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[12 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
#12blends–Day 7 – Smokin’ Blended Scotch Whisky

Day 7 was Dramstat’s (Danny Williamson’s) turn to post the whisky he had chosen an interesting and obscure new blended whisky from Duncan Taylor called: Smokin’, The Gentleman’s Dram. Of course, I’ve remotely heard about this one when it was released only a while ago, but never had a sip until day 7. Initially I didn’t pick up the smoke …

Cardhu, Cask Strength, Duncan Taylor, Headline, Single Cask, Speyside, Tasting Notes, Uncategorized »

[12 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
Tasting Cardhu octave Duncan Taylor 1984 27 yo

My first Cardhu review on the blog I think, and it’s about time. Cardhu does not release a lot of single malt expressions, and it is mostly remembered for the infamous “pure malt” incident in which Cardhu due to shortage of stocks bottled a pure malt (mixed with other Speyside malts) under the same brand and label, which vexed whisky …

Brora, Duncan Taylor, Featured, Headline, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[4 Sep 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Tasting Duncan Taylor Brora 1981 – 23yo cask 1425

Brora Brora. With today’s prices, it’s hard to afford old Broras, and the last Diageo Special releases 35 year old went up to £400. I was lucky enough to be able to taste this wonderful dram courtesy of my good whisky friend Phil. he sent over a sample my way, but It was with him one night, that I was …

Caperdonich, Cask Strength, Featured, Finishes, Headline, Men o'Quaich, Single Cask, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[18 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Tasting ‘Men o’Quiach’ – 1972 Caperdonich 38yo

Men o’Quaich is an IB label created by a group of Russian single malt whisky aficionados (Timothy, Paul, Vladislav, Alexis and Mikhail). It consists of old and older casks which are then transferred into an octave sherry cask of small dimensions (and volume) for a few months to ‘finish’ the liquid than bottled at cask strength with the help of …

Cask Strength, Duncan Taylor, Glen Moray, Headline, Independent Bottling, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[27 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
Duncan Taylor “Dimensions” Glen Moray 1991 cask 9408

Another Single cask bottling from the DT “Dimensions” series of cask strength bottlings by DT,  this one comes from a 1991 cask (Ex-Bourbon I think according to color and profile) , and bottled at 54,8% ABV. This is also my first Glen Moray tasting note. So, it’s double as fun. Let’s roll :
Duncan Taylor dimensions glen moray 1991, 54,8% cask …

Bunnahabhain, Cask Strength, Duncan Taylor, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Islay, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[12 Jan 2012 | One Comment | ]
Tasting Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old 1988 – Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

After the first member of the “dimensions” line , that excellent Aberlour ex-Bourbon cask, i had high hopes for this expression from the same series. This time We’re talking 23 year old, Bunnahabhain which rested in cask 2358  until being bottled in 2011, Cask strength,  and limited to 225 bottles all in all.
Dimensions Bunnahabhain 1988 23yo Cask 2358 53.5% , …

Aberlour, Cask Strength, Duncan Taylor, Featured, Headline, Single Cask, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[2 Jan 2012 | 9 Comments | ]
First dram of 2012 : Duncan Taylor ‘Dimensions‘ Aberlour 1993

I am not too fond of yearly summaries and selecting best whiskies etc, so I have refrained from doing that and now that we’re officially in 2012, it’s time for the first dram of the new year. I’ve selected a recent bottling (though 2011, I fear no 2012 bottling exist to date, early in the second day of the year) …

Auchentoshan, Duncan Taylor, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling »

[6 Dec 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Quick Dram : Auchentoshan ‘BattleHill’ 8 yo

Today we’re tasting an IB Toshan, bottled by Duncan Taylor in a line called “BattleHill” to commemorate battles fought by the highland clans in the 16 century, near Huntly. This line of bottling includes  Imperial, Auchentoshan,  Macallan , Aberlour and Auchentoshan. This one is an entry level bottling at 43%,
Auchentoshan 8 yo Battlehill by Duncan Taylor,43% ABV
Nose : green apples …

Duncan Taylor, Featured, Headline, Rare Auld, Sherry, Single Cask, Speyside, Tamnavulin, Tasting Notes »

[14 Feb 2011 | One Comment | ]
Tasting Duncan Taylor Rare Auld Tamnavulin 21 yo

This is the last Rare Auld i will be reviewing in this series. I saved the best for last, as this was by far the best of the bunch. I am fond of sherry, that is well known, but this wee dram, is a true gem. No less.
I do think it’s the first Tamnavulin i am reviewing officially, and it’s …

Auchroisk, Duncan Taylor, Headline, Rare Auld, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[9 Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Tasting Duncan Taylor Rare Auld Auchroisk 1988

Auchroisk (pronounced : “OH-thrusk”) [translated from Gaelic : Ford of the red stream] Lies on the road between Keith and Craigellachie in the whisky region of Speyside. It’s quite a young distillery established only in 1974. Currently owned by whisky giant Diageo, its malt is mostly used in blends, and also available in OB of the “Flora & Fauna” series, …