[9 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ] | Written by:
Ardmore 1996–Gordon & MacPhail [The wood makes the whisky]

Gordon & MacPhail recently launched their ‘The Wood Makes the Whisky’ campaign, highlighting the importance of this essential element in the whisky maturation process.
for that matter they have selected a special series of whiskies to showcase their philosophy on carefully matching spirit with oak in order to ensure a premium taste.
For over 120 years Gordon & MacPhail has carefully matched …

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[9 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]
Ardmore 1996–Gordon & MacPhail [The wood makes the whisky]

Gordon & MacPhail recently launched their ‘The Wood Makes the Whisky’ campaign, highlighting the importance of this essential element in the whisky maturation process.
for that matter they have selected a special series of whiskies to showcase their philosophy on carefully matching spirit with oak in order to ensure a premium taste.
For over 120 years Gordon & MacPhail has carefully matched …

[8 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]
Tasting the new Benromach 35 yo

Last monday, Benromach revealed their brand new 35 year old expressions an exclusive expression crafted at the distillery before the Urquhart family, owners of leading whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail, revived it in 1998. I really loved the 1976 edition I reviewed some time ago, and needless to say I was intrigued to find out how good this one is… …

[7 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]
More Old Pulteney–visitng the  21 yo

This is the last OP I am going to review in this brief series of Ops. It has won quite some awards (including being selected as best whisky for 2012 by the notorious Jim Murray) which made it quite popular in recent years. Although I do not see eye to eye with old Jimbo, I must admit this is a …

[2 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]
Re-tasting the  Old Pulteney 17 year old

After hosting the OP tasting last week in Tel Aviv, I was reminded that for some reason I’ve not posted notes for the 21 year old, and I also wanted to re-taste the 17 year old, see how it changed since i last reviewed it in Jan 2011… (my palate has changed, and the whisky must have too). Let’s roll:
Old …

[28 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
Benromach 5 year old

The Benromach 100 proof and 10 year old were two of my favorite whiskies for 2015, and many fellow whisky lovers appreciate the exceptional quality and great VFM those two offer. The 10 year old has a new (not so new now, but fairly new) small brother – the 5 yo.  The 10 and 100 proof do feel older than …

[27 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
Dailuaine 34 Year Old 1980 (Special Release 2015)

You can say whatever you want about Diageo, but you can not deny the fact that this big corporation is bottling some fantastic stuff be it the 16 yo Lagavulin, the 10 yo Talisker, if we’re talking standard afordable whiskies, or the latest 2015 Special releases. Stunning stuff, and while not exactly cheap (and very very expensive when we’re talking …

[25 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
Old Pulteney vintage 1989 (Peated cask) – Review

I will be hosting another whisky tasting today, featuring the entire Old Pulteney core range (age statement versions), starting from the 12 through the 17,21 and then reaching the awesome 35 year old I reviewed in the past, this 1989 however is a whisky I’ve not yet reviewed, having liked the 1990 which is also a peated version, I was …

[20 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
Littlemill 24 yo 1990–Cadenhead’s  Small Batch

Littlemill 24 yo 1990/2015 53.7%, Cadenhead, Small Batch,
So, another Cadenhead’s small batch this time a Littlemill (yeah!)   distilled 1990 , bottled in 2015, it is officially a 24 year old single cask. The last Littlemill I tasted (that awesome 25 OB I tasted in October ) left me wanting more. This is an ex-bourbon cask and not finished in Oloroso, …

[18 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
Tasting the Benriach Latada 18 yo

The Latada is another special release by The Benriach, aged 18 years just like its 18 year old siblings the Albariza and Dunder (reviewed here). The difference is again the cask finish, this time we’re talking Madeira finish instead of the dark rum / PX, which did work quite well for the other two (I preferred the PX to the …

[14 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
Elements of Islay BW5–Bowmore [1996]  – review & notes

Another superb bottle I got to taste this week with friends (thanks Assaf!). This one is a vatting (mixing) of 1995 and 1996 casks, making it a 1996 vintage (we always take the youngest malt in the vatting), and the 5th such bottling from Bowmore in the Elements of Islay series (A good series of Islay bottling by The whisky …