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Tasted at:
30/06/2020
Nose:
Rather smoky for the age, somewhat fruity (apples, canned pineapples), coastal motives (clams, brine, wet stones), vanilla and pepper mix, sweet grapefruit zest
Palate:
Spicy (black pepper and ginger), vanilla custard, lemon curd, some orchard berries, light minerality with salty caramel notes, bonfire, smoked fish, tender oak at the end
Finish:
Medium-long, smoky, earthy, peppery, with notes of old leather and green tea
Conclusion:
Nice whisky but a kind of disappointment for this age. Quite simple, complexity is basically missing. Also it is quite smoky for the age. However, superbly balanced and very quaffable: creamy and somewhat fruity. Rather overpriced for this quality.
Rating:
8.7
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Tasted at:
26/06/2020
Nose:
Smoke, creamy barley, some fusel oils, pears, menthol, vanilla, metallic notes, caramel. With water smoke turns to soot, farmyard notes appear too in addition to fruit candies
Palate:
Neat: Sweet, oily, oaky, peppers and apple mash, “unhidden” alcohol. Diluted: more fruits (apples, pears), smoked bacon, bitter herbal cough medicine, gooseberry jam, oaky notes
Finish:
Long, sweetish, sooty and tad peppery and astringent
Conclusion:
Quite interesting release from Kilkerran. Punchy on the full strength, it better serves diluted. The balance is good but the young nature is very obvious. Sherry influence can barely be noticed. The bottomline: simple young whisky with good potential to develop.
Rating:
8.2
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Tasted at:
10/05/2020
Nose:
Creamy, sweetish, softly smoky, yellow overripe pears, sultanas, dried apricots, some malty notes, vanilla, smoked bacon, sweet orange zest, gentle woody tones on the background. Water opens up sweet caramelly notes and amplifies wood.
Palate:
Slightly sweet and quite punchy with peppery spicy side, oily, smoky (or rather ashy), creamy with milk chocolate motives, pear jam, some vanilla cake with citrus filling, peachy notes, caramelized lemon zest.
Finish:
Long, spicy, sooty, apple mash, vanilla custard, ending with soft oak.
Conclusion:
A very good dram as for 5 yo expression. Noticeably young but without inherent to young whiskies disadvantages. Very well balanced and very mild on smoke, especially on the nose - creamy and fruity, almost floral. An excellent introduction to the older Ardbeg releases.
Rating:
8.4

Ardbeg 5 year old Wee Beastie

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Glenburgie 2004/2019

Gordon & MacPhail - Distillery Label
8.2 (1)
Tasted at:
19/04/2020
Nose:
Malty with fusel oil notes, yellow apples (with light rotten note), vanilla, toffee, porridge, sultanas, sawdust, light oaky notes on the background
Palate:
Again malty, a bit sweet and peppery, porridge, light oaky bitterness, some almond notes, apple mash, herbs and bread
Finish:
Short, malty, bitter apple seeds, light oak, dried apples
Conclusion:
Very basic whisky, showing well its malty nature, which is really vivid on every tasting stage. Cask had influenced this expression very little so it must be rather exhausted. Balance, however, is pretty good with no major flaws. A good dram for classic malty whisky lovers
Rating:
8.2
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Glenburgie 2004/2019

Gordon & MacPhail - Distillery Label
8.2 (1)
Volume:
80/100 ml (80% remaining)
In collection:
04 October 2019
Opened:
19 April 2020
Year bottled:
2019
Note:
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Glenmorangie 15 year old Artein

Private Edition Range
8.8 (1)
Tasted at:
23/02/2020
Nose:
Sweet, fruity (peaches, apple-pear mash, some sweet berries), vanilla fudge, a bit of bitter almond, citruses and gentle woody notes
Palate:
Slightly sweet, winey, a bit spicy (ginger), muesli with white chocolate flakes, gooseberry jam, lemon zest and woody tones at the end
Finish:
Medium-long, sweetish, tad nutty, bubblegum notes, dried apples, soft wet oak
Conclusion:
Really nice whisky: a typical Glenmorangie - very fruity and light. Not really complex but really quaffable (and you don’t really need complexity in this case). Fruits play the main role here and just a bit highlighted by a gentle oak. Nice balance, nice but somewhat short aftertaste. Really expensive nowadays.
Rating:
8.8
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Tasted at:
03/02/2020
Nose:
A bit spirituous and slightly smoky at the beginning, raw dough, fusel oils, malt, porridge, cardboard notes. After a while in the glass it becomes fruity with green apples and pears notes, vanilla pastry
Palate:
Quite watery, slightly spicy, rather malty, cereals, cold wood ashes, apple mash, a hint of boiled carrot, woody notes
Finish:
Short, somewhat grassy, getting dry quite soon, with some nuttiness, good portion of porridge, soft oak and sooty notes
Conclusion:
I would call this an “OK” whisky. Simple, feeling rather young at the beginning, but then developing with time. Nicely balanced and with quite an unusual palate this expression is quite drinkable but without any depth. I’m wondering where all those awards this whisky boasts came from. Maybe the NAS version of Spice King is nicer but the 8 yo I tasted is very average.
Rating:
7.8
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Tasted at:
01/01/2020
Nose:
Sherry, red apples, raisins and prunes, sweet orchard berries, blood oranges, toffee, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, a hint of dark roast coffee, very light woody notes
Palate:
Sweet, punchy and spicy (ginger, pepper mix), blueberry jam, oranges, Christmas cake with all kinds of season spices, caramel, gentle dry oak
Finish:
Spicy, dry, sweet, berry marmalade, some nuttiness, dark chocolate and leathery notes, caramelized orange zest, soft oak at the end
Conclusion:
Pleasant blended malt, sherried and spiced and fits very well to winter season. Rather punchy and spicy with all kinds of peppers on the palate and I would personally prefer the milder version of this dram. This expression lacks complexity but on the opposite is well balanced and tasty. A good choice for Christmas time though
Rating:
8.7
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Tasted at:
25/12/2019
Nose:
Sweet, sherried (dark dried fruits: figs, prunes, cherries), heavy spices (cinnamon, cloves), caramel, old leather, old oak chest, a touch of wood polish, buckwheat honey, orange zest marmalade, gentle woody notes. Water opens up lighter fruity notes: red apples and ripe plums, toffee as well
Palate:
Sweet, slightly spicy (rose pepper, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom), blackberry jam, cherry pie, oranges, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee notes, a hint of menthol, light oaky notes at the end
Finish:
Medium-long, sweet, nutty, orchard berries jam (strawberries, blueberries), tobacco and leathery notes, caramelized orange zest, coffee notes, soft oaky notes at the end
Conclusion:
Excellent whisky, very “winter” with tons of heavy spices and dark fruity notes. So it fits really perfectly to the Christmas season. Feels significantly older than it is and shows good complexity in addition. Balanced, full-bodied and simply very tasty - what else do we need to enjoy Christmas?
Rating:
9.1

The Glenrothes 17 year old 2002/2019 cask MoS 19040

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Ardbeg Ar11

Elements of Islay
9.1 (1)
Tasted at:
22/12/2019
Nose:
Vibrant, fresh, gently smoky, fruity (figs, clementines, raisins and apricots), coastal feeling: light minerality, brine, kelp. Water opens up sweet caramelly notes, tropical fruitiness (lychees, bananas) and some tarry motives
Palate:
Sweet, oily, spicy (mostly black pepper, cloves), liquorice, dark roast coffee, dried dark fruits (raisins, prunes), caramel, cold ashes, smoked herring, herbal notes at the end
Finish:
Long, juicy, with berries marmalade motives, cold wood ashes, disappearing smoke, sweet oranges, eucalyptus notes, soft oaky touch at the end
Conclusion:
Excellent whisky, sherry has done very good work here. Superbly balanced and very tasty, this expression shows the best peculiarities of Ardbeg. Being insanely priced, this spirit is really worth at least tasting.
Rating:
9.1

Ardbeg Ar11

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Loch Lomond Inchmoan Vintage 1992

Island Collection
9.0 (1)
Tasted at:
21/12/2019
Nose:
Mild smokiness, fruitiness (pineapples, pears, banana touch), some beeswax, vanilla, menthol, earthy and farmy notes, pine needles, propolis, lemon zest
Palate:
Sweet, spicy (ginger and white pepper), very fruity (ripe pears, yellow plums), some tropical fruity notes (kumquat, banana), lemon dessert, light minerality (reminds Vichy water), brine, rubber and smoked ham, farmy notes
Finish:
Long, vivid, slightly sweet, tad spicy, mineral, fruity (mostly citruses), very light oaky notes at the end
Conclusion:
Excellent whisky, no more, no less. Superbly balanced and complex, with quite strong but mild smokiness. And this expression proves one more time the fact that even not very famous distilleries can produce great whiskies. I tried to find any flaw in this spirit but the only one I found is its price. However it doesn’t look high for this quality drink.
Rating:
9.0
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Tasted at:
20/12/2019
Nose:
Fresh and vibrant, quite sweet, meadow blossom honey, fruitiness (unripe bananas and apricots), a lot of vanilla, new leather notes, lemon peel, light oak on the background
Palate:
Sweet, with quite vivid soft oak and typical oak spices (ginger and ground pepper mix), fruitiness (yellow apples, plums), nutmeg, lemon zest, light bitterness
Finish:
Medium-long, tad sweet, with light oaky bitterness, slightly malty and nutty, apple seeds
Conclusion:
Solid whisky, superbly balanced and flawless. Although the oak is rather highlighted here, it’s soft and beautifully integrated. Balvenie’s signature fruitiness is here too along with some complexity. Really nice expression but unfortunately without anything special
Rating:
8.7

The Balvenie 25 year old 1994/2019 cask 4217

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Tasted at:
18/12/2019
Nose:
Sweet, fruity (oranges, mangoes), a lot of vanilla, toffee, light minerality (wet limestone), a bit of wood polish, damp oak notes
Palate:
Sweet and fresh, slightly spicy (ginger and pepper mix), fruity (peaches, sweet grapefruits, dried apricots), vanilla cake, light malty notes, a hint of menthol
Finish:
Quite long, slightly sweet, nutty, gently oaky, fruit caramel, coffee notes, light leathery feeling at the very end
Conclusion:
Very good whisky, perfectly composed and balanced. Light and fruity with a warm and pleasant aftertaste. In my opinion it serves best as a summer dram but this is quite individual of course. The downside of this expression is its price of course.
Rating:
8.9
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Tasted at:
16/12/2019
Nose:
Sweet, light, fruity and caramelly (pear and apricot acid drops), honey, sultanas and dried apricots, vanilla, lychees, sweet oranges
Palate:
Sweet, gently spicy (rose peppers, a bit of ginger), vanilla pastry, quite strong but soft and gentle oak with a piquant bitterness, apricot jam, some herbs, orange zest, red overripe berries (raspberry, currants)
Finish:
Rather long, sweet and warming, with vivid nutty notes and soft oak. Berries jam, mild spiciness with some leathery notes at the end
Conclusion:
Nice whisky, very balanced, with beautifully integrated oak. Classic bourbon maturation, which was just “loaded” with sherry and because of that features dried yellow fruits. Proper ABV also gives a plus to overall impression. Well, now is time to talk about the bad side of this expression - its price. To be honest it’s a robbery. Over 500€ for things that you can get for 3-4 times cheaper from other distilleries… makes the purchase of this whisky highly non-recommended.
Rating:
8.8
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Tasted at:
13/12/2019
Nose:
Fruity, sweet, toffee, mild spices (cinnamon, vanilla), light earthy notes, pear mash, orange zest, sour gooseberries, a touch of oak, again vanilla on the background
Palate:
Sweet, fruity (apricots and notes of banana), vanilla cheesecake, a touch of ginger, some freshly cut grass
Finish:
Medium-long, soft, sweet berries, milk chocolate, notes of fresh mushrooms, a touch of nutmeg, gentle oak at the end
Conclusion:
Very nice whisky, light and fruity, mostly missing rye’s typical spicy profile. Easy-going and tasty drink, what else do you need to keep it as a perfect daily dram? Oh, yes, just a trifle: the price.
Rating:
8.7