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Yamazaki 18 yo (43%, OB 2008, L8CP3) – 90/100

Nikka ‘From the barrel’ (51,4%, OB 2010, 50cl) – 80/100

Hakushu 12 yo 1997 (56%, OB for Whisky-Live 2009, hogshead BJ41521) – 81/100

Karuizawa 1991 (62,5%, OB 2007, sherry cask #3318) – 86/100

Yamazaki 12 yo 1996 (60%, OB for Whisky-Live Japan 2009, sherry butt AX70012) – 86/100

Ichiro’s Malt Mizunara Wood Reserve (46%, OB 2010) – 78/100

Nikka Miyagikyo 1988 (50%, OB 2008, 1500 btl.) – 88/100

A series of Japanese whisky reviews. There’s a Hakushu and Yamazaki bottled for Whisky-Live Japan, a Karuizawa 1991, several Nikka bottlings, the highly praised Yamazaki 18yo, a Mizunara wood finish etc.

Rare Ayrshire 34 yo 1975 (45,2%, Signatory Vintage 2009, cask #558, 166 btl.) – 83/100

Glendullan 28 yo 1981 (49,6%, Whisky Agency ‘Flowers’ 2010, bourbon hogshead, 247 btl.) – 86/100

The blogger’s blend by Master of Malt: 10 blended whiskies made by different whisky bloggers

Ardbeg Alligator (51,2%, OB 2011, Committee release, around 10.000 btl.) – 88/100

GlenDronach 8 yo 2002 (58%, OB for Cask in a Van 2010, cask #4521, Virgin oak hogshead finish, 312 btl.) – 82/100

Glenallachie 16 yo 1995 (53%, Malts of Scotland 2011, bourbon hogshead #1257, 222 btl.) – 75/100

Bailie Nicol Jarvie (40%, OB 2011) – 80/100

Ardbeg 10yo ‘Ten’ (46%, OB 2011) – 85/100

Glenury Royal 37 yo 1973 (43%, The Whisky Agency & The Nectar 2011, bourbon hogshead, 146 btl.) – 91/100

Bowmore 21 yo 1989 (48,1%, Nectar of the Daily Drams 2011) – 82/100

Ardbeg 12 yo 1998 (55,4%, Nectar of the Daily Drams 2011) – 88/100

Brora 29 yo 1972 (59,5%, Douglas Laing Platinum 2002, 240 btl.) – 94/100

Coleburn 21 yo 1979 (59,4%, Rare Malts 2000) – 87/100

Strathmill 31 yo 1976 (44,8%, Adelphi 2008, cask #1126, 227 btl.) – 77/100

Glenfarclas 18 yo 1987 (46%, OB 2006, Quarter cask #3704 + 3707 + 3859 + 3860, 1299 btl.) – 84/100

Glen Ord 30 yo (58,7%, OB 2005, 6000 btl.) – 88/100

BenRiach 35 yo 1975 (51%, OB for Asta Morris Belgium 2011, cask #7227, 236 btl.) – 93/100

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  • Tudval: Just because canadian whisky 'can' have other stuff in it, doesn't mean it does. Regulation is not the be all and end all. Certainly these days there
  • 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

Coming up

  • GlenDronach 1990 (PX cask #2970)
  • Highland Journey
  • GlenDronach 1993 Oloroso cask #494
  • Glen Elgin 1985 (Maltbarn)
  • Fettercairn Fior
  • Cardhu 18 Year Old
  • Ben Nevis 2002 (Port cask #334)
  • Tomatin Cuatro series

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