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There is no such thing as bad whisky - some are just better than others.

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  1. Dalwhinnie 15 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    We do not want to become a malt snob, do we? Never lose appreciation of a simple but honest classic! Known as 'the honey malt', Dalwhinnie 15 is a great choice for beginners to set out on their whisky journey. Notes of heather, green pears and barley sugar complement the honeyed aroma. After a sweet, rich and full-bodied arrival, spices build up quickly with a mildly dry and bitter edge, but well-measured. The aftertaste is gentle, citric and wood-driven with hints of cinnamon and apple juice. A characterful Highlander which should not be overlooked! RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 84 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    35.0 EUR per Bottle
  2. Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    2.25
    2.25 out of 5 stars
    It's budget week, so let's review this entry-level bottling from Jim Beam. The nose is fairly tame for a rye, in fact it appears more like a rye-heavy bourbon. Intense sweetness, cinnamon and furniture polish mash up with fresh oak, orange jam and hints of licorice. Simple but pleasant, I would say. Almost like the gates of hell opening, the palate is hot, burning and merciless. Turpentine, fermented apples and a clash of sweet and spicy notes lead into a woody and thankfully short finish. Probably a suitable bottle for Manhattan cocktails, but not the Glencairn. RATING: 2.2/5.0 stars ≙ 65 pts → POOR [+]
    17.0 EUR per Bottle
  3. The GlenAllachie 12 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    When Billy Walker said in an interview that 'running GlenAllachie is fun', he caught my interest. Can you have a better motivation? With its selection of PX, Oloroso and virgin casks, the 12-year-old expression offers a busy nose. Fruity acidity, butterscotch and shortbread are followed by cinnamon, clay and fresh mint. Full-bodied, peppery and slightly mineral, the taste features banana, sage and hints of mocha. After Eights, citrus zest and jelly babies accompany the cask-dominated finish. There are no shortcuts to quality, and this malt is ticking all the boxes. RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]
    40.0 EUR per Bottle
  4. Hibiki 21 Year

    Blended — Japan

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    In Kyoto, you can buy the most exquisite green tea cookies on this planet: quality ingredients, perfectly composed, but utterly expensive. The same applies to Hibiki 21. On the nose, papaya, kiwi and subtle hints of soot mix with sandalwood, dried herbs and incense. Like a roller coaster, the taste catapults you through the flavor wheel: juicy, fruity, spicy and floral, intense and rounded, this blend sparkles like a diamond. Mizunara, icing sugar, and, I kid you not, green tea cookies with white chocolate crown the slowly fading finish. A world-class whisky! RATING: 4.5/5.0 stars ≙ 91 pts → SUPERB
    678.0 EUR per Bottle
  5. Auchentoshan Solera

    Single Malt — Lowlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Prejudices can be a tricky thing. An overpriced NAS Auchentoshan - this 'Solera' can't be good! Well, it is. Finished in PX casks and bottled at 48% ABV, the nose of this Lowlander is delightful, complex and layered. Dark fruits, Christmas spices and white chocolate harmonize with rosewater, orange peel and hints of thyme. On the palate, the flavors shift to stone fruits, mild pepper and quality wood, and there is an herbal edge with mint, coffee and walnuts migrating into the medium length finish. I thank the 'Toshan Man' for recommending this treat! RATING: 4.2/5.0 stars ≙ 89 pts → FIRST-CLASS [+]
    148.0 EUR per Bottle
  6. Lagavulin 7 Year Cask Ends (WM Cadenhead)

    Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Sourced from an undisclosed Kildalton distillery, this Cadenhead's malt presumably is one of the rare independent bottlings of Lagavulin. Mineral peat smoke, oysters and coal tar take you swiftly to Islay, with notes of pine needles, anise and seaweed emerging from the background. An impressive nose for a 7-year-old whisky! Raw and pungent, the arrival hits the palate with a wave of peat. Dry citrus, honey and bitter resin follow closely behind, leading to a prolonged, briny and slightly rough finish. This is 'Big Peat on steroids' and a silver bullet against colds. RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]
    25.0 EUR per Bottle
  7. Old Pulteney 2006 11 Year Cask Ends (WM Cadenhead)

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Did you ever try new-make? After 11 years in a lazy refill cask, this independent bottling of Old Pulteney remains utterly spirit-driven. Clean, light and very citrusy, the aroma starts with cereals, sour grapes and mint leaf before subtle notes of yeast, white fish and salt emerge. The arrival is crisp, herbal and sparkling, followed by unripe pears, honey and distant tannins in the development. Not very complex, but enjoyable. Over-brewed tea, lemongrass and Ika Mata accompany the minty-fresh aftertaste. This Single Malt would make a great toothpaste! RATING: 3.4/5.0 stars ≙ 82 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [-]
    21.0 EUR per Bottle
  8. Hakushu 18 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Japan

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Located at the foothills of the Japanese Alps, Suntory’s second distillery has always stood in the shadow of Yamazaki. Not surprisingly, Hakushu 18 attempts to be a bit like his famous brother. Notes of sherry subdue floral freshness and whiffs of smoke, and the nose unfolds beautifully with unripe papaya, incense and a touch of plum wine. Rich and intense, the taste combines fruity, herbal and spicy flavors with just a hint of peat. Lingering spices, licorice and re-emerging freshness characterize the semidry finish. A worthy silver medal for a fine dram! RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 88 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    475.0 EUR per Bottle
  9. Yamazaki 18 Year

    Single Malt — Honshu, Japan

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Whisky making as an art - that's the essence of whisky-dō, or 'the way of whisky'. No other Japanese Single Malt reflects this philosophy better than Yamazaki 18. An endless potpourri of flavors overwhelms the nose: luscious, heavy sherry notes, pipe tobacco and sour plums; polished wood, leather and raspberries. The palate offers exotic wood spices, dark chocolate, dried fruits and hints of eucalyptus. Roasted coffee, mild orange zest and a touch of Mizunara oak mark the prolonged finish. An outstanding malt that has become shockingly expensive. RATING: 4.5/5.0 stars ≙ 92 pts → SUPERB
    549.0 EUR per Bottle
  10. Ailsa Bay Single Malt Whisky

    Peated Single Malt — Lowlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Peat is certainly not the first thing which comes to your mind when thinking of Lowland whiskies. As a relatively new distillery built for the production of blends, Ailsa Bay surprised with this release. Notes of wet hay, floral peat smoke and burned moss form the nose. Water brings out citrus, sweet BBQ and hints of fennel. The taste falls a bit flat: aromatic peatiness, grapefruits and heather honey struggle with the youthfulness of the spirit. Bitter lemon, salted licorice and mineral peat remain in the long finish. A promising start despite the lack of maturity. RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 83 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    75.0 EUR per Bottle
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