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[20 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 228 views]
Blind Tasting Competition 2014 – Days 13-14

Day 13 was day I will remember, since I guessed the distillery (Glendronach). one of my favourite distilleries, and the nose and palate screamed BIG SHERRTY DRONACH. I was a bit silly to not have opted for a high abv cask and guessed it was younger, so I did not get the entire score. Not sure why It did not …

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[18 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 235 views]
Blind tasting competition Day 12–Glen Keith 1992-2013 [TWA]

After 0 points in day 12, It’s time to score a few points, or so I thought. Obviously It can not be a Highland, and I was really debating between a Speyside and Arran. Today’s dram had a lot of sherry, and some peat (so i thought) , but again I could not place that anywhere, on the arran spectrum, …

Featured, Finishes, Glendronach, Headline, Sauternes, Tasting Notes »

[17 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 420 views]
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 …

BTC2014, Balmenach, Blind Tasting, Headline, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[16 Dec 2014 | 2 Comments | 344 views]
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 …

Benromach, Featured, Headline, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[15 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 411 views]
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 …

BTC2014, Blind Tasting, Headline, Littlemill, Tasting Notes, lochside »

[14 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 373 views]
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 …

BTC2014, Blind Tasting, Headline, Independent Bottling, Ledaig, Tasting Notes, Whisky Fassle »

[10 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 420 views]
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 …

Featured, Headline, Mackmyra, Swedish, Tasting Notes, Wine Finish »

[9 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 344 views]
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 …

BTC2014, Blind Tasting, Glen Garioch, Headline, Independent Bottling, Kintra, Tasting Notes »

[8 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 394 views]
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 …

BTC2014, Blind Tasting, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Tasting Notes, longmorn »

[7 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 482 views]
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). …