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Headline, poll, The Macallan »

[28 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Macallan Revamp of basic range to NAS–good or bad?

Two days ago The Macallan announced it would be revamping it’s basic range : Removal of 10-15 sherry oak and “Fine Oak”, and replacing them with 3 NAS expression called : Gold, Sienna and Ruby (named after their colors). You do not have to worry as the older and beloved expression 18 and up will continue to be sold as …

bowmore, Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Islay, Travel Retail »

[27 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Tasting Bowmore 100 Degrees Proof

Originally produced for the Travel Retail market (duty free shops) this is a cask strength NCF Bowmore NAS, and comes in a 1 Litre bottle. I’m not a Huge Bowmore fan but I do think they are really trying to make better whiskies in recent 1-2 years, and we definitely can see a change there, which is great news for …

Campletown, Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Sherry, Single Cask, Springbank, Tasting Notes »

[26 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Springbank Sherry cask 1997  / Potstill Austria

Always interesting to taste Springbanks, especially cask strength and single sherry casks ones. This was bottled for Potstill Austria  from cask #296 yielding 216 bottles at 57.1 % ABV.
Springbank 1997 single cask #296  for Potstill Austria,  57.1 % ABV , 216 btl
Nose:  A very nice mixture of both sweet sherry notes, and salty briny seaweed sort of notes you can …

Barolo, BenRiach, Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Singapore, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[25 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
The Benriach ‘Generations’ 1988  Gaja barolo Cask #4423 (Singapore)

Earlier this year I posted my notes for a younger single cask expressions bottled for the Singapore market. Unlike the other cask, this one is a wine cask , and a Gaja barolo to be more exact, rather than a classic sherry cask.  It’s time to check out the older expression and see how we like it over here, right? …

Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, marriage, Tasting Notes, The balvenie »

[21 Jun 2012 | One Comment | ]
The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch #3

After the success of batches 1&2 (see my notes on the 2nd) , comes the third batch (actually there’s a fourth batch already in some duty free shops worldwide, I’ve seen one on my way back from Heathrow a few months ago. If you are not familiar with the term, Tun 1401 : basically it’s a special vatting of hand …

Cask Strength, Featured, Glen Grant, Headline, Independent Bottling, Men o'Quaich, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[19 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
More Men o’Quaich–Glen Grant 1974 36 yo

After a lovely Mortlach, a great Caperdonich comes the best of the three (so i think) – this Glen Grant. Again, a distillery that is not well known to me, and a chance to taste a dram that is older than me by one year (as times goes by, it’s getting harder and harder, and ever more expensive to experience …

Duncan Taylor, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Men o'Quaich, Mortlach, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[18 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Men o’Quiach Collection Take II  : Mortlach 1993 , 18yo

Ok, Men o’Quaich take II. this time we’re off to the lovely Mortlach distillery located in the town of Dufftown. I’ve had quite a few of those (Mortlachs)  And i am a fan. so, high expectations!
Another expression from this lovely collection, and this time a Mortlach. this was poured into a fresh sherry Octave cask, and spent another 8 months …

Caperdonich, Cask Strength, Featured, Finishes, Headline, Men o'Quaich, Single Cask, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[18 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Tasting ‘Men o’Quiach’ – 1972 Caperdonich 38yo

Men o’Quaich is an IB label created by a group of Russian single malt whisky aficionados (Timothy, Paul, Vladislav, Alexis and Mikhail). It consists of old and older casks which are then transferred into an octave sherry cask of small dimensions (and volume) for a few months to ‘finish’ the liquid than bottled at cask strength with the help of …

general, Headline, Opinions »

[17 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Whisky Guy Rob (Rob Gard) features Whisky Israel (and me)

Last week i got a very surprising email from Rob Gard, a writer and lover of whisky, he has been living whisky for the past years, and writing whisky for longer than I have even enjoyed whisky. Rob asked me if i am willing to be interviewed for his blog, which is now being resurrected (after a long time not …

Guest posts, Headline, Twitter »

[14 Jun 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
My First Whisky Tasting: A Night with the Boys (or the first Anglo Israeli whisky tweetup)

I’m very happy to present to you , our first ever female guest post on the blog. Women also dig whisky, and their voice should be heard loud and clear, so please welcome our guest blogger Ruth, and first, a short intro:
Usually dabbling in the hotel and tourism arena, Ruth has learned to admire fine single malts. Hailing from the …