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Connoisseur's Choice Ardbeg 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Less boisterous than The Young One. The calm of maturity permits all the nuances to be experienced.
MacPhail's Collection Highland Park 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Only 8 Years Old, but a seasoned sea-salt. A return to form for the independent youngster.
Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon, 1994
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00% 8 Another great vintage from Heaven Hill.
Ardbeg 6 Years Old, Committee Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.90% 8 I like young Islays, but this hyperactive whisky is just too frisky. The flavours need time to meld. Even with those shortcomings, it is an Ardbeg…
Celtic Heartlands Highland Park 1967
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.10% 8 The more heavily-sherried expressions of Highland Park seem more open in displaying their charms.
Dun Bheagan 8 Years Old Islay Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A promising middleweight. Could be a contender in two or three years.
Glen Grant 5 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Hadn't tasted the 5 Years Old for a while. Cleaner, drier and less fruity than I remember.
Glen Moray Classic
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 I had not realised Glen Moray could be so sensuous.
Gordon & MacPhail Old Pulteney 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Tastes like Manzanilla to me. I don't speak for anyone else.
Jon, Mark and Robbo's The Rich Spicy One
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 The best of the three. A hint of The Macallan?
Jon, Mark and Robbo's The Smoky Peaty One
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Good as far as it goes, but pulls its punches.
Ledaig 7 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 That wasn't breakfast toast after all. It was melba toast, with a game pate. Or better still, a mousseline.
Macleod's 8 Years Old Highland Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Bold flavours. "Take me as I am, " it seems to say. I will. Let's live dangerously.
Murray McDavid Mission II Caperdonich 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Good structure, but spoiled by bitterness and woodiness.
Murray McDavid Mission II Glen Grant 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 This delicate malt in unusually full flavour.
Murray McDavid Mission II Glenlossie 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A rare chance to taste Glenlossie but, again, the wood gets in the way.
Provenance Isle of Arran 8 Years Old, Unchillfiltered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Uncomplicated but delicious.
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Bunnahabhain, 10.56
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.40% 8 I admired its feistiness, but I might be more comfortable with a greater degree of maturity.
The Arran Malt Calvados Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.10% 7 Was the Calvados cask notably generous, or is Scotch whisky particularly receptive to the Norman spirit?
The Arran Malt Cognac finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.60% 7 I have observed few happy marriages between whisky and Cognac. Perhaps the rivalry is just too obvious.
Van Winkle Family Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 18 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 52.60% 7 The wisdom of the ages is locked in there somewhere, but it is hard to penetrate the wood.
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