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Creative Whisky Company, Headline, Independent Bottling, scotch, Speyside, Tamdhu, Tasting Notes »

[29 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
Tasting Tamdhu 1984 ,26 yo , WWW forum Bottling (Creative Whisky Co.)

Earlier this year the members of the WWW forum, an excellent forum, run by Mark Connelly, were asked to choose a single cask bottling that would be bottled especially for the forum members (if they chose to buy it, of course). After some discussion the choice fell on a 1984 Tamdhu which was bottled by David Stirk owner of the …

Featured, Headline, Opinions, poll »

[28 Dec 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Poll Results  – Paying more $$$ for more % ABV

Earlier this month I posted a new poll regarding bottling strength of single casks or quality malts, and the premium we’re willing to pay to get a fuller body, with higher % ABV. It all started after tasting a Master of Malt Speyside 30 year old, I really liked but hoped it would be bottled at a higher ABV for …

Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Peated, Tasting Notes, Wemyss »

[27 Dec 2011 | One Comment | ]
Wemyss malts Peat Chimney 12 yo blended malt

We’re back from a little Hanukah  / Xmas break with another one of Wemyss malts blended malt whiskies. If you recall I have reviewed it’s younger brother a few months ago (8 year old) which was very nice. This Blended malt is made up from 16 different single malts, with an emphasis on 12 year old Islay malt. I’ve noticed …

Headline, Opinions »

[25 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
Merry Xmas from Whisky Israel

So, it’s Xmas time!
We at Whisky Israel wish you a merry Xmas & Happy Holidays.
Enjoy your time with your family, pour a few drams, and see you all on the other side of 2011.
In the mean time, do tell us which whisky are you going to enjoy over the holidays, be it a special bottle, one you love, or …

Featured, Glen Garioch, Headline, Independent Bottling, Kintra, Tasting Notes »

[21 Dec 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
A Hanukkah dram : Kintra Whisky Glen Garioch 20 yo

The holiday of lights , A.K.A Hanukah is upon us and here in Israel and throughout the world we’re lighting 8 candles staring with one and adding another one each day for the next 8 days. it’s a lovely holiday, filled with light, Latkes, and Sufganiot (a form of doughnuts, with no hole in the middle, but injected with jam). …

Dalmore, Featured, Headline, Highlands, Tasting Notes »

[19 Dec 2011 | One Comment | ]
Tasting the new Dalmore 1995 (Whisky Shop Exclusive)

Only a few days ago The Dalmore has released a new limited expression which is now available only in the whisky shop chain. Named ‘The Distillery Manager’s Exclusive’ the whisky was chosen for release by Distillery Manager Ian Mackay to celebrate the at the newly refurbished Dalmore Distillery Visitor Centre. The ‘Distillery Manager’s Exclusive’ has been matured in Matusalem sherry …

Cask Strength, Headline, Independent Bottling, Islay, Kintra, Laphroaig, Sherry, Tasting Notes »

[15 Dec 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Tasting Kintra Whisky Laphroaig 13 yo single cask

We continue tasting the newest bottling from Kintra, and after that Coal Ila, another Islay from Laphroaig. This time aged in a sherry butt. Sherry and peat can go well together, or can be very bad together, depending on the cask and balance. Happily this one is a great example of how a sherry but and a peaty spirit can …

Featured, Headline, poll »

[14 Dec 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
New Poll : Paying more for higher % ABV

A tasting note, and a twitter conversation between a few whisky fanatics like myself, has led me to post a new poll.
The facts:
Say you have an old and good bottling of a whisky at 40%, at a reasonable price, would you agree to pay 30% more, and get a richer fuller higher %ABV of the same whisky?
Voting is open, I …

Headline, Independent Bottling, Master Of Malt, Mystery drams, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[13 Dec 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Tasting Master of Malt Speyside 30 year 4th edition

Only a few weeks ago I tasted the 3rd edition and here comes a brand new edition. This one is totally different than the third, with a much more sherry influence (back to the ‘roots’ as the 2nd edition). Let’s give this a try, shall we?
Master of Malt 30 Year Old Speyside (4th Edition) , 40% ABV , £99
Nose: A …

Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Peated, Single Cask, Springbank, Tasting Notes »

[12 Dec 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Tasting a unique Springbank : Frederica Golf Club bottling 2009

I’ve posted notes of a Port Charlotte bottled by my Danish friend Jorn, a few months ago, and that was a total cracker. Jorn is a great person, a true whisky and golf lover, and apparently has a great sense of choosing good casks. Now it’s time to enjoy his prior bottling a 10 year old Springbank he bottled last …