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July 14, 2005


Bruichladdich 19yo 1986 ‘Baraille’ (54.4%, OB)

TASTING - TWO SPECIAL BRUICHLADDICHS

Bruichladdich 19 yo 1986 ‘Baraille’ (54.4%, OB) Nose: very nice sherry, with lots of caramel notes and burnt wood. Some might dislike it but I don’t. BBQ sauce, bold torrefaction… An ultra-extreme sherried malt. Mouth: a bit too bitter but I like the creaminess and the bunch of various dried fruits. Some icing sugar. Develops on balsam and maple syrup after fifteen minutes. Very nice! 86 points.

Bruichladdich 15 yo 1986/2001 ‘Country Life’ (46%, OB, cask #356) Colour: pure gold. Nose: big sherry and some sulphur (a nice one) with some dried flowers and fruits. Very fresh and, clearly superb. Notes of pink grapefruit, stone, cedar wood… Rather complex! Mouth: what a great balance. . Dried fruits, Sauternes. A bit dry but still enjoyable. Banana flambéed, burnt cake… Some soft tannins, Havana cigar, leather… An excellent one. 88 points. Bruichladdich 15yo 1986/2001 ‘Country Life’ (46%, OB, cask #356)
Juana Molina   MUSIC – Recommended listening: sure she hasn't got Etta James' voice but Spanish singer Juana Molina manages to create her very own, appeased world, full of nice melodies and peaceful, yet entrancing rythms. And her band is very good. Have a go at Tres cosas.mp3 and then buy her CDs if you like her music.
 

July 13, 2005


TASTING - OLD AND NEW GLENCADAMS

Glencadam 15 yo (40%, OB, 2005) Colour: orange amber. Nose: round and powerful, not unlike some old fortified wine. Very toffeeish and caramelly, with some rum and raisins. Some spicy notes too (mulled wine). Hints of oak. Mouth: rather hot, on rum again, sultanas, Xmas cake… Very creamy, in fact, rounded but quite nervous. Rather long and rummy finish. A very good one, even if it’s curiously 'hot' for a whisky. 81 points.

Glencadam 15yo (40%, OB, 2005)
Glencadam 14yo 1964/1979 (45.7%, Cadenhead dumpy)   Glencadam 14 yo 1964/1979 (45.7%, Cadenhead dumpy) Colour: gold. Nose: very herbal, with lots of tea, getting quite spicy (clove and white pepper). Otherwise quite simple, getting a bit too grainy and yeasty. Mouth: ah, this is so much better! Flower jellies, dried pineapple and guava, fresh tropical fruits… How good! Astonishingly nervous after more than 25 years in its bottle. Develops on quince jelly… It’s all excellent. Too bad the nose was so-so, otherwise it would have deserved much more than 86 points.
MUSIC – Recommended listening: is Patti Smith back? Well, she never really left but maybe anti-folk passionaria Randi Russo is sort of a new Patti. That's what I thought when I heard League of the Brigands.mp3 for the first time. Do you like her slightly detuned voice? Then buy her music! And ah, yes, Patti Smith... Do you remember Redondo beach.mp3? Great memories...   Randi Russo
 

July 11, 2005


TASTING - TWO 1969 BOWMORES
Bowmore 31yo 1969/2001 (46.45%, Douglas Laing OMC, 102 bottles) Bowmore 31 yo 1969/2001 (46.45%, Douglas Laing OMC, 102 bottles) Colour: straw. Nose: starts on some very bold, very ripe melons and peaches. A bit of peat (or is it my mind?) Lots of vanilla crème. Some great flowery notes too (mostly peony). Lots of smoky notes appear after a few minutes, smoked ham, sausages. Very funny! Some notes of fern, rainy forest… Great complexity.
Mouth: ah, now we’re talking! Bold, complex, nervous… Lots of icing sugar and grapefruit juice, but also some sour woody notes. Some fudge, cold coffee, pepper… Very nice indeed, although it gets a bit too dry and even a little prickly. Anyway, a very nice one indeed! 91 points.
Bowmore 1969/2005 (42.7%, Peerless, Japan only) Colour: sweet white wine. Nose: extraordinarily flowery, herbal, vegetal. Spearmint and fresh mint and then leather and tobacco, vanilla crème, fudge. Interesting notes of white Bourgogne (butter and toasted bread). Some nice orange flowers, rosewater, with the usual passion fruits and citrus that are soon to follow. Very, very complex malt that keeps developing. A mix of pink grapefruit and old roses… really endless. Mouth: the attack is a bit bitter and curiously perfumy, and doesn’t quite match the nose (but how could it?) Apple skins, burnt cake, smoked tea, dried herbs, Provence herbs… Medium long finish, on lemon zest and grass. The nose was stupendous, the mouth is good if not pure pleasure: 89 points. Bowmore 1969/2005 (42.7%, Peerless, Japan only)
Aswel MUSIC – Recommended listening: New Yorker Aswel does a very nice, peaceful song called Everybody.mp3. Please support Aswel and buy their music.
 

July 10, 2005


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Miller's 1990 Seagram's V.O 1974
Miller's 1990 (encore). No comment... Seagram's V.O 1974. No comment...
 
Hennessy 1934 Chivas Regal 1997
Hennessy 1934. No comment... Chivas Regal 1997. No comment...
 
Kate Earl   MUSIC – Recommended listening: it's easy, it's nicely made, it's refreshing as a morning sunrise and not complicated at all: new cat Kate Earl, 22, from Chugiak, Alaska, sings an obviously quiet Silence.mp3. Please buy her album 'Fate is the hunter' if you like her.
TASTING - Allt-A-Bhainne 12 yo 1992/2005 (58.9%, Weiser, Germany, cask #96/24232, 306 bottles) Colour: white wine. Nose: quite nicely flowery but really spirity, making this whisky smell like gin. Notes of Schweppes, freshly cut apples and mashed potatoes. Gets quite grassy, with even some hints of bubble gum. Not too interesting but not bad either. Mouth: very sugary, starting on fruit liquor and plums and getting quite peppery. Develops on pear spirit… Again, it’s not too bad – certainly not the worst Allt-A-Bhainne I ever had. 76 points.   Allt-A-Bhainne 12yo 1992/2005 (58.9%, Weiser, Germany, cask #96/24232, 306 bottles)
 

July 9, 2005


MUSIC – Recommended listening: for all our friends in London, ELO does Mr Blue Sky.mp3. Thanks Nick.
 

July 8, 2005


Sorry, no fun today. We all love London.
 

July 7, 2005


TASTING - TWO 'ITALIAN' BRORAS

Brora 1982/2002 (40%, G&M Private for Collecting Whisky, cask #43, 120 bottles) Nose: fresh and lively, quite waxy, developing on caramel, praline and butterscotch. Quite flowery (daisy, dandelion). Nice notes of caramel crème and apple juice. No smoky aromas here, but it’s still most enjoyable. Mouth: rather light if not weak. Always these 40% vol! It’s much simpler than on the nose, with some nice notes of caramel, pollen and light honey but not much else. It’s a nice and flawless Brora but it really lacks a little more oomph. Anyway, ‘Had they bottled it at 43%, or preferably at 46%, it would etc. (you know that song, don't you?)’ 83 points.

  Brora 1982/2002 (40%, G&M Private for Collecting Whisky, cask #43, 120 bottles)
Brora 19yo 1982/2001 (50%, Silver Seal, light version, 280 bottles)   Brora 19 yo 1982/2001 (50%, Silver Seal, light version, 280 bottles) Different from the other cask by Silver Seal (240 bottles, sherried). Colour: white wine. Nose: rather light, grainy and very flowery at first nosing, with quite some farmy notes and a bit of yeast coming through. Gets quite waxy and nutty, with some notes of fresh plums. Very clean and fresh, with no peat at all. Mouth: lots of body! It starts on a mix of fructose and pepper, strawberries… There is some peat coming through now, even if it’s far from being bold. It goes on with some nice fruits like apples and green pear, while the rather long finish is mostly on tea. A nice one, no doubt. 85 points.
MUSIC – Recommended listening: excellent Chilean singer Mariana Montalvo does a rather traditional (but not too traditional) Cantas del Alma.mp3. Mariana was forced into exile when Augusto Pinochet took power, and she lives in France since 1974. Please buy her great music if you like it!   Mariana Montalvo
 

July 6, 2005


Bowmore 34yo 1968/2002 (40.2%, Hart Bros)

TASTING - TWO 1968 BOWMORES

Bowmore 34 yo 1968/2002 (40.2%, Hart Bros) Colour: straw. Nose: full citrus. Freshly squeezed oranges and passion fruits ‘at full speed’. Spectacular. Notes of ripe kiwi, strawberries… Really fresh, vibrant and extraordinarily fruity at 34yo. So typically 1968 Bowmore… Whiffs of wet straw, hay, sawdust. Mouth: creamier than expected, but also more bitter/green notes. Grapefruit skin, lemon seeds, wood plank… Too bad, had the mouth matched the fantastic nose, it would have been a winner. Gets a bit drying and not too enjoyable. Green tannins. Too much time in the wood, obviously. But the nose, the nose! 85 points.

Bowmore 35 yo 1968/2003 (42.05%, Peerless, cask # 1424, 201 bottles) Colour: light gold. Nose: much less expressive than the Hart Bros., although there are lots of citrusy notes and passion fruit. Perhaps a bit more lemony. Lemon pie, light caramel, fudge. Some very nice eucalyptus and camphor, and even some spearmint, citronella, mango… Less oomph than the Hart Bros but more complexity. It just needs a little more time to open up. Mouth: this one seems a little more balanced, a little spicier. Lemon zest again, grapefruit juice… Quite some green tannins, nutmeg, infused tealeaves, ‘oak juice’. At the limit but inside the limits. A very good oldie! 88 points. Bowmore 35yo 1968/2003 (42.05%, Peerless, cask # 1424, 201 bottles)
Gil Scott-Heron   MUSIC – Oldie but Goldie: 1974, Gil Scott-Heron does a funky and sweet In the bottle.mp3 ('See that black boy over there, runnin' scared, his ol' man's in a bottle. He done quit his 9 to 5 to drink full time, so now he's livin' in the bottle...') Pretty excellent, don't you think? And I love these old bass lines! Please buy Gil Scott-Heron's music!
 

July 5, 2005


MUSIC – Oldie but Goldie: 1967, young Etta James sings a wonderful I'd rather be calling.mp3, from her album 'Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions'. The 'undisputed Earth Mother' indeed! Please buy here music, if you didn't already. (via moistworks) Etta James
Highland Park 22yo 1957/1979 (45.7% - 80 proof, Cadenhead for Samaroli, 360 bottles)  

TASTING - TWO OLD HIGHLAND PARKS

Highland Park 22 yo 1957/1979 (45.7% - 80 proof, Cadenhead for Samaroli, 360 bottles) Colour: sweet white wine. Nose: extremely delicate, on sea water, wax polish, eucalyptus… Quite medicinal, with some very nice notes of dried flowers and herbal tea. Not tired at all, that’s for sure. Mouth: sweet, rounded, and again, delicate. Lots of fruit syrup, light tea, herbal tea again (quite typical in these old bottles). Some wee resinous notes… Really beautiful even if perhaps slightly thin. It’s all delicacy. 90 points.

Highland Park 21 yo 1959/1980 (43%, OB)
Colour: gold amber. Nose: oh yes, again one of these stunning old ‘dumpy’ Highland Parks. Very resinous, with lots of dried fruits (all sorts), beehive… It then gets very heathery (the marker is well here), with some bold caramel and praline. Whiffs of smoke and spices… Absolutely stunning. Mouth: oh, it’s so balanced and so satisfying! Superbly coating, with lots of herbal tea again, dried fruits (all sorts again), caramel crème, and bunches of soft spices. Just brilliant. No less than 95 points.
  Highland Park 21yo 1959/1980 (43%, OB)
  TOYS FOR BOYS - Forget about buying the latest BMW, here's a brand new 'vehicle' made with pride by the Tennessee Whiskey Barrel Company right in Franklin. Granted, perhaps it's not aerodynamically perfect, but at a speed of 2 kmph, who cares? Plus, no need to say that it's environmentally friendly... This one is a model for fit persons, but perhaps they also have 'butts for big buts', as one might say. Yeah well... The splendid bodywork comes from Jack Daniels' (good at sketching, eh? Pininfarina design to come later on) and I've even been told you can also use it as 'a portable planter or garden tool caddy, or a beverage cooler...' As the company says: 'Just Use Your Imagination!!'
 

July 4, 2005


TASTING - TWO FABULOUS 1966 DAILUAINES BY CADENHEAD
Dailuaine-Glenlivet 31 yo 1966/1997 (56.8%, Cadenhead's Authentic Collection) Colour: pure gold. Nose: wow, this is special! Some heavy notes of cooked (fresh) fish, marzipan, seawater… Extremely maritime! Yet, Dailuaine isn’t too close to the sea, is it? Some notes of hazelnut oil, white truffles… an endless development. It then gets very resinous, with some whiffs of eucalyptus leaves… Superb! Mouth: a very bold attack on spearmint and various herbal teas, as well as lots of dried fruits (including tropical ones). Some notes of butter caramel and fudge, and a finish that does the ‘peacock’s tail’. Fantastic, thanks for the tip, Marc. No peat, no sherry and no finishing: that’s whisky at its best. 94 points.   Dailuaine-Glenlivet 31yo 1966/1997 (56.8%, Cadenhead's Authentic Collection)
Dailuaine-Glenlivet 27yo 1966/1994 (45.7%, Cadenhead's Original Collection) Dailuaine-Glenlivet 27 yo 1966/1994 (45.7%, Cadenhead's Original Collection) Colour: dark amber. Nose: beautiful sherry. Lots of dried tropical fruits (pineapple, guava). Some interesting animal notes like in an old Bourgogne (civet – I like that) with quite some burnt sugar. A great one, for sure. Mouth: beautiful as well, on herbs and Sauternes wine. Lots of dried fruits, fresh mango… Gets very spicy, with some white pepper and a bit of clove. Wow, again a great old Dailuaine by Cadenhead! 90 points.
MUSIC – Recommended listening: avant-garde trumpet star Olu Dara sings and plays a most wonderful and very bluesy Harlem Country Girl.mp3, from 'In The World: From Natchez to New York'. He used to play with Don Pullen (wow!), David Murray or Cassandra Wilson, and is also the father of hip-hop artist Nas. I love him (the father, not the son) - please buy his fantastic music! Olu Dara
PREVENTING HANGOVER – Every whisky aficionado has his own methods, from B vitamins to Uncle Rummie's and from not mixing grape and grain to swallowing litres of water. Yet, we have another method now that should be much more efficient. Indeed, after every sip of whisky, you just have to do this. When it starts to sound too horrible (meaning when your friends have left the room since a long time), you're done: just stop drinking. If your friends left the room right after - or during - your very first attempt, try this. In case you fail again, the method won't work for you, I'm afraid (vocal coaching by Chris Beatty)
 

July 3, 2005


MUSIC – Recommended listening: a beautiful one... Robert Cray does Twenty.mp3, blending blues, soul, a wonderful guitar and some moving lyrics. Please buy Robert Cray's brand new album! (via moistworks) Robert Cray
Macallan 17yo (43%, OB, Spain, 80’s)   TASTING - Macallan 17 yo (43%, OB, Spain, 80’s)
Colour: amber. Nose: much more delicate and less sherried than the regular Maccallans, even there’s still some heavy notes of orange marmalade. It gets even quite peaty! What a perfect balance – I wonder whether they made it much less sherried because it was a bottling for Spain… Mouth: very elegant and refined, with and extraordinary balance. Quite some crystallised fruits, oranges, crème caramel, like in the old Balvenies (for instance the recent ‘Thirty’). A beautiful Macallan, even if it’s not too complex. 90 points.
 

July 2, 2005


MUSIC – Recommended listening: already almost six months since we had some Natalie Merchant. You're right, a shame! So, let's listen to Jealousy.mp3 right away, and why not also have a great oldie like her former band 10,000 Maniacs' unplugged version of These are the days.mp3. Rule Natalie the goddess! Please, please, buy her music... Natalie Merchant
Glen Grant 1970/2005 (57.7%, Duncan Taylor) TASTING - Glen Grant 1970/2005 (57.7%, Duncan Taylor) Colour: full amber. Nose: starts on some big sherry and lots of dried oranges. Develops on milk chocolate, caramel… Perfectly balanced although not ultra-complex. Very satisfying, in any case. Mouth: creamy, caramelly and fruity, getting somewhat rubbery. Some notes of burnt cake, fudge and bitter orange. Long finish, with some nice notes of cooked wine. A very good one, very ‘classical’. 89 points.
 

July 1, 2005


CONCERT REVIEW: CROSBY STILLS & NASH
Hammersmith Apollo, London, Tuesday 28th June 2005 - by Nick Morgan

CROSBY STILLS & NASH

Apparently, according to a bloke I met in my new briny local by the Thames, the Lord Nelson, this gig was organised as part of the celebrations of the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. That explains, I thought, why tickets were being promoted by the Daily Mail (who also spent the last week pumping up the Nation’s loins for this celebration of our greatest day) amongst the adverts for stair-lifts and time-share hideaways in Cyprus, and why they gave away a CS&N CD with the paper (I use the word in its loosest sense) at the weekend. And why the venue was the Hammersmith Apollo, originally named (as everyone knows) The Victory Theatre when it was built in 1805. And of course just before the gig HM the Queen & Co were conducting a review of the Fleet at Portsmouth: “Our greatest Victory over Europe ever” or some such was the Mail’s headline. In case you don’t remember Trafalgar was the one when the brave British boys, against the odds, destroyed a combined enemy fleet under the flag of, errr….well, you know who. Odd really I thought that it had come to this for these one time princes of peace and outspoken critics of injustice and oppression. But I suppose we all change as time goes by, and after all this is a band that’s heading for the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, the Hampton Beach Casino, and the Borgata Casino Resort in Atlantic City (other visitors will include Stevie Nicks, the Moody Blues, Chicago and REO Speedwagon – ‘nuff said?).
But I have to confess that I’m like much of the audience (for surely no-one can really like much they did after about 1972) – taken back by CS&N to an innocent world, captured by the naive insouciance of songs like Nash’s Marrakesh Express. On the positive side it’s the very late 1960s in North Oxfordshire with a friend who’d turned up from San Francisco to live with his Mum and stepfather (who made classical guitars and things, which seemed very cool at the time) with a bag full of long playing records that changed my attitude to music. Moby Grape, the Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service (damn – I did like that album), Strawberry Alarm Clock, Love (forever gets re-released) and Crosby Stills and Nash.
On the other hand, if you take Nash’s great song as an exemplar, it’s a grotesque mix of cultural ignorance and cultural imperialism. Peace, love, but not a great deal of understanding, until maybe thirty or so years later when that train came down the tracks like an Express out of control and forever shattered the complacency (I hope) of western Europe and North America.
CROSBY STILLS & NASH On our left is Steve Stills. Played the guitar very well, but he seemed distressingly out of sorts (looked like he was heading for hip surgery at best) and spent long periods off-stage. Lucky the backing band behind them were so good. As the on-stage chemistry went he said not a word to Nash, but spoke and hugged with Crosby. Saddest of all his voice was spent (even when he tried to rock his way through Booker T’s Ole’ Man Trouble from his most recent CD) – he managed few of his original harmony parts, the reason I guess that we were spared Suite: Judy Blue Eyes. Centre stage Graham Nash. I wanted to describe him as hopelessly talent less, but even with my deeply ingrained prejudices realise this could not be so.
After all, as Crosby later said, “we all had our jobs man. Nash wrote the anthems. Stills wrote the rock and roll. And I did the weird stuff. A dirty job, but …” So let’s just call him an egotistical prat. Bare footed, silk trousered, compared to his band mates grotesquely insincere, he seemed like one of those spooky old guys who hangs around in gyms in Lycra looking at himself an awful lot in the mirror. And to our right was Crosby. Strolling around his patch like a benign and increasingly avuncular walrus this man who once made his body a temple to drug and alcohol abuse (‘till he had most of it replaced) gradually stole the show – with his personality, presence and most of all, his singing. What a star! CROSBY STILLS & NASH
CROSBY STILLS & NASH So I would have to say that ‘Guinnevere’, led by DC, was the moment of the evening, probably followed by ‘Long Time Gone’ (Crosby leading) and ‘Almost cut my hair’ (Crosby again). It was an interesting mix of material, probably only 50% truly from the old days, mixed with songs from Still’s more recent work and the new (2004) Crosby and Nash album. Oh yes, and in the week of G8 and L8 we had to have ‘Feed the world’.
I have to say that much of this was enough to make you wince – like the sort of stuff they play when the golf is on the TV, and confirmed my theory that for blokes song writing is for the most part a very young man’s game – it’s rare they can hack it once over about 25. Makes you wonder really how they could ever have written songs like ‘You don’t have to cry’, ‘Chicago’, or ‘Helplessly hoping’ (when Stills really gave it a go on the harmonies – “They are one person …”). And they finished the evening – of course, give the intimate link with that greatest of all British victories over those chaps from across the English Channel, with ‘Wooden Ships’. Oh how we danced. But not for long before a bizarre encore of ‘Teach your children’, which saw Crosby being surrounded by an increasingly large number of his progeny, ages ranging from 30 or so down to about four. Which bits did he have replaced?
Oh yes. One final point. I know Serge has been overwhelmed with anxious enquiries about the date for my Glastonbury review. Guys – don’t you know me better than that? I went sailing in Devon instead, but still had to suffer the new age hippies – actually pilled up City-boys and tequila juiced secretaries, in their mud cased Armani jeans on the way home on the train. For those who don’t know, it’s a smug self-satisfied weekend in the country for crass adolescents and over-grown middle-class Guardian readers. I nearly choked on my Brora, when watching it on TV late on Sunday I heard one BBC young-thing say (in a music-hall northern accent) “Ooooh, I had that real tingle when Coldplay came on stage”, only to be told by the other (more comedy accent) “No for me it was Brian Wilson …”. When we saw poor old Brian, empty eyed in front of an unplayed piano bop-bop-bop-adoping his way through the surf classics like a man trapped in a Dante’s Inferno, I really had to wonder what sort of drugs they’d all been taking. But never mind. We do have an upcoming Festival special, for the very best of English music, later in August. Watch this space. Nick Morgan (concert photos by Kate)
Thank you very much, Nick. First, the music: I find it a bit strange that you, the fine fleur of the whisky industry (I insist), decided to go see a guy who did this. Are you sure it wasn't rather Crotchy Stills & Mash? You know, the band that, precisely, did Wooden Chips – I mean, Wooden Ships.mp3.
Second, the Trafalgar thing (rings a bell indeed - isn't the place near the Falklands or something like that?) I feel I must excuse our mad French government for having sent the Charles de Gaulle to your celebrations. I've heard our monstrous carrier happened to be the largest ship in situ, and hadn't she been a nuclear one, I'd have said you should have sent her to the bottom immediately. Now, perhaps not using a 18th century schooner, that is...
And finally, back to Stephen Stills. Do you know what he did just before he flew to London? He did a gig with his ex-wife, French singer Véronique Sanson. Where? On the Eiffel Tower. Traitor! By the way, we also have a very good live duet with Véronique Sanson and bluesman Paul Personne: On m'attend là-bas.mp3.
 
TASTING - TWO BALVENIES 'VINTAGE CASKS'
Balvenie 30 yo 1970/2001 ‘Vintage Cask’ (44.6%, OB, cask #12524, 320 bottles) Colour: light amber. Nose: lots of herbal teas, spearmint, a bit of camphor. Some coffee, getting quite herbal. Very nice. Mouth: bold attack, on cardboard (a nice cardboard ;-)) and icing sugar. Cocoa, ripe kiwi, cape gooseberries. Very creamy mouth feel, a most enjoyable old Balvenie. 90 points.
Balvenie 32 yo 1968/2000 ‘Vintage Cask’ (50.8%, OB, cask #7294, 180 bottles) Colour: dark gold – orange. Nose: wow, really beautiful, with some light coffee, straw, fudge, leather and tobacco. Lots of vanilla too, dark chocolate, marzipan… Really beautiful, complex and quite nervous yet bold. Mouth: incredibly creamy, coating… Starts by tasting like a great Riesling or a chenin. Lots of vivacity, in fact. Really fresh, with some fantastic notes of kiwi, fresh pineapple, tangerines. I love it, for it’s very complex yet immediately enjoyable. Splendid: 92 points (and thanks, Ho-Cheng).
Balvenie 30yo 1970/2001 ‘Vintage Cask’ (44.6%, OB, cask #12524, 320 bottles)

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Best malts I had these weeks - 90+ points only - alphabetical:

Balvenie 30 yo 1970/2001 ‘Vintage Cask’ (44.6%, OB, cask #12524, 320 bottles)

Balvenie 32 yo 1968/2000 ‘Vintage Cask’ (50.8%, OB, cask #7294, 180 bottles)

Bowmore 31 yo 1969/2001 (46.45%, Douglas Laing OMC, 102 bottles)

Dailuaine-Glenlivet 27 yo 1966/1994 (45.7%, Cadenhead's Original Collection)

Dailuaine-Glenlivet 31 yo 1966/1997 (56.8%, Cadenhead's Authentic Collection)

Highland Park 21 yo 1959/1980 (43%, OB)

Highland Park 22 yo 1957/1979 (45.7% - 80 proof, Cadenhead for Samaroli, 360 bottles)

Macallan 17 yo (43%, OB, Spain, 80’s)