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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Caol Ila 14 yo (1997/2011), SMWS 53.152, 57,7%

Review #736
This whisky is called “Sweet, vanilla, smoky heart” and comes from a refill ex-Bourbon hogshead. Only 191 bottles were made. Sweet vanilla Islay peat in the smell. The alcohol makes it seem a bit more peaty than what it actually is. White fruits and a little bonfire.

Peat and white fruits again in the taste. Some meaty notes joins the peat (perhaps a bit of bacon), and some salty notes comes forward. The finish peat lingers off in the finish with a boost of vanilla and lemon cake.

The nose is a bit tame, but the taste take revenge, and is quite flavourful. Actually more compact and rich than many other Caol Ila’s. For me, the peat dies a bit down with water, but some more notes of caramel comes forward. I will give this 87/100 (21/23/22/21).

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Glen Moray 20 yo (1995/2016), SMWS 35.154, 54,2%

Review #735
This whisky is called “Rewarding end” and comes from a first fill ex-Bourbon barrel. Only 216 bottles were made. Slow starter on the nose. Candied apples and honey in the smell. After some time it starts to open up, but still mild and elegant. Raisins and hints of aok spices like cinnamon.

White fruits at first in the taste, but not fresh white fruits. More like oven baked pears accompanied with creamy vanilla. Some darker notes – like sweet dried fruits – and hints of cigar in the finish. The oak mixes great with the other flavours in the end.

Oh, how great would this go with a cigar! It´s old and elegant, and just shows that old Glen Moray wins by being cask strength! Not that it doesn’t need any water – you can easily add some if you like! And make sure to take you time for this – it just gets better sip for sip. I will give this 88/100 (22/22/22/22).

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Glen Moray 20 yo (1994/2015), SMWS 35.134, 56,5%

Review #734
This whisky is called “Churros dipped in hot chocolate” and comes from a first fill toasted oak hogshead. Only 270 bottles were made. Sweet dried fruits with hints of floral notes in the smell. Some oak and oak spices comes forward after some minutes in the glass.

You really get that it is first fill in the taste! Loads of flavours comes forward – oak, oak spices and again some floral notes. Some lemon cake as well. The floral notes really comes forward in the finish, but is then overpowered by the oak and oak spices again. It´s quite the rollercoaster!

After it opened up, I couldn’t stop smelling it! It is very good quality, but the floral notes got a bit too much for my flavour profile, but if you don´t mind that/like it, then it’s absolutely a whisky you should try! I will give this 87/100 (23/21/22/21).

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Loch Lomond 16 yo (2000), SMWS G9.2, 62,4%

Review #733
This a single grain whisky and it´s called “Chocolate mice and cinnamon spice” and comes from a 2nd fill Barrel/ex-Bourbon. Only 261 bottles were made. Sweet vanilla and white fruits in the smell at first. Then cake (white cake) and toffee.

White chocolate and oak in the taste. Oak spices (yes, here we got the cinnamon). Very warming in the finish (some water wouldn’t hurt!). The fruity flavours comes a bit more forward here, but it is still very cake-like. White oak cake...

The more I smell, the more it reminds me of cake! A classic, but good, grain whisky. Not as elegant as the old grain whiskies, but still a sweet desert like pleasure. I will give this 86/100 (21/22/22/21).

Friday, January 11, 2019

Ardmore 9 yo (2007), SMWS 66.101, 60,1%

Review #732
This whisky is called “Flirting with flavour” and comes from a refill ex-Bourbon barrel. Only 270 bottles were made. Very earthy peat in the smell. Some oak as well and a bit of toffee notes in the background.

The peat and some smoke is the first I get in the taste, but is quite fast pushed in the background. Fruit and spices takes over. Cinnamon, yellow fruits and touch of pepper. Very soft and elegant finish. The earthy peat that fades out alongside some tropical/citrusy notes.

The gentle finish is quite surprising considering its only 9 years old! For a young peated whisky, the balance and complexity is also quite good. Once again, Ardmore shows that they can do good peated whiskies, and SMWS shows that they are good at picking the casks! I will give this 87/100 (21/22/22/22).

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Aberlour 9 yo (2007), SMWS 54.45, 58,9%

Review #731
This whisky is called “Drunken Cherry Coconut Ice Cream” and comes from a first fill ex-Bourbon barrel. Only 222 bottles were made. A boost of white fruits at first in the smell. Honey and wax with a little marzipan.

Some oak influence comes through in the taste. Peppery notes as well. Very sweet in the finish - like raisin sweetness and vanilla – but still with the oak influence. The white fruits accompanies the sweetness great.

Once again, an expression that shows that young whisky can be fantastic! Loads of alcohol, so plenty of room to play around with water, but that first fill barrel have really given this whisky so much flavour. I will give this 87/100 (22/21/22/22).

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Aultmore 14 yo (2002), SMWS 73.82, 55,3%

Review #730
This whisky is called “Tap-dancer with a Tootsie Roll” and comes from a ex-Bourbon hogshead with a 1 year finish in a custom virgin oak barrel. Only 210 bottles were made. Oak, dusty books and melons in the smell, with hints of some vanilla in the background.

So full of flavours in the taste, and that really compliment the alcohol! Charred oak with a dash of herbs. The sweet vanilla comes forward in the finish. The oak is still here, but not as dominating as you maybe would think!

It has many similarities with Bourbon, but with a touch of Scotch (especially the nose). Very flavourful and it seems like it was some good casks and the spirit a great mix. However, I miss a bit of complexity… I will give this 86/100 (21/22/22/21).

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Glendullan 14 yo (2001), SMWS 84.20, 55,2%

Review #729
This whisky is called “Fresh and floral – green and white” and comes from a 2nd fill ex-Sauternes hogshead. Only 186 bottles were made. White fruits and grass in the smell. Slightly vegetal and then some sweet caramel notes comes forward.

The vegetal notes are dominant in the taste (alongside the alcohol!). Fresh crisp apples and a bit of citrusy notes in the background. Some more sweetness peeps out in the finish, with the addition of some tropical fruits.

It’s a good quality dram, but is just missing something, that could take it the last step up the ladder. But as I say, good quality (just look at the score), with a good flavourful finish and with quite the complexity! I will give this 86/100 (21/21/22/22).