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Tasting and scoring whisky is quite personal, and the same whisky can appeal less or more at different moments. So don’t take this ranking too serious. A 90+ score simply means a whisky was able to make my day.

 

96

Glen Grant 21 yo (70° proof, G&M 1960’s, securo cap)

 

95

Brora 30yo 1976 (55,1%, DL Platinum 2007, cask #0041, 104 btl.)
Karuizawa 42yo 1967 (58,4%, OB 2009 for LMdW & TWE, cask #6426)
Karuizawa 48 yo 1964 (57,7%, WealthSolutions 2013, #3603, 143 btl.)
Laphroaig 1964 (43%, Berry Bros & Rudd 1981, 75 cl)
Lochside 32 yo 1966 (61,2%, SMWS 1998, ref. 92.7, 224 btl.)
Longmorn 37 yo 1972 (51,3%, Whisky Agency 2010, 231 btl.)
Macallan 1955 (80° proof, OB +/- 1973, Campbell Hope & King, 75 cl)
Mortlach 35 yo 1936 (43%, G&M CC for Pinerolo Import 1972, 75 cl)
Port Ellen 31 yo 1978 ‘10th release’ (54,6%, OB 2010, 3000 btl.)

 

94

Ardbeg 28 yo 1972 (50,1%, DLfor Alambic Classique 2000, 234 btl.)
Ardbeg 29 yo 1972 (50%, Douglas Laing OMC 2001, sherry finish, 432 btl.)
Ardbeg 31 yo 1974 (51,8%, OB 2006, bourbon cask #5666, 168 btl.)
BenRiach 34 yo 1976 (48,2%, OB for Taiwan 2011, cask #3033, 216 btl.)
Bowmore 32y 1968 ‘Anniversary edition’ (45,5%, OB 2001, 1860 btl.)
Brora 29 yo 1972 (59,5%, Douglas Laing Platinum 2002, 240 btl.)
Brora 30 yo 1972 (46,6%, Douglas Laing OMC 2002, 204 btl.)
Brora 30 Years (55,7%, OB 2007, 6th Edition, 2958 btl.)
Brora 32 Years (54,7%, OB 2011, 10th Edition, 1500 btl.)
Brora 35 years (48,1%, OB 2012, American oak, 11th release, 1566 btl.)
Bunnahabhain 34 yo 1968 ‘Auld Acquaintance’ (43,8%, OB 2002, 2002 btl.)
Clynelish 32 yo 1974 (58,6%, The Whisky Fair 2006, bourbon, 266 btl.)
GlenDronach 43 yo 1968 (48,3%, cask #1, distillery sample)
Glen Grant 66 yo 1948 (46,6%, G&M for WealthSolutions 2014, cask #1369)
Glengoyne 26 yo 1969 (63%, Cadenhead 1996, Chairman Stock)
Glengoyne 40 yo 1972 (55,5%, MoS 2012, sherry hogshead, 12044, 254 btl.)
Isle of Jura 18yo 1972 (55,5%, SMWS 1991, ref. 31.4, 75 cl.)
Karuizawa 30 yo 1981 (55,8%, for LMdW, sherry butt #162, 584 btl.)
Laphroaig 10 yo (91,4 US Proof, OB 1968, The Carlton Company)
Longmorn 23 yo 1969 (61,2%, G&M Cask 1993, cask #3721 & 5297 btl.)
Longmorn 35 yo 1976 (53,6%, Perfect Dram 2011, bourbon, 187 btl.)
Macallan 60 yo Lalique (53,2%, OB 2011, Lalique decanter, 400 btl.)
Springbank 21yo (46%, OB mid 90’s, jagged parchment label)
GlenDronach 1972 (54,8%, OB 2009, oloroso cask #719, 474 btl.)
Port Ellen 28 yo 1979 7th release (54,7%, OB 2007)

 

93

BenRiach 35 yo 1975 (51%, OB for Asta Morris 2011, cask #7227, 236 btl.)
BenRiach 1976 #3558 (47,4%, OB for The Whisky Fair 2009)
BenRiach 34 yo 1976 (42,1%, OB for Shinanoya 2011, cask #3029, 139 btl.)
Brora 35 years old 1977 (49,9%, OB 2013, 12th Annual release, 2944 btl.)
Bunnahabhain 43 yo 1968 (46,5%, The Whiskyman 2011, 120 btl.)
Caol Ila 1969 (54,6%, Gordon & MacPhail for Meregalli 1986, Celtic label)
Caperdonich 38 yo 1972 (58,4%, Whisky Agency 2011, 145 btl.)
Caperdonich 38 yo 1972 (53,6%, Duncan Taylor RoR 2011, #7460, 160 btl.)
Clynelish 12y (57%, G&M 1980’s – Ainslie & Heilbron)
Glen Garioch 32 yo 1971 (44,6%, OB, hogshead #2041 for Taiwan)
GlenDronach 39 yo 1972 (49,9%, OB 2011, oloroso cask #712, 466 btl.)
Glenfarclas 58 yo 1953 (47,2%, WealthSolutions 2012, #1674, 400 btl.)
Glenfarclas 1968 (51%, OB 2009, Family cask #699, Lindores)
Glenfarclas 1968 (49,7%, OB 2010 for Thosop, cask #702 & 5240)
Glenfarclas 1968 (47,5%, OB 2011, Manzanilla cask #697, 133 btl.)
Glenfarclas 1968 ‘My Tribute’ (54,4%, OB 2012, cask #5241, 175 btl.)
Glenglassaugh 39 yo 1972 (57,5%, OB for Germany 2012, #2896, 516 btl.)
Glen Grant 40 yo 1959 / 1997 (48,9%, Whisky Club Austria 2007, 22 btl.)
Glen Keith 40 yo 1970 (45,1%, Whisky Agency Landscapes 2010, 215 btl.)
Glen Keith 40 yo 1970 (47,9%, Malts of Scotland 2011, #6042, 163 btl.)
Glen Moray 30 yo 1959 (40%, Dun Eideann 1989, ref. 84/611-1, 75 cl.)
Karuizawa 35 yo 1977 (65,9%, OB 2012, sherry butt #4010, 427 btl.)
Karuizawa 28 yo 1983 ‘Noh’ (57,2%, No.1 Drinks 2012, #7576, 571 btl.)
Lagavulin 21 yo 1985 (56,5%, OB 2007, first fill sherry, 6642 btl.)
Lagavulin 1995 ‘Feis Ile’ (54,7%, OB 2014, sherry butts, 3500 btl.)
Laphroaig 1976 (43%, OB 1996, 5.400 btl.)
Longmorn 46 yo 1965 (51,8%, G&M for Limburg 2011, first fill sherry #370)
Old Pulteney 40 yo (51,3%, OB 2012, 493 btl.)
Port Ellen 28y 1979 (53,7%, Norse Cask Selection 2007, 277 btl.)
Port Ellen 27 yo 1982 (57,3%, Whisky-Fässle 2010)
Port Ellen 26 yo 1983 (54,6%, DT RoR 2010, cask #674, 282 btl.)
St Magdalene 18 yo 1964 (40%, G&M brown label 1983, 75 cl.)
Springbank 15 yo 1964 (45,7%, OB for Samaroli 1979, sherry, 360 btl.)
Springbank 33 yo 1970 (54,4%, Adelphi 2003, sherry cask #1622)
Strathisla 48 yo 1963 (51,8%, G&M for The Whisky Fair, sherry butt #576)

 

92

Ardbeg 1998 (54%, OB 2009, Cask #1189, Feis Isle 2009, 252 btl.)
Ardbeg 31yo 1975 (53,7%, OB 2006, cask #1378, 453 btl)
Ardbeg Lord of the Isles 25 yo (46%, OB 2007)
Ben Nevis 34 yo 1975 (63%, Prestonfield 2009, #7439, 146 btl.)
BenRiach 38 yo 1970 (49,1%, OB 2009, PX finish, cask #1035)
BenRiach 1976 #3550 (46,2%, OB for The Whisky Fair 2009)
BenRiach 36 yo 1976 (43,1%, Usquebaugh Society 2012, #3031, 124 btl.)
BenRiach 33 yo 1977 (45,7%, OB for Asta Morris 2011, cask #9119, 175 btl.)
BenRiach 32 yo 1978 (48%, OB for Asta Morris 2011, sherry #7037, 79 btl.)
BenRiach 32 yo 1979 (47,3%, OB for Asta Morris 2012, #8507, 192 btl.)
Bowmore 37 yo 1968 (43,4%, OB 2006, bourbon oak, 708 btl.)
Bruichladdich 1970 (44,2%, OB 2002, 4200 btl.)
Bunnahabhain 40 yo (41,7%, OB 2012, 750 btl.)
Bunnahabhain 43 yo 1967 (40,5%, Whisky Agency 2010,  139 btl.)
Bunnahabhain 41 yo 1968 (40%, MoS 2010, hogshead #12291, 164 btl.)
Bunnahabhain 43 yo 1968 (43,8%, Whisky-Fässle 2011, Whiskybase)
Bunnahabhain 40 yo 1973 (50,6%, Archives 2013, butt #3463, 156 btl.)
Bunnahabhain 40 yo 1973 (48,5%, The Whiskyman 2013, 155 btl.)
Caol Ila 15 yo ‘Manager’s Dram’ (63%, OB 1990, sherry cask, S.M.D. staff)
Caol Ila 30 yo 1982 (52%, Coopers Choice 2013, #4721, 275 btl.)
Caol Ila 1996 (58%, OB 2009, Cask #19313, Feis Isle 2009)
Caperdonich 40 yo 1972 (49%, The Whiskyman & QV.ID, black label, 65 btl.)
Clynelish 22 yo 1989 (53,5%, Thosop 2012, bourbon barrel, 138 btl.)
Clynelish 31 yo 1972 (57,8%, SMWS 2004, 26.33)
Clynelish 33 yo 1973 (54,5%, Signatory 2007, refill butt #8915, 399 btl.)
Clynelish 37 yo (46%, TWE 10th Anniversary 2009)
Duncan Taylor 70th Anniversary Malt 41 yo 1967 (46,3%, 2008)
Glenfarclas 40 yo 1971 (52%, OB Silver Seal 2011, cask #148, 473 btl.)
Glen Garioch 21 yo 1973 (43%, OB for Duggans Distillers NY 1995, 75 cl.)
Glen Grant 36 yo 1972 (56,3%, Duncan Taylor for Whisky Fair 2009)
Glen Grant 39 yo 1972 (48%, Whisky-Doris 2011, #11395, 163 btl.)
Glen Grant 39 yo 1972 (53,2%, TWA Perfect Dram 2011, 119 btl.)
Glen Grant 40 yo 1972 (51,6%, Maltbarn 2012, sherry cask, 49 btl.)
GlenDronach 38 yo 1972 (51,5%, OB 2010, sherry #718, 396 btl.)
Glenrothes 39yo 1969 (42,7%, Duncan Taylor Lonach 2008)
Glenugie 27yo 1982 (50%, DL OMC 2009, cask #5040, 216 btl.)
Glenugie 32 yo 1977 ‘Deoch an Doras’ (55,48%, OB 2010, 500 btl.)
Glenfarclas 42yo 1966 (44,4%, SMWS 2008, 1.146, 76 btl.)
Karuizawa 42 yo 1970 (64,3%, 2012, sherry butt #6177, 326 btl.)
Karuizawa 1976 Noh (63%, No1 Drinks 2009, cask #6719)
Lagavulin 21 yo 1991 (52%, OB 2012, first fill sherry, 2772 btl.)
Lagavulin 30 yo 1976 (52,6%, OB 2006, 2340 btl.)
Lochside 46 yo 1965 (52,3%, Adelphi 2011, #6778, 499 btl.)
Longmorn 42 yo 1967 (53,1%, G&M for Japan 2009, #3342, 162 btl.)
Longmorn 43 yo 1967 (52,6%, G&M for Japan 2010, #753, 393 btl.)
Longmorn 35 yo 1975 (44%, Nectar of the Daily Drams 2010)
Longmorn 35 yo 1976 (53%, Thosop, bourbon barrel, 134 btl.)
Miltonduff 37 yo 1971 (40%, Duncan Taylor Lonach 2008)
Nikka Yoichi 1991 (58%, OB 2009 for LMdW, cask #129374)
Port Ellen 16 yo 1969 (40%, G&M Connoisseurs’ Choice +/- 1985)
Port Ellen 9th release 30yo 1979 (57,7%, OB 2009, 5916 btl.)
Port Ellen 27 yo 1982 (53%, Daily Dram 2010)
Port Ellen 28yo 1982 (57,5%, Whiskysite.nl / QV.ID 2010, 136 btl.)
Port Ellen 26 yo 1983 (53,5%, Thosop 2009, cask #221)
Port Ellen 28 yo 1983 (58,9%, Malts of Scotland 2011, 267 btl.)
Port Ellen 28 yo 1983 (55,5%, Old Bothwell 2011, cask #230, 179 btl.)
Port Ellen 27 yo 1983 (55,5%, The Whiskyman 2011, 120 btl.)
Port Ellen 28 yo 1983 (55,5%, Silver Seal 2011, cask S1462, 60 btl.)
Port Ellen PE1 (58,7%, Elements of Islay 2009
Strathisla 49 yo 1960 (53,2%, G&M for The Whisky Fair 2010)
Strathmill 37 yo 1974 (44,4%, Daily Dram 2011)
Talisker 30 yo (53,1%, OB 2009, 3000 btl.)
Tomatin 36 yo 1976 (49,3%, Whiskyman for Fulldram 2012, 103 btl.)

 

 

Trivia

The oldest whiskies sampled to date… (in years)
Glen Grant 66 yo 1948 (46,6%, G&M for WealthSolutions 2014, cask #1369)
The Macallan 60yo Lalique IV (53,2%, OB 2011, 400 btl.)
Master of Malt 60 Years Old (42,2%, Master of Malt 2014)

 

The oldest whisky sampled to date… (back in time)
A Mortlach 1936 by Gordon & MacPhail bottled in 1972.
Also, Glen Grant 21 yo (G&M 70°proof) distilled at the end of the 1930’s.
And the Haig Gold Label bottled in the 1940’s

 

The most expensive whiskies sampled to date…
The Macallan 60yo Lalique IV (53,2%, OB 2011, 400 btl.) – € 20.000
Glen Grant 66 yo 1948 (46,6%, G&M for Poland 2014) – undisclosed
Karuizawa 48 yo 1964 (57,7%, OB for Poland 2013, cask #3603) – € 10.000
Glenfarclas 58yo 1953
 (47,2%, cask #1674, 400 btl.) - € 7.400
Bowmore 1964 Fino 
(49,6%, OB 2002, 300 btl.) - € 5.000

 

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