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Blended Malts, Douglas Laing, 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 …

Cask Strength, Glendronach, Headline, Sherry, Tasting Notes »

[30 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch #5

Time flies, and we’ve reached the 5th batch of the very successful product that is the GD Cask Strength. As we’ve seen before there’s indeed quite a bit of variation among batches, each going its own way. I think I tried them all except batch #3.  As always, the new expression has been aged  in a combination of the Spanish …

Featured, Glendronach, Headline, Peated, Tasting Notes »

[29 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
The new Glendronach Peated – Review

As a big fan of the Glendronach distillery I was quite excited to hear they are releasing a peated whisky edition,  distilled using peated malted barley –  first matured in bourbon casks followed by a second period of maturation in the finest Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. As Glendronach are synonymous with good sherry matured whisky, It is really …

Brora, Diageo, Headline, Special Release, Tasting Notes »

[25 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
Brora 37 yo [1977]–Special Release 2015

Yes. After the Port Ellen, comes the Brora 37 year old. relatively cheap compared to the PE at “only” £1,300 , which is still a lot of money. A closed distillery, with a cult following (not as big as PE obviously). I was looking at some 2012 pricing, and I was saying the Brora release is pricy at 400 quid… …

Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Lagavulin, Special Release »

[24 Nov 2015 | 2 Comments | ]
Lagavulin 12 yo – Special Release 2015

There are usually a couple of affordable whiskies in the yearly Special release by Diageo, and the Lagavulin is a dram you can always trust to be very good to excellent (At least in recent years). The Other is the Caol Ila, both can be had for under 80 quid which is not a bad price for Cask strength OB …

Headline, Islay, Laphroaig, Tasting Notes »

[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 …

Diageo, Featured, Grain, Headline, Special Release, Tasting Notes »

[18 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
Diageo Special Releases 2015–Part II – The Cally 40 Year Old 1974

The What?! Yes, that was also my reaction when I saw “The Cally” 40 year old as part of this year’s Special release. So, a grain whisky, cool! this is infact not the first ever Grain to be featured on the SR (There was one in 2011 by Port Dundas).
The Cally actually stands for the Caledonian, which was a grain …

Clynelish, Diageo, Featured, Headline, NAS, Special Release, Tasting Notes »

[17 Nov 2015 | One Comment | ]
Diageo Special Releases 2015–Part I–Clynelsih Select Reserve [NAS]

I was very lucky to have received this cool Special Releases sample pack from Diageo this year. I was totally not expecting it, as it landed in one cool box a couple of weeks ago. They have really outdid themselves with the design and packing, and they were smart enough as to put unsealed sample bottles , so the samples …

BenRiach, Featured, Headline, Peated, PX, Rum Finish, Tasting Notes »

[16 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
Two 18 yo Peated Benriach–Albariza & Dunder

Time to try a few Peated Benriachs that have eluded me for some time (no idea why). Both are 18 year old, peated, what differentiates one another is the cask finish chosen. The first one Albariza was finished in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. The name Albariza comes from a type of chalky soil which is typical for Andalucia (in Spain). …