Glen Grant 1992 – Cellar Reserve

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Distiller:
Glen Grant

Region:
Speyside

ABV:
46%

Colour:
Young Sauternes

Review:
Beautifully fragrant nose full of floral fruitiness – a satisfying sniff indeed. The palate brings you a nice hint of oak rubbed with ginger spices on a bed of lemon zest and marmalade. The finish is long and satisfying as the fruity oak tends to linger on.

Rating : 94

Bladnoch 10

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Distiller:
Bladnoch

Region:
Lowland

ABV:
43%

Colour:
Young Sauternes

Review:
The nose is quite nice with strong vanilla and figs intermingled with citrusy orange. The palate offers you sweet honey and pudding and then towards the end a warm aroma of spicy burnt ginger and orange. The finish could have been longer, in my opinion. Critics love this whisky but I dont.

Rating : 81

Ardmore Traditional Cask

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Distiller:
Ardmore

Region:
Speyside

ABV:
46%

Colour:
Pale Gold

Review:
This Speyside malt is possibly the best value for money single malt out there. The nose is delicately smoky with a deft touch of vanilla infused apples. Toffee, caramel and honey flow over the palate in one of the smoothest deliveries I’ve ever had. As it goes down it brings up a beautifully balanced bouquet of warm, intimate spices. Finally the finish is satisfyingly long and dry. This one is a Must Have!

Rating : 91

Glenlivet 16 Year old Nadurra

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Distiller:
Glenlivet

Region:
Speyside

ABV:
55.1%

Colour:
Pale Straw

Review:
The Glenlivet Nadurra non-chill filtered at a 55.1% Natural Cask Strength is the reason why this journey of discovering single malts can be so rewarding.

The nose smacks full of juicy barley and green apples. The delivery on the palate is beautiful creamy honey topped with barley crumbles. The first sip takes your breath away while the second calms your nerves. There is a touch of oak but basically the dram is an arresting river of honeyed barley at exactly the right amount of alcohol strength.

Rating : 94

Old Pulteney 17

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Distiller:
Old Pulteney

Region:
Highland

ABV:
46%

Colour:
Pale Gold

Review:
A very soft and delicate nose with swirls of citrusy lemon and juicy pears. There is a whiff of something heathery too. The delivery is beautifully understated as it dances off your palate. At 46% ABV this is a man’s drink but with a feminine touch. Ripe juicy barley coated in vanilla make their way to the back of the throat where the spices come into play. Creamy texture with a dash of five spice.

After a second sip I felt the presence of cereal and biscuits made in butter. There’s something warm and cozy about this drink.

Rating : 93

Bowmore 12 Year old Enigma

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Distiller:
Bowmore

Region:
Islay

ABV:
40%

Colour:
Young Sauternes

Review:
Would have liked something a little more bold and exciting but it wasn’t to be. Surprisingly sweet on the nose for an Islay and unfortunately a bit unremarkable. The nose had touches of honeyed raisins with a hint of oaky leather. The palate was much nicer as it introduced itself with subtle vanilla and caramel. The finish brought with it something woody. Something that felt like star anise. I’m in a good mood. I would drink this again.

Rating : 85

Lagavulin 16

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Distiller:
Lagavulin

Region:
Islay

ABV:
43%

Colour:
Pale Gold

Review:
This one never ceases to amaze. Every time I decide to venture down this path I experience something new. A beautiful nose exquisitely balanced between slightly salty and deliciously sweet.

But the king in all of this is the delicate peaty smoke that holds everything together. The palate is like discovering poetry for the first time. First comes the barley shrouded in honey and then a deft smattering of almonds.

Delicate spices dance a little dance at the end as you get introduced to nutmeg that is softly brushed with caramel.

If there was a dram that I would ask for at the gallows this might be it.

Rating : 94

Laphroaig 18

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Distiller:
Laphroaig

Region:
Islay

ABV:
48%

Colour:
Pale Gold

Review:
What a revelation this one’s turned out to be! A beautiful nose full of glorious peat, sea salt and a touch of smoldering hay. There’s a faint touch of something sweet as well. The palate comes roaring to life thanks to a generous 48% ABV bringing with it a strong dose of iodine, smoky oak and pieces of dry husk. The spices dance playfully towards the end but are masterfully subdued by a touch of licorice. This can easily become one of my favorites.

Rating : 92

Balvenie 12 Year old Double Wood

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Distiller:
Balvenie

Region:
Speyside

ABV:
40%

Colour:
Pale Gold

Review:
Sweet sweet custard notes come in to play on the nose with sufficient hints of honey. The palate is a warm tingly mix of apple stew with a dollop of sugar on top. The finish is surprisingly long for a Speyside this mild with nicely balanced sweet notes covered in pears.

While my general comments are positive overall this single malt is not up to Balvenie’s usual high standards.

Rating : 84

Balvenie 14 Year Old Golden Cask

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Distiller:
Balvenie

ABV:
47.5%

Colour:
Full Gold

Review:
Complex nose. Slightly floral. Slightly fruity. Smooth delivery which leaves some spices at the back of the throat. Rich nutmeg, all spice, pine seeds. Mixed in chocolate and raisins. The rum casks play their role admirably without appearing too boisterous. Didn’t expect something so complex from something this young. A beautiful mix of dry fruits and flowers. A splash of water will open up and magnify all the flavors.

Rating : 91