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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

St Magdalene 25 yo 1964 / 1989 Cadenhead 44.2% vs St Magdalene 23 yo 1970 Rare Malts 58.43%

St Magdalene 25 yo 1964 / 1989 Cadenhead 44.2% One of those old noses which are so remarkably phenolic one might have thought old Ardmore. Cold engines and a single … Continue reading

October 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Caol Ila 15 yo Sestante for Novecento 64.7% vs Caol Ila 15 yo Sestante 65.3%

Caol Ila 15 yo Sestante for Novecento 64.7% Familiar sort of brutal Caol Ila, the kind that’s oily, rooty, flinty, briny and lemony, but as narrow as the space between … Continue reading

October 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

Glen Garioch 25 yo 1990 / 2017 LMdW ‘Artist #7’ Cask #2694 52.3% vs Glen Garioch 1968 29 yo 1968 #625 57.2%

Glen Garioch 25 yo 1990 / 2017 LMdW ‘Artist #7’ Cask #2694 52.3% Good one, as these early 90s go. Charcoal, petrichor, thin stony minerals and clean algae. Spearmint, tarragon, … Continue reading

September 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

Clynelish 90 yo 1972 / 2002 Scotch Malt Sales 58% vs Clynelish 23 yo 1974 / 1998 Rare Malts 59.1%

Clynelish 90 yo 1972 / 2002 Scotch Malt Sales 58% So very.. Clynelish. Top notch distillery, Top notch year. Hot wax, afternoon sun on flints and gritty gravel on chalky … Continue reading

September 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Scapa 12 yo 40% ~2000 vs Scapa 8 yo Gordon & Macphail 57% ~ late 80s

Scapa 12 yo 40% ~2000 Fresh and very light, surprisingly really. Cold margarine, malt, green apples and a lemony eau de vie. Not bad whisky just a tad simple and … Continue reading

September 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Bruichladdich 21 yo 1992 / 2014 Duncan Taylor #3987 49.7% vs Bruichladdich 22 yo 1991  / 2014 Gleann Mor #2270 55.9%

Bruichladdich 21 yo 1992 / 2014 Duncan Taylor #3987 49.7% Great years at Bruichladdich. Fresh, zingy, cut limes, cut grass, parsley, green apples, green kiwis and other tangy unripe fruit. … Continue reading

September 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Rosebank 26 yo 1967 / 1994 Signatory  #4397 51.7% vs Rosebank 25 yo 1967 / 1993 Signatory #4393-4394 54.4%

Rosebank 26 yo 1967 / 1994 Signatory  #4397 51.7% Wonderful old Rosebank, slightly dusty and thinly resinous with brittle but clear layers of flaking resins. Just slightly sooty, with a … Continue reading

September 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Macduff 40 yo 1968 / 2008 Duncan Taylor #8547 45.5% vs Deanston 23 yo 1967 / 1991 Signatory #1785 55.4%

Macduff 40 yo 1968 / 2008 Duncan Taylor #8547 45.5% Very soft, gentle profile full of wood nuances. loads of warming dessert spices, gentle hints of worn leather, caramel, pastry … Continue reading

August 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Highland Park 22 yo Cadenhead 80 proof vs Highland Park 14 yo 1978 / 1993 Cadenhead 55.2%

Highland Park 22 yo Cadenhead 80 proof Joy in a glass. A multi layered Highland Park that balances deep phenols with a litheness of being. So a deep oozing phenolic … Continue reading

August 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Dailuaine 31 yo 1966 / 1997 Cadenhead 57.1% vs Dailuaine 22 yo 1973 / 1996 Rare Malts 60.92%

  Dailuaine 31 yo 1966 / 1997 Cadenhead 57.1% An amazing nose. Multi hued and deep, vivacious and conversational. Complex overtones of a genuine old sherry butt, but clearly not … Continue reading

August 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brora 1972 / 1996 Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice 40% vs Brora 24 yo 1977 / 2001 Rare Malts 56.1% vs Brora 19 yo 1982 / 2001 Chieftains #1189/1192 46%

Brora 1972 / 1996 Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice 40% Even diluted the power of Brora comes though with a stately magnificence. Monolithic peat, clean farmy notes. Hot tar, oozing … Continue reading

August 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Clynelish 12 yo for Whiskyteca Edward & Edward long cap 56.9% vs Clynelish 12 yo for Whiskyteca Edward & Edward bicolour 56.9%

A lazy sunday afternoon revisit of: Clynelish 12 yo for Whiskyteca Edward & Edward long cap 56.9% As austere and phenolic as ever. Cold air, dried heather, tree moss, brittle … Continue reading

August 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Talisker 30 yo 1953 Gordon & Macphail 40% vs Talisker 1957 Gordon & Macphail 53.5%

Talisker 30 yo 1953 Gordon & Macphail 40% Surprisingly rather smoky and peaty despite its 30 years. Dry crumbled peat dust, and smoke coaxed from a fire of dried branches. … Continue reading

August 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brodgar (Highland Park) 17 yo 1978 The Whisky Connoisseur 56.8% vs Highland Park 16 yo 1974 / 1991 Signatory #7137 57%

Brodgar (Highland Park) 17 yo 1978 The Whisky Connoisseur 56.8% Never know what to expect. Wet earth and light sappy smoke as if from burnt grass, withered weeds and branches. … Continue reading

August 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ardbeg 29 yo 1967 / 1996 Kingsbury #923 52% vs Ardbeg 28 yo 1967 / 1995 Signatory #574 dark oloroso 53.2%

Ardbeg 29 yo 1967 / 1996 Kingsbury #923 52% This is a thick soup of flavour. Bags of richness next to mountains of smoking peat. Dry and tannic, and frankly … Continue reading

August 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Rosebank 21 yo The Whisky Exchange 48% vs Rosebank 25 61.4%

Rosebank 21 yo The Whisky Exchange 48% A fresh and light sort of Rosebank from the later years. Sweet and gently malty, rolling in rock candy, vanilla pods, barley sugar … Continue reading

August 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ledaig 20 yo Douglas Murdoch 40% vs Ledaig 21 yo 1973 Hart Brothers 43%

Ledaig 20 yo Douglas Murdoch 40% ~70s distillate An old school peat cut from the same multicoloured cloth as that spun in Islay circa 1970. Dry dusty peat with black … Continue reading

July 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ardbeg 25 yo Lord of the Isles 46% ~early 2000s vs Ardbeg Supernova Committee 2014 55%

Ardbeg 25 yo Lord of the Isles 46% ~early 2000s bottling A rightly lauded bottle. I remember when this was 800 sgd at the duty free. Ardbeg, style: classic, era: … Continue reading

July 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

Royal Brackla Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice ‘Map Label’ 1991 / 2011 46% vs Royal Brackla 23 yo 1975 / 1998 Signatory #5456 58.6%

Royal Brackla Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice ‘Map Label’ 1991 / 2011 46% Very nice actually, toasted cereals and lightly nutty with buttery creamy overtones, a bit like toasted Macadamias. … Continue reading

July 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brora 20 yo 1982 Whisky Connoisseur 58.6% vs Brora 12 yo 1976 / 1989 SMWS 61.1 63.6%

Brora 20 yo 1982 Whisky Connoisseur 58.6% Like its sister distillery,here are soft minerals and waxy notes. Honey, hay and buttered pears. Fat ambrette seeds. Completely different from a 72 … Continue reading

July 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

Jura 30 yo 44% ~ 2012 bottling vs Jura 25 yo 1989 / 2015 Signatory #30729 60.9%

Jura 30 yo 44% ~ 2012 bottling This one wants to be a sherry forward whisky but the veneer is so thin its a little underwhelming. Feels incomplete. Buttered and … Continue reading

July 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Glen Garioch 18 yo 1975 / 1994 Cadenhead 54.9% vs Glen Garioch 13 yo 1975 / 1988 Samaroli 57%

Glen Garioch 13 yo 1975 / 1988 Samaroli 57% This is not the sort of heavy peat that’s thick on medicinal or coastal elements. It is a kind of immense … Continue reading

July 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Glencadam 15 yo 46% ~ 2012 bottling vs ‘East Highland’ Glencadam 13 yo Cadenhead 59.4%

Glencadam 15 yo 46% ~ 2012 bottling Natural and naked malt. This will be straightforward: Clean, malty, toasted cereal, butter and breakfast honey. Grain dust, white pepper, hot stones. Some … Continue reading

July 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Glen Grant 50 yo 1955 / 2005 Gordon &Macphail 40% vs Glenfarclas 50 yo issued 2015 41.1%

Glen Grant 50 yo 1955 / 2005 Gordon &Macphail 40% Naturally an immense sherry component is evident though Glen Grant dons this heavy robe well. Thick jammy purples and rich … Continue reading

July 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Bowmore Bicentenary ‘Distilled in 1964’ Soffiantino import 43% vs Bowmore Bicentenary multi-vintage NAS UK issue 43%

Bowmore Bicentenary ‘Distilled in 1964’ Soffiantino import 43% A nose to swoon over, firstly deeply fruity in ways so tropical and juicy that it beggars belief. That’s one of three … Continue reading

July 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Glendullan-Glenlivet 25 yo 1965 / 1991 Cadenhead 51.1% vs Glenturret 25 yo 1965 / 1991 Cadenhead 52.4%

Glendullan-Glenlivet 25 yo 1965 / 1991 Cadenhead 51.1% These old miniatures are not always great but always entertaining. Fry oil, a green bite sort of like oxalic acid and celery, … Continue reading

July 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Clynelish 5 yo di Chiano 43% ~ mid 70s vs Highland New Spirit, distilled June 2008 at Clynelish Rochdale 62.8% ~ bottled 2010

Clynelish 5 yo di Chiano 43% ~ mid 70s A winning profile. Fatty ambrette seed which is a thick waxy scent with animalic touches, thin clear minerals, turpenic waxes and, … Continue reading

July 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Highland Park 21 yo 1961 / 1983 Broadwell Vintners by R.W Duthie 46% vs Highland Park 27 yo 1968 Hart Brothers 43%

Highland Park 21 yo 1961 / 1983 Broadwell Vintners by R.W Duthie 46% A surprisingly peaty Highland Park. With an oozing boggy heart, black and dripping, greasy smoke and burning … Continue reading

July 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Laphroaig 1968 Sestante Pinerolo Import 40% ~triangular bottle vs Laphroaig 1968 Gordon & MacPhail for Donini 55.3%

Laphroaig 1968 Sestante Pinerolo Import 40% ~triangular bottle Old bottle effect is present with some obvious glass and chrysanthemum tea but it’s not too loud here. Sharp seaweed-laced sea breeze, … Continue reading

July 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Port Ellen 1969 Gordon & MacPhail for Donini 63.1%

Port Ellen 1969 Gordon & MacPhail for Donini 63.1% Unequivocally superb. A massive Port Ellen of monumental power, no matter how you define the word.  I recall this was my … Continue reading

July 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Caol Ila 1969 Connoisseurs Choice Gordon & Macphail ‘brown label’ 40% vs Caol Ila 1969 Gordon & Macphail for Donini 58.1%

Caol Ila 1969 Connoisseurs Choice Gordon & Macphail ‘brown label’ 40% Fresh! Classic Caol Ila profile, remember this is not the same Caol Ila as we have today. Zippy, zingy … Continue reading

June 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

Mortlach 1969 Gordon & Macphail for Donini 56.3%

Mortlach 1969 Gordon & Macphail for Donini 56.3% This whisky is elegance liquefied. Universally dry, but a nose full of heady woody aromatics, bringing to mind a variety of polished … Continue reading

June 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Irish Single Malt 24 yo 1991 / 2016 Formosa Whisky Society #12019 48.2% vs Irish Single Malt 28 yo 1989 / 2018 The Perfect Dram 49.9%

Irish Single Malt 24 yo 1991 / 2016 Formosa Whisky Society #12019 48.2% Not explosively fruity though enough fruit, in the shape of blackcurrants, kyoho grape and mango on oily … Continue reading

June 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Longmorn 1964 James MacArthur 57.5% vs Longmorn 1976 James MacArthur 54.7%

Longmorn 1964 James MacArthur 57.5% Old Longmorn is usually fabulous, but I haven’t had much luck with this bottler’s minis. So, disappointing again. A musty sort of whisky with cooking … Continue reading

June 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Lochside 20 yo 1981 / 2001 Blackadder #615 58.4% vs Lochside 20 yo 1981 / 2001 SMWS 92.10 61%

Lochside 20 yo 1981 / 2001 Blackadder #615 58.4% Sunny, fruity and joyous. A style that sets a high water mark for all whisky. Tart-sweet red berries, blackcurrants and sliced … Continue reading

June 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ardbeg 24 yo Cadenhead for Sestante 54.4% ~ attributed 1965

Ardbeg 24 yo Cadenhead for Sestante 54.4% ~ attributed 1965 This seems like the right day to have an old Sestante. A nose to make you sigh and check its … Continue reading

June 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Craigellachie 1991 / 2010 Connoisseurs Choice Gordon & Macphail 43% vs Craigellachie 44.115 12 yo 2007 / 2019 SMWS 60.8%

Craigellachie 1991 / 2010 Connoisseurs Choice Gordon & Macphail 43% A distillery which I am late to. Wow this is excellent for a regular old Connoisseurs Choice. Full of meditative … Continue reading

June 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ardbeg 25 yo 1975 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 702 bottles 50% vs Ardbeg 24 yo 1975 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 234 bottles 50%

Ardbeg 25 yo 1975 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 702 bottles 50% Firmly in the 70s Ardbeg style. A precise peat, bullets of oily earth, a thin blade of sodium … Continue reading

June 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

‘Tactical’ (Talisker) 20 yo 1980 / 2000 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask MC 359 bottles 50% vs Hebrides (Talisker) 30 yo 1970 Kingsbury 53.2%

‘Tactical’ (Talisker) 20 yo 1980 / 2000 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask MC 359 bottles 50% The sea with all it’s briny salty sharpness is evident here. And warm lemon … Continue reading

June 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Linkwood 13 yo 1999 Berry Bros #11969 56.8% vs Linkwood 21 yo 1969 / 1991 Cadenhead 55.8%

Linkwood 13 yo 1999 Berry Bros #11969 56.8% Barley sugar and molten candy at hard ball stage. Dusty grains, malt and museli. So its a young, fresh faced malt that … Continue reading

June 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Glen Mhor 10 yo Finest Old Highland Malt Moccia Import 43% vs Jura 8 yo Pure Malt Charles MacKinlay 43%

Both were owned by Charles MacKinlay Co Ltd. during in the 70s: Glen Mhor 10 yo Finest Old Highland Malt Moccia Import 43% ~ early 70s This one has dried banana … Continue reading

June 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Banff 1976 James MacArthur 57.1% vs Banff 37 yo 1971 / 2008 Dead Whisky Society #633 53.3% vs Banff Malts of Scotland 1975 / 2013 Malts of Scotland #13056 43.7%

Banff 1976 James MacArthur 57.1% Musty oil, composting leaves, wet leather and metal polish. It might have been more interesting to study further but for the sip I ventured to … Continue reading

June 4, 2020 · 2 Comments

Mortlach 14 yo 1973 / 1987 Intertrade 54.6% vs Mortlach 21 yo 1970 / 1991 Turatello 56.7%

Mortlach 14 yo 1973 / 1987 Intertrade 54.6% Beef bouillon and sticky jammy black-purples. Burnt gravy, oily pans in a hot oven, cooked wine and unsweetened cocoa. Big whisky. Savoury … Continue reading

June 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Highland Park 28 yo 1984 / 2013 Douglas Laing #DL9968 48.5% vs Highland Park 22 yo 1981 Kingsbury #6047 52.9% vs Highland Park 1987 / 1997 Gordon & Macphail #15474-15477, 15490-15492 63.7%

Highland Park 28 yo 1984 / 2013 Douglas Laing #DL9968 48.5% Mild sherry influence showing notes of sweet jam, neroli, blackcurrants and black tea. Phenolics check in as well with … Continue reading

May 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Highlander Inn x Friends With Drams In support of Highlander Inn: Daftmill 11 yo 2008 / 2019 Independent Whisky Bars of Scotland #068/2008 55.5% vs Highland Park 14 yo 2005 / 2019 Independent Whisky Bars of Scotland #2390 57.8% vs Ballechin 15 yo 2004 / 2018 Independent Whisky Bars of Scotland #74+76 52% vs Glenallachie 13 yo 2005 / 2020 Distillery Handfill #901037 59.8%

Daftmill 11 yo 2008 / 2019 Independent Whisky Bars of Scotland #068/2008 55.5% Green fruit, sweet barley sugar, cut grass and clear oil. So far so good. Slight metallic touches … Continue reading

May 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Glendronach 40 yo 1972 / 2012 #713 50.2% vs Glendronach 38 yo 1972 / 2010 #718 51.5% vs Glendronach 37 yo 1972 / 2009 #719 54.8%

Glendronach 40 yo 1972 / 2012 #713 50.2% Frankly, a perfect sherry nose. A monument of dry richness, stuffed to the ears in jammy shrivelled fruit of various shades of … Continue reading

May 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

Benriach 36 yo 1976 / 2012 #3031 for Usquebaugh Society 43.1% vs Benriach 35 yo 1975 / 2011 #7227 for Asta Morris 51 %

Benriach 36 yo 1976 / 2012 #3031 for Usquebaugh Society 43.1% Fruity! As in, along tropical lines, like a Lochside or Bowmore. Bright, warm and sunny, bursting guava, passion fruit, … Continue reading

May 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Port Ellen 27 yo 1978 / 2006 Platinum Douglas Laing 55.3% vs Port Ellen 1979 / 2004 Acredyke 60%

Port Ellen 27 yo 1978 / 2006 Platinum Douglas Laing 55.3% A softer sort of peat where the power has turned to elegance. Unburnt tobacco, dried bark, resins, gentian – … Continue reading

May 21, 2020 · Leave a comment
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