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Brora 21 yo 1977 (56,9%, Rare Malts 1998) – 91/100

Brora 20 yo 1982 (58,1%, Rare Malts 2003) – 90/100

Glenury Royal 23 yo 1971 (61,3%, Rare Malts 1995) – 90/100

Mortlach 22 yo 1972 (65,3%, Rare Malts 1995, 75cl.) – 87/100

Banff 21y 1982 (51,7%, RM 2004) – 85/100

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Inchgower 35 yo 1974 (57%, Thosop Import 2009, refill sherry cask, 42 btl.) – 90/100

Benrinnes 23 yo 1985 (58,8%, OB 2009, 6000 btl.) – 80/100

Caol Ila 29 yo 1980 (54%, Malts of Scotland 2009, cask #4935, 175 btl.) – 90/100

Pittyvaich 20 yo (57,5%, OB 2009, 6000 btl.) – 82/100

Aberlour 19yo 1990 (54,5%, Malts of Scotland 2009, cask #18847, 167 btl.) – 87/100

Brora 30 yo 1976 (55,1%, Douglas Laing Old & Rare Platinum 2007, 104 btl.) – 95/100

Ben Nevis 34 yo 1975 (63%, Prestonfield for LMdW 2009, cask #7439, 146 btl.) – 92/100

Glen Spey 31 yo 1977 (55,8%, Malts of Scotland 2009, cask #3656, 210 btl.) – 90/100

Longmorn 39yo 1969 (57,7%, Gordon & MacPhail for TWE 2009, cask #5305) – 91/100

Ardbeg 31yo 1975 (53,7%, OB 2006, cask #1378, 453 btl) – 92/100

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Karuizawa ‘Wait La Mazurka’ 31 yo 1977 (62,7%, Daily Dram 2009) – 91/100

Isle of Jura Prophecy (46%, OB 2009) – 84/100

Woodford Reserve (43,2%, OB 2009) – 80/100

The Macallan Fine Oak 30 Years old (43%, OB 2009) – 84/100

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  • WhiskyNotes: It's an aroma I picked up on the nose, not a flavour you should taste. I've seen other people mention rubbery notes, dust, wet cement... all in the sa
  • Henry V.: A clear bike tube/plastic taste? I don't get that, just got a bottle and can't taste the plastic nor bike tube, maybe I drank too much of it? Rest of

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  • Ben Nevis 2002 (Port cask #334)
  • Ardmore 2000 (Liquid Library)

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