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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 Bowmore 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80%
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.
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.