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.

Longmorn 25 Years Old 1990 7.130 Musky, floral, sweet perfumes (55.1%, SMWS, Refill Ex-Bourbon HH, 240 Bottles, 2016)

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SMWS 7.130 Musky, floral, sweet perfumes whisky review: A delicious aged Longmorn full of fragrant and fruity notes and a good helping of complimentary woody spices. Again a very true to form whisky expression redolent of Longmorn distillery character and aged to perfection in a refill hoggie for just the right balance of spirit and cask influences, approaching perfection. 88/100

Glenrothes 25 Years Old 1992 30.98 Bring on the dancers (46%, SMWS, Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, 168 Bottles, 2017)

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SMWS 30.98 Bring on the dancers whisky review: A fairly true to form Glenrothes, I just noticed I pulled (finally) one of the same tasting notes as on the bottle in caramel apple granny! Diminishes only in the fact that the nose is the best part of this dram, drinking is nothing challenging and all very pleasing. A great example of an aged whisky from SMWS at a sensible price compared to OB’s but offering just as much. 86/100

Aerstone 10 Years Old Land Cask (40%, OB, 2018)

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Aerstone 10 Years Old Land Cask whisky review: An interesting expression with potential, however this still feels a little rough around the edges and reminded me of some not so savoury HP expressions I have sampled in the past where the peat influence is too dry and over-dominant. For an entry-level (£20) supermarket whisky this carries a lot more flavours than most – vanilla this certainly isn’t! 81/100

The GlenDronach 26 Years Old 1992 Port Pipe #5896 (49.3%, OB, Batch 17, 828 Bottles, 2019)

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The GlenDronach 26 Years Old 1992 Port Pipe #5896 whisky review: On reflection perhaps a little underwhelming, I had high hopes for this port matured expression but in the end it lacked a little something that sherry maturation delivers so well for GlenDronach. Undoubtedly a very well constructed whisky, not overly sweet and plenty of woody influence as you would expect after 26 years. A great comparator and on a par with the other two expressions. 87/100

Miltonduff 10 Years Old 2008 The Single Cask (55.8%, Claxton’s, 1st Fill Bourbon Barrel # 1961-700925, 248 Bottles, 2019)

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Miltonduff 10 Years Old 2008 The Single Cask whisky review: A delightful cask strength and relatively straightforward/unfussy expression. The cask has had plenty of influence here as you would expect from 1st fill, making this very palateable. The balance is in favour of cask over spirit character here which works very well. I’m not sure I am any closer to uncovering the DNA or character of Miltonduff after these expressions but they were both very pleasing and enjoyable. 83/100