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Caol Ila ‘Ciao All’ 12yo 1996 (46%, Daily Dram 2009) – 82/100

Macduff 19yo 1990 (53,1%, Malts of Scotland 2009, cask #1423, 124 btl.) – 86/100

The Glenrothes recently announced two new expressions, a 20 year-old Glenrothes 1988 and a 10 year-old Glenrothes 1998. Both will be released in the Far East first, so no need to rush to your local supplier. This is the official character description on the label of the 1988 vintage: “Rich candied orange peel, fruit compote”. […]

Ardbeg 1990 ‘Airigh nam beist’ (46%, OB 2006) – 87/100

Auchroisk ‘Auk’s Choir’ 34yo 1975 (41,3%, Daily Dram 2009, 97 btl.) – 83/100

Introduction to the new independant bottler “Malts of Scotland”.

Highland Park ‘High Dark Plan’ 10yo 1998 (46%, Daily Dram 2009) – 86/100

Ardbeg 1998 (54%, OB 2009, Cask #1189, Feis Isle 2009, 252 btl.) – 92/100

Ardbeg 1998 (54,7%, OB 2009, Cask #1190, Feis Isle 2009, 282 btl.) – 91/100

Bunnahabhain ‘Mòine’ (58,4%, OB 2009, Feis Isle 2009, 642 btl.) – 82/100

Bruichladdich 1993 ‘Oirthir gàidheal’ (53,6%, OB 2009, Feis Isle 2009, Cask #13, 1000 btl.) – 83/100

Bowmore 9yo 1999 (57,1%, OB 2009, Feis Isle 2009, 900 btl.) – 86/100

It’s Sunday so let’s have a break from the Feis Ile bottlings and give you some news. In celebration of their sixtieth anniversary since the launch in 1949, independent bottler Douglas Laing is releasing a series of 6 limited edition bottlings, one for each decade. They are single casks in a special retro version of […]

Caol Ila 1996 (58%, OB 2009, Cask #19313, Feis Isle 2009) – 92/100

Laphroaig Cairdeas 12yo (57,5%, OB 2009, Feis Isle 2009, 5000 btl.) – 88/100

Feis Ile is the yearly festival on Islay. It’s not all about whisky, but traditionally each of the distilleries presents a special bottling only available at that time. The festival is over and I’ve had a shipment with most of this year’s releases, so let’s get dramming. Over the next ten days, I’ll be reviewing […]

Three new releases in the Daily Dram series: High Dark Plan, Auk’s Choir and Ciao All.

Tomintoul 40y (43,3%, Specialty Drinks 2008, 335 btl.) – 84/100

Springbank 21y (46%, OB mid 90’s) – 94/100

Lagavulin 19y 1979 (46%, Murray McDavid 1998, cask #MM8593, bourbon cask) – 83/100

Tomatin 1965 ‘Oat Mint’ (48,1%, Daily Dram 2009, 210 btl.) – 90/100

Balvenie 12y ‘Signature’ (40%, OB 2008, batch n°1) – 87/100

Auchentoshan Three Wood (43%, OB 2008) – 76/100

Linkwood 18yo 1990 (46%, Gordon & MacPhail for La Maison du Whisky 2009, cask #6962) – 86/100

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  • Gal(WhiskyIsrael): Just tasted this one. WOW. i am very very impressed Ruben. Amazing BFYB for 40 euro. this feels much older and so complex. WOW again. dang!
  • bakerman: I will look for the cheaper unpeated Caol Ila as I am interested to compare it with the younger versions released earlier (8 and 12 years). I will als
  • WhiskyNotes: It may be just a detail, but I said "a relatively modest price increase", not a modest price! It's true that the price is heavy, especially because I

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  • Ben Nevis 2002 (Port cask #334)
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