Whisky Review #296 Littlemill 1990 The Whisky Agency / Sea Life 52.2%

littlemilltwe22Bottled in 2012. Drawn from a refill sherry butt. 719 bottles.

On the nose: Sweet. Cereals(oats in particular), saw dust, pears and peach candy. No noteworthy difference with water added.

On the palate: Icing sugar, sweet citrus, gooseberries and kiwi. Sweet fruits in the finish. Green apples and gooseberries. More malt with water added.

Quite neutral and pale stuff. No ‘off-notes’ as far as I can tell, but I’d hesitate to buy a bottle of this stuff.

84/100 points.

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Whisky Review #295 Hanyu 2000/2008 Ichiro’s Malt ‘Seven of Clubs’ 59%

hanyuFrom bottle no. 100/345(The one they have standing at The Whisky Bar, Oslo).

On the nose: Plums, spices, chocolate and alcohol. Syrup, oak and dark toffee. Feels a bit restrained. Water opens up for some vanilla, cereals, aged rum and more chocolate. Quite a lot of cask influence, despite it’s young age.

On the palate: Wet and syurpy. A bit sharp. Red berries, malt and pepper. Darker berries with water added, as well as some tropical fruit juice. Peppery oak and pears in the finish. Spicier with water.

Good stuff with a lot of ‘oomph’. However, I do find it to be a bit unrefined and sharp around the edges – even with a fair amount added.

86/100 points

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Whisky Review #294 Glen Ord 1996 Clydesdale 57.2%

glenordclydesdaleA 15 year old Glen Ord now, bottled by Clydesdale.

Distilled: 07.02.1996, bottled: 11.2013

Cask: #CO389, 275 bottles.

On the nose: Freshly cut grass, salt, earth, subtle peat smoke, bitter citrus, salt licorice and pears. Water brings out subtle honey, green apples(barely ripe) and more pears. Even some pear sorbet.

On the palate: Fruity smoke, citrus, grass, green twigs and a hint of wood sap. Green apples and lemon ice tea with water. The finish is vegetal and green. Peat, grass and sweet lemon. Slightly drying with tingly herbs and spices. Sweet mint with water.

Rather complex stuff, both on the nose and on the palate. Green and delicious.

89(ALMOST 90)/100 points

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Whisky Review #293 Nikka Coffey Malt 45%

nikkamaltBottled: +/-2014

On the nose: Citrus, dry grass, subtle malt, rye bread and pepper mix.. or lemon pepper, maybe? Water makes it more syrupy with hints of brown sugar. Quite delicious.

On the palate: Sweet and camphor-ish. Hints of malt, brown sugar and Ricola(swiss herb drops). Camphor sweets in the finish as well. Brown sugar, oak and wood varnish.

Water is not doing much for this one. A very simple and straightforward malt, but with a fair amount of personality, nonetheless.

83/100 points

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Whisky Review #292 Big Peat 46%

bigpeatBatch #23.

On the nose: Salt, seaweed, cold smoke, leather, driftwood, fresh herbs and earth. Water brings out wet sawdust, beach-y bonfire smoke and some sweetness. Almost like herbal sweets.

On the palate: Salt and maritime. Seawater, smoke, citrus and grass. Hints of hay and lemon rind with water. Smoke, ash,  wood and dry peppery notes in the finish.

A very decent Islay malt blend with a very decent price tag. Well worth the cash you pay, in my opinion. It’s not super complex or anything but it works very well for what it is.

84/100 points

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Whisky Review #291 Longmorn 1983/2014 Gordon & Macphail 43%

longmorngmMatured in a refill sherry puncheon for about 30 years.

On the nose: A bit restrained at first sniff. Buttery toffee, canned cherries, vanilla, creme brulee and coconuts. More tropical fruits with time. Peaches, banana toffee and cinnamon. Water brings out more toffee. It gets creamier and thicker with dry, oaky spices.

On the palate: Light spices, toffee and vanilla. Silky mouthfeel. Malt and more spices after some time. Water brings out more sweetness, as well as a hint of chocolate. Sweet and soft in the finish. Hazelnuts, oat cookies and dark chocolate.

A very seductive dram that needs some time in the glass to open up. Loads of toffee, vanilla and spices. A delicious dram, indeed.

90/100 points

(Thanks to Håvard for the sample!)

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Whisky Review #290 Glenrothes 1998 Archives / The Fishes Of Samoa 53%

glenrothesarcA 25 year old Glenrothes now. Bottled by Archives in 2013, with an outturn of 213 bottles. Matured in a refill sherry hogshead.

Distilled: 06.06.1988, bottled: 06:11.2013.

On the nose: Sweet and fruity. Apples, apple juice, lemon rind, pears and white wine. Greener and more refreshing with time. Not as sweet. A drop of water opens up for subtle hints of mint, lime and kiwi.

On the palate: Juicy and sugary. Good balance between fructose and oak. Hints of dandelions as well. Sweeter with water. Lemons and green grapes. Bitter grass, stevia sweetness and freshly cut herbs in the finish.

Lovely nose on this one. Super fresh and green. Would not have guessed this to be from a sherry cask.

88/100 points

Thanks to Whiskybase for the sample!

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Whisky Review #289 Ardmore Traditional Cask 46%

ardmoretcA peated malt now, from the eastern highlands.

Finished in quarter casks.

Bottled: +/- 2007

On the nose: Malt, salt, smoke, citrus, honey, burnt wood and sweet grass. Quite coastal, but not in an Islay kind of way. More mineraly with water. Getting hints of beach sand, sweet lemons and wet concrete floors.

On the palate: More smoke. Cold and ashy. Malt, salt, earth and subtle hints of pipe tobacco. Greener with water. Sweet mint, camphor sweets and brown sugar. Drier smoke in the finish. Sweet oak, savory lemon and ginger. Still sort of earthy. Camphor sweets with water.

Surprisingly delicious and complex stuff.

88/100 points.

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Nøgne Ø Havrestout 4.5%

havrestoutSome beer again, just because..

Appearance: Black.

On the nose: Roasted sweetness, chocolate and malt.

On the palate: Relatively light and easy going. Sweet, with hints of dark roasted coffee. Some bitterness as well as dusty cereals in the finish.

An easy and gentle oatstout. Very decent stuff, although I’d personally like more of everything in this. Feels a bit restrained.

82/100 points

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Whisky Review #288 Oban 21 yo 58.5%

oban21From Diageo’s 2013 special release. Matured in “rejuvenated American oak and second fill ex-bodega casks.” 2860 bottles in total.

On the nose: Chocolate, pistachios, a hint of salt, coconuts, dried figs, canned fruits and dry oaky spicyness. Honey with water added. Fruitier and greener as well.

On tha palate: Sweet and salt. Honey, raspberry sweets and fruit tea. Very rich. More fruit tea with water, as well as some floral notes. The finish is sweet, with oak and red berries. Grassier and more floral with water.

Wonderful! A fruity whisky with loads of berry sweetness and tea. Even at almost 60%, I preferred this one neat.

91/100 points

(Thanks to Håvard for the sample!)

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