A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies
Old Masters Bladnoch 1992
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.50% 7 A two-sided malt, with two different expressions on the nose and on the palate. The alcohol needs to be tamed with water.
Old Masters Bladnoch 1992 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10% 7 Quite assertive for Bladnoch. Not keen on the papery character. Quality of wood?
Old Masters Bladnoch 1992 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.90% 6 I know, I know – it's a Lowland! Still, I want a little more from a whisky. Full stop.
Old Masters Bruichladdich 1991 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.70% 7 The Laddie in austere mood. Best before dinner.
Old Masters Clynelish 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.10% 7 Very much in line with recent bottlings. Not especially peaty, but crisp, clean and decisive in it's flavours.
Old Masters Girvan 15 Years Old, Cask 110636
Single Grain - Scotland - 60.40% 7 Astonishingly full in both body and flavour for a grain whisky.
Old Masters Girvan 16 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 58.00% 7 Unrefined wood spoils the aromatic display. It does not leave a clean feel. A rather grumpy character.
Old Masters Glentauchers 1990 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80% 7 Serve as an aperitif. Chilled?
Old Masters Glenturret 14 Years Old
- Scotland - 56.90% 7 Absolutely no cask interaction, making this the polar opposite of the last quartet. In a way this is a very instructive tasting.
Old Masters Glenturret 1986
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.30% 7 As refreshing as a herbal tea but much more rewarding and fulfilling. Would suit a leg of lamb with mint sauce.
Old Masters Glen Garioch 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.90% 8 A rich aromatic profile and a soft texture give that whisky a sensuous feel. The perfect afterdinner dram to enjoy a moment of calm and of solitude maybe…
Old Masters Glen Garioch 1988, 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.90% 7 A big warming dram whose generosity of flavour comes as a relief after a couple of meanies.
Old Masters Ledaig 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10% 7 The aroma promises more than the whisky delivers.
An old con
Dave Broom exposes the shady side of the antique, collectable whisky market
January 2003, Issue 28, page 16