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Kilchoman 5 yo 2009 (58,2%, OB for TastToe & Drankenshop, cask #576/2008, PX finish, 231 btl.) – 88/100
Kilchoman 5 yo 2009 (55,2%, OB for De Tongerse Whiskyvrienden & Whiskyclub Luxembourg, cask #262/2009, 100% Islay cask PX finish) – 87/100

Bowmore 2003 ‘Children of the Dramned’ (47,6%, The Whiskyman 2014, 183 btl.) – 88/100

Lagavulin 12 yo (54,4%, OB 2014, 14th release, 31.428 btl.) – 88/100

Ardbeg 15 yo 1973 (43%, Sestante 1988, 75cl.) – 92/100

Bunnahabhain 1991 ‘A thread of smoke’ (46%, Wemyss Malts 2014, hogshead, 302 btl.) – 88/100

Bunnahabhain 1987 (51,3%, Liquid Art 2014, 115 btl.) – 90/100

Kilchoman 5 yo 2009 (58,3%, OB for Abbey Whisky 2014, cask #285/09, P.X. finish, 270 btl.) – 87/100

Bowmore 15yo ‘Laimrig’ (54,1%, OB 2014) – 87/100

Bowmore 10 yo ‘Devil’s Cask II’ (56,3%, OB 2014, first fill sherry) – 88/100

Bowmore 10yo Tempest (55,1%, OB 2013, first fill bourbon casks, Batch #4) – 87/100
Bowmore 10yo Tempest (55,9%, OB 2014, first fill bourbon casks, Batch #5) – 86/100

Ardbeg 16 yo 1998 (58,2%, Malts of Scotland ‘Amazing Casks’ 2014, ref. Mos 14027, 222 btl.) – 88/100

Lagavulin 1995 ‘Feis Ile’ (54,7%, OB 2014, European sherry oak butts, 3500 btl.) – 93/100

Ardbeg 29 yo 1972 (50%, Douglas Laing OMC 2001, sherry finish, 432 btl.) – 94/100

Bunnahabhain 23 yo 1990 (47,9%, Archives ‘Fishes of Samoa’ 2014, sherry butt #52, 201 btl.) – 86/100

Bunnahabhain 11 yo 2003 (58,8%, Signatory Vintage for The Bonding Dram and others 2014, sherry butt #1152, 627 btl.) – 87/100

Bunnahabhain 43 yo 1968 (47%, The Whisky Agency ‘Sea Life’ 2012, refill sherry butt, 498 btl.) – 89/100

Bunnahabhain 26 yo 1987 (50,4%, The Whisky Agency ‘Mollusc & Medusa’ 2014, refill hogshead, 210 btl.) – 90/100

Bowmore 15 yo ‘Darkest’ (43%, OB 2013) – 80/100

Caol Ila 7 yo 2006 (56,5%, Gordon & MacPhail for The Bonding Dram & FMWS 2014, refill sherry hogshead #306202, 309 btl.) – 87/100

The Black Grouse ‘Alpha Edition’ (40%, OB 2013) – 72/100

Ardbeg Auriverdes (49,9%, OB 2014, 6660 btl.) – 89/100

Bowmore 12 yo 2002 (53,2%, The Whisky Agency 2014, refill hogshead, 348 btl.) – 87/100

Port Ellen 29 yo 1983 (52%, Maltbarn 2012, bourbon cask, 86 btl.) – 92/100

Port Ellen 26 yo 1982 (56,2%, Douglas Laing OMC for Daily Dram 2009, refill hogshead, ref. 4900, 193 btl.) – 93/100

Darkness! Ardbeg 21 yo (40,1%, Master of Malt 2014, P.X. finish, 50 cl.) – 88/100

Bowmore Small Batch (40%, OB 2014) – 83/100

Lagavulin 1997 ‘Distiller’s Edition’ (43%, OB 2013, P.X. finish, lgv. 4/502) – 90/100

Bunnahabhain 34 yo 1980 (45,4%, Sansibar 2014, sherry cask, 220 btl.) – 87/100

Kilchoman 6 yo 2007 (60,4%, OB for Whisky in Leiden 2014, bourbon cask #142, 245 btl.) – 86/100

Bowmore 10 yo 2003 (53,4%, Whisky-Doris 2013, bourbon cask #20188, 179 btl.) – 88/100

Bowmore 10 yo 2003 (50,2%, Whisky-Fässle 2013, bourbon hogshead) – 87/100

Bunnahabhain 33 yo 1980 (45,6%, Whisky-Doris 2013, sherry butt #92, 460 btl.) – 87/100

Laphroaig 15 yo 1998 (52,7%, The Whisky Agency ‘Reflections’ 2013, refill hogshead, 261 btl.) – 88/100

Port Ellen 1978 (55,7%, Thosop Handwritten 2005, refill sherry butt, 6 btl.) – 93/100

Laphroaig 15 yo 1998 (57,4%, Signatory Vintage for TastToe & Broekmans 2013, hogshead #5570, 300 btl.) – 90/100

Lagavulin 37 yo 1976 (51%, OB 2013, 1868 btl.) – 94/100

Lagavulin 12 yo (55,1%, OB 2013, 13th release) – 86/100

Caol Ila ‘Stitchell Reserve’ (59,6%, OB 2013) – 83/100

Bunnahabhain 34 yo 1968 ‘Auld Acquaintance’ (43,8%, OB 2002, 2002 btl.) – 94/100

Bunnahabhain 26 yo 1987 (50,2%, Archives 2013, dark sherry cask #2557, 233 btl.) – 90/100

Bunnahabhain 25 yo 1987 (49,4%, The Whisky Agency ‘Perfect Dram’ 2013, Fino hogshead, 255 btl.) – 87/100

Bunnahabhain 40 yo 1973 (48,5%, The Whiskyman ‘Birthday dram’ aka ‘Ugly Faces’ 2013, 155 btl.) – 92/100

Laphroaig 16 yo 1997 (55,4%, Signatory Vintage for De Tongerse Whiskyvrienden & Vinothek Massen 2013, refill sherry hogshead #3369, 292 btl.) – 87/100

Laphroaig 1976 (43%, OB 1996, 5.400 btl.) – 93/100

Big Peat ‘Christmas Edition’ 2013 (54,9%, Douglas Laing 2013) – 84/100

Caol Ila 33 yo 1979 (52,7%, Maltbarn 2013, ex-bourbon cask, 55 btl.) – 91/100

Port Charlotte 11 yo 2002 (54,7%, Maltbarn 2013, sherry cask, 78 btl.) – 89/100

Ardbeg 31 yo 1974 (51,8%, OB 2006, bourbon cask #5666, 168 btl.) – 94/100

Bowmore 25 yo 1987 (50,2%, Douglas Laing Old Particular 2013, refill hogshead, 234 btl.) – 72/100

Caol Ila 30 yo 1982 (52%, The Coopers Choice for Limburg Whisky Fair 2013, bourbon hogshead #4721, 275 btl.) – 92/100

Bowmore 15 yo 1998 (52,1%, The Whisky Agency ‘Stamps’ 2013, refill butt, 719 btl.) – 87/100

Lagavulin 30 yo 1976 (52,6%, OB 2006, 2340 btl.) – 92/100

Bowmore 18 yo 1995 (54,9%, Whisky-Fässle for Malt Monkey 2013, sherry cask) – 90/100

Bunnahabhain 25 yo (46,3%, OB +/- 2013) – 84/100

Laphroaig 12 yo 2000 (51,7%, The Whisky Agency ‘Perfect Dram’ 2013, refill sherry hogshead, 291 btl.) – 85/100

Bunnahabhain 40 yo 1973 (50,6%, Archives ‘Fishes of Samoa’ 2013, butt #3463, 156 btl.) – 92/100

Bunnahabhain 21 yo 1991 (48,6%, TheWhiskyCask 2013, bourbon cask) – 88/100

Bowmore 11 yo 2001 (53,6%, Maltbarn 2012, sherry butt, 175 btl.) – 89/100

Bowmore 17 yo 1996 (52,7%, The Whisky Agency ‘Faces’ 2013, refill bourbon hogshead, 307 btl.) – 91/100

Bowmore 15 yo 1998 (55,2%, Chester Whisky 2012, refill bourbon hogshead, 242 btl.) – 87/100

Bunnahabhain 22 yo 1990 (50,4%, Whisky-Fässle 2013, sherry butt) – 88/100

Bunnahabhain 23 yo 1989 (44,1%, Whiskysite.nl 2013, bourbon barrel, 155 btl.) – 87/100

Kilchoman ‘Loch Gorm’ 2007 (46%, OB 2013, first release, 10.000 btl.) – 85/100

Bunnahabhain 25 yo 1969 (53,3%, Signatory Vintage 1995, sherry cask #2025, 140 btl.) – 89/100

Bowmore 14 yo 1991 (59,6%, Scotch Single Malt Circle 2005, cask #575) – 87/100

Caol Ila 22 yo 1990 (52,1%, The Whiskyman 2012, refill bourbon hogshead #12505, 114 btl.) – 88/100

Port Askaig 19 years ‘Cask strength’ (50,4%, Specialty Drinks 2012) – 87/100

Port Askaig 30 years ‘Cask strength’ (51,1%, Specialty Drinks 2012) – 90/100

Bowmore 11 yo 2001 (50,6%, The Whiskyman 2013, bourbon cask, 240 btl.) – 88/100

Bowmore 13 yo 1997 (60,3%, MacBeatha 2010, 4th Edition, 315 btl.) – 86/100

Laphroaig 14yo 1998 (53,8%, Archives 2012, bourbon hogshead #5619, 156 btl.) – 90/100

Bunnahabhain 35 yo 1976 (48,8%, The Whisky Mercenary 2012, 80 btl.) – 90/100

Bunnahabhain 35 yo 1976 (49,1%, Whisky-Doris 2012, sherry hogshead #6112, 248 btl.) – 89/100

Bunnahabhain Mòine 5 yo 2006 (61,1%, Archives 2012, bourbon hogshead #800041, 264 btl.) – 80/100

Kilchoman 4yo 2007 (58,4%, Single Cask Nation 2012, first fill bourbon cask #378/07, 245 btl.) – 85/100

Laphroaig 16 yo 1996 (56,1%, Malts of Scotland 2012, ref. 12041, 240 btl.) – 88/100

Lagavulin 21 yo 1991 (52%, OB 2012, first fill sherry, 2772 btl.) – 92/100

Lagavulin 21 yo 1985 (56,5%, OB 2007, first fill sherry, 6642 btl.) – 93/100

Bowmore 15 yo 1997 (53,8%, The Whiskyman 2012, 189 btl.) – 88/100

Bruichladdich 16 yo ‘The Laddie Sixteen’ (46%, OB 2012) – 84/100

Bunnahabhain 40 yo (41,7%, OB 2012, 750 btl.) – 92/100

Bruichladdich 24 yo 1988 (54,3%, Malts of Scotland for Islay Whisky Dinner 2012, sherry hogshead, ref. MoS 12040, 188 btl.) – 87/100

Bowmore 23 yo 1989 (53,1%, The Whisky Agency ‘Fights’ 2012, ex-sherry butt, 341 btl.) – 88/100

Laphroaig 17 yo 1995 (53,9%, The Whisky Agency ‘Fights’ 2012, bourbon barrel, 253 btl.) – 88/100

Bunnahabhain 31 yo 1980 (46,8%, Malts of Scotland 2012, bourbon hogshead, ref. MoS 12038, 220 btl.) – 90/100

Port Ellen 32 yo 1979 ‘12th release’ (52,5%, OB 2012, 2964 btl.) – 91/100

Port Charlotte Pl1 (60%, Specialty Drinks 2012, 50 cl) – 89/100

Bunnahabhain 22 yo 1990 (49,2%, Liquid Treasures 2012, sherry hogshead) – 87/100

Ardbeg Galileo 12 yo 1999 (49%, OB 2012, first fill ex-bourbon and ex-Marsala casks) – 87/100

Laphroaig 20 yo (59,6%, SMWS 29.99 “Power and Scorched Earth”, sherry butt, 10 cl) – 82/100

Bowmore Bw1 (52,9%, Elements of Islay 2012, 50 cl) – 87/100

Caol Ila 30 yo 1982 (51,2%, Archives 2012, bourbon hogshead #758, 207 btl.) – 90/100

Port Charlotte 2001 ‘PC10’ (59,8%, OB 2012, 6000 btl.) – 88/100

Bowmore 21 yo 1989 (46%, The Maltman 2012) – 86/100

Caol Ila 28 yo 1984 (53,5%, The Whisky Agency ‘Sea Life’ 2012, bourbon hogshead, 254 btl.) – 90/100

Caol Ila 1999 (50%, G&M for Asta Morris 2012, refill sherry hogshead #305341, 350 btl.) – 88/100

Balblair 1990 (55,1%, OB 2012, Islay cask #1463, +/- 150 btl.) – 90/100

Caol Ila 33 yo 1979 (53,7%, The Whisky Agency & The Nectar 2012, refill hogshead, 241 btl.) – 90/100

Bruichladdich 10 yo ‘The Laddie Ten’ (46%, OB 2011) – 86/100

Ardbeg Galileo (49%, OB 2012)

Caol Ila 30 yo 1981 (50,6%, Thosop 2011, bourbon cask, 153 btl.) – 91/100

Bunnahabhain 43 yo 1968 ‘Dram Together’ (46,5%, The Whiskyman 2011, 120 btl.) – 93/100

Bowmore 37 yo 1968 (43,4%, OB 2006, bourbon oak, 708 btl.) – 92/100

Port Ellen 30 yo 1982 (58,6%, Malts of Scotland 2012, sherry hogshead, MoS 12017, 298 btl.) – 91/100

Caol Ila 30 yo 1980 (56,3%, Maltbarn 2011, ex-sherry butt, 66 btl.) – 91/100

Caol Ila 15 yo ‘Manager’s Dram’ (63%, OB 1990, sherry cask, for the S.M.D. staff association) – 92/100

Ardbeg Day / Feis Ile 2012

Octomore 5 yo 04.2 ‘Comus’ (61%, OB 2012, 18.000 btl.) – 88/100

Bruichladdich 1970 (44,2%, OB 2002, 4200 btl.) – 92/100

Ardbeg 13 yo 1965 (46%, Cadenhead 1978, 75 cl) – 83/100

Ardbeg 31 yo 1974 (51,0%, OB 2005, bourbon cask #2749, 120 btl.) – 91/100

Bowmore 13 yo 1998 (49,7%, Asta Morris 2011, bourbon hogshead AM003, 211 btl.) – 88/100

Laphroaig 13 yo 1998 (54,2%, Archives 2012, bourbon hogshead #700228, 80 btl.) – 87/100

Laphroaig Quarter Cask (48%, OB 2008) – 87/100

Port Ellen 28 yo 1983 (55,5%, Silver Seal & Whiskybase 2011, cask S1462, 60 btl.) – 92/100

Bowmore 14 yo 1997 (51,8%, Whisky-Fässle 2012, bourbon hogshead) – 89/100

Bruichladdich 9 yo 2002 (57,7%, Perfect Dram 2011, ex-bourbon cask, heavily peated, 179 btl.) – 87/100

Bruichladdich 18 yo 1992 (51,2%, OB ‘Micro Provenance series’ 2010, bourbon cask #004, Brunello wine finish, 288 btl.) – 79/100

Bunnahabhain 20 yo 1990 (54,1%, Master of Malt 2011, sherry butt) – 83/100

Caol Ila 30 yo 1981 (59,2%, Malts of Scotland 2011, ex-bourbon hogshead, MoS #11009, 117 btl.) – 90/100

Lagavulin 16 yo (43%, OB 2007) – 89/100

Port Ellen 28 yo 1983 (55,5%, Old Bothwell 2011, cask #230, 179 btl.) – 92/100

Caol Ila 19yo 1992 (50,5%, The Whisky Agency ‘Moody Lions’ 2011, ex-bourbon cask, 207 btl.) – 88/100

Bunnahabhain Bn1 (55,6%, Elements of Islay 2011, 50 cl) – 85/100

Bowmore 12 yo 1999 (57,6%, Fulldram 2011, oloroso sherry cask, 190 btl.) – 87/100

Laphroaig 21 yo 1990 (48,4%, Whiskysite.nl 2011, selected by The Whiskyman, bourbon hogshead, 60 btl.) – 89/100

Port Charlotte 9 yo 2001 (66,3%, Malts of Scotland 2011, white Rioja hogshead, 345 btl.) – 88/100

Bunnahabhain 43 yo 1968 (43,8%, Whisky-Fässle 2011, refill sherry cask, joint bottling with Whiskybase) – 92/100

Bunnahabhain 43 yo 1968 (45,7%, The Whisky Agency & Three Rivers Tokyo 2011, ex-bourbon hogshead, 211 btl.) – 90/100

Bowmore 18 yo 1993 (61,6%, The Whisky Exchange ‘Masterpieces’ 2011, American oak hogshead, 195 btl.) – 91/100

Kilchoman ‘Kh1’ (59,7%, Elements of Islay 2011, 50 cl) – 86/100

Port Ellen 28 yo 1983 (58,9%, Malts of Scotland 2011, bourbon hogshead, MoS 11011, 267 btl.) – 92/100

Port Ellen 27 yo 1983 ‘While my whisky gently weeps’ (55,5%, The Whiskyman 2011, 120 btl.) – 92/100

Caol Ila 30yo 1981 (50%, Liquid Treasures “Seabirds” 2011, ex-bourbon hogshead) – 88/100

Bruichladdich 20 yo 1991 (50%, Liquid Treasures ‘Seabirds’ 2011, bourbon hogshead) – 84/100

Port Ellen 29 yo 1982 (58,5%, Whisky-Doris 2011, bourbon hogshead #18, 212 btl.) – 90/100

Bunnahabhain 31 yo 1980 (46,3%, Whisky-Doris 2011, bourbon hogshead #13, 177 btl.) – 89/100

Ardbeg 20 yo 1991 (48,4%, Malts of Scotland for Hotel Bero 2011, sherry hogshead #MoS 11003, 240 btl.) – 91/100

Bowmore 17 yo 1994 (48,8%, Signatory Vintage for The Nectar Belgium 2011, hogshead #570, 227 btl.) – 82/100

Octomore 5 yo 04.1 (62,5%, OB 2010, 167 ppm, 15.000 btl.) – 84/100

Port Ellen 26 yo 1983 (54,6%, Duncan Taylor Rarest of the Rare 2010, cask #674, 282 btl.) – 93/100

Kilchoman 3 yo ‘Inaugural 100% Islay’ (50%, OB 2011) – 82/100

Ardbeg 18 yo 1975 (43%, Signatory Vintage 1993, cask #2464-67) – 81/100

Port Askaig ‘Harbour’ 19 yo (45,8%, Specialty Drinks 2011) – 86/100

Laphroaig 10 yo (91,4 US Proof, OB 1968, 4/5 quart, Imported by The Carlton Company) – 94/100

Laphroaig 20 yo 1990 (47,3%, Whisky-Doris 2011, bourbon hogshead #10873, 225 btl.) – 90/100

Laphroaig 21 yo 1990 (55,9%, The Whisky Agency & The Whisky Exchange ‘Private Stock’ 2011, bourbon hogshead, 264 btl.) – 89/100

Laphroaig 21 yo 1989 (56,9%, Douglas Laing Old & Rare Platinum 2010, refill sherry hogshead, 212 btl.) – 88/100

Laphroaig 20 yo 1991 (53,3%, Liquid Sun 2011, sherry hogshead, 279 btl.) – 91/100

Caol Ila Moch (43%, OB 2010) – 82/100

Caol Ila 32 yo 1979 (52%, The Whisky Agency & The Nectar 2011, bourbon hogshead, 242 btl.) – 90/100

Bowmore 21 yo 1989 (51,2%, QV.ID / Whiskysite.nl 2011, bourbon hogshead, 233 btl.) – 88/100

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

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

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

Bunnahabhain 45 yo 1965 (40%, The Whisky Agency ‘Private Stock’ 2010, refill hogshead, 195 btl.) – 85/100

Caol Ila 21 yo 1984 (58,5%, Dewar Rattray for The Nectar 2006, bourbon cask #6266, 251 btl.) – 91/100

Caol Ila 10 yo 2000 (46%, A.D. Rattray 2011, bourbon cask #309530, 322 btl.) – 85/100

Ardbeg 28 yo 1972 (50,1%, Douglas Laing for Alambic Classique Germany 2000, 234 btl.) – 94/100

Bowmore 9 yo 2001 (46%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams for Germany 2010, bourbon cask) – 84/100

Kilchoman 3 yo ‘Spring 2011 release‘ (46%, OB 2011) – 81/100

Port Ellen 27 yo 1983 (56%, Malts of Scotland 2010, refill sherry cask MoS66, 322 btl.) – 89/100

Kilchoman 3 yo 2007 (62,4%, OB 2010, bourbon cask #334) – 85/100

Laphroaig 20 yo 1990 (52,6%, Malts of Scotland 2011, bourbon hogshead #2229, 178 btl.) – 90/100

Laphroaig 20 yo 1990 (56,3%, The Whisky Agency ‘Perfect Dram’ with Bresser & Timmer 2011, ex-bourbon, 237 btl.) – 88/100

Ardbeg 27 yo 1975 (50%, Douglas Laing OMC 2002, sherry cask, US market, 342 btl.) – 92/100

Caol Ila 12 yo 1978 (64,4%, Cadenhead 1990, dumpy bottle, 75 cl) – 88/100

Laphroaig 12 yo 1998 (59,6%, Malts of Scotland 2011, bourbon hogshead 700272, 152 btl.) – 86/100

Laphroaig 12 yo 1998 (52,4%, The Whisky Agency ‘Liquid Library’ 2010, bourbon hogshead, 158 btl.) – 86/100

Ardbeg 1980 ‘Kildalton’ (57,6%, OB 2004, 1300 btl.) – 88/100

Laphroaig 20 yo 1990 (52,8%, Daily Dram 2010) – 87/100

Port Ellen 28yo 1982 (57,5%, Whiskysite.nl / QV.ID 2010, refill sherry puncheon, 136 btl.) – 92/100

Bowmore 16 yo 1993 (53,5%, Whisky-Fässle 2010, 226 btl.) – 90/100

Bowmore 17 yo 1993 (53,7%, Thosop 2010, bourbon cask 477, 198 btl.) – 90/100

Bowmore 17 yo 1993 (54,6%, Whisky Agency 2010, Perfect Dram VII, 226 btl.) – 87/100

Port Ellen 31 yo 1978 ‘10th release’ (54,6%, OB 2010, 3000 btl.) – 95/100

Port Ellen 27 yo 1982 (57,3%, Whisky-Fässle 2010) – 93/100

Laphroaig 11 yo 1998 (59,6%, The Whisky Agency 2010, Liquid Library, ex-bourbon) – 85/100

Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhona (50%, OB 2010, travel retail, 100cl) – 75/100

Lagavulin Lg1 (56,8%, Specialty Drinks 2009, 50 cl) – 88/100

Bowmore 10 yo 2000 (52%, Kintra 2010, cask SC003, 60 btl.) – 82/100

Caol Ila 25 yo (51%, Kintra 2010, bourbon hogshead, cask #5395) – 88/100

Caol Ila 27 yo 1982 (62,4%, The Whisky Agency 2009, Perfect Dram II, bourbon hogshead, 108 btl.) – 90/100

Laphroaig 10 yo Cask Strength (58,3%, OB 2010, Batch #002) – 87/100

Ardbeg 1975 (40%, Jas. Gordon & Co. 1989, imported by Auxil France, 75 cl) – 91/100

Port Charlotte 7 yo 2002 (63,5%, Whisky-Doris 2010, cask #1171, 298 btl.) – 83/100

Big Peat (46%, Douglas Laing 2010) – 86/100

Laphroaig 10 yo 2000 (59,1%, Whisky-Doris 2010, bourbon hogshead, 157 btl.) – 87/100

Caol Ila 27 yo 1982 (50%, The Whisky Agency 2009, rum finish, 115 btl.) – 79/100

Ardbeg 15 yo 1993 (58,9%, Duncan Taylor 2009, cask #1724, 292 btl.) – 85/100

Port Ellen 26 yo 1983 (50%, Douglas Laing OMC 2009, refill butt, DL ref. 5441, 640 btl.) – 88/100

Port Ellen Pe2 (59,5%, Elements of Islay 2010, 50 cl.) – 89/100

Laphroaig 1964 (43%, Berry Bros & Rudd 1981, 75 cl) – 95/100

Bunnahabhain 9 yo 2000 (59%, Whisky-Doris 2010, sherry butt, 180 btl.) – 85/100

Bunnahabhain 41 yo 1967 (41,1%, Malts of Scotland 2010, bourbon hogshead #3315, 147 btl.) – 90/100

Bunnahabhain 41 yo 1968 (40%, Malts of Scotland 2010, bourbon hogshead #12291, 164 btl.) – 92/100

Bunnahabhain 43 yo 1967 (40,5%, The Whisky Agency Private Stock 2010, sherry hogshead, 139 btl.) – 92/100

Bunnahabhain 18 yo (51,4%, OB for Feis Ile 2010, PX cask, 384 btl.) – 81/100

Bruichladdich Waves (46%, OB 2008) – 80/100

Ardbeg Supernova (60,1%, OB 2010) – 85/100

Bruichladdich 2004 Islay barley (57,5%, OB for Feis Ile 2010, fresh sherry butt, 1060 btl.) – 76/100

Ardbeg 10 yo 2000 “Lord Robertson” (53%, OB 2010, Committee release, cask #1217, 202 btl.) – 86/100

Caol Ila 10 yo 1999 (61,9%, OB 2010, Feis Ile, sherry cask #305646) – 89/100

Bowmore 25 yo (53,1%, OB 2010, Feis Ile, 100 btl.) – 68/100

Bunnahabhain 17 yo 1992 (54,4%, Malts of Scotland 2010, cask #1419, 603 btl.) – 83/100

Port Askaig 30 yo (45,8%, Specialty Drinks 2009) – 89/100

Laphroaig 13 yo 1996 (57,3%, Malts of Scotland 2010 for The Bonding Dram, cask #7313, 255 btl.) – 88/100

Lagavulin 1994 (52,7%, OB for Feis Ile 2010, sherry cask #3210, 528 btl.) – 91/100

Lagavulin NAS ‘only available at the distillery’ (52,5%, OB 2010, 6000 btl.) – 90/100

Laphroaig Cairdeas Master Edition (57,3%, OB 2010, Feis Ile, 5000 btl.) – 85/100

Bruichladdich 17 yo 1992 ‘Sherry Edition 2 – Pedro Ximinez’ (46%, OB 2009, 6000 btl.) – 85/100

Port Ellen 27 yo 1983 (55,7%, Signatory Vintage 2010, cask #231, 501 btl.) – 93/100

Bruichladdich 19yo 1989 ‘Black Art’ (51,1%, OB 2009, 6000 btl.) – 83/100

Laphroaig 21 yo 1989 (53,1%, Whisky Agency 2010, Perfect Dram V, 197 btl.) – 89/100

Laphroaig Double cask 20 years (OB 2010, 46,6%) – Exclusive for France duty free

Port Ellen 27 yo 1978 ‘6th release’ (54,3%, OB 2006, 20cl) – 89/100

Port Ellen 28 yo 1979 ‘7th release’ (54,7%, OB 2007, 20cl) – 94/100

Port Ellen 24 yo 1979 ‘3rd release’ (57,3%, OB 2003, 9000 btl.) – 91/100

Port Ellen 21yo 1982 (50%, Douglas Laing OMC 2004, DL ref. 414, full sherry, 420 btl.) – 89/100

Port Ellen Pe1 (58,7%, Elements of Islay 2009) – 92/100

Port Ellen 1979 (54,1%, The Whisky Show 2009, 60 btl.) – 91/100

Port Ellen is one of the most enigmatic distilleries. Part of this is due to the fact that it’s closed since 1983 of course, and the number of available casks is rapidly diminishing (although I have the impression bottlers may be exaggerating this to increase the price). If you think about it, the story of […]

Bowmore 16 yo 1993 (59,9%, The Whisky Agency 2010, Perfect Dram IV, bourbon hogshead, 209 btl.) – 89/100

Port Charlotte 9 yo 2001 (61,6%, Malts of Scotland 2010, sherry cask #833) – 88/100

Port Charlotte 9 yo 2001 (60,2%, Malts of Scotland 2010, bourbon cask #967) – 87/100

Ardbeg ‘Lord of the Isles’ 25 yo (46%, OB 2007) – 92/100

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

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

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

Will the next Ardbeg be called Ardbeg Rollercoaster?

Bunnahabhain 35 yo 1974 (56,6%, Adelphi 2009, sherry cask #4780, 200 btl.) – 91/100

Kilchoman 3yo 2006 ‘Autumn 2009 release’ (46%, OB 2009, 10.000 btl.) – 79/100

Bowmore 26 yo 1982 (53,4%, Master of Malt 2009, 195 btl.) – 82/100

Lagavulin 12yo Special release (57,1%, OB 2006) – 88/100

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

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

Port Ellen 26 yo 1982 (55,7%, Old Bothwell 2009, cask #2473) – 89/100

Port Ellen 26 yo 1982 (56,4%, Old Bothwell 2009, cask #2545) – 86/100

Kilchoman 3yo 2006 (61,1%, OB 2009, cask #232) – 85/100

Laphroaig 10 yo Cask Strength (57,8%, OB 2009, Batch #001) – 86/100

Caol Ila 10yo ‘unpeated style’ (65,8%, OB 2009) – 85/100

Port Ellen 9th release 30yo 1979 (57,7%, OB 2009, 5916 btl.) – 92/100

Lagavulin 12yo Special Release (57,9%, OB 2009, 9th release) – 86/100

Bowmore 10yo Tempest (56,3%, OB 2009, 12.000 btl.) – 89/100

Kilchoman 3 years old ‘Inaugural release’ (46%, OB 2009, sherry finish, 8.450 btl.) – 75/100

Head-to-head comparison between Ardbeg Corryvreckan, Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist and Ardbeg Supernova.

Ardbeg Corryvreckan (57,1%, OB 2009) – 88/100

Laphroaig 13yo 1996 (46%, Single Malts of Scotland 2009, cask #1983, 280 btl.) – 85/100

Bunnahabhain 11yo 1997 (55,3%, Malts of Scotland 2009, sherry hogshead #3172, 279 btl.) – 86/100

Laphroaig 10yo 1998 (55,5%, Malts of Scotland 2009, sherry cask #MoS 15, 201 btl.) – 90/100

Port Charlotte 5y 2002 (46%, Nadi Fiori 2009, first fill sherry) – 86/100

Port Ellen 29yo 1979 (52%, Old Bothwell for Lindores 2009, cask #1654, 11 btl.) – 91/100

Bowmore 8yo 2000 (60,1%, Malts of Scotland 2009, cask #800267, 215 btl.) – 84/100

Caol Ila 26yo 1982 (54,6%, Duncan Taylor 2008, for The Nectar, cask #2738, 279 btl.) – 89/100

Laphroaig 12yo 1996 (58,5%, Malts of Scotland 2009, cask #5382, 243 btl.) – 90/100

Ardbeg Blasda (40%, OB 2008) – 80/100

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bunnahabhain 34y 1974 (59,3%, The Whisky Agency 2008, Perfect Dram I, 300 btl.) – 91/100

Bunnahabhain 35y 1973 (50,1%, The Whisky Agency 2008, Shark series, 509 btl.) – 75/100

Bunnahabhain 32y 1976 (55,7%, The Whisky Agency 2008, Shark series, 300 btl.) – 85/100

Hag Rap Oil – Laphroaig 9y 1998 (56,7%, Daily Dram 2007, 450 bottles) – 85/100

Laphroaig 10 yo Cask strength (55,7%, OB 2007) – 89/100

Bruichladdich Octomore 01.1 2001 (63,5%, OB 2008) – 87/100

Port Charlotte 2001 ‘PC6’ (61,6%, OB 2007) – 87/100

Bruichladdich 3D3 ‘Norrie Campbell’ (46%, OB 2006) – 85/100

A new series that I would like to introduce on this blog: “Ten days of…”. It will consist of 3 or 4 posts with tasting notes from a single distillery and / or with a common theme and spread over 10 days. I’ll start with a couple of peated Bruichladdich releases. First, a word or […]

The Laphroaig 15y will be replaced by an 18 year old. The Laphroaig 18y will be bottled at a higher strength of 48% alcohol (the same as the Laphroaig Quarter Cask). The price will remain the same (pretty uncommon considering the extra 3 years and today’s whisky marketing). Around € 50.

Port Ellen 28y 1979 (53,7%, Norse Cask Selection 2007, Cask QW1311, 277 btl.) – 93/100

Bunnahabhain 12y (40%, OB) – 78/100

Bowmore 32y 1968 ‘Anniversary edition’ (45,5%, OB 2001, 1860 btl.) – 94/100

Bowmore 25y 1983 (50%, DL OMC 2008, ref. 4189, 259 btl.) – 60/100

Bruichladdich posted the line-up for this year on its blog. We can expect a multi-vintage sherry bottling, the mature X4 (which can now be called true whisky), a new Octomore with even more peat than the current release (140ppm), the new Port Charlotte PC8 (in a black tin again), a new XVII, Infinity III and […]

Laphroaig Triple Wood (48%, OB 2008) – 88/100

Tasting notes of the new Daily Dram Undercover bottlings:
Undercover n°1 – Lagavulin 14y 1994 (53,1%, Daily Dram 2008, 196 btl.)
Undercover n°2 – Talisker 24y 1984 (51,9%, Daily Dram 2008, 82 btl.)
Undercover n°3 – Ardbeg / Laphroaig / Bowmore vatting (57,5%, Daily Dram 2008, 320 btl.)

Caol Ila 1975 20y (61,18%, RM 1996) – 90/100

Port Ellen 23y 1983 (46%, DL McG Provenance 2007, refill butts #3402-3403) – 86/100

Caol Ila 12y (43%, OB) – 83/100
Caol Ila 18y (43%, OB) – 83/100

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  • Tabrulavubeg: I've tried the 18yo Single Cask yesterday. It's really quite good, but from Ruben's conclusion "an exquisite version of this already really good dram"
  • Johan Andersson: Yes this cask is really fantastic. If you did the Cadenhead Warehouse tasting with Grant MacPherson in Campbeltown 2013 and until Open Day in May 2014
  • Gal(WhiskyIsrael): Agreed. I was quite disappointed with this one as well as the 17 (nicer but still way too expensive for what it offers). the olders ones are the ones

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