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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 …

Blended Malts, Headline, Highlands, Tasting Notes »

[31 Dec 2014 | 2 Comments | ]
Angel’s Nectar–the new Blended Malt – Review

Robert Ransom has been working in the whisky business in the last 10 or so years, and after some time at the Glenfarclas distillery (as Director of Sales and Marketing) he decided to go independent and create a new whisky. I met Robert a few years ago when he visited Israel and he’s a nice guy, who obviously knows his …

Benromach, Featured, G&M, Headline, Highlands, Tasting Notes »

[23 Sep 2014 | 8 Comments | ]
Older Benromachs rock too–Benromach 1976

After the brilliant 10 year old, comes a much older, and much more expensive vintage Benromach – the 1976. Only one year younger than yours truly, it’s really at the age when whisky begins to display those “old” characteristics, i love so much. at £485 (at The whisky exchange), it’s not a cheap dram at all, and it’s aimed at …

Blended Malts, Douglas Laing, Headline, Highlands, Tasting Notes »

[11 Sep 2014 | One Comment | ]
New Blended Malt from Douglas Laing – “TIMOROUS BEASTIE”–tasting notes

A new product from D.Laing is always good news, and after the “Scallywag” comes another blended malt, this time made from a few single malts from the Scottish Highlands. Here’s the PR :
Established in 1948, leading independent Scotch Whisky specialist, Douglas Laing & Co today announce the release of their brand new Highland “Vatted” Malt – Timorous Beastie.
Douglas Laing’s Timorous …

Balblair, Featured, Headline, Highlands, Tasting Notes »

[23 Feb 2014 | One Comment | ]
Quick Dram: Balblair 1990 2nd edition

This Beauty spent time in both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry (Oloroso) casks, and is  replacing the 1989 vintage (which was a cracker) It’s the 3rd “newish” expressions to be released a few moths back with the 2003 and 1983 editions.
Balblair 1990 – 2nd Release , 46.0% , £92
Nose: Vanilla citrus and crystallized ginger. Fresh cut grass and a hint of spiced …

Balblair, Headline, Highlands, Tasting Notes »

[18 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
Tasting Balblair 2003

This is the youngest offering from Balblair released last December , and tasted in a tweet tasting I had to miss out on (not even sure why).
Balblair 2003 , 46% abv,£45
Nose: fresh lovely and youthful. Vanilla. Pear drops. Green apples. Malty and zesty. With a hint of fresh cucumber. Classic ex bourbon. Young lion. Lovely.
Palate: lovely palate too …

Headline, Highlands, NAS, Old Pulteney, Tasting Notes, Travel Retail »

[16 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ]
Old Pulteney Noss Head–Travel Retail NAS

A few weeks ago the guys at Old Pulteney whisky announced a twitter tasting event featuring their new line of NAS travel retail, all very colourful NAS packaging of whiskies named after light houses in the Scottish highlands around Wick (where OP distillery is located). I was not able to take part in the event as I was vacationing with …

Glengoyne, Headline, Highlands, Tasting Notes »

[11 Jul 2013 | One Comment | ]
Glengoyne 18 yo

This 18 yo dram is replacing the 17 year old which I reviewed a long time ago (my notes are here). Bottled at a standard 43%, It’s priced at around £70.

Nose: Starts with some wood, old wood furniture, lacquer, yet also fruity, with some red fruit tart, orange peel, sugar, and also a bit of vanilla goodness. rather interesting. some …

Balblair, Featured, Headline, Highlands, Tasting Event, Tasting Notes »

[3 May 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Balblair 1997 (2012 edition) at the #Balblair tweet tasting

When Lukasz of Alembic comms who does the media magic for Balblair (and some other Interbev brands) calls for a twitter tasting I am the first to join in, and with good reasons. Those events are always a treat, and Balblair is one of my favourite distilleries ever since I’ve visited a couple of years ago, and was very impressed …