A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies
James MacArthur 14 Years Old Islay Blended Malt
Blended - Scotland - 58.30% 8 Alcohol is so well tamed. A fully Islay vatted malt. Vatted, really? More a single than a vatted. Or an Ardbeg vatted with a Laphroaig?
James MacArthur Allt-a-Bhainne 1995 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.90% 6 Quite harsh and burning. Alcohol is not tamed at all.
James MacArthur Auchentoshan 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.20% 7 I have not previously encountered such a full expression of Auchentoshan, but the style suits the whisky.
James MacArthur Bladnoch 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Gentle to the point of reticence. Aperitif. Or try it with Morrocan food.
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.
James MacArthur Strathmill 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 64.20% 7 This bottling strongly manifests the woody dryness that seems to characterise the whiskies from the Islay valley. Water brings out Strathmill's muscat note.
James MacArthur The Glenrothes 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.50% 7 Sophisticated flavours in a delicate structure. Like elaborate petits-fours.
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