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Cooley 10y 1992 (59,3%, Cadenhead 2003, bourbon, 234 btl.) – 88/100

Clynelish 14 yo 1995 (46%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams 2010) – 87/100

Macallan 12 yo ‘HKDNP’ (43%, OB 1980’s, 1 litre) – 85/100

Hakushu 21 yo 1981 (60,7%, Single Malt Whisky Society 2003, SMWS 120.1, 373 btl.) – 86/100

Linkwood 20 yo 1989 (53,5%, Malts of Scotland 2010, cask 1826, 263 btl.) – 80/100

Today the recently re-launched distillery GlenDronach announced a new thirty-one year-old expression selected personally by Mr Billy Walker: GlenDronach Grandeur. It’s a selection of some of the oldest oloroso casks at GlenDronach. The expression is bottled at 45,8% (cask strength). The official tasting notes of GlenDronach Grandeur mention “fruits, nuts, berries, coffee and subtle sweet […]

Springbank 10 yo (46%, OB 2009, batch 09/434) – 86/100
Springbank 10 yo (46%, OB 2008, batch 08/82) – 82/100

Port Ellen 27 yo 1982 (53%, Daily Dram 2010) – 92/100

The Nectar of the Daily Drams

Scotch Whisky Aroma Nosing Kit – review

Invergordon 36 yo 1972 (41,4%, Bladnoch forum 2009, cask 95390, 184 btl.) – 82/100

Black Bull 40 yo (40,2%, Duncan Taylor 2010, batch #1) – 85/100

Caol Ila 1969 (54,6%, Gordon & MacPhail for Meregalli 1986, Celtic label) – 93/100

Glen Keith 19 yo 1990 (52,1%, Malts of Scotland 2010, cask 13678, 232 btl.) – 89/100

Glengoyne 11 yo 1998 (55,2%, Malts of Scotland 2010, cask 1132, 272 btl.) – 86/100

Glengoyne 11 yo 1998 (54,8%, Malts of Scotland 2010, cask 1131, 295 btl.) – 88/100

Glen Elgin 31 yo 1975 (46%, Berry Bros. & Rudd 2007, cask #5167 & 5170) – 90/100

Cardhu 12 yo (43%, OB 1970’s, Wax & Vitale) – 87/100

Aultmore 15 yo 1976 (43%, OB 1992 for Bristol Brandy Company Ltd) – 83/100

Kilkerran ‘Work in progress’ (46%, OB 2009) – 82/100

Glenburgie 5 yo 1965 (43%, OB 1970, 75cl) – 84/100

Dallas Dhu 24y 1970 (60,6%, Rare Malts, 1995) – 81/100

Coleburn 26 yo 1983 (49,5%, The Whisky Agency 2009, Fossils series, 120 btl.) – 83/100

Littlemill 19 yo 1990 (54,3%, Malts of Scotland 2010, cask #915, 142 btl.) – 88/100

We’ve recently passed the 300 posts mark, and even then there are a bunch of distilleries which we’ve never reviewed on this blog. At this moment, there are whiskies from 73 distilleries but let’s take it to a higher level. During the next ten days, we only allow “new” distilleries. A few names? Littlemill, Coleburn, […]

Ardbeg Rollercoaster (57,3%, OB 2009, Committee release) – 85/100

BenRiach 16 yo 1993 (55,6%, OB 2009 for Pin’Art, hogshead – Sauternes finish, cask #2587, 295 btl.) – 85/100

Glenrothes 18 yo 1990 (46%, SMoS 2009, cask #3331, 785 btl.) – 82/100

Plantation 11 yo (45%, OB 2009, single cask #01 for The Nectar)

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  • Tony: Well the 1401 batch 8 could be found easily in most places for £200 - indeed I got one for £180 with a discount. The £225 price was a bit high and
  • WhiskyNotes: Don't just look at the UK - it's not always representative for the rest of the world. The last 1401 for Europe was batch 8. I bought that one for €
  • Sam: Nicely written notes, not rated this myself yet. Just to confirm, it's nowhere near a 40% price rise though. The last 1401 released in the UK was at

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  • Macduff 1980 (Golden Cask)
  • Karuizawa 45 Year Old (cask #2725)
  • Cardhu 18 Year Old
  • Craigellachie 13 Years
  • Port Askaig 19 Year Old
  • Ledaig 2005 (Maltbarn)

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