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[18 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
A new vatted malt from Douglas Laing–“Rock Oyster” – Review

With nearly seven decades experience in the Scotch Whisky industry, leading independent Scotch Whisky specialist, Douglas Laing & Co announced the release of their brand new Island inspired “Vatted” Malt – Rock Oyster.
This is the 3rd vatted malt release in recent years , after the “Scallywag” and “Timorous Beastie”.
Paying homage the sea, Douglas Laing’s Rock Oyster is a Small Batch …

Headline, Islands, Master Of Malt, Tasting Notes, That Boutique-y Whisky Company, Tobermory »

[24 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
Tobermory – Batch 1 (That Boutique-y W. Co)

Tobermory is a lesser known distillery located on the Island of Mull. It recently made the whisky news when it’s stopped distilling due to shortage of water after a dry spell. Currently it’s owner by Burn Stewart (who were just recently bought by the south African Distell company) . The wee town of Tobermory is know for it’s colourful houses …

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[24 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]
Tasting Isle of Arran Burn’s Malt

Long time since I featured an Isle of Arran whisky , and it’s about time I tried a wee dram from that lovely distillery. I was very glad to get a wee sample ,this time a NAS Bottled under the Robert Burns label, this edition of the Arran Single Malt has
been  created by combining different ages.
The use of mainly American …

Cask Strength, Headline, Islands, Isle of Skye, Talisker, Tasting Notes »

[5 Jul 2012 | No Comment | ]
Tasting Talisker 25 yo OB, vintage 2007 release

Talisker 10 is a cornerstone of my whisky bar, and I know only a few whisky drinkers who do not consider it to be one of the better OB that offers amazing bang for the buck and solid quality through the years.Talisker’s Peppery “signature” is well known, and while the 10 and 18 year olds are easy to get hold …

Featured, Headline, Islands, Jura, Sherry, Tasting Notes »

[24 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Tasting the new Jura ‘Elixir’

Jura is hard at work, producing new expressions, and after the very limited ‘1976, comes this one, which is less limited, yet sold only in the UK and in Sainsbury’s. yes, available only at that UK retail chain…
Why Elixir? The Jura distillery has a tradition of drawing upon the island’s myths and legends, as inspiration for their whiskies and Elixir …

Blended Malts, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Islands, Tasting Notes, Wemyss »

[19 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Wemyss Malts Take III : Tasting the ‘Spice King’ 8yo

We come to the third and last Wemyss blended malts aged 8 years (the next ones i will be tasting will be single cask malts). This time with an emphasis on 8 year old Island malt. Until today the names were spot on, so i was expecting something spicy, and delicious. I was not disappointed… Dram on!

Wemyss ‘Spice King’ 8 …

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[9 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Tasting Jura 1976 – ‘Feith A’ Chaorainn’

1976. I am one year old. a wee baby, and at the same moment, some lovely spirit is distilled thousands of miles away on the isle of Jura. who would have thought i would be tasting it 35 years later ha? Lucky me!

The 1976 ‘Feith A’ Chaorainn’ vintage is the latest rare whisky to be released by the Jura distillery.
as …

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[13 Sep 2011 | One Comment | ]
Tasting 6 Arrans with friends of WI society

I’ve reviewed only a few arrans until now on the blog (mostly special releases), and was very keen on expanding my experience and getting to know more of the Arran line-up. It’s always nicer tasting malts in company, so I popped over to Richard’s where we were to meet with Shai and drink a few wee drams by Arran. I …

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[1 Sep 2011 | 9 Comments | ]
Tasting Isle of Jura Prophecy

It has been some time since i last tasted a new Jura. Having liked the XU heavy peat, i was looking forward to this one. This wee dram was a part of the samples used in the first ever Google + tasting event with the W&M master blender Richard Paterson (see my post about it, for more info). I knew …

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[25 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
Tasting SMWS 31.18 – Jura 20 yo – ‘Manly, masculine dram’

Taking a short break from the Kintra Single Casks (One to go), and back to the well known line of SMWS. This time it’s a Jura. We’re talking about a 20 year old whisky bottled in 2008, from a single Ex Bourbon Hogshead, 259 bottles and named : “Manly, masculine dram”. I’ve previously tasted the OB 21 year old (sherry …