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"The king o' drinks, as I conceive it, Talisker, Isla or Glenlivit"   (R.L. Stevenson)

Five single malts from Cadenhead's

 6 Apr 2014  

Ardmore 1997, 16 y.o. (Cadenhead Small Batch, 55.2%):
Young-ish nose with malt and a mild peatiness. The palate is light and sweet, also malty and fairly peaty with notes of citrus, lime and mint (makes me think of a peaty mojito!). Peaty, malty, rather nice finish. (88 p)

Balblair 1990, 23 y.o. (Cadenhead Small Batch, 51.7%):
Fragrant, fruity nose with apple, pear and melon, also honey, malt and a little oak. Very nice! The palate is classic Balblair: rich and sweet with lovely fruity notes of citrus, apple and pear, also oak. Rather nice finish with oak, citrus and a note of mint. (90 p)

Glen Moray 1992, 21 y.o. (Cadenhead's Authentic Collection, 55.4%):
Nice, fruity nose with a note of honey and a faint wine character. Mild, sweet bal­anced palate with notes of orange, honey and mint. Also oaky and malty which provides structure. The finish is oaky yet mild and nice with a note of gin­ger­bread. All in all bal­anced and more-ish. (Aged in claret wood.) (88 p)

Strathisla 1987, 26 y.o. (Cadenhead Small Batch, 54.5%):
Very nice, fruity nose with mandarine orange, orange marmalade, honey and vanilla. The palate is sweet and fruity with malt and oak providing structure in a lovely bal­ance. The finish is oaky and spicy with a note of mint, simplistic but nice. All in all smooth, beautifully bal­anced and very more-ish. (90 p)

Strathmill 1995, 18 y.o. (Cadenhead's Authentic Collection, 54.4%):
The nose is grassy and farmy with notes of hay and old barn, also fruity with apple and melon. Incongruous. The palate is nicer: sweet and fruity with notes of citrus (mandarine orange) and mint. De­velops oak. Nice, oaky finish with a note of mint. All in all uneven with a dis­ap­point­ing nose. (84 p)

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