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Amrut, Ardbeg, Bunnahabhain, Islands, Islay, Jura, Lagavulin, Peated, scotch, Whisky Israel Society »

[29 Jul 2010 | 10 Comments | ]
Whisky Israel Peat (and others) summit #1

After several days of preparations and discussions via emails and phones, the date and time was set for the first WhiskyIsrael Peat Summit. Kfir Bloch, Gal Granov, Igal Tabachnik and I met at Kfir’s place in the hot and humid town of Ramat Gan, located in the Israeli coastal area.
July in Israel is not a very whisky welcoming time and …

Cask Strength, Glenugie, Highlands, Quick Dram, scotch, Signatory, Tasting Notes, Whisky Links »

[27 Jul 2010 | 9 Comments | ]
Quick Dram : Glenugie 31 yo 1977 Signatory

Glenugie malt is not very common nowadays, and this is not surprising due to the fact that the Distillery has not been operational since 1983.
The distillery was founded in 1831, and until it’s closure changed a few owners, and went through a silent period during WWI. In 1937 it reopened and operated until 1983, a tough year in which quite …

Caol Ila, Independent Bottling, Islay, Peated, Port Askaig, scotch, Tasting Notes, Whisky Links »

[21 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]
Tasting Port Askaig CS (and Caol Ila CS too)

Port Askaig is a town (and a port)  on the island of Islay (on the north-west), and is also the name of yet another ‘Mystery Dram’ bottled by the Whisky Exchange. The range of Port Askaig bottling consists of a 17 yo , 25 yo, 30 yo and a Cask strength NAS. If you take a look at the Islay …

Arran, Islands, scotch, Tasting Notes »

[18 Jul 2010 | 7 Comments | ]
Tasting Two Arrans (The Icons of Arran Limited Edition)

Both bottles i am about to review belong to the ‘The Icons of Arran Limited Edition’ series of bottling from Arran distillery (which now consists only of those two expressions).  I am kind of new to the Arran distillery malts, and reviewed a very limited and special independent bottling of its whisky (The IWS Arran distilled, Jerusalem aged whisky) .

Arran …

Finishes, Quick Dram, Rum Finish, scotch, Speyside, Tasting Notes, The balvenie, Whisky Links »

[16 Jul 2010 | One Comment | ]

I will always have a warm corner in my heart for The Balvenie. A few years ago, i didn’t really like whisky. The truth is that i did like whisky, but i didn’t know it… Until then i tasted only bad blends and no wonder i didn’t find them very thrilling. Until one day i visited my good friend Kfir. …

Islands, Orkney, Scapa, scotch, Tasting Notes, Whisky Links »

[15 Jul 2010 | 11 Comments | ]

Scapa is the little known ‘Other’ Orkney distillery. Shadowed by the more famous and world renowned ‘Highland Park’ distillery located not far away from it, it produces relatively sweet and unpeated single malts as opposed to many other ‘Island’ drams which are smoky,briny and more coastal.
SCAPA distillery takes it names from the nearby ‘Scapa Flow’ which  is one of Britain’s …

Cooking, Food pairings, Laphroaig, Recipe »

[14 Jul 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

I spotted this wee recipe on the Laphraoig Facebook page. The recipe was hiding there and not very easy to find. I love the QC Laphroaig , it’s one of the better Islay drams you can get at a very reasonable price. It’s young kicking, and just as it should be. Super.
I think i am going to try this recipe …

Highlands, NAS, Quick Dram, scotch, Sherry, Tasting Notes, The Macallan, Whisky Links »

[13 Jul 2010 | 13 Comments | ]

The Macallan 1824 is a series of whiskies aimed at the travel retail section (duty free shops), and consists of four expressions : Select Oak, Whisky Maker’s Edition, Estate Reserve and 1824 Limited Release. Those whiskies do not carry an age statement and are supposed to be crafted by the now retired John Ramsey (who was the Master whisky maker …

general, Glenfiddich, whisky events »

[12 Jul 2010 | 4 Comments | ]

I live in Israel as you know, so i will not be able to attend this event, but for our many UK readers i think this event will be of interest.
So, what am i talking about?
Each month a story telling event called Campfire is held  in a studio in north London, called the Lighthouse. So far this year it played …

Finishes, South African, Tasting Notes, Three Ships, Whisky Links »

[11 Jul 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

South Africa is currently hosting the 2010 world cup football competition, which frankly is rather boring for me. I am not a big football fan, and most games are not that thrilling. Except one or two matches which were brilliant, the rest are just OK at best, or quite boring otherwise.

But, South Africa is a great nation and has a …