[13 Apr 2014 | 2 Comments | 496 views] | Written by: Gal Granov
Almost Legal : The Arran malt turns 17  – review

Some whiskies shine at a young age, and some shine after quite a few years of maturation. Arran whisky seems to really benefit from longer periods of maturation and since Arran is quite a young distillery, It’s been a pleasure trying their whisky over the few recent years, and It just keeps on getting better. I loved the 14 year …

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[13 Apr 2014 | 2 Comments | ]
Almost Legal : The Arran malt turns 17  – review

Some whiskies shine at a young age, and some shine after quite a few years of maturation. Arran whisky seems to really benefit from longer periods of maturation and since Arran is quite a young distillery, It’s been a pleasure trying their whisky over the few recent years, and It just keeps on getting better. I loved the 14 year …

[13 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Tasting some Moonshine

Moonshine. Sounds exciting Illegal and drives your imagination into picturing illicit stills somewhere in the open prairies of the USA, right? I guess so. I do not have a lot of experience with Moonshine (or shine for short), but I was very excited when this wee sample arrived at my doorstep (or rather, I had to frigging go and pick …

[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Whisky PR Corner Friday April 11th

Another week full of whisky releases is close to an end, here are the latest news I’ve put together if you want to be up to date.
Wemyss Malts launches new blended Scotch Whisky – Lord Elcho

Edinburgh based boutique spirits company Wemyss Malts is delighted to
announce an addition to its blended Scotch brand, Lord Elcho.
Originally launched in 2012 as a 15 …

[9 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Auriverdes – the new Ardbeg on the block

Unless you’ve been living on a distant planet, you’ve probably heard quite a lot recently about the latest addition to the Ardbeg range (Limited edition, not core range – mind you). A fast recap for those with short term memory  : The name of Ardbeg Auriverdes derives from the colour of the golden whisky (auri) in Ardbeg’s iconic green bottle …

[8 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
It’s summertime with Ballantine’s Brasil

I don’t know about you, but summer is almost here (In Israel that is). Days are longer, and it’s beginning to get hotter, especially in the sun. It’s only April, and the summer here is very long, so it  was just in time that I was sent a mixing set of Ballantine’s Brasil to try and sample this new spirit …

[6 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Bowmore hand filled   1997-2013  55.5% abv

I’m a sucker for hand filled bottles you can get only at the distillery, and most chances that you’re too if you’re reading this blog I was fortunate enough to get a wee sample when I traded samples over at Maltstock with the Spellers (Ansgar & Thomas). I had a feeling it was about to be a cracking …

[4 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Whisky PR Corner April 4th, 2014 – New releases from GlenGoyne and Glenglassaugh

Glenglassaugh releases first batch of single cask bottlings

Revived from the dark and hand-selected by Managing Director and Master Distiller Billy Walker, there are eight phenomenal malts in Batch 1 which range from 45 to 28 years.
All are crisp, fresh, sweet Highland malts that hit the palate with the power of complex fruit bombs – from apples, bananas, pineapples, grapefruit, prunes …

[2 Apr 2014 | 3 Comments | ]
Port Charlotte PC11 (Travel Retail edition)

Bruicladdich released this PC11 along with Octomore 6,2 (watch this space for tasting notes coming soon!) a few months back to the travel retail market. This is the first time Port Charlotte or Octomore are sold there AFAIK, but there is a catch : They did not release it to the UK travel retail market ,perhaps because of the very …

[1 Apr 2014 | 5 Comments | ]
Breaking : SWA to abolish Age statement for Whisky completely by Jan. 2015

There has been a lot of debate in social media (blogs, twitter, FB etc) lately about the growing number of NAS whiskies releases and the trend which some whisky fans do not care for. As you know a lot of those NAS bottling are the result of depleted whisky stock and the surging demand for whisky worldwide and especially in …

[30 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Aultmore 5 yo  “Provenance” – Douglas Laing – Commemorative 1,000th Bottling Edition

Being a young whisky does not not automatically make one a lesser whisky, and with all the NAS phenomena going on and just taking over the whisky scene, it’s nice to see examples of independent bottlers indicating – 5 year old on the label, as if saying “I am 5 year old, and I am not ashamed of it, I …