Andreas Hjorth Røen  •  Expert Senior  Senior Expert

About ahroeen:

I started drinking whisky in 2004. After trying a couple of horrendous blends (case in point; Scottish Leader, Royal Castle and Upper Ten), I fell for some other cheap blends. Evolved to Johnnie Walker, and soon after I was invited to join a whisky club at the university where I studied. Someone at a department party overheard me ordering a Bowmore Darkest at the bar, and that was when I started truly enjoying whisky. We still meet, fortunately.

That's where I truly saw the light, and have been an avid single malt enthusiast ever since. The guy who runs the club says he can still remember the look on my face when I first had a sip of a Port Ellen (it was a 21 YO from Old Malt Cask). Pure bliss!

I buy whisky to drink and enjoy, not as an investment.

My collection currently consists of +/- 80 bottles, of which roughly 30 are open at any given time. I enjoy both peated and unpeated whisky from all regions, and there's so much brilliant whisky out there that I have trouble naming one favourite distillery. If forced, I could, with great hesitation, name my top five:

Port Ellen, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Old Pulteney and Glen Garioch. But that leaves out Aberlour, with the brilliant A'Bunadh, and Springbank, and Glendronach with their excellent 15 YO and single casks, and Bowmore with some mindblowing stuff, Ardbeg (OK, they have released some stinkers, but still), and Clynelish, and Linkwood, and Glenfarclas, and Mortlach... You get the picture.

When it comes to my reviews, I often submit only my scores, not my tasting notes. My palate is well adjusted to separating whiskies in terms of perceived quality and how they suit my preferences, but I have too little experience tasting fruits and other foodstuffs to compile tasting notes that make sense. All scores and ratings should of course be read as my personal opinion (case in point; I see that a CA Bowmore 1984 that I rated a 95, another user has rated as only 82), but I believe that I am at least consistent. A whisky to be avoided is in my book one that scores below 70. Between 71 and 80 is nothing more than drinkable, 81-89 is decent to good and 90+ is brilliant.

Oh yeah, one more thing: I have never experienced a whisky to improve with water, so I don't have the habit of adding it. I taste only neat, also the cask strength ones, unless the circumstances are somewhat special.

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210.000 bottles milestone release

A new release for the 210.000 bottles milestone. We just passed the 210.000 registered bottles, which calls for a new whisky. We selected an M&H pomegranate wine cask, which matured at the dead sea (the lowest point on earth). It is a huge flavor bomb. However, with only 255 bottles available, you should not wait too long.



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