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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 …

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 …

Brora, Diageo, Headline, Special Release, Tasting Notes »

[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 | 3 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 …

Ardbeg, Feis Ile, Headline, Special Release, Tasting Notes »

[14 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]
Ardbeg Perpetuum Distillery Release – Review and Thoughts…

Another review of Feis Ile whiskies, this time from Ardbeg. Tasting quite a few of the Special releases the other day at a tasting I hosted, reminded me I have yet to review this year’s release. Fortunately enough I was able to source some of the Committee release edition which is a bit higher in ABV than the widely available …

Ardbeg, Featured, Headline, Islay, Special Release, Tasting Notes »

[9 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Auriverdes – the new Ardbeg on the block

Unless you’ve been living on a distant planet, you’ve probably heard quite a lot recently about the latest addition to the Ardbeg range (Limited edition, not core range – mind you). A fast recap for those with short term memory  : The name of Ardbeg Auriverdes derives from the colour of the golden whisky (auri) in Ardbeg’s iconic green bottle …

Glenmorangie, Headline, Special Release, Tasting Notes »

[5 Mar 2014 | 2 Comments | ]
Tasting Glenmorangie Companta

Finally I managed to sit down and write notes about this much spoken about and discussed dram. (This time not out laziness, but other reasons )  I won’t bore you with the details and PR blah blah, you can read that in one of my earlier posts (here) .
There was some debate about whether Companta really means “friendship” (like Cairdeas is …