Eleuthera (46%, Compass Box, K5073)
Yellow, light peat. 48%? Malty. Mild nut. Medium body. 15~18yo? Quint nice and enjoyable. Lot’s flower. Score:87. (2 point’s higher than last time.)
Caol Ila 1993/2005 (46%, Wilson & Morgan)
Golden yellow. Quite nice. Deep, peaty. Fruity sweet. Very nice and deep. A little bit cinnamon, nutty as well. Salty yet sweet. Medium finish. Score: 88.
Clynelish 1972/2005 (49.4%, The Whisky Exchange, 206 bottles)
Golden, bourbon cask, Woody, quite flowerish. Lot’s citurs, 60%? Malty sweet. A little bit pine apple. Light body. Long finish. Very nice bourbon cask speysider.(Oops!) However, lack of complexity, not that impressive. Finished salty. Score: 88.
Talisker '175th anniversary' (45.8%, OB, bottled 2005)
Golden. Medium peat level. Quite oil. Tropical fruit. Matured. 40%? Quite nutty and bitter, but in a good way. Peaty bitter in palate. Medium finish. Brora? Quite nice one. But a little bit lack of touching. Very balanced. Score: 88.
Blackadder 'Smoking Islay' (59.7%, Blackadder for Taiwan Single Malt Whisky Tasting Association, cask #BA 2005/202, 233 bottles)
Light yellow. Peaty. Matly. 55%? A little bit nutty. Very peaty in palate. Warm. Light body. Finihshed fruity. Score: 90. (It’s a sham that I can’t tell this one.)
Rosebank 1990/2005 (46%, Berry Bros & Rudd, casks #1518-1519-1520)
Golden yellow. Tropical fruit, nutty. Almond. Deep sweet. Hint of flower. 50% 15yo? Medium body. Long finish. Nose is perfect. Generally speaking is a very elegant malt. A little bit salty in mouth. Score:90.
Glengoyne 37yo 1967/2005 (47.6%, OB, sherry butt #975, 246 bottles)
Carsebridge 25yo 1979/2005 (56.4%, Ducan Taylor, cask #32901, 154 bottles)
Brown. Creaming. Quite nice sherry influence. Sweet. Kind of flower sweet. Maple syrup. Cake? Matured and balanced. Finished long. No peat at all. Score: 91. (Quite a surprise again to find this single grain.)
Inchgower 24yo 1980/2005 (60.4%, Adelphi, cask #14152)
Brown clear. Sherry, chocolate. Tropical fruit. Candy. Cereal, a little bit salty. Light peat. Nice! 25yo? Very balanced! Score: 92.
Blackadder 'Peet Reek' (61.7%, Blackadder for Sun Favourite Taiwan, hogshead BA 10571, 294 bottles, May 2005)
Bruichladdich 'Infinity' (55.5%, OB)
Brown. Sherry sweet, hint of sherry. Mint. Lightly peated? Sea. 60%? Young. Strong. Very strong. Finished strong. Ouch! Hint of tropical fruit. A little bit nutty finish. Salty. Very nice and exceptional one. Score: 95. (I was quite surprise to know the answer. I only gave it 88 last time. But this one gained high score twice during the blind tasting. Maybe I was too conservative last time. And I didn’t feel that peaty during the blind tasting?)
Highland Park 36yo 1967/200X (49.7%, OB for The Whisky Exchange, cask #10252, 138 bottles)
Bruichladdich 15yo 2nd edition (46%, OB, Sauternes finish)
Jim always said the 15yo first edition is his favorite OB. Maybe we should buy half dozen? The second edition is sautern finish, Serge said it is from Chateau d’Yquem and is 50%, but I am not so sure. Brown, very deep sweet. Hint of plum. Sweet at the end. Quite Sautern finish. Score: 84. One point less then the WIP sample.