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Whisky Index : Scotch Whisky - Single Malt

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Scotch Whisky - Single Malt

Master of Malt Caol Ila 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40%
7 Incredibly crisp and strong for its age. Water mellows the nose but makes the palate more astringent. Lack of balance.

Master of Malt Clynelish Single Cask Series 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10%
8 A lovely, fresh and conversational dram. A dash of water brings out more sweetness. A spring celebration in itself.

Master of Malt Cragganmore 20 Years Old, 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20%
7 An unexpectedly light (but well balanced) Cragganmore.

Master of Malt Glen Garioch 1990 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.80%
8 Approaching its twilight years, but still with a definite spring in its step. Very nicely balanced indeed.

Master of Malt Glenglassaugh 25 Years Old 1984
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70%
7 Another oak and oak only whisky. I must have an oak-(over)sensitive palate!

Master of Malt Glenturret 34 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 47.90%
8 A nicely rounded whisky.

Master of Malt Highland Park 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Republic of Ireland - 56.00%
7 Refreshing and well balanced. The nose promises more than it delivers on the palate. I have never come across such a phenolic HP.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Master of Malt Laphroaig 10 Years Old 1998
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.50%
8 The perfect image of the countryside in autumn on a wet chilly morning, with a mixture of fog and smoke hovering over the fields and the woods. Very suggestive.

Master of Malt Lowland Single Malt 2nd Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Hard to pin a great deal on this one. The nose has its merits, but you really have to search for them.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Master of Malt Speyside 60 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.20%
9 Flavours like these are the reason wood maturation was invented. Excellent stuff.

Master of Malt Springbank 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.80%
8 A buoyant character. Perfect to get you back on your feet on a crispy morning.

Master of Malt Springbank 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.50%
8 Invigorating like a crisp spring morning. Fragrances in the air. I prefer it neat.

Master of Malt Tobermory 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00%
7 A vibrant character, especially on the palate. Refreshing but with a bite.

Master of Malt Tormore Single Cask Series
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.20%
7 Interesting whisky but the high ABV requires some precautions. Time, a dash of water and you have an energetic and talkative dram!

Master of Malt Whisky Liqueur 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A fine addition to the ever-growing whisky liqueur category.

McGibbon's Port Ellen 23 Years Old, Provenance
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Reminded me of old Calvados. Oak tends to overwhelm fruit but a wee dash of water tones it down. Very unpeated for a Port Ellen!

Montgomerie's The Macallan 1989 Single Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Macallan in disguise. Impossible to recognise blind. So unusual but really attractive.

Mortlach 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A great malt that is enigmatic and sometimes seems reclusive.

Mortlach 1980, 17 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 63.10%
7 A big, rich interpretation; an outstanding digestif.

Mortlach 1998 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50%
7 A pleasant light aromatic profile but this whisky has not matured in very active casks.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Murray McDavid 1987,
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Both the name and the medicinal character suggests the distillery of origin.

Murray McDavid Benchmark: Tobermory 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Luckily, it hasn't been compromised by sulphur tainted sherry butts.

Murray McDavid Bunnahabhain 1979 Bourbon Barrel
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
6 Surprising peatiness, but without smokiness.

Murray McDavid Bunnahabhain 1979 Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 For an allegedly light malt, the flavours sing through but, as the dark colour suggests, there really is too much wood.

Murray McDavid Caol Ila 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.70%
8 On the light side, but with some delicacy and complexity.


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