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Barolo, BenRiach, Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Single Cask, Speyside, Tasting Notes, Wine Finish »

[30 Jan 2012 | One Comment | ]
Tasting The Benriach 1990 Single Cask # 3805 for Singapore

Today I’m reviewing a very unique single cask Benriach. This one was bottled specifically for the Singapore market. 484 bottles all in all. This bottle has a very interesting story. As it appears the Singapore market is a rather important market for scotch whisky, and there are quite some special cask bottlings being released there. I cam across a lovely …

Auchentoshan, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Lowlands, Malts Of Scotland, Sherry, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[26 Jan 2012 | 3 Comments | ]
Tasting Auchentoshan 1999 Malts of Scotland

Another one of the Toshans from the sample swap with the ‘Toshan Man, Mark. I was really looking to tasting this one, being a sherry cask, and indie selected by Belgian whisky club Fulldram. And I was in for a treat

Auchentoshan 1999 Malts of Scotland Xmas Fulldram , 56,4% ABV , Cask # 2412
Nose: Sweet burst of sugars. Big sherry …

Headline, Master Of Malt, Non Whisky, Rum »

[24 Jan 2012 | One Comment | ]
Master of Malt Rumbullion!

Today we’re off the whisky trail and taking a wee detour to experiment and explore a rather unique spirit from Master of Malt. the Rumbullion. This one is the brain child of Professor Cornelius Ampleforth based on the kind of rich, full-bodied rums the seafaring fraternity would have enjoyed centuries ago.
At the core it a blend of the very finest …

Bunnahabhain, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Islay, Single Cask, Tasting Notes, Wemyss »

[23 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Wemyss Single cask–’Honey Spice’ 1991 (Bunnahabhain)

Wemyss malts also bottles some very good single casks in addition to the blended malt whiskies. The latest batch of single casks includes a distillery name on the label in addition to the Wemyss special naming scheme describing the whisky so accurately as I’ve grown to learn. Today we shall sample another one of those, a 1991 year old Bunnahabhain …

Auchentoshan, Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Lowlands, Tasting Notes »

[19 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Tasting Auchentoshan 2009 Festival Edition

Continuing our Auchentoshan journey, today we’re in for a treat. a cask strength distillery only bottling. In 2009 Auchentoshan held a festival over at the distillery , visited by over 2000 people. A special edition was bottled for the occasion, 500 bottles made, of a fairly young cask strength whisky (NAS on the bottle), which later was also sold on …

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[18 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Some Cool Whisky news – Social whisky game / Blend your Own Whisky

Blend your own whisky by Master Of Malt
A lot of whisky news going on, and two very interesting items I wanted to share with you, my loyal readers.
The first one is not completely new, and was launched at the end of 2011 : Master of malt the innovative whisky retailer is never idle, and they have launched a very cool …

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

[17 Jan 2012 | 3 Comments | ]
Glenfarclas 175 Special anniversary edition

No, this whisky is not 175 year old as you might guess (a wee bit too much of maturation LOL), but rather a special 175 year anniversary bottling. Glenfarclas Distillery was first licensed in 1836 and to mark the 175th year of operation, this expression was released.  It is really a vatting quite a few casks from different decades : …

Blends, Featured, Headline, Hibiki, Suntory, Tasting Notes »

[16 Jan 2012 | 5 Comments | ]
Tasting Hibiki 21 yo

Currently I am in the midst of reading a wonderful book by a japanese writer by the name of Haruki Murakami, a well known writer and an excellent one if i might add (won a lot of literary prizes and recognition, so this is not a real surprise to most of you i know)  the book 1Q84 (which i highly recommend to …

Bunnahabhain, Cask Strength, Duncan Taylor, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Islay, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[12 Jan 2012 | One Comment | ]
Tasting Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1988 – Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

After the first member of the “dimensions” line , that excellent Aberlour ex-Bourbon cask, i had high hopes for this expression from the same series. This time We’re talking 23 year old, Bunnahabhain which rested in cask 2358  until being bottled in 2011, Cask strength,  and limited to 225 bottles all in all.
Dimensions Bunnahabhain 1988 23yo Cask 2358 53.5% , …

Blended Malts, Compass Box, Featured, Headline, Islay, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[9 Jan 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Tasting Compass Box ‘The Last Vatted Malt’

At midnight on the 22nd of November 2011 an era has ended. The term Vatted Malt has been declared illegal, and a new term has come into life : “Blended Malt”. the SWA decided that the term vatted malt was not clear enough and replaced it with the new term. To celebrate this change and pay homage the the old …