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Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Islay, Mystery drams, scotch, Smokehead, Whisky Links »

[26 May 2010 | 17 Comments | ]
Tasting SmokeHead 18 ‘Extra Black’

One of my first Islay malts was the “regular” Smokehead. I remember me sitting in a bar (The excellent Tel-Aviv based ‘Norma Jean’ which boasts one of the best whisky collections available here), asking the bartender for a dram of something peaty and reasonable priced. He suggested the Smokehead, and I never regretted this choice.
For those of you who never …

Chocolate, Talisker »

[24 May 2010 | 13 Comments | ]

We all know that Chocolate and Whisky is a match made in heaven. I especially like sipping dark chocolate (70%, and of good quality) side by side with some drams. My favorites that go very well with chocolates are HP 18, and Talisker 10, Talisker being the #1 “enhanced” whisky by such a combination. Now, My friend J.H has …

Arran, israel, IWS, Whisky Links »

[20 May 2010 | 12 Comments | ]

This is not an April fools day hoax, it’s very real. (just to be sure)

So, An Israeli whisky? well, sort of.  Actually we’re talking about Scotch made whisky, which has been shipped to Israel for maturation. To make a long story short, The Israeli Whisky Society (IWS) acquired a few casks from the Arran distillery in scotland in an …

Islay, Laphroaig, Quick Dram, scotch, Whisky Links »

[18 May 2010 | 9 Comments | ]

Laphraoaig is well known for its biting drams (at least when speaking of the younger versions), full of medicinal, iodine, tarry, briny peaty malts, and for a very good reason. Their 10 year old is quite rough, very powerful in terms of sheer phenol power and peat muscle, yet very popular.
Yesterday after sipping the 18 year old expression, it occurred …

Japanese, Quick Dram, Tasting Notes, Whisky Links, Yamazaki »

[15 May 2010 | 5 Comments | ]

Damn it! I’ve been sitting here writing this awesome Quick dram post, i was almost half way through when this devil of PC i have decided to restart itself all of a sudden! needless to say i had not saved my document, and now i have to write all of this post again. Now i need a double dram to …

Ardbeg, Humor, Islay, Opinions, scotch, Whisky Links »

[13 May 2010 | No Comment | ]

So, you’ve probably heard about it. Every whisky blog is going to write about it, so why not us? 😉 Very exciting news indeed. Ardbeg is going to roll out the 2010 version of it’s Mega/Super/Ultra/Omni/Wow most peated expression, the Supernova.
The Good news, are that i really liked the old Supernova It was way better than just a peat …

Hakushu, Japanese, Quick Dram, Whisky Links »

[12 May 2010 | 11 Comments | ]
Quick Dram : Hakushu 12 – a peppery delight

The more I sample Japanese malts, the more i seem to like them. Too bad getting Japanese malt is trickier than getting the odd scotch dram. After sipping a few Yamazaki’s and loving them (12 vs. 18 post, and soon to follow a post about the amazing Sherry Cask – thanks Yossi!) I decided I am ready to move on …

BenRiach, Finishes, Peated, PX, Quick Dram, scotch, Speyside, Tasting Notes, Uncategorized, Whisky Links »

[10 May 2010 | 21 Comments | ]
Quick Dram : BenRiach ‘Heredotus Fumosus’ 12 yo – a journey in Peated Speyside

The Benriach distillery is located in the heart of Speyside, 3 miles from the city of Elgin. Founded in 1892 by the Grant family next to the Longmorn distillery. In 1900 it was mothballed with a lot of other distilleries and remained closed until the year of 1965 when it was re-opened by the Glenlivet distillers company.  It changed a …

Blind Tasting, Highland Park, Highlands, MacPhail, scotch, Tasting Notes, Whisky Links »

[6 May 2010 | 21 Comments | ]

Swapping samples is a great way to get to know malts before you buy, reduce the expenses (yes, we’re addicted and it’s very hard to say no to a new shiny malt on your shelf) and share your tasting notes with fellow whisky aficionados. I do try to get and ship samples from time to time, and I’ve tasted some …

Dalwhinnie, Highlands, Quick Dram, scotch, Whisky Links »

[4 May 2010 | 8 Comments | ]


The Dalwhinnie is one Scotland highest distilleries (in terms of altitude) and stands on a wind battered mountain where the average annual temperature is 6c . (you heard me right, 6 degrees Celsius!). Until recently it was the highest of all and only after the opening of Braeval it turned to be #2. In spite all this the distillery …