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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 …

Headline, Independent Bottling, Laphroaig, SMWS, Tasting Notes »

[28 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]
SMWS 29.161 – A bodega is burning [Laphraoig]14 yo

Cool wintery nights are THE time for some cracking peated malts, and this SMWS Laphraoig is a good example as any.Another expression released not long ago by SMWS (UK) . I’m loving the name on this one, and boy is on the money.This is a Refill ex-sherry bottled at 60.4% .
SMWS 29.161 – A bodega is burning  , 60.4% , …

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 …

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, …

Ardbeg, Feis Ile, Headline, Special Release, Tasting Notes »

[14 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]
Ardbeg Perpetuum Distillery Release – Review and Thoughts…

Another review of Feis Ile whiskies, this time from Ardbeg. Tasting quite a few of the Special releases the other day at a tasting I hosted, reminded me I have yet to review this year’s release. Fortunately enough I was able to source some of the Committee release edition which is a bit higher in ABV than the widely available …

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 …

Bunnahabhain, Headline, SMWS, Tasting Notes »

[19 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
SMWS 10.77 ‘Beware of the monster’ , Bunnahabhain 2007

Young whisky can be awesome, and there is nothing to be ashamed of when bottling young cracking drams. This young Bunna is a great example of such a whisky. Distilled in 2007 and bottled in 2014.  But this youngster does not feel as young, and I really was surprised at how good it was.  So let’s end this week’s reviews …