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Single Malt - Scotland - 53.80% 8 A classic Port Ellen. A must-buy for peat heads.
Port Ellen 1978 31 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.60% 7 Another evolution in the Port Ellen saga. Less austere but also less overtly smoky. Fascinating.
Port Ellen 1979, 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.20% 8 From a sadly silent still: a great malt that is too good to chill, but wonderful with smoked salmon or scallops. Or, deservedly, caviar. You serve vodka? Shame on you!
Port Ellen 1979, 25 Years Old, 5th Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40% 8 A very good balance between nose and palate. An island character with a pleasant earthy background.
Port Ellen 24 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30% 8 Very well balanced, this expression has enjoyed a great relationship with its cask.
Port Ellen 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.40% 8 A superb Port Ellen,more sophisticated than the Diageo one. Two styles. This one is more an indoor dram. Toeach his own.
Port Ellen 25 Years Old, Special Release 2005
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.40% 8 Old, intense and busting for an olifactory fight. Complex and grizzly, like Clint Eastwood in The Unforgiven.
Port Ellen 29 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.30% 8 That dram gives you a briny hug. It warms you without burning. A zesty queen of the Hebrides.
Port Ellen 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.70% 8 A wonderful freshener on a warm summer day, citrussy and smokier than phenolic.
Port Ellen 32 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.50% 8 Complex with a good balance of fruit and peat.
Port Ellen 6th Release
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.20% 8 Takes no prisoners.
Private Collection Clynelish 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 A hint of sulphur in the nose had me dismissing this whisky. It seemed young, immature, callow – but we finishing up flirting.
Private Collection Balblair 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 Elegant and uncomplicated. Refreshing and appetising. Hides its 50% ABV very well.
Private Collection Caol Ila 1969
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 8 After a few of these, the rebel leader (played by Anthony Quinn) toasts freedom, and we start firing our carbines in the air.
Private Collection Caol Ila 1988 Cognac Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 All the action is in that finish. A clear points victory for the whisky, with brandy going the distance.
Private Collection Caol Ila 1988 Sherry Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 7 Less complex, with the distillery character coming through much more strongly.
Private Collection Caol Ila 1990 Demerara Rum Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 45.00% 7 A bit puzzling at start. Seems somewhat austere and restrained. Then releases sweet notes. Is it an effect of the rum finish?
Private Collection Caol Ila 1990 Port Wood Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 No contest, the Inner Hebrides quickly overwhelms the Duoro.
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.
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 ...