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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
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