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[8 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]
Tasting the new Benromach 35 yo

Last monday, Benromach revealed their brand new 35 year old expressions an exclusive expression crafted at the distillery before the Urquhart family, owners of leading whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail, revived it in 1998. I really loved the 1976 edition I reviewed some time ago, and needless to say I was intrigued to find out how good this one is… …

Featured, Headline, Highlands, Old Pulteney, Tasting Notes »

[7 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]
More Old Pulteney–visitng the  21 yo

This is the last OP I am going to review in this brief series of Ops. It has won quite some awards (including being selected as best whisky for 2012 by the notorious Jim Murray) which made it quite popular in recent years. Although I do not see eye to eye with old Jimbo, I must admit this is a …

Featured, Headline, Highlands, Old Pulteney, Tasting Notes »

[2 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]
Re-tasting the  Old Pulteney 17 year old

After hosting the OP tasting last week in Tel Aviv, I was reminded that for some reason I’ve not posted notes for the 21 year old, and I also wanted to re-taste the 17 year old, see how it changed since i last reviewed it in Jan 2011… (my palate has changed, and the whisky must have too). Let’s roll:
Old …

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

[27 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
Dailuaine 34 Year Old 1980 (Special Release 2015)

You can say whatever you want about Diageo, but you can not deny the fact that this big corporation is bottling some fantastic stuff be it the 16 yo Lagavulin, the 10 yo Talisker, if we’re talking standard afordable whiskies, or the latest 2015 Special releases. Stunning stuff, and while not exactly cheap (and very very expensive when we’re talking …

Featured, Headline, Old Pulteney, Peated, Tasting Notes »

[25 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
Old Pulteney vintage 1989 (Peated cask) – Review

I will be hosting another whisky tasting today, featuring the entire Old Pulteney core range (age statement versions), starting from the 12 through the 17,21 and then reaching the awesome 35 year old I reviewed in the past, this 1989 however is a whisky I’ve not yet reviewed, having liked the 1990 which is also a peated version, I was …

Featured, Headline, Islay, Laphroaig, Tasting Notes »

[13 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
Laphroaig 21 , OB , 2015 edition (FoL)

Laphraoig released quit a few expressions recently, some of them better some are ok. This one being the oldest Laphraoig I can still  afford (the 32 year old does sound lovely, but it’s up there and I can not even think of buying it at around € 1200).It is a “limited” edition, released to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the …

Caol Ila, Featured, Headline, Islay, Special Release, Tasting Notes »

[12 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
Caol Ila 17 year old Unpeated– #Diageo Special Rel. 2015

Going back and tasting a few of the remaining SR 2015.. This Caol Ila is the second affordable whisky of the range (after the excellent Lagavulin). this is the 10th edition, and the whisky was distilled in 1997, aged in ex-bourbon casks , priced at 90 quid. Previous Unpeated CIs were excellent, and I was really looking forward to trying …

Featured, G&M, Glen Grant, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[29 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]
Glen Grant 1950-2015, 65yo G&M for Wealth Solutions

Time to end this year with some really special drams,the first of which is a quite unique in a few respects : First of all it was distilled in 1950, yes nineteen fifty, yes 25 years before I was even born which is cool, very cool. What also makes it cool is the ABV it is bottled. At first I …

Amrut, Ex-Bourbon, Featured, Headline, Indian, Single Cask »

[22 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]
Amrut 2009 cask #3434 WhiskyBase NL exclusive, ex-Bourbon

I’m a big fan of good Indian whiskies (Amrut, Paul John) , with Amrut defienrtly being one of the best whisky distilleries outside Scotland (and Japan). They have been really making good stuff in recent years, with quite some OB single casks released recently as well as the ‘Spectrum’. When this one came out on Whisky Base, I knew this …

Ex-Bourbon, Featured, Glenfarclas, Headline, Independent Bottling, SMWS, Tasting Notes »

[21 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]
An ex-bourbon cask Glenfarclas? yes! –SMWS 1.194 Attractive, rounded and comforting, 16 yo

A bourbon cask Glenfarclas? Blasphemy! some would shout, and indeed there are not that many cask GFs bottled from an ex-bourbon. Indeed, Glranfarclas is synonomous with sherry maturation, and although you’d never guess this was a GF blind, their spirit is top notch, and works perfectly well with ex-bourbon. I’ve tasted a bourbon cask sample way back when the Glenfarclas …