Home » Archive

Articles in the Independent Bottling Category

Cadenhead's, Grain, Headline, Independent Bottling, strathclyde, Tasting Notes »

[7 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
Strathclyde 26 yo grain by Cadenhead’s

I’ve been in New Delhi, India all week long and will be returning to Israel this weekend. Actually I’ve not had a lot of whisky during my stay in India. Most good Indian malt whisky is not sold locally, and you can mainly get the local blended Indian whisky which can best be described as “ok-ish”. I’ve also been using …

Headline, Independent Bottling, Laphroaig, SMWS, Tasting Notes »

[28 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]
SMWS 29.161 – A bodega is burning [Laphraoig]14 yo

Cool wintery nights are THE time for some cracking peated malts, and this SMWS Laphraoig is a good example as any.Another expression released not long ago by SMWS (UK) . I’m loving the name on this one, and boy is on the money.This is a Refill ex-sherry bottled at 60.4% .
SMWS 29.161 – A bodega is burning  , 60.4% , …

Headline, Independent Bottling, Ledaig, Sherry, Tasting Notes, Van Wees »

[23 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]
Ledaig 2004–The Ultimate, Van Wees , 2015

A long time ago, when I was making my first steps in whisky, and when whisky used to cost an arm and a leg and not many worthwhile whiskies were available locally, Ledaig NAS OB was available and fairly cheap (relatively, ok). I admit to polishing off a few bottles of that peaty whisky, and since then I always have …

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 …

Headline, Independent Bottling, SMWS, Springbank, Tasting Notes »

[20 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]
SMWS 27.109 Guns on the grouse moor [Springbank] 16 yo

Dirty Whisky can be wonderful if you enjoy that thing, dirty sherry especially, and whenever I come across such a cask, which displays enough dirtiness, without being way “off”, it is a time to be merry. This 16 year old Springer from the SMWS is such a dram. Distilled in 1992, comes from a big badass Gorda cask containing some …

Clynelish, Headline, Independent Bottling, SMWS, Tasting Notes »

[16 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]
Review–SMWS 26.98 Lively as an electric acrobat–Clynelish 10 yo

Time for some more SMWS , this time with a 10 year old Clynelish with this very nice name (we’re used to those from the SMWS, aren’t we?). The facts are : 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel , 10 year aging, bottled at a nice 60.5% abv ,and destined for the NZ market (so says whiskybase).  Some people will think a …

Headline, Independent Bottling, Port Charlotte, Tasting Notes, The Whisky Barrel »

[7 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]
The whisky barrel 12 yo port Charlotte

This is yet another sample I was fortunate to taste from the recent TWB Burn’s Malt range of single casks. There’s also a funny story here. You see, when I got all 3 samples each said 25 year old, which was quite true for the Aultmore, but a bit suspicious for a Port Charlotte, which has not been bottling whisky …

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 …

Abbey Whisky, Headline, Independent Bottling, Mystery drams, Tasting Notes »

[11 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]
Abbey Whisky Anon 13 yo – review

Im quite the mystery fan myself , and what better than an Anonymous whisky? these ones turn out from time to time from all sort of IB’s and this time from the nice guys over at Abbey Whisky. They usually bottle pretty good drams and however this time around not much info is disclosed they were only stating that this …

Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Islay, Samaroli, Tasting Notes »

[4 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
Review: Samaroli–A ferry to Islay–Blended Malt

Milroy’s of Soho, the lovely whisky shop from London is back after some rennovation and new management, and they also opened an online store (it’s time!). If you visit London or live around , you must know this lovely whisky shop situated at Greek street in the Soho district of London. They are on a roll with new tastings, and …