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[25 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
Brora 37 yo [1977]–Special Release 2015

Yes. After the Port Ellen, comes the Brora 37 year old. relatively cheap compared to the PE at “only” £1,300 , which is still a lot of money. A closed distillery, with a cult following (not as big as PE obviously). I was looking at some 2012 pricing, and I was saying the Brora release is pricy at 400 quid… …

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 …

Headline, Islay, Laphroaig, Tasting Notes »

[23 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
Laphroaig 15 Year Old (200th Anniversary Edition)–Review and thoughts

We’re taking a bit of time of from the Diageo SR 2015, to a more down to earth dram, we’re able to afford:
The Laphroaig 15 has been a favorite of many whisky lovers, until it was replaced a couple of years ago by the 18 year old. Fortunately, the distillery has re-created this expression (it’s 15 year old alright, but …

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 | No 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 …

Gleann Mór, Headline, Independent Bottling, Lagavulin, Tasting Notes »

[12 Nov 2015 | 2 Comments | ]
Lagavulin 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 200802) – A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

So, I am back from a wee vacation in Prague (which was awesome! ), A lot of beer and some whisky (and more about that in next week’s posts). Been a while since i wrote a tasting note and it’s time i think…
I know a lot of people reading the blog are fans of Lagavulin, and this is no wonder …

Headline, Port Dundas, Single Grain, Tasting Notes »

[5 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
Two OB new Single Grains–Port Dundas 12 & 18  -Review

The single grain sector is indeed gaining popularity, and although I did not plan it, this is becoming a grain centric week here on the blog. Recently Diageo has launched a new line of single grain whisky from the now closed distillery of Port Dundas.  Based in Glasgow, the historic distillery closed in 2010 as Diageo moved the majority of …