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[31 Jan 2013 | 2 Comments | 2,787 views]
Compass Box Great King Street–New York Blend

Time for another Compass Box whisky review : this time a limited edition of the GKS, but a completely different animal… this baby contains 20%  Lowland grain whisky and 80%  Malt whisky from the regions of Islay, the Highlands and Speyside. But, (and a big but) A quarter of the recipe is from heavy-peated
single malts, mostly from Islay, meaning we’re …

AnCnoc, Featured, Headline, News »

[31 Jan 2013 | No Comment | 1,492 views]
New release : anCnoc 22 Year Old

Today anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is releasing an addition to its core range, anCnoc 22 Year Old. The new member of the anCnoc family follows the launch anCnoc 35 Year Old in 2012 and coincides with the award-winning anCnoc 16 Year Old being made available again in various markets around the world.
All anCnoc Single Malt is distilled using …

Headline, Islay, Lagavulin, Master Of Malt, Tasting Notes »

[30 Jan 2013 | 5 Comments | 2,017 views]
More Whisky Geekery : Lagavulin 16 Vs. Redistilled 16

Time for another H2H dramming session, this time i chose two staple drams (i guess no one would argue the Talisker 10, and Laga 16 are not essential whisky bar bottles eh?) that any whisky lover should have handy: Talisker 10 and Lagavulin 16. Let’s start with the Lagavulin.

Lagavulin 16, 43% abv , £42
Nose: Smoke. Pepper. BBQ. Salt and brine. …

Arran, Featured, Headline, Single Cask, Single Cask Nation, Tasting Notes »

[28 Jan 2013 | No Comment | 1,392 views]
Tasting ‘Single Cask Nation’ Arran  1999 12yo

Time for the third tasting notes from the first batch of Single Cask nation, after a very nice start with the Kilchoman and the BenRiach which left me wanting more. The Isle of Arran distillery is shaping up to be one of the better new distilleries, and although i think their malt profile shines out when aged in Bourbon casks, …

Headline, Master Of Malt, News »

[26 Jan 2013 | No Comment | 1,414 views]
A new Blended whisky “Boxes Blend” created by MoM is released.

Master of Malt Announces the Release of ‘Boxes Blend’ from Athlete bassist Carey Willetts

Online retailer Master of Malt announces the launch of a new blended whisky – Boxes Blend – produced in conjunction with Carey Willetts to celebrate Mr Willetts’ solo music project, Boxes.
Master of Malt, in collaboration with Carey Willetts (bassist for the British band, Athlete), has released a …

Arran, Featured, Headline, Tasting Notes, The Maltman »

[24 Jan 2013 | One Comment | 1,623 views]
Arran 14–The Maltman

Last week I reviewed a nice Bowmore 21 from this label, and today a younger 14 year old arran. I have tasted quite a few arrans in recent months, and found that the older they are the better i like them (see this Arran vertical from quite some time ago.) So , at 14 i was looking forward to a …

Featured, Headline, Tasting Notes, Whyte & Mackay, mackinlay's »

[21 Jan 2013 | 3 Comments | 1,922 views]
Mackinlays (Shackleton) take II :  “The Journey”

I reviewed the original Shackleton whisky back in 2011, and really like it, from the amazing story and history, to the lovely blending work done by “The nose” Richard Paterson. And here we are one year or so later, with another Shckleton expression, this time called “The Journey”. I will not trouble you with much history this time, as I …

Featured, Headline, Opinions »

[17 Jan 2013 | 16 Comments | 3,188 views]
Whisky Idiocy or International Scotch Whisky Shipping Regulations 2013

Sometimes It seems that every single Authority out there is trying to make whisky drinkers feel bad. be it taxation , customs, silly regulations (750ml bottles in the USA!?). joy.
The latest bit of idiocy is happening as we speak and is changing the reality of online whisky shops, and making the life of whisky lovers worldwide a little (or a …

BenRiach, Headline, Tasting Notes, That Boutique-y Whisky Company »

[17 Jan 2013 | No Comment | 1,228 views]
BenRiach – Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Time for another lovely Boutique-y bottling and of one of my Favourite distilleries out there : The BenRiach. as always, with Boutique-y bottlings the hand drawn labels are cool, this one features a monkey in the malting room. as you well know
BenRiach is one of the very few distilleries who still malt a  small proportion of their own barley. In …

Cask Strength, Featured, Glenfarclas, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[16 Jan 2013 | 4 Comments | 1,781 views]
Glenfarclas Family Cask 1995 Usquebaugh society NL

Image by : Gert-Jan De Ruiter
While at maltstock, back in September 2012, I sat at a table with few good whisky friends (Sjoerd, and Tom) and some others, and started tasting some samples each brought. Tom had brought quite a few excellent samples, and one of which was this one. Of course, with so much to taste and drink some …