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Archive for May 2009

Bruichladdich 2001 ‘Resurrection’ (46%, OB 2008, 24000 btl.) – 83/100

Ardbeg Supernova (58,9%, OB 2009) – 85/100

St. Magdalene 23y 1970 (58,1%, RM 1994) – 78/100

Last week,  I’ve had a sneak peek at the brand new Daily Dram whisky glass. The bowl is closely related to a tulip / ISO glass, but there’s no stem, not even a foot. It’s rather small and comfortable to hold. I personally don’t like my whisky too cold, so I like the fact that […]

Macallan 18y 1983 (43%, OB 2001) – 89/100

Ardbeg 10yo ‘Ten’ (46%, OB 2006) – 86/100

Glenrothes Robur Reserve (40%, OB 2008, 1 liter) – 79/100

Karuizawa 36yo 1972 (65%, OB 2008, cask #7290, Japanese wine cask, 528 btl.) – 92/100

Caol Ila 26y 1982 (63%, The Whisky Agency 2009, Perfect Dram I, 120 btl.) – 88/100

Highland Park recently said that they can’t sustain the high strength of the current Highland Park 21 years old, because it was very popular and stocks at that alcohol level are limited (do they really have difficulty finding 20+ year old casks over 47,5% – hard to believe). They will be lowering the strength to […]

Highland Park 21yo (47,5%, OB 2007) – 91/100

If you thought the Highland Park 40yo was old (and expensive), think twice. The distillery announced a new Highland Park 50yo, the oldest bottling ever. In fact, not many distilleries can claim such old whisky in their core range. Expected in a few months. Other news: there’s a new Highland Park 1997 vintage, sherry matured […]

Highland Park 30yo (48,1%, OB 2007) – 89/100

Highland Park 25yo (48,1%, OB 2007) – 87/100

Highland Park 18yo (43%, OB 2007) – 85/100

WhiskyNotes is 6 months old now, and still a few well-known brands never appeared (simply bad luck of course, every whisky deserves a review). Time to feature Orkney-based Highland Park, a distillery with many fans. Highland Park had a major restyling in 2006, and the brand was supposed to become a top 10 single malt […]

GlenDronach 15y ‘Revival’ (46%, OB 2009) – 83/100

Glenrothes 37y 1968 (57,6%, Duncan Taylor 2006, cask #13482, 160 btl.) – 88/100

Port Askaig 25y (45,8%, Whisky Exchange 2009) – 88/100

Port Askaig ‘Cask Strength’ (57,1%, Whisky Exchange 2009) – 82/100

Port Askaig, a new brand by Specialty Drinks / The Whisky Exchange

Balvenie 21y PortWood (40%, OB 2006) – 83/100

Springbank 18y (46%, OB 2009) – 88/100

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  • SK: And just to prove a point, all of the bottles are still available in places where they usually run out. Lets see how many will be still available whe
  • SK: 2 years ago I tried the Caol Ila 1982 from Archives. What a fantastic whisky. Since then I always try to stock these Caol Ila from the 80s. Sadly no
  • WhiskyNotes: The real problem is that Caol Ila isn't selling (mature) casks to independent bottlers any more, from what I've heard, so chances are low we'll see mo

Coming up

  • Inchgower 1975 (Maltbarn)
  • Octomore 6.3 258ppm
  • Peated Irish 1991 (Eiling Lim)
  • Ardbeg 1974 for Christmas
  • Spirit of Freedom 30 Years
  • Elements of Islay Cl7
  • Benromach 5 Year Old

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WhiskyNotes - Ruben LuytenThis blog is my personal collection of impressions, written while searching for the ultimate single malt whisky.