Elements of Islay LP8

53.5% alc./vol.
Distilled in 1998, this Laphroaig opus is composed of three Ex-Madeira Wine cask.

André 86.5%
Black cherries, figs and raisins, blood oranges, citrus fruits, honey cereals, diaphanous veil of iodized earthy smoke. The palate is medicinal and fruity; dried fruits, black cherries, oranges, plums, raisins. Medicinal elements and roundness in the mouth, roofing pitch, earthy peat, sea salt, camphor and vanilla-flavored vanilla and honey lozenges, antiseptic, but the texture is oily and feminine. Camphor, maritime and spicy cinnamon finish. A good Laphroaig, singular but 280 $ for a 500ml ... No way.

Patrick 94%
Oh that's good, a very intense Laphroaig, but so well balanced that it looks almost sweet. I love. Nose: Impressive, a Laphroaig where sherry almost takes over. In short, sweet sherry, chocolate, beautiful peat smoke and a hint of pepper. Palate: Finally, we find in the mouth the beautiful peat smoke typical of Laphroaig, pepper, burnt wood and sweet sherry to marry everything. Finish: A good length, salty and smoky, with a subtle touch of sweet fruit.

Berry Bros. & Rudd Cutty Sark 25 years old

45.7% alc./vol.

André 87%
Beautiful creaminess brought by vanilla, paired with a palpable tranquility brought by the quarter of a century spent in cask. Dates, fruitcake, heated caramel, old cherries, apples. The intensity of the mouth destabilizes a bit with the powerful arrival and its smoke notes of hearth ash, pepper and bitter dark chocolate. Once these flavors are assimilated, notes of dried fruit and burnt caramel, salt and anise, pout of coffee bodum, oranges to close on hints of oak a little dry and cinnamon, clove. Finale dry and bitter, dark chocolate and dry oak. Thanks to Eric for sharing this bottle.

Loch Lomond Original

40% alc./vol.

André 77%
Lemon notes, pineapple and almonds, fresh vanilla bean and caramel, honey cereals. Overall very generic. The palate is liquid, creamy with vanilla flavor, citrus, oranges, apricots, pears, dried cereals topped with a hint of honey, almonds, ginger. Short finish without passion, notes of citrus and pineapple, pears and apricots with a spicy touch.

Patrick 84%
A superb set of flavors, very well balanced, but almost ruined by a too short finish, probably because of the dilution. The whiskey could have scored very hard if we had been less cheap and had it bottled at 46%. Nose: The kind of aromas I like in a whiskey, with a nice subtle mix of malt, spices, oak, peat smoke, salt and sugar. Palate: Peat smoke, oak, subtle fruit, salt, generously sprinkled with spices. The texture is a little watery, but the set still offers a nice intensity. Final: Too short, subtly smoky, woody and spicy.

Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 16 years 2001-2017

50% alc./vol.
742 bottles.

Patrick 90%
A big fat Laphroaig that will not disappoint, at least until the credit card account arrives. No but 400 $ for a 16 years, do not know the value of the money to buy that. Nose: The typical dirty peat smoke. In fact, perhaps more filthy than usual, kind of old engine grease and a hockey pocket after the playoffs. Mouth: Always the beautiful big dirty peat, with a good dose of coal and motor oil, with also beautiful spices. Finale: Of a beautiful length, very smoked and spicy.

Loch Lomond 18 years old

46% alc./vol.

André 78%
Honey cereals, oranges, fruit jam, peaches, apple pie, citrus fruits, apricots, honey melon. The nose is superb, the fruit intense and well tied. It spoils in the mouth, with notes of odd wet cardboard and a dose of pepper quite intense. Well sweet all the same, fruit salad syrup, orange pods, chocolate, pepper, wild fruit jam, anise, ginger, eucalyptus-flavored flu-smashing candy. Flavors almost musky. Sweet powder from Bazooka gum packaging. Peppery finish and dry on oak wood, the limit a little tannic too. An unstoppable whiskey with an attractive nose but an unbalanced mouth and amalgam of dubious flavors.

Patrick 88%
A good whiskey, surprising, tasty and a little original. Nose: Light peat smoke, with ripe fruits and a good dose of cereals. Palate: Peat smoke, barley and unobtrusive notes of ... Boiled vegetables? Finale: Of a beautiful and spicy length.

Bowmore Vintage Distillation 1984 Limited Edition

58.8% alc./vol.
Limited edition of 2208 bottles, bottled in 2000.

André 77.5%
At first glance, it impresses a vintage Bowmore 84 but it hides a surprise. What a homecoming, I feel to return to my first bottlenecks of the distillery with this floral flavor. This is definitely an edition that will not please everyone, singular and powerful violet fragrance. Sea nose, dried sea salt on the pebbles strolling on the beach, soap gum, violet, soapy sherry, distant peat smoke, a little dusty too. Powerful on the palate, alcohol grows quickly as well as it softens with the notes of soap gum perfumed with violet from which salted maritime reminders and offshore winds. Final punch of sea salt and crushed pepper, strong alcohol. One of the weirdest bowmore ever ... uniform, questionable flavor arrangement, balance more than questionable. The taste of peppery soap gum is destabilizing in ti-sin.

BenRiach Heart of Speyside 2018

40% alc./vol.
Essentially aged in ex-bourbon casks. Its name comes from its geographical location in the heart of the Speyside region not far from the city of Elgin.

André 73%
Vivid hints of weeder bag filled with wet green grass, green apple, mower wheels topped with earthy mud, honey and whipped cream. Summer definitely seems to be missing. Rectilineal and soporific, but it's nothing compared to the texture in the mouth ... Shit ... Vanilla flavored water ... flat, no love, nothing. Notes of pepper and cinnamon, malted barley, diluted vanilla, white flowers, grass and delicately industrial peat notes. Short final on vanilla and dried cereals in wet grass. A good improvement over the previous edition, it is also one of the rare flagship editions to have improved since the departure of Billy Walker.

BenRiach 14 Vintage 1998

55.9% alc./vol.
Virgin American Oak Finish, Distilled 1998, Bottle August 2012, From Cask #2828, Bottle 286 of 307.

André 85%
Almonds, pineapple with dried and grated coconut, bananas, all baked, beautiful lemony freshness, cake of angels and meringue, pastries. Beautiful creamy texture on the palate, notes of meringue and butter cake, pineapple, lemon, purple grapes and green grass. Once again, freshness is at the rendezvous. The finish is spicy and powerful, the alcohol is well felt, notes of greenish oak wood, cinnamon, ginger. Benriach a little stripped and slightly lacking balance.

Glenmorangie Allta Private Edition 2019

51.2% alc./vol.
Allta, meaning "wild" in Gaelic and pronounced "al-ta". For the 10th Anniversary in 2019 from its pioneering collection - Private Edition - Glenmorangie unveils the first whiskey created from a wild yeast developed directly on Cadboll's barley from the distillery. The idea originated in Dr. Bill Lumsden's mind when he collected valuable grain samples at random from one of his walks in the fields near the distillery. He then discovered that barley was producing wild yeast never before identified and began to combine these two ingredients to create a creamy and aromatic whiskey. It has been aged in barrels of Bourbon, including several barrels of second filling to reveal the fruitiness of the spirit.

André 83%
Back in childhood with this super-sweet whiskey reminiscent of grandma's pies, pie crust, oranges, honey, malted cereals and wild berry jam, apples and citrus fruits. Strangely, some flavors make me think of rye, by the peppery and spicy accent that appears more fiercely in the mouth. After two sips ... ouch, direct notes that resemble virgin oak ... then apricots, apple pie, malted cereals, citrus and honey and a weird floral touch. Long and peppery finish, oranges and virgin oak both tannic and creamy. A tasting challenge but not in my palette of tastes.

Patrick 89%
An intriguing whiskey, which reconciles me with Glenmorangie, who take the path of cool innovations here! If you consider yourself a trippy whiskey, you take this bottle! Nose: A floral perfume, with vanilla, a touch of citrus and ... What must be yeasts, coudonc! Mouth: Beautiful spices, biscuits, flowers, citrus fruits, a good dose of chili ... In fact, we swear a single malt created by an American micro-distillery! Finale: Of a beautiful length, spicy and marked by spices and yeasts.

Martin 82%
Nose: Rich and sweet. Sugar powder, liquorice, heated caramel and black cherries. Grass and bark of wood. Palate: Return of licorice and grass, supported by large spices. Leather background and new make. More or less on the check here. Finale: Sugar powder in potency with cinnamon, pepper and oak. A strand of mineral lemon. Balance: For an anniversary edition of "private editions", I was expecting a fanfare much bigger. Companta, where are you?

Compass Box Phenomenology

46% alc./vol.
Inspired by phenomenological thinking, Compass Box did not initially want to provide either the recipe or the whiskeys that compose it, nor any aromatic description on the packaging or the communication media. This is why consumers are invited to taste this whiskey objectively. The recipe for the blend of whiskeys used to create this blend was unveiled a few months after its release: 24.5% Tamdhu 2001 15 years - 1st fill Bourbon barrel, 72.0% Glenlossie 1996 21 year - Hogshead Rechar, 2.0% Highland Park 1997 - 20 years old - Rechar Hogshead, 1.0% Talisker 1996 21 years old - Refill Butt, 0.5% Caol Ila 2006 11 years old - Hogshead.

André 92.5%
Lemon trees in bloom, vanilla, pears, bananas, lilacs, wild berries, cherries, honey. Exquisite on the palate, what texture, waxy and fruity as well as with a good sugar level; fresh green grass, lemons, oranges, bananas, pineapple, cherries, pears, green apples. There is also a powdery floral touch reminiscent of lilac. Then follow the flavors of red fruits, cherries and red apple peel, licorice. After 2-3 small sips, notes of coconut and distant peat smoke, toasted oak wood, milk chocolate. Finale sweet, full and exquisite. Succulent!

Patrick 82%
An extraordinary scent that I would have spent hours feeling, but the taste in mouth ... Bof, perfect for shots, and again. Nose: Mmmmh, appetizing! Light smoke, biscuits, dry wood and a basket of dried flowers. Palate: Spicy and charred oak, dried flowers and a discreet smoke. But, compared to the nose, the mouth leaves me on my appetite. Finale: Medium length, marked by charred wood.

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