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[29 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
The new Glendronach Peated – Review

As a big fan of the Glendronach distillery I was quite excited to hear they are releasing a peated whisky edition,  distilled using peated malted barley –  first matured in bourbon casks followed by a second period of maturation in the finest Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. As Glendronach are synonymous with good sherry matured whisky, It is really …

Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Lagavulin, Special Release »

[24 Nov 2015 | 2 Comments | ]
Lagavulin 12 yo – Special Release 2015

There are usually a couple of affordable whiskies in the yearly Special release by Diageo, and the Lagavulin is a dram you can always trust to be very good to excellent (At least in recent years). The Other is the Caol Ila, both can be had for under 80 quid which is not a bad price for Cask strength OB …

Diageo, Featured, Headline, Islay, Peated, Port Ellen, Special Release, Tasting Notes »

[22 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
Diageo SR 2015 Part III –Port Ellen 32 yo [1983]

So, we come to the holy grail of whisky collectors and geeks : The Legendary Port Ellen from this year’s Special releases. Aged 32 years and distilled in 1983 – the final year of production at the PE distillery. Priced at £2,400, it is not really cheap, and my guess not many bottles will EVER get opened, as this is …

Diageo, Featured, Grain, Headline, Special Release, Tasting Notes »

[18 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
Diageo Special Releases 2015–Part II – The Cally 40 Year Old 1974

The What?! Yes, that was also my reaction when I saw “The Cally” 40 year old as part of this year’s Special release. So, a grain whisky, cool! this is infact not the first ever Grain to be featured on the SR (There was one in 2011 by Port Dundas).
The Cally actually stands for the Caledonian, which was a grain …

Clynelish, Diageo, Featured, Headline, NAS, Special Release, Tasting Notes »

[17 Nov 2015 | One Comment | ]
Diageo Special Releases 2015–Part I–Clynelsih Select Reserve [NAS]

I was very lucky to have received this cool Special Releases sample pack from Diageo this year. I was totally not expecting it, as it landed in one cool box a couple of weeks ago. They have really outdid themselves with the design and packing, and they were smart enough as to put unsealed sample bottles , so the samples …

BenRiach, Featured, Headline, Peated, PX, Rum Finish, Tasting Notes »

[16 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
Two 18 yo Peated Benriach–Albariza & Dunder

Time to try a few Peated Benriachs that have eluded me for some time (no idea why). Both are 18 year old, peated, what differentiates one another is the cask finish chosen. The first one Albariza was finished in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. The name Albariza comes from a type of chalky soil which is typical for Andalucia (in Spain). …

Bourbon, Featured, Headline, NAS, Tasting Notes, Tomatin »

[15 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
Tomatin Cù Bòcan Bourbon Cask

In case you’ve been living on the moon recently  a no introduction to Cù Bòcan  is required.This is the only peated line of whisky from Tomatin. The “regular” expression  is matured in a combination of Sherry, Virgin Oak and Bourbon casks, while Tomtain has also released expressions that showcase only one type of wood used for the vatting of Cù …

Featured, Headline, NAS, Tasting Notes, The balvenie »

[2 Nov 2015 | One Comment | ]
The Balvenie  Tun 1509 Batch #2 – Review

What do you do when you have a winner, a cracking whisk called the Tun 1401 and you can not keep up with demand? You build a bigger Tun, that can hold a lot more. A good idea, right? I have not tried the first batch out of the 1509, but fortunately I was able to buy a share of …

Featured, Headline, Littlemill, Oloroso, Tasting Notes »

[29 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]
Littlemill 25 Private Cellar Edition [oloroso sherry cask] –Review

Some time ago I saw a twitter / Facebook call for bloggers willing (yes, willing!) to taste this new OB Littlemill and blog about it , and I kindly accepted the offer (yes, who am I kidding, I wanted to taste it). Littlemill is becoming very popular lately (in our own circles of whisky geeks , lovers and wannabees), and …

Bruichladdich, Featured, Headline, Islay, Tasting Notes »

[26 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]
Octomore 7.3 Islay Barley – Review

The last day or so was quite rainy an stormy if not very cold, and what better weather than this to be drinking peated malts, right? When you’re talking peat monsters there is one clear king in terms of power , PPM and quality, and that is the Bruichladdich family of Octomore malts.  The latest installment (like the 6.3) is …