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Bruichladdich 15yo (1985*)
Craig Daniels, 86
Bowmore 12yo (2007)
Craig Daniels, 85
Bowmore 18yo (2007)
Craig Daniels, 81
Chivas Regal 12yo (2014*)
David Wankel, 71
Glenlivet 'Nadurra' (2014)
David Wankel, 87
Glenlivet 18yo 'Guardians' (2011)
David Wankel, 86
Glenlivet 'Nadurra' (2014)
David Wankel, 86
Aberlour 'A'Bunadh Batch 48' (2014*)
David Wankel, 92
Chivas Regal 18yo 'Gold Signature' (2014*)
David Wankel, 86
Aberlour 12yo (2014*)
David Wankel, 83
Talisker 'Dark Storm' (2014*)
David Wankel, 83
Talisker 'Storm' (2014*)
David Wankel, 81
Talisker 10yo (2014*)
David Wankel, 83
Oban 18yo 'Limited Edition' (2014*)
David Wankel, 76
Lagavulin 12yo 'Special Release' (2013)
David Wankel, 81
Lagavulin 16yo 'Port Ellen' (2014*)
David Wankel, 80
Mortlach 'Rare Old' (2014)
David Wankel, 74
Singleton of Dufftown 28yo 1985/2013
David Wankel, 83
Singleton of Dufftown 'Tailfire' (2014*)
David Wankel, 73
Convalmore 36yo 1977/2013
David Wankel, 81
Caol Ila 1993/2011 'Distillers Edition'
David Wankel, 82
Caol Ila 12yo (2014*)
David Wankel, 85
Cardhu 21yo 1991/2013
David Wankel, 86
Cardhu 'Amber Rock' (2014*)
David Wankel, 73
Cardhu 15yo (2014*)
David Wankel, 81
Dalwhinnie 15yo (2014*)
David Wankel, 86
Singleton of Dufftown 'Sunray' (2014*)
David Wankel, 74
Singleton of Glen Ord 'Signature' (2014*)
David Wankel, 71
Singleton of Glen Ord 15yo (2014*)
David Wankel, 80
Craigellachie 23yo (2014*)
David Wankel, 81
Craigellachie 17yo (2014*)
David Wankel, 86
Craigellachie 13yo (2014*)
David Wankel, 73
Glenrothes 7yo 2007/2014
David Wankel, 92
Glen Garioch 21yo 1993/2014
David Wankel, 90
Longmorn 22yo 1992/2014
David Wankel, 77
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The Chita (43%, OB, NAS, 700ml, 2015)
Bowmore 10yo 'Tempest' (54.9%, OB, Batch#VI, First fill bourbon, 700ml, 2015)
Bowmore 'Mizunara cask finish' (53.9%, OB, NAS, 2015)
Laphroaig 11yo (48%, OB, Triple matured. , 70cl, 2015)
Macallan 'Edition No.1' (48%, OB, NAS, 2015)
Kilchoman 'Machir Bay 10th Anniv. Tour 2015' (58.9%, OB, NAS, 2015)
Kilchoman 2011 'Madeira Cask Matured' (50%, OB, 2015)
Kilchoman 2010 'Loch Gorm' (46%, OB, sherry cask matured, 10000 Bts., 2015)
Kilchoman '2008 Vintage' (46%, OB, NAS, 2015)
Kilchoman 'Original Cask Strength' (59.2%, OB, NAS, 2014*)
Kilchoman '100% Islay' (50%, OB, NAS, 5th edition, 2015)
Kilchoman 'Machir Bay' (46%, OB, NAS, 2015)
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Brora 1972/1997 (40%, Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice)
Craig Daniels, Retasted: 17 November 2015. Fresh bottle opened. Nose: Carob pods over sultanas, then iodine and sterile bandages, smoked apricots, other fruits( sultanas and raisins) and leather, some smudge pot. Definitely hydrocarbons, but not Islay, more like Ardmore or Springbank. Palate: fruity, smoky and leathery, charred wood. Finish; charred nuts and more antiseptic, then charred wood, gets furry and metallic. The hydrocarbons come back in the aftertaste. Comment: Made when Brora was pumping out peated malt for United Distillers. Bit thin, but still a wonderful experience.
Bowmore 18yo (43%, OB, New presentation, 2007)
Craig Daniels, Nose : brine, seaweed and some earthiness, some charred cardboard. palate: fruity and slightly salty. Finish more charred cardboard. Comment; Disappointing and coarser than it should be for the age. The 12yo released at the same time is a better malt.
The Chita (43%, OB, NAS, 700ml, 2015)
Ho-cheng Yao, Yellow color, vanilla, tropical fruit, quite some berry note with some coconut and orange. quite thick and waxy, very enjoyable, actually very nice and enjoable one. should be good with ice or some water.
Bowmore 10yo 'Tempest' (54.9%, OB, Batch#VI, First fill bourbon, 700ml, 2015)
Ho-cheng Yao, Yellow color, quite peaty, fresh fruit, lot's citrus and grassy note. quite some sea influence. light banana, some medical note. light body, creamy, quite rounded and balance. with some soapy note finish. good structure and power. A very nice Bowmore.
Bowmore 'Mizunara cask finish' (53.9%, OB, NAS, 2015)
Ho-cheng Yao, Bowmore NAS "Mizunara cask finish" (53.9%, OB, 700ml, 2015) Golden color, quite peaty with more herbal nose, curry with some meat? goat actually, not the Bowmore I remember. quit think legs and watering. medium light body, robust, quite salty and grassy in palate. medium short finish, very clean palate, strong again. Honestly, I can't tell it's a Bowmore! 88 points.
Glenlossie 1974/1997 (40%, G&M Connoisseurs Choice)
Pit Krause, We had this with 30 people, and everyone in the room was flabbergasted by this miracle of complexity. To us, it was great, on several occasions it scored 92. Try it for yourself. Wow, King of Balance!
Mortlach 'Rare Old' (43.4%, OB, NAS, 2014)
Craig Daniels, Nose: A little subdued and flat. Some Danish furniture oil and jersey caramels. Palate: Toffee and nuts, some slightly burnt characters Finish: Lollies and charred nuts, slightly metallic. Comment: pleasant enough, quite polished but a bit boring
Laphroaig 11yo (48%, OB, Triple matured. , 70cl, 2015)
Ho-cheng Yao, Golden brown color, nutty, raisin, smokey, match box, peaty, malty sweet, ripe apple, cinnamon, black fruit, medium body, medium long finish, quite peaty in palate. a very nice Laphroaig.
Macallan 'Edition No.1' (48%, OB, NAS, 2015)
Ho-cheng Yao, Golden color, very nutty with clear sulfury, raisin, vanilla, lot's spice, malty, medium light body, medium short finish. rotten egg, good for food pairing.
Ardbeg 1975/1998 (43%, OB)
Rich Howard, this is a 23 year old Ardbeg matured in bourbon casks, and it shows. the nose starts on a deep, warm vanilla, a gentle maltiness, a subtle fruitiness... ripe bananas (with that warm vanilla, almost a banana pudding), a dash of lime zest, the barest whisp of smoke, a light infusion of herbal peat. (all of these notes are reserved, and well integreated.) with time, the fruits begin to develop (more light citrus, maybe some green apple now), just a touch more smoke, all infused by the herbal peat. the palate is pleasantly and unexpectedly brisk, a bit more smoke and fire here, gently laced with tannins and spices, a touch of dry maltiness, and never far from a light wash of that herbal peat. a single drop of water changes the nose quite dramatically... the grain is quite evident now, notes of barley wine, a dash of malt, a whiff of lighty polished oak cabinets, a handful of wet grasses. just the lightest hint of vanilla and a subtle fruitiness still on the tail. the palate is a touch sweeter now, and also smokier, like burnt custard, moving quickly to a drying tannic oak, wheat grass juice on the back of my tongue... the finish lasts forever on that tannic, singed oak. another drop continues to promote the burnt custard on the nose, and especially the palate. at 43%, i didn't expect this to do well with water, but it's actually quite nice, if a bit over-tannic. try it both ways... if you're lucky enough to try it. :)
Chivas Regal 12yo (40%, OB, 2014*)
Robert Karlsson, Quite anonymous nose here, bare hints of dark chocolate, toffee and a kind maltiness. Taste starts surprisingly enough on smoke! Or is it? Maybe not.. hm, difficult. Quite rounded off.. still long, with an enjoyable aftertaste. Special malt.
Glenlivet 'Nadurra' (48%, OB, NAS, First Fill White Oak, Batch #FF0714, 2014)
Robert Karlsson, Smooth fruitiness, irish-styled on berries also, blackcurrants. Very round indeed. Taste in full balance, lots of berries and smooth fruits. Very drinkable and round. Irish! Aye?
Glenlivet 18yo 'Guardians' (55.7%, OB, Single Cask, C#2911, 2011)
Robert Karlsson, A rather harsh wood influence here, lively - or is it nervous? A bit farmy/noble cheese notes hides behind the scenes. The taste is dominated by malty sweetness and low-key spiced mandarins/oranges.
Glenlivet 'Nadurra' (48%, OB, NAS, First Fill Oloroso, Batch #OLO314, 2014)
Robert Karlsson, Quite some dried fruits in here. Raisin marmelade (is there such a thing?), thick compact dark sweetness. And I'd say some kind of slight sulphuriness. The taste is first quite fresh but quickly the dried fruits arrive. And after those the somewhat odd note, unsure if it's sulphur but along those lines. Doesn't ruin it, but doesn't improve it either.
Aberlour 'A'Bunadh Batch 48' (59.7%, OB, NAS, Sherry Butts, 2014*)
Robert Karlsson, Attractive toffee, butterscotch. Lots of milk chocolate. This is a chocolate-lovers nose for sure. Taste not so dominant on chocolate, fresher candied citrusy fruits also. Real tasty.
Chivas Regal 18yo 'Gold Signature' (40%, OB, 2014*)
Robert Karlsson, Orange marmelade, crispy fresh maltiness. Ginger. Refreshing nose. High quaffability factor here. This one cannot be strong, 40%? Light taste, on those oranges and maltiness. A bit too low-key?
Aberlour 12yo (48%, OB, 2014*)
Robert Karlsson, Quite some raisin but difficult, a bit edgy, youngish? Maltiness of the somewhat cooked style. Mandarins arrive with time. Taste likewise kind of difficult to decipher. Raisin, maltiness, hm, still nothing wrong in there but a tad unfresh?
Talisker 'Dark Storm' (45.8%, OB, NAS, Charred casks, 2014*)
Robert Karlsson, An elegant well put-together nose here. So well put-together that it's difficult to decipher. I get a bit sweeter fruits, in low doses amongst a well-balanced malty base. Good doses of spices also. Taste is on the fruits mainly, the malt hiding well. Quite enjoyable.
Talisker 'Storm' (45.8%, OB, NAS, 2014*)
Robert Karlsson, Pristine coastal peatiness. Seaweed, salty atlantic ocean swells (yeah yeah). Very laid back vanilla. Pristine is the word. Surprisingly easy to drink. Ought to be considerably watered down. Nice clean peat also here, followed by kind berries.
Talisker 10yo (45.8%, OB, 2014*)
Robert Karlsson, Nice tarry smokiness here, but not aggressively so. Dry style.. licorice? Exciting, promising. Initial taste as expected. But it grows tremendously, on soot, tar, thick oily dark spiced maltiness. Thick mouthcoating feeling here. Not bad anywhere.
Oban 18yo 'Limited Edition' (43%, OB, 2014*)
Robert Karlsson, An attractive darkly sugared nose greets you here. On demerara sugars, dark suryp and dried fruits. Round taste with the dried resinous style present. Very round in fact, oily. There is something lurking below that, some younger notes. Still nice however.
Lagavulin 12yo 'Special Release' (55.1%, OB, 2013)
Robert Karlsson, Attractive dry, pristine, fresh coastal peatiness. Very dry, very fresh in fact. Not much of that sometimes hurried vanilla that lingers in many smokers these days. Taste is right in line with everything from the nose, intensely white peppery also. Likely not low in ABV this one.
Lagavulin 16yo 'Port Ellen' (43%, OB, 2014*)
Robert Karlsson, Dry low-key oranges intermingled with potent dry smokiness. Other citrusy fruits in there also, and darker spices. A wee bit chemical, the alcohol shows a bit but this goes away with time. Taste is rounder than expected, on darker maltiness. The smokiness grows in the aftertaste. Becomes sooty and goes down easy.
Mortlach 'Rare Old' (43.4%, OB, NAS, 2014)
Robert Karlsson, Low-key nose. Very. Vague hints of mandarin marmelade, toffee. Hm. Also laid-back on the taste. This one cannot be strong at all, hm, nah, a bit too anonymous for my tastes.
Singleton of Dufftown 28yo 1985/2013 (52.3%, OB, Special Release, 3816 Bts.)
Robert Karlsson, Raspy cardemom, hints of ginger. Nice sweeter fruits below this rather dominant style. The dry dark spices continue in the taste. Also baked apples, not bad.