Tag: 9 Years Old

House Lannister Lagavulin 9 Years Old (48%, OB, 2019)

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House Lannister Lagavulin 9 Years Old whisky review: Much more of a classic Lagavulin than I found the 8 Year Old anniversary edition. Sweet and meaty with a dusty smoke, a nice bitterness to it that presents as chocolate. I suspect the colour is e150 – confirmed by the packaging. Compared to the 8 Year Old I suspect a few more refill barrels or older barrels have gone into this mix to shift the flavour-profile in a very positive way more towards the distillery character. Quite moreish. I like this a lot more than I like Lannister’s – except Tyrion – I like this just as much as Tyrion. 86/100

Deanston 9 Years Old 2008 Brandy Cask Finish (56.4%, OB, 2018)

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Deanston 9 Years Old 2008 Brandy Cask Finish whisky review: Very sweet on the nose – much less so on the palate. This one is a little acidic fruit and vaporous spirit in places – perhaps showing its youth? Very similar to many of the Distillery only bottlings which show great promise but can be a little feisty at cask strength and reward a drop of water to calm them down. 83/100

Glenlivet 9 Years Old 2006 The Un-Chillfiltered Collection (46%, Signatory, 1st Fill Sherry Butt #901043, 2016)

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Glenlivet 9 Years Old 2006 The Un-Chillfiltered Collection whisky review: Flavour-filled and quite malty as you would expect from a relatively young expression matured in an active 1st fill butt. I actually found this still a little too spirity and feisty at 46% but it takes water well and revealed a delicious milk chocolate note under all the dried fruit and tannins. 84/100

Bunnahabhain 9 Years Old 2006 10.108 Yin and Yang (60.4%, SMWS, Heavy Toast Medium Char HH, 282 Bottles, 2017)

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SMWS 10.108 Yin and Yang Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review: Definitely young but with some interest, a complexity that seems to be mostly spirit-driven, with lots of shellfish, brine, sweet and smoky influences but also a mineralic character and soapy texture – perhaps an indication of the wood tinkering. Pretty good whisky all in but I suspect it may have been a lot better un-tinkered and matured a little (or a lot) longer. 84/100