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Bowmore 36 yo 1969 / 2006 Duncan Taylor #6090 44% vs Bowmore 16 yo 1984 / 2000 Samaroli #61930 45%

Bowmore 36 yo 1969 / 2006 Duncan Taylor #6090 44% We’ve got those lovely tropical fruit hues, but regretfully it isn’t immense though make no mistake, the whole is still … Continue reading

May 31, 2022 · Leave a comment

Longmorn 1972 / 2005 Munchner Whisky-Festival 57.3% vs Longmorn 1973 / 2011 Gordon & Macphail #3228 for Whiskyfair Limburg 58%

Longmorn 1972 / 2005 Munchner Whisky-Festival 57.3% Is it fair to expect love for an old Longmorn? Expectations met. A delightful nose, Eden at harvest, slathered in bursting orange and … Continue reading

May 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Milroy’s trio: Clynelish 23 yo 1997 / 2021 Milroy’s #12359 53.3% vs Ben Nevis 25 yo 1996 / 2021 Milroy’s #20 47.6% vs Springbank 28 yo 1992 / 2021 Milroy’s #185 50.9%

Check out our pals Friends With Drams,  they’ve got good whisky. Clynelish 23 yo 1997 / 2021 Milroy’s #12359 53.3% The sort of Clynelish that’s big on oak, so we … Continue reading

May 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Ardbeg ‘Over 10 years old’ for Scoma by Cadenhead 58.5%

A gem from the Whiskyfair Limburg 2022. Note the unique label and font for this series. Needless to say, it is phenomenonally rare to see one open. Here we get … Continue reading

May 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Glen Elgin 25 yo 1995 / 2021 Signatory #3270 52.3% vs Glen Elgin 12 yo 2008 / 2020 The Whisky Exchange #805343 55.8%

Glen Elgin 25 yo 1995 / 2021 Signatory #3270 52.3% Full of that ripe orchard fruit character that Glen Elgin seems to be blessed with. Ripe pears and stonefruit are … Continue reading

May 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

Craigellachie 23 yo 1989 / 2014 SMWS 44.59 ‘Lime marinated grilled chicken’ 51.4% vs Teaninich 21 yo 1999 / 2021 Maltbarn 48.8%

Craigellachie 23 yo 1989 / 2014 SMWS 44.59 ‘Lime marinated grilled chicken’ 51.4% Craigellachie is, to me, in the same weight category as Ben Nevis and Mortlach, but consequentially I … Continue reading

May 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Oban 24 yo 1989 / 2013 #748 47.8% vs Oban 12 yo Special Release 2021 56.2%

Oban 24 yo 1989 / 2013 #748 47.8% A naked Oban, with character shining though the glass. Light honey, a single green kiwi, toasted oatcakes and naked cereals. Unsurprisingly, a … Continue reading

April 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Bruichladdich 21 yo 1964 / 1986 Intertrade 51.8% vs Bruichladdich 15 yo 1969 / 1985 Intertrade 54%

Bruichladdich 21 yo 1964 / 1986 Intertrade 51.8% Heavily fruit, in oily brown tones on the verge of ferment, presents a dense nose. The musky fruit, like overripe honeydew, buoys … Continue reading

April 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Scapa 16 yo 1980 / 1996 Signatory #12085-86 43% vs Highland Park 27 yo 1984 / 2011 Whisky Agency 52.5%

Scapa 16 yo 1980 / 1996 Signatory #12085-86 43% The ideal comparison would have been the 25yo 1980 special release but for the reasons that follow, this turns out to … Continue reading

March 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

Caol Ila 1979 / 2010 Prenzlow Portfolio Collection #5294 57.9% vs Caol Ila 20 yo 1981 / 2001 Wilson & Morgan #276 59.2%

Caol Ila 1979 / 2010 Prenzlow Portfolio Collection #5294 57.9% Feels like the fire of wild youth has dissipated to a warm salty glow. Warm pastry from wood fired ovens. … Continue reading

March 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Knappogue Castle 25 yo 1996 / 2021 LMdW #5629 ‘The Remarkable Rocket’ 53.1% vs Knappogue Castle 27 yo 1994 / 2021 LMdW #888139 ‘The Happy Prince’ 50.3% vs Knappogue Castle 25 yo 1995 / 2021 LMdW #888892 ‘The Devoted Friend’ 50.9% 

Knappogue Castle 25 yo 1996 / 2021 LMdW #5629 ‘The Remarkable Rocket’ 53.1% vs Knappogue Castle 27 yo 1994 / 2021 LMdW #888139 ‘The Happy Prince’ 50.3% vs Knappogue Castle … Continue reading

March 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Benriach 12 yo 1969 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40% vs Benriach 36  yo 1976 / 2012 #963 for The Whisky Agency 49.6%

Benriach 12 yo 1969 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice 40% Fruit in succulent tropical hues of reds and oranges, hazily spread over stony earth and hay like a worked field … Continue reading

March 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Strathisla 18 yo 1974 / 1992 Gordon & Macphail #2206 + 2207 57.8% vs Strathisla 36 yo 1967 / 2003 Gordon & MacPhail Bar Metro 35th Anniversary #2063 54.3%

Strathisla 18 yo 1974 / 1992 Gordon & MacPhail #2206 + 2207 57.8% A meaty and ever lightly sulphurous sherry here. Not my thing. Vague mushroom notes, umami, black pepper, … Continue reading

March 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Rosebank 15 yo for Peck Milano by Zenith Italia 50% vs Rosebank 21 yo 1978 / 2000 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 336 bottles 50%

Rosebank 15 yo for Peck Milano by Zenith Italia 50% Peck is an upmarket restaurant and food emporium, evidently they like whisky as well. No indication when this was distilled … Continue reading

February 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Islay Oct 1976 / Oct 1989 Society of Scotch Malt Connoisseurs #H2 59% vs Highland (Northern) Aug 1974 / Sept 1988 Society of Scotch Malt Connoisseurs #C13 63%

Islay Oct 1976 / Oct 1989 Society of Scotch Malt Connoisseurs #H2 59% I find pronounced coastal and peat driven characteristics, and a sharp saline edge. Not a muscular peat, … Continue reading

February 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Glen Garioch 1975 Coilltean Samaroli 57% vs Glen Garioch 18 1978 / 1997 #4768, 10601-5, 10950-4 59.4%

Glen Garioch 1975 Coilltean Samaroli 57% Immensely peaty with abyssal depth. Thin smoke from burning grass, dried leaves, mossy branches and roots, straw, on what must be a bed of … Continue reading

February 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Clynelish 21 yo 1997 The Malt Affair and The Auld Alliance 49.9% vs Clynelish 27 yo 1994 / 2021 Gleann Mor Rare Find for Royal Mile Whiskies 50.1%

Clynelish 21 yo 1997 The Malt Affair and The Auld Alliance 49.9% Everything in its place. Cold wax, honey, rubbed granite, drops of petrol, snapped twigs, one sooty smear, the … Continue reading

February 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

Highland Park 12 yo Ferraretto Import ~ circa 1979 ‘Gradi 43% Idrati 75 cl’ vs Highland park 8yo Gordon & Macphail 100 proof

Highland Park 12 yo Ferraretto Import ~ circa 1979 ‘Gradi 43% Idrati 75 cl’ An old glory. Subtle mix of discrete but well executed sherry and peat elements. Peat smoke. … Continue reading

January 31, 2022 · Leave a comment

Longmorn 37 yo 1973 / 2011 Whisky Agency 58% vs Benriach 17 yo 1978 / 1995 Cadenhead 59.7%

Longmorn 37 yo 1973 / 2011 Whisky Agency 58% Yellow plums, ripe but tart, a prickly mass of dessert spice and genteel drawing rooms of dark leather and oaken panels. … Continue reading

January 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

Clynelish Distiller’s Edition 1992 / 2007 Cl-Br:170-2g 46% Vs Clynelish 17 yo Managers Dram 61.8% ~ bottled 1998

So two sherried Clynelish. I’ve always preferred ex bourbon Clybelish but I keep an open mind: Clynelish Distiller’s Edition 1992 / 2007 Cl-Br:170-2g 46% Unmistakable warm wax and honey, cruising … Continue reading

January 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Bowmore 25 yo 1990 / 2015 Rest & Be Thankful Whisky Co #185076 53.7% vs Bowmore 21 yo 1995 / 2016 Master of Malt 54.7%

Bowmore 25 yo 1990 / 2015 Rest & Be Thankful Whisky Co #185076 53.7% Now while the heart of it is fruity, it’s firmly in the tart citric camp, so … Continue reading

January 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Glendullan 12 yo Macdonald Greenlees 47% ~ Importato Da Ditta Manzuoli vs Glenfarclas 28 yo 1970 / 1999 Cadenhead 55.9%

Glendullan 12 yo Macdonald Greenlees 47% ~ Importato Da Ditta Manzuoli, late 80s Quite a full nose, but is that the cask? Right, a veneer of sulphur that clear but … Continue reading

January 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Linkwood 15 Gordon & Macphail 100 proof/57% vs Mortlach Gordon & Macphail 100 proof/57%

Linkwood 15 Gordon & Macphail 100 proof / 57% Loads of dry exotic wood notes. Top grade black pepper, cedar, blackwood, teak oil, birch and myrrh. Just dry dry dry. … Continue reading

January 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Benrinnes 20 yo 1995 / 2016 Signatory #5894 49.6% vs Benrinnes 21 yo Special Release 2014 56.9%

Benrinnes 20 yo 1995 / 2016 Signatory #5894 49.6% This house believe that Benrinnes significantly improved in the 90s. Sunny yellow hues of sweet honey, baked shortcrust, yellow stonefruit, tinned … Continue reading

January 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Balvenie 40 yo 48.5%

Balvenie 40 yo 48.5% It says ‘matured beautifully’ on the label and indeed, that is the case here. An intoxicating blend of several careful parts: Soft spicy sweetness wrought by … Continue reading

December 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Highland Park 20 yo 1996 / 2016 Cadenhead 50.6% vs Highland Park 1981 / 2005 Riegger’s Selection #6048 50.3%

Highland Park 20 yo 1996 / 2016 Cadenhead 50.6% Crystal clarity and laser focused. This sharp mix of wispy smoke, sea air, thin wax, white minerals, brittle resins, light but … Continue reading

December 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

Longmorn 44 yo 1966 / 2011 The Dram Taker’s ‘Book of Kells’ Gordon & MacPhail for Limburg #281 43.1% vs Longmorn-Glenlivet 19 yo 1974 / 1993 Cadenhead 45%

Longmorn 44 yo 1966 / 2011 The Dram Taker’s ‘Book of Kells’ Gordon & MacPhail for Limburg #281 43.1% Oxidised apple sauce, spearmint, tinned pineapple slices and metallic hints of … Continue reading

December 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

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
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