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[31 Jan 2011 | 4 Comments | 2,256 views]
Quick Dram : Compass Box Asyla

Another Compass box,I’ve reviewed a long time , and forgot to rate, and post. This one is a blended whisky (yes, not a single malt, or vatted malt or whatever, ‘just’ a blend), but it’s a very good one in my opinion.
First of all, it contains 50% Malt, and 50% Grain, quite a high ratio (same as the Black Bull …

Cask Strength, Cragganmore, Duncan Taylor, Featured, Headline, Rare Auld, Single Cask, Speyside »

[27 Jan 2011 | 4 Comments | 1,814 views]
Tasting Duncan Taylor Rare Auld : Cragganmore X 2

As promised, i will be tasting a few Duncan Taylor bottlings from the Rare Auld line. All the Rare Auld expressions are at least 18 years of age, Single Cask, Cask Strength, Non Chill filtered …
I’ve tasted only the basic 12 year old Cragganmore before, on a few occasions, and i really liked it, but I never had the pleasure …

Duncan Taylor, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling »

[27 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 1,151 views]
Tasting Duncan Taylor Rare Auld

Duncan Taylor is a well known Independent bottler , producing more than 500,000 bottles of whisky anuualy. Founded in 1938,and based in Huntly. DC has ownership of one of the largest privately held collections of whisky & rare whisky casks. Duncan Taylor bottles whisky under a few brands , some of which are:
Peerless – The luxury range of very old …

Compass Box, Headline, Tasting Notes, orange »

[27 Jan 2011 | One Comment | 1,618 views]
Tasting Compass Box Orangerie (whisky / infusion?!)

In addition to their great whiskies we like at Whisky Israel, Compass box also produces and expression that is not exactly whisky, but is based on whisky – The Orangerie.
Orangerie is an infusion made from scotch whisky, hand zested orange peel from Navalino Oranges and some spices (Indonesian cassia bark, and Sri Lankan Cloves).
The whisky used in this “infusion” is …

Cooley, Featured, Greenore, Headline, Irish, Single Grain, Tasting Notes »

[26 Jan 2011 | One Comment | 2,085 views]
Tasting Cooley Greenore 18 yo Single Grain

The Irish whisky market is controlled by two whisky giants. One of them is Cooley which produces quite a few whisky brands (Tyrconell, Connemara , Kilbeggan, and Greenore). Greenore is Cooley’s Grain whisky brand, and it’s core line-up consists of a 6,8,15 and a new 18 year old which is about to be released in the near future. The 18 …

Featured, Headline, Highlands, Old Pulteney, Tasting Event, Tasting Notes »

[25 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 1,992 views]
Tasting Old Pulteney 17 year old

This is the third post containing tasting notes from the Old Pulteney Online twasting (twitter tasting) event that took place Thursday 20th, celebrating the new WK209 which will be released in a couple of months for travel retail only.
I liked the 12 year old, which is a good entry level, but i was in for a treat with this one. …

Featured, Headline, Highlands, Old Pulteney, Tasting Event, Tasting Notes »

[24 Jan 2011 | 4 Comments | 1,788 views]
Tasting Old Pulteney 12 yo at the WK209 twitter tasting

I tasted the 12 year old version of OP a few times before, and two weeks ago at a friend’s. I never was overwhelmed by it, but it’s a good dram. I had the pleasure of re-tasting it as well as its older brother the 17 year old last Thursday at the twitter tasting online with OP’s Malcolm Waring.   One …

Duty Free, Featured, Headline, Highlands, Old Pulteney, Tasting Event, Tasting Notes »

[20 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 1,508 views]
Tasting Old Pulteney WK209

This is a new expression to be released to the Duty Free market (in 1 liter bottles) in about two months time. It is replacing the very successful WK499 ‘Isabella Fortuna’.
Bottled at 46%, Unchill-filtered, natural colour, the spirit has been matured entirely in European sherry casks. Limited to about 9000 bottles, only. It’s name is after a steam Herring Drifter …

Featured, FetterCairn, Headline, Highlands, NAS, Tasting Notes, Whyte & Mackay, scotch »

[20 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | 2,260 views]
Tasting Fettercairn ‘Fior’

I have to admit, this is my first Fettercairn ever. So i came to review it without any prejudice. But, Not long ago, the Fettercairn entry level bottlings were lacking style and from the reviews i read, they were also not too thrilling. This was changed last year when Whyte & Mackay who owns the distillery, decided to do a …

Blends, Guest posts, Headline, Opinions, Tasting Notes, opin »

[19 Jan 2011 | 16 Comments | 1,990 views]
Blended Scotch Whisky Archaeology – Conclusion, Part 2

Welcome back to my archaeology dig of one scotch whisky blend history. I hope you enjoyed part 1 of this conclusion. As I promised in it, in this post I will share the different opinions about the two versions of the blend as I got them from my whisky friends around the world, and also include my own 2 cents …