Category: Single malt

Laphroaig 12 Year Old 1996 Bass (Lockett Bros)

Laphroaig 12 Year Old Cask Strength The Bass Lockett Bros

Laphroaig’s no-nonsense intense peaty style actually lends itself rather well to cask strength whisky. I don’t know if the quoted 40ppm phenolics just subtly blend into what I think of as the stereotypical Laphroaig taste or if their distillation process and maturation removes the halogenated [chloro-phenol] most medicinal/TCP-esque nasal offenders? Either way this one seriously warms the cockles! 89/100

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Ardbeg Corryvreckan 57.1% ABV, £58.49 for 70cl What they say: A deliciously deep, powerfully peaty and wonderfully wild whisky – Ardbeg Corryvreckan is the epitome of ‘the untamed spirit of Islay’.  Corryvreckan takes its name […]

Glen Scotia 21 Years Old 1991 Strawberry Ganache (Wemyss Malts)

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For the experience this was well worth the price. Sadly my budget doesn’t stretch to a full bottle and these are likely no longer available to buy. I would definitely try more of the Glen Scotia range and they have just released a stable of multiple age ranges from the distillery of which the 12 year old I came across in travel retail [Brittany Ferries]. I am intrigued to see how intrinsic the strawberry element is within the Glen Scotia distillate, as I am sure it would lend itself well to much more than the sherry cask maturation/finish it enjoyed above. I’m sure a Glen Scotia will end up in my collection before too long! 85/100

BenRiach 12 Years Old Arumaticus Fumosus

Despite its limited release, I would definitely buy this if I can get my hands on a bottle. Due to the masking or minimal peat influence on the palate in this dram this is the perfect whisky for introducing peat gently to non-peat lovers [or people with the pre-conception that they don’t like peated whisky]. Over and above that this whisky has a lot going on with some really strong and stringent flavour elements but it is beautifully packaged together within the dram to make it an extremely experience to drink. The perfect Rumsky. 83/100

Laphroaig An Cuan Mor

The subtlety and smoothness of the finish, the complexity of this in the mouth and the fire with which it starts combine to make this a pretty spectacular dram. I haven’t tasted a Laphroaig that packs in so much, yet finishes so smoothly. 90/100