[30 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ] | Written by:
Bowmore Feis Ile 2015–Virgin Oak , NAS – Review

It’s time to start sampling some of the bottling from this year’s Feis Ile (Islay Festival), beginning with this lovely Bowmore. Bowmore did two different  bottles for this year’s Festival : The very expensive 26 year old 1988 vintage (at a whopping 350 quid – way out of my budget), and the NAS Virgin oak (at 55 quid). Luckily I …

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[30 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
Bowmore Feis Ile 2015–Virgin Oak , NAS – Review

It’s time to start sampling some of the bottling from this year’s Feis Ile (Islay Festival), beginning with this lovely Bowmore. Bowmore did two different  bottles for this year’s Festival : The very expensive 26 year old 1988 vintage (at a whopping 350 quid – way out of my budget), and the NAS Virgin oak (at 55 quid). Luckily I …

[29 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
A Couple of Peated Glen Moray

When life gives you Lemons, make Lemonade. Right?
I was supposed to participate in a Glenmoray  tasting but due to some issues with delivery and timing, I was able to taste those only later on. But as they say, better late than never, and so I set to taste the peated spirit and the Peated Whisky (NAS) one after another (not …

[24 Jun 2015 | 4 Comments | ]
Glendronach Cask Strength Batch #4 – Review

After the disappointing (for me, at least) new edition of the ‘Hielan’ 8 year old that lacks enough sherry effect, I decided to try another new expression, the cask strength version of Glendronach, now in its fourth batch. I’ve reviewed batches 1,2 and they were cracking drams, I was hoping #4 would continue the tradition. Will it deliver?
 
GlenDronach Cask Strength …

[23 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
The New Glendronach The ‘Hielan’ (Or Where is my Sherry?)

The great Glendronach core lineup has been expanded recently to include a young sibling by the name if ‘Hielan’. It is only 8 years of age, and as opposed to most GD offerings, is a combination of both Ex-bourbon and Ex-Sherry casks (I suspect more ex-Bourbon is used).  if we’re talking younger GDs there is also the Octarine which is …

[22 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
The new Scallywag Cask Strength [D.Laing] – Review

Douglas Laing’s original Scallywag was launched in November 2013 and was quite successful (reviewed here)  I liked it quite a bit . However D.Laing were not  content with letting sleeping dogs lie, and they now reveal its Cask strength version:  Scallywag Cask Strength bottled at 53.6%, and is more limited .This edition bottling is created using only the finest Speyside …

[17 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
Ardbeg & Craigellachie – Double Barrel (Douglas Laing)

What do you get when you mix a bit of peated Ardbeg from Islay, and some Speyside Craigellachie? You get a very nice blended malt which is the the double barrel A/C bottled by Douglas Laing. They have quite a few of those mix and match blended malts, which for some reason I’ve never tasted, until now. Some would say …

[17 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
More Mezcal – Mezcal Tlucuache, 100% wild agave Angustifolia

The next Mezcal I tasted after the Nauyaca was this, which is made from wile Agave Angustifolia, in case your’e wondering how this Agave looks, I’ve attached an image (I had no idea too).
Again this is a nice wild agave. This Agave grows in Oaxaca which is another region where Mezcal can be harvested and distilled and call it …

[15 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
Orphan Barrel – ‘Rhetoric’ bourbon whiskey 20yo

You might have heard about the Orphan Barrel series of whiskeys released in recent months by Diageo, as they were quite the discussion topic among bourbon and whiskey lovers. The name is allegedly chosen because the barrels for these releases were “forgotten”, in the Diageo warehouses, or so. I am quite skeptical about them being really forgotten, more likely been …

[11 Jun 2015 | One Comment | ]
Mezcal time  part I – Mezcal Nauyaca (Mezcales de Leyenda) – Review

It’s summer time (almost), and I am always on the lookout for malt alternatives. I am not much of a Mezcal expert, and have only tried a few (not very good ones) until now, but I’ve been hearing good things about quality Mezcals, and luckily my mate Sjoerd (who’s always on the look out for quality …

[9 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
Post Feis Ile peat craving – Old Malt Cask Port Ellen 26 years Cask DL5398

All this talk about Feis Ile, peat and smoke made me crave a bit of peat a few days ago. It’s not a secret I find myself drinking less and less peat , and since winter is long gone, weather conditions favor fruitier, lighter drams. But, when you need your fix peat , you need that… A few months ago …