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[30 Dec 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Top 10 drams for 2012  (that do not require selling an organ)

I’ve gotten quite a few requests after posing my earlier post summing 2012, about posting a “mere mortals” version, or an under $150 / not requiring sale of organs / etc. version, and I although I did not mean to post a buyer’s guide or best of 2012 buys, I hear you friends and blog readers, and as they say …

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[30 Dec 2012 | 6 Comments | ]
Summing up 2012  – My whisky year top 5

Yes, i am not very unique and I guess you will see a lot of those “best of  2012” , so here is mine. You did not have to suffer through “my Xmas shopping list or 12 drams of Xmas” so, this is acceptable, right?
OK, this year was a year full of amazing drams, and it’s really hard to choose …

Abbey Whisky, Caperdonich, Cask Strength, Headline, Independent Bottling, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[27 Dec 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Caperdonich 17 Year Old (Abbey Whisky)

My First ever Abbey Whisky review, and very happy to add another Indie bottler. Always makes me happy to get a wee sample i never tried (cheers guys!) , and this one was no exception, with the growing crowd of Caperdonich whisky lovers, We see more and more Indie bottlings from this lost distillery. Some of which were lovely and …

Calvados, Finishes, Headline, Springbank, Tasting Notes »

[25 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
Springbank Calvados wood 12 yo

I’m always up to trying new expressions from Springbank, those are rarely below the very good mark. They have been toying with quite some wood finishes over there : Barolo, Shiraz, Marsala, and more, but Calvados is a finish I’ve almost never tried, not in SB’s and not elsewhere, and it was really interesting to see what this one might …

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[22 Dec 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Wishing you all a Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays!

Xmas is almost upon us, and although we do not celebrate XMAS here in Israel, I know the entire world is in a festive mood. I would like to take a moment and wish you all a merry Xmas, happy festivities (If you celebrate it alternatively) and a happy new year.
May you be merry and close to the ones you …

Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Old Pulteney, Tasting Notes »

[19 Dec 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
Tasting Old Pulteney 40 year old–Oldest OB yet

if you recall I featured this new release of OP a few weeks ago on one of the weekend whisky news. Just a small reminder (if you have not read that, or need a refresher)  : This is the Oldest OB Old Pulteney to have been released until this date, consisting of 3 Spanish ex-sherry hogsheads and one American oak …

Aberlour, Featured, Headline, Master Of Malt, Speyside, Tasting Notes, That Boutique-y Whisky Company »

[19 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
Aberlour – Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Another little bottle (0,5l)  with a lovely label, this time the Mash Tun in Aberlour a wonderful place with amazing Glenfarclas family casks shelf (and many others). Aberlour is well known for its sherried expressions, and winner of several awards, including the latest MMA (for it’s A’bunadh NAS which many of us love).
Aberlour – Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) …

Featured, Headline, Islay, Kilchoman, Single Cask, Single Cask Nation, Tasting Notes »

[18 Dec 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Tasting Single Cask Nation Kilchoman 2007

Single Cask Nation is a range of single cask bottlings by the Jewish Whisky Company , set up by  Joshua Hatton, Jason J.Yellin and  (two well known bloggers at Guid Scotch Drink and Jewmalt Whisky) and Seth who is a more silent member of the team and not a blogger. It’s not a secret that Josh and I are old …

Berry Bros. & Rudd, Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Jura, Tasting Notes »

[17 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
Berry’s own selection Isle of Jura 1976

A few weeks ago I was to participate in a Berry Bros. & Rudd twitter tasting organized by Steve of the whisky Wire, but because of many factors mainly incompetence of TNT international, and their Israeli branch (Never use TNT for sending samples , never!) i got the samples only a few days AFTER the event took place. And here …

Caol Ila, Headline, Single Cask, Tasting Notes, Wemyss »

[13 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]
Wemyss Malts lemon Smoke– Caol Ila

Another one from the latest batch of single casks from Wemyss this time an Islay, from Caol Ila, 16 year old, and from the name you can expect it to be lemony and smoky, and so it is…

Lemon Smoke, 16 yo Caol Ila , vintage 1996 , 46% ABV,£68.95
Nose:  Lemon pie, mixed with peat reek, leather, smoke, sweet peat and …