Category: Scotch Single Malt

Single malt whisky is malt whisky from a single distillery, that is, whisky distilled from fermented mash made exclusively with malted grain (usually barley), as distinguished from unmalted grain. Scotch single malt is distilled, matured for a minimum of 3 years and bottled in Scotland.

House Targaryen Cardhu Gold Reserve (40%, OB, 2019)

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House Targaryen Cardhu Gold Reserve whisky review: It has been some time since I last tried Cardhu’s Gold Reserve and I can’t help but feeling it has either improved slightly or my ability to appreciate it has grown. Billed as very approachable, it is hard to argue with that, although this one seems a little spicier in the tail. Good solid stuff and perhaps more than a little of Diageo’s well-meaning intentions branding Cardhu against one of the major protagonist houses. Daenerys seems to have gone from villain to hero and back again during the story and we are yet to find out if she will be triumphant in the end. My feelings for Cardhu have never been that strong, but dependable is my best assertation. 74/100

Aberlour 18 Years Old (43%, OB, 2017)

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Aberlour 18 Year Old whisky review: Much more dried fruit and sherry influence in the 18 year old expression as compared to the Aberlour Triple Cask I sampled in this little duet. Still quite fresh and zesty polish and pear drop distillate character and masses of apples join much of the sherry-derived darker fruits. 88/100

Glen Scotia 17 Years Old 2000 Festival Edition No.3 (55.7%, OB, Cask #386, 147 Bottles, 2018)

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Glen Scotia Festival Edition No.3 whisky review: A very nice single cask expression Glen Scotia. There is a little fruity acidity and sherbety fizz but combined with the salt, spice and peat and also a slightly dusty old wood element this to me comes across more as slightly less active cask that has let the distillate shine through – rather than something overtly youthful tasting at 17 years old. This isn’t all citrus and ex-bourbon vanilla, but has a sharpness to it that cuts across the palate like salt and chilli. 88/100

Glen Scotia 10 Years Old Peated (46%, OB, 2018)

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Glen Scotia 10 Year Old Peated whisky review: A delicate balance of peat and lots of sweet influences, their is a little oily wax and masses of coconut and lychee. The result is one of those surprising whiskies you expect to be harsh on the palate due to the smoke on the nose – but instead it’s like a creamed banana & tropical fruit smoothie. Some nice herbal woody influences too make this feel a lot older than 10 years! 87/100