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Glenfiddich 26yo 'The Excellence' (2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, 85
Girvan 30yo (2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, 87
Girvan 25yo (2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, 83
Girvan 'No. 4 APPS' (2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, 88
Highland Park 'Dark Origins ' (2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, 87
Balvenie 'Tun 1858 Batch3' (2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, 90
Glenturret 25yo 1988 'The Famous Grouse'
Ho-cheng Yao, 88
Glenturret 25yo 1988 'The Famous Grouse'
Ho-cheng Yao, 90
Glenturret 25yo 1988 'The Famous Grouse'
Ho-cheng Yao, 88
Glenfarclas 1994/2013
Ho-cheng Yao, 91
Glenlivet 'Nadurra First Fill Selection' (2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, 85
Glenlivet 'Nadurra Oloroso Matured' (2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, 90
Jericho 'The Lost Distillery' (2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, 88
Hanyu 1990/2013 'Tokyo International Bar Show and Whisky Live'
Ho-cheng Yao, 83
Macallan 'Master of Photography Elliott Erwitt' (2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, 90
Glen Grant 41yo 1967/2008
Ho-cheng Yao, 91
Singleton of Glen Ord 40yo (2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, 89
Spey 'Chairman's Choice' (2013)
Ho-cheng Yao, 84
Broker's Finest 7yo 2001/2008
Ho-cheng Yao, 85
Maker's Mark '46' (2010)
Craig Daniels, 84
Balvenie 10yo 'Founder's Reserve' (1989*)
Craig Daniels, 83
Talisker 35yo 1977/2012
Rich Howard, 93
Teeling 'Small Batch' (2014)
Craig Daniels, 81
Tormore 10yo (1985*)
Craig Daniels, 80
Glendronach 31yo 'Grandeur Batch 003' (2013*)
Rich Howard, 92
Bruichladdich 20yo 1991/2011 'Old Masters'
Ho-cheng Yao, 87
Nantou 2009/2014
Ho-cheng Yao, 92
Laphroaig 21yo 1992/2013
Ho-cheng Yao, 88
Ileach (2014*)
Ho-cheng Yao, 77
Ileach (2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, 90
Highland Queen Majesty 16yo (2014*)
Ho-cheng Yao, 85
Glen Moray 2006 'Exclusive Range'
Ho-cheng Yao, 81
Chieftain's 1998/2014
Ho-cheng Yao, 86
Bladnoch 22yo 1991/2014
Ho-cheng Yao, 83
Ledaig 15yo 1998/2013
Ho-cheng Yao, 86
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Glenfiddich 26yo 'The Excellence' (43%, OB, American Oak Barrels, 2014)
Girvan 30yo (42%, OB, 2014)
Girvan 25yo (42%, OB, 2014)
Girvan 'No. 4 APPS' (42%, OB, NAS, 2014)
Highland Park 'Dark Origins ' (46.8%, OB, NAS, 2014)
Balvenie 'Tun 1858 Batch3' (46.1%, OB, NAS, 70cl, 2014)
Glenturret 25yo 1988 'The Famous Grouse' (49%, OB, C#901, 312 Bts., 2014)
Glenturret 25yo 1988 'The Famous Grouse' (52.8%, OB, C#525, 258 Bts., 2014)
Glenturret 25yo 1988 'The Famous Grouse' (46.3%, OB, C#874, 246 Bts., 2014)
Glenfarclas 1994/2013 (57.3%, OB for T.S.M.C., Btl. 08/'13, C#3912, 252 Bts., 750ml)
Glenlivet 'Nadurra First Fill Selection' (63.1%, OB, NAS, Batch#FF0714, Btl. 07/'14, first fill American white oak casks, 2014)
Jericho 'The Lost Distillery' (51.7%, Various Independent Bottlers for Taiwan, NAS, Batch #1/VII, C#Ba, 334 Bts., 70cl, 2014)
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Glenfiddich 26yo 'The Excellence' (43%, OB, American Oak Barrels, 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Quite grassy with fruity note, apple, vanilla, lot's flora, light in body, medium finish, very sweet ending. lingering with herb.
Girvan 30yo (42%, OB, 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Golden, quite grain, light fruit, medium short body, medium finish. quite nice grain but simple. lingering.
Girvan 25yo (42%, OB, 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Brown, tropical fruit, pine apple, medium body, medium finish. dilute get more cookie.
Girvan 'No. 4 APPS' (42%, OB, NAS, 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Light yellow, vanilla, cookie, medium light body, medium finish, very sweet, lots citrus and fruit.
Highland Park 'Dark Origins ' (46.8%, OB, NAS, 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Malty, sweet, apple, cinnamon, very sweet.
Balvenie 'Tun 1858 Batch3' (46.1%, OB, NAS, 70cl, 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Quite fruity with lots flora note, honey, medium light body, medium finish. comparing young.
Balvenie 'Tun 1858 Batch 2' (48.8%, OB, NAS, 70cl, 2013)
Ho-cheng Yao, Quite malty, sweet, chocolate, medium body, sweet finish.
Glenturret 25yo 1988 'The Famous Grouse' (49%, OB, C#901, 312 Bts., 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Yellow, citrus, creamy, spicy, metal, ginger, medium light body, dilute better.
Glenturret 25yo 1988 'The Famous Grouse' (52.8%, OB, C#525, 258 Bts., 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Yellow color, vanilla, fruity, fudge, metal like again, grape fruit, pine apple, medium light body, long finish and lingering. salty.
Glenturret 25yo 1988 'The Famous Grouse' (46.3%, OB, C#874, 246 Bts., 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Golden color, tropical fruit, metal, pine apple, quite creamy, medium body, sweet, full body, honey and fudge.
Glenfarclas 1994/2013 (57.3%, OB for T.S.M.C., Btl. 08/'13, C#3912, 252 Bts., 750ml)
Ho-cheng Yao, A very nice sherry cask with lots chocolate and cake, dried fruit. lingering and heavy body.
Glenlivet 'Nadurra First Fill Selection' (63.1%, OB, NAS, Batch#FF0714, Btl. 07/'14, first fill American white oak casks, 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Yellow color, vanilla, grassy, very sweet, heavily charred. cake. medium body, medium finish.
Glenlivet 'Nadurra Oloroso Matured' (60.7%, OB, NAS, Batch #OL0614, first fill oloroso sherry casks, B:06/'14, 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Brown color, toffee, plum, citrus, dark chocolate, medium light body, quite clean, very nice sherry cask, young. finished well and lingering. good palate.
Jericho 'The Lost Distillery' (51.7%, Various Independent Bottlers for Taiwan, NAS, Batch #1/VII, C#Ba, 334 Bts., 70cl, 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Yellow color, light gun powder/smoke, lightly sherried. cake, creaming, citrus, medium to light body, young, quite nice finish.
Hanyu 1990/2013 'Tokyo International Bar Show and Whisky Live' (53.9%, Ichiro's Malt, First fill bourbon barrel, C#518, 700ml)
Ho-cheng Yao, Golden yellow, wood, cookie, pear, banana, quite Japanese, light vanilla, quite woody, lots tannin, quite strange over matured one.
Macallan 'Master of Photography Elliott Erwitt' (54.8%, OB, NAS, with complementory print 43, C#0016959, 350ml, 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Ruby brown. Chocolate cake, malty grain, cinnamon, dried fruit, plum,medium heavy body, medium long finish. A standard but very good Macallan.
Glen Grant 41yo 1967/2008 (46.9%, Signatory Vintage Cask Strength Collection, Sherry Hogshead, Dis.02/'67, Btl. 10/'08, C#868, 197 Bts., 70cl)
Ho-cheng Yao, Dark brown color, quite heavy sherry influence, chocolate cake, creme brulee, tropical fruit, medium light body, medium finish, quite elegant, nice, lingering finish. A very nice sherry cask!
Singleton of Glen Ord 40yo (40%, OB, 999 Bts., 70cl, 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Golden color, very fruity, pear, ripe apple, bread. quite typical old whisky nose, medium body, very rich and nice. creamy and mouth coated. straight taste better. Enjoyable and good.
Maker's Mark '46' (47%, OB, NAS, 2010)
Craig Daniels, Nose: spearmint, pine needles, maple syrup, liquid toffee. Palate: Honey, toffee, caramel, sour cherries. Finish: some sour grassy notes, toffee and warming spirit, drying wood. Comment: Nice mouthfeel, silky and slightly oily. It's very approachable and the alcohol doesn't really show until the finish. I guess the extra wood could be the pine needles in the nose and the drying wood in the finish. Very well integrated.
Balvenie 10yo 'Founder's Reserve' (43%, OB, cognac shaped bottle, red plastic seal on beginning of neck,, 750ml, 1989*)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Honey and sherry, hints of Grand Marnier and candied orange peel, also toffee and some burnt notes. Palate; honey and toffee and some liquid caramel, some peanut brittle and some scorched almonds. Finish; scorched nuts and dried fruits, sherry, very warming and long. Nice mouth-feel. Comment: I bought a whole stack of these when William Grant decided to ditch the 'old' Founder's Reserve for the new one in the new bottle shape. They old FR were better than the replacement; richer, more sherried and more lingering in the finish. I opened this one on 5 January 2015. It's nuttier and more sherried than I remember. The 43% ABV means it was an export bottle.
Talisker 35yo 1977/2012 (54.6%, OB, 3090 Bts., 70cl)
Rich Howard, the nose starts off with a gentle infusion of high-quality oak, dusty library books, wet stones and ocean air, fresh lime juice, a dash of warm vanilla, with herbal peat and freshly cut garden herbs on the tail, hints of black pepper in the distance. the palate strikes a balance between toasted oak and a gentle citrus and vanilla sweetness, black pepper, lightly herbal on the finish. remarkably fresh and light for a whisky this age. water accents the lime and vanilla on the nose, and moves the oak to the background... with time, i'm getting light notes of chalky fruit candies (sprees, certs, sweet tarts), and then even a nice infusion of tropical fruit, still some grasses and fresh herbs. the palate is likewise sweeter, nothing specific, more on simple syrup with some vanilla extract, still the gentle grassy and herbal notes on the finish. with a few more minutes, the nose is unbelievable... elegant peat, citrus, hints of peach or plum, wet rocks... perfectly integrated. outstanding whisky; easily one of the best (and probably *the* best), non-sherried Taliskers i've ever tasted.
Glendronach 31yo 'Grandeur Batch 003' (45.8%, OB, Oloroso Sherry Casks, 1109 Bts., 700ml, 2013*)
Rich Howard, the nose starts off with loads of dark fruits and berries: ripe plums, fresh figs, blackberries, blackcurrant jam, roasted cashews, black coffee, then hints of wood tannins emerge with light notes of polished oak, fresh twigs, a dash of fresh pencil shavings, with candy-coated black liquorice and pink bubblegum on the tail. the palate follows the nose, full of tart and tangy fruits, with just a hint of berry and citrus sweetness, and just the right amount of polished oak throughout, and on the medium-long finish. with a few drops of water, the nose "lightens" just a bit, on citrus punch, fresh berries and berry compote, fresh natural cigar tobacco, a dash of vanilla creme now, almost burying the woody notes completely for a short while. the sweeter notes do dissipate, and high quality wood starts to emerge. the palate is also quite a bit sweeter, with vanilla and orange cremes, but also quite a bit spicier now with cinammon and nutmeg, a handful of roasted salted almonds, a hint of espresso, and plenty of oak on the finish. i like it a touch better as bottled, but either way, this is near Glendronach perfection.
Tullibardine 10yo (40%, OB, +/-1985)
Craig Daniels, Nose: fruity and some toffee and honey, whiff of cellophane, maybe a hint of smoke, then charcoal. Palate: warm and fruity and both smoky and spicy, warming dried fruits Finish: leather, smoke and fruit and charcoal. Comment; It's the kind of whisky that gets better in the glass. It has a nice mouthfeel and some smokey/charcoal notes.
Glenlivet 21yo (43%, OB, Cream label, red cap. Verdeler Belgium import., 75cl, 1988)
Ho-cheng Yao, Brown color, quite malty sweet, plum, pine apple, orange, medium heavy body, medium finish. very sweet, finished good. a nice version.
Saint Magdalene 1980/1995 (40%, G&M Centenary Reserve)
Craig Daniels, This has been in my cupboard in a box for nearly 20 years. I don't recall the last time I tried it but it must have been around 1997. Nose: Honey and must, some straw, a faint hint of sweet sherry and a whiff of smoke. Palate: Bit thin and a bit dusty, some watery honey and some leather and some bandages and bandaids. Finish: some white rubber (Staedler/Pelikan)erasers and some slightly burnt honeycomb. Comment: I have no idea where my notes for this whisky are from 1997 but my score would be the same. The white eraser note and the burnt notes aren't great, but I can't say that this is OBE or heat strike.