Auchentoshan Three Wood

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Distiller:
Auchentoshan

Region:
Lowland

ABV:
43%

Colour:
Pure Gold

Review:
A relatively understated malt, this. Nice nose full of toffee, butterscotch and hints of vanilla. Some fruits in there some where. Palate was a similar undertaking though marginally inferior to the nose. A wisp of smoke made it’s way towards the end. The finish was lacking making this an unremarkable dram.

Rating : 84

Smokehead

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Distiller:
Smokehead

Region:
Islay

ABV:
43%

Colour:
Old Sauternes

Review:
My first ‘mystery’ single malt, which means the distillery is unknown (it’s been packaged by someone else). As the name suggest it’s heavily peated on the nose with all sorts of oily salts with a hint of fruits. The same journey continues on the palate as the dominant oaky leather and tobacco mix with fruits to present an unusual (but pleasant) offering. The finish is long smoky and dry with tangy overtones.

Rating : 88

Highland Park 12

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Distiller:
Highland Park

Region:
Island

ABV:
40%

Colour:
Young Sauternes

Review:
A very nice younger expression of one of my absolute favorites (the 18 year old). The nose is gentle yet firm with honey and barley and a touch of oak. Excellent delivery which is layered with a touch of honey and a gentle woodiness – a very complex undertaking of sweet, oak and spices. The finish is medium to long with vanilla and hints of smoke doing a good job.

Rating : 89

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