Whisky Intelligence 2009 ‘Tasting Notes/Whisky Reviews’ Score Compilation

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Please find below the some what tardy delivery of the Whisky Intelligence Tasting Notes/Whisky Reviews Scores for 2009. As you can appreciate W.I. has been mildy over tasked in 2010 posting hundreds and hundreds of articles relating to whisky.

This compilation is not in any regard an ‘Awards’ but merely a record from top to bottom of the whiskies reviewed in 2009. The vast majority have been purchased with private funds; a very few have been provided by agents or suppliers and are thus noted in the individual review. If you are curious to see which are the later, you may search through the Tasting Notes/Whisky Reviews archive and find them for yourself.

There is a distinct lack of neither rhyme nor reason in the compilation; they have merely been reviewed as they have come available. Some were new releases, some blends and some no longer available.

Additionally whiskies that have achieved an equal score (for example 88 points) have not been listed alphabetically merely to further demonstrate the lack of neither rhyme nor reason.

W.I. expects to publish the full 2010 Compilation in early 2011.

93 Dumbarton 42yo 1964/2007 (46.7%, Celtic Heartlands, 450 Bts.)
92 Bunnahabhain 37yo 1966 (40.3%, Bourbon, Murray McDavid for Willow Park Calgary, 186 Bottles)
91 Whyte & MacKay 30yo (40%, OB, +/- 2009)
90 Tamdhu 42yo (43.8%, Dewar Rattray for Calgary Co-op, HHD, C#6, 95 Bts., D01/’67 B03/’09)
90 Port Ellen 25yo 1982/2007 (57%, Signatory CS, refill sherry butt, C#2847, 417 Bts.,D11/’82 B12/’07)
90 Ardbeg 1990 ‘Airigh Nam Beist’ (46%, OB, 2006)
90 Bunnahabhain 31yo 1976/2008 (49.4%, Dewar Rattray, refill sherry butt, C#6223, 529 Bts.)
90 Laphroaig 18yo 1990/2008 (55%, Dewar Rattray, ‘Alberta’, C#2244, 265 Bts, 1st Fill Hogs Head)
90 Laphroaig 18yo (48%, OB, 2009)
90 Tullibardine 15yo 1992/2007 (46%, OB, C#737, Bourbon, Victoria Whisky Festival, 269 Bts)
89 Glen Grant 31yo 1976/2008 (58.6%, Douglas Laing Platinum Selection, Sherry, 196 Bts.12/’76 B02/’08)
89 Hazelburn 12yo (46%, OB, 12,000 Bts., 2009)
89 Isle of Arran 10yo 1998/2009 (57.7%, OB, ‘Sherry’, C#819, 319 Bts., D29/6/’98 B24/6/’09)
89 Glendronach 18yo (46%, OB, ‘Allardice’)
89 Mortlach 12yo 1994/2007 (50%, Douglas Laing OMC, Ref#3554, 654 Bts., D07/’94 B05/’07)
89 Glenlivet 21yo (43%, G&M ‘George & J.G. Smith’)
89 Glen Elgin 12yo (43%, OB, +/- 2007)
88 Tullibardine 16yo 1993/2009 (54.5%, OB, for Kensington, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, C#15081, 332 Bts)
88 Springbank 10yo 1995/2006 (46%, The Alchemist, D12/’95 B01/’06)
88 Poit Dhub 8yo Unchilfiltered Gaelic Whisky (43%, OB, +/-2008)
88 McCarthy’s 3yo Oregon Single Malt (42.5%, OB, ‘Peated’, Batch #Wo9-01, B3/08/’09)
88 Laphroaig 10yo (40%, OB, +/-2007)
88 Classic of Islay 21yo (46%, Vintage Malt Whisky Company)
88 Glenallachie 11yo 1989/2001 (61.7%, Cadenhead’s, Bourbon HHD, 312 Bts.)
88 Balmenach 14yo (40%, The Inverarity Ancestral, Sherry cask)
88 Laphroaig 8yo 1998/2007 (46%, Douglas McGibbon & Co. Ltd Provenance, Cask #’s 3868 & 3869)
88 Bowmore 15yo Darkest (43%, OB, New presentation, 2007)
88 Port Charlotte 2001/2008 ‘PC7′ (61%, OB, Bourbon and Sherry casks, 24000 Bts.)
88 Benromach 1968/2007 (43%, OB)
88 Octomore 5yo (63.5%, Edition, 01.1,6000 Bottles, 2008)
88 An Cnoc 12yo (40%, OB, +/-2008)
88 Springbank 18yo (46%, OB, 2009)
88 The Whisky Exchange “Straight from the Cask” NAS Celebration 60.1% 50cl
88 Amrut NAS Cask Strength (61.9%, OB, Bottled Sept, 2007) Indian Single Malt Whisky
88 Linkwood 17yo 1990/2008 (55.5%, Signatory, Binny’s Beverage Depot, C#9724, Sherry Hogshead, 232 Bts)
88 Glen Grant 25yo (40%, G&M, +/-2008)
88 Bowmore 17yo 1991/2008 (55.9%, Dewar Rattray, West Coast Whisky Society, Sherry, C#2058, 206 Bottles)
87 Imperial 14yo 1994/2008 (46%, Duncan Taylor, Whisky Galore, Madeira)
87 Benromach 10yo (43%, OB, 2009)
87 Grant’s NAS ‘The Family Reserve’ (40%, OB, +/-2009)
87 Bowmore 10yo (55.3%, OB, Tempest Batch No.1, 2009)
87 Fettercairn 13yo (50%, DL OMC, Refill HHD, |C# 1327, 289 Bts., D03/91 B01/05)
87 Ben Nevis 8yo (43%, Duncan Taylor, Battlehill, +/-2009)
87 Ardbeg NAS ‘Supernova’ (58.9%, OB, Advance Committee Release, 2009)
87 Old Pulteney 12yo (40%, OB, +/-2008)
87 Ledaig 18yo 1990/2008 (43%, G&M Connoisseurs Choice, Refill sherry)
87 BenRiach 15yo (46%, OB, Madeira, +/-2008)
87 Glenmorangie ASTAR NAS (57.1%, OB, +/-2008)
87 Aberlour NAS A’bunadh Batch #23 (60.2%, OB, +/- 2008)
87 Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America Balmenach 17yo 55.8% Distilled April 1989 Bottled May 2006 Society Cask 48.8
86 Rosebank 18yo 1990/2008 (50%, Douglas Laing OMC, Refill Butt, C#4655, 672 Bts)
86 Kilchoman NAS (46%, OB, Inaugural Release, 2009)
86 Bruichladdich 2001/2008 ‘Resurrection’ (46%, OB, Bourbon, 24000 Bts.)
86 Balvenie 12yo (40%, Signature batch No. 001, +/-2008)
86 Tobermory 11yo 1995/2007 (59.9%, Dewar Rattray, Bourbon, C#1161, 155 Bts.)
86 Glentauchers 12yo 1994/2007 (50%, DL OMC, HHD, C#3364, 354 Bts)
86 Finlaggan NAS Islay ‘Old Reserve’ (40%, Vintage Malt Whisky Co, +/-2008)
86 Clynelish 10yo 1996/2006 (59.7%, Dewar Rattray, Cask#8251, Refill Sherry, 577 Bottles)
86 Springbank 11yo 1997/2009 ‘Madeira Wood’ (55.1%, OB, 9,090 Bts.)
86 Benriach 12yo 1994/2007 (46%, Signatory, C#1692+93, 747 Bts)
86 Balblair Vintage 1989/2007 (43%, OB)
86 Tomintoul 14yo (46%, OB, 2009)
86 Longmorn 16yo (48%, OB, +/-2008) Lot 2008/05/12 12:22 LW30509
86 Glencadam 10yo (46%, OB, +/- 2009)
85 Mortlach 18yo 1990/2009 (46%, Coopers Choice, Sherry, C#4421, 726 Bts.)
85 Kilkerran NAS ‘Work in Progress’ (46%, OB, 2009)
85 Imperial 9yo (43%, Duncan Taylor, Battlehill, +/-2008)
85 MacLeod’s Isle of Skye 8yo (43%, Ian MacLeod, +/-2009, 750ml)
85 Clynelish 11yo 1994/2005 (46%, Murray McDavid, Bourbon/Viognier, 1800 Bts.)
85 Isle of Arran 4yo 2004/2008 (59.8%, OB, Peated, Bourbon, C#103, 225 Bts.)    
85 Balblair Vintage 1997/2007 (43%, OB)
84 Dewar’s NAS (40%, OB, “White Label”, +/- 2009)
84 Bruichladdich 19yo 1989/2009 (51.1%, ‘Black Art’, 6000 Bts.)
84 Tomintoul 12yo (40%, OB, Oloroso, +/- 2008)
84 Macallan 8yo 1998/2007 (46%, Douglas Laing Provenance, ref#3837 + 3838)
84 Black Grouse NAS (40%, OB, 2008)
84 Benriach 12yo ‘Arumaticus Fumosus’ (46%, OB, Peated Jamaican Dark Rum Finish, 1740 Bts.)
84 Miltonduff 8yo (43%, Duncan Taylor, Battlehill)
84 Tullibardine 21yo 1987/2008 (54.6%, OB, for Kensington, Refill Sherry Hogs Head, C#632, 191 Bottles)
83 Port Ellen 23yo 1982/2005 (46%, DL Provenance, C#1754, Sherry, D04/’84 B05/’05)
83 Springbank 13yo 1995/2008 (55.4%, MMcD Mission, Bourbon/Lafite, 282 Bts.)
83 Dalmore 12yo (40%, OB, +/-2009)
83 Finlaggan NAS Islay ‘Cask Strength’ (58%, Vintage Malt Whisky Co, +/-2008)
83 Adelphi 22yo 1985 ‘Breath of the Highlands’ (55.2%, Adelphi, C#1066, 159 Bottles.)
83 Bruichladdich 10yo 1998/2008 (46%, OB, ‘Manzanilla’)
83 Tobermory 10yo, 1995/2005 (46%, Murray McDavid, Fresh Sherry, 2400 Bottles)
83 Isle of Arran 10yo 1998/2008 (57.5%, OB, Bourbon, C#678, 216 Bts.)    
83 Mortlach 25yo 1979/2005 (46%, Coopers Choice)
83 Port Ellen 24yo 1982/2007 (60.6%, Dewar Rattray, Sherry, C#2466, 188 Bottles)
82 Whyte & Mackay NAS ‘Special’ (40%, OB, “Double Marriage Blend”+/-2009)
82 Macallan 14yo 1991/2005 (46%, The Alchemist, D04/’99 B07/’05)
82 Linkwood 23yo 1983/2006 (52.1%, Murray McDavid Mission Gold, Madeira casks fin., 700 Bts.)
82 Royal Lochnagar 12yo 1996/2008 (40%, OB, Distillers Edition, RL/96-8S “Old Muscat”)
82 Coleburn 1981/2006 (43%, G&M, Connoisseurs Choice, ‘Map Label’)
82 Strathisla 48yo 1960/2008 (43%, G&M)
82 Isle of Arran 12yo (46%, OB, +/- 2008)
82 Singleton of Glendullan 12yo (40%, OB, 750ml, 2008)
80 Bell’s NAS ‘Original’ (40%, OB, +/-2009)
80 Glenfiddich 12yo ‘Caoran Reserve’ (40%, OB, +/-2003)
80 Highland Park 10yo 1997/2007 (46%, Duncan Taylor, NC2)
80 Tobermory 12yo 1995/2007 (46%, Duncan Taylor Whisky Galore)
80 Ardmore NAS ‘Traditional Casks’ (46%, OB, peated, finished in quarter casks, +/-2008)
80 Auchentoshan 8yo (43%, Duncan Taylor, Battlehill, +/- 2008)
79 Auchroisk 15yo 1992/2007 (46%, MMcD, Bourbon/Syrah, 2050 Bts.)
78 Glenturret 13yo 1993/2006 (56.4%, Dewar Rattray, C#172, 311 Bottles.)
77 Allt A’Bhainne 15yo 1992 (46%, MMcD, Bourbon, 350 Bts., +/-2007)
76 Clynelish 9yo 1997/2006 (46%, Coopers Choice)
76 Ardbeg NAS ‘Blasda’ (40%, OB, lightly peated, 2008)
76 Deanston 12yo 46.3% Un-chill filtered Official Bottling
75 Tobermory 10yo (40%, OB, +/-2008)
72 Glenrothes 13yo 1994/2007 (46%, Signatory, Refill Sherry, C#1086, 780 Bts)
68 Tamnavulin 12yo 1994/2007 (46%, DL Provenance, HHD Ref# 3362 & 3363)

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