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Glenmorangie Tain L'Hermitage
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Perhaps more robust, less elegant, than the previous bottling, but full of flavour and soundly structured.
Lagavulin 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80% 9 Complex, sophisticated heavyweight. The one they all have to beat.
Ardbeg 1976, Single Cask Committee bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00% 8 A 'no bones about it' Islay whisky, and a fine example of Ardbeg.
Caol Ila Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00% 8 Bold, well-balanced example, most drinkable.
Duncan Taylor Bruichladdich 1969, 33 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.70% 8 Good balance – has stood up to its cask well, retaining a zest not overwhelmed by age.
Port Ellen 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30% 8 Very well balanced, this expression has enjoyed a great relationship with its cask.
Signatory Straight from the Cask Port Ellen 24 Years Old, Burgundy finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80% 8 Lots happening here. A complex and highly unusual expression of Port Ellen.
Vintage Malt Whisky Co. Classic of Islay Cask Strength Single Islay Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.20% 8 Powerful, pungent malt with everything an Islay enthusiast would wish for.
Bowmore Cask Strength Islay Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00% 7 Doesn't leap out of the glass at you, but well balanced and unthreatening.
Bowmore Dawn Islay Single Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.00% 7 Complex and curious!
Duncan Taylor Bunnahabhain 1969, 36 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.70% 7 Hasn't held up for its age anything like as well as the previous thirty-something Bruichladdich. The cask has won this battle.
Glen Moray Manager's Choice Mountain Oak Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00% 8 A robust rendition. One for mountaineers?
Glendronach Original, 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 A very enjoyable whisky, but somewhat lacking in liveliness.
Gordon & MacPhail Ardmore 1990 Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.80% 7 Starts slowly, and seems uncertain as to where it is going.
Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.20% 8 Very decent example of Caol Ila, nothing jars here.
Gordon & MacPhail Glen Scotia 1992 Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.10% 7 Far from the best Glen Scotia, but I have always entertained a sneaky respect for this distillery.
Laphroaig 10 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30% 8 A fine robust dram with lots happening. Laphroaig at its best.
Old Malt Cask Bowmore 1991, 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Lightweight, but very drinkable.
Old Malt Cask Caol Ila 1991, 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Conclusion: Another perfectly fine Coal Ila, but nothing to blow the mind.
Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 Good all-round Laphroaig. Sound stuff.
Old Malt Cask Port Ellen 1982 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 A big beast of a Port Ellen, nicely caught before the sherry-wood tipped it over the edge.
Penderyn Welsh Whisky
Single Malt - Wales - 46.00% 7 The process is unusual, and so are the resultant flavours, but this is a very drinkable whisky in its own right. I was a sceptic, but no longer.
Rare Malts Convalmore 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.90% 8 The second good Convalmore I have tasted. It was not highly rated in its lifetime, but could win friends now.
Signatory Caol Ila Vintage 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00% 7 Significantly drier than the other Caol Ilas sampled.
Signatory Straight from the Cask Laphroaig 11 Years Old, Port Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00% 7 Intriguing, but a little too much imposed sweetness for my taste.
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