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[29 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
New Whisky & Music Festival : Pure Festival, London

If you’re in London this September (24,25th), and you love whisky and music (if you’re reading this blog, I’m sure you love whisky, and who doesn’t love music eh?) You should be aware of this lovely new Festival coming. Named Pure, and organized by the guys over at Connosr.com.
Pure aims to educate people on Whisky in a fun and informative …

English, Featured, Headline, Peated, St. George, Tasting Notes »

[27 Jul 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Tasting The English Whisky Co. Chapter 11 Heavily peated

St.George’s Distillery is a rather new distillery which started producing whisky in 2006. The distillery itself had been founded by James Nelstrop and his son Andrew. Currently their master distiller is David Fitt who joined them in 2007. The distillery’s first official Whisky was bottled in 2009. The distillery has a unique naming convention for it’s whiskies and spirits (under …

BenRiach, Featured, Headline, Peated, scotch, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[27 Jul 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
Tasting The BenRiach Authenticus 21 yo

This one is the older brother of the 10 year old Curiositas I’ve reviewed in the past. Every year only 4800 bottles of this fine nectar are released.at 46% ABV, it’s non chill filtered, and natural colour, as we whisky geeks like!
BenRiach Authenticus 21 , 46% ABV , £60
Nose: A rather peaty nose, with quite a lot of smoke, and …

BenRiach, Featured, Headline, scotch, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[26 Jul 2011 | One Comment | ]
Tasting The BenRiach 20 yo

We’re climbing the age ramp , and after having 16,17 year olds, we’ve reached the more mature 20 and 21 year old (next post). For a 20 year old whisky , this one is well priced at around £51, yet the 43% is a bit disappointing. why not up the ante and go with 46%? this is clearly not an …

Featured, Glenfiddich, Headline, scotch, Speyside, Tasting Event, Tasting Notes »

[22 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
Glenfiddich Take II : Tasting four Glenfiddich

After enjoying the lovely hospitality of the British Ambassador, we sat down for a short tasting session of 4 GF expressions.
The Tasting was led by Ilan of the Hacerem (Israeli Importer of Glenfiddich), and was set beautifully in the garden around little tables with 4 sitting at each. I sat down for the tasting with two lovely blokes : Richard …

Featured, Glenfiddich, Headline, Speyside, Tasting Event, Tasting Notes, whisky events »

[21 Jul 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
The Glenfiddich event at the British ambassador ‘s house celebrating the Snow Phoenix

If you remember a few weeks ago i wrote about the Snow Phoneix auction in Israel and asked how much would you pay for a bottle. The auction took place this month, and as promised, The British Ambassador in cooperation with the Israel Importer of Glenfiddich threw a cocktail party, and reception for Israeli journalists and the lucky 45 Isralies …

BenRiach, Featured, Finishes, Headline, Speyside, Tasting Notes, Wine Finish »

[20 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
Tasting The BenRiach 17 yo Rioja Finish

Continuing our Benriach sessions, with another finish, this time an older 17 year old Rioja wine finish. For those of you who are not familiar with the wine world, Rioja denotes a wine region in Spain. Rioja wines are made from vines growing in the La Rioja region, as well as some part of Navarra, and the Basque province of …

BenRiach, Featured, Finishes, Headline, Madeira, Peated, scotch, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[18 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
Tasting The BenRiach 13 yo Maderensis Fumosus (peated Madeira finished)

After two non peated beauties, we come back to the peated land. It’s Speyside, yes i know, but if you remember my previous BenRiach posts, i quite liked their peated line. How will this Madeira finish fare? will it be in par with the sherry / rum ‘Fumosuses’?  Let’s dive in. Nose first, of course!
The BenRiach 13 yo Maderensis Fumosus …

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[15 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
Tasting The BenRiach 16 yo

This one is the older brother of the 12 yo I wrote about earlier this week, let’s see what we’re in for after an additional 4 years of maturation.
The BenRiach 16 yo, 40% ABV , £36

Nose: The nose on this one is spicier than the 12 yo. Starting on candied Ginger, a bit of exotic fruit (papaya, sun-dried banana) , …

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[13 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
Tasting The Benriach 12 yo

My first Benriach in the series. This 12 year old has won a few medals through the years (it’s right medals don’t say much about the whisky).  It’s a no frills 12 classic speysider, without any finishes or peat or anything. the good old way . So let’s give it a try.
The Benriach 12 yo,40% abv, £23

Nose: Starting off with …