegetamine, some yeast and old wood. Strong sherry influence.
Taste: Rich, spicy, on leather, polished wood, Christmas cake and orange. The finish is long, rich, intense, very sherried, spicy, and floral. Very good.
Impression: A big sherry influence in this slightly acetic (balsamic vinegar) Whisky, very much like the profile of the Fauna & Flora bottling with some extra intensity and complexity.
Rating: 15/20 FP:F3

14 Jul 12

Inchgower 1982, 28 YO, Bladnoch Forum, 50.4%. B: 2010, cask 2217, 242 bottles.
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very smooth, sweet, with a nice smokiness and a touch of sea breeze. Diluted, it becomes smokier and more floral.
Taste: Sweet, smooth, oaky, slightly smoky, with some nice light floral notes and banana. The finish is medium, smooth, oaky, and well balanced.
Impression: A very smooth and round sweet Inchgower, highly drinkable.
Rating: 14/20 FP:C3

13 Jul 12

Glen Ord 1987 Breakfast and elevenses 77.15, 21 YO, SMWS,  54.5%,  B: 2008, 271 bottles. Price:
Colour: Light gold-gold.
Nose: Fresh, slightly grassy and smoky, and malty.
Taste: Spicy, oaky, fresh, grassy, smoky, on freshly grass, with some pears and pineapples. The finish is medium, light, slightly smoky, malty, on pears and pineapples.
Impression: A very nice Glen Ord, very fresh and pleasant.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D3

12 Jul 12

Glen Ord 1983, 20 YO, Signatory, 59.0%, B: 2003, cask 378, 458 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Malty, spicy, round, floral, grassy and fresh, with a slight smokiness. Diluted, it gets more earthy and on tangerine and vanilla.
Taste: Spicy, oaky, floral, malty, smoky, on vanilla and grapes. Lively. The finish is medium-short, malty, fresh, floral, on honey and chocolate. Diluted it becomes smokier and bitter.
Impression: A nice and lively Glen Ord
Rating: 16/20

11 Jul 12

Glen Ord 1990, 20 YO, Bladnoch forum, 54.4%, B: 2010, Puncheon 1160, 653 bottles. Price:
Colour: Light gold.
Nose: Malty, slightly dry and smoky, light and fresh, sightly grassy.
Taste: Creamy, rich, slightly smoky and grassy, spicy, on toffee, chocolate and some raisins. The finish is medium to long, syrupy, slightly bitter, on toffee, raisins and fresh grass.
Impression: A rather thick and syrupy expression of Glen Ord, very enjoyable and that I enjoyed better than the standard official bottling.
Rating: 15/20 FP:F3

10 Jul 12

Bladnoch 18 YO Sheep Label, OB, 55%, B:2009. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Fresh, sweet, very grassy, with a nice oakiness and some pear. Lovely.
Taste: Fresh, grassy, oaky, with some toffee and a hint of smoke. The finish is medium, smooth, sweet, on fresh fruits (pear) and some smoke.
Impression: A nice fresh and very lively Bladnoch. Excellent price value ratio.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A2

09 Jul 12

Rosebank 8 YO  unblended single malt, OB (The Distillers Agency), 40 %, B: 1980s, Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Spicy, with grassy notes, on white wine and Mirabelle.
Taste: Very grassy, quite sweet, slightly creamy, with some spiciness, bitterness and smokiness, and on herb tea. Diluted, it becomes more spicy. The finish is medium, grassy, quite round, with some peat and on herb tea.
Impression: A good Rosebank, quite sweet and grassy and a bit thin (40% and bottled about 30 years ago).
Rating: 13/20 FP:C3

08 Jul 12

Benrinnes 1984 Dark Sherry, 21 YO, Adelphi, 57.8%, B:2005, cask 146, 576 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose; Nutty, spicy, slightly rubbery, round, on toffee and chocolate.
Taste: Vey spicy, grassy, rubbery and nutty (walnut). The finish is medium, dry, rubbery, grassy, smooth, on toffee and fudge. Diluted, it becomes more herbal.
General impression: A good Benrinnes, with the sherry well present and not excessively sherried.
Rating: 12/20 FP:E2

07 Jul 12

Teaninich 1983 59. 35 Smoke on the water, 22 YO, SMWS, 55.7%. B: 2006. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Grassy, fruity, smooth, quite floral, with some spices, on leather, orange and tangerine.  Diluted, it becomes rounder.
Taste: Slightly salty-citric at the start, then it becomes smooth, malty, spicy, with a light peatiness and some menthol. The finish is medium, smooth, slightly dry, on menthol, with a touch of toffee. Diluted, it becomes slightly chewy and rubbery.
Impression: A quite original malt whisky, a bit thin, but with pleasant menthol flavours.
Rating: 14/20

06 Jul 12

Teaninich 500 Years of Whisky, 22 YO, James McArthur, 57.1%, B. 1994. Price
Colour: Gold
Nose: Rather light, smooth, fresh, slightly floral, with a nice fruitiness (peach, banana, and vanilla).
Taste: Spicy, oaky, peppery, smooth, hot, on peach, apricot, malt, and some quince. The finish is medium, smooth, light, nicely oaky, slightly smoky and on light fruity notes.
Impression: A pleasant, smooth and light whisky.
Rating: 14/20 FP:C4

05 Jul 12

Teaninich 1972 Rare Malts, 27 YO, OB, 64.20%, B:2000,  Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very floral, oaky, slightly fruity, smoky and spicy, on toffee, caramel and spring flowers.
Taste: Hot, spirity, spicy, floral, oaky, rather smoky, a bit rough and thick, and on toffee. Diluted, it becomes rougher and unbalanced. The finish is medium, smooth, oaky, round and on quince.
Impression: At full strength, this whisky is maybe not stunning, but remains pleasant. Diluted, it becomes unpleasantly unbalanced.
Rating: 11/20 FP:C4

04 Jul 12

Teaninich 1973 Mission Gold, 33 YO, Murray McDavid, 59.9%, B: 2008, 725 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Light, floral, slightly smoky, with some light “woodlands” flavours, honey, and some complexity. Surprisingly, with some water, the flavour profile is completely modified, with very smooth flavours (camomile tea).
Taste: Very spicy (pepper and curry),intense, oaky, smoky, nutty, on chocolate and vanilla. The finish is medium to long, spicy, oaky, on treacle, toffee and coffee.
Impression: An intense, pleasant and smooth Teanininch playing Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde (with/without water).
Rating: 13/20 FP:D3

03 Jul 12

Dufftown 1994 Old Malt Cask, 14 YO, Douglas Laing, 50%, B: 2008. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Clean, grassy, floral and with some vegetamine.
Taste: Clean, grassy, spicy and nutty. The finish is medium, clean, malty and grassy.
General Impression: A rather grassy Dufftown.
Rating: 11/20 FP:A1

Dufftown 1976 Castles Collection, 31 YO, JWWW, 56.7%, B: 2007, cask 7736 Price:
Colour: Straw-gold.
Nose: Grassy, quite peaty, slightly floral and mineral, on hay, with some fruitiness developing with time. Diluted, it becomes more on vanilla and grapefruit.
Taste: Dry, peaty, citric, slightly fruity and smoky, mineral, grassy and on tangerine. The finish is dry, medium, peaty, citric, clean and slightly mineral.
Impression: Dufftown used to be a more peaty whisky before and this expression confirms it.
Rating: 14/20

02 Jul 12

Ardbeg 1975 Single Cask Sherry, 31 YO, OB, 54.2%, B: 2006, cask 1375, 522 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Peaty, meaty, farmy, maritime, coastal, on old smoke, orange, tangerine and dried apricot.
Taste: Bitter, dry, tannic, salty, maritime, with some seaweeds, leather, chocolate and toffee. The finish is very dry, tannic, a bit rough, peaty, salty, bitter, on sea shells and walnut.
Impression: An old Ardbeg, rather woody and bitter, on the decline.
Rating: 16/20 FP:G7

29 Jun 12

Ardbeg 1975 Platinum, 30 YO, Douglas Laing, 46.1%, B: 2006, 180 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Dry to very dry, peaty, smoky, tarry, maritime, slightly mineral, on smoked, fish and old dried seaweeds.
Taste: Dry, oaky, peaty, salty, spicy, bitter, maritime, on vanilla, liquorice root, seaweeds and cigarette smoke. The finish is medium to long, dry to very dry, peaty, smoky, bitter to very bitter, with some salty liquorice.
General impression: A dry peaty and bitter Ardbeg, not easy, but non the less very pleasant. Rating: 17/20 FP:A9

28 Jun 12

Ardbeg 1976 Sherry Old Malt Cask, 24 YO, Douglas Laing 50%, B: 2000. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold.
Nose: Very peaty, strongly maritime, farmy, mineral, on seawater, iodine and disinfectant. Superb.
Taste: Peaty, salty, peppery, slightly mineral, with some juicy flavours, on seaweeds, haddock, sea shells, some old smoke and tangerine. The finish is long, to very long, dry, peaty, tarry and on liquorice.
General impression: A superb old Ardbeg, complex, strongly maritime, with some disinfectant flavours. Please give us more whiskies like this one. Thank you Patrick S.
Rating: 19/20 FP:C9

27 Jun 12

Ardbeg 1991, 17 YO, Cadenhead's, 54.5%. B: 2008, 250 bottles. Price:
Colour: Straw.
Nose. Fresh, rather light and sweet, on coconut, seaweeds and sea brine.
Taste: Peaty, dry, with some floral notes, maritime, salty, on freshly catched fish and some liquorice. The finish is medium, light, peaty, on sea water and liquorice root, as well as some disinfectant.
General Impression: A good whisky, but light and thin. It tasted like a whisky diluted to 40%.
Rating: 13/20 FP:C6

26 Jun 12

Ardbeg 1975, Duthie's, 46%, B: 1993. Price:
Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Peaty, smooth, maritime, with some iodine, smoke and flint stones.
Taste: Juicy, slightly salty, peaty, on elderflower, old peat and wood smoke, some cocoa and cardboard. Nicely balanced. The finish is medium, juicy, slightly mineral, maritime, salty and with some tar.
Impression: A well balanced, smooth and very drinkable Ardbeg. Good but slightly thin and there are better 1975's Ardbeg around.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D6

25 Jun 12

Ardbeg Ten Mor, 10 YO, OB, 57.3%, D: 1997, B: 2007, 1000 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Quite different from the Ardbeg TEN bottled at the same period, more mellow, smoky and peaty. At nosing, the maritime influence, with the kelp is nicely present, with some flavours of rye bread and dry fish. It is rich and complex for its age. Diluted, it becomes more citric.
Taste: Starts on hemp rope, lime and melon, then it becomes peaty, smoky, salty, mellow, maritime, on kelp and rye bread. The finish is long, powerful, peaty, smoky, on hemp rope and not as dry as one expect from a heavily peated whisky.
Impression: This big bottle (4.5L) was the first 10 years old distilled and bottled by the new owner of Ardbeg, Glenmorangie and distillery manager Stuart Thomson. Michael Heads replaced Stuart when the bottle was released and with the quality of the whisky demonstrated in this bottle, the future of Ardbeg is bright. When tasting this Ardbeg Mor, it reminded me of the Caol Ila distilled in 1984.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A10

Ardbeg 1972, 13 YO, Sestante, 43%, B: 1996. Price:
Colour: Old Gold.
Nose: Quite sweet and fruity (peach & melon), peated, on TCP and tar.
Taste: Quite fruity (peach, melon, apricot and mango), maritime, peaty, juicy, on iodine and seweed. Diluted, it becomes more on menthol. The finish is long, very maritime, salty, tarry, iodine, disinfectant and old smoke, with a peated retro-olfaction.
Impression: A very good Ardbeg, more peated than the 10 YO bottled by Allied. With 43%, it is still rather weak and thin.
Rating: 16/20 FP: A9

24 Jun 12

Ardbeg 10 YO  green bottle, OB (Allied Distillers), 40%, B: circa 1985. Price:
Colour: Straw.
Nose: Peaty, tarry, quite sweet, maritime, slightly fruity (pear), on cold ashes, with some seaweeds.
Taste: Quite salty, sweet, juicy, peaty, on burnt wood, seaweed, and some liquorice. The finish is medium, quite sweet, peaty, salty and maritime.
Impression: A pleasant Ardbeg, rather sweet and soft, but it should have been definitely bottled at a higher strength.  Thin.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A8

23 Jun 12

Ardbeg 1999, 9 YO, Adelphi, 58.5%, B: 2008, cask 626, 274 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Starts in peated vanilla followed by a nice oakiness, roundness, with strong maritime influence and seaweeds. Intense and enjoyable.
Taste: Very salty and peaty, smoky, peppery, maritime, slightly dry, on seaweeds, vanilla and some liquorice root. The finish is long, very peaty and smoky, dry, on vanilla and liquorice roots, with quite some oakiness.
Impression: A very good, intense and well balanced whisky.
Rating: 16/20 FP:B9

Ardbeg 1993 Connoisseur's choice, 12 YO, Gordon & McPhail, 43%. B. 2005. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Nicely peaty, strongly maritime, tarry, on iodine, fish, seaweed, diesel smoke, seashells and vanilla.
Taste: Very peaty, salty, maritime, tarry, round, on liquorice root and sea water. Diluted, it becomes saltier. The finish is medium to long, very maritime, salty, peaty, with sea tang.
Impression: A very good Ardbeg, easy to drink and intense for being 43%.
Rating: 15/20 FP:B9

21 Jun 12

Glendullan 2002 Le Puits à Whisky, 8 YO, Jean Boyer, 43%. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Floral, malty to very malty, on end of spring flowers and drying barley.
Taste: Malty, clean, round, a thin smokiness, some light spices and some toffee. Wholesome and with a slight fruitiness. The finish is short to medium, round, malty, with some toffee, light fruity notes and a thread of smoke and bitter.
Impression: A good, well made, round and malty daily dram.
Rating: 12/20 FP:B1

20 Jun 12

Miltonduff 1980, 30 YO, Malts of Scotland, 44,7%. B: 2011, cask 12429, 259 bottles. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Fresh, floral, slightly fragrant and clean.
Taste: Grassy, fragrant, slightly malty and bitter, with some cooked apples and some gentian. The finish is short, round, fragrant, floral and slightly bitter.
Impression: Not a bad whisky, but rather simple fragrant and with a short finish. Too bitter for me.
Rating: 08/20 FP:A1

19 Jun 12

Springbank 1967 "House & tree label", 24 YO, OB, 46%; B: 1992. Price:
Colour: Gold- old gold.
Nose: Maritime, salty, on old seaweeds and peat smoke. The harbour of Campbeltown is not far away.
Taste: Very smooth, gentle, smoky, salty, on peat smoke, smoked fish, salt, seaweeds, sea shells and with old tobacco leaves. The complexity develops over time. The finish is medium to long, smoky, dry, salty, maritime, and on dried fish.
Impression: An old very maritime and salty Springbank.
Rating: 16/20 FP:C5

Springbank 1998 Rum Cask, 9 YO, The Whisky Chamber, 57.7%. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Quite farmy, floral, sweet, clean, on coconut and rum (sugar).
Taste: Contrasting with the nose, it becomes quite sweet and spicy and on coconut. The finish is medium to long, sweet and on sugar syrup.
Impression:  A nice Springbank integrating well the Rum influence.
Rating: 14/20 FP:C4

18 Jun 12

Springbank 1997 Vintage Batch 1, OB, 55.2%, B: 2007. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Malty, resinous, on bonfire smoke, toffee, burnt sugar and grapes.
Taste: Sweet, sugary, on grapes, toffee, burnt sugar and burnt wood. The finish is medium, dry, bitter sweet and winey.
Impression: The vintage 1997 was matured in re-toasted cask and give a burnt sugar/toffee influence to this strong and characterful Springbank.
Rating: 15/20

Springbank 1991 Wood Expression Rum Wood, 16 YO, OB, 54.2% B: 2007. Price:
Colour: Straw-gold
Nose: Malty, sweet, light, sugary and on lime blossom tea.
Taste: Sweet, malty, sugary, slightly spicy, on rum, grape juice, date, some vanilla, and some seaweed influence. The finish is medium, light, malty, very sweet and on grape.
Impression: The sweet-sugary flavors of the Rum works well with this Springbank.
Rating: 15/20

17 Jun 12

Springbank 1969 Refill fino, 36 YO, Chieftains, 57.3%, B: 2005, cask 793. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Starts on thick and massive ripe fruity flavours (peach and mango), with a clean maltiness and the slightest fino influence. After a few minutes, some old peat smoke comes through. Complex.
Taste: Malty, smoky, quite some dry woodiness mixed with fino flavours, on peat smoke, bitter toffee and the same fruit types as in the nose. The finish is of medium length, thick, oily, on peach and mango, round smoke, peat and juicy malt.
General Impression: The nose is great and the body is somewhat unbalanced to my taste, with a mixture of oiliness, fruitiness and dryness. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it very much.
Rating: 17/20

16 Jun 12

Springbank 1993, 12 YO, Dewar Rattray, B: 2006 57.5%, cask 212, 282 bottles. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Lots of vanilla, clean , spirity, and young, on fresh malt and some cream. Slightly floral.
Taste: Clean, citric, gristy, spirity, on fresh malt, with some floral notes, smoke and lemon. The finish is quite short, clean, malty, on bitter toffee, lemon, orange skin, with some smoke and finally some chestnuts.
Impression: A very clean Springbank, very lemony, which tastes younger than its age. The interaction with the wood was probably weak.
Rating: 10/20

15 Jun 12

Springbank 1967 Old Malt Cask, 33 YO, Douglas Laing, B: 2001, 41.4%, 204 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Starts very nicely, on sultanas, soft peat smoke, sweet and juicy malt, fruits (melon, mango and guava). Smooth and mellow.
Taste: Salty, spicy, smoky, peaty, on juicy malt and exotic fruits. The finish is of medium length, waxy-sirupy, smoky, peaty, in tropical fruits, with the smoke being slightly bitter.
Impression: A superb Springbank, confirming the appellation “Château” Springbank and the reputation of the Springbanks from the 1960s.
Rating: 19/20

14 Jun 12

Springbank Wood Expression Marsala, 9 YO, OB, 58%, B: 2006. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Spicy (pepper and chilli), smoky, maritime and on red grapes.
Taste: Salty, spicy (pepper and chilli), smoky, with some bitterness and on red grapes. The finish is of medium length, very bitter and spicy, on rucola, peat smoke, and toffee.
Impression: A young Springbank but with a lot of character, with the marsala melding nicely with the whisky.
Rating: 11/20

13 Jun 12

Springbank 1967, 31 YO, Murray McDavid, 46%, B:1998, ref MM1315. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Nutty, malty, on vanilla, then it becomes smokier, fruity (melon and coconuts), and quite floral (violet).
Taste: Spicy, peppery, smoky, on toffee, cream fudge, vanilla and fruits (coconuts and melon). Diluted, it becomes more creamy and floral. The finish is quite long and bold, smoky, with some peat and fruits.
Impression: A quite creamy and smoky Springbank, with some floral notes and quite strong bourbon influence.
Rating: 16/20

12 Jun 12

Springbank 1964 for the 100th Anniversary of Lateltin Lanz Ingold, 34 YO, OB, 46%. Price:
Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Starts on a round smokiness with a creamy sherry influence merging deliciously with a pleasant maltiness and ripe fruits (peach, mango and guava). A beautiful nose.
Taste: Salty, chewy, on juicy malt, sea tang, spices (cloves, pepper and juniper), smoked seaweed and bonfire smoke, on leather and some bitter orange. The finish is medium, smoky, slightly dry and rubbery, on bitter chocolate, spices, and maritime influence.
Impression: A great Springbank from the best period of Springbank bottled for the 100th Anniversary of the Swiss importer.
Rating: 18/20

11 Jun 12

Springbank 1996 For Lateltin, OB, 52.9%. B: 2008, cask 266. 645 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber.
Nose: Strong sherry notes with some vegetamin, vegetal condiments, sea brine, orange, nutmeg and old leather.
Taste: Spicy to very spicy, salty, rubbery, on burnt rubber, with some salt, orange, tangerine, seaweeds, cloves and smoke. The finish is medium to long, salty, smoky, rubbery, spicy, and on fresh and burnt rubber.
Impression: The spirit is pretty good, but these notes of fresh and burnt rubber put me off. Not a whisky for me, but for the freaks of first fill sherry casks.
Rating: 08/20 FP:H3

10 Jun 12

Glen Deveron 10 YO, OB, 40%, D: 1998. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Malty, fresh, clean and on vanilla.
Taste: Malty, clean, slightly nutty, smoky and floral, with some grass and hay. The finish is medium, nutty, slightly floral and with a hint of smoke.
Impression: A correct and malty whisky. Glen Deveron is the brand name of the whisky produced at Macduff distillery.
Rating: 10/20 FP:A2

09 Jun 12

Macduff 23 YO, The Maltman, 43%, B: 2011. Prix:
Colour: Gold-old gold.
Nose: Smooth, round, on sweet and juicy fruity notes of mango, guava, banana, and orange and some peat smoke.
Taste: Light, juicy, oaky, grassy, fruity, with some peat smoke, passion fruit, guava, tangerine and orange. The finish is medium, slightly oaky, with the same fruity flavours as on the nose, but less intense and on vanilla.
Impression: The nose is very pleasant and fruity, but the whisky becomes lighter on the palate, thinner and slightly more on the wood (vanilla and some sawdust).
Rating: 14/20 FP:A1

08 Jun 12

Macduff 1968, 39 YO, Duncan Taylor, 49.1%, B: 2008. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold.
Nose: Starts on a very nice oakiness, ripe and sweet tropical fruits (papaya, guayava, banana and passion fruits), with a hint of smoke and a surprising freshness and youth.
Taste: Quite smoky, slightly dry at the start, then on banane flambée, melon, guayava, juicy malt with a hint of eucalyptus. The finish is long, round, sweet, very fruity, nicely oaky, on banana, papaya and melon.
Impression: A most pleasant MacDuff that definitely worth a try.
Rating: 18/20

07 Jun 12

Macduff 2000 Exclusive Malts for the bonding dram, 10 YO, David Stark, 56.5%, B:2011, cask 3525, 200 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Very intense, round, spicy and “vegetal” sherry nose.  I really enjoy those whiskies where the sherry provides a rich vegetal note to the whisky, without any rubbery off-notes.
Taste:  Spicy to very spicy, intense, on aromatic herbs, some tangerine, orange, nutmeg, cumin, rancio and some light high grade rubber. Diluted, it becomes fruitier. The finish is medium, rather thick, with some nutmeg, cumin, fresh leather and oranges.
Impression: One very good sherry monster, with a strong vegetal notes contributing to rich and diverse mild spicy notes.  Very good price value. Thank you Martin.
Rating: 15/20 FP:H1

06 Jun 12

North Port (Brechin) Connoisseur’s choice 1982, Gordon & MacPhail, 43%, B: 2010, refill sherry hogshead. Price:
Colour: Straw-gold
Nose: Sharp, malty, slightly bitter, with some apples and hay.
Taste: Malty to very malty, with some hay, drying grass, some bitter caramel and light green apples notes. The finish is medium, dry, bitter to very bitter, on dry grass, smoke and some caramel.
Impression: A very bitter whisky complemented by notes of hay. North Port is generally a rather difficult whisky, not very consistent in quality and this one is no exception. Thank you Martin.
Rating: 08/20 FP:A2

05 Jun 12

Strathisla 1968 Peerless, 42 YO, Duncan Taylor, 42.2%, B: 2011, cask 3356.Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very smooth, malty, with a pleasant light and round fruitiness and some aromatic herbs.
Taste: Rather thin, with some aromatic herbs, a thread of eucalyptus, some spices (chervil) and a light fruitiness. The finish is short to medium, smooth, round, with some aromatic herbs and wood.
Impression: A smooth, round and mellow expression of Strathisla, rather thin. In other word, a good Strathisla that should have been bottles some years ago. Thank you Martin.
Rating: 11/20 FP:A1

04 Jun 12

Ardbeg 1967, 29 YO, Kingsbury, 52%, B:1996, cask 923. Price:
Colour: Amber.
Nose: Very smooth, velvety, slightly floral, with elegant and rather light maritime notes, on old bold peat smoke, some farmy and light mellow fruity notes. Rather an old fashioned type of whisky with a superb integration of the different flavours.
Taste: Salty, velvety, peaty, oily, on tangerine, orange, seaweeds, seashells, bold peat smoke, cocoa and some rubbery and meaty notes. Very complex.  Diluted, it becomes fruitier, with some notes of pineapples. The finish is very long, smooth, and maritime, on bold peat smoke, seaweeds and cocoa.
Impression: Considered by some as the best Ardbeg ever bottled, I was lucky to taste this elegant and velvety expression. The whisky is indeed excellent, oilier than the Ardbeg distilled in the 1970s, matured in an excellent sherry cask, very complex, with all flavours extremely well integrated and medium peated. Some rubbery notes on the palate prevent this whisky to reach the maximal mark. Thank you very much Johan.
Rating: 19/20 FP:H5

03 Jun 12

Ardbeg 1992, 15 YO, Scott’s selection, 51.6%, B: 2007. Price:
Colour: Straw.
Nose: Peaty, very oaky, dry, farmy, on seaweeds, kippers and vanilla. A rather modern whisky.
Taste: Clean, oaky to very oaky, maritime, peaty, on vanilla and some farmy notes. The finish is medium, peaty to very peaty, slightly farmy, with strong oaky notes of vanilla, some disinfectant and seaweeds.
Impression: Tasted in parallel to a couple of very old Ardbeg, the change of style between the 1970s and the early 1990s is very apparent giving almost the impression of products distilled by a different distillery. In any case, well-made whiskies with strong oaky and vanilla notes suggesting maturation in a first fill bourbon cask or a very active refill cask. Slightly more complexity would have increased its rating.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A8

02 Jun 12

Ardbeg 1977, OB, 46%. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: On old wet, salty and maritime bold peat smoke, slightly zesty, maritime, on sea shells. Very maritime and delicious.
Taste: Light, smooth, very maritime, on iodine, disinfectant, seaweeds, peat smoke, slightly zesty, with some seashells and seawater. The finish is very long, salty, and maritime, on iodine, dry peat smoke, seaweeds and some seashells.
Impression: This might not be the most complex Ardbeg from the 1970s, but it delivers a most pleasant maritime bouquet married with an elegant peatiness conferring an extremely high drinkability to the product. Very very good.
Rating: 17/20 FP:A7

01 Jun 12

Ardbeg 1972 for Belgium, 32 YO, OB, 44.2%, B: 2004, cask 3038, 148 b. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Peaty, maritime, on bonfire smoke, some almond, a lot of TCP and disinfectant and seaweed. Less intense than the OMC. Diluted, it becomes more on mint, spearmint and warm wood ashes.
Taste: Very salty, peaty, citric (lemon and grapefruit), tarry, on disinfectant, almond, seawater, seaweed, spearmint and cresole. Diluted, it becomes smokier and on cocoa. The finish is long, dry, slightly bitter, maritime, on iodine, seaweed and spearmint.
Impression: A nice and complex Ardbeg, quite subtle, but suffers from the comparison with the 1972 OMC 29 years old. The retailing price was then 210 euros at the time of its release.
Rating: 17/20

31 May 12

Ardbeg 1978, OB, 43%, B: 1998. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose:  Peaty, tarry, strong maritime notes.
Taste: Heavily peated, tarry, salty, strong maritime influence, juicy and fruity (pears and melon). The finish is oily, on toffee, some slight bitterness, lemon and melon aromas, round, on bold peat and of medium length.
Impression: A nice, round and equilibrated Ardbeg, with a sweet fruitiness and very drinkable.
Rating: 17/20

30 May 12

Still very young Islay single malt (Ardbeg) 2000 refill sherry, Whiskyfair, 62.6%, B: 2007, Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Young, smooth, heavily peated, dry, on hay and some seaweed.
Taste: Very peaty and spicy, salty, almost explosive in the mouth, tarry, on dried meat and seaweeds, with some smoked fish. Diluted, it becomes very bitter. The finish is dry, with some sugary sweetness, bitter, tarry, on gentian and hemp rope.
Impression: A rather extreme, dangerously young heavily peated Ardbeg. If you like to experience a peat blast, then you should enjoy this one very much.
Rating: 12/20

29 May 12

Special Whisky Schiff Luzern

Ardbeg 1974 Old Malt Cask, 26 YO, Douglas Laing, 50%, B: 2001,  252 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Intense, peaty, very maritime, with some camphor, iodine, smoke and oysters.
Taste: Dry, peaty to very peaty, strongly maritime, spicy, with some ham, seaweeds and iodine. Intense. The finish is long to very long, dry, on liquorice root, peat, seaweeds, strong notes of camphor and iodine, and some citrus. Powerful.
Impression: An excellent strongly maritime Ardbeg.
Rating: 18/20 FP:A7

28 May 12

Special Whisky Schiff Luzern

Brora 30 YO Annual Release, OB, 55.7%, B: 2003. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Very peaty, farmy, mineral, on old peat smoke. Somewhat drier and more floral than the 56.3% version.
Taste: Dry, very salty, slightly citric, pungent, maritime, on diesel smoke and seaweeds. Very complex and less extreme than the 56.3% version. The finish is long, round, oaky, very peaty, very maritime, with some toffee, cocoa, and liquorice root.
General Impression: Again, an excellent Brora. Different but as good as the 56.3% version.
Rating: 18/20 FP:C8

27 May 12

Brora 1970 Platinum, 32 YO, Douglas Laing, 52.4%, B: 2003. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Very floral and very clean, salty, dry, on peat smoke.
Taste: Clean, very salty and maritime, then it becomes slightly sweeter, citric, floral, with a peat containing a lot of seaweeds and other sea residues. The finish is very long, strongly maritime, dry, on liquorice, with a lot of clean peat smoke.
Impression: An excellent Brora, less intense than the 30YO Annual Releases, but more subtle.
Rating: 18/20 FP:B8

26 May 12

Brora 1981, 23 YO, Dun Bhegan, 49%, B: 2005, Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold.
Nose: Dusty, peaty, farmy, clean, slightly mineral, with some mustard. Quite light, austere, with some fruity (quince) influence.
Taste: Surprisingly sweet, soft and fruity, almost sugary, with some salt and smoke (old tobacco smoke). Diluted, it becomes more smoky. The finish is medium to long, bitter-sweet, and slightly smoky.
Impression: A correct Brora, rather light and slightly smoky.
Rating: 13/20 FP:D4

25 May 12

Brora 1982, 20 YO, Chieftains, 46%, B:2003, cask 1195, 786 b, Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Oaky, slightly farmy, peaty, mustardy, maritime, with some yellow fruits jam.
Taste: Spicy, peppery, slightly floral, oaky, peaty, slightly bitter, with some fruitiness and tangerine. The finish is medium to long, waxy, oaky, slightly fruity and peaty, with some mustard.
General Impression: A rather spicy and mustardy Brora, mediumly peated, with some fruitiness. Quite pleasant.
Rating: 14/20 FP:C6

24 May 12

To celebrate the birth of our daughter today, I have decided to publish a few tasting notes of some exceptional bottles!

Brorageddon 1972 Old Malt Cask for the PLOWED, 30 YO, Douglas Laing, 50.8%, B: 2003, Ref 983, 201 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber.
Nose: Peaty, farmy, on tannins, leather, round peat smoke and some red berries.
Taste: Sweet-salty, spicy, very intense, peaty, tarry, slightly bitter and citric, on charcoal, leather, tannins, orange skin, with some first class old bold peat smoke. Diluted, it becomes more on berries. The finish is very long, peaty, maritime, mineral, bitter, on cold ashes, with some leather and tannins.
General Impression: What to say? A big and very peaty Brora, with an excellent integration of the strong sherry flavours without being rubbery. There are some light woody notes, but they shape the character of this Brora. Superb. Thank you very much Thomas!
Rating: 20/20 FP:G8

Brora 1972 Platinum, 31 YO, Douglas Laing, 49.3%, B: 2003, 221 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber.
Nose: Very peaty and smoky, mineral, on old wood, seaweeds, some iodine, bold peat, orange and leather. A big whisky.
Taste: Very peaty and salty, mineral, farmy, on cold ashes, seaweeds, tangerine, orange, old wood, as well as some leather and berries. The finish is long, slightly tannic and woody, rather mineral, on peat, seaweeds, sea brine and orange.
General Impression: A big, rich, peaty, mineral and rather austere Brora. Very much to my taste. Simply excellent and thank you very much Pierre N.
Rating: 19/20 FP:G8

Brora 1972 Rare Malts. 22 YO, 58.7%, B: 1995. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Very peaty, clean, farmy, with light bitter floral and mineral notes.
Taste: Very intense, maritime, spicy, rather fresh, with a slight sweetness and some grassy notes, on old bold peat and tobacco smoke and seaweeds. The finish is long to very long, fresh, very peaty, slightly grassy and maritime.
General Impression: This is a legendary bottling of Brora that deserves its reputation very well. It might not be my favourite Brora, but I really loved it (and ready to taste again at any time). Superb.
Rating: 19/20 FP:B8

Ardbeg 1973 20th Anniversary, Samaroli, 57.0%, B: 1998. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Very peaty, clean, maritime, intense, smoky, with some liquorice root and camphor.
Taste: Very peaty, oily, intense, almost explosive, maritime, slightly mineral, on diesel smoke, disinfectant, acidic pineapple and tar. Diluted, it gains in complexity. The finish is very long, peaty, intense, maritime, powerful, with strong maritime and antiseptic flavours trying to fight against the intense peaty notes.
Impression: A big powerful, flawless and powerful Ardbeg without compromise. Delicious. Enough said?
Rating: 19/20 FP:A8

23 May 12

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Bunnahabhain 1979 Waldhaus Am See, 32 YO, Signatory, 51.4%, B: 2012, cask 9516, 603 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Rich, thick, sugary, sweet, on treacle, raisins, plums, burnt sugar, toffee, some seaweeds and Christmas cake.
Taste: Rich, thick, chewy, on strawberries, treacle, burnt sugar, coffee beans, orange, some fresh rubber and on Christmas spices. The finish is medium to long, on the same flavours and some dry bitter notes.
Impression: A sherry monster version of Bunna, very rich and chewy. Very good if you like this type of whiskies.
Rating: 15/20 FP:F2

22 May 12

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Bunnahabhain 1973 Artist for La Maison du Whisky, over 35 YO, Signatory , 49.4%, B: 2011, cask 12153, 457 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Sweet, maritime, slightly floral, fragrant, with some light tropical fruity flavours, a touch of peat smoke and light mineral flavours, with some spices.
Taste: Floral, slightly soapy, fishy, and mineral, sweet, maritime, with some dry peat smoke and treacle. Complex. The finish is medium, mineral, and slightly maritime, with a faint oakiness and bitterness, on marmalade, some seaweeds, fish, and ginger.
Impression: A very nice and elegant whisky, with some dryness in the finish. A good old Bunna.
Rating: 15/20 FP:D2

21 May 12

Glentauchers 1990 Whisky Galore, 12 YO, Duncan Taylor, 46%. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Very clean, soft, malty to very malty, round, and floral.
Taste: Clean, soft, malty to very malty, slightly floral, with a very light fruitiness. The finish is medium, malty, smoky, with a touch of toffee.
Impression:   A pleasant round, soft, and malty Glentaucher, with a pleasant smokiness in the finish.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A2

20 May 12

Glentauchers 1974 Cross Hill, Jack Wiebers, B: 2011, 241 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose:  Light, fresh, malty, with some green fruits.
Taste: Light, fresh, spicy, slightly smoky, on wet tobacco leaves, some humus and ginger, with a nice sweetness. The finish is medium, grassy, herbal, with some camomile, “tilleul” as well as some hearthy smokiness.
Impression: A nice grassy and herbal Glentauchers.
Rating: 13/20 FP:A2

19 May 12

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Glentauchers 1981, 30 YO, Signatory, 56.5%, B:2011, cask 1057, 321 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber
Nose: Floral, sweet, with some plums, raisins, honeydrops, and Rum-like flavours. Very pleasant.
Taste: Floral, with some hay and straw, raisins, cooked apples, some honey, sweet Rum-like flavours (burnt sugar) and coffee beans. The finish is medium, floral, fragrant, on raisins, treacle, burnt sugar, some cooked apples and roasted coffee beans, with a light smokiness.
Impression: A pleasant floral whisky, with a pleasant complexity and richness. If you have never tried a Glentauchers before, you should not be disappointed with this one.
Rating:14/20 FP: D2

18 May 12

Glenugie 1984 Old Malt Cask, 20 YO, Douglas Laing, 50%, B: 2004, Ref 1320. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Oaky, malty, with some vanilla and elderberry flowers.
Taste: Light, fresh, slightly mineral and floral, on quince, some vanilla and exotic fragrance and fruity notes. The finish is medium, slightly floral, smoky and spicy, with some malty notes and notes of cooked fruits.
Impression: A very nice Glenugie, with some pleasant spiciness and a certain complexity, more complex than the Glenugie distilled in the 1960s.
Rating: 15/20 FP: B1

17 May 12

Glenugie 1977 Celtic Heartlands, 24 YO, Murray McDavid, 46.8%. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Malty, round, on barley, quince and some elderberry flowers.
Taste: Light, malty, delicate, slightly oaky and spicy, with some elderberry flowers syrup and some juiciness. Diluted, it becomes more floral and fragrant. The finish is medium, rather light, slightly malty and oaky. Diluted, the fragrant and floral notes are stronger, with a slight bitterness.
Impression: A mixture between the Samaroli and the Hart Brothers versions.
Rating: 14/20 FP: B1

16 May 12

Glenugie 1965, 23 YO, Hart Brothers, 43%, B: 1988. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Round, malty, on freshly crushed barley and freshly baked pastries and some quince.
Taste: Round, malty, with some grist, elderberry flowers and some oakiness, with a touch of marzipan. The finish is medium, round, malty, with a touch of smoke and some oaky notes.
Impression: Compared to the Samaroli, it is rounder and slightly heavier. Less refreshing and the influence of the oak is stronger as well.
Rating: 13/20 FP:B1

15 May 12

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Glenugie 1966, Samaroli, 43%, Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Light, fresh, slightly oaky and on vanilla, with some juicy notes.
Taste: Light, fresh, juicy, slightly oaky and spicy, on elderberry flowers syrup and some tropical fruity notes. The finish is medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: A refreshing light and juicy whisky, very easy to drink.
Rating: 15/20 FP: B1

14 May 12

Bowmore 1968, 37 YO Duncan Taylor, 40.5%. B: 2006, cask 3822, 145 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold-old gold.
Nose: Very smooth, fruity, silky, on passion fruit and some peat smoke.
Taste: Rich, maritime, salty, smoky, fruity, on tropical and sweet fruits (e.g., guava, banana and mango). The finish is long, rich, fruity, smoky and maritime.
General Impression: An excellent fruity and slightly smoky Bowmore. Delicious. Thank you Patrick S.
Rating: 18/20 FP:C4

Bowmore 2000, 8 YO, Malts of Scotland, 60.1%, B: 2009, cask 800267, 215 bottles. Price:
Colour: Straw.
Nose: Young, fresh, peaty and with some pear drops.
Taste: Young to very young, peaty, very tarry and citric. Diluted, it gains in complexity, with more vanilla flavours. The finish is short, peaty and young.
Impression: A young peaty and intense Bowmore.
Rating: 11/20 FP:A7

13 May 12

Bowmore Prestonfield Malt, 10 YO, Signatory, 43%. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Smooth, soft, peaty, maritime, slightly fruity and on keepers.
Taste: Thin, salty, maritime, on fish, guava, melon, pink grapefruit, with some peat smoke. The saltiness is lingering. The finish is medium, slightly bold, salty, with some peat smoke and canned fruits.
General Impression: A very good Bowmore, subtle and pleasant, but lacking some power. A few extra %abv would have been welcomed.
Rating: 15/20 FP:C5

12 May 12

Bowmore 2000 sherry, 7 YO, Murray McDavid, 46%, B: 2007. 2450 bottles. Price:
Colour: Old gold-amber.
Nose: Peaty to very peaty, farmy, strongly maritime, farmy, with some rubber, salt and some light floral notes.
Taste: Salty to very salty, peaty, floral, slightly soapy and juicy, clean, farmy, and on sea weeds. The finish is medium, clean, peaty, slightly rubbery and bitter, on tobacco smoke and some liquorice root.
General Impression: A clean and well made peaty Bowmore.
Rating: 12/20 FP:F6

11 May 12

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Bowmore 1973, 16 YO, Sestante, 62.8%, B: 1990. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Intense, slightly sulphury, coastal, on dry peat smoke and some tropical fruits (mango, guava)
Taste: Salty, spicy, slightly mineral and tarry, with excellent sweet sherry notes and tropical fruits, as well as a good dose of old peat smoke. Diluted, it becomes more on soya and oysters. The finish is medium, with a hint of rubber, slightly mineral, with coastal notes, some oyster and old fashioned dry peat smoke
Impression: An excellent old fashioned Bowmore with nice tropical notes and delicious peaty notes. Maybe slightly thin.
Rating: 18/20 FP:F5

09 May 12

Bowmore 1991, 14 YO, Cadenhead's, 56.1%, B: 2006, 294 bottles. Price:
Colour: Pale yellow-straw.
Nose: Very smoky and peaty, quite young, maritime, dry, on smoked fish, seaweed and a light hemp rope influence.
Taste: Dry to very dry, young, slightly sugary, on grilled bread, seaweed, with some hemp rope flavours. The finish is medium to very long, peaty, dry and maritime.
Impression: An Islay whisky that taste much younger than its age.
Rating: 11/20

08 May 12

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Bowmore 1971, 18 YO, Sestante, 40%, B: 1990. Price:
Colour: Amber
Nose: Maritime, on oysters, seashells, with a delicate peat smoke and a honey sweet sherry. Nicely balanced, with some mineral and discreet tarry notes. With time, some tropical fruits and light menthol notes are released.
Taste: Slightly thin and soapy, maritime, on seaweeds, some camphor, peat smoke, oysters, burnt wood, eucalyptus and tangerine.
Impression: A very nice and fine whisky, with strong maritime flavours and a beautiful sherry influence. Slightly thin.
Rating: 17/20 FP:F4

07 May 12

Glen Grant 1972, 34 YO, Single Malts of Scotland, 54.9%, B: 2007, 447 bottles. Price:
Colour: Amber.
Nose: Rich, thick, intense, floral, on leather, tannins and orange. Powerful.
Taste: Extremely rich, floral, fruity, slightly chewy, on leather, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, tangerine and Christmas cake. A big whisky. Diluted, it becomes fruitier and more floral and loses most of its dryness. The finish is long, slightly dry and bitter, on leather, some game, tannins, red fruits, orange and nutmeg.
Impression: An excellent heavily sherried Glen Grant, big bodied.
Rating: 17/20 FP:H3

04 May 12

Ardmore 1992, 19 YO, Single Malts of Scotland 49.3%, B: 2011, 207 bottles. Price:
Colour: Straw
Nose: Oaky, slightly juicy, spicy and grassy, with light notes of honey, malt and vanilla. Clean.
Taste: Oaky, slightly floral and fragrant, malty, with light oaky and grassy notes, as well as some green apples and honey. At the second tasting, the aromatic peaty notes were more present. The finish is short to medium and on the same flavours.
Impression: A good fresh and malty whisky, that deserves time to reveal its complexity. Seems less peated than expected from an Ardmore, probably due to its fresh fruity notes.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A4

03 May 12

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Clynelish 1972, 38 YO, Single Malts of Scotland, 42.1%, B:2011, cask 430341, 439 bottles. Price:
Colour: Gold.
Nose: Oaky, light, dry, mustardy, on musk, and honey,
Taste: Smooth, oaky, slightly woody and mineral, on mild mustard, some light and citric fruity notes, and some liquid honey. With some camomile. Slightly thin. Diluted, it becomes smoother, but also slightly bitter and on tobacco smoke. The finish is short to medium, slightly mustardy and citric, with some camomile and elderberries flowers.
Impression: A good Clynelish, slightly mineral but getting thin and tired.
Rating: 15/20 FP:A2

02 May 12

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Glen Elgin 1985, 26 YO, The First Editions, 46.6%, B: 2011, Cask ES 008/10. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Grassy, round, intense, fresh, with some smooth oaky and floral notes, as well as some goosberries.
Taste: Sweet, smooth to very smooth, grassy to very grassy, oaky, juicy to very juicy, on liquid honey and some sweet berries. The finish is medium to long, very grassy, deliciously smooth, on honey and some vanilla.
Impression: A very good smooth honey Glen Elgin free from any roughness. A whisky to savour and an excellent selection from Mr Laing.
Rating: 17/20 FP:B1

01 May 12

Caol Ila 25 YO, OB, 43%, B: 2010. Price:
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Sweet, round, with light mineral notes, some old wet hemp rope and other maritime flavours. Delicate.
Taste: Slightly thin and weak, salty, with a light sweetness (Mirabelle) and maritime flavours, some tar and peat smoke, with some metallic components. The finish is medium, smoky, peaty, maritime, sweet, with a slight sweet fruitiness and farminess.
General Impression: A very elegant and delicate Caol Ila, very enjoyable. It would have been interesting to taste it a higher strength to see if this would have brought more depth.
Rating: 16/20 FP:D6

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