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Highland Park 10yo 'Ambassador's Choice' (2013)
Ho-cheng Yao, 86
Chichibu 2008/2011 'The First'
Craig Daniels, 79
Ardbeg 'AuriVerdes' (2014)
Rich Howard, 83
Bowmore 15yo 'Laimrig' (2011)
Ho-cheng Yao, 88
Bowmore 1956
Ho-cheng Yao, 93
Scapa 1985/1995
Craig Daniels, 80
Brora 31yo 1972/2003
Thomas Lipka, 93
Springbank 21yo (1990*)
Thomas Lipka, 89
Ben Nevis 39yo 1966/2005
Thomas Lipka, 81
Lagavulin 1984/2001 'Distillers Edition'
Thomas Lipka, 87
Talisker 'Port Ruighe' (2013*)
Craig Daniels, 86
Isawa 10yo (2012*)
Craig Daniels, 72
Lochside 46yo 1965/2011
Thomas Lipka, 87
Glendronach 25yo 1968/1993
Thomas Lipka, 88
Glenglassaugh 24yo 1983/2007
Craig Daniels, 89
Caol Ila 11yo 1991/2002
Krishna Nukala, 81
Talisker 20yo 1981/2002
Krishna Nukala, 89
Glenlossie 17yo 1981
Krishna Nukala, 92
Clynelish 33yo 1973/2006
Krishna Nukala, 91
Auchentoshan 31yo 1965
Krishna Nukala, 90
Longmorn-Glenlivet 1971/1999
Thomas Lipka, 93
Ardbeg 'AuriVerdes' (2014)
Thomas Lipka, 86
Talisker 30yo (2006)
Tim Puett, 90
Talisker 20yo 1981/2002
Tim Puett, 93
Talisker 20yo 1981/2002
Tim Puett, 91
Rosebank 11yo 1989/2001
Thomas Lipka, 82
Laphroaig 1979/1999
Thomas Lipka, 92
Glenrothes 'John Ramsay Legacy' (2009)
Thomas Lipka, 88
Brora 1972/1997
Thomas Lipka, 89
Ardbeg 'Supernova' (2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, 89
Brora 25yo 1978/2004
Thomas Lipka, 88
Blair Athol 'Over 8yo' (1985*)
Craig Daniels, 82
Benriach 12yo 'Arumaticus Fumosus' (2007)
Thomas Lipka, 83
Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack (2008*)
Ho-cheng Yao, 79
Hankey Bannister (2008)
Ho-cheng Yao, 75
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Balvenie 'TUN 1509 Batch No.1' (47.1%, OB, NAS, 750ml, 2014)
Mackmyra 2010/2014 'Reserve Smoke Sherry' (50.3%, OB, C#31932, 30 Bts.)
Mackmyra 2009/2013 'Reserve Elegant Swedish Oak' (49.4%, OB, C#7798, 31 Bts.)
Mackmyra 2006/2009 'Reserve Elegant Sherry' (46%, OB, C#4823, 42 Bts.)
Kavalan 'Solist' (56.3%, OB, NAS, C#B080616033, 2012*)
Kavalan 'Solist' (58.6%, OB, NAS, C#S060703032, 548 Bts., 2012*)
Bunnahabhain 40yo 1973/2013 (50.6%, Archives, C#3463, 156 Bts.)
Braeval 1991/2013 (52.9%, Gordon & Company Pearls of Scotland, C#95119, 228 Bts.)
Port Dundas 1965/2011 (43.3%, Scott's Selection)
An Cnoc 'Tushkar' (46%, OB, NAS, peated, 2014*)
Teeling 'Small Batch' (46%, OB, NAS, blended, rum cask finish, 2013)
Clynelish 16yo 1996/2013 (53.3%, Whisky-Fässle)
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Chichibu 2008/2011 'The First' (61.8%, OB, 7400 Bts., 700ml)
Craig Daniels, Nose; hot and spiky, with marshmallows and honey, some fruit syrup. Palate; slightly hot and creamy, more honey and then some mixed spice and nutmeg. Finish: warm and slightly spiky. Comment: Just too young and hot to score more.
Ardbeg 'AuriVerdes' (49.9%, OB, NAS, 70cl, 2014)
Rich Howard, the nose starts off on freshly cut wood, charred oak, barbecue sauce, cumin, field grasses, and a distant farminess with hints of manure, cut through with the "sweetness" of strong cider and lingering notes of mocha and vanilla. the palate is drying, with soot and ashes, quite spicy with cinnamon and nutmeg, plenty of wood tannins, with apple peel and strong cider, and no shortage of classic Ardbeg herbal notes on the finish. it's a bit chaotic... don't expect much integration with this one. a few drops of water dampens both the ash and the earth on the nose, and brings out a light, fruity sweetness... fresh cut strawberries, still hints of sweet vanilla against a distant backdrop of barbecue sauce (a bit like the Alligator in that way, now that i think about it...), and still those cider-ish and butyric notes on the tail. the palate is initially a bit sweeter now, mostly on simple sugars, before moving quickly onto quite some gingery notes, green tea and tree bark. with even more water, the nose settles into more of the mocha and coffee notes, which is nice, but the palate gets increasingly herbal (much like the Ardbog), of which i'm personally not a fan. for my tastes, this presents best as bottled. i just don't like where it goes with water.
Scapa 1985/1995 (40%, G&M)
Craig Daniels, Nose: varnish, honey, fresh linen, stone dust and ginger. Palate: honey and ginger, some slightly burnt wood and roasted nuts. Finish: dry ginger and drying wood, a little bit dusty; warming.
Inverleven 1984 (40%, G&M, 1990's)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Orange blossom water with an odd sour wood note, very grainy, some linseed. Palate; bland and thin, some light machine oil and artificial orange. Finish: Reprises that odd mix of faux orange and sourish wood. Comment; retasted Dec 2014. Strange stuff.
Glenmorangie 'Signet' (46%, OB, 2008)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Initially wine gums, raisins and dates then lots of citrus (candied orange peel, mandarins and blood orange). Palate; Christmas cake, glaced cherries and orange, some cocoa, sweet and creamy. Finish: dried peel, some biscuit dough and cream. Comment: seamless and classy, elegant and refined, while having plenty of flavour and depth.
Talisker 'Port Ruighe' (45.8%, OB, NAS, 70cl, 2013*)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Pretty typical Talisker, with some wine gums and some unusual pickled ginger. Slightly sweeter and more mellow than the standard 10.
Isawa 10yo (43%, OB, 500ml, 2012*)
Craig Daniels, Very odd nose - dry cleaning fluid and kerosene. Rest of the package is OK, but that nose is off-putting
Glenlossie 17yo 1981 (59%, Adelphi, C#1679)
Krishna Nukala, Tasted at Pete Silver's place. Brilliant dark colour. Luscious dark fruits galore. Raisins, apricots, dry prunes- excellent mouth feel matched by delicious taste of dark fruits. Long, everlasting finish. Top notch whisky.
Dufftown-Glenlivet 8yo (40%, OB, 70 Pr., OB, Black & Red Label, 1982*)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Hazelnut, praline, honey, some sour and dirty honey, some wet wool and some cardboard. A dusting of toffee and leathery fudge. Slightly hot and the spirit has burnt characteristics like a lot of grain heavy blended whiskies. Palate: Burnt toffee, silky grain some syrup, slightly sour/tannic and slightly burnt. Finish: Initially lots of syrup and then lightly sour, then burnt and warming. Lots of grain character. Comment: In the days when I first started scoring whiskies, this whisky was one of the first I ever tried and I wasn't all that impressed. But it's taken the last 30 years to work out why. It's not a great single malt because it performs like a half-way decent blend of the same epoch. Note: I've tried this whisky over about seven times since 1991. It's never been great and it's not going to get better in the bottle.
Ardbeg 'Supernova' (55%, OB, NAS, SN2014 Committee Release, 750ml, 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Light yellow, very peaty, iodine, icy-hot, medical, quite robust and light body, grassy, root, medium short finish. quite lingering. quite easy and should be good with some water. (and ice probably), better than I remember.
Glen Scotia 8yo (40%, OB, +/-1980)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Light machine oil, floral honey, meadow flowers, some sump-oil blackened steel, some petrochemicals & charcoal; both sweet and subtly smokey. The flowers/perfume, honey and charcoal tend to dominate. Palate: oily, rich, briny/salty and fudgy. Some ginger and some smudgepot; some peat but quite restrained. Finish: warming with toffee and some drying wood and some metallic bitters. Reprise of smoke. Quite long. Comments: At least 22 years since I tasted this version last. I bought this one at an auction about two years ago. It was in pristine condition. A much more savoury, richer and more interesting whisky than I was expecting. The mouth feel at 40% is an object lesson for modern distillers.
Blair Athol 'Over 8yo' (40%, OB, Blue Crest, Mid 1980's)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Straw, a little bit of spirit. Some soap and perfume, hints of vanilla and fudge, maybe Turkish delight or rosewater, fragrant, eau de cologne which gets stronger the longer in the glass. Palate: honey, butterscotch and buttered toast and some astringency, some wood bitters, quite grainy. Finish: more perfume and something slightly dirty burnt and hot. Lingering warmth and a slightly burnt character and a perfumy character, some sour grain especially retronasally.
Balvenie 'TUN 1509 Batch No.1' (47.1%, OB, NAS, 750ml, 2014)
Rich Howard, the nose initially starts off on the lightest hints of berry, before moving almost immediately to a big, bourbon-y vanilla, spicy citrus, hints of clover honey, nutmeg and the slightly sourish smell of those orange circus peanut candies, which i often ate as a child, but never really liked. unfortunately, the sourish note is somewhat distracting, and after time threatens to dominate. the palate hits with a burst of sweet and spicy orange citrus, fresh berries, cinnamon and nutmeg, but moves very quickly to strong wood tannins, quite some oak here, with a long finish on slightly sourish wood. water rescues the nose somewhat... it's simpler now, with gentle orange creme and clover honey, hints of barley sugar, and the sourish wood notes have moved into the background. the palate is sweeter as well, still the spicy citrus, quite some tannins, still presenting as cinnamon and nutmeg, and the slightly off woody notes take longer to emerge on the finish, and dominate a bit less. to my palate, this is a bit heavy on the wood, and there's a stave or two in one of the casks that didn't sit quite right. water is required, but can only do so much.
Port Askaig Harbour 19yo (45.8%, The Whisky Exchange, 2011)
Craig Daniels, Colour; pale straw. Nose: sweet peat and citrus, carbolic and phenols, light machine oil, peanut butter and charred lemon. Palate: sweet, smoky and slightly oily. Finish: sweet, citrusy and smoky, some fresh fireplace ashes, lingering charred citrus. Comment: A whisky that grows on you, becomes more complex over time. Doesn't like water all that much; gets some artificial sweetener like aspartame or saccharine.
An Cnoc 12yo (40%, OB, 2010*)
Craig Daniels, Nose: straw and meadow flowers, rose petals which hang around and finally tarragon/liquorice root. Palate: drier than expected, quite flinty, but with manuka honey. Finish: dries off with some straw and metal. Comment: Pleasant, well made with lots of floral character.
Redbreast 12yo (40%, OB, Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey, 2010*)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Grassy and creamy, touches of oloroso sherry, crème caramel, lots of coconut that builds in the glass. Palate: sweet, creamy with both sherry and a little bit of leather. Finish: soft smooth and short.
Bushmills 16yo (40%, OB, Bourbon and Oloroso casks, then finished in Port Casks, 700ml, 2013*)
Craig Daniels, Nose: sherry and fruitcake,some slightly sour notes. Palate: cream sherry and some underlying grassiness, some mixed berries. Finish: sweet, velvety, then some slight astringency. Comments: Pleasant enough, but the wood cloaks any Irish character.
Ardbeg 'Supernova' (55%, OB, NAS, SN2014 Committee Release, 750ml, 2014)
Rich Howard, after capping the glass for a few minutes, the nose starts off on tar, wood smoke, hemp rope… underneath all that, the sweetness of burnt marshmallows. this all transitions almost immediately to a full infusion of mezcal but with an undercurrent of wood smoke, almost like a smoky tequila, complete with a hint of fresh lime and a whiff of fresh field grasses. this remains as the dominant aromatic profile. the palate is brisk and strong, with coal tar, ash, charred embers, rope and a handful of cough drop herbs on the finish. water tames the mezcal a bit on the nose, leaving herbal and grassy notes, old cotton denim, fresh cashews and roasted, salted almonds. once again, after a few minutes, the mescal returns to the fore. the palate is even more fiery now, still very herbal, and very ashy and tarry at the same time, with unsweetened dark chocolate and loads of chili pepper, nutmeg and fresh cinnamon throughout. i can find the sweetness in almost any whisky, but i can find little to none here; it is all smoke, tar, wood, spices and herbs. a fairly unforgiving dram, and a bit unbalanced. while firmly in the style of previous releases, it presents much younger, and seems to lack a little depth and substance. this release also owes much too much of its profile to the mezcal character. a good dram, probably a very good dram if you really like your tequila. the nose is better with water, the palate much better without.
Edradour 10yo (40%, OB, 2010*)
Craig Daniels, Nose: lots of sherry and slightly off-key, sour cherries and cardboard, slightly astringent. Palate: salt a little sulphur and then hard candy and some mixed berry jam. Finish: sugary to start then gets slightly sour. Comment: some odd notes throughout and the sherry wood isn't all that great.
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.