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[20 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]
To Space and beyond! –Tasting Ardbeg Galileo

while writing some notes for an Ardbeg Special releases tasting events I am hosting today I noticed I’ve not published any notes on the Ardbeg Galileo , which has been around for a few years now. This was released in 2012 with a nice shaker and sample bottle for press (now being sold on auctions for 100’s of pounds)… Cult, …

bowmore, Featured, Feis Ile, Headline, Islay, SMWS, Tasting Notes »

[15 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]
SMWS Feis Ile 2015 edition – 3.243 – "Dark, smouldering flamenco gypsy [Bowmore 17 yo]

After yesterday’s Ardbeg , It’s time for a cracking dram from the SMWS. at a much nicer price (If you are a member and was lucky enough to buy one in time).  They have decided to bottle a really nice edition for this year’s Feis, a 17 years old cask , distilled 25th September 1997 at 57.1% abv, refill ex-sherry …

Clynelish, Featured, Headline, Sherry, Signatory, Tasting Notes, The Whisky Exchange »

[7 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]
Clynelish 1996 , 18 yo Cask #6509 – Signatory Exclusive for TWE

After the superb Glenlivet 1981 I was keen on trying another of the newly released Signatory Exclusives,This time a younger Clynelish, in a refill sherry casks as well. we’re talking 55.5% here, distilled 28/6/1996 and bottled 8/4/2015 yielding 606 bottles , Natural color , NCF. Nice, right?
Clynelish 1996 , 18 yo Cask #6509 – Signatory Exclusive for TWE  , £79.95 …

Benromach, Featured, Headline, Tasting Notes, Twitter »

[7 Jul 2015 | 2 Comments | ]
The new Benromach 15 yo–Review and Tasting notes–#BenromachTT

The Benromach 10 year old and its Cask Strength sibling the 100 proof have been favorites of mine for quite some time now, both priced very competitively at a level few other whiskies can even come near. I was quite happy to be able to try the new 15 year old in a twitter tasting held last night. The lineup …

Featured, Glenlivet, Headline, Signatory, Tasting Notes, The Whisky Exchange »

[6 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]
TWE Exclusive: Glenlivet 1981  33yo, signatory Cask # 9464 – Review

It’s really hard to find BAD signatory bottlings, I’ve tasted quite a few, and you can be fairly sure that you’ve got a nice dram when you bought one. I’ve blogged about a few over the years, and drank others, and mostly loved them. A very good IB. So when I got 3 wee samples of exclusive Signatory bottling for …

bowmore, bowmore, Featured, Feis Ile, Headline, Tasting Notes, Virgin Oak »

[30 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
Bowmore Feis Ile 2015–Virgin Oak , NAS – Review

It’s time to start sampling some of the bottling from this year’s Feis Ile (Islay Festival), beginning with this lovely Bowmore. Bowmore did two different  bottles for this year’s Festival : The very expensive 26 year old 1988 vintage (at a whopping 350 quid – way out of my budget), and the NAS Virgin oak (at 55 quid). Luckily I …

Featured, Glen Moray, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[29 Jun 2015 | One Comment | ]
A Couple of Peated Glen Moray

When life gives you Lemons, make Lemonade. Right?
I was supposed to participate in a Glenmoray  tasting but due to some issues with delivery and timing, I was able to taste those only later on. But as they say, better late than never, and so I set to taste the peated spirit and the Peated Whisky (NAS) one after another (not …

Featured, Glendronach, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[23 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
The New Glendronach The ‘Hielan’ (Or Where is my Sherry?)

The great Glendronach core lineup has been expanded recently to include a young sibling by the name if ‘Hielan’. It is only 8 years of age, and as opposed to most GD offerings, is a combination of both Ex-bourbon and Ex-Sherry casks (I suspect more ex-Bourbon is used).  if we’re talking younger GDs there is also the Octarine which is …

Blended Malts, Cask Strength, Douglas Laing, Featured, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[22 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
The new Scallywag Cask Strength [D.Laing] – Review

Douglas Laing’s original Scallywag was launched in November 2013 and was quite successful (reviewed here)  I liked it quite a bit . However D.Laing were not  content with letting sleeping dogs lie, and they now reveal its Cask strength version:  Scallywag Cask Strength bottled at 53.6%, and is more limited .This edition bottling is created using only the finest Speyside …

Berenheim, Bourbon, Featured, Headline, Orphan Barrel, Tasting Notes, whiskey »

[15 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
Orphan Barrel – ‘Rhetoric’ bourbon whiskey 20yo

You might have heard about the Orphan Barrel series of whiskeys released in recent months by Diageo, as they were quite the discussion topic among bourbon and whiskey lovers. The name is allegedly chosen because the barrels for these releases were “forgotten”, in the Diageo warehouses, or so. I am quite skeptical about them being really forgotten, more likely been …