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Adelphi Balmenach 1990, 11 Years Old, Cask 507
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.70% 8 Can whiskies be handsome and romantic? This is a seductive bottling.
Adelphi Bladnoch 22 Years Old, Single cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 On the dry side for this whisky.
Adelphi Bruichladdich 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Interesting, but not typical.
Adelphi Bruichladdich 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 49.40% 7 It is more substantial than people think, as this bottling shows.
Adelphi Caol Ila 11 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 6 A curiously insipid bottling.
Adelphi Clynelish 11 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.80% 7 I normally rate Clynelish very highly, but this bottling leaves its fireworks until the last minute, and with more heat than light.
Adelphi Clynelish 12 Years Old, Cask 3280
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.20% 7 Pungent and vibrant but lacks the beautiful Clynelish style.
Adelphi Clynelish 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.00% 8 The most oily of the three, and very assertive in the finish.
Adelphi Clynelish 1989, 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.70% 8 Not the most peaty Clynelish I have tasted, but a lovely, distinctive whisky.
Adelphi Clynelish 1995, Cask 12783
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.30% 8 Quite a character. Water mellows the spicy burn. Would match well with a chicken “à la crème”.
Adelphi Clynelish 27 Years Old, Cask 2568
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30% 8 A robust, straight-ahead Clynelish, which is a great thing.
Adelphi Dailuaine 21 Years Old, Cask 4150
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10% 8 The confident virtues of a good Speyside whisky: malt, heather and peat. Well-combined but without either refinements or flourishes.
Adelphi Dalmore 11 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.20% 7 A big, rich bottling, but some of the Dalmore character has been overpowered.
Adelphi Glen Grant 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.90% 8 Holds up very well in the middle but the woodiness at the end is overpowering.
Adelphi Glen Grant 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.90% 8 Glen Grant is a delicate whisky and does not always benefit from long maturation. This bottling is on the cusp. The distillery character can still be discerned, but only just.
Adelphi Glen Grant 1970, 27 Years Old, Cask 7638
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.90% 7 Enough character and complexity to withstand the heavy oakiness, but beginning to show its age.
Adelphi Glen Grant 1970, 31 Years Old, Cask 1036
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.40% 7 The better balanced of these two Glen Grants. The more integrated flavours. Seems to have matured better.
Adelphi Glenlossie 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00% 8
Adelphi Highland Park 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.90% 8 I like the richness but lacks the balance, roundness and complexity of a great Highland Park.
Adelphi Highland Park 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.90% 8 This bottling does not have the heathery profile of the official bottlings. Drink with water.
Adelphi Highland Park 17 Years Old, Cask 2903
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30% 9 That dance might have been led by Fred Astaire. The great all-rounder in lean and energetic mood. Makes it look easy. Try it with a late-night movie.
Adelphi Invergordon 1964
Single Grain - Scotland - 47.10% 7 A rich grain whisky on the fruity side. Interesting.
Adelphi Knockdhu 1989, 12 Years Old, Cask 286
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.60% 7 Delicious. Perilously drinkable. Drink it with dessert. No, pour it all over the ice-cream.
Adelphi Linkwood 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.20% 8 Linkwood always evokes thoughts of sweetmeats, sometimes delicate, on other occasions more robust. This is in the latter mood: down-to-earth sweetness.
Adelphi Port Ellen 1975, 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00% 8 Seems to have faded slightly with age.
Adelphi Rosebank 1992, 9 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 61.00% 8 The aroma promised much, but the palate is curiously drying. Rosebank was never peaty, and this is too young to be woody, so I don't know the origin of that harshness.
Adelphi Royal Brackla 27 Years Old, Cask 5467
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.50% 7 The best Brackla I have tasted. Night-cap?
Adelphi Shannon Grain 1991, 9 Years Old, Cask 10839
Single Grain - Ireland - 67.30% 6 For a grain whiskey, it has plenty of flavours, but they do not hang together very well.
Adelphi Shannon Grain Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Single Grain - Ireland - 67.30% 6 Flavoursome for a grain, but neither especially clean nor well rounded.
Adelphi Slaney Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Single Malt - Ireland - 0.00% 7 Pleasant, soothing, sociable.
Adelphi Suir Peated Malt
Single Malt - Ireland - 40.00% 7 Lacks the rich smokiness of Connemara.
Adelphi Tamdhu 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30% 7 Judging from the very pale colour, the wood did not have much positive input. Hence, perhaps, the lack of Tamdhu's sometime elegance.
Adelphi Teaninich 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 8 Well-matured, amazing for its age.
Adelphi The Macallan 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50% 7 I prefer my Macallan with its typical sherry character.
Adelphi Tullibardine 35 Years Old, Cask 2112
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 7 Tullibardine is a gentle, civilised, malt that seems to live in obscurity. Nice to be reminded of its existence. Could be a golfers dram – the distillery is near Gleneagles.