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Neil Ridley looks at two important cocktail tomes.
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Drambuie Black Ribbon, 15 Years Old
- Scotland - 40.00% 5 Substantially darker, bigger, fruitier, drier, firmer, more structured and less syrupy than the Drambuie without the ribbon.
Rare Malts Glen Ord 1974, 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.80% 8 Far paler and less sherried than the main version from this distillery. I would like at least some sherry to round the gingery spiciness, but I like the way that rose character comes through in this o...
Glenfiddich 21 Years Old, Millennium Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Lighter and more delicate than the 21 Years Old that appeared in a Wedgwood decanter in years past.
Blair Athol 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 The obvious sherry ageing really suits Blair Athol. It is a malt that matures quickly, and this is very sophisticated for its age. A lovely whisky.
Private Collection Imperial 1990 Cognac Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Cognac finishes seem to have achieved results that are, at best, mixed. In this instance, the contribution is less than obvious.
Aberlour 15 Years Old, Double Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8
Glen Spey 12 Years Old, Distillery Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Richer and more expressive than any version I have tasted previously. Extraordinary sweetness.
Classic Malts Glenkinchie Special Edition, Friends of the Classic Malts
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.70% 7 Only two Years Older than the regular Glenkinchie, but much richer. A very good cask.
Hart Brothers Strathisla 34 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Classic Strathisla, in good shape for it's age.
Greenore 8 Years Old
Grain - Ireland - 40.00% 6 Bourbon Lite might taste like this.
Cadenhead's Bladnoch 1989, 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90% 7 Tired and irritable when first poured, but gradually opens up, more so when water was added.
Cadenhead's Glenglassaugh 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.20% 7 Glenglassaugh can be malty, and this one is. It stands up very well for it's age. In this bottling, with an apricot colour that suggests sherry, very much a dessert whisky.
Rare Malts Blair Athol 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 7 The flavours seem to be held back, then suddenly released. This whisky might have been less inhibited at a younger age.
Ardbeg 1980 Kildalton
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.60% 7 Where's the peat-smoke? Not very Islay.
Duncan Taylor Strathisla 37 Years Old, Cask 1332
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.60% 7 More complexity on the nose than on the palate. A pleasant whisky though. But quite disappointing for a Strathisla of that age.
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Put off slightly by a fatty edge, but otherwise a balanced and satisfying malt.
Dewar Rattray Bowmore 1990, 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.70% 8 Straightforward and uncompromising. Very good balance. The classic Islay outdoor dram for simple enjoyment.
Highland Harvest Organic Scotch Whisky
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Well put together. Not hugely complex, but a pleasant dram.
Dewar Rattray The Macallan 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.30% 7 Puts me in mind of an aged Tequila, with a big splash of lime.
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 This suggests a young spirit and lots of oak. Not balanced.
Harris Whisky Macduff 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.70% 7 No great complexity and a little green.
Berry's Own Selection Glenlivet 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Very elegant and balanced on the nose. Oak tends to show off but the dram keeps its charm though.
Dewar Rattray Teaninich 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.80% 7 The high strength makes it difficult to tame even with water. Some like it hot. But my palate waves a white flag.
Berry's Own Selection Benrinnes 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Bizarrely, the nose reminded me of an Argentinian Torrontes. Where's the famed Benrinnes meatiness?
The Irishman 70 Superior
Blended - Ireland - 40.00% 7 A promising nose, but doesn't deliver on the palate.