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Wardhead 19 yo 1997 Impressive Cask Whisky-e Ltd 51.1% vs Wardhead 19 yo 1997 Big Fish Whisk-e Ltd 51.3%

Wardhead is of course teaspooned Glenfiddich. Wardhead 19 yo 1997 Impressive Cask Whisky-e Ltd 51.1% What’s impressive is the freshness and crisp malty nose, with entirely natural ‘naked’ scents of … Continue reading

July 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Brora 37 yo 2016 Special Release 48.6% vs Brora 37 yo 2015 Special Release 50.4%

Brora 38 yo 1977 / 2016 Special Release 48.6% Early 70s Broras are known to be peated powerhouses more so than late period Broras, but this is a 1977, and … Continue reading

July 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bunnahabhain 1968 / 2010 Malts of Scotland #12291 40% vs Bunnahabhain 25 yo 1964 / 1990 Master of Malts #4852-4856 46%

Bunnahabhain 1968 / 2010 Malts of Scotland #12291 40% A profile that is perfect even at 40%, which makes this a breeze right from the pour: almond oil, thin resins … Continue reading

July 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Glen Grant 8 yo Securo Cap 100 proof vs Glen Grant 15 yo Securo Cap 70 proof

Glen Grant 8 yo Securo Cap 100 proof An old nose – slightly dirty with grimey surfaces, mineral oil flecked with bits of carbonised something or other, and (wonderfully) no … Continue reading

July 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bellevue 17 yo 1998 Duncan Taylor #94 52.2% vs Bellevue 18 yo 1998 Kill Devil Hunter Laing 58.2%

Bellevue 17 yo 1998 Duncan Taylor #94 52.2% Papery dry bark, moist spongecake, and sugar glaze with hints of acerbic lemon zest. A lot more shows up on the tongue, … Continue reading

July 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Oban 27 yo 1963 James MacArthur 56% vs Oban 32 yo 1969 / 2002 55.1%

Oban 27 yo 1963 James MacArthur 56% My chequered experience with unique minis like this tells me they should be handled with caution as the risk of off notes seem … Continue reading

July 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Longmorn 21 yo 1973 / 1994 Signatory #9279 54.9% vs Longmorn 31 yo 1964 / 1996 Kingsbury #52 59%

Longmorn 21 yo 1973 / 1994 Signatory #9279 54.9% A deep yellow fruitiness blends beautifully with wet wool and rubbed granite. Aromatic earthen notes too in the shape of petrichor, … Continue reading

July 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ardbeg 12 yo 80 proof, white label bottled for the French Market in 1966 vs Ardbeg 18 yo 1975 / 1993 Signatory #2461-2463 43%

Ardbeg 12 yo 80 proof, white label bottled for the French Market in 1966 Tarry and phenolic in a primordially pure and achingly beautiful way, streaked with jagged salinity and … Continue reading

June 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Springbank 21 yo 1995 / 2017 #470 Copper Monument vs Springbank 15 yo 1992 / 2007 The Whisky Society 52.6%

Springbank 21 yo 1995 / 2017 #470 Copper Monument 45.8% Quite rich and rounded without jagged edges. The sherry presents itself with overtones of blackcurrant jam, moist leather but also … Continue reading

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dalmore 30 yo 1963 / 1993 Cadenhead 54.5% vs Dalmore 1977 Glenscoma #12147 ’20 Year Anniversary of SCOMA GmbH’ 60.4%

This is a new format designed to be efficient with Instagram. Some changes are afoot. Dalmore 30 yo 1963 / 1993 Cadenhead 54.5% Uncommonly old Dalmore. It’s an oily one … Continue reading

June 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Clément 1976 Très Vieux Rhum Agricole 44% vs Rhum Vieux du Pere Labat 1997 42%

Clément 1976 Très Vieux Rhum Agricole 44% A deep and burnished rhum that is, though I hate to use the word, totally smooth without any of the salty or phenolic … Continue reading

June 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bowmore 35 yo 1968 / 2003 Duncan Taylor #1426 vs Bowmore 40 yo 1968 / 2008 Duncan Taylor #3824 42.3%

And with this post, I will begin transitioning posts to Instagram, under the handle ‘whiskyrific’. Thank you all who have checked back on this blog through facebook now and then. … Continue reading

June 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

Monymusk ‘Sugar Estates of Jamaica’ Rhum Agricol Moon Import 46% vs Monymusk 12 yo Berry Brothers for La Maison du Whisky 55.4%

Monymusk ‘Sugar Estates of Jamaica’ Rhum Agricol Moon Import 46% Note this is a Rhum Agricole.. distilled in Jamaica… very odd because Jamaican rum is traditionally molasses based. Light almost … Continue reading

June 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bowmore 21 yo 1971 43% vs Bowmore 36 yo 1972 / 2008 Prestonfield #3881 48.8% vs Bowmore 27 yo 1973 / 2000 Blackadder #3176 50.2%

Somewhere else on this sunny island Bowmore week has started… Bowmore 21 yo 1971 43% ~ bottled 1992 While the fruit isn’t as explosive as say 1968, it remains an … Continue reading

June 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Benrinnes 20 yo 1974 / 1994 Signatory #2577 43% vs Benrinnes 19 yo 1971 / 1991 Cadenhead 55.3%

Benrinnes 20 yo 1974 / 1994 Signatory #2577 43% I expected something of a beast but this old Benrinnes is a gentle old soul, granted there are dashes of beef … Continue reading

June 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Old Pulteney 1989 / 2015 Lightly Peated Limited Edition 46% vs Old Pulteney 15 yo 1982 Millennium Single Cask #1522 61.1%

Old Pulteney 1989 / 2015 Lightly Peated Limited Edition 46% Only half trying to be lame, but there’s really something old in Old Pulteney that lingers on, and this one … Continue reading

June 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

An Cnoc 39 yo 1975 / 2014 44.2% vs Linkwood 36 yo 1973 / 2009 The Whisky Exchange 10 Years Online 49.7%

AnCnoc 39 yo 1975 / 2014 44.2% Just a note that AnCnoc is the whisky distilled at the Knockdhu distillery. This is done to avoid confusion with the nearby Knockando … Continue reading

June 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Glenkinchie 18 yo 1974 James MacArthur’s 40% vs Inchmurrin 31 yo 1966 / 1997 SMWS 112.1 50.2%

Glenkinchie 18 yo 1974 James MacArthur’s 40% Unrecognisable if one’s only reference is the very bland whisky that it is today! Here is a revelation and a lesson. Its presents … Continue reading

May 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Glenkinchie 19 yo 1964 Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice 40% ~ Brown label vs St. Magdalene 18 yo 1964 Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice 40% ~ Brown label

At the time, the Connoisseurs Choice range was meant as an introduction to lesser known distilleries. Little would they have known what a perfect little snapshot each of these bottles … Continue reading

May 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Highland Park 1955 Gordon & Macphail ‘Cask’ 52.8% vs Highland Park 1955 Gordon & Macphail ‘Cask’ 54.6%

Highland Park 1955 Gordon & Macphail ‘Cask’ 52.8% And eternal gratitude to the most generous Whisky person ever! Somewhat reserved at first nosing, and it has its aromatics but not … Continue reading

May 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Longmorn 1969 / 1991 Gordon & Macphail ‘Cask’ #3716/7 61% vs Longmorn 1969 Gordon & Macphail ‘Cask’ 61.5%

Longmorn 1969 / 1991 Gordon & Macphail ‘Cask’ #3716/7 61% A bottle series and a fabled year, quite sure nothing will go wrong now. And indeed. Joyous, exuberant, and gilded … Continue reading

May 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Benromach 1982 / 2000 Gordon & Macphail ‘Cask’ #987 61% vs Benromach 1982 / 1996 Gordon & Macphail ‘Cask’ #1335 + 1341 63%

I don’t see very many Benromachs around, wonder what they’ve been doing with all their whisky, given it’s a small distillery, and yet it’s been 20 years since it reopened? … Continue reading

May 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mortlach 35 yo 1936 Gordon & Macphail Pinerolo for Edwards and Edwards 43% vs Macallan-Glenlivet 15 yo Pure Malt Gordon and Macphail Gold Label 80 proof

The Malt Affair Vol. 4 is over and there were some true gems to be had in the line up, like this stunning old Mortlach, fielded by first time exhibitors … Continue reading

May 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Springbank 12 yo 100 proof 57% ~ early 90s vs Springbank 10 yo Sutti Import 59% ~ a rather dark vatting

Springbank 12 yo 100 proof 57% ~ early 90s Unmistakable quality at full volume, and the wall of scent is classic Springbank. Thick herbal liqueur, some pine or fir based … Continue reading

May 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Glen Mhor 26 yo 1965 Prestonfield #202 56% vs Glen Mhor 1978 / 1989 Gordon & Macphail Cask 65.3%

Glen Mhor 26 yo 1965 Prestonfield #202 56% The old style sherry here is a fitting velvet glove for the adamantine fist of the Glen Mhor. First you luxuriate in … Continue reading

May 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

North Port 15 yo 1974 / 1989 Sestante ‘Very Rare’ 66.1% vs North Port 14 yo 1974 / 1988 Intertrade 66.2%

North Port, or Brechin, distillery was one of those hit by the whisky downturn of the 80s and closed for good in 1983. Not particularly missed or lamented, one still … Continue reading

April 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Glen Grant 18 yo 1977 / 1995 Wilson & Morgan 46% vs Glen Grant 32 yo 1972 / 2004 Milroy 51%

Glen Grant 18 yo 1977 / 1995 Wilson & Morgan 46% Honestly a lovely sherry maturation, replete with cherry compote, fig jam, molasses and soy. Brittle old wood, cinnamon and … Continue reading

April 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Pierde Almas Tobaziche Mezcal 48% vs Pescador De Suenos Tobala PSTB-2A 2016 San Juan Del Rio 50.13% NOM-0258X

Pierde Almas Tobaziche Mezcal 48% A luminous and crystalline mezcal short on smoke and the dirty facets one finds in other makes. Instead it bring a full agave flavour, clean … Continue reading

April 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Kilbride Distillery 28 yo 1989 / 2017 HNWS Taiwan 51.1% vs Laphroaig 25 yo 1986 / 2011 AD Rattray #2123 60.6%

A Kilbride Distillery 28 yo 1989 / 2017 HNWS Taiwan 51.1% It doesn’t actually say Laphroaig but the word Kilbride is a dead giveaway – that and the whisky itself. … Continue reading

April 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dalwhinnie 1970 / 1991 Connoisseurs Choice ‘Map label’ Gordon & Macphail 40% vs Dalwhinnie 1963 Connoisseurs Choice ‘Brown label’ Gordon & Macphail 40% ~ mid 80s bottling

Dalwhinnie 1970 / 1991 Connoisseurs Choice ‘Map label’ Gordon & Macphail 40% I’ve always been intrigued by Dalwhinnie. While it falls into the light but stark, slightly floral highlands style, … Continue reading

April 12, 2019 · 2 Comments

Mannochmore 14 yo 1992 / 2006 Cadenhead Authentic Collection 54.6% vs Mannochmore 25 yo 1990 / 2016 Special Release 53.4%

A modern distillery founded in 1971, its six stills only went quiet between 1985 and 1989. Given that this distillery is (unfairly?) blamed for being the source of Loch Dhu, … Continue reading

April 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Been off travelling, some good drinks too. 50s and 60s Bowmore, 60s Laphroaig, 60s Ardbeg, 60s Highland Park, 1972 Brora

Visiting some friends, and drinking some great old bottles. A pictorial record:     Bowmore 1957 / 1990 Moon Import 40% Such elegance and nervous poise. I think of another … Continue reading

April 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bruichladdich 25 yo 1991 #2490 & 2491 Dun Bheagan Ian Macleod 48.1% vs Bruichladdich 24 yo 1992 Black Art 5.1 48.4%

… or ‘One wonders why the wine’, or alternatively ‘What wonders the wine wrought’, depending on which camp you fall into, red or blue, left or right, Rebels or Empire. … Continue reading

March 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Cardow (Cardhu) 28 yo 1962 James MacArthur 55.7% vs Craigellachie 46 yo 1970 #1607 Gordon & Macphail for LMdW 60th Anniversary 54.2%

Cardow (Cardhu) 28 yo 1962 James MacArthur 55.7% It is very unusual to find a 60s vintage Cardhu. There’s really only the Cadenhead black dumpy, and then this strange one, … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Longmorn 1967 Old Master’s James MacArthur 57.1% vs Longmorn 30 yo 1969 / 1999 #4249 Adelphi 56.7%

Longmorn 1967 Old Master’s James MacArthur 57.1% Note that the mini does not give the bottling year nor the cask number, but the equivalent full bottle states 2002 and cask … Continue reading

March 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Caol Ila 19 yo 1995 Signatory #457 + 458 vs Caol Ila 1990 Mackillop’s Choice #1484

Caol Ila 19 yo 1995 Signatory #457 + 458 46% The fresh sort of peaty Islay, more buttered burnt toast than unholy infernos. A light toned but rooty ‘clean earth’ … Continue reading

February 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hampden 7 yo 2010 Velier 62% vs Long Pond 15 yo 2003 1200/1300 ‘Continental Flavoured’ TECA 63%

Oberservation: Some of these high quality young rums completely outclass whisky of the same age. Counterpoint: Apples and Oranges though. Hampden 7 yo 2010 Velier 62% Thick treacly yet salty … Continue reading

February 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Highland Park 1982 / 1994 Gordon & Macphail Cask #784-786, 788 56.9% vs Highland Park 1983 / 1992 Gordon & Macphail Cask #1556 59.7%

Seems like a bumper crop of young undisclosed Highland Parks has arrived at the independents, most of which seem to have been well received. How about some young HPs from … Continue reading

February 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Croftengea 2008 / 2018 #272 for The Whisky Exchange 54.8% vs Croftengea 11 yo 2007 / 2018 #209 The Single Cask 60.2%

This is Loch Lomond. It’s common practice to designate different names to different styles of makes to differentiate them from the ‘house’ style. But for Loch Lomond, which is able … Continue reading

February 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

St Magdalene 30 yo 1975 / 2005 Silver Seal 50% vs Linlithgow (St Magdalene) 1982 / 2008 #2220 Carn Mor 61.8%

If one had a mind to look, one would find available some mid 70s St Magdalenes but a lot of 1982s still floating around. Funny that those I’ve tried seem … Continue reading

February 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Scapa 24 yo 1965 / 1990 Cadenhead 50.1% vs Scapa 25 yo 1980 / 2005 54% 

Just 2 distilleries in the Orkney Islands and I don’t need to mention it’s famous brother. Well this is the workhorse sibling, whose output disappears into blends though every now … Continue reading

January 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bowmore 16 yo Cadenhead Sheriff’s Bowmore Distillery 46% vs Bowmore 13 yo Cadenhead Sheriff’s Bowmore Distillery 80 proof

Bowmore 16 yo Cadenhead Sheriff’s Bowmore Distillery 46% ~early 80s bottling A wondrous combination of some tropical fruit skins (yet not exuberantly fruity) with a clear salt tang, clean earth and … Continue reading

January 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ardbeg Provenance 2nd Release for the US 23 yo 1974 / 1998 54.7% vs Ardbeg Provenance 1st release 23 yo 1974 / 1997 55.6%

2 of 4 of the monumental Provenance series for Ardbeg. These are landmark whiskies. Ardbeg Provenance 2nd Release for the US 23 yo 1974 / 1998 54.7% This is Ardbeg … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Strathisla 1965 / 2011 #3473 vs Tamdhu 21 yo 1990 Old & Rare Douglas Laing

Big sherry night: Strathisla 45 yo 1965 / 2011 Gordon & Macphail for LMDW #3473 48% This one was bottled by LMDW Singapore, half the cask is with a private … Continue reading

January 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Strathisla 34 yo 1937 / 1972 Gordon and Macphail for Pinerolo 43% vs Macallan 1947 securo cap Campbell, Hope & King for Rinaldi 80 proof

Some old Speysiders from around the war years when peat was most likely used to dry the malt. Strathisla 34 yo 1937 / 1972 Gordon and Macphail for Pinerolo 43% … Continue reading

January 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Pechuga Del Maguey PEC-131 49% vs Pierde Almas Conejo 2015 Lote: 06-PC 51%

Pechuga Del Maguey PEC-131 49% This is a special occasion Mezcal only made in season and drunk at important events. It starts with a Minero that’s already been double distilled … Continue reading

January 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Gilbey’s Redbreast 12 yo , John Jameson & Son Liqueur Whiskey vs Jameson 15 yo Limited Millenium Edition 1984 / 2000 vs Daly’s Tullamore Distillery 38 yo 1952 -1991 Cadenhead 68.9%

Some old Irish to ring in the new year. While not as popular as vintage Scotch, Irish eyes are always smiling. I’ve had a hectic but immensely rewarding 2018, I … Continue reading

December 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dalwhinnie 25 yo 1987 / 2012 Special Release 52.1% vs Dalwhinnie 29 yo 1973 / 2003 Special Release 57.8%

Merry Christmas 2018! Another year of blogging recording my tasting notes for reference .. I have been told blogs aren’t in anymore and it’s all about pretty pictures and instagram. … Continue reading

December 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Glenfiddich-Glenlivet 30 yo 1963 / 1993 Cadenhead 51.7% vs Glenfiddich 1974 / 2002 50th Anniversary Of The Coronation Of HM Queen Elizabeth II #2336 48.9%

Can it be that I have reviewed almost no Glenfiddich all this while? Glenfiddich-Glenlivet 30 yo 1963 / 1993 Cadenhead 51.7% ~green glass white label A moment of truth as … Continue reading

December 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Edradour 10 yo The Distillery Edition vs Edradour Ballechin 4 The Discovery Series

This distillery comes with the fearsome reputation being one whose whisky actually improved this side of 2000. It might be an understatement to say the fact of accomplishing this is … Continue reading

December 9, 2018 · Leave a comment
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