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Aberlour 8yo (1970*)
Pit Krause, 89
Highland Park 32yo 1975/2008
Ho-cheng Yao, 91
Tormore 10yo (1970*)
Ho-cheng Yao, 88
Highland Park 17yo 1990
Ho-cheng Yao, 86
Highland Park 18yo 1988
Ho-cheng Yao, 88
Highland Park 15yo 'Loki' (2013*)
Ho-cheng Yao, 88
Macallan 'Estate Reserve' (2009)
Robert Karlsson, 85
Bunnahabhain 24yo 1989/2013
Robert Karlsson, 87
Bunnahabhain 25yo (2013*)
Robert Karlsson, 86
Lagavulin 1995/2011 'Distillers Edition'
Craig Daniels, 86
Longrow 11yo 'Red' (2013*)
Craig Daniels, 88
Longrow 11yo 'Red' (2012*)
Craig Daniels, 80
Dalwhinnie 1990/2005 'Distillers Edition'
Craig Daniels, 80
Glencadam 32yo 1977/2009
Serge Valentin, 80
Laphroaig 15yo 1967/1982
Pit Krause, 97
Redbreast 21yo (2013*)
Pit Krause, 90
Inchgower 35yo 1974/2009
Pit Krause, 89
Macallan 'Amber' (2012)
Pit Krause, 86
Springbank 36yo 1969/2005
Ho-cheng Yao, 87
Ledaig 15yo 1998/2013
Rich Howard, 89
Bruichladdich 10yo 'The Laddie Ten' (2011)
Pit Krause, 84
Isle of Jura 16yo (2011*)
Pit Krause, 85
Dalmore 12yo (1995*)
Pit Krause, 86
Bruichladdich 18yo (1985*)
Pit Krause, 89
Balvenie 1974/1987
Pit Krause, 92
Caol Ila 1999/2010
Robert Karlsson, 88
Laphroaig 10yo 'Cask Strength' (2014)
Robert Karlsson, 88
Ardbeg 'AuriVerdes' (2014)
Robert Karlsson, 84
Ardbeg 1995/2010
Robert Karlsson, 89
Laphroaig 11yo 'Cairdeas Master Edition' (2010)
Robert Karlsson, 88
Laphroaig 'Select' (2014)
Robert Karlsson, 82
Macallan 12yo 'Gran Reserva' (2007)
Pit Krause, 90
Midleton 25yo 'Very Rare'
Robert Karlsson, 82
Glenburgie 30yo 1954
Robert Karlsson, 91
Berry Bros (1915*)
Robert Karlsson, 91
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Bunnahabhain 24yo 1989/2013 (49.2%, Duncan Taylor, C#5666, 216 Bts.)
Bunnahabhain 25yo (46.3%, OB, wooden box, 2013*)
Ledaig 15yo 1998/2013 (62.2%, Blackadder Raw Cask for Vin & Vin Hjorring, C#800030, 36 Bts., 750ml)
Laphroaig 10yo 'Cask Strength' (58%, OB, Batch #006, 2014)
Ardbeg 1995/2010 (53.3%, OB, C#2761)
Laphroaig 'Select' (40%, OB, NAS, 2014)
Midleton 25yo 'Very Rare' (40%, OB)
Glenburgie 30yo 1954 (40%, OB, round bottle, 1984*)
Berry Bros (70 Pr., OB, NAS, bottled ~1910-1920, 1915*)
Ardbeg 'AuriVerdes' (49.9%, OB, NAS, 70cl, 2014)
Glendronach 20yo 1993/2013 (54.7%, OB, Sherry butt, C#16)
Glen 18yo 'Peat Class' (50%, Malts of Scotland, 2010*)
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Highland Park 17yo 1990 (54.1%, Art of Whisky, C#10230)
Ho-cheng Yao, Flora, quite herbal, light very grassy. light soap ending.
Highland Park 18yo 1988 (60.2%, Various Independent Bottlers, Bennachie Scotch Whisky Company, Sherry Cask, Square Bottle, C#11920, 492 Bts., 2006*)
Ho-cheng Yao, Quite sherry, plum, robust, very oil. rich and good, only the ending not so good.
Highland Park 15yo 'Loki' (48.7%, OB, Valhalla Collection, 2013*)
Ho-cheng Yao, Quite sweet, malty, with clear smokiness, robust with power.
Old Pulteney 17yo (46%, OB, 2011*)
Craig Daniels, Nose: coconut cream, pina colada, cherries, white chocolate. Palate: sour cherries, dark chocolate, then a creaminess. Finish: creamy with light fruit bitters and more white chocolate.
Lagavulin 1995/2011 'Distillers Edition' (43%, OB, PX finish, lgv 4/499)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Smoke and sherry, smoked rosewater. Palate: sweet and smoky, fruity, sour cherries then rubber. Finish: smoked fruit, raspberries, ashes and roses. Comment: Not the best DE, but still pretty damn fine.
Longrow 11yo 'Red' (53.7%, OB, 6yrs refill bourbon, then 5yrs Australian Shiraz casks, 9000 Bts., 70cl, 2013*)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Vanilla and smoked paprika, some ointment, coconut, then fruity (strawberries and cream) Palate: smoked plums, smoked rose petals and some sour fruit leather, lots of grip. Finish: warming, smoky and with some astringency. Comment: much better integrated than the Cab Sauv sibling. This time the wine,spirit and peat work well together to create a harmonious whole.
Longrow 11yo 'Red' (52.1%, OB, 7y refill bourbon & 4y Cabernet Sauvignon, 9000 Bts., 2012*)
Craig Daniels, Nose: fruit and capsicum, barnyard and compost. Palate: slightly sour and musty then red liquorice and a underlying earthiness. Finish: warming, waxy and oily. Comment: there are some clashes between some of the components that lead to a bit of a disconnect.
Dalwhinnie 1990/2005 'Distillers Edition' (43%, OB, Oloroso finish, 2005)
Craig Daniels, Nose: liquorice, toffee, baked apples and cream. Palate; Toffee with candied ginger. Finish; Crème caramel, toffee and coconut - slightly metallic. Comment: somehow this came across as an archetypal Speyside whisky. I didn't notice much sherry influence.
Laphroaig 15yo 1998/2013 (60.8%, Signatory Vintage Cask Strength Collection for The Whisky Exchange, D22/09/'98 B23/09/13, Refill Sherry Butt, C#700393, 551 Bts., 70cl)
Ho-cheng Yao, Brown color, very peaty, lots smoke, gun powder, heavy sherry. matured tropical fruit, raisin, mango. apple. boggy. quite robust and heavy body.
Springbank 36yo 1969/2005 (57.3%, Chieftain's, refill Fino Sherry, Dis. 04/'69, Btl. 09/'05, C#793, 540 Bts., 70cl)
Ho-cheng Yao, Yellow color, quite some fruity and floral nose, orange, white flower, cherry, sugar sweet, quite elegant and nice. medium light body, medium short finish. nose is better than pallet, enjoyable.
Laphroaig 15yo 1985/2000 (50%, Douglas Laing OMC, Laudable, 318 Bts.)
Ho-cheng Yao, Light yellow color, comparing not so peaty, grain, herbal, light fruit(more like citrus and pear), quite meaty actually. palate got more smokiness. comparing easy one. an old Laphroaig style, not so active wood.
Ardbeg 7yo 1998/2006 '33.62' (58.0%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 'Unique Perfection', D05/'98 B01/'06, 865 Bts., 70cl)
Ho-cheng Yao, Brown color, quite peaty with clear gun powder note. lot's grain with dried fruit, slightly raisin and plum, palate got lot's sulfur. must be sherry cask. comparing matured as a 7yo whisky. interesting
Ledaig 15yo 1998/2013 (62.2%, Blackadder Raw Cask for Vin & Vin Hjorring, C#800030, 36 Bts., 750ml)
Rich Howard, the nose starts off vegetal and grassy, with sweet vanilla cream, dry leaves, a hint of fresh tree bark, beach sand and a waft of sea air, and a very sweet smoke, almost as if someone made a butterscotch incense... ending back on wet peat. the palate is likewise sweet and smoky, following the nose closely. a bit spicy with a dash of black pepper, the smoke lingers in the mouth before giving way to slightly sourish peat water, wet leaves and herbs, finally ending on a lovely tannic oakiness that lingers for some time. with water, the vegetal notes clear a bit, and the sweet cream and butterscotch have now merged, leaving a clean smoke to drift in the background, hints of fresh linen and old paper now as well. the palate is actually less sweet, and more fiery, quite a bit of pepper, smoke and toasted oak. a little more water gets you quite close to the peated barley, but you start to lose some of the nuances. very drinkable. quite sweet, but perfectly balanced by bitter herbs.
Glendronach 18yo 1984/2012 (56.6%, OB for Kenny Hsu's Selection, Taiwan, D28/01/'94 B12/'12, Oloroso Sherry Butt, C#68, 621 Bts., 700ml)
Robert Karlsson, A bit winey nose here, dark sugars also. Tannins. Some spent matches, but not in disturbing amounts. Dark chocolate. Thick sherry inspired taste here. Orangey, rich. Dates, raisin. Some spent matches in the aftertaste also. Big whisky for sure.
Aberlour 'A'bunadh Batch #45' (60.2%, OB, NAS, 70cl, 2013*)
Robert Karlsson, Quite some spicy dark fruits in there. On dates. Lively and invigorating. A bit rummish? Wow, quite a mouthful this one. Huge on dark fruits, the whole compote. Faultless and evil, not for the faint of heart.
Aberlour 12yo 'Double Cask Matured' (43%, OB, 70cl, 2013*)
Robert Karlsson, Rather laid-back style on candied mandarins, sweet-sourly maltiness and some barbecue spices. Taste pretty much as expected. An easy-going easy-to-drink mandarin style. Sweet and enjoyable.
Glenlivet 18yo (43%, OB, 70cl, 2013*)
Robert Karlsson, Compact, laid-back nose. Some sugared oranges, but a bit difficult to decipher. Equally difficult taste to decipher. Compact, some darker maltiness. Not bad but difficult to describe.
Peat Monster '10th Anniversary Edition' (48.9%, Compass Box, NAS, 70cl, 2013)
Robert Karlsson, Nice fat smoky vanilla-style here. Not overly buttery or thick, just potent and coastal. Nice fresh citrusy style also. Not bad, and not exactly unique either. With water it gets a bit dark, sootier. Taste in full balance with a sligthly rough smoky coastal style. White pepperyness in the aftertaste and a bit oily. Sooty and enjoyable. Saffron at the very end (a bit surprisingly).
Teeling Whiskey Co. 21yo 'Vintage Reserve' (46%, Various Independent Bottlers, Single Malt Irish Whiskey, 70cl, 2013*)
Robert Karlsson, Dark sooty smokiness, tobacco, leather, alongside lots of berry influence and heather. Very intense, quite nice indeed. Thick vanilla. Very interesting (and good) nose. The sootiness continues in the taste. And the ripe red berries also. This is a really special (and tasty) whisky. Wonder what it can be... I want a case!
Paddy 7yo 'Centenary Edition' (43%, OB, Pure Pot Still, 700ml, 2013)
Robert Karlsson, Thick nose, compact. On honeyed maltiness, mandarin peels. Grows on blackcurrants with time. Malt also present in the taste, but distinct berries of the blackcurrant wild strawberry kind appears immediately. The blackcurrant style grows especially in the aftertaste. Oily and intriguing.
Black Snake 'Vat No.1 - First Venom' (59.1%, Blackadder, B11/'12, Sherry Butt, 390 Bts., 700ml)
Robert Karlsson, Nice fruity exotic fruity vanilla. Excellent! On papaya, eucalyptus. Lively. So fruity and lively taste also. Yummy and easy to drink for sure.
Bowmore 16yo 1997/2013 (56.1%, Riverstown, D13/06/'97 B08/'13, C#2013-205, 251 Bts., 700ml)
Robert Karlsson, Quite some oily pretty oomphy peat smoke in here. Of the coastal vanillaish kind. Pretty refreshing, yet some berries and vanilla in there also. Excellent taste on the pure white smokiness, berries, pristine and refreshing. Not bad anywhere. White peppery aftertaste, oily despite it's freshness. Moreish.
Bladnoch 21yo 1991/2012 (54.9%, Riverstown, D04/'91 B07/'12, C#2012-123, 296 Bts., 700ml)
Robert Karlsson, A bit on the dry restrained style at first. Some dark bread, tendrils of tobacco. Darkish. Red dried fruits. Big, a bit unexpected, powerful taste. On tobacco and big potent spices. Cloves, cured meat. Peppery. Quite a mouthful really.
Ben Nevis 16yo 1996/2012 (54.8%, Riverstown, D03/'96 B06/'12, C#2012-122, 392 Bts., 700ml)
Robert Karlsson, A rather non-descript nose at first, compact, on malt. With water it turns considerbly fruitier. On a sugared citrusy style that unfortunately disappears again with time. Potent malty lively sweetness. Clean crisp malty style. Peppery aftertaste.
Amrut (63%, Blackadder Raw Cask, B06/'13, Peated, C#BA18/2013, 268 Bts., 700ml)
Robert Karlsson, Nice darker fruits amidst (good) hardbread at first, then it's more on christmasy suryp bread. Intriguing sourly sooty smoke in there also. Yammy berries arrive with time. Taste immediately on a rather excellent berried smokiness. Round, sweet, sooty and so drinkable.