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Ardbeg Alligator Untamed Release Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , Ardbeg

“Perhaps the best Ardbeg I have had. Quite delicious complex nose.”

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Ardbeg Alligator Untamed Release
It's aged in a similar style to the standard 10 year old, except for the fact that a portion of the whisky was aged in heavily charred barrels.

The barrels are charred to such an extent that they start to crack a little on the inside, and this resembles alligator skin, thus the name.

The committee release of Ardbeg Alligator was exceptional and incredibly popular.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (93): more than average. sweet, peat, honey, citrus, vanilla, cinnamon, coffee. Hell more than intense than standard ten years old.

Palate (92): powerful, oily. peat, honey, citrus, vanilla, salt, wood, pepper, dark chocolate.

Finish (90): long. peat, spices, honey, citrus, burnt wood.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Ardbeg Alligator Untamed Release with 92 points over 100.

Auchentoshan 12 years old Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , Auchentoshan
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Auchentoshan 12 year
A more recent release from the Auchentoshan distillery, replacing the previous staple 10 year old, this 12 year old bottling exhibits the new, slightly Imperial aesthetics Auchentoshan have rebranded themselves with.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. sweet, fruity, peaches, spices, a little floral.

Palate (88): light, smooth, dry. sweet, peaches, wood, spices, floral.

Finish (85): average. honey, floral, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Auchentoshan 12 year with 88 points over 100.

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DYC 10 years old Coleccion Barricas Single Malt Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , DYC

“Matured in bourbon casks this whisky is perhaps the best spanish whisky I have tried. Rather good but limited release.”

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DYC 10 year Coleccion Barricas Single Malt
The DYC Single Malt "Coleccion Barricas". It is the first of a set of limited editions whiskies. This first edition has been aged for 10 years in a bourbon cask.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (87): strong. peaches, honey, vanilla, wood, citrus.

Palate (90): smooth, oily, powerful. peaches, malt, honey, vanilla, wood, spices, molasses.

Finish (89): long. honey, floral, wood.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this DYC 10 year Coleccion Barricas Single Malt with 89 points over 100.

Lagavulin 16 years old Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , Lagavulin

“This Lagavulin is a superb Islay whisky with its amazing peat complexity. Really one of the best bang for the buck single malts out there.”

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Lagavulin 16 year
Full amber in color with adominant sherry nose. Full-bodied yet smooth. The dryness is offset by the sweetness of the sherry character. Salty notes and a huge powerful peaty finish.

Lagavulin 16 years old is perhaps the best daily dram single malt whisky out there. You will not find anything so good for that price, as long as you like peat in your whisky.

A connoisseur's malt, and with consistently high marks from Michael Jackson.

If you have the chance, try the 12 years old expression that has been aged exclusively in bourbon barrels. Simply delicious.

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. peat, honey, peaches, vanilla, citrus, pepper.

Palate (92): powerful, oily. peat, honey, citrus, vanilla, peaches, espresso.

Finish (92): longer than average. peat, honey, peaches, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Lagavulin 16 year with 92 points over 100.

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Glenfarclas Movember 2011

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , Glenfarclas

“A sherry monster for a great cause. Buy one and support Movember.”

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Glenfarclas Movember 2011
This limited edition Glenfarclas has been bottled in partnership with online retailers, Mo-Bro’s, and poor-quality dresser-uppers Master of Malt in support of Movember. Movember is a men’s health charity which raises awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. £10 from the sale of every bottle will be donated to Movember. For more information on Movember visit www.movember.com.
Distilled in September 2002 and bottled in September 2011, this most unusual 9 year old Glenfarclas has been taken from two Oloroso sherry hogshead casks, and can be perfectly described as an ‘aperitif whisky’ - nutty and intensely savoury.
Movember is a men’s health charity which raises awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. £10 from the sale of every bottle will be donated to Movember. For more information on Movember visit www.movember.com.

Distilled in September 2002 and bottled in September 2011, this most unusual 9 year old Glenfarclas has been taken from two Oloroso sherry hogshead casks, and can be perfectly described as an ‘aperitif whisky’ – nutty and intensely savoury.

This dram has a mahogany-like color.

Nose (92): strong. honey, leather, cocoa, nuts, citrus, vanilla, wood. This is Oloroso sherry! Love it or hate it but it can't be more pure.

Palate (93): smooth, powerful, oily. honey, wood, tobacco, citrus, nuts, cocoa, spices.

Finish (93): long. oloroso, honey, wood, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenfarclas Movember 2011 with 93 points over 100.

Nikka Yoichi 10 years old Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , Yoichi

“ Peated Speyside like style. Really good whisky from Japan. Marvelous.”

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Nikka Single Malt Yoichi 10 year
The most affordable whisky of the Yoichi bottles range, this japanese single malt whisky of 10 years old is distilled and matured in Hokkaido, Japan, birthplace of Nikka whisky.

Yoichi distillery continue to adhere to techniques such as the use of coal-fired pot stills, and otherwise remains loyal to the whisky-making traditions dating back to its foundation. Top whisky critic Jim Murray lists Yoichi as one of the six great malts in the world.

Definitively something you must try if you want to talk about single malts. Don't miss by any reason the Yamazaki 12 years old of the rival Suntory whisky maker.

This dram has a white-like color.

Nose (88): inexistent. sweet, fruity, floral, sherry, oak, toffee, peaches, tropical fruit. First nosing data is innacurate as the previous tasting sheet lacked of this field.

Palate (96): . sweet, hot, fruity, peat, wood, sherry, spices, honey. Bouquet data is innacurate as the previous tasting sheet lacked of this field.

Finish (88): no finish. sweet, peat, honey, spices. Finish length is innacurate as the previous tasting sheet lacked of this field.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Nikka Single Malt Yoichi 10 year with 91 points over 100.

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Ichiro's 1986 King of Hearts Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , Hanyu
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Ichiro 1986 King of Hearts
An incredible addition to the Ichiro's Malt Card range. Each whisky, in very modish style, is named after a playing card. We love them! This was distilled at the Hanyu distillery in 1986, and aged in a hogshead before a finish in a Pedro Ximenez sherry butt. Bottled in 2009.

This dram has a tawny-like color.

Nose (90): powerful. fruits, floral, honey, vanilla, raisins, almonds.

Palate (90): smooth, oily, powerful. peaches, wood, cocoa, pineapple, raisins, cocoa.

Finish (89): very long. cocoa, raisins, floral.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Ichiro 1986 King of Hearts with 90 points over 100.

William Larue Weller Straight Bourbon Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , Buffalo Trace

“So delightul honey! So great vanilla! Am I already dead?”

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William Larue Weller Bourbon / Bot.2010
Joh Hansell of Malt Advocate rated this 2009 release of William Larue Weller an amazing 96 points! A great bourbon from Buffalo Trace's Antique Collection.

This dram has a mahogany-like color.

Nose (90): powerful. corn, vanilla, banana, smashed fruits, vanilla.

Palate (94): light, oily, powerful. corn, some honey, floral, vanilla, wood, strawberry, bubblegum.

Finish (92): very long. corn, wood, vanilla.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this William Larue Weller Bourbon / Bot.2010 with 92 points over 100.

Macallan 12 years old Sherry Oak Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , The Macallan

“Stunning sherry monster! Lovely! From really good oloroso casks.”

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Macallan 12 year Sherry Oak
Deliciously smooth, with rich dried fruits and sherry, balanced with wood smoke and spice. Described by Paul Pacult, the renowned international whisky writer, in his book Kindred Spirits as: "simply the best 12 Year Old single malt around".

This dram has a tawny-like color.

Nose (90): strong. sweet, peaches, oloroso, dates, dark chocolate, floral.

Palate (90): oily, powerful. sweet, honey, peaches, wood, vanilla, oloroso, nuts. A huge influence of the sherry cask. Rather good.

Finish (88): very long. floral, nuts, dark chocolate.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Macallan 12 year Sherry Oak with 89 points over 100.

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