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10 out of 10?

Postby Rudolph Hucker » Mon Sep 23, 2002 4:00 pm

The highest score I remember seeing in the Whisky Magazine tastings is for the Macallan 18 yo Gran Reserva, which got 9.5 from each of the two tasters.

Is there any whisky that you would give 10 out of 10?

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Postby Gate » Mon Sep 23, 2002 5:16 pm

If I ever found a perfect whisky, it would take all the fun out of searching for one! The nearest to perfection in my book was a 21-year-old Springbank (a few years ago, so not the new bottlings). 9.8, I'd say. Long may I fail to find a 10!
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Postby BruceCrichton » Tue Sep 24, 2002 5:06 am

Macallan 12 yr old, Glenmorangie 12 yr old millenium bottle (which is discontinued and I have 2 bottles in the house - nehhhhh) and Highland Park 18 yr old are pretty close to a 10.

Mortlach 16 yr old, Balvenie 10 yr old, Bowmore 17 yr old and Darkest are there or thereabouts as well.

Not sure about scoring whiskies. But these are definitely whiskies that I can drink any time or place regardless of mood.
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Postby Ize » Tue Sep 24, 2002 10:36 am

Lagavulin 16 Y.O. is pretty close to perfect ten to me, although new bottlings are rumoured to be worse than previous ones. Second best score is 9+ (9.25) on my scale that is Laphroaig 10 Y.O., then there are two niners on the list Port Ellen 18 Y.O. and Glenfarclas 25 Y.O.

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Postby Gate » Tue Sep 24, 2002 12:30 pm

Bruce

Spot on about Mortlach - surely worth 9+ in anybody's book, and it is (IMO) equally good with or without sherry influence. Criminally underpromoted - I have only ever had independent bottlings of it.
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Postby Rudolph Hucker » Tue Sep 24, 2002 2:30 pm

Checking the Tasing Forum to see how the experts scored some of the whiskies posted here, I find that the Lagavulin 16 yo was rated at 9.5 by Michael Jackson and 9.75 by Jim Murray - so beating the Macallan Gran Reserva 18 yo by a quarter of a point!

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Postby JUERG GLUTZ-KURMANN » Wed Sep 25, 2002 5:13 am

Hi everybody!
Maybe I would give my Black Bowmore a 10. I will let you know in about 20 years, hehe. Maybe I shall be disappointed, I don't know. Don't we expect a rare and old whisky always to be of extraordinary taste? We should not only look for the high-score whiskies (I admit I also watch the New Release pages), but also for the others, from less known distilleries. The one who loves e.g. Laphroaig would rate it high, whereas someone else thinks it's disgusting. It's up to individual preferences.

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Postby Rudolph Hucker » Wed Sep 25, 2002 11:14 am

Just so, Jeurg - it is all about individual taste, that's the whole point of my question.

So far only Ize has nominated the Lagavulin 16 yo that Michael Jackson and Jim Murray rated so highly - and no-one has nominated the Macallan Gran Reserva 18 yo. But of course there is no reason why any of us would have exactly the same tastes as those
giants!

Personally, I would give 10 to Fours Roses Single Barrel - but I shudder to think what the experts would say about it.

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Postby Ize » Wed Sep 25, 2002 12:12 pm

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Arial, Verdana">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Rudolph Hucker:
Personally, I would give 10 to Fours Roses Single Barrel - but I shudder to think what the experts would say about it.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Sorry, I just have to, is that whisky? Sorry again, I couldn't resist the temptation to fool around. Image
Honestly, I do have thought about trying bourbons out. Elijah Craig 12yo or 18yo have been on my list, but should I consider that FR Single Barrel instead? It would be cheaper at least ...
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Postby Gate » Wed Sep 25, 2002 12:24 pm

Absolutely. I can (more or less) tell when a whisky is good, as in being well made etc., but that doesn't mean I'll like it as a whisky to drink. For example, I have a real blind spot about Cragganmore: I can tell that it is very well made, complex, balanced, full of character - but it just doesn't ring my bell. On my own rough and ready scale, being a "good whisky" gets it up to about 8 - the rest is "do I like it" and "am I in the mood" element: there aren't that many whiskies I can drink and enjoy the same any time regardless of mood. On that basis, my "close to 10" list is Springbank 15, 21 or CV (whatever happened to that?), Highland Park 18, Glengoyne 17, Ardbeg 17, Macallan 30s or 40s, Old Rip Van Winkle 15, Longmorn 15, Talisker and Lagavulin Distiller's Editions, Black Bottle 10 and pretty much any Mortlach or Balvenie.
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Postby Rudolph Hucker » Wed Sep 25, 2002 1:25 pm

OK Ize - I forgive you!

So happens I have a bottle of the Elijah Craig 18 yo, and was drinking some only last night.

It's certainly a good bourbon, but in my view - purely personal, you understand -
I would put it at about 8 compared to the Four Roses 10.

Only bourbon that runs Four Roses close is the Van Winkle - at least a 9.

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Postby Ize » Thu Sep 26, 2002 6:04 am

Friend of mine gives perfec ten to Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve bourbon. Too bad my whisky provider do not have that item to sell, so I'll go for Four Roses next time I fill up my "stock".

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Postby Rudolph Hucker » Thu Sep 26, 2002 8:38 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Arial, Verdana">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Ize:
<B>Friend of mine gives perfec ten to Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve bourbon. Too bad my whisky provider do not have that item to sell, so I'll go for Four Roses next time I fill up my "stock".

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Ize</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

just shows how personal this taste thing is,
Ize.

I have tasted Woodford Reserve twice - the first time I could not believe how bad it was!

Against that, I have just had a taste of a
new whisky to me described on the label as a SPEYMALT from the Macallan Distillery'
1993. It was imported into the US by Park Avenue Liquor Shop - if you ever get a chance go there, it's got a great range and Jonathan Goldstein really knows his whiskies. I need to taste it a few more times - at least that's my excuse! - but the feeling already is that this could turn out to be a real favorite

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Postby Gate » Thu Sep 26, 2002 12:32 pm

Some of the Speymalt Macallan bottlings (G&M, I think - it's a while since I had one) are very nice indeed, and can be a real change from The Macallan, particularly the ones with less sherry. I have just got hold of a bottle of no-sherry Macallan (refill bourbon cask, from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society), and I love it. I need to drink some more to be sure it's not just the novelty value (that's my excuse, anyway Image ), but that is shaping up to be a real favourite, and maybe my favourite Macallan, which puts it well into the 9s.
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Postby heer.veer » Mon Oct 14, 2002 8:39 am

i´d have to say: The Lagavulin 16 indeed, but the older bottlings!, The Laphroaig 10 at Cask Strength and the Highland Park 18. But the rare malts version of St. Magdalene 1979 is great too.
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