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The Balvenie 15 years old Single Barrel Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , The Balvenie

“Where have you been all these years?! A reason to live!”

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Balvenie 15 year Single Barrel
The Balvenie Single Barrel Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a 15 year old single malt which is drawn from a single bourbon cask of a single distillation.

Each cask forms a limited edition of hand-numbered bottles - there will be a maximum of 350 bottles from any one cask - so each bottle is unique and unrepeatable.

Each cask is subtly different, however, The Balvenie Malt Master selects for bottling only those casks that have the essential characteristics of The Balvenie Single Barrel - particularly honey, vanilla and oaky notes.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (92): strong. biscuits, honey, vanilla, a little cinnamon.

Palate (93): oily, powerful. peaches, honey, wood, tobacco, vanilla, a little nuts. Very good taste.

Finish (90): very long. peaches, wood, honey, tobacco.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Balvenie 15 year Single Barrel with 92 points over 100.

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The Balvenie 12 years old Signature Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , The Balvenie

“Excellent nose with a great taste. Just a 6% more of alcohol, or ejem bottled at cask strength and this would have been "my" whisky for the rest of my life.”

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Balvenie 12 year Signature
This 12 year old Balvenie was released in 2008 and was launched to replace the 10 year old Founders Reserve.

This bottling was aged in first fill bourbon barrels, refill casks and sherry butts.

Balvenie Signature is a small batch version of Doublewood with have additional been matured in bourbon casks. Rather good whisky by it is missing a bit more alcohol...

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (93): strong. biscuits, honey, vanilla, citrus, floral.

Palate (90): smooth. fruity, candies, honey, vanilla, floral, citrus. Bottled at cask strength this would have been a crack.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Balvenie 12 year Signature with 91 points over 100.

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The Balvenie 12 years old Doublewood Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , The Balvenie

“Lovely sherried whisky with a nice amount of nuts and biscuits in its nose. I have really enjoyed this one.”

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Balvenie 12 year Doublewood
The Balvenie Doublewood Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a 12 year old single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two woods.

During its period of maturation The Balvenie Doublewood is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a first fill Spanish oak sherry cask.

Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt - the traditional casks, having previously held bourbon, soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavor.

This is the most basic bottle from Balvenie and still awesome!
TODO: Check if strength is 40% or 0%

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. nuts, honey, citrus, toffee, biscuits. Smells like a fino sherried matured whisky. Very nice nose.

Palate (91): powerful, oily. honey, floral, citrus, nuts, wood, spices.

Finish (90): longer than average. honey, nuts, wood.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Balvenie 12 year Doublewood with 91 points over 100.

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Inchgower 36 years old Single Cask by Master of Malt Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , Inchgower

“Oh my my! Balsamic whisky! Think of this Inchgower as liquid Fisherman\'s Friend ”

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Inchgower 36 year Single Cask Master of Malt
A single cask Inchgower aged for a whopping 36 years in a refill hogshead!

This was distilled on the 16th September 1974 and bottled on the 9th June 2011 by Master of Malt at cask strength.

Absolutely stunning and cracking value for money!

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (91): powerful. candies, floral, menthol, honey, vanilla, malt, wood.

Palate (93): oily, powerful. floral, menthol, iodine, honey, citrus, spices.

Finish (93): very long. menthol, honey, citrus, candies.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Inchgower 36 year Single Cask Master of Malt with 92 points over 100.

Nikka Yoichi 15 years old Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , Yoichi
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Nikka Yoichi 15 year
'Sheer brilliance. An absolute must for anyone who regards himself a whisky connoisseur. 9.5/10' Jim Murray in Whisky Magazine, Dec 2000.

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (89): strong. floral, vanilla, salt, a little wood.

Palate (88): smooth, oily, powerful. floral, sweet, malt, salt, smoke, spices.

Finish (89): long. salt, honey, pears.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Nikka Yoichi 15 year with 89 points over 100.

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Glenglassaugh 32 years old 1976 Cask Strength by Signatory Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , Glenglassaugh

“Mindblowing! Out of this world nose and taste. I never thought anything can taste so good. Must-have!”

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Glenglassaugh 32 year 1976 Signatory
This is a very well aged Glenglassaugh. Distilled on the 17th December 1976 and matured for 32 years in hogshead number 2382 before bottling on the 13th January 2009 by Signatory. A release of just 265 bottles.

This single malt whisky is so good that I paid twice what it was worth for it. Lovely.

After being mothballed for several years, Glenglassaugh is distilling again and have just released their Revival single malt at 3 years old.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (95): powerful. peaches, honey, dried figs, wood, vanilla, spices, apples.

Palate (96): oily, powerful. peaches, wood, smoke, sweet, honey, floral, citrus, vanilla.

Finish (92): very long. sweet, honey, citrus, wood.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glenglassaugh 32 year 1976 Signatory with 94 points over 100.

Three Ships 10 years old Single Malt Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , James Sedgewick

“An incredible single malt whisky from South Africa in the tradition of the Speyside whiskies.”

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Three Ships 10 Year Old
An exceptional 10 year old whisky from South Africa! This was distilled by Andy Watts at the James Sedgwick distillery in Wellington. It was aged in American oak casks, and offers a palate full of flavour.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (89): powerful. peaches, wood, vanilla, citrus, honey.

Palate (90): oily. peaches, floral, honey, wood, pepper, toffee.

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

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Three Ships 10 Year Old with 89 points over 100.

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Pig's Nose Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , Spencerfield Spirits Co

“I am more happy than a pig in the mud. Awesome whisky! Oink!”

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Pig's Nose 5 year
Great value soft and smooth Blended Malt whisky from the creators of the 'Sheep Dip' range.

Don't be deceived by the strange name, this vatted whisky is simply said a jewel, a stealth for that price.

Done by the nose itself, Mr. Richard Paterson and released on a moment when all the Whyte & Mackay PR department was asleep. Awesome whisky!

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (92): strong. honey, peaches, vanilla, citrus, cinnamon, candies.

Palate (93): light, smooth, oily, powerful. honey, pears, peaches, wood, honey, a little liquorice, coffee.

Finish (90): long. honey, citrus, wood, floral.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Pig's Nose 5 year with 92 points over 100.

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Glengoyne English Merchants Choice Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , Glengoyne

“First class Oloroso sherried whisky. Just make sure you like Oloroso :)”

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Glengoyne English Merchants' Choice
A stunning sherry matured Glengoyne, selected by a group of England's whisky retailers. The cask was number 2716, a sherry hogshead. There are just 291 bottles of this incredibly dark whisky,

This dram has a old oak-like color.

Nose (92): strong. citrus, nuts, some oloroso, a little vanilla.

Palate (93): powerful. nuts, floral, peaches, wood, spices, rubber, honey, smoke, incense.

Finish (91): very long. nuts, wood, leather.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Glengoyne English Merchants' Choice with 92 points over 100.

Nikka Taketsuru 17 years old Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , Nikka

“Delightful! I can't express with words the fruity, honey and spices torrent that this japanese blended malt delivers.”

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Nikka Taketsuru 17 year
Taketsuru 17 years old is delicious blended malt whisky from Nikka that won't disappoint you. It is hard to find a scotch whisky so good for this price.

This whisky is named after Nikka's founder, the whisky-pilgrim Masataka Taketsuru.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (93): strong. melon, peaches, honey, vanilla, a little orange zest, dates, chocolate.

Palate (93): light, oily, powerful. peaches, wood, honey, spices, pepper, coffee, a little peat.

Finish (92): very long. wood, honey, vanilla, peaches.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Nikka Taketsuru 17 year with 93 points over 100.

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