N: Super vibrancy, yet soft and welcoming, clean, peat monster. All sorts here, theres real scope which will be discovered and written about many times over I’m sure. Ill just leave one key note: lambs lettuce [nothing to do with meat this time].
T: Yes, yes, nods, more nods - perfect! Hands waving, fingers wiggling,.... It seems i’m speechless. Such an abundance of flavour - chocolate-sweet, herbal, salty, peat.
F: More, more white & milk chocolate, herbal, more chocolate peat,...
C: Flawless, perfect, every sip hits the mark.
Scores an A 
Thought i’d compare my two favourites from tonight’s Malt ’n’ Copper Christmas tasting, ‘Yule be Glad’ - Lagavulin 12yo [15th release] WBvs Linkwood 25yo Ob WB. Laga to start:
N: Boom! Super clean, peaty-polished boots
T: Superb, smiles around the table
F: Superbly neat and permeating
N: Soft, minty, passion fruits, herbal, a touch meaty. The nose is sensational with much consensus
T: Fruity, oily old wood and importantly, the palate is far better than an hour ago. Delicious medicinal/herbal-sweet - this is Linkwood all over. Time has allowed this to sing
F: Vanillas, wood, depth of age
C: Come on G&M, 46% please. Im prepared to pay the extra premium for that extra 3% - this 25yo is worth it!
Scores in context then: the Lagavulin drops from 92 to 91 whilst the Linkwood rises from 87 to 88 - and that’s all to do with that extra [13 years+] information extracted from the wood. Two different worlds here.
Jan 2016 [Diageo 2015 release tasting]
N: It just so happens I've tried this more than any other whisky in the last few months. It's everywhere, or so it seems - maybe because it's affordable? Today it's hitting me with, oily-buttery horse meat, mango & papaya (dried chunks & fresh slivers), ‘five spice’, paprika, tamarind and coastal notes, with an abv that leads to a umami oomph! Food pairing would be unnecessary here as it pairs up with itself rather fantastically.
T: Wowee, everytime I try this I meet an exquisite, graceful giant - beefy and big, yet always polite, respectful even.
F: A long finish of smoke with body, iodine, seaweed,... with the grain always in view. Lovely combinations of things throughout.
C: Beats the Port Ellen WB alongside with ease
Scores an A[-]