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A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies
Scotch Malt Whisky Society 33.70 Ardbeg Keith Richards meets Socrates 1998 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30% 7 An effusively phenolic smouldering hulk. Recommended.
Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhona
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 8 An appetising islander. On the sweet side. Bring the langoustines and the scallops.
Bunnahabhain 35 Years Old Limited Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.90% 8 You'd never guess this was 35. Great life, balance and bags of character. A beauty.
Bunnahabhain 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30% 8 On the oak side but with depth and distinction.
Bunnahabhain 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30% 7 What was already a very fine (if underrated) 12yo has been given greater depth with a bump up in strength and non chill filtering. It's now one of the best on the market.
Bunnahabhain Darach Ur
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30% 7 Seems to be slightly hidden somehow. Maybe it just needs time to settle in the bottle.
Bunnahabhain 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.30% 8 The nose lets you expect sweeter notes. The palate is a bit disappointing.
Bunnahabhain Manzanilla Sherry Wood 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.20% 7 Well controlled. Wood just coming into play and despite the sulphur it's a pleasing light,sweet spirit.
Bunnahabhain 14 Years Old Port Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.00% 7 Front-loaded, clumsy and forced. Bunna's good enough on its own.
Wemyss Vintage Malts Loch Indaal Catch
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Stunningly mature. There may be a wrinkle or two, but wrinkles come with age!
Wemyss Malts Single Cask Release Briny Tangle
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 9 Heavenly. I'd buy it for the finish alone, which incidentally lasts for minutes.
Bowmore 40 Years Old, 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.80% 9 Superb balance. Classic distillery character retained after four decades - no mean achievement.
Lagavulin Limited Edition 2010
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50% 9 As good a Lagavulin as I've tasted. Hie thee to Islay!
Dewar Rattray Bruichladdich 1991, 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00% 8 Savoury. Summery. A picnic malt. Or eating freshly shucked oysters with Jim McEwan.
Old Malt Cask Ardbeg 28 Years Old, The Ardbeggeddon 1972, Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.40% 8 One of the best Ardbegs I have ever tasted. Full range of the distillery's typical flavours, lyrically combined.