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Glenkinchie 12

Glenkinchie is one of the few remaining Lowlands distilleries. The 12 year old has replaced the 10 as the new ‘standard’ for Glenkinchie.   Nose:  Light citrous smell, somewhat like freshly cut grass, but nothing too impressive. Mouth:  Rather light, some fruity notes, mostly citrous. Finish:  A bit harsh, the citrous taste fades away and leaves just alcohol behind, and not the very good kind.   For the price, I was rather disappointed in this malt. It starts out okay, but then turns rather rough through the finish. Perhaps better with a bit of water. Comments are...

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GlenDronach 15 Revival

GlenDronach is malt which was only recently made available to Canadian whisky fans. The Revival edition has been matured for 15 years in Oloroso sherry casks.   Nose: Nutty, spicy with some vanilla toffee. Mouth: Nutty, spicy, followed by some toffee and dark chocolate notes. Finish: Medium long with a touch of cherries.   This can be quite a sweet malt, but it is delicious. If you are a fan of heavy sherry, this may be a bit light for your taste, but overall it is a rather good malt. Comments are...

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Aberlour 12

The Aberlour 12 single malt is matured in two types of casks. The double casking adds some depth of character.   Nose: Soft, caramel and apples. Mouth: Sherry, light pepper, cherries. Finish: Long and smoky, charcoal.   A very nice and complex malt. Will most likely become a recurring choice for me. Makes a good quality every day scotch, at a decent price. Comments are...

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Isle of Jura 10

It is believed that pouring from this bottle with the Ankh cross in the centre of your palm is a ritual that will bring good health and good fortune.   Nose: Fruity caramel, similar to bourbon. Mouth: Light body, rather smooth. Finish: Sweet citrus, hint of chocolate and cigar.   I was pleasantly surprised by this bottle, a very delicate malt. Not a very complex whisky but at this price, I will definitely buy this one again. Comments are...

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Glenfiddich 15 Solera Reserve

The Glenfiddich 15 Solera Reserve is a unique malt matured in three types of casks (traditional American Bourbon, Portuguese sherry and new oak).   Nose: Malty, earthy with some light smoke. Mouth: Medium body, warm. Some sweetness. Finish: Warm, peppery with some light floral and fruity notes.   Expecting an improved version of the Glenfiddich 12, I was mildly disappointed by this particular malt. For that price, I would definitely choose another malt, or even the 12 year-old version. Comments are...

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Balvenie 21 Portwood

The Balvenie Portwood gets its name from being first matured in traditional oak casks. It is then transferred to a port cask, which has previously held fine port wines..   Nose: Quite floral, hint of hazelnut and vanilla. Mouth: Full bodied, but delicate and smooth. Finish: Very long and dry, like a good cigar.   Although a bit expensive, this malt is now one of my favourites. It had all the qualities of the Balvenie 12 DoubleWood, but improved overall. I picked this one up in duty free, which made the price much more reasonable. This malt is a definite must for any Speyside lover. Comments are...

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