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05 Jan

Port Askaig 100 proof, Speciality Drinks, 57.1%, B:2015. Price:
Colour: Pale straw
Nose: Very peaty, dry, ashy, clean, very tarry, slightly maritime and salty, with lots of bacon and smoked meat, on bonfire smoke, seaweeds, seawater, some seashells and liquorice roots.
Taste: Clean, maritime, salty, dry to very dry, oaky, light, very peaty, smoky, with some seaweeds, sea spray and some wood smoke. The finish is medium, light, salty, maritime, peaty, smoky, tarry, with some hemp rope and liquorice root.
Impression: A good slightly young and very peaty Islay whisky, light and intense. Fresh and intense.
Rating: 14/20 FP: A7

Port Askaig 16 YO, Speciality Drinks, 45.8%, B:2015. Price:
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: Peaty, smoky, maritime, slightly salty, on seaweeds, tar, with some fish, hemp rope and diverse maritime flavours. Elegant.
Taste: Light, smoky, maritime, peaty, slightly salty and dry, with a light fruitiness, on tar, ashes and hemp rope. The finish is medium, peaty, smoky, tarry, dry, on liquorice, with a dash of citrus, bonfire smoke and some hemp rope.
Impression: A more complex and subtle version than the 100 Proof, but less peaty and intense.
Rating: 14/20 FP:A5

04 Jan

Cooley Celtic Cask N°4 2001 Madeira Finish, Ceathair, 46%. Price:
Colour: Gold
Nose: Smooth, spicy, dry, winey, on grapes, dark berries, and some wood dust. Given time, it becomes smoother.
Taste: Smooth, winey, fruity, on strawberries, grapes, berries, honey and some orchards fruits and cooked fruits. The finish is medium, mellow, and slightly syrupy, on red berries, melon, Mirabelle, grapes and honey. Diluted, the winey flavours are getting stronger.
Impression: Initially, it seemed slightly rough and spicy, but given some time, it becomes smoother and with charming red berries.
Rating: 13/20 FP:E1

03 Jan

Writers Tears, OB, 40%, B:2014. Price:
Colour: gold
Nose: Very fresh, fruity, floral, light and with many pear drops. Refreshing.
Taste: Very light, fresh, malty, oaky, slightly spicy and on vanilla. The finish is medium, very light, fresh, malty, on pear and apple drops. Diluted, it becomes more on toffee, fudge, slightly bitter and fragrant.
Impression: A fresh and malty Irish Pot Still. Pleasant but surprisingly light. Thank you Gilles.
Rating: 12/20 FP:A1

02 Jan

Black and White Spring cap, OB, B:1960s. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Smoky to very smoky, round, mellow, fruity, rather peaty, well balanced, on ripe fruits, orange, tangerine, some humus, seaweeds and tropical fruits.
Taste: Smooth, bold, waxy, intense, spicy to very spicy, rather maritime, on humus, peat smoke, some salt and rich ripe fruits. Complex and well balanced, with some chocolate coming through progressively. The finish is long, rich, bold, fruity, slightly salty and maritime, fruity, on peat, some salt and diverse ripe and rather juicy fruits, Diluted, some aromas of cooked cereals, apricots and peach start to be released.
Impression: Tasted blind, it could be easily taken for a single or blended malt. The whisky is rich, intense and rather smoky, with some nice fruity flavours and a good heavy body. It cannot really be compared to the current production. An excellent old blend. No Proof or ABV indication on the bottle.
Rating: 16/20 FP:D3

01 Jan

Ainslie's Royal Edinburgh, OB, 40% (GL), B:1970s. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Waxy, on old mineral peat smoke, seaweeds, some caramel, diesel smoke, green banana and old fashioned type of sherry influence, with some humus, old leather and tangerine. With a twist of citrus.
Taste: Light to very light, waxy, on citrus, some old mineral peat smoke, diesel smoke, some toffee, honey and green banana. The finish is medium, light, slightly mineral, smoky, with some peat smoke, green banana, diesel smoke, tangerine, leather, mustard seeds and caramel.
Impression: The nose was pleasant with its charming old mineral peat smoke as you can find in the old whiskies and in the old Clynelish distilled in the 1960s. However, it is rather thin and blander on the palate, suggesting a fair proportion of grain. I wish it was bottled at a higher strength. Thank you Nicolas!
Rating: 11/20 FP:C2

Howard MacLaren Special Scotch Whisky, OB, 43%, B: 1970s. Price:
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Malty, creamy, floral, with very strong aromas of toffee and caramel. 
Taste: Floral to very floral, slightly spicy, malty and creamy, with some honey, a touch of smoke, light grassy flavours and on caramel.
Impression: A rather young and floral blended whisky with strong caramel suggesting that a fair amount of E150 caramel has been added to colour it.
Rating: 08/20 FP:A2


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