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Nikka 'Coffey Malt'
Robert Karlsson, 84
Miyagikyo 1996/2014
Robert Karlsson, 89
Laphroaig 15yo 1998/2014
Robert Karlsson, 90
House Malt 1990/2014
Robert Karlsson, 85
Mortlach 15yo 1990/2014
Robert Karlsson, 83
Dalmore 1996/2013
Robert Karlsson, 78
Tobermory 2005/2013
Robert Karlsson, 89
Westport 1997/2014
Robert Karlsson, 83
Compass Box 'Compass Box'
Robert Karlsson, 83
Robert Karlsson, 86
Glen Albyn 1976/2012
Robert Karlsson, 88
Benriach 17yo 'Solstice'
Robert Karlsson, 90
Bunnahabhain 11yo 2003/2014
Robert Karlsson, 83
Glendronach 22yo 1991/2014
Robert Karlsson, 79
Balblair 2003/2014
Robert Karlsson, 78
Benriach 15yo
Robert Karlsson, 84
Bushmills 21yo
Robert Karlsson, 82
Speyburn 10yo (2014*)
Robert Karlsson, 84
Glenglassaugh 45yo 1968/2014 'Rare Cask'
Robert Karlsson, 86
Tamdhu 10yo (2014*)
Robert Karlsson, 80
Benriach 29yo 1984/2014
Robert Karlsson, 90
Tamdhu 10yo
Robert Karlsson, 84
Tomatin 12yo 'French Oak'
Robert Karlsson, 77
Speyburn 'Bradan Orach'
Robert Karlsson, 81
Balblair 1999/2014
Robert Karlsson, 89
Glenglassaugh 'Torfa' (2014)
Robert Karlsson, 86
Bushmills 16yo
Robert Karlsson, 84
Glengoyne 25yo
Robert Karlsson, 86
Balblair 1990/2013
Robert Karlsson, 87
Glen Keith 21yo 1992/2014
Robert Karlsson, 84
Laphroaig 14yo 2000/2014
Robert Karlsson, 85
Old Pulteney 'Navigator'
Robert Karlsson, 80
Teeling 21yo 'Vintage Reserve'
Robert Karlsson, 90
Glendronach 18yo 'Allardice'
Robert Karlsson, 85
Glenmorangie 12yo 'Lasanta'
Robert Karlsson, 86
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Nikka 'Coffey Malt' (45%, OB)
Miyagikyo 1996/2014 (62%, OB, Light peat casks, C#66535)
Laphroaig 15yo 1998/2014 (61.6%, Signatory Vintage Cask Strength Collection for LMdW, Refill Sherry Butt, C#700356, 554 Bts.)
House Malt 1990/2014 (48%, Wilson & Morgan, Sherry Butt, C#17, 753 Bts.)
Mortlach 15yo 1990/2014 (56.6%, Wilson & Morgan, Oloroso Sherry Butt, C#2)
Dalmore 1996/2013 (46%, L'Esprit, C#BH9092/RB58, 103 Bts.)
Tobermory 2005/2013 (61.3%, L'Esprit, C#BH900120, 100 Bts.)
Westport 1997/2014 (48%, Wilson & Morgan Barrel Selection, Sherry Wood, C#3358-9)
Compass Box 'Compass Box' (43%, OB, Great King St, Blend)
Kilkerran (46%, OB, Sherry Wood)
Glen Albyn 1976/2012 (43%, Gordon & MacPhail Licensed Bottling)
Benriach 17yo 'Solstice' (50%, OB, Port Finish 2nd Edition)
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Tullibardine 10yo (40%, OB, +/-1985)
Craig Daniels, Nose: fruity and some toffee and honey, whiff of cellophane, maybe a hint of smoke, then charcoal. Palate: warm and fruity and both smoky and spicy, warming dried fruits Finish: leather, smoke and fruit and charcoal. Comment; It's the kind of whisky that gets better in the glass. It has a nice mouthfeel and some smokey/charcoal notes.
Saint Magdalene 1980/1995 (40%, G&M Centenary Reserve)
Craig Daniels, This has been in my cupboard in a box for nearly 20 years. I don't recall the last time I tried it but it must have been around 1997. Nose: Honey and must, some straw, a faint hint of sweet sherry and a whiff of smoke. Palate: Bit thin and a bit dusty, some watery honey and some leather and some bandages and bandaids. Finish: some white rubber (Staedler/Pelikan)erasers and some slightly burnt honeycomb. Comment: I have no idea where my notes for this whisky are from 1997 but my score would be the same. The white eraser note and the burnt notes aren't great, but I can't say that this is OBE or heat strike.
Springbank 32yo 1967 (44.6%, Cadenhead's Chairman's Stock, Chairman's Stock, Sherrywood, 228 Bts., 70cl, 1999*)
Ho-cheng Yao, Yellow color, mild, honey, herbal, very nice. Malty sweet. a good example of old good sherry cask.
Springbank 12yo (46%, OB, Green thistle, +/-1995)
Ho-cheng Yao, Brown color, quite dark in color, lots sherry influence. plum earthy, cake, old malt, chocolate. quite matured, toffee palate, very sweet and lingering long. Very nice expression as a core range product.
Chichibu 2008/2011 'The First' (61.8%, OB, 7400 Bts., 700ml)
Craig Daniels, Nose; hot and spiky, with marshmallows and honey, some fruit syrup. Palate; slightly hot and creamy, more honey and then some mixed spice and nutmeg. Finish: warm and slightly spiky. Comment: Just too young and hot to score more.
Ardbeg 'AuriVerdes' (49.9%, OB, NAS, 70cl, 2014)
Rich Howard, the nose starts off on freshly cut wood, charred oak, barbecue sauce, cumin, field grasses, and a distant farminess with hints of manure, cut through with the "sweetness" of strong cider and lingering notes of mocha and vanilla. the palate is drying, with soot and ashes, quite spicy with cinnamon and nutmeg, plenty of wood tannins, with apple peel and strong cider, and no shortage of classic Ardbeg herbal notes on the finish. it's a bit chaotic... don't expect much integration with this one. a few drops of water dampens both the ash and the earth on the nose, and brings out a light, fruity sweetness... fresh cut strawberries, still hints of sweet vanilla against a distant backdrop of barbecue sauce (a bit like the Alligator in that way, now that i think about it...), and still those cider-ish and butyric notes on the tail. the palate is initially a bit sweeter now, mostly on simple sugars, before moving quickly onto quite some gingery notes, green tea and tree bark. with even more water, the nose settles into more of the mocha and coffee notes, which is nice, but the palate gets increasingly herbal (much like the Ardbog), of which i'm personally not a fan. for my tastes, this presents best as bottled. i just don't like where it goes with water.
Scapa 1985/1995 (40%, G&M)
Craig Daniels, Nose: varnish, honey, fresh linen, stone dust and ginger. Palate: honey and ginger, some slightly burnt wood and roasted nuts. Finish: dry ginger and drying wood, a little bit dusty; warming.
Inverleven 1984 (40%, G&M, 1990's)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Orange blossom water with an odd sour wood note, very grainy, some linseed. Palate; bland and thin, some light machine oil and artificial orange. Finish: Reprises that odd mix of faux orange and sourish wood. Comment; retasted Dec 2014. Strange stuff.
Glenmorangie 'Signet' (46%, OB, 2008)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Initially wine gums, raisins and dates then lots of citrus (candied orange peel, mandarins and blood orange). Palate; Christmas cake, glaced cherries and orange, some cocoa, sweet and creamy. Finish: dried peel, some biscuit dough and cream. Comment: seamless and classy, elegant and refined, while having plenty of flavour and depth.
Talisker 'Port Ruighe' (45.8%, OB, NAS, 70cl, 2013*)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Pretty typical Talisker, with some wine gums and some unusual pickled ginger. Slightly sweeter and more mellow than the standard 10.
Isawa 10yo (43%, OB, 500ml, 2012*)
Craig Daniels, Very odd nose - dry cleaning fluid and kerosene. Rest of the package is OK, but that nose is off-putting
Glenlossie 17yo 1981 (59%, Adelphi, C#1679)
Krishna Nukala, Tasted at Pete Silver's place. Brilliant dark colour. Luscious dark fruits galore. Raisins, apricots, dry prunes- excellent mouth feel matched by delicious taste of dark fruits. Long, everlasting finish. Top notch whisky.
Dufftown-Glenlivet 8yo (40%, OB, 70 Pr., OB, Black & Red Label, 1982*)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Hazelnut, praline, honey, some sour and dirty honey, some wet wool and some cardboard. A dusting of toffee and leathery fudge. Slightly hot and the spirit has burnt characteristics like a lot of grain heavy blended whiskies. Palate: Burnt toffee, silky grain some syrup, slightly sour/tannic and slightly burnt. Finish: Initially lots of syrup and then lightly sour, then burnt and warming. Lots of grain character. Comment: In the days when I first started scoring whiskies, this whisky was one of the first I ever tried and I wasn't all that impressed. But it's taken the last 30 years to work out why. It's not a great single malt because it performs like a half-way decent blend of the same epoch. Note: I've tried this whisky over about seven times since 1991. It's never been great and it's not going to get better in the bottle.
Ardbeg 'Supernova' (55%, OB, NAS, SN2014 Committee Release, 750ml, 2014)
Ho-cheng Yao, Light yellow, very peaty, iodine, icy-hot, medical, quite robust and light body, grassy, root, medium short finish. quite lingering. quite easy and should be good with some water. (and ice probably), better than I remember.
Glen Scotia 8yo (40%, OB, +/-1980)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Light machine oil, floral honey, meadow flowers, some sump-oil blackened steel, some petrochemicals & charcoal; both sweet and subtly smokey. The flowers/perfume, honey and charcoal tend to dominate. Palate: oily, rich, briny/salty and fudgy. Some ginger and some smudgepot; some peat but quite restrained. Finish: warming with toffee and some drying wood and some metallic bitters. Reprise of smoke. Quite long. Comments: At least 22 years since I tasted this version last. I bought this one at an auction about two years ago. It was in pristine condition. A much more savoury, richer and more interesting whisky than I was expecting. The mouth feel at 40% is an object lesson for modern distillers.
Blair Athol 'Over 8yo' (40%, OB, Blue Crest, Mid 1980's)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Straw, a little bit of spirit. Some soap and perfume, hints of vanilla and fudge, maybe Turkish delight or rosewater, fragrant, eau de cologne which gets stronger the longer in the glass. Palate: honey, butterscotch and buttered toast and some astringency, some wood bitters, quite grainy. Finish: more perfume and something slightly dirty burnt and hot. Lingering warmth and a slightly burnt character and a perfumy character, some sour grain especially retronasally.
Balvenie 'TUN 1509 Batch No.1' (47.1%, OB, NAS, 750ml, 2014)
Rich Howard, the nose initially starts off on the lightest hints of berry, before moving almost immediately to a big, bourbon-y vanilla, spicy citrus, hints of clover honey, nutmeg and the slightly sourish smell of those orange circus peanut candies, which i often ate as a child, but never really liked. unfortunately, the sourish note is somewhat distracting, and after time threatens to dominate. the palate hits with a burst of sweet and spicy orange citrus, fresh berries, cinnamon and nutmeg, but moves very quickly to strong wood tannins, quite some oak here, with a long finish on slightly sourish wood. water rescues the nose somewhat... it's simpler now, with gentle orange creme and clover honey, hints of barley sugar, and the sourish wood notes have moved into the background. the palate is sweeter as well, still the spicy citrus, quite some tannins, still presenting as cinnamon and nutmeg, and the slightly off woody notes take longer to emerge on the finish, and dominate a bit less. to my palate, this is a bit heavy on the wood, and there's a stave or two in one of the casks that didn't sit quite right. water is required, but can only do so much.
Port Askaig Harbour 19yo (45.8%, The Whisky Exchange, 2011)
Craig Daniels, Colour; pale straw. Nose: sweet peat and citrus, carbolic and phenols, light machine oil, peanut butter and charred lemon. Palate: sweet, smoky and slightly oily. Finish: sweet, citrusy and smoky, some fresh fireplace ashes, lingering charred citrus. Comment: A whisky that grows on you, becomes more complex over time. Doesn't like water all that much; gets some artificial sweetener like aspartame or saccharine.
An Cnoc 12yo (40%, OB, 2010*)
Craig Daniels, Nose: straw and meadow flowers, rose petals which hang around and finally tarragon/liquorice root. Palate: drier than expected, quite flinty, but with manuka honey. Finish: dries off with some straw and metal. Comment: Pleasant, well made with lots of floral character.
Redbreast 12yo (40%, OB, Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey, 2010*)
Craig Daniels, Nose: Grassy and creamy, touches of oloroso sherry, crème caramel, lots of coconut that builds in the glass. Palate: sweet, creamy with both sherry and a little bit of leather. Finish: soft smooth and short.
Bushmills 16yo (40%, OB, Bourbon and Oloroso casks, then finished in Port Casks, 700ml, 2013*)
Craig Daniels, Nose: sherry and fruitcake,some slightly sour notes. Palate: cream sherry and some underlying grassiness, some mixed berries. Finish: sweet, velvety, then some slight astringency. Comments: Pleasant enough, but the wood cloaks any Irish character.
Ardbeg 'Supernova' (55%, OB, NAS, SN2014 Committee Release, 750ml, 2014)
Rich Howard, after capping the glass for a few minutes, the nose starts off on tar, wood smoke, hemp rope… underneath all that, the sweetness of burnt marshmallows. this all transitions almost immediately to a full infusion of mezcal but with an undercurrent of wood smoke, almost like a smoky tequila, complete with a hint of fresh lime and a whiff of fresh field grasses. this remains as the dominant aromatic profile. the palate is brisk and strong, with coal tar, ash, charred embers, rope and a handful of cough drop herbs on the finish. water tames the mezcal a bit on the nose, leaving herbal and grassy notes, old cotton denim, fresh cashews and roasted, salted almonds. once again, after a few minutes, the mescal returns to the fore. the palate is even more fiery now, still very herbal, and very ashy and tarry at the same time, with unsweetened dark chocolate and loads of chili pepper, nutmeg and fresh cinnamon throughout. i can find the sweetness in almost any whisky, but i can find little to none here; it is all smoke, tar, wood, spices and herbs. a fairly unforgiving dram, and a bit unbalanced. while firmly in the style of previous releases, it presents much younger, and seems to lack a little depth and substance. this release also owes much too much of its profile to the mezcal character. a good dram, probably a very good dram if you really like your tequila. the nose is better with water, the palate much better without.
Edradour 10yo (40%, OB, 2010*)
Craig Daniels, Nose: lots of sherry and slightly off-key, sour cherries and cardboard, slightly astringent. Palate: salt a little sulphur and then hard candy and some mixed berry jam. Finish: sugary to start then gets slightly sour. Comment: some odd notes throughout and the sherry wood isn't all that great.
Highland Park 17yo 1990 (54.1%, Art of Whisky, C#10230)
Ho-cheng Yao, Flora, quite herbal, light very grassy. light soap ending.
Highland Park 18yo 1988 (60.2%, Various Independent Bottlers, Bennachie Scotch Whisky Company, Sherry Cask, Square Bottle, C#11920, 492 Bts., 2006*)
Ho-cheng Yao, Quite sherry, plum, robust, very oil. rich and good, only the ending not so good.