Got two blind samples from Brian today.
Sample 1. (Light color)
Color: Golden. At the time pour it out, I immediately smell something familar. Must be Islay. I thought it was Laphroaig at first. But didn't found the signature Iodine nose. Weak legs indicate it's a young malt. Later cofirmed by taste and concentrate on the front tongue, young but strong. I think ist' around 10 to 12 yo. Shake it, 3 rims of bubbles. I guess it's around 50 to 55% Alc. Start nosing: Sulfer, Sour Malt? Oak. Quite strange, hardly can smell any fruit. Can't be Caol Ila as I didn't found any sweet at all. A little bit lke the Bunnahabain 10yo OB, but not really. I thought it would be an IB bad Laphroaig. But after drink them all, nose the glass again. Wait a miniute, there is something familar. Ardbeg. Yes, it's Ardbeg. and it reminds me again the Uigeadail I tasted when I visited Ardbeg back in May. This bottle hasn't introduce to Taiwan and seems they have no plan to import. Conclude it all: Islay, Ardbeg 10yo 53% (Is that Uigeadial?) And the answer is : Yes. Ardbeg Uigeadial (54.2%, OB) Score 80.
Sample 2. (Dark color)
Color: Dark Red. Very dark color, almost black. You know even by color it's fresh sherry cask. I haven't tasted anything in this dark color. Heavyly sherried even taste a little bit plum, reminds me the Aberlour a'bunadh immediately. Must be Speyside for sure. Talk about heavily sherried speyside, Longmorn somes to my mind, but it tasted quite balanced, can't be Longmorn. Beauitful legs, must over 20yo. Later confirmed by tasting. Last long. Nose: Plum, Chocolate, Honey, Fruit. Quite solid body, finish long. Forget to check the Alc.%, by tasting it seems like a little bit under 50%. Could it be Mortlack? G&M seems has quite some old sherried Mortlack, but I've never tasted sherried Mortlach before. So take a guess, I think it's: Speyside, Aberlour 20yo 48%. And the answer is : Longmorn 30yo 1973/2003 (56%, Millinnium Malt, Fresh Sherry Cask#3978) Score: 88. Not too surprising, but I think I should review Longmorn again. Many people like it a lot, maybe there are quite some good Longmorn waiting for me. And it confirms again it's very difficult to guess the Alc% only by tasting. BTW, Millinnium Malt seems to be a specially label by Duncan Tayler. Probably specially bottled for a Taiwanese distributor. I'll try to find more information.