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James MacArthur & Co.

20 Knights Templar Way , High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 1PY, England
Tel: +44 1494 530 740
Fax: +44 1494 442 159


Whiskies (20)
Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

James MacArthur 14 Years Old Islay Blended Malt
Blended - Scotland - 58.30%
8 Alcohol is so well tamed. A fully Islay vatted malt. Vatted, really? More a single than a vatted. Or an Ardbeg vatted with a Laphroaig?

James MacArthur Allt-a-Bhainne 1995 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.90%
6 Quite harsh and burning. Alcohol is not tamed at all.

James MacArthur Auchentoshan 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.20%
7 I have not previously encountered such a full expression of Auchentoshan, but the style suits the whisky.

James MacArthur Bladnoch 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Gentle to the point of reticence. Aperitif. Or try it with Morrocan food.

James MacArthur Glentauchers 1990, 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.20%
7 Pleasant fruitiness on the nose but the palate is somewhat dour and one dimensional.

James MacArthur Strathmill 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.20%
7 This bottling strongly manifests the woody dryness that seems to characterise the whiskies from the Islay valley. Water brings out Strathmill's muscat note.

James MacArthur The Glenrothes 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.50%
7 Sophisticated flavours in a delicate structure. Like elaborate petits-fours.

Old Masters Bladnoch 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.50%
7 A two-sided malt, with two different expressions on the nose and on the palate. The alcohol needs to be tamed with water.

Old Masters Bladnoch 1992 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10%
7 Quite assertive for Bladnoch. Not keen on the papery character. Quality of wood?

Old Masters Bladnoch 1992 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.90%
6 I know, I know – it's a Lowland! Still, I want a little more from a whisky. Full stop.

Old Masters Bruichladdich 1991 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.70%
7 The Laddie in austere mood. Best before dinner.

Old Masters Clynelish 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.10%
7 Very much in line with recent bottlings. Not especially peaty, but crisp, clean and decisive in it's flavours.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Old Masters Girvan 15 Years Old, Cask 110636
Single Grain - Scotland - 60.40%
7 Astonishingly full in both body and flavour for a grain whisky.

Old Masters Girvan 16 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 58.00%
7 Unrefined wood spoils the aromatic display. It does not leave a clean feel. A rather grumpy character.

Old Masters Glen Garioch 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.90%
8 A rich aromatic profile and a soft texture give that whisky a sensuous feel. The perfect afterdinner dram to enjoy a moment of calm and of solitude maybe…

Old Masters Glen Garioch 1988, 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.90%
7 A big warming dram whose generosity of flavour comes as a relief after a couple of meanies.

Old Masters Glentauchers 1990 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80%
7 Serve as an aperitif. Chilled?

Old Masters Glenturret 14 Years Old
- Scotland - 56.90%
7 Absolutely no cask interaction, making this the polar opposite of the last quartet. In a way this is a very instructive tasting.

Old Masters Glenturret 1986
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.30%
7 As refreshing as a herbal tea but much more rewarding and fulfilling. Would suit a leg of lamb with mint sauce.

Old Masters Ledaig 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10%
7 The aroma promises more than the whisky delivers.

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