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Rare Malts Rosebank 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.30% 8 This is how Lowlanders used to be: drier, more herbal, more complex. Buy now, while stocks last.
Redbreast 12 Years Old
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 9 Delicious, soothing, contemplative. A great whiskey. Makes me want to get on a plane to Dublin immediately.
Redbreast 12 Years Old
Pot Still - Ireland - 40.00% 9 This is what real pure pot still whiskey is all about, a glorious contradiction of soft fruit and firm grain, oily seeds and sweet wood. World beating stuff.
Redbreast Cask Strength
Pot Still - Republic of Ireland - 57.70% 9 Redbreast is one of the world's great whiskeys. Delicious!
- Scotland - 61.40% 8 Fuller than you normally get from Rosebank,but no worse for that. Highly recommended.
Royal Mile Whiskies Bowmore 1999, Young Peaty Islay
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.50% 8 Bring on the kippers.
Royal Salute 21 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 After dinner, I would usually think of a malt, but have long enjoyed the unashamed luxuriousness of this blend. This example seems fractionally less voluptuous than I remember, but my memories may be ...
Royal Salute 50 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A work of craftsmanship, elegance and its own style.
Sazerac 18 Years Old
Single Grain - U.S.A. - 45.00% 9 A superb bourbon. As neat and perfectly dressed and combed as Richard Paterson!
Sazerac 18 Years Old Straight Rye
Rye - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 A trifle sophisticated for my tastes, but a very fine rye whiskey.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yamazaki 1979, Japanese Oak Cask, 119.2
Single Malt - Japan - 57.40% 8 A breakfast malt? Splendidly complex, with Japanese oak adding that extra touch of distinctiveness.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yoichi, 116.1
Single Malt - Japan - 56.60% 8 A whole sequence of flavours emerges in this vintage. These are flavours I have found before in Nikka whiskies, but they have not been especially evident elsewhere in this flight.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Yoichi, 116.4
Single Malt - Japan - 64.90% 8 Lots happening. Nice interplay of elements.
Scott's Selection Highland Park 20 Years Old 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.50% 8 What a great dram! Complex and beaming. I like it better neat.
Secret Bottlings Series 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 A superb after dinner dram.
Selected by Berry's Glenlivet 1973 38 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A real cracker. Perfect balance. Rich, enticing. Alcohol is beautifully mastered.
Selected by Berry's Speyside Reserve Blended Malt
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A refined, complex and charming dram. An absolute cracker.
Signatory Highland Park 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A lovely whisky. A sweetish bottling. More complex and elegant than the 'official' 12 Years Old, but not quite as expressive as the 18.
Signatory Laphroaig 1988 Unchillfiltered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 I enjoyed this very much, but it does not add a great deal to the canon.
Signatory Port Ellen 1978 Port Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.00% 8 Typical fragrant, alert Port Ellen, but the port finish lends more fruit and an amazing orangey-pinkish colour.
Spirit Safe & Cask Islay Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80% 8 Might lack subtlety,but sure as hell it definitely delivers.
Springbank 11 Years Old Madeira Wood 1997
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.10% 8 Substantial,multifaceted and complex. Highest recommendation.
Springbank 12 Years Old, Rum Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 8 More rounded and elegant than the earlier, 10 Years Old rum cask. I enjoy the Springbank rum cask whiskies very much, though not at the expense of the more traditional expressions.
Springbank 1975 Limburg Whisky Fair
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.20% 8 Astonishingly citric.
Springbank 1989, Limited Edition Limburg Festival Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80% 9 Springbank in pyrotechnic form. The sherry doubles the flavours, but arguably also softens the Campbeltown character.