Jolly Toper Tastings

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Whisky reviews

Here is a list of drams we have tried preceeded by a percentage. This figure represents how well the whisky fared in a consumer feedback test. Attendees at the tastings are asked for their opinion via a form giving a mark from zero (so poor the whisky deserves no points) to nine (full marks – ‘you can now die happy’). All the marks are collated and shown as a percentage of full marks.

30% Abhainn Dearg distilled 10.02.10 61.7%

53% Aberlour A’Bunadh No. 25 60.4%

62% Aberlour 27.06.95 – 12.03.10 14yo 63.3% first fill Bourbon cask

83% Amrut peated Indian single malt 62.78%

45% Amrut Fusion Indian single malt 50%

63% Amrut bottled 06/08 277 bottles 62.7% Blackadder

43% Antiquary 21yo 43%

61%  Antiquary blend Early 20th century no strength stated

59% Ardbeg Rollercoaster 57.3%

76% Ardbeg Supernova 58.9%

66% Ardbeg Supernova 58.9% 100+ ppm

64% Ardbeg 1991 – 02/10 15yo 56% Bourbon hogshead 268 bottles Cadenheads

63% Ardbeg 15yo 1994 – 02/10 56.0% Bourbon hogshead 268 bottles Cadenheads

74% Ardbeg 1994 – 02/10 15yo 55.7% Bourbon hogshead 268 bottles Cadenheads

75% Ardbeg 1994 – 06/09 15yo Bourbon hogshead 284 bottles 58.1% Cadenheads

68% Ardbeg 1993 – 05/05 11yo 270 bottles Bourbon hogshead 57.4% Cadenheads

53% Ardmore 11yo 57.1% Bourbon hogshead Cadenheads

61% Ardmore 25yo 51.4%

29% Armorik French single malt 40%

61% Arran 96-09/09 13yo fino sherry hogshead 242 bottles 55.2% Cadenheads

67% ‘As We Get It’, single Islay malt, 8yo, 58% abv, Ian McLeod

68% Auchentoshan 19yo Bourbon Barrel

63% Auld Reekie 10yo Islay malt

          “Baffo” Forever Edition no. 5 256 bottles 12.6.01 – 2027.3.09 7yo cask no. 48/2001 46% specially selected by Thomas Kruger

70% Bakery Hill peated single malt 60% barrel 6009

61% Ballantines 17yo 43%

37% Ballie Nicol Jarvie blend 40%

69% Banff 29yo 1976 – 06/06 52.0% Bourbon hogshead 228 bottles Cadenheads

56% Benromach 01.05.10 – 03.05.10 10yo 60.1% first fill Bourbon barrel

68% Benromach 28yo 57% Cadenheads

40% ‘Big Smoke’, Blended Islay malt, NAS, 60% abv, Duncan Taylor Limited

48% Birnie Moss ‘intensely peated’ 48% from Benriach distillery

          Bowmore 1997 – 2009 11yo 57.9% 295 bottles Cadenheads

51% Bowmore same T as 19yo MWBH Bunny

68% ‘Breath of the Isles’, single cask single Islay malt, 13yo, Adelphi

74% Brora official bottling 25yo 56.3% bottled 2008 3000 bottles

60% Brora 1982 – 2008 refill sherry butts 43% Gordon & MacPhail

61% Bruichladdich Feis Ile Islay Barley 2004 Bottled 2010 57.5% fresh sherry butt

          Bunnahabhain Darach Ur 46.3%

63% Bunnahabhain 19yo MWBH

75% Cambus single grain 27.7.91 – 10.9.9 18yo refill butt 664 bottles 51.9% Signatory

40% Cambus 30.03.86 – 30.03.10 24yo  54.7% Bladnoch Forum

63% Cameron Bridge single grain ?yo ?%: possibly 46% 30yo 1955 Cadenheads

63% Cameron Bridge single grain ?yo ?%: possibly 46% 30yo 1955 Cadenheads

47% Campbeltown Loch 30yo 40%

62% Caol Ila 55%

66% Caol Ila unpeated 10yo bottled 2009 65.8%

66% Caol Ila 13yo Butt Cadenheads

68% Caol Ila 1984 – 02/10 25yo Bourbon hogshead 55.2% 250 bottles Cadenheads

52% Caol Ila 13yo Bourbon hogshead Cadenheads

56% Caol Ila 11yo Golden Cask

69% Caol Ila 25yo hogshead Bladnoch Forum

42% Carn Mor Islay single malt

50% Canadian Indian corn distilled at Potters Distilling Co., Kelowna, B.C., 11yo 55.1% Cadenheads

43% Canadian Indian corn distilled at Potters Distilling Company, Kelowna, B.C., bottled 2000 Bourbon barrel 54.9% 360 bottles

62% Chichibu Newborn Japanese malt whisky spirit cask 127 distilled and bottled 2008 62.5%

46% Chivas Regal 25yo 40%

34% Glen Calder 40% blend Gordon & MacPhail

34% ‘Clan Denny vatted malt’ Caol Ila, Laphroaig, Bowmore & Bunnahabhain

70% Clynelish 14yo 46% sherry wood Duthies

64% Clynelish distiller’s edition 46% seco38% Dewars 12yo blend 43%

78% Convalmore 30yo 1977 – 09/07 61.6% butt 240 bottles Cadenheads

52% Cutty Sark 18yo blend 43%

68% Cutty Sark 25YO 46.7%

58% Dalmore 21yo 43%

36% Duthies Islay blended malt

32% ‘DYC’ blend 8yo 40%

43% Forty Creek Barrel Select Canadian 40%

52% ‘Frasers Reserve’ single Islay malt 40%

33% Frysk Hynder Holland 40%

67% Garnheath single grain 35yo 55.5% 180 50cl bottles Wood Winters

52% ‘Ginkgo’ vatted malt 46%

54% Glendronach 18yo Bourbon hogshead

73% Glen Elgin 30yo Bourbon hogshead

77% Glenfiddich 32yo 46.9% Cadenheads

77% Glenfiddich 32yo 46.9% Cadenheads

74% Glenglassaugh 17.12.76 28yo 254 bottles 50.8% Dormant Distillery Company

55% Glenisla 1877 28yo hogshead 48.6%

41% Glenkeir Treasures 40% (2 malts vatted: The Whisky Shop)

51% Glen Keith 1968 46% (triple distilled) Gordon & MacPhail

61% Glenlossie-Glenlivet 14yo port hogshead

71% Glenlossie March 1978 – September 2007 46% refill sherry hogsheads Gordon & MacPhail

58% Glen Mhor 1982 – 02/10 27yo 56.8% sherry cask 236 bottles Cadenheads

58% Glenrothes 1990 – 05/06 15yo butt 582 bottles 59.5% Cadenheads

50% Glenrozelieures French single malt 40%

33% Glentauchers 2006 – 2009 46% barrel 921 20cl bottles Carn Mor

36% Grenore 15yo Irish single grain 43%

76% Hazelburn 7yo 2001-06/09 4 small casks 316 bottles Cadenheads

73% Hazelburn 12yo 46%

65% Heaven Hill Bourbon 13yo 61.6% 177 bottles Cadenheads

39% Hibiki 12yo Japanese blend 43%

58% Highland Park 1992 – 06/09 17yo 64.0% butt 512 bottles Cadenheads

50% Highland Park 25yo 50.7%

38% Highland Park 17yo 46% Duthies

59% Highland Park 06.92-09.08 16yo Calvados cask finish 46% Alchemist

50% Highland Park 1973-2009 43% 1st fill sherry butt Gordon & MacPhail

49% Highland Park 1992 46% 14yo Bourbon/Chateau Lafite Murray McDavid

64% Highland Park Earl Magnus 1st ed. 15yo 52.6%

64% ‘Ileach’, single Islay malt, NAS, 58.0%, Highlands & Islands Scotch Whisky Co.Ltd.

71% Imperial 17/4/97 – 12/3/10 61.6% first fill sherry butt Gordon & MacPhail

55% Imperial 29yo Cadenheads

61% Inchgower 1993 – 2009 16yo 61.9% Bodega sherry cask

78% Invergordon 19.12.72 – 06.04.09 36yo 41.6% Bladnoch Forum

61% Inverleven 1987 – 05/06 18yo 57.9% Bourbon hogshead 276 bottles Cadenheads

60% ‘Islay’, single Islay malt, 5yo, 58.4%, Signatory Vintage

40% Islay Storm single malt 40%

          John Scott Millar 38yo blend (Highland Park and Invergordon)

52% Jura Prophecy year 1 ‘”profoundly peated” 46%

          Karuizawa 1972 – 2008 65% 529 bottles

67% Kilchoman Inaugural release 46%

58% Kilchoman autumn 2009 release 46%

29% Kilkerran work in process batch 2 46%

46% Kilkerran (2009 release) 46%

35% King of Scots 25yo blend 40%

53% Kornog Taouarc’h Eilvet 09 peated French single malt 3yo 46%

63% (Ladyburn) Rare Ayrshire  21/2/1975 – 2/3/9 34yo 45.2% Bourbon barrel 166 bottles Signatory

77% Lagavulin 18.10.95 – 2009 54.4% European oak bottled for Feis ILe 2009

82% Lagavulin 12yo  

73% Lagavulin 12yo cask strength 2009 release

          Laos : ‘whisky’

50% Laphroaig S.M.W.S. 29.82 10yo refill Bourbon hogshead 56.5% 297 bottles

59% Laphroaig Cairdeas (11yo to 19yo) 2010 Feis Ile 57.3%

85% Laphroaig 1998-09/2009 11yo 61.3% Bourbon hogshead 248 bottles Cadenheads

69% Laphroaig Cairdeas55% Macallan The Golden Cask 1992 – 2005 291 bottles 56.8%

50% (Laphroaig) SMWS 29.82 297 bottles 10yo 56.5% refill Bourbon hogshead

38% Lark single malt Tasmanian 43%

56% Linkwood-Glenlivet 1989 – 02/10 20yo 55.4% port cask 256 bottles Cadenheads

45% Littlemill 1991 – 10/09 18yo Bourbon barrel 240 bottles 58.5% Cadenheads

75% Longrow 08.01 – 20.05.10 8yo 58.5% 414 bottles shiraz hogshead

76% Longrow 7yo 55.8% (1 1/2 years in Gaja Barolo red wine casks)

65% Longrow Tasting Room 45.9%

29% Lot No.40 Canadian 43%

53% Macallan Scott’s Selection 1985 – 2006 53.0%

69% Macallan S.M.W.S. 24.104 18yo 1st fill sherry butt 612 bottles 56.9%

92% Macallan 1958 80 degrees proof (45.7%) 26 2/3 fluid ounces

76% Macallan official cask strength bottling 58.5% (now discontinued)

74% Macallan 1987 – 10/08 20yo sherry butt 282 bottles 53.2% Cadenheads

45% Macduff 1989 – 05.05 16yo 59.8% butt 678 bottles Cadenheads

59% McLeod’s single Islay malt 8yo

68%/74% Millburn 31yo 1974 – 05/06 52.3% Bourbon hogshead 246 bottles Cadenheads

28% Millstone 05.00 – 24.02.09 8yo Dutch single  Malt 40% from Zuidam distillery French oak

39% Miltonduff 10yo 40% Gordon & MacPhail

42% Mitchells Blend 40%

32% Mitchells Blend 40%

52% Mortlach 21yo 46% Duthies

59% Mortlach 1994 55.1% Golden Cask

52% Mortlach 5.8.91-10.3.9 17yo sherry butt 46% Signatory

76% Mortlach Flora & Fauna 16yo 43%

91% Mortlach 1954-2008 40% Gordon & MacPhail

86% 1937-1987 50yo single Speyside malt (Macallan?) 50yo Gordon & MacPhail

75% ‘No.3 Bond’- vatted Campbeltown malt, NAS, 55.8%, Wm. Cadenhead

48%/80%/ ‘No.3 Bond’, Vatted Islay malt, bottled in shop May 2008, NAS, 56.6% abv, Wm. Cadenhead

75%  Octomore 2 62.5% 140 ppm 5yo 15000 bottles

         PC5 6038 bottles 2001 – 2006, 5yo 63.5% mix of bourbon and sherry casks

         PC6 18000 bottles 2001 – 2007, 6yo 61.6% “Madeira cask influence”

         PC7 24000 bottles 2001 – 2008 7yo 61%

         PC8 25650 bottles 2001 – 2009 8yo 60.5%

71% PC8 60.5% 40ppm

60% Peat Monster

19% Penderyn Welsh single malt 43% “lightly peated’

33% Pride of Islay malt 12yo 40% Gordon & MacPhail

46% Port Ellen September 1982 – September 2009 refill sherry casks 43% Gordon & MacPhail

88% Port Ellen Golden Cask

           Port Sgioba (Gaelic for Port Charlotte) 286 bottles 6.12.01 – 2.3.10 8yo cask no. 826/2001 66.0% refill sherry hogshead specially selected by FOAH

          Pulteney 1990 -2009 18yo 57.2% 217 bottles Cadenheads

51% Pulteney 1990 – 02.06.2010 19yo 57.4% Bourbon cask

75% Rosebank 1989-6/09 20yo Bourbon hogshead 269 bottles 52.1% Cadenheads

70% Royal Brackla 1976 – 11/6 30yo 53.6% Sherry hogshead 126 bottles Cadenheads

54% Royal Brackla 1976 – 11/6 30yo 53.6% Sherry hogshead 126 bottles Cadenheads

34% ‘Royal Stewart’ 12yo 40% (bottled 1980s)

82% Royal Brackla 1992-06/09 16yo Bourbon barrel 183 bottles 54.7% Cadenheads

68% Royal Brackla 30yo 1976 – 11/06  53.6% Sherry hogshead 126 bottles Cadenheads

          Saint George’s single malt 1st fill Bourbon 25.10 – 27.8.9 46%

27% Sheep Dip Old Hebridean 1990 40% Ardbeg+Dalmore+Fettercairn

64% Signatory single Islay malt 5yo

37% ‘Six Isles’ blended malt (Islay, Jura, Skye, Mull, Orkney and Arran) 43%

47% Small Concern 10yo 57.9% Tasmania Cadenheads

43% Smokehead 18yo Islay single malt

38% ‘Smokehead’ single malt 43%

20% Snow Grouse 40%

60% Speyburn 09/77 – 12/07 43% refill sherry butt Gordon & MacPhail

74% Springbank 10yo ‘100 proof’ 57%

72% Springbank 06/97 – 01/09 11yo Madiera wood 55.1% 2090 bottles

43% Springbank 12.89 – 11.05 15yo 275 bottles 52% Glenkeir Treasures

56% Springbank (27.72) SMWS 05.96 12yo refill hogshead 292 bottles

70% Springbank 26.11.93 – 16.03.07 13yo refill sherry cask 563 bottles 58.7% Speciality Drinks Ltd.

54% Springbank 1991 – 2003 58.5% Lombard

         Springbank 18yo (2009 release) 46%

55% Springbank 2001 – 02/10 8yo 58.5% cognac cask 625 bottles Cadenheads

59% Springbank CV 46%

62% Springbank 12yo cask strength 54.6%

78% Springbank 12yo Claret wood expression 54.4%

57% Springbank 12yo Claret wood expression 54.4%

65% Springbank 18yo 46%

         Springbank private bottling 1996-2009 13yo fresh sherry hogshead 56%

         Spinnaker single cask German single malt 50.1%

53% Stranahan’s single malt batch No.34 47%

39% Super Nikka 43% Japanese blend

29% The English Whisky Co. Chapter 2 29.7.8-15.9.8 new spirit 46% 50ppm

28% The English Whisky Company Chapter 6 batch 2 3yo 1st fill Bourbon casks 46%

34% The Ileach single malt 40%

53% ‘The Ileach’ 12yo single malt 43%

32% ‘The Peat Chimney’ Wemyss Vintage Malts blended malt 43%

30% ‘The Pibroch’ 12yo single Islay malt 43%

62%  The Whisky Exchange 25yo blend 40%

67% Tomatin 1994 – 07/10 16yo sherry cask 277 bottles 53.6% Cadenheads

56% Tomintoul 10yo 40%

28% malted oat 42%

51% Warengheim French blend 40%

42% ‘Wholly Smoke’ blended malt 10yo

70% Whyte & Mackay 25yo

 42% Woodford Resrve weet mash Bourbon 43.2%

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