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Rosebank12yo 1991/2003 (43%, Blackadder Aberdeen Label, Cask#236))

Very light yellow color.  Malty, a little bit mint.  Very strong buring nose.  little fruit.  Oily.  Taste thin and dry.  Finished short.  Generally speaking a very nice and strong Lowland malt.  Score: 80.

Glenkinchie 1986 Distillers Edition (43%, Cask#G/273-7-D, Amontillodo Cask wood, Double Mature)

Brown color.  Again, bruning nose, strong.  Sherry, Peat? Mint, Sulfer, Tropical fruit.  Medium Body.  Smooth but some storng feeling.  I think I smell some 豆花?  Quite oil.  Become malty after adding some water.  As an Lowland malt, this is quite nice and drinkable.  A little bit better than Rosebank 12yo.  Score: 81.


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Macallan 1990/2003 (57.5%, Spirit of the Isles, 600b.)

Spirit of the Isles appear in Taiwan maket around one year ago.  Not very expensive, but has some famous first class distilleries.  I have taste some of them but I've never buy one.  This one was sold at a comparing low price.  Light Yellow.  Some speyside hint but almost can't feel it's a Macallan.  Not too strong, either.(Just open.) The only thing I can be sure is that it is a speyside single malt.  Score: 72.

Macallan 1986/2004 (54.8%, Scott's Sel.)

Very nice bourbon Macallan. Though, kind of simple, but still a nice dram.  Score: 83.

Macallan 1978/1999 (40%, G&M Speymalt)

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Dufftown 19yo 1982/2001 (43%, Cooper's Choice, Cask#19281/82, 1181b., Sherry Cask)

This sample was provide by my friend Bird.  Just in time to compare with the Chieftain's choice 12yo bottle. Dark Brown color.  Heavily sherried for sure.  Plum, nutty, a little bit honey and malty.  Finished weak.  Robust.   It is quite stange the tow Dufftown bottling are qutie robust.  Is it the Dufftown distillery charactor?  Not very Speyside. Adding water does not perform better.  I think the Chieftain's choice is better.  Score: 74.

Clenfarclas NAS 105 Cask Strength (60%, OB)

Sample provided provided by my friend murder.  Nice legs. Balanced sherry influence.  Strong, simple.  Some fruit, coming from bourbon? Nice dram.  Score: 82.


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Thanks to Lux, I can finanlly confirmed this is the Asian Millennium Edition. Sold as a comparing low market value around 50 Euro.(Market value at 95euro) Brown color. Clear sherry influence. Medium to soft body. I suspect it was because the sample kept in the window and lost it's strength by the sunshine. But still very nice nose. creaming, white chocolate. Score: 86.

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Topic: The five existing and still botting Dufftown distillery

Attendents: Kingfisher, Murder, Rubinstein, Bird(man in the mirror), David, Stephen.

Dufftown 12yo (43%,Chieftain's Choice, Sherry Wood Finish)

There were several Dufftown IB bottles can be found in Taiwan.  However, I have never being able to taste any of them.  This one was the old Chieftain's bottling. Gold brown color.  Quite good nose, fruity with a hint of smoke. Taste quite nice but finished thin. The sherry influence become obvious after adding water. Young and robust. Score: 78. (M:78, R:76, B:C+, D:79, S:80)

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Very beautiful nose.  Very fruity.  Finished citrus like.  Maybe only a hint of peat.  Midium body.  Score: 89. I am considering very serious to give it 90, however, I later found out I only gave Sccot's Mortlach1961 89,  I decided this one can't be better.  Thus, tied at 89.

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Bowmore NAS Darkest (43%, OB)

Had these one at our Bruichladdich tasting, also brought by Steve, but forget to write down.  Still quite nice sherry Islay.  And truly quite peated.  Score: 81.

Bowmore 17yo (43%, OB)

Steve also agreed this one is very "sea".  Probably the best below 20yos.  Score:83.


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Mortlach 15yo (40%, G&M)

Better than I remembered.  Balanced and firm. Score: 80.

Springbank 35yo 1968 (46%, Berry's Bro.)

Dark brown.  Clear Springbank house style with a hint of sherry.  Finished long and smooth.  Quite some malt.  Score: 88.


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Five samples from Cognac House! (Sent by Murray McDavid)  Shared with Stephen.

Auchentoshan 10yo 1992 (46%, MMCD)

Light Yellow.  Beautiful nose. Fresh fruit, citurs, a little bit flower. honey?  Thin body.  finish extreming long. Score: 82. (Stephen: 81)

Longmorn 14yo 1990 (46%, MMCD)

Light yellow, simple, strong body.  like cider? Score: 71. (Stephen: 70)

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Tamdhu 40% NAS (40%, OB)

Found in s small shop called, 歐美酒坊 in Tainan, it seems has enented Taiwan for over one year.  Quite simple speyside style, sweet, fruity.  Yellow color.  Not too surprising, but very easy drinking.  A value choice.  This malt was used in Famous Grouse as the base malt.  Score: 72.

Craggamore 14yo 18.4.1989/23.6.2003 (57.3%, Signatory, Cask#971, 317.b, dumpty bottle)

Very nice dram, typiecal house style but in high alc. volume, Craggamore lovers may want to try this one.  Score 82. This bottle was also found in 歐美酒坊, they got four new singatory dumpy bottle from 吉珍屋.  The other three are Glenturrent, Highland Park.  I am more interested at the 1992 Sherried Highland Park, and the 1977 Refill Butt Highland Park.  Rifill Butt indicate it's a sherry cask, but they don't use sherry because the color is light yellow.  Very interesting.

Tamdhu 34yo 06.1968/11.2002 (40.1%, Peerless, Cask#4104, 188b.)

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Bruichladdich 37yo 1966/2003(40.5%, Peerless, Cask#202, 190b.)

Golden, Beautiful nose, even better than the 1969 Peerless bottle.  Tropical Fruit, Flower, Weak body.  Score: 86.

Glen Grant 1970/2001 (55%, Berry's Bros. Cask#1035)

Dark red.  Heavily sherried.  Nutty.  Strong body.  opened for 2 years.  still very nice dram.  Score: 90.

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For such old cognac, I can't give any comments or scores. They speak for themselves. I am too lucky to taste them.

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Light Yellow color.  Not very clear legs.  Strong in flavor.  Lot bubbles, but disappears very soon.  Sea, salt, lots flowers, heather.  Robust, taste like a 10yo malt.  Too strong.  almost detroy your feel.  Adding water doesn't brings out new flavor, quite simple.  But definitely taste better.  Probably will be goo to add water.  An average malt, but a value choice.  Score: 75



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Almost brown in color.  According to Jim Murray, this is a Laguvulin and he highly recommand every Islay lovers to keep one at home.  Well, it has strong distillery charactor so I think I also agree it should be a Laguvlin. However, I would take it as a introductory Islay malt.  Very peatiness, mild sulfer.  Simple, straight forward.  Nose best, taiste ok, finish weak.  It would be better if MacLeod bottled it at cask strength.  For those who what to enjoy the nose, buy it.  Otherwise, take the Blackadder Smoking Islay, which I belive should be a Laphroaig. Score: 74

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Haven't been to Shanghai for 2 years. It is truly growing fast. The population has increased to 17 millions level. Wow!

We normally only has beer druing the meeting. But we tried the Chinese Red Wine.... Taste: no good.

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Got a free miniture when I bought A Cooper' Choice Clynelish 1980. Delamain is one of my favorate Cognac.  But I think the standard version is better.(and much cheaper.)



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Gave as a gift when I bought the Bowmore 1964 Fino Cask. Pretty good, need some time to develop. Even taste better at the second day.

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Bowmore 33yo 1968/2001 (46.2%, Signatory Vintage, Cask#1431, 218b

Taste again, after opened for two weeks, this bottle doesn't perform better.  I am still wondering why this one performs different with my memory.

Anyway, beautiful peatiness combines a little bit seaweed.  Too much old wood, a little bit nutty.  General speaking, an above average malt. Dropped a little bit to Score 85.



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