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Glen Garioch 40yo 1971/2011
Thomas Lipka, 87
Longmorn 37yo 1973/2011
Robert Karlsson, 90
Mortlach 12yo (1970*)
Robert Karlsson, 75
Tobermory 33yo 1972
Robert Karlsson, 80
Balmenach 33yo 1979/2002
Robert Karlsson, 88
Laphroaig 10yo 'Cask Strength' (2013)
Robert Karlsson, 89
Glendronach 21yo 1993/2014
Robert Karlsson, 88
Ben Nevis 25yo 1984/1998
Robert Karlsson, 88
Glen Garioch 24yo 1989/2014
Robert Karlsson, 84
Bladnoch 20yo (2010*)
Robert Karlsson, 79
Balblair 21yo 1964/1985
Robert Karlsson, 89
Linlithgow 1982/2003
Rich Howard, 87
Bunnahabhain 33yo 1980/2013
Robert Karlsson, 89
Glen Elgin 35yo 1975/2011
Robert Karlsson, 90
Caperdonich 35yo 1972/2008
Robert Karlsson, 93
Linlithgow 21yo 1982/2004
Rich Howard, 92
Longmorn-Glenlivet 1967/2004
Rich Howard, 87
Port Ellen 21yo 1982/2004
Thomas Lipka, 84
Bowmore 17yo 1991/2008
Thomas Lipka, 85
Glen Moray 38yo 1971/2010
Thomas Lipka, 86
Banff 36yo 1966/2002
Thomas Lipka, 88
Springbank 21yo 1993/2015
Ho-cheng Yao, 91
Glenallachie 38yo 1972/2011
Thomas Lipka, 91
Springbank 26yo 1969/1996
Thomas Lipka, 89
Bowmore 'Voyage' (2002*)
Thomas Lipka, 80
Springbank 27yo 1969/1996
Thomas Lipka, 88
Bruichladdich 39yo 1966/2005
Thomas Lipka, 89
Caol Ila 1993/2006 'Distillers Edition'
Craig Daniels, 82
Amrut 10yo 'Greedy Angels' (2015)
Ho-cheng Yao, 88
Amrut 10yo 'Greedy Angels' (2015)
Ho-cheng Yao, 82
Glenturret 1980/2012
Ho-cheng Yao, 90
Miltonduff 1980/2011
Ho-cheng Yao, 88
Great King St. 'Glasgow Blend' (2014*)
Ho-cheng Yao, 84
The Lost Blend (2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, 85
Ardbeg 12yo 1988/2011
Robert Karlsson, 90
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Mortlach 12yo (70 Pr., Gordon & MacPhail, distillery label, 1970*)
Tobermory 33yo 1972 (49%, Moon Import Private Stock, C#09, 960 Bts., 2005*)
Balmenach 33yo 1979/2002 (52.8%, The Whisky Agency The Perfect Dram, 202 Bts.)
Laphroaig 10yo 'Cask Strength' (57.2%, OB, Batch #005, Feb, 2013)
Glendronach 21yo 1993/2014 (56.4%, OB for LMDW, C#475, 627 Bts.)
Ben Nevis 25yo 1984/1998 (56.3%, OB, C#98/35/5)
Glen Garioch 24yo 1989/2014 (51,4%, The Whisky Agency The Perfect Dram, 220 Bts.)
Bladnoch 20yo (46%, OB, sheep label, 2010*)
Balblair 21yo 1964/1985 (57.8%, OB for Intertrade)
Linlithgow 1982/2003 (55.4%, Scott's Selection, 750ml)
Bunnahabhain 33yo 1980/2013 (48.9%, The Whisky Agency Private Stock, 109 Bts.)
Glen Elgin 35yo 1975/2011 (41.8%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams)
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Mortlach 12yo (70 Pr., Gordon & MacPhail, distillery label, 1970*)
Robert Karlsson, Awesome old-style nose, tastewise hugely on soap and distinctly unpleasant style. Too bad :(
Tobermory 33yo 1972 (49%, Moon Import Private Stock, C#09, 960 Bts., 2005*)
Robert Karlsson, Pretty fantastic nose, sadly soapy taste.
Linlithgow 1982/2003 (55.4%, Scott's Selection, 750ml)
Rich Howard, a fairly brisk nose, starting on unripe / barely ripe bananas with peel, the quickly on to quite some maltiness, unsweetened marshmallow, orange gelatin, No. 2 pencils (accept no substitutes!), and finally light grassy and herbal notes on the tail. the palate is even more brisk than the nose, an immediate hit of supercharged pinot grigio with flavors of white peaches and white grapes, still that orange gelatin, and a fairly quick transition to slightly sourish wood and wet grass. let’s see if water can tame this a bit. with a few drops, the nose hasn’t changed much… maybe a bit more unripe peach now than unripe banana, still that maltiness, now some floral notes (chamomile, maybe some jasmine?), less wood on the nose, still some orange pectin drifting through. the palate went quite sweet in an unbalanced way, the grassy and herbal notes more pronounced now… “sickly sweet” is the unfortunate first term to come to mind. giving this whisky the benefit of the doubt with a bit more water and a bit more time here… o.k., that helped. the nose is largely the same (malt, light wood, light citrus, slightly grassy), and the palate has come around a bit, not quite so sweet, and the herbal notes dissipating somewhat. glad i gave it a chance, because that salvaged a few points. still a bit too bitter on the finish for my comfort, though.
Linlithgow 21yo 1982/2004 (63.5%, Duncan Taylor Rarest of the Rare, C#2214, 633 Bts., 750ml)
Rich Howard, the nose is light and airy, with a subtle layer of orchard fruits (peach, red apple, a hint of fresh lemon) over a hint of warm vanilla, a dash of dusty malt, dry leaves, fresh oats, pencil shavings… an intriguing combination of orchard fruits and much drier, even dustier notes. the palate hits with a burst of much more flavor than hinted at by the nose… mostly distinct fresh peach, lemon juice, barely ripe honeydew, unripe mango, before moving fairly quickly to fresh field grasses and cough drop herbs. a few drops of water tames the orchard fruit on the nose a bit, but not completely, still on fresh peach, citrus, but now a more pronounced layer of malt, plus some chalky fruit candy has emerged… after a few minutes it settles on lemon pie, complete with crust. (that was unexpected…) the palate hits with an enhanced burst of sweet fruit, but quickly moves to cigar box tannins and of course the herbal finish. a few more drops of water, and we’re still strong on a malty nose, some warm vanilla, but most notably those distinct notes of pencil shavings. the palate still bursting with sweet, fresh orchard fruits, and the herbal notes are really buried now, which is preferred for my palate these days. while the dram started out promising enough, it improved remarkably with water. outstanding… this was a treat.
Longmorn-Glenlivet 1967/2004 (53.0%, Scott's Selection, 750ml)
Rich Howard, the nose starts immediately on freshly sliced green apple, seville orange, a handful of fresh blueberries, a hint of tart cherry, over a bed of warm vanilla creme, vague hints of malt and fresh crushed herbs in the distance. the palate is brisk, still with green apple, wintergreen, the herbal notes quite a bit stronger here, and moderately spicy and tannic on the finish. water dampens and merges the fruit on the nose quite a bit, still some seville orange and melon rind, the malty notes more prominent now, even a little grassy. the palate is a bit sweeter, with the trademark passionfruit coming through, quite strong on spearmint as well, still some berries and cream, and the tannic spices have really kicked in. i like it just a bit better with water, even if the tannis are a bit too heavy.
Longmorn-Glenlivet 1967/2003 (52.2%, Scott's Selection, US Import)
Rich Howard, the nose hits with a burst of fresh fruit punch... oranges (seville and mandarin), red apples, ripe pear, honeydew melon... distinct notes of spearmint... then wafts of vanilla emerge, and the slightest hint of polished wood lurking well in the background. the palate also hits with a burst of tangy fruits, but also darker, duskier notes... spiced cider, hints of molasses, some passion fruit, plenty of spearmint here as well, and just a dash of white gunpowder, ending on tannic oak and distant hints of fresh herbs. water dampens the fruit punch on the nose quite a bit, more on chalky fruit candies now, but bringing out a wash of warm vanilla, a dash of honey, with malty notes now prominent in the background. water sweetens up the palate considerably, pure passion fruit mousse misted with butterscotch, baked brown sugar, still finishing on spicy tannic oak, the herbs a mere whisper in the background. delicious! water is absolutely required, and easily pushes an 88-89 point malt into the low 90s.
Springbank 21yo 1993/2015 (46%, Berry Bros & Rudd, C#220, 700ml)
Ho-cheng Yao, Light yellow color, very fruity and floral. citrus, lemon zest, white flower. grain sweet. Light body, lingering finish. sweet and fruity in palate. quite waxy and mouth coating. somewhat meaty nose after a while. Very elegant and enjoyable one. What a nice dram.
Dailuaine 11yo 1997/2008 (46%, Hart Brothers, Finest Collection)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Some odd and off-notes(dirty hay, fermented honey and poor grain). Maybe OBE, but it does wear off and barnyard, honey and liquorice emerge, along with some beef stock. Palate: sweet and sour, nutty and slightly fruity. Finish: sugarcane and straw, slightly cloying. Comment: this is schizoid and I suspect that this whisky suffers from being assessed 10 minutes or so after the bottle is first opened. There is something reminiscent of poor grain and nasty blended whiskies in the initial pours. The nose improves 20 points over 30 minutes. Hard whisky to assess.
Amrut 10yo 'Greedy Angels' (71%, OB, 2015)
Ho-cheng Yao, Brown color, tropical, dried prune, lots spice, light body, very enjoyable and much better then the 46%, with power.
Amrut 10yo 'Greedy Angels' (46%, OB, 2015)
Ho-cheng Yao, Yellow color, lots spice, dried prune, herb, dried orange, medium body, medium finish. very interesting, very Taiwanese actually.
Glenturret 1980/2012 (42.5%, Malts of Scotland, Bourbon Hogshead, C#2008, 192 Bts.)
Ho-cheng Yao, Lots citrus, orange like, grassy with grain sweet. light body, easy, medium body lingering. very enjoyable.
Miltonduff 1980/2011 (44.7%, Malts of Scotland, bourbon hogshead, C#12429, 259 Bts.)
Ho-cheng Yao, Yellow color, Citrus,grain, malty, hint of peat, quite thick in body. nice and very enjoyable.
Great King St. 'Glasgow Blend' (43%, Compass Box, NAS, 2014*)
Ho-cheng Yao, Straw color, very light in color, but actually a hint of sherry cask indeed. plum, malt, minty, lemon zest, creamy, lingering, hint of smoke, quite nice and easy going, vanilla ice cream ending.
The Lost Blend (46%, Compass Box, NAS, 700ml, 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Light yellow color, citrus, lemon grass, lot's spice. Very spicy, lots of wax, hint of peat at background. Quite light in palate, spicy, young, quite nice one.
Glenlivet 25yo 1973/1998 (57.2%, Signatory, Sherry, C#3307, 570 Bts., D04/'73 B04/'98)
Craig Daniels, retasted 10 years apart and the score is 88 versus 87. Nose: raisins, plums, figs (definitely figs), some dark chocolate. Palate: nice and rich and rounded. Finish: drying fruits and wood. The alcohol never gets unruly and the wood is exemplary. It's a really solid sherried whisky and has everything you'd wish for, except that the whole package is a little flat and that was true in 2005 so it's not any additional OBE. Quality spirit; nice but not great.
Strathisla 1963/2005 (40%, Gordon & MacPhail)
Craig Daniels, Nose: wonderful array of soft fruits, both tropical (paw paw, pineapple, passionfruit) and stone fruits (pears and apples). Palate: stewed fruit and fruit syrup, lovely mouthfeel. Finish; smooth, warming and slightly woody, but beautifully integrated. Comment; One of the best whiskies of 2015 for me.
Highland Park 25yo 1988/2013 'Small Batch' (55.7%, Cadenhead's, Sherry Butts, 1086 Bts.)
Craig Daniels, Nose: lots of compound chocolate and dry wood, some fruit underneath. Palate; chocolate pudding and wood. Finish; drying and woody. Comment; almost certainly from Spanish oak, but the wood's a bit tired. Nice but not great.
Caperdonich 35yo 1977/2013 'Small Batch' (50.2%, Cadenhead's, Sherry Butt, 384 Bts., 70cl)
Craig Daniels, Nose: lots of nice stewed fruit and polished wood. Palate: honey and fruit, even a smudge of peat smoke, superb mouthfeel. Finish; long, sweet then gently drying; great length. Comment: one of the best whiskies of 2015 for me.
Mortlach 'Special Strength' (49%, OB, NAS, 50cl, 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Brown color, quite thick in body, oil, comparing strong, yet easy drinking. Quite malty with lot's fruity note. (Citrus, peach) hint of sulfury. Very nice for everyday drinks.
Bowmore 'Black Rock' (40%, OB, NAS, 100cl, 2014*)
Ho-cheng Yao, Dark brown, quite some sherry influence with lots peaty flavor. Plum, smokey, quite some malty sweet. mild and mature. Very sweet and balanced with peaty bitter. Very good everyday drinks.
Glengoyne 18yo (43%, OB, 70cl, 2013*)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Cotton Candy, whipped cream, honey, condensed milk toasted oats and malt. Palate: white chocolate and medium sweet sherry Finish: milk shake lollies, but gets watery. Comment: pleasant enough and the nose keeps one entertained. Shame the finish is a bit thin and watery.
Craigellachie 19yo (46%, OB, No. 78-SC33, 100cl, 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Golden color, very malty, with matured fruit note, orange and pear.Medium body, quite good structure and dry finish. A classic malt, though not too impressive!
Springbank 30yo 1962 (46%, OB, Big S label, 750ml)
Ho-cheng Yao, Very nice old Springbank, earthy, dried fruit, apple, very malty, with good body, lingering long.
Glen Elgin-Glenlivet 18yo (46%, Cadenhead's Dumpy, 75cl, 1988*)
Ho-cheng Yao, Very malty, sweet, fresh fruit, orange, reveal some earthiness later. Medium light body, medium finish.
Yoichi 20yo 1988 (55%, OB, 2008)
Ho-cheng Yao, Quite smoky, match box, Sherry cask dried fruit, raisin, malty sweet,heavy body, medium long finish. A nice strong yet very balance and rich one!