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Talisker 25yo (2004)
Rich Howard, 90
Bowmore 13yo 2001/2014
Robert Karlsson, 87
Clynelish 19yo 1995/2014
Robert Karlsson, 85
Auchentoshan 22yo 1991/2014
Robert Karlsson, 83
Bunnahabhain 26yo 1987/2014
Robert Karlsson, 83
Armorik 'Maitre de Chai' (2014*)
Robert Karlsson, 84
Armorik 12yo 2002/2014 'Millesime'
Robert Karlsson, 88
Craigellachie 18yo 1995/2014
Robert Karlsson, 83
Big Peat (2014)
Robert Karlsson, 89
Slyrs (2014*)
Robert Karlsson, 79
Slyrs (2014*)
Robert Karlsson, 50
Kornog 'Taouarch Chwechved BC14' (2014*)
Robert Karlsson, 90
Kornog 'Taouarch Pempved 14BC' (2014*)
Robert Karlsson, 82
Kornog 'Sant Ivy 2014' (2014)
Robert Karlsson, 85
Benromach 1976
Robert Karlsson, 87
Highland Park 16yo 'Odin' (2015)
Pit Krause, 90
Clynelish 10yo 1992/2003
Pit Krause, 82
Bowmore 7yo (1965*)
Pit Krause, 92
Aberlour-Glenlivet 8yo (1972*)
Pit Krause, 90
Aberlour 12yo (1975*)
Pit Krause, 86
Aberlour 12yo (1975*)
Pit Krause, 86
Talisker 25yo (2005)
Rich Howard, 88
Bowmore 21yo 1982/2004
Pit Krause, 86
Laphroaig 7yo 1999/2006
Pit Krause, 89
Glenmorangie 'Dornoch'
Ho-cheng Yao, 87
Balvenie 'Tun 1858 Batch No. 4'
Ho-cheng Yao, 90
Vintage Islay 5yo (2000*)
Pit Krause, 80
Pride of the Lowlands 12yo (1988*)
Pit Krause, 78
Ileach (2014)
Pit Krause, 85
House of Peers 25yo 1955
Pit Krause, 92
Glenforres-Glenlivet 10yo (1985*)
Pit Krause, 81
Glenfarclas 1990/2013 'No. 17 - Alexander Selkirk'
Pit Krause, 89
Connemara 22yo
Pit Krause, 90
Glen-Rosa 15yo (2002)
Pit Krause, 82
Yellow Spot 12yo (2013*)
Pit Krause, 84
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Bowmore 13yo 2001/2014 (57.2%, Blackadder Raw Cask, Hogshead, C#20066, 292 Bts.)
Clynelish 19yo 1995/2014 (55%, Blackadder Raw Cask, Sherry Cask, C#1471, 244 Bts.)
Auchentoshan 22yo 1991/2014 (56.3%, Blackadder Raw Cask, Hogshead, C#2871, 178 Bts.)
Bunnahabhain 26yo 1987/2014 (61.7%, Blackadder Raw Cask, Hogshead, C#2488, 192 Bts.)
Armorik 'Maitre de Chai' (47.3%, OB, NAS, 1000 Bts., 2014*)
Armorik 12yo 2002/2014 'Millesime' (55.7%, OB, Oloroso, C#3298, 723 Bts.)
Craigellachie 18yo 1995/2014 (48.4%, Douglas Laing Old Particular, Sherry Butt, C#DL10419, 252 Bts.)
Big Peat (55.7%, Clan Denny, NAS, 2014)
Slyrs (46%, OB, NAS, Sauternes Finish, 2014*)
Slyrs (46%, OB, NAS, Amontillado Finish, 2014*)
Kornog 'Taouarch Chwechved BC14' (58.2%, OB, NAS, Glann ar Mor distillery, Bourbon Single Cask, 2014*)
Kornog 'Taouarch Pempved 14BC' (46%, OB, NAS, Glann ar Mor distillery, Bourbon Barrels, 2014*)
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Talisker 25yo (57.8%, OB, Refill casks, 21000 Bts., 2004)
Rich Howard, the nose hits with an immediate burst of citrus... lime juice, lime zest... plenty of lime, some cantelope as well, distinct notes of shortbread cookies, a hint of marshmallow lurking in the background, just a whiff of smoke and dash of spices on the tail (cinnamon, white pepper). the palate has some sweetened lime juice, a hint of powdered sugar, then a distinct maltiness, with a strong lacing of spices throughout (cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper), with some wood tannins and just a touch of cooking herbs on the finish. with water, the nose retains a bit of the lime, but not as much (less juice, more rind), a touch of unripe mango now, some seville orange (almost mandarin), quite a bit more vanilla, some honey emerging now, plenty of dry malt and just a dash of white pepper on the tail. the palate is sweeter on the approach, more vanilla and powdered sugar mixing with the dry maltiness, but also a touch more herbal as well, especially on the finish, but not as spicy late in the dram... hints of shoe leather now, and still a touch of wood tannins. a few more drops of water, and wow... we're on a tropical fruit creme on the nose and especially the palate, with a spicy, herbal finish. an excellent whisky, and much, much better with water... get the balance right, and you will be richly rewarded.
Bowmore 13yo 2001/2014 (57.2%, Blackadder Raw Cask, Hogshead, C#20066, 292 Bts.)
Robert Karlsson, Kind of thick vanilla style, with an attempt at cleaner smokiness. Younger notes breaks through, still nice! Coastal. The taste starts with the obvious smokiness, and then a quite unsuspected burst of berries (blackcurrants?). Then smoke again. The berries rounds this beast off quite some, and makes it rather unique. Not bad.
Clynelish 19yo 1995/2014 (55%, Blackadder Raw Cask, Sherry Cask, C#1471, 244 Bts.)
Robert Karlsson, Difficult laid-back nose here. Cant really put words on it. Maltiness of the somewhat darker kind, but slight intensity. Cardemom and other dark spices arrive with time. Taste on the same dark maltiness and a pleasant roundness. Perhaps some suryp dark bread. A bit sweet-sourly aftertaste. Grows and rounds off with time.
Auchentoshan 22yo 1991/2014 (56.3%, Blackadder Raw Cask, Hogshead, C#2871, 178 Bts.)
Robert Karlsson, A clean dry slightly citrusy maltiness dominates the nose here. Taste is a bit odd, sourly yet woodily dry. And with berries that grows considerably with time thrown in. Really quite unique taste I must say.
Bunnahabhain 26yo 1987/2014 (61.7%, Blackadder Raw Cask, Hogshead, C#2488, 192 Bts.)
Robert Karlsson, A dry somewhat perfumed nose here, with hints of smoke is it? Very dry in fact. The perfumed note is a bit freakish. Abates with time however. A somewhat rounder vanilla replaces it. Taste is alert and filled with pepperiness. Not much smoke at all here. More candied style with time. Good balanced malt I'd say, and tasty.
Armorik 'Maitre de Chai' (47.3%, OB, NAS, 1000 Bts., 2014*)
Robert Karlsson, Slightly burned maltiness in the nose, and is it rhubarb? Dry citrus fruits. The slightly burned maltiness is also in the taste, sweeter fruits than the nose suggested. Spicy aftertaste.
Armorik 12yo 2002/2014 'Millesime' (55.7%, OB, Oloroso, C#3298, 723 Bts.)
Robert Karlsson, A bit bready nose here. Darker suryp bread? With eucalyptus, mint. Quite special mixture indeed. The dark maltiness disappears with a little water. Becomes fresher, also on citrusy fruits. This one really lives on your tongue, the eucalyptus and minty tones dominate, and a lively pepperiness. The dark breadiness I cannot find in the taste. Real spicy, almost raspy, aftertaste.
Craigellachie 18yo 1995/2014 (48.4%, Douglas Laing Old Particular, Sherry Butt, C#DL10419, 252 Bts.)
Robert Karlsson, Quite a bit of fresh maltiness and kind sweeter lime and mandarins. Taste in balance with the nose I'd say. A clean maltiness dominates some pleasant kindly sugared citrusy fruits.
Big Peat (55.7%, Clan Denny, NAS, 2014)
Robert Karlsson, Young-styled peaty nose here I'd say (and nothing wrong with that). Not overly vanillad at all, white peppery nose. Coastal. Pristine. Really attractive taste, on a peppery very fresh coastal peatiness. The malt and vanilla is laid back and does not disturb at all. All on a fresh faultless peaty profile. I like.
Slyrs (46%, OB, NAS, Sauternes Finish, 2014*)
Robert Karlsson, Almost dustily dry nose here, hay-like. Cardboard? Nah, that's too evil. Cereal, difficult to get much more. Taste also on the maltiness but not at all as dry. Nicely rounded off rather, with vague influences of fruits. Still a quite raspy aftertaste with quite some wood. Lasts a while.
Slyrs (46%, OB, NAS, Amontillado Finish, 2014*)
Robert Karlsson, Hm. Seriously weird nose going on here. Overmatured white cheese? Toasted bread? Really quite odd. Very farmy, ripe cream. Is this even whisky? Doubtful. Taste is more on whisky than the nose, but the odd notes are in there in enough doses to make it outright scary. Nope, this is far from my lane.
Kornog 'Taouarch Chwechved BC14' (58.2%, OB, NAS, Glann ar Mor distillery, Bourbon Single Cask, 2014*)
Robert Karlsson, A bit cereal, quite some maltiness. Some porridge? Calms down on fruits with a little time. Improves on berries with a dash of water. Taste is much more appealing than the nose. Thick sweet maltiness (and not at all disturbing), excellent spices. Very drinkable.
Kornog 'Taouarch Pempved 14BC' (46%, OB, NAS, Glann ar Mor distillery, Bourbon Barrels, 2014*)
Robert Karlsson, Candied pears blasting all over the place here. Perhaps young dry apples also, fruity fresh nose indeed. Below some drier maltiness, perhaps cereal in style. With time I get berries, wild strawberries? Taste somewhat more cereal than expected. The fruits arrive in the aftertaste, alongside a raspy dryness. Refreshing.. with a little water and time the taste rounds off considerably, on a rounder sweeter note, with hints of berries.
Kornog 'Sant Ivy 2014' (58.9%, OB, NAS, Glann ar Mor distillery, Bourbon Single Cask, 2014)
Robert Karlsson, A bit nervously spiced, dryish, strong. Cools off with a little water, but the spices remains hard to define. Still, a fresh fault-free and somewhat intriguing nose here. Quite strong taste also, high abv surely. Dry, white peppery. Intense clean maltiness. Not exactly complex, but clearly enjoyable.
Benromach 1976 (46%, OB, Sherry Casks, 2012)
Robert Karlsson, Dry as tinder. With citrusy fruits, mainly lime. But really quite dusty. Taste is considerably fruitier than expected. Not only lime, but apricots, mandarins. Berries. Really enjoyable taste. With character.
Bowmore 7yo (43%, OB, Sherriff, COGIS Milano, 1960's)
Pit Krause, Had this from a miniature with good filling level, but maybe the big bottle is better. This was already amazing, but not on par with the best Bowmores.
Talisker 25yo (57.2%, OB, Refill casks, 15600 Bts., 2005)
Rich Howard, the nose is strong, even a bit biting with alcohol, but once it settles down there is honeyed vanilla, marshmallow, lime juice, dried oats, a hint of chamomille and a dash of cooking herbs, a bit of fresh oak underlying it all. the palate is also brisk, and follows the nose closely with no real surprises... although the honey and vanilla are less pronounced, and the oak and herbs play a larger role, but a dash of unsweetened lime juice here as well, some liquorice, a hint of sea salt. a few drops of water dampen the vanilla a bit, and promote a musty maltiness, still some fresh oak and a dash of bergamot... some Earl Gray notes now, and some apple cider starts to emerge. the palate is much sweeter now on the approach, the lime juice is slightly sugar sweetened now, still some marshmallow... the finish is spicy now, with cinnamon and a dash of black pepper, still ending on light oak and a dash of herbs, fortunately not too much for my palate. a few more drops of water, and we drift closer to a sweet and spicy limeade, with tongue-coating drying wood tannins on the finish. a solid Talisker 25yo... not my favorite vintage, but quite nice. i liked the nose better without water, more complex, nuanced and integrated, but the palate was much nicer with water, and it can take quite a bit. it just gets sweeter and spicier with every drop.
Laphroaig 7yo 1999/2006 (59.4%, Signatory, C#2756, 598 Bts.)
Pit Krause, Had this in 2007 and in 2015, and bottleaging improved the dram a lot...almost 90 now, at 87 back then.
Glenmorangie 'Dornoch' (43%, OB, for travel retail, matured in first-fill ex-bourbon casks and ex-Amontillado sherry casks.)
Ho-cheng Yao, Light yellow color, very malty, vanilla, citrus, actually not too much sherry influence, a hint of yeast, light body, very clean, very unlikely to be a Glenmorangie, quite interesting experiment, should be quite young.somewhat robust but I like it.
Balvenie 'Tun 1858 Batch No. 4' (46.8%, OB)
Ho-cheng Yao, Brown Color, quite nice sherry influence,(though just 2 butts), plum,apple, peach, clear vanilla and toffee,quite balance and charming, medium body, medium finish, a very nice Balvenie, proof again NAS can be very good.(and high price)
Connemara 22yo (46%, OB, 70cl)
Pit Krause, same material as the glorious single casks, but a bit weaker - fruits and berries in discrete smoke, all very cristalline.
Bowmore 1984/2000 (45%, Samaroli, Samaroli, Fino Sherry puncheon, 798 Bts.)
Pit Krause, one of the soapiest around ... totally ruins your session.
Deanston 35yo 1977/2012 'The Nectar' (40.4%, The Whisky Agency, Refill Hogshead, 253 Bts.)
Pit Krause, The fruitiness and complexitiy in this one overwhelmed me and fellow tasters...it won a session with quite some high scoring whiskies. But it takes time to get to its bottom.
Kilbeggan (40%, OB, NAS, 70cl, 2015)
Ho-cheng Yao, Already start using the malt whiskey form the new Kilbeggan, actually quite nice in style
Kilbeggan 8yo 'Single Grain Irish Whiskey' (40%, OB, 70cl, 2015)
Ho-cheng Yao, Used to be called as Greenore, now re named as the Kilbeggan range. bottle shape the same. Very nice vanilla sweet and tasting good.