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Hibiki 505 17 Years Old, Non chill filtered
Blended - Japan - 50.50% 8 Virile. Rich display of flavours. If I was to climb up the Fujiyama, I'd take a flask with me.
The Glenlivet 16 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.60% 8 The rich fruity profile of Glenlivet blossoms at cask strength. So well balanced.
Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40% 8 What you nose is what you get. A beautiful uncompromising version of Caol Ila. More enjoyable when neat.
Hokuto 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00% 8 A wee cracker. Nothing sophisticated. Clean, straight and well combined. Quite cheering.
Dewar's Founder's Reserve 18 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 8 Attractive nose but a wee more restrained palate than expected.
Dram House Vatted Malt, 12 Years Old, Milroy's
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Conclusion: A true and easy-going mariner. Straight forwardness takes the place of complexity. Is Caol Ila a major player in the vatting?
Evermore 2004 Blend, 21 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 40.00% 7 Perfect blend of aromas and textures. Really appealing. Makes you feel romantic.
Frisky Whisky Milroy's
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Frisky to say the least! The palate is much more talkative and pleasant than the nose. Would be great in a granite with strawberries.
Fujigotenba 15 Years Old, Single Grain
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 7 Characterful but I would have easily mistaken it for Cognac.
Fujigotenba 18 Years Old, Single Malt
Single Malt - Japan - 43.00% 7 I like its balance and elegance. Again in a cognac style like a mature X. O. from 'fins bois terroir'.
Glen Grant 14 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30% 7 A midsummer's night dream dram. So delicate, so rich but without ostentation.
Gordon & MacPhail Bladnoch 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.80% 7 The nose is unusual, closer to a sour Chinese broth than a whisky! But the palate restores an expected floral Lowland freshness.
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.
Karuizawa 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00% 7 I would have enjoyed the whisky more if I had stuck to nosing.
Karuizawa Master's Blend, 10 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 40.00% 7 For once, a whisky that delivers more on the palate than on the nose. It could make a pleasant summer dram.
Longmorn 17 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.20% 8 Maybe not as balanced as the classic 15 year-old. But who would turn one's nose up to a Longmorn? So rare, so satisfying. Yummy.
Blended - Japan - 40.00% 7 A promising nose but a somewhat worn out palate.
Miyagikyo 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 45.00% 7 Nose is more attractive than the palate. Lacks elegance and cohesion.
Nikka Black 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Japan - 40.00% 7 Easy-going, well-balanced. To be enjoyed as a refreshment with water and ice.
Silver Barley Milroy's
Blended - Scotland - 40.00% 6 A very young, new-make like whisky. On the bitter side. A fresh nose isn't enough.
Strathisla 15 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.10% 8 Make the effort to sample a cracking dram and to visit the bonniest distillery in Scotland.
Taketsuru 17 Years Old
Blended - Japan - 43.00% 8 The creamy notes on the nose suggest more sweetness on the palate. Oak speaks up.
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