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ARDBERG scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

this could have been a stunner @ cask strength

5 cl sample
  • Nose
    87 87
  • Taste
    87 87
  • Finish
    88 88

ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

absolutely underrated GS with great bourbon cask and gentle peat combination. with more peat it would have potential to turn into a Ledaig.
  • Nose
    87 87
  • Taste
    88 88
  • Finish
    88 88

ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

textbook Boubon casked Ledaig. Time and air recommended.
from a 5cl sample.
  • Nose
    88 88
  • Taste
    88 88
  • Finish
    89 89

Blake or Mortimer? scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

Simple, but good (and good value for your hard-earned money).

Totoro scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

Rather tart toward the death, but otherwise a well-made and appropriately intense budget malt for lovers of fruity, spicy Highland whiskies.

joep scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  • Nose
    88 88
  • Taste
    90 90
  • Finish
    89 89

Erik Elixir did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

Proef Olympics 2019 #1
  • Nose
    Peaty, briny - like walking on the beach, shells, tar, pepper and seaweed.
  • Taste
    Strong with peat, pepper, nougat and ashy.
  • Finish
    Medium drying with ashes and BBQ sauce.

mr.dave scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

Was quite surprized when I got offered a glas of that Arran yesterday.

Besides the fact, that it's a bit dominated by vanilla, it offered a lovely mix of grassy flavors and even some hints (not much, though) of discreet farmy notes in the background, when noising it.

The strength on the palate is, that....it works well. It a very well-behaved kid. The alcohol bites only little in the beginning. The farm remains in the nose only, (unfortunately), though. But the grassy vanilla mix was to enjoy. The aromas work well together. In this case, the sum is bigger then the parts.

The whole thing is really quaffable and better then I would have expected it (Arran + youngish). This is overall a really good daily summer dram.

No need to say, that complexity plays the field somewhere else, but for what it is, it offers very good quality - again, considering what we have here. Therefore my rather higher rating of 85. It, somehow, hit my personal nerve.

Gomez1981 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

Daftmill 2006/2018 (cask sample, sherry butt, cask #39)
Colour: Amber. Nose: treacle sponge, toffee apples, mint choc chip ice cream and hessian. A remarkably clean and juicy sherry cask. Sods of earth, motor oil, wood polish, black pepper and heather honey. A few whiffs of pipe tobacco. Lovely! With water: a little more leathery and chocolatey now. Some cherry cola as well. Mouth: lots of morello cherries, pine resin, raspberry jam and soot. Big, emphatic, lots of chocolate, mint tea, various oils and hessian. Again this is big, clean, punchy and delicious. With water: a more silky texture with walnuts, mineral oil, guava and green banana. Surprisingly fruity with water. Finish: Long, earthy, pleasingly balanced between sweet and savoury elements. Notes of strawberry wine, walnut oil and some herbal cocktail bitters. Comments: Hard to determine how much of this is cask versus distillate. What’s for certain is that both are of excellent and highly clean quality. Again, will be interesting to see how this one shows once it’s bottled.
SGP: 552 - No score.

Review by Angus / whiskyfun.com

dramspotter did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

This is the second bottling of Glen Albyn as 69.8. There is a 750ml SMWS USA bottling of a 21-year-old distilled in 1977 and bottled in 1998 or 99 (so similar to 69.7).

Looks like come 2005 someone forgot about the US 69.8 and used the number 69.8 again. This has happened before when there has been a significant gap between bottlings, especially when other markets are involved. Funnily enough it happens with Glen Albyn again with there being two bottlings for 69.14 from different casks.

Erik Elixir did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

Incredible for not even 1 year old 'spirit'.
Very peaty, ashy and the taste of some forest fruits from the Red Wine cask.
Tasted this @ Whisky in Leiden

Andytka3 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

1229) N- 22pt / P- 21pt / F- 22pt / BB- 21pt
— at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

1228) N- 22pt / P- 22pt / F- 21pt / BB- 22pt
— at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

ballunder scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

N:Butter, Orange, malty
P:Subdued, creamy, nice jaffa-cake style orange, sugary, bitter fruit preserves
F:Mild wood spice

Yes, it grows on me - the 25 - what it lacks in complexity it makes up for in price. One of the most reasonably priced 25's out there - well put together but could use a little more balls. 46% ABV rather than 43% would go a long way to help with this one

ballunder scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

N:Caramel, vanilla, some biscuit. some orange but faint
P:Some spice, very smooth, a tad syrupy, orange liquer - like a Grand Marnier, maybe Cointreau but not quite so bitter.
F:Slightly dry, long tail

pleasant enough but I prefer the Balvenie 12 single casks at this price point

ballunder scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

Musky, nutty nose with some vanilla and orange. Very spicy palette, with some toffee up front, sugary middle and then quite nutty. Actually, it has almost a signature nutty "snap" at the finish along with some bitter, dark chocolate- the "snap" is like an intense peanut brittle - a highlight which I really liked.

mandragoru scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  • Nose
    86 86
  • Taste
    86 86
  • Finish
    85 85

Andytka3 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

1227) N- 22pt / P- 21pt / F- 22pt / BB- 21pt

Andytka3 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

1226) N- 20pt / P- 20pt / F- 19pt / BB- 20pt

zerg1129 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

加三滴水:香氣會出現些微瓜果香,柑橘與蘋果香氣還在,麥芽與乾草味也變的較為明顯。口感則是圓潤甜美的鹹甜香帶出些微柑橘、蘋果的酸甜香氣,麥芽、花香、稍微明顯的薄荷與辛香料感,尾韻原本的煙燻感會感受較為明顯,花果香甜味會留在嘴裡許久。

香氣能感受到些微島嶼的鹹味及明亮的果香與花香感,就彷彿在夏天的海攤邊吃著水果一般,口感上柔順但依然不失個性,可以在口感後段感受到明顯的薄荷與辛香料感,而尾韻則是帶些微煙燻與果香甜味,這樣的收尾讓人感到舒服。
  • Nose
    些微的鹹味作為開端,接著是明亮的杏桃、柑橘、香蕉、蘋果等黃色水果甜香伴隨著花香,中段開始有麥芽與乾草香,尾巴有點薄荷與辛香料感
  • Taste
    柔順甜美。剛入口可以感受到一滴滴的鹹味、柑橘皮、柑橘果香、蘋果、麥芽、乾草、薄荷與辛香料
  • Finish
    中等偏長。柑橘皮、蘋果果香、杏桃、香蕉、花香、蜂蜜、麥芽、薄荷和些微蠟質感與些微煙燻感,白葡萄果香甜味會從辛香料感散去後留在嘴裡

mandragoru scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  • Nose
    88 88
  • Taste
    88 88
  • Finish
    87 87

wisekycourse did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

avec do!!
  • Nose
    épicé
    sherry
    me:veloute sur les agrumes confits
    tourbe fraiche
  • Taste
    tourbe plus sur la fumée
    me:crémeux( n'en sait pas plus)
  • Finish
    poivre tabac?
    me:épices poivrées
    meringue vanillée

dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

Drinkable and enjoyable
  • Nose
    93 93
    Intense dried fruits, dates, figs, acacia honey, chocolate, toffee, tobacco, spices, nutmeg, sherry wood - great!
  • Taste
    92 92
    Very punchy, liquorice, subtle sweetness, woody notes, more spices, herbal touch, toffee, coffee - very good!
  • Finish
    92 92
    Long, warm, little bit sweeter

dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

Solid sherry whisky - very good
  • Nose
    91 91
    Chocolaty, dried fruits, cooked oranges, sherry wood, spices - very good!
  • Taste
    91 91
    Punchy, liquorice, little sweetness, sherry wood, more spices
  • Finish
    90 90
    Long, warm, burning, zesty, tannins, little bit drying

KonstUA scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

Nose 22, taste 22, finish 21, balance 21

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