- May 31 Tue 2005 23:29
- May 29 Sun 2005 22:08
- May 28 Sat 2005 13:36
- May 27 Fri 2005 23:16
Lagavulin 一直是我很喜歡的酒廠, 心中一直無法忘懷的是多年前一人獨飲 Lagavulin 16yo OB 所留下來的感動! 就是這份感動讓我持續的沉迷在Single Malt的世界而不可自拔! 後來這個時期的16yo 被我們稱為White Horse Edition, 也是玩家們很稱許的一支裝瓶!
Lagavulin 也是去年我有幸能實際在 Feis Ila 的 opening day 進入的酒廠之一, 我記得我到達酒廠的時間已經接近傍晚, 剛好趕上最後一組進入參觀的團體! 酒廠採取的是一站一站進行的方式, 第一站就在酒廠旁邊的小溪! 負責解說的人給我們喝了一點剛蒸餾出來的new make spirit, 然後指著呈現鐵銹色的小溪說: 很多人以為我們的泥煤只來自於麥芽, 其實我們所用的水源本身就已經富含泥煤了, 你們大概很難想像我們用看起來這麼髒的水來蒸餾吧! 但是就是這些水造就了Lagavulin!
- May 26 Thu 2005 23:45
Caol Ila 的意思是 “艾雷的聲音” ! 但是在 “Peat Smoke and Spirit” 的作者 Andrew Jefford 的眼中, 他更像是 “艾雷的大象”, 原因當然是來自他島上第一的3,500,000 liters. 年產量. 產量如此之大以致於新生產的 Caol Ila 完全無法放進他那小小的一個倉庫裡面, 而是百分之百的使用不鏽鋼筒直接運到蘇格蘭本土的 Cambus, 等到達那裡只後才被稀釋到63.5%裝桶陳年!
Caol Ila 的特色就是純淨而清柔, 這個特色從來不會被他的重泥煤味蓋過! 雖然35ppm 的泥煤程度會讓很多人卻步, 但是純淨的特色也吸引了不少愛好者! 只是就算在Caol Ila 的愛好者中, 大概也很少人知道Caol Ila 現在事實上生產更多的無泥煤版本 “Caol Ila Highland” !
- May 25 Wed 2005 22:06
Highland Park 18 yo (43%, OB, 1990’s)
A little bit darker in color. Nosing better. More toffee, beautiful heather. Smoky. Very oil. Weak in body. Mild, finished long. Adding water weak. Score: 88
Highland Park 18yo (43%, OB, 2004)
- May 25 Wed 2005 20:50
- May 22 Sun 2005 22:19
Recently I’ve get the chance to taste come old Highland Park. Thus, I’ve decided to taste some of the samples in hand to have a better idea about the house style.
Highland Park 12yo (40%, OB, 2004)
Yellow brown. Malty, fruity, chocolate, mint. Balanced well. Robust, lightly peated. Hint of nut, very little heather. Smooth, nutty in mouth. Finished long. Robust. Adding water taste better. Score: 80. 2 points higher than award 2004.
- May 21 Sat 2005 16:07
- May 20 Fri 2005 08:55
Two very old sherry butt Speyside head to head. Quite interesting result.
Carigellachie 33yo 1970 (46%, Murray McDavid, 498b. Mission III)
This is in the Mission III series and dilute to 46%, according to Jim’s tasting note, it was matured in refill sherry butt. Color: Yellow brown, not that dark to make you think it’s sherry cask matured. Very oil, beautiful legs. Nose: so nice, venella, candy. Fruity. Quite strong in nose, very robust. You can get some creaming and white chocolate nose to tell it comes from refill sherry cask. Palate: mild yet lively. Sea? A little bit salty? Strange. Short finish, a little bit bitter. Score: 89. Almost, 90 really. I think it will become even better for a few days.
- May 20 Fri 2005 08:02
- May 20 Fri 2005 07:27
I select two OB 12yo with significant sherry influence and low peat. Both are great with Chinese food.
Glen Elgin 12yo (43%, OB)
Yellow brown. Hint of smokiness with some tropical fruit. Sherry influence for sure. Then turned out to have some citrus and candy. Very nice and balance. Robust palate chocolate, sweet. Medium body. Medium finish. Adding water get more fresh fruit. Score: 84. I add one extra point because it is good to go with ice and with Chinese food. A value and better choice then Macallan.
- May 19 Thu 2005 20:07
- May 15 Sun 2005 16:04
Highland Park 30yo (48.1%, OB)
This is a very new bottle, not a vintage series. Should be in the standard range. Color: Brown. Citrus fruit, sherry influence obvious.70%up. Tropical fruit first. Some Toffee or chocolate feel. Creaming. Vanilla, heather, mild and soft body. Finished long. Adding water get lot’s citrus fruit. Seems the sherry part is not good enough, but bourbon part is quite good. Score: 86.
Highland Park 25yo (50.7%, OB)
- May 12 Thu 2005 21:42
Auchroisk 1989 (62.8%, Blackadder, Cask#30266, advance sample)
Light Yellow. Very grassy., nutty, straight. Some flowerish nose. Wild flower. Salty, sea. Adding water very nutty, not good. Score: 82. This one will not import to Taiwan. Grassy malt are not so easy to accept.
Strathisla 1989 (60.6%, Blackadder, Cask#9415, Advance sample)
- May 11 Wed 2005 22:55
Three interesting Glen Grant samples in hand. Head to head and got very interesting result.
Glen Grant 26yo 1975/2001 (43%, Scottish Castles, Cask # 5529, Series 3)
Sample from Bird, thanks! Color Brown, very clear. Legs going down quick. Sherry influence at the first impression. Woody. Lot’s of tropical fruit. Mellow. Very lightly peated. This is very strange as this is the first time I got peat in Glen Grant. Very meaty and ripe apple. Palate not so good. Weak. Not balanced. Finined mild, bitter, but long. Some clear woodinees comes out after adding water. Also taste better. Score: 82.
- May 03 Tue 2005 18:55
Duncan Tayler Blend 35yo 46%
This is definitely one of the best blend whisky I've ever had. So complex and smooth. Golden color, very oil. Nose: Venella, a little bit smokey. Hint of peat. Lightly peated for sure. Creaming, deep and beautiful nose. Sherry influence for sure. Dry finish. Citrus at the end. This one was said to be blended by Jim McEwan in the eighties and put back to sherry butt and married till now. Hope it won't priced too high. Score: 88.
Glen Keith 1971/2005 (50.8%, Duncan Tayler, tasting sample)
Brown, mint, chocolate. Mellowiish, veary stange nose. Nut? not sure. But generally speaking a very nice malt. I heard it's already bottled and will be imported to Taiwan soon. Score: 89.
- May 02 Mon 2005 21:11
I think this is a very good example that good whisky still need some time to breath. I opened this bottle about ten days ago. I truly belive it tastes much better than just open. What a mater piece. Golden Yellow. very oil. Deep Peat, Sea. Iodine, tropical fruit. very nice nose. Taste a little bit nutty. Salty. peat bit. srong. Adding water not help. Finished long long time. simple, destrying. So beautiful . Score: 90.
Caol Ila, 11yo 1989/2001 (43%, Signaotry, Cask#5221)
Light yellow. Nut. Sea, very tropical fruity. Mellow. Very Nutty in palate. Light body. Saty, adding water get some candy sweet. Medium finish. Score: 78.
- May 01 Sun 2005 16:14
Please have a look at the picture, not the Jim Bean one at the back, but the black leather case in front. It is a special "tasting" pcakage for the Macallan Ambassadar. It is said to have only 20 sets in the world. It comes with 10 nosing samples. One special "medicine" box with peat, barley etc. Onse set of bottles of to let you keep new spirit, different age whiskies. Looks so nice.