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Whisky of the year 2016?

Posted on 05-01-2017 at 20:58 pm

As 2016 ended we see quite some best of 2016 lists. What was your favourite dram last year?

Mine https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/22941/ardbeg-1975-blo , which i tasted at a whiskyfestival. I was positively surprised by the corsair triple smoke, and am really getting into the kavalans cs last year

Posted on 05-01-2017 at 21:20 pm
For value the Kilkerran 12 by a landslide.
The best overall are the few 1972 Brora OB I tried,  and the final one that while technically not a new try for me was rediscovered after many years
https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/11335/caol-ila-1974-sv - brilliant whisky, that puts many old Adbegs and Port Ellen to shame.
Posted on 06-01-2017 at 06:11 am

Octomore Edition 07.4 https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/77393/octomore-edition-074-167. Way under rated and appreciated, as with most of the Octomore releases IMHO. History will give Octomore's their due!


A very close second Highland Park 21yo 47.5% abv https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/69186/highland-park-21-year-old. Hard to believe that this 2007 bottling is still widely available and still at a decent price. For what it is. 
Edited on 06-01-2017 at 07:02 am
Posted on 06-01-2017 at 16:21 pm

Best own bottle:

https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/3269/glen-mhor-1979

Best sample:

https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/26306/glen-garioch-1971

Best value for money and newcomer:

https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/85213/kilkerran-12-year-old




Posted on 06-01-2017 at 19:19 pm

Sorry, but this was the best whisky I tasted last year - by a distance


Of my recent released, open bottles, this:  
Edited on 06-01-2017 at 19:19 pm
Posted on 06-01-2017 at 20:17 pm
cavalier66 wrote:

Sorry, but this was the best whisky I tasted last year - by a distance


Of my recent released, open bottles, this:  

No need to say sorry cavalier66, great whisky by the looks of it

Posted on 06-01-2017 at 21:59 pm
cavalier66 wrote:

Sorry, but this was the best whisky I tasted last year - by a distance




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAryFIuRxmQ

Posted on 07-01-2017 at 22:57 pm

My choice from 2016 by a long shot:

Posted on 08-01-2017 at 00:57 am
peatbogger wrote:

My choice from 2016 by a long shot:


Cripes PB a 97 pointer, must be good stuff.

Posted on 08-01-2017 at 10:05 am
lincolnimp wrote:
peatbogger wrote:

My choice from 2016 by a long shot:


Cripes PB a 97 pointer, must be good stuff.


I see someone put up Serge's notes and his score of 81p, but as he sais he's not that keen on the peat and sherry combo, so who's he to judge? wink


I've tried another glass on a later occation and at first doubted my own score... maybe it's just 95???
Anyway I like it a lot, my friend got it on his shelf and has put a limit on it; I only get one glass each time I visit wink
Posted on 08-01-2017 at 11:43 am
peatbogger wrote:

I see someone put up Serge's notes and his score of 81p, but as he sais he's not that keen on the peat and sherry combo, so who's he to judge? wink [...]

Anyway I like it a lot, my friend got it on his shelf and has put a limit on it; I only get one glass each time I visit wink


As with many whisky "gurus" - whether they presumably enjoy their popularity or, as perhaps in Serge's case, don't see themselves as guides one should necessarily follow - it automatically follows popularity. Last bottle I disagreed with Serge was a recently released Caol Ila from Gordon & Macphail (my notes: https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/88092/caol-ila-2005-gm).

But who gives, right? Although I've been criticized by people on youtube before for not agreeing with "the commonly known fact, backed by experts' opinions that Glendronach 15 Revival is the greatest $hit ever to grace this world and far superior to anything else Glendronach put out"...lol It is then when you realize to some people these reviews are way more than just an informed personal opinion and perhaps a general pointer to quality spirit.

Reg. Serge, his assessment of Highland malts seems to hit my nerve more often, whereas others do not as much - for whatever reasons. wink

Back to topic:

My rookie of the year award goes to Kilkerran 12, honorably mention for Inchmurrin 12 Island Collection and Lagavulin 8.
Great whiskies, mostly not bottled 2016, including IBs, e.g. 3 Ledaigs, a Douglas Laing Port Ellen, Benriach 25 Authenticus, Craigellachie 23, Glen Garioch 1990 SigVin, Laphroaig 10 CS #8, and many others.

Best non-whisky discovery must be Caroni, of which I really love the 12 and 17 original bottlings.

Edited on 08-01-2017 at 13:29 pm
Deuteronomy 14:26 - 'nuff said! | "IT'S ABOUT COLOR, NOT AGE!" - Cú Dhub
Posted on 08-01-2017 at 13:42 pm
peatbogger wrote:

I see someone put up Serge's notes and his score of 81p, but as he sais he's not that keen on the peat and sherry combo, so who's he to judge? wink [...]

Anyway I like it a lot, my friend got it on his shelf and has put a limit on it; I only get one glass each time I visit wink


As with many whisky "gurus" - whether the dwell in it (Murray?!) or, as in Serge's case, don't see themselves as guides one should necessarily follow - it automatically comes with popularity. Last bottle I disagreed with Serge was a recently released Caol Ila from Gordon & Macphail (my notes: https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/88092/caol-ila-2005-gm). But who gives? With Highland malts Serge seems to hit my nerve more often, whereas others do not as much. Maybe it's personal preference, experience or just that he's a strong smoker afaik?


Well, you were 4 points under Serge, I was 16 points over happy

All respect to Serge, but he is a huge smoke and peat fan, sherry not so much, and especially sceptical to mixing the two.
But as you say, it's all down to personal preference, which is clearly illustrated by the fact that I'm "just" 6 point above the average score on this one while Serge is 10 points under wink
I love peat, and on a close second comes heavy sherry, and if combined in a ballanced way I feel I get satisfaction in both departments happy

Also noticed that you apparently hit someones nerve with your disagreement wink
Posted on 08-01-2017 at 14:19 pm

My favorite tasted in 2016 has been the Bowmore 1968, DT, #3827 bottled in 2006 (95 points)

My favorite whiskies bottled in 2016 are significant behind and: Golden Grain 50 yo, #0042, 50% (90) Glenfarclas 1989 Xmas Bottling, 46% (89) Laphroaig 2001, OMC, HL12357, 50% (89) and highlight in price/quality ratio has been the Kilkerran 12yo, 46% (89)

I avoided buying expensive bottles in 2016, which may explain the big difference of the best "2016 bottled whisky" I tried vs the Bowmore.

Slainthe!

Edited on 08-01-2017 at 17:04 pm
Posted on 08-01-2017 at 22:02 pm
lincolnimp wrote:
cavalier66 wrote:

Sorry, but this was the best whisky I tasted last year - by a distance


Of my recent released, open bottles, this:  

No need to say sorry cavalier66, great whisky by the looks of it

Absolutely stunning! But I am sorry because it is stupidly expensive and I know how lucky I was to get to try it just once in my life. 

Posted on 08-01-2017 at 23:45 pm
cavalier66 wrote:
lincolnimp wrote:
cavalier66 wrote:

Sorry, but this was the best whisky I tasted last year - by a distance


Of my recent released, open bottles, this:  

No need to say sorry cavalier66, great whisky by the looks of it

Absolutely stunning! But I am sorry because it is stupidly expensive and I know how lucky I was to get to try it just once in my life. 


yes I have had a few of those, they do not come up very often so seize the chance , happy 

Posted on 09-01-2017 at 18:27 pm

https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/27340/glenmorangie-nectar-dr 

Bottle wise this was my scotch whisky of the year.
This was my world whisky of the year 
This was my Bourbon of the year. 
Sample of the year 
Edited on 09-01-2017 at 18:33 pm
Posted on 09-01-2017 at 20:05 pm

Karloff you must be the new jim m.. .. rating the whistle pig with 96 points ...and now it sells for 900 gbp, i don't know man wink

Posted on 10-01-2017 at 17:13 pm
I Have not tried the 12yo nectar-d-or but the 15yo is a fantastic drink, ill have to see if I can find a 12 happy
Posted on 10-01-2017 at 21:26 pm
Onislay wrote:

Karloff you must be the new jim m.. .. rating the whistle pig with 96 points ...and now it sells for 900 gbp, i don't know man wink



Mmmmmm!! Is that a compliment or an insult wink

Posted on 10-01-2017 at 21:28 pm
BenNevis wrote:
I Have not tried the 12yo nectar-d-or but the 15yo is a fantastic drink, ill have to see if I can find a 12 happy



I was going to see if I could find the 15 then I saw the price shocked

Posted on 10-01-2017 at 23:55 pm
karloff wrote:
BenNevis wrote:
I Have not tried the 12yo nectar-d-or but the 15yo is a fantastic drink, ill have to see if I can find a 12 happy
I was going to see if I could find the 15 then I saw the price shocked


After discovering the 12yo about 4 years ago, I went looking for the 15yo and even then could not find it. Now it's way to expensive for what it is (a bit beefed up Sauternes version of the 12yo with a slightly different profile?). Too bad, I like the Nectar d'Or!

Edited on 10-01-2017 at 23:55 pm
Deuteronomy 14:26 - 'nuff said! | "IT'S ABOUT COLOR, NOT AGE!" - Cú Dhub
Posted on 11-01-2017 at 02:02 am

karloff, the 15 is cheaper at auction than retail


Posted on 11-01-2017 at 03:16 am

Hm...

My favourite I get to try this year was a Glen Garioch 1972 OB:
https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/18387/glen-garioch-1972

My favourite to come out in 2016:
ehm... actually, not sure as I can't show the 'year' column in my collection/rating lists and there's no way to list your rates chronologically either on Whiskybase... sad
At a guess, I think it was a Springbank 12yo CS, but really not sure as there was a whisky fair in Feb 2016 where I tried a lot of standards/current releases... so there might have been something else I really liked too.
c.

ps. Also, Springbank 1999 16yo Local Barley, that was one I really liked, and that came out in Jan 2016 from the looks.

Edited on 11-01-2017 at 03:18 am
Remember - whisky scores and impressions are highly subjective and situational by nature - so don't go and buy whisky according to someone else's taste...
Posted on 11-01-2017 at 11:05 am

After my rates 2016, these two last year:
https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/86092/springbank-21-year-old
and
https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/81515/speyside-1977-wd

Best dram ever since my career started, these both:
https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/300/brora-4th-release
and
https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/16887/bruichladdich-1964-sc

Newcomer 2016 = Kilkerran 12 and Local Barley 16

Posted on 12-01-2017 at 16:35 pm
alectron wrote:

ehm... actually, not sure as I can't show the 'year' column in my collection/rating lists and there's no way to list your rates chronologically either on Whiskybase... sad

The listing on the Rates tab has no date, but the Notes tab has a coloumn labeled Date which is the date you eiter made a review, rating or note, and it's clickable so you can sort your entries in either ascending or descending order.

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