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Caol Ila, Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Islay, Kintra, Quick Dram, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[30 Nov 2011 | No Comment | 1,116 views]
Quick Dram : Kintra Whisky Caol Ila 10 yo , 2000 vintage

Kintra whisky is a small IB based in NL, and we’ve had the pleasure of sampling quite a few expressions bottled by it in the past, always with satisfaction. In October 2011 Erik (proprietor of Kintra) released 6 new single cask bottlings in the “Single Cask Collection” Series. A young Coal Ila which we’ll review shortly, a 26 year old …

Auchentoshan, Bordeaux, Featured, Headline, Tasting Notes, Wine Finish »

[28 Nov 2011 | 3 Comments | 1,822 views]
Tasting Auchentoshan Bordeaux finish 1988

Another Toshan today, this time a very limited, and very unique one. This bottling was released in 2008 , as a duty free only edition (or distillery shop exclusive) , with an outrun of 1800 bottles only.Calling it a wine finish is really not so accurate, as it spent 8 years in ex-bourbon casks, and another 12 years!!! in Saint-Julien …

Featured, Headline, Islands, Jura, Sherry, Tasting Notes »

[24 Nov 2011 | No Comment | 2,542 views]
Tasting the new Jura ‘Elixir’

Jura is hard at work, producing new expressions, and after the very limited ‘1976, comes this one, which is less limited, yet sold only in the UK and in Sainsbury’s. yes, available only at that UK retail chain…
Why Elixir? The Jura distillery has a tradition of drawing upon the island’s myths and legends, as inspiration for their whiskies and Elixir …

Amrut, Featured, Headline, Indian, Tasting Notes »

[23 Nov 2011 | No Comment | 1,794 views]
Tasting the Amrut Herald–A spicy Indo-German

Amrut distilleries are known for their affection of experimenting with whisky. I’ve written before about those experiments, mainly the “Two continents”, Khadambam, and the intermediate sherry, all very unique combination of cask types, cask origins, and location where the spirit is matured. 
This time Amrut has decided to experiment with double maturation , where the casks themselves are maturing in …

Auchentoshan, Cask Strength, Featured, Fino, Headline, Lowlands, Sherry, Tasting Notes »

[21 Nov 2011 | 4 Comments | 1,681 views]
Auchentoshan Fino Sherry Cask Matured  1998

We continue the journey with a sherry cask matured ‘toshan. this one was distilled in 1998, bottled in 2010, and aged in  European Oak, Fino Sherry barrels for some 12 years. Fino being the lightest type of sherry, imparts it’s lighter sherry effect on the spirit, but still produces very interesting sherry effects, and changes the ‘basic’ ‘toshan profile quite …

Auchentoshan, Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Lowlands, NAS, Tasting Notes »

[18 Nov 2011 | 4 Comments | 1,393 views]
My Auchentoshan Journey continues : The Valinch

We continue our Toshan odyssey with something more powerful and although young and with NAS , quite the cracker IMHO. The Valinch.
Valinch is the the name of the pipette used to draw whisky straight from the cask, and this one is just that. bottled at cask strength of 57.5% which is a nice change after the rather anemic 12 year …

Auchentoshan, Featured, Headline, Lowlands, Tasting Notes »

[17 Nov 2011 | 5 Comments | 1,635 views]
Tasting Auchentoshan 12

Auchentoshan has been one distillery I’ve yet to post any notes about. Weird, but when I come to think of it, I’ve only tasted very few ‘Toshans in the last few years, and don’t really know why. To rectify this I went to the source, The “Toshan Man” A.K.A Mark Dermul, who is a very well known Auchentoshan fan and …

Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Master Of Malt, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[16 Nov 2011 | 2 Comments | 1,258 views]
Tasting the Master of Malt Speyside 30 year old 3rd edition

After Tasting the 40 and 50 year olds, it’s high time to test the ‘middle aged’ 30 year old. This one again is a Secret Bottling and differs from the 2nd Edition by replacing the sherried notes with some fresh honey and malt (as quoted from the official tasting notes).
Master of Malt 30 Year Old Speyside (3rd Edition) . 40% …

Featured, Glenfiddich, Headline, Tasting Event, Tasting Notes »

[14 Nov 2011 | 4 Comments | 2,197 views]
Tasting the Glenfiddich Core Range at the Norma Jean

I am not the biggest Glenfiddich fan out there, but when Tomer ,an Israeli blogger and whisky lover (who blogs in Hebrew about alcohol and whisky) , asked who is interested in a Glenfiddich tasting , where we’ll pretty much try the entire range, i could not say No. It’s true, I’ve recently tried most of it at the British …

Competition, Featured, Headline, Whyte & Mackay »

[13 Nov 2011 | No Comment | 1,540 views]
Shackleton’s whisky meets the Iphone App.

Whisky and Smartphones , a great combo.
A lovely new PR campaign for the W&M Shackleton whisky. Usually I do not post PR stuff, but this one is way too cool to miss. What can be better than mixing whisky and social media, and this time with a great idea : The folks from W&M have hidden bottles of the Shackleton …