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V.S.O Scotch Whisky (Glen Mhor) 1917 95 proof vs Glen Mhor 30 yo 1966 For the 30th Anniversary of Bar Metro

In what may turn out to be an ill-advised session, and because these are the only two Glen Mhor I have on hand. Glen Mhor is of course closed and … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ardbeg Twenty Something 23 yo 46.3% vs Ardbeg 14 yo 1994/2008 Cadenhead 58.3%

Brand new ‘groovy’ Ardbeg is out and I’m playing catch up with Twenty Something, which is really actually 23 years old… Ardbeg Twenty Something 23 yo 46.3% Pre notes conclusion: … Continue reading

April 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mezcal Siete Misterios Mezcal Espadin 48% vs Siete Misterios Mezcal Doba-Yej 2013 45.5%

Siete Misterios Mezcal Espadin 48% Espadin is a Agave varietal that is commonly used for Mezcal, most bottlers or distillers would have an Espadin offering in their line up.  Nose: … Continue reading

March 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Bunnahabhain 35 yo 1974/2009 A.D Rattray #7111 vs Bunnahabhain 39 yo 1976/2016 Cadenhead Small Batch

Some coincidence but a number of friends have opened some 70s Bunnahabhain recently, which is a happy thing to have as early 70s Bunnahabhain are usually excellent, and for some … Continue reading

March 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Brora 40 yo 1972 59.1% for 13th March, a very special day

Wow would you look at the date. It’s been a busy and eventful couple of weeks, but today’s tasting is to mark a very special occasion. My family becomes four. … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Balmenach 26 yo 1988 Signatory for The Whisky Exchange #3242 vs Balmenach 1979 / 2009 Berry Brothers #155 + 156

Balmenach is another distillery one does not hear much about, other than the very occasional independent bottling. There is no core range, no vintage focus, no great history, though it … Continue reading

February 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Highland Park 27 yo 1974 / 2001 Silver Seal First Bottling vs Highland Park 18 yo 1976 / 1994 Cadenhead #4648

A funny thing I have found with Highland Park is that the official bottlings are blended with a specific house style in mind – which is normal – but the … Continue reading

February 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Macallan 1977/1992 Samaroli ‘Matured in sherry wood’ vs Macallan 25 yo 1976/2001 Silver Seal First Bottling

The traditional house style of Macallan is dominated by sherry cask maturation. It is to these beautiful whiskies beloved of Michael Jackson that I turn to after a very interesting … Continue reading

February 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mezcal: Del Maguey Wild Papalome vs Del Maguey Wild Tepextate

Tequila and Mezcal are distilled from the crushed cooked and fermented Agave plant. But while Tequila must be made from the Blue Agave, Mezcal may be made from any variety. … Continue reading

January 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

60s Longmorn: Longmorn 38 yo 1968/2006 SMWS 7.35 vs Longmorn-Glenlivet 1966/1985 Moon Import

60s Longmorn are brilliant, but sadly also usually second fiddle to the other stunning whiskies distilled in the 60s. Longmorn 38 yo 1968/2006 SMWS 7.35 49.8% (Photo: whiskyonlineauctions)  Nose: Massively … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Inter war Glen Grants: Glen Grant 35 yo ‘straight neck’ Gordon & Macphail vs Glen Grant 42 yo Gordon & Macphail

Glen Grant is one of very few distilleries for which a ‘liquid record’ can be traced to early in the 20th century, thanks to the old independent bottlers like Gordon … Continue reading

January 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ledaig 9 yo 2004/2013 Old Malt Cask ref 10058 vs Ledaig 12 yo 2004/2017 The Whisky Lounge

Ledaig is an excellent heavily peated whisky that is bound to surprise those only familiar with Islay. We even have an accomplished Ledaig collector on our little tropical island, whose … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Laphroaig 31 yo 1974 for LMdW 49.7%

As the Earth makes a full round and now continues in its orbit around the Sun, glad tidings to all mankind this new 2018! Just going to have a single … Continue reading

January 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Brora 21 yo 1981/2003 Signatory #1422 vs Brora 24 yo 1972 Connoisseurs Choice 40%

Boxing Day Brora? Brora 21 yo 1981/2003 Signatory Un-Chillfiltered Collection #1422 46%  Nose: Note this is a completely different style from early 70s Brora, this one is unpeated and much … Continue reading

December 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Clynelish 28 yo 1965/1993 Signatory #666 50.7% vs Clynelish 23 yo 1965/1989 Cadenhead 51.7%

I’ve been itching to do 1965 Clynelish (ie old Clynelish, the one that was renamed Brora) head to head, unfortunately it is not easy to find these old ones. Ideally … Continue reading

December 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bowmore 35 yo 1968 Celtic Heartlands vs Bowmore 30 yo Sea Dragon

Bowmore 35 yo 1968 Celtic Heartlands 40.6% This was a range personally selected by Jim McEwan of some stunning old 60s whiskies, bottled at the Bruichladdich plant. The Bowmore naturally … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Glen Ord 28 yo Special Release 2003 vs Glen Ord 30 yo Special Release 2005

I read with some interest that in Glen Ord’s long history of distilling, such was it’s quality that it was sold throughout the British Empire, including in Singapore, by the … Continue reading

November 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lagavulin Feis Ile 2013 vs Lagavulin Jazz Festival 2013

Feis Ile is an annual Islay Festival that draws crowds to an otherwise much quieter Islay to celebrate music, Scottish culture and especially in the last decade, the whisky of … Continue reading

November 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Glen Scotia 37 yo 1972 / 2010 Malts of Scotland #1926 vs Glen Scotia 25 yo 1992 / 2017 The Whisky Agency & The Whisky Exchange

I don’t think we have ever seen a concerted push for Glen Scotia to rise from the third shelf.. Its owners seem to have a start and fizzle approach:  revamped … Continue reading

November 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Del Maguey Vida Mezcal vs Del Maguey Espadin Especial Mezcal

The more I drink this stuff the more I am convinced on the overall quality of single origin Mezcal. Del Maguey Vida Mezcal 42%  Nose: This is about as friendly … Continue reading

October 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bunnahabhain 1974 / 2014 Samaroli Infinity #604 vs Bunnahabhain 1968 / 2002 Auld Acquaintance

Bunnahabhain always seemed to want a bit of age to me. It could just be me, but upwards of 30 seems to be the sweet spot for where Bruichladdich is … Continue reading

October 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Glendullan 1997 Connoisseurs Choice vs Glen Keith 1993 Connoisseurs Choice

The Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice series is an old one that’s been refreshed many times over. We’ve seen the original brown paper label iteration under which many old 60s and … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Del Maguey San Pedro Taviche Mezcal vs Del Maguey Minero Mezcal

Mezcal is the distilled product from a mash made from the agave plant in Mexico. The better known Tequilla is therefore technically a Mezcal but can only be made in … Continue reading

October 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rosebank 21 yo 1992 Directors Cut Douglas Laing #10146 vs Rosebank 22 yo 1991 Mackillops Choice #271

For a while now I’ve wondered why Rosebank never rose to the same level of desirability as Brora and Port Ellen. It could be because Rosebank’s later style is one … Continue reading

September 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Laphroaig 34 yo 1975/2010 Gentle Noses #1035 Jack Weibers vs Laphroaig 20 yo 1965 Intertrade ~ 1985

I know people who can’t handle any peaty whisky but when I give them a 70s Laphroaig, they discover they do like it very much after all. Is it just … Continue reading

September 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Clynelish 30 yo 1972 Murray McDavid 46% vs Clynelish 37 yo 1972/2009 The Whisky Exchange ’80 proof’ ‘Ten Years Online’ 46%

A recent discussion: Whisky does not need to be at cask strength to be great. So true. I find it’s the quality of the distillation that matters. And the wood … Continue reading

September 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ardbeg 14 yo Cadenhead  80 proof vs Ardbeg 11 yo 1975/1986 Corti Brothers 86 proof

2 hard to find Ardbegs from the early 70s, so I suspect going to be very good, but just how good: Ardbeg 14 yo Cadenhead  80 proof A mini, though … Continue reading

September 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Royal Brackla 18yo 1993/2012 Signatory #6755 vs Royal Lochnagar 23yo 1973/1997 Rare Malts

For want of sufficient samples of both royal distilleries, I’ve gone and put them together. Not sure it’s really a good idea as we know Royal Brackla is prime blending … Continue reading

September 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Glenlivet ‘An Unbended All Malt’ Baretto import vs Glenlivet 1966 Gordon & Macphail

First Glenlivet post, I can’t believe it myself, took long enough.  (slmaonline.com) Plenty of ‘famous’ distilleries now, but up to the 1980s many single malts were labelled with the ‘ … Continue reading

August 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Laphroaig 21 (200th Anniversary 2015) vs Laphroaig 17 yo 1987 for Monnier Trading

Laphroaig 21 yo, 200th Anniversary 2015 48.4%  Nose: After a fruity 15 yo and a rather sweet 18 yo, what cloth is the 21 cut from? A cleaner less loud … Continue reading

August 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bruichladdich 1970 vs Bruichladdich 15 yo 1965 Moon Import decanter ‘Royal Wedding’

I quite like the Bruichladdichs from the independents, distilled in the early 90s and ONLY those matured in refill bourbon. Fresh, elegant and fruity, and very honest. Older Bruichladdichs are … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

‘Old Highland Cream’ Special Reserve 24 yo ‘Xmas 1950’ vs Ardmore 20 yo 1968/1988 Dun Eideann #5490+5491

I love Wednesdays… that are also National Days… ‘Old Highland Cream’ Special Reserve 24 yo, dated Xmas 1950, for the Directors of Teachers The suspicion is that this is a … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Clynelish 22 yo 1989/2011 The Whisky Agency ‘Moody Lions’ vs Clynelish 27 yo 1982/2010 The Perfect Dram

As far as whisky goes, I am convinced Clynelish, together with it’s silent alter ego, are clearly the jewels of the Northern Highlands. Will the new Dornoch distillery – whose … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Glen Keith 20 yo 1992/2013 Master of Malt Single Cask #120598 vs Glen Keith 20 yo 1995/2016 Douglas Laing Old particular #DL11169

Glen Keith is another ‘new’ distillery, if you just for a moment ignore the plethora of distilleries planned and opened this boom side of the 2010s. Construction started in 1957 … Continue reading

July 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bowmore 38 yo 1957 #216-220 vs Bowmore ‘Sherriff’s’ 7 yo Cogis import

Two not just old Bowmore, but proper old old, distilled in the later bit of the 50s. While the 60s is still more or less obtainable if you are willing to … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kilchoman Machir Bay vs Lagavulin 8 yo ‘200th Anniversary’

Young peated Islay. Kilchoman is still the newest distillery on Islay, built 2005, last time anyone tried to do so was some 120 year prior. The trend is not lost … Continue reading

July 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Laphroaig 10yo Mario Rossi import vs Laphroaig 10yo Filippi Fausto import

2 old Laproaig 10 year old Italian imports, what’s with all these names? They were the importer companies in their respective periods, which may in fact overlap! Laphroaig 10yo Mario … Continue reading

July 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lim Eiling 27yo Single Malt Irish Whiskey 1989/2016 vs Lim Eiling 22yo Single Malt Irish Whiskey 1991/2014

Thanks to Lim Eiling, beloved wife of Luc Timmermans, and also first independent bottler in Malaysia, we in Asia now have a great range of well presented whiskies that’s somewhat … Continue reading

June 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tomatin Legacy vs Tomatin 18 yo

There’s an old theory the whisky companies tried to perpetuate some years ago, that people come to whisky through the gentle lowlanders first and then take baby steps before arriving … Continue reading

June 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jura 8 yo 70 proof 26 2/3 fl. oz. vs Jura 26 yo Stillman’s Dram 1965 45%

The Isle of Jura distillery can be found on the South Eastern end of Jura overlooking Small Isles Bay and that nearly 10km of Atlantic that separates it from mainland … Continue reading

June 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hakushu 18yo vs Hakushu 25 yo

With Japanese whisky soaring in popularity, I don’t think any introduction is required for Hakushu. Just a reminder of the sibling relationship to Yamazaki, something you might notice in the … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Glen Garioch 40 yo 1971/2011 for The Whisky Exchange #2038 vs Glen Garioch 30yo 1978/2009

Glen Garioch is another distillery we can thank for some fantastic stuff distilled in the 70s. Very much worth searching out in my view. We know Glen Garioch was producing … Continue reading

June 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

St. Magdalene 30 yo 1982/2013 Douglas Laing Old & Rare vs St. Magdalene 25 yo 1982/2008 Blackadder butt # 2180

Out of action following a very busy season, followed by a severe nose killing flu. Back now, and looking for a challenge, so St. Magdalene it is. I know some … Continue reading

May 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Caol Ila 17 yo 1995/2013, The Whisky Agency vs Caol Ila 33 yo 1979, Malts of Scotland, #12022

Caol Ila is another old faithful on Islay. Everybody knows the scale of production here, yes it’s huge, some say industrial. You know in perusing whisky related content online, I … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Inchmurrin That Boutique-y Whisky Company Batch 1 vs Inchmurrin 31 yo 1966/1997 Scotch Malt Whisky Society 112.1

Inchmurrin is peated Loch Lomond, or rather one of Loch Lomond’s peated variants. It was supposed to be a medium peated and aperitif style, but who knows really, I haven’t … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday my boy. Largiemeanoch (Bowmore) 1967 12 yo, The Howgate Wine Co. , #2655, 2656, 2657, 95 proof/54.2%

So quickly 1 turns to 2. Before I knew it your first year doubled to two but more than double has been the joy you brought to our lives this … Continue reading

May 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Port Ellen 30 yo 60th Anniversary Bottling Douglas Laing 2009 vs Port Ellen 28 yo 1982 Old Bothwell for Germany #2039

Whiskyrific has been offline a fortnight now, that’s because we have been on holiday which culminated at the Limburg Whisky Fair. World’s largest whisky festival. It was absolutely amazing. One … Continue reading

April 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bunnahabhain 25 yo 1988/2013 #4344 vs Bunnahabhain 34 yo 1980/2014 # 847945

Bunnahabhain is in a bit of a strange place – It’s quite widely available, both as officials and independents, so much so in fact almost every independent has stocks of … Continue reading

April 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tomatin 30 yo ~ 2014 release vs Tomatin 32 yo 1981/2014 Oloroso Butt #001

Sometimes I get quite bored trawling through whisky groups and websites because it feels like the same very popular names keep appearing. Look these can be great whiskies in their … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Glen Garioch 21 yo (bottled 1995) vs Glen Garioch 22 yo 1990/2012 Mackillop’s Choice #10295

The idea here is to compare 2 Glen Garioch in their early 20s, one distilled circa early 70s and the other distilled 1990. I expect noticeable changes, as Glen Garioch lost … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment
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