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Scotch Whisky - Single Malt

Private Collection Caol Ila 1990 Vintage Rum Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
7 Hang on! Is that a single malt with a rum finish or a good rum matured in a bourbon cask? An exemplary phagocytosis or a magical trick. But we wanted whisky!

Private Collection Caol Ila 1998 Calvados
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 The Calvados character is almost overwhelming but Caol Ila comes surging through in the finish.

Private Collection Caol Ila 1998 Claret Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 The least characterful of the three Caol Ila wood finishes.

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Private Collection Glen Mhor 44 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
8 Amazingly lively for such an age, and that coal smoke is a signature of distillery character still hanging on in there.

Private Collection Glenlivet 1943
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00%
8 The Glenlivet is another whisky that I have encountered at great ages, often past their best. This shows its age only in its raffish, extrovert, confidence.

Private Collection Imperial 1990 Calvados Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 As with the Caol Ila wood finishes reviewed in the last issue, the calvados is a powerful influence but the whisky does fight back-makes for an interesting combination.

Private Collection Imperial 1990 Claret Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 The wine seems to have made common cause with the juicy sweetness, and the two have overwhelmed the cereal-grain and peat smoke that usually make this a more robust malt. This version would be a good ...

Private Collection Imperial 1990 Cognac Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Cognac finishes seem to have achieved results that are, at best, mixed. In this instance, the contribution is less than obvious.

Private Collection Imperial 1990 Sherry Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 The flavours hang together better in this version, and I favour it over the port finish, but by too narrow a margin to score.

Private Collection Imperial 1991 Port Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 More Imperial than Port. With or without Port, I would like to see more Imperial.

Private Collection Longmorn 46 Years Old, 1964
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.90%
7 I'm the biggest fan of Longmorn but here the distillery's lost in an oak forest.

Provenance Braeval 1996, 8 Years Old, Sherry finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 More attractive on the nose than on the palate. Water spreads it thin.

Provenance Isle of Arran 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A delicate but satisfyingly complex dram. Arran has been getting better and better, perhaps this will be the optimum age.

Provenance Isle of Arran 8 Years Old, Unchillfiltered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Uncomplicated but delicious.

Provenance Lochnagar 1994
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 That guy hides a tender heart under a reserved manner. Give it time and a dash of fresh water. Definitely an outdoor dram.

Provenance Macallan 1998 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Definitely a summer dram. Fresh like a lemon soda. To be enjoyed with a smoked salmon sandwich.

Provenance The Glenrothes 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Large, yet complex. A lovely example of this outstanding Speyside whisky which still has far too low a profile.

Queen of the Moorlands 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Has nothing to be ashamed of, but could do with more action at the front end.

Queen of the Moorlands Bowmore 1995, Rare Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.20%
7 Nothing wrong, just bottled too early.

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Queen of the Moorlands Caol Ila 10 Years Old, Rare Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Very good, but better without water. Is Caol Ila the most consistent distillery ever? So many indies, so few duff drams.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Queen of the Moorlands Laphroaig, Rare Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70%
8 A deft, attractive, dram.

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Rare Auld Glen Moray 35 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.70%
8 An exemplary old gently matured whisky.

Rare Auld Cragganmore 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30%
8 Deep and rich. The sherry has overwhelmed the distillery character. But a beautiful oaky expression. And a characterful profile.

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Rare Auld Cragganmore 1985 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.30%
8 The nose is pure confectionary, while the palate introduces a more masculine note.

Rare Malts Auchroisk 28 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.80%
7 Carries its age effortlessly. Approachable, clean, sweet-tempered. Unlike The Singleton version, no obvious sherry.


 

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