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It was a beautiful morning on Monday and the walk from London Bridge to Old Billingsgate takes in some iconic landmarks, old & rare.

Trade day [part 2/2] sees a flight of old age-statement Scotch, blends & malts. First up however is a young Japanese malt matured in an Indian pale ale cask.


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Chichibu IPA [2017] Ob. Ichiro’s Malt [6700 bts] 57.5% WB88.80[7]

  • N: When you know it’s IPA, it’s undoubtedly beer-ish.
  • T: Firm funky almost Rampur-esque juice but thankfully a touch softer.
  • F: Again, once you know it’s IPA,…
  • C: Weird brew. Quite a struggle after the odd & dominant palate.

Scores 80 points


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Robertson’s BEB 15yo Blended Scotch ’Hamilton & Co. Import New York’ 90 proof [75cl] WB0

  • C: Intact with a lovely murkiness.

Scores 86 points



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Hielanman Old Liqueur [1940’s] Cadenhead 70 proof

  • N: [No notes].
  • T: Nothing initially. Then comes the sugar surge, a 1940’s kind of sugar surge!?
  • F: Long long. Amazing ashy mineral and heathery dry.
  • C: It’s currently possible to pick up Hielanman miniatures cheaply at auction [2017].

Scores 88 points


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Tomintoul 21yo [2017] Ob. 40% WB83.67[3]

  • N: Rounded fruity/malty number, perfectly full at 40%.
  • T: This 21yo’s age and pedigree is shown through the malty sour fruits.
  • F: Creamy lactose and chalk leading to a long milky vanilla finish.
  • C: Identifiably Tomintoul with an improved recipe that doesn’t greatly suffer from its minimal bottling strength.

Scores 87 points


An Cnoc 24yo [2017] Ob. 46% WB87.16[40] WF89

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20 years in US sherry oak with a 4 year oloroso finish/re-rack.

  • N: The sherry finish comes with a funk.
  • T: The oloroso dominates.
  • F: ,… but the spirit does its best to come through.
  • C: Good but unmoving. I’ll stick with the brilliant 22yo at a super price of £90 [Oct ‘17]. I do hope they won’t slowly phase out the 22yo and then this 24yo, only to replace it with a premium priced 25yo [a la Pulteney, up next]. Oh, already gone is the 22yo.

Scores 86 points


[Old] Pulteney do have NAS expressions but they remain committed to age statements. The range however is seeing a switch-around. Gone is the 21yo, replaced by the 25yo [at double the price mind you]. In 2018, OP will introduce a 15yo and an 18yo. The 12 yo will remain unaffected.

Old Pulteney 25yo [2017] Ob. 46% WB87.80[7]

22 years in bourbon before 3 years in oloroso first fill. Due for release,… doh, i missed the scoop!

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  • C: I always found the 17yo just right and the 21yo a tad over-cooked. So now we have that 21yo ‘finished’ for a further four years, inevitably ‘premiumised’ and subsequently double the price. I find it not at all shabby and thankfully the finish isn’t too obtrusive. It would seem the new 15 and 18yo coming out in the new year will help establish a three tier range for Pulteney, providing the wealthy/affluent with the over-priced 25yo and [occasional] supermarket shoppers with the decent 12yo, leaving malt heads to enjoy the cream of the crop in the middle. Let’s hope eh?

Scores 87 points


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Glen Scotia 25yo [2017] Ob. 48.8% WB89[4]

24 years in refill with a one year first-fill finish.

  • N: It’s impossible for me to get the 15yo out of my mind, one that has quickly become a GS benchmark.
  • T: Straight ahead at times, countered with a curious funkiness
  • F: Lime lemonade.
  • C: Decent & interesting though i refer the sooty and briney 15yo.

Scores 85 points


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Tamnavulin 40yo [2017] Elixir/Speciality [323 bts] 40.6% WB0

  • N: [no notes]
  • T: [no notes]
  • F: Huge dryish vanilla finish.
  • C: A brilliant one, amazingly youthful for its age. I didn’t right down a score but i think it would have been high.

[Not scored]


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Glengoyne 40yo SMS 56.8% WB92.33[5]

  • C: This has everything from liqueur to soot.

Scores 91 points


[Caol Ila] Port Askaig 45yo SMS 40.8% WB90[17]

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Consists of juice from five 1968 vintage [ex-Bunna so i was told] sherry butts. So Bunnahabhain meets its neighbour Caol Ila then?

  • N: All of the mango products.
  • T: Fruity & liquid sooty ash.
  • F: After all the fruity action follows 45 years of cask softness.
  • C: Speciality roll out another masterpiece.

Scores 90 points



That’s me done until next year unless i feel inspired enough to publish the Paterson session. We shall see.


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