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Brora 30 Years Old, Limited Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.70% 8 Exuberant interplay of sweet and dry flavours, pivoted on a firm malt background.
Glenfiddich 40 Years Old, Rare Collection
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.00% 8 Extraordinary flavour development. An astonishingly complex whisky.
Talisker 1982, 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80% 9 Doesn't sound enjoyable? You bet it was.
Ardbeg Lord of the Isles, 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Becomes more complex with age. I admire its style, but hanker for the bravado of the younger Ardbegs.
Cragganmore 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50% 8 At this age, more complex and elegant than ever. No obvious sherry.
Douglas Laing Laphroaig 16 Years Old, Limburg Whisky Fair Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10% 8 At first, I did not recognise this as a Laphroaig. Then I thought that age must have muted its attack, but 16 is scarcely venerable. Can a whisky be an old fogey?
Glen Elgin 32 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.30% 8 A lovely example of a honeyish Speyside whisky.
Rare Malts Brora 1982, 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.10% 8 Refreshing start; soothing finish. Quite a trick.
The Macallan 1989, Exceptional Cask V
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.20% 8 Lovely pinkish mahogany colour. Big esters, together with alcohol, balance a surprising degree of woodiness. Drinks older than it is. Another fogeyish bottling.
Cadenhead's Glenglassaugh 26 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.10% 7 This has dried out to a point where it is aggressive and unbalanced.
Chieftain's Choice Springbank 35 Years Old Single Cask Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20% 7 Springbank is a big whisky but the sherry here is even bigger, and wipes out some of the whisky's subtleties.
Connoisseur's Choice Dailuaine 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Characterful. Individualistic.
Connoisseur's Choice Glenlossie 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Again, rather dried out. Lacks roundness and structure.
Cooper's Choice Glenlivet 1972, 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Lovely glowing colour. A big Glenlivet, more robust than complex.
Cooper's Choice Longmorn 1975, 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Complex, as Longmorn always is, but I wonder about the cask.
Cooper's Choice Strathisla 1976, 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Always a complex whisky, hard to pin down. This sample seems to have triggered an oriental mood.
Craigellachie Hotel Craigellachie 1982, 2003 Single cask bottling, 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.70% 7 I hope we will be seeing a little more of Craigellachie.
Dalwhinnie 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 7 Seems to have become more lively with age.
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Seems restrained at first, but needs time to open up, at which point it becomes quite loqacious.
Glenfiddich 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 Salient house characteristics, especially the chocolate, at their boldest and most sustained.
Glenmorangie 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 8 A confident, handsome whisky.
Glenury Royal 50 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.80% 8 A stunning farewell performance.
Lindores Abbey 'Angels Share'
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Lots of cereal-grain character. Seemed dry at first, but developed dessert sweetness – especially with water.
Rare Malts Auchroisk 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.80% 7 Carries its age effortlessly. Approachable, clean, sweet-tempered. Unlike The Singleton version, no obvious sherry.
Rare Malts Blair Athol 27 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70% 7 The flavours seem to be held back, then suddenly released. This whisky might have been less inhibited at a younger age.
The Balvenie 25 Years Old, Single Barrel
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.90% 8 Seemed a little lighter all round than I remember.
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