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[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 …

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 …

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 …

Headline, Hyde, Irish, single malt, Tasting Notes »

[10 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]
Hyde 10 Year Old No. 1 Presidents Cask [Irish] Whiskey

So, another Irish whisky has arrived, named “Hyde” and sold by the  ‘Hibernia’ Distillers Company. They are actually setting up a distillery based in Cork , but this whisky was sourced from another distillery (most likely Cooley).  There is not a lot of info about the “Hibernia” company as their site is still under construction.
The Hyde 10 Year Old “No. …

Blended Malts, Douglas Laing, Featured, Headline, Islay, Tasting Notes »

[1 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]
Douglas Laing ‘Yula’ 20 yo – Blended Malt

The folks at D.Laing are never resting on their laurels, and they have recently announced the first installement in a trilogy of limited edition island malt. The first whisky to be released is called “Yula”, comprised of a few malts from the Islands and Islay. So why Yula you ask? there’s a story, as always:
Ancient Islay legend tells of a …

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 …

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 …