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[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 …

Bruichladdich, Featured, Headline, Islay, Tasting Notes »

[26 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]
Octomore 7.3 Islay Barley – Review

The last day or so was quite rainy an stormy if not very cold, and what better weather than this to be drinking peated malts, right? When you’re talking peat monsters there is one clear king in terms of power , PPM and quality, and that is the Bruichladdich family of Octomore malts.  The latest installment (like the 6.3) is …

Creative Whisky Company, Headline, Islay, Lagavulin, Tasting Notes »

[23 Jul 2015 | One Comment | ]
A young  7 yo (said to be) Lagavulin Creative Whisky Company [Whisky Import NL 10th Anniversary]

Whisky Import NL were celebrating their 10th anniversary or birthday, and to commemorate the occasion they bottled a special mystery Islay single malt with the help of the CWC, a total of 314 bottles, a sample of which found its way to me by means of Niko (Thanks dude), who knew I would like that dram.
It’s a mystery Indie, but …

Ardbeg, Featured, Headline, Islay, Marsala, Tasting Notes »

[20 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]
To Space and beyond! –Tasting Ardbeg Galileo

while writing some notes for an Ardbeg Special releases tasting events I am hosting today I noticed I’ve not published any notes on the Ardbeg Galileo , which has been around for a few years now. This was released in 2012 with a nice shaker and sample bottle for press (now being sold on auctions for 100’s of pounds)… Cult, …

bowmore, Featured, Feis Ile, Headline, Islay, SMWS, Tasting Notes »

[15 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]
SMWS Feis Ile 2015 edition – 3.243 – "Dark, smouldering flamenco gypsy [Bowmore 17 yo]

After yesterday’s Ardbeg , It’s time for a cracking dram from the SMWS. at a much nicer price (If you are a member and was lucky enough to buy one in time).  They have decided to bottle a really nice edition for this year’s Feis, a 17 years old cask , distilled 25th September 1997 at 57.1% abv, refill ex-sherry …

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 …

Bunnahabhain, Headline, Islay, Tasting Notes »

[19 May 2015 | No Comment | ]
Bunnahabhain 25 yo (OB)  – Review

Time for another official bottling you can easily get (easily, that is if you can afford it, right?) in most whisky shops – The Bunnahabhain 25 year old.  As you well know most Bunnas are not as peaty as other Islay malts (some younger 1990’s are indeed very peaty), and that’s very right about this one. Bottled at 46.3% abv, …

Bruichladdich, Featured, Headline, Islay, Peated, Port Charlotte, Travel Retail »

[26 Feb 2015 | 2 Comments | ]
The new Port Charlotte PC 12 (Travel Retail) – Review

I can’t believe Port Charlotte 12 is out, It seems like yesterday when the baby PC5 came out, and it was HUGE. This toddler is now a teenager, and I am loving the way it developed over the years. This is the oldest PC EVER (there are a few Indie PC of the same age).
Yesterday’s Octomore TR edition (7.2) proved …

Caol Ila, Headline, Islay, Tasting Notes »

[5 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Caol Ila 25 yo OB – Review

This is the last 25 year old in our little series of 25 year olds this week. Caol Ila is the most prolific of the Islay distilleries and as such you find a lot of Indie CI bottling around, most of them are good, and some older ones are fantastic. But, is this 25 yo OB a match?
The 25 yo …