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Kininvie 5 Years Old 2013 Single Malt

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Kininvie KVSM001single malt whisky review: Initially I found this far too light and thin and didn’t favour the off citrus notes and spice. On revisit, and having breathed a little, this had smoothed a little around the edges, more sweetness and less acridity was apparent. I can’t see myself drinking a lot of this neat / with water as single malt should in my mind be able to be consumed. 68/100

Scallywag

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Scallywag blended malt whisky review: More fuller flavoured than I remember and much more complex too. Still quite fruity in nature and just a little more spice and wood than I prefer but a decent blended malt nonetheless. I guess my reservation lies in the surreptitious use of sherry casks in this blend which perhaps represents the dichotomy of Speysides’ output today but I don’t feel is indicative of the regions flavour profile in general. 78/100

Paul John Bold

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Paul John Bold whisky review: On revisiting this I had quite a different experience, the peat influence appears to have grown despite this likely gaining a couple of years maturation since we tasted the inaugural release version back in 2015. Perhaps it was this extra maturation or the gentle introduction by way of the Edited expression prior, but I was much more aware of the peat influence this time and enjoyed it quite a bit more too. 87/100

Paul John Edited

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Paul John Edited whisky review: Tried previously but I hadn’t managed to write up notes. I do remember being taken aback by how ‘peaty’ this one seemed but I recognize this now as that herby/heathery and mentholic peat which I sometimes find a little challenging in Highland Park expressions. Presented well here it fits right into the sweet and malty Paul John (much as HP’s maltiness often rescues their expressions on my palate too). A wonderful blending together of Scotch and Indian single malt palates, sweet, malty, minty and peaty. 85/100

Paul John Brilliance

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Paul John Brilliance revisit: Still very delicious and drinkable, perhaps it was the heat we were sampling this at but it reminded me more of a mixture of bourbon and single malt scotch whisky. It has the cereal depth but the maturation heat and woody influences were more apperent, still a great starter dram from Paul John. 84/100