I actually wrote a blog post about this exact subject
http://danishwhiskyblog.blogspot.com/20 ... hough.html
And indeed, I totally agree on the Tomatins, what a great set of drams they are now
Other distilleries you might avoid, but you shouldn't, is the new Ledaig/Tobermory/Deanston bottled at 46.3%
Ganga wrote:Has anyone experienced a distillery that has generally been of lesser quality improving its profile?
Bowmore. Not necessarily a case of outright "lesser quality" in the past, but certainly one of abject inconsistency throughout much of the product range in years gone by.
Of late, I've been mightily impressed by both the 15YO Darkest and 18YO, each one in different ways. The limited edition cask strength 16YO releases have also been something of a revelation - especially the sensational 1991 Port Matured.
And then there's Glenlivet. From the distillery's recent 12YO through the 15YO French Oak Reserve to the truly exceptional 16YO Cask Strength NÃ durra (I've yet to pop the cork on the 21YO Archive, yet hear good things regarding this expression as well), there's much here that's worth taking note of.
Ledaig/tobermory and Bowmore have made major improvements over the last few years. With Isle of Jura, I haven't really noticed major improvement (except with the peated Jura or the Jura bottled by IBs).
With Tomatin, like for Glencadam, they only recently decided to expand their range of single malts and some positive suprises have appeared.
On the downside, I am slightly disappointed by the regular Dalmore. They made efforts recently, so this might pay off soon.
I am also very impressed by both these Bowmores ( although I can't compare them to the older ones as I never had the Darkest without age statement ) But I do like the 18 better than the 17 ( I love the toffee sweetness in the 18 ) .
And the 1991 Port Matured is at the moment my all time favourite; maybe not taste wise but for the whole experience....
About 2 months ago I came across 2 of these and I bought them both; 1 still unopened and the other one about 1/3 left ( for christmas )
I've been 'stuck in a rut' as concerns being limited to the older 40%ABV 12YO bottling (a whisky that, while pleasant, doesn't exactly whip up the Islay waves) available locally, and am anxiously awaiting the chance to try the 18YO as well as the newer, higher-proof 12YO editions.
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