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Scotland: Whisky & Distilleries
|Best Casks of Scotland||Auchentoshan||1995, 43%|
|Blair Athol||1991, 43%|
|Caol Ila Caol IlaCaol Ila||2000, 40% 1991, 58,2°1979, 46°|
|Royal Lochnagar||1993, 43%|
|Port Ellen||1983, 46%|
|Port Ellen||1983, 55%|
|One Shot||Glenlivet||1990, 46%|
|Gifted Stills||Benrinnes||2001, 43%|
|Glen Ord||1998, 43%|
A typical Lowlands whisky nose, with the traditional discretion and the usual hints of cut grass, hay and ripe
fruits (pear, peach), the whole expressing a great fresness. In the palate, everything just confirms the first
nose. This is a whisky with a great freshness, keeping however lots of character. The finish is pleasant and lingering, and
nice malty notes mix discreetly with the flavours described above, and after a while, some mentholated notes appear,
before developing on slightly spicy ones.
The nose seems to be rather
typical for a Benrinnes, with difficult to describe smells, meat and undergrowth hings. In the palate, the taste
is first quite discrete, and the mouth followes perfectly the nose. Same impressions, same difficulties to describe
them. The taste is even special as the nose was. The finish is cast in the same mould, with the same obsessing
notes than in the palate or at the first nosing. This is definitely not my favourite.
Rather clear nose with very nice fruity notes, green apple, and spices, pepper. This nose announces a very interesting
complexity and an excellent whisky. The mouth seems slightly behind the quality of the nose, but remains very
pleasant. A mix of slightly woody notes with some prune hints, the whole being marked by a great smootness. The
palate is relatively complex, while the finish is first warm, but seems to disappear after a short while. There
is however a kind of bitterness which seems to remain longer. A pity, as the nose and the mouth were excellent.
The nose is quite a traditional Caol Ila nose, smoke and dry peat, some iodine and discrete fruity hints. In
the palate, the whisky seems first to be too weak, but it is remarkably complex, with nice contrasts between
slightly acid notes and some more baically peated ones. After a while, no regrets anymore, because it is so rich in
surprises and contrasts. The finish simply prolongs the mouth, long and warm, with a slight acid domination,
while the mouth was more marked by the peat. This is a very nice Caol Ila bottling.
The nose reveals both peaty and spicy (pepper) notes. Both dominants are perfectly balanced and make a very
coherent whole. Some stealthy fruit hints appear as well. The mouth is first peaty, dry peat developing on more smoothness. A nice complexity with tastes developing from peat to fruit (apple, banana?) through nice and refined woody notes. Very nice balance between bitterness and freshness. A lingering long finish, very pleasant.
A very well balanced nose, wheree peat and a great fruity freshness are the dominant hints. Some tinglings due to
the percentage of alcohol are present without hindering. Oily peat. Very nice nose. In the palate, this oily character
of the peat is also dominant, giving the whisky a remarkable balance, without any aggressivity to this special Caol
Ila. The mouth is not really complex, but so balanced... developing on tones between peat and moke or chocolate. A
lingering warm finish where all the chocolate memories from the mouth remain. An excellent Caol Ila.
The nose is very fresh but some smoky hints and discrete salty, even maritim touches are present as well. In the palate,
a very nice surprise. Some spices, some fruits, and just enough malt to make this rather modest whisky a very nice
aperitve. A nice and lingering finish, with a touch of bitterness, contrasting with the fruity hints remain for a few
The nose is marked by spices and citrus fruit. Very
complex, it also detects nice floral notes, a touch of wax and of pepper. In the palate, a mix of citrus fruits and
pepper, a very nice presence, however less complex than the nose was, but excellent. No farm notes like Clynelish uses
to have. The finish is rather fresh and not too long. Some acid notes at the end.
Quite a floral nose, slightly pungeant, wit peppery hints. A very expressive and encouraging nose. In the palate,
a furtive apple spirit impression, developing quickly on very perfumed floral notes, before coming back to the fruit
again. Rather complex, this whisky is very good, even if hotheadedness of youth is very present. A bit aggressive
at the end of the palate, due probably to the youth of the spirit, and a quite simple finish leave a memory of a good
whisky, even if it presents a lack at maturity. But if all the very young whisky could be like this one...
The nose is clearly fruity, somewhere between pear an melon. Very smooth, without any failing, but without any surprise
neither. In the palate, the same fruity impression, very pleasant but without outstanding nuances in first instance. Afer
a while, some slightly acid hints come and cheer the general impression up. The mouth is prolongs the nose in the same
shapes... A rather short finish, without any surprise neither.
Despite its young age, the nose of this Laphroaig already has all the distillery characteristics: clear medicinal
smells on a peat smoke and burned tar background. In the mouth, the first impression is dry peat, but it quickly
developes on warmer nuances, but still in the smoky and peaty pitches. I'd prefered some more character ou more nuances,
just like in some other independent bottlings of this distillery, but the whole is very pleasant. The finish is
lingering and pleasant, perfectly in line with the palate impressions. I guess I'd prefered this whisky in cask
strength version, but this is the case with so many whiskies....
The nose is clearly marked by sherry, but other smells are present as well. A quite pleasant smell of wet wood and
a hint of smoke on the background. In the palate, the first impression is as rather dry whisky, and some acid touches
complete the palate impressions, before a nice development to something more oily and more roud. Sherry is present
too. The finish is relatively acid and woody, while the mouth was surprisingly enough not bitter at all. A good Macallan,
even for those who are not great fans of this distillery.
A sherry smell, even a bit agressive one, pungent and slightly acid nose. Very fresh and interesting. Less complex
than in its 46% version. In the palate, first impression is dry wood, bitter. The alcohol is a bit too present,
together with a touch of acidity. The mouth is rather "linear", and the finish is more pleasant, lingering and warm,
with hints of cocoa and a memory of sherry.
A nice nose, marked by discrete peat and floral hints. Some slightly medicinal touches appear after a while. A bit
of acidity and some spices complete the impression. The mouth is first both slightly bitter and acid before developing
on mort woody fragrances, where the bitterness remains. One could have expected more complexity, as the nose was
really promising. The finish is interesting, as the woody bitterness slowly developes on chocolate notes, while
the acid notes diseappear progressively.
The nose is surprisingly fresh and marked more by flowers than by peat, even if the latter is present, but discretely.
Light sea hints, an impression of salt with spices on the background. The first mouth is dry, slightly acid and
pungent. After a while, bitterness seems to dominate. A kind of bitterness, quite different from the woody bitterness
which is so usual in whiskies from that age. Then the dryness seems to make room to a very pleasant impression
of well balanced whisky. The finish is more bitter, rather long and quite nice. Hazelnut and just a touch of smoke.
NB: this whisky is from the same cask as the 46% version. Dilution does not appear to change the impression left by this whisky, even if I prefer the cask strength version.
The nose is
quite maritime, pleasantly salted with some smoke on the background. Floral notes too and some
stealthy hints of ripe fruit
even some saop. Some burned rubber as well. The nose is extremely complex. The palate is immediately pleasant, salty
and smoky, without any aggressivity, but complex too, presenting
alternately salty and bitter notes. Some nutty taste. A very nice finish, lingering and relatively fresh, with some
bitterness. Very nice surprise.
The nose is very present and pleasant. A quite bewitching nose. Smells of peat and chocolate with touches of bee
wax. A bit of smoke, some earth, wet hay. But also flowers. A very complex nose indeed. Extremely appealing. First
impression in the palate is some dry peat, but it developes quickly on chocolate notes, moka. Nice presence in the
palate. The mouth is even nice as the nose was. The finish is very pleasant too, with the same chocolate notes than
on the tongue. It is lingering and warm. Really an excellent bottle.
The nose is rather clear, but paradoxicaly less exuberant than the same whisky diluted at 46%. However, quite similar
notes of peat, of wax, earth and smoke are detected here too. But the whole seems less complex, and present even
quite a medicinal character. The mouth is magnificent. Very complex, with oily peat notes mixed to light citrus hints,
and then moka and chocolate, just like in the diluted version. The palate seems superior to the other version, but
the nose offers less surprises. The finish is really great too. Clear, round and warm, lingering and marked by chocolate
hints. A great moment of happiness.
The nose is fresh, with both cut grass and a hint of
pepper, with a touch of wax. Some citrus hints as well. In the palate, the first impression is pleasantly bitter,
find wood hints, but not close to what the nose annouced. Some vanilla with a hint of smoke on the background.
The mouth is surprisingly sweet, while the nose announced spices. Nice contrast. The finish is rather long, slightly
bitter, perfectly in the mood of the mouth. A very nice surprise.