[17 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 331 views] | Written by: Gal Granov
The new GlenDronach 12 Sauternes finish – Review

This is a brand new GD expression which replaces the 14 year old sauternes finish, which now has been discontinued. It’s bottled at 46% as most entry level GD , NCF,  matured in European oak (read: sherry) casks, and then finished in a small batch of Sauternes wine casks (Sauternes being a sweet desert wine, in case you’re not familiar …

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[17 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]
The new GlenDronach 12 Sauternes finish – Review

This is a brand new GD expression which replaces the 14 year old sauternes finish, which now has been discontinued. It’s bottled at 46% as most entry level GD , NCF,  matured in European oak (read: sherry) casks, and then finished in a small batch of Sauternes wine casks (Sauternes being a sweet desert wine, in case you’re not familiar …

[16 Dec 2014 | 2 Comments | ]
BTC2014–Day #10–The Balmenach fiasco

Day #10 is upon us, and after 20 points scored yesterday for the region (Blair Athol), arrived this dram which was an enigma. Sniffing revealed quite a salty nose and palate, and that was indeed a hint to look for maritime distilleries. One option I considered was Highland Park, which I quickly dismissed as I’ve not gotten even a hint …

[15 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]
Benromach 100 proof – Review

Time for a short break from the Blind tasting competition, where yours truly makes an ass of himself by guessing the wrong distilleries, regions and drams (I am not alone, so I am in pretty good company , right?). After tasting the 10 year old blind last week, and remembering how bloody marvellous that dram is, and how good it …

[14 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]
Blind Tasting Competition -BTC 2014 days 6,7,8

I was too lazy to write a post for each day, so here you go 3 days together. The competition is major fun, but it also very hard, much harder than you can imagine. It’s like trying to locate a needle in a haystack and that stack is my semi-senile mind. Anyways, It’s day 9 today, and so far I …

[10 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]
Blind Tasting Competition Day 4 : Ledaig 8 yo [Whisky-Fässle]

After a shitty nose day (could barely smell that Balvenie), yesterday was much better, with me able to tell the whisky at hand was peated (not that hard, but it’s something), and after the fiasco of the other day things improved with me able to tell which distillery it was. This time after sniffing i got that farmy sort of …

[9 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]
Mackmyra Moment Vinterträdgård (Conservatory) – Review

Today I am taking a day off from the the Blind tasting competition, as my nose was not very usable yesterday, and I did not take any tasting notes for that Balvenie 15 single cask (that tasted like no other 15 single cask Bal… but, go figure single cask, right?). So we’re back with some Mackmyra whisky for XMAS, and …

[8 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]
Blind Tasting Competition Day 2–Glen Garioch 1990 [Kintra]–or RTFM!

Always trust your gut feeling. I usually follow that rule, but yesterday I did not, and scored badly because of that. I have no idea but I wanted to put Glen Garioch as the distillery ( I was wrong about abv, and age too), but I don’t know why, I decided against it.
Always RTFM!! (in case you’re not sure what …

[7 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]
Blind Tasting Competition (BTC) 2014- Day 1–Longmorn 17 yo , 1996 [Van Wees]

Day one of the competition and I was sure I was going to embarrass myself by making foolish guesses, but as it happens, I was not THAT off the mark. It was clear this dram was sherried (colour and nose), but what distillery? Initially I thought it might be a Aberlour (big sherry and all) or GlenDronach (some single cask). …

[6 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]
Usquebaugh Society – Blind Tasting Competition 2014

The Usquebaugh Society is a Dutch whisky society, I was introduced to by Sjoerd (and other good whisky friends). Sjoerd is a good friend (and a fellow blogger, check out his nice blog – in English), and as I was following doing the competition in previous years, I found the idea interesting, and asked to …

[5 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]
Whisky News & PR–December 5th, 2014

The BenRiach 10th Anniversary bottling
The BenRiach 10th Anniversary bottling is a strictly limited one-off bottling to commemorate a very special occasion.
Back in 2004, Billy Walker and his two South African partners Geoff Bell and Wayne Kieswetter purchased BenRiach and turned it into one of Scotland’s most admired distilleries.
On September 20 that year, the first distillation under the new owners …