whiskyrific

So much whisky, so little time | Singapore | Tasting Notes

Clynelish 18 yo 1997 / 2016 Homage to Caledonia #6934 50.1% vs Clynelish 21 yo 1995 / 2017 Single Malts of Scotland #10203 55.9%

Clynelish 18 yo 1997 / 2016 Homage to Caledonia #6934 50.1% A modern classic, if you will, honeyed, waxy and molten. Full of sunny hues of hay, warm butter, yellow … Continue reading

November 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Glencraig 42 yo 1976 / 2018 Signatory #4283 42% vs Mosstowie 45 yo 1973 / 2018 Signatory #7622 51.6%

Glencraig 42 yo 1976 / 2018 Signatory #4283 42% A nose redolent of the ripeness of maturity. Gleaming cedar tables deeply waxed and stained with years of aromatic oils. Old … Continue reading

November 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging 2019 56% vs Nikka Taketsuru 21 yo 43%

Mars Komagatake Tsunuki Aging 2019 56% Clean, young malt full of fresh flavours like toasted cereal, oatcakes, drizzled honey, loads of barley sugar, maltose and vanilla extract. Plenty of cut … Continue reading

November 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Brora 21 yo 1977 / 1998 Rare Malts 56.9% vs Brora 20 yo 1975 / 1996 Rare Malts 60.75%

Brora 21 yo 1977 / 1998 Rare Malts 56.9% Some say these 77s had little peat, but this one begs to differ. Unwrapped bandage rolls and litres of antiseptic, but … Continue reading

November 14, 2021 · Leave a comment

Balvenie 23 yo 1966 / 1989 Signatory #2832+33 52% vs Balvenie-Glenlivet “As we get it” 105.2 proof 75.7cl

Balvenie 23 yo 1966 / 1989 Signatory #2832+33 52% Top tier Balvenie, with much to prefer over its sister distillery. This is an ample whisky with supple oils, paraffin and … Continue reading

November 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Ardbeg 26 yo 1993 The Islay Giants Quaich Bar 49% vs Bowmore 1989 / 2011 Malts of Scotland #11004 51.2%

Ardbeg 26 yo 1993 The Islay Giants Quaich Bar 49% This is classic maritime Ardbeg, pre LVMH, bracing and evocative. Its nose is joyfully seaswept with a crystal saline clarity, … Continue reading

November 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Highland Park 20 yo 1962 Blackadder #2991/2 43% vs Highland Park 27 yo 1968 Hard Brothers 43%

Highland Park 20 yo 1962 Blackadder #2991/2 43% Old nose, but its evident its seen better days. It’s a familiar sort of whisky yet a shade different enough to be … Continue reading

November 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Wild Turkey ‘minimum 9 years’ Master’s Keep Cornerstone Rye Whiskey 54.5% Batch 04529 vs Parker’s Heritage Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey 13 yo 63.4%

Wild Turkey ‘minimum 9 years’ Master’s Keep Cornerstone Rye Whiskey 54.5% Batch 04529 As a bourbon, Wild Turkey tends to have a spicy character and Cornerstone is their Rye. Does … Continue reading

October 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

Rosebank 14 yo 1966 / 1980 Cadenhead 46% vs Rosebank 26 yo 1967 / 1994 Scotch Single Malt Circle (Japan) #4398 51.7%

Rosebank 14 yo 1966 / 1980 Cadenhead 46% I believe this is the oldest Cadenhead Rosebank. Yes, the nose is profound. Rosebank has seem some evolution through the decades to … Continue reading

October 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Springbank 23 yo bottled Dec 1991 James MacArthur’s 53.7% vs Ardbeg 17 yo 1976 / 1993 Cadenhead 54.6%

Springbank 23 yo bottled Dec 1991 James MacArthur’s 53.7% On one hand it’s got the trappings of pristine Springbank, with salted lemons, sea breeze, crunching minerals, white smoke and drops … Continue reading

October 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Glenfarclas over 12 years old F.W Hempel Metallurgical GmbH 45% vs Glenfarclas 25 yo 43%

  Glenfarclas over 12 years old F.W Hempel Metallurgical GmbH 45% This is obviously a very unique one, back from before anyone could bottle their own whisky. OK hmmm…  it’s … Continue reading

October 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Craigellachie 12 yo 2007 / 2019 SMWS 44.113 59.9% vs Talisker 15 yo Special Release 2019 57.3%

Craigellachie 12 yo 2007 / 2019 SMWS 44.113 59.9% At heart a fat buttery spirit, here doused in aromatic herbs like fennel, bay pepper, shiso, eucalyptus even some cool cucumber, … Continue reading

September 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

Glen Grant 23 yo 1992 / 2016 Cadenhead 53.1% vs Glentauchers-Glenlivet 26 yo 1990 / 2017 Cadenhead 52.6% vs Fettercairn 28 yo 1988 / 2017 Cadenhead 55.4%

Glen Grant 23 yo 1992 / 2016 Cadenhead 53.1% A little surprised by this one. It’s leafy but dry, and sharp with sap and freshly stripped bark. On the other … Continue reading

September 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

Old Pulteney 13yo 1990 /2003 Cadenhead 61.1% vs Old Pulteney 18 yo 1974 The Whisky Connoisseur #1132 57.8%

Old Pulteney 13 yo 1990 /2003 Cadenhead 61.1%Ah. An unassailable nose. Heavily buttered rye bread, whilst sitting on rattan chairs overlooking the sea, salt breeze stinging your face, dried grass … Continue reading

September 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Glen Moray 24 yo 1992 /2017 Cadenhead 50.9% vs Linkwood 24 yo 1992 / 2017 Cadenhead 50.9%

Glen Moray 24 yo 1992 /2017 Cadenhead 50.9% Signs of inactive casks unfortunately. White paper with an acrid burnt edge and a good mix of piquant greens like dill and … Continue reading

September 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Glen Garioch 21 yo 1992 / 2014 Liquid Library 51.6% vs Glen Garioch 21 yo 1991 / 2012 Liquid Library 52.5%

Glen Garioch 21 yo 1992 / 2014 Liquid Library 51.6%Rough and rugged – Petrichor, wet clay and damp vegetables. Plenty of damp chalk covered in gritty gravel, unripe lime rinds, … Continue reading

September 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

Teaninich 11 yo 2006 / 2018 Cadenhead 55.2% vs Teaninich 10 yo 2009 / 2019 Cadenhead 55.1%

Teaninich 11 yo 2006 / 2018 Cadenhead 55.2%Fresh, clean, bare boned natural whisky. What’s not to love? Lots of chalk and wet stones, and lemon and lime rubbed on metal. … Continue reading

September 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

Springbank 34 1964 / 1998 Cadenhead 52.2% vs Springbank 30 1972 / 2002 Chieftain’s #410 57.8%

Springbank 34 1964 / 1998 Cadenhead 52.2% Thick, oxidised and heavy sherry the kind that brushes by mere fruit with a disdainful glance and plunges gleefully into the tarry, umami … Continue reading

August 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Glentauchers-Glenlivet 38 yo 1976 / 2015 Cadenhead 50.8% vs Lagavulin 20 yo Feis Ile 2020 54%

Glentauchers-Glenlivet 38 yo 1976 / 2015 Cadenhead 50.8% I love this nose, with its holy trinity of maturity, reticent oak and good spirit. First off its ancient panels gleaming in … Continue reading

August 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

Port Charlotte 12 yo 2004 Highland Laird 57.3% vs Octomore 6.1 / 167 5 yo 57% vs Octomore 7.1 / 208 5 yo 59.5%

Port Charlotte 12 yo 2004 Highland Laird 57.3% Seawater and a clean almost crispy peat that evokes uprooted shrubs laid out in the sun, roots chopped up and ground into … Continue reading

July 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Bowmore  11 yo 2001 / 2013 Berry Bros 20197 46% vs Bowmore 12 yo liquid Library 2001 / 2013 52.9%

Bowmore  11 yo 2001 / 2013 Berry Bros 20197 46% Bowmore was in form those years. And that plays out again here. A sharp saline coastal character, ground up shells, … Continue reading

July 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Ben Nevis 17 yo 1996 / 2014 The Nectar of the Daily Drams 49.3% vs Ben Nevis 1997 / 2015 Pearls of Scotland #614 50.9% vs Ben Nevis 16 yo 1998 / 2014 Lady of the Glen #1407 52.1%

Ben Nevis 17 yo 1996 / 2014 The Nectar of the Daily Drams 49.3% Yes, a barrage: Honey, chalk powder, struck gunpowder and wispy white smoke. Molten wax, lime zest, … Continue reading

July 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Dailuaine 34 yo 1980 Special Release 2015 50.9% vs Dalmore 27 yo 1990 / 2017 MacKillop’s Choice #252 54.6%

Dailuaine 34 yo 1980 Special Release 2015 50.9% Dailuaine is a heavy and meaty spirit, and here the wood is equally verbose. So: big boned with baked fruit, sweet oil … Continue reading

July 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Bruichladdich 21 yo 1993 / 2015 Douglas Laing DL10706 51.5% vs Bruichladdich 25 yo 1992 / 2017 Cadenhead 175th Anniv 53.8%

Bruichladdich 21 yo 1993 / 2015 Douglas Laing DL10706 51.5% Somewhat shy on the nose, but oaky ex-bourbon notes are evident, as is rucola and mustard. Somewhat harsh. Despite some … Continue reading

July 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Springbank 21 yo 1993 / 2015 Lockett Brothers #470 49.4% vs Cooley 22 yo 1991 / 2014 SMWS 117.5 55.5%

Springbank 21 yo 1993 / 2015 Lockett Brothers #470 49.4% Oh a sharp-edged, muscular Springbank. Grass juice, lemon rind, all ascetic and raw. Lots of hot engine oil and puffing … Continue reading

June 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Wardhead 19 yo 1997 Pisces Stellar Selections Japan #186 50.7% vs The Huntly Burnside 18 yo 1997 Dimensions Duncan Taylor #6481 52.5% vs Westport 18 yo 1997 The Oceans Duncan Taylor for Whisk-e Japan #1500071 58.4%

Wardhead 19 yo 1997 Pisces Stellar Selections #186 50.7% (teaspooned Glenfiddich) Very natural with nothing to hide behind. Here all clarity and sharpness, barley sugar and tons of fresh malt. … Continue reading

June 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Port Ellen 1979 / 2014 Gordon & Macphail R0/14/01 46% vs Port Ellen 35 yo 1978 / 2004 Douglas Laing for Alambic Classique DL655 61.1% vs Port Ellen 35 yo 1982 / 2018 Signatory 30th Anniversary #2040 55.1%

Port Ellen 1979 / 2014 Gordon & Macphail R0/14/01 46% Noses exactly as expected. These later Port Ellens were rather consistent and most rather good. Suede leather stained by the … Continue reading

June 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

Benromach 28 yo 1965 / 1993 Cadenhead 47.6% vs Laphroaig 10 yo ‘Original Cask Strength’ 57.3% 33.33cl duty free bottle

Benromach 28 yo 1965 / 1993 Cadenhead 47.6% An old polished nose of gleaming pine and cedar dosed with plenty of camphor and pine needles. Benromach seems to tend to … Continue reading

June 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

Jura 21 yo 1992 / 2014 Hunter Laing for FassZination (Vom Fass) #VF10272 46% vs Jura 27 yo 1967 Stillman’s Dram 45%

Jura 27 yo 1967 Stillman’s Dram 45% An amalgamation of fruity, jammy, dark chocolate notes though it doesn’t seem to have the suggestive intensity of a first fill cask. Still … Continue reading

May 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

Bunnahabhain 30 yo 1988 / 2019 Douglas Laing XOP DL12821 42.6% vs Bunnahabhain 26 yo 1987 / 2013 Nectar of the Daily Drams for LMdW ‘Yin Yang Light’ 62.5%

Bunnahabhain 30 yo 1988 / 2019 Douglas Laing XOP DL12821 42.6% Big! Buttery malt, toasted cereals, rye flakes, baked nuts, all oily and delicious. Drily spiced with ground ginger, pepper, … Continue reading

May 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tamnavulin Moon Import ‘Birds’ 1966 / 1988 45% vs Clynelish 27 yo 1982 / 2010 Berry Bros for Whisky-e #5890 53.4% vs Clynelish 24 yo 1989 / 2013 Adelphi #3846 53.1%

Tamnavulin Moon Import ‘Birds’ 1966 / 1988 45% Beautiful labels. This old Tamnavulin has much to say, and does so in a lilting accent of old, if you will. Copper … Continue reading

May 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

Caol Ila 1978 / 1992 Gordon & Macphail Cask #5347-5351,11553-11564 63.7% vs Caol Ila 12 yo 1978 / 1990 Cadenhead 65.5%

Caol Ila 1978 / 1992 Gordon & Macphail Cask #5347-5351,11553-11564 63.7% This might be a polarising one. I love it but others might find it too unhinged. Bubbling smoke from … Continue reading

April 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Glenugie 1967 / 1989 Sestante 43% vs Glenugie 1967 / 1989 Sestante  59.5%

Glenugie 1967 / 1989 Sestante 43% Trying not to be distracted by the reputation of this pair. So. Lots of ripe fruit that veer wonderfully to the tropical – warm … Continue reading

April 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Clynelish 25 yo 1993 / 2019 Gordon & MacPhail 19/079 54.3% vs Chollet Lot 1960 bottled 2020 ‘#4  Le bon vivant’ Fin Bois Malternative 46.3%

Another two wipeouts. Clynelish 25 yo 1993 / 2019 Gordon & MacPhail 19/079 54.3% An astringent but drily aromatic grapefruit pith, combined with grass sap and some petrol. Then white … Continue reading

April 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

Macallan 8 yo FLLI Rinaldi 43% 75cl vs Macallan 18 yo 1973 / 1991 43%

Macallan 8 yo FLLI Rinaldi 43% 75cl ~ circa 70s bottling Perfect at 8. Really. Spiced nut cake, raspberry sauce, port wine coulis, dark chocolate, slice of candied orange, ganache, … Continue reading

April 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Caperdonich 1972 / 2011 Malts of Scotland #1144 57.4% vs Caperdonich 1972 / 2008 Gordon & MacPhail #1975 57%

  Caperdonich 1972 / 2011 Malts of Scotland #1144 57.4% Baskets of ripe fruit in burnished hues of amber and golden. Nectarines, passionfruit, chiku even, sweet berries and a touch … Continue reading

March 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

Glen Garioch 27 yo 1991 / 2018 Carn Mor #20392 51% vs Glen Garioch 21 yo 1965 Full Proof 50%

Glen Garioch 27 yo 1991 / 2018 Carn Mor #20392 51% Always interesting. Glen Garioch has these phenolic touches that can veer a little rough but here it’s all polished … Continue reading

March 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Talisker 10 yo ‘map label’ 45.8% ~circa early 90s vs Talisker Gordon & MacPhail 100 proof ~ circa 80s bottling

Talisker 10 yo ‘map label’ 45.8% ~circa early 90s bottling I’ve personally found the current 10 yo to be somewhat unpolished but this old beauty reminded me how much depth … Continue reading

March 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Laphroaig 1977 / 1995 43% vs Laphroaig 12 yo 1984 / 1996 Cadenhead 60.3%

Laphroaig 1977 / 1995 43% Peak Laphroaig? An absolute fruit driven glory. The bulky bass of medicinal camphor, soot, engine oil are clearly evident and the coast does batter the … Continue reading

March 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

Highland Park 25 yo 1992 / 2017 Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting 59.8% vs Mortlach 30 yo 1989 / 2019 Douglas Laing #DL13722 52.4%

Another two bottles that went in a flash: Highland Park 25 yo 1992 / 2017 Cadenhead Warehouse Tasting 59.8% A curious pale green hue to this whisky.  I find more … Continue reading

February 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Clynelish 21 yo 1989 / 2010 Whisky Agency 54% vs Clynelish 20 yo 1997 / 2017 Spirit Shop Selection #6932 56.5%

Clynelish 21 yo 1989 / 2010 Whisky Agency 54% When you get Clynelish, Clynelish gets you. Here’s another luscious Clynelish bursting at the seams with softened beeswax in glowing sunshine, … Continue reading

February 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

Benrinnes 17 yo 1995 / 2012 Signatory #5883 50.4% vs Benrinnes 20 yo 1997 / 2017 SMWS 36.153 The Lightness of Lyne 60.6%

Benrinnes 17 yo 1995 / 2012 Signatory #5883 50.4% Mid 90s Benrinnes is underrated I think. Take this simple Signatory, blind one might be forgiven for thinking Mortlach. It’s has … Continue reading

February 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Glen Moray 23 yo 1995 /2019  SMWS 35.239 52.9% vs Glen Moray-Glenlivet 27 yo 1962 / 1989 Cadenhead 55.1%

Glen Moray 23 yo 1995 /2019  SMWS 35.239 52.9% Well. Floral sachets in old cabinets, touches of lilac bon bons. Dried petals in luxury potpourri. These words produce certain reactions … Continue reading

January 31, 2021 · Leave a comment

Clynelish 21 yo 1995 / 2017 Single Malts of Scotland #10203 55.9% vs Highland Park 1981 / 2011 Scott’s Selection 48.5%

  or Bottles I Finished Way Too Quickly, which tend to have a personally favoured style, and by that I mean various things … Clynelish 21 yo 1995 / 2017 … Continue reading

January 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Glen Lochy 14 yo The Whisky Shop 50% vs Glenlochy 32 yo 1980 / 2012 Signatory #1759 60.1%

Glen Lochy 14 yo The Whisky Shop 50% ~ Burn Stewart Distillers An unusual one for The Whisky Shop some time ago. Cut stems in water and dry sphagnum moss … Continue reading

January 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Ben Nevis 42 yo 1973 / 2015 Signatory for 67 Pall Mall 43% vs Ben Nevis 44 yo 1970 / 2015 Finest Whisky #6 44.4%

Have not posted notes in 2 months. A new first, but a break was nice. Ben Nevis 42 yo 1973 / 2015 Signatory for 67 Pall Mall 43% A savoury … Continue reading

January 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Benriach 33 yo 1977 / 2011 #9119 45.7% for Asta Morris vs Benriach 35 yo 1976 / 2012 #8804 54.9%

I hadn’t realized my last review was posted exactly a month ago. I will blame it on work and other olfactory pursuits, with a generous dash of laziness plus maybe … Continue reading

December 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition 1994 / 2010 lgv.4/498 43% vs Lagavulin Friends of the Classic Malts 12 yo 1995 / 2008 48%

Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition 1994 / 2010 lgv.4/498 43% Anyone familiar with the standard 16 yo would find this very similar, with expected earthy peat, black tea, gritty burnt herbs, stained … Continue reading

November 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Glen Grant 27 yo 1955 / 1982 Samaroli 43% vs Glenury Royal 24 yo 1966 / 1990 Cadenhead 53.8%

Glen Grant 27 yo 1955 / 1982 Samaroli 43% Let’s calibrate. Here is honey and gentle wax, buttered pear tarts and freshly turned dry loam. No big sherry but you … Continue reading

October 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Lochside 22 yo 1979 / 2001 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 276 bttls 50% vs Lochside 32 yo 1982 / 2014 Malts of Scotland #14019 55.2% vs Lochside 29 yo 1981 / 2010 Thosop 50.5%

Less common vintages for Lochside: Lochside 22 yo 1979 / 2001 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 276 bttls 50% One of those malts where the fruitiness, while leaning juicily tropical, … Continue reading

October 21, 2020 · Leave a comment
Follow whiskyrific on WordPress.com

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 37 other followers

Whisky Advocate

So much whisky, so little time | Singapore | Tasting Notes

WHISKY REVIEWS

So much whisky, so little time | Singapore | Tasting Notes

The Whisky Exchange Whisky Blog

A Whisky-Lover's Whisky Blog

Dramming

So much whisky, so little time | Singapore | Tasting Notes

Whisky Science

So much whisky, so little time | Singapore | Tasting Notes

TheMaltedMilk

So much whisky, so little time | Singapore | Tasting Notes

映画 一気見

So much whisky, so little time | Singapore | Tasting Notes