I first tasted the two samples on Aug. 22 (Sunday), I have to admit that it may not be a good idea to taste blind samples after your team lost the game. Ha Ha! Good excuse!
As I didn't get them right, I tasted them again this afternoon. Severe typhoon is hitting Taiwan right now. The whole city has been shut down the second day.
Blind sample one:
Quite sweet nose. Must contains lots sherry. a little honey, mellow, nutty(adding water). Must be a speyside. around 43%, feeling old but some robust touch. Can it be a NAS malt? Maybe very little peat. Some familiar feeling? Like Dalmore? And the answer is : Strathisla 26yo 1967/1994 (40%, G&M) What? I know it's familiar but I didn't taste any Strathisla inside. Re-taste today. Not too much different than last time. I guess I won't put money on this bottle. It's easy drinking, but it's not performs like an old bottle. Score: 76.
Blind sample two:
Strong, Refreshing, some mint like flowerish nose. Is it bourbon Highland Park? Not quite likely, maybe it's Scapa 15yo 40%? No No No, Wrong! the Answer is: Linkwood 10yo 1990 (52%, Inverallan's) Strange. Taste again today. I can now quite sure it's not any island. Maybe a little bit Speyside, but still can't feel Linkwood. This malt finished quite long. Taste better than nose. Consider it's price, it's a value cask strength choise. Score: 83.