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[25 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 218 views]
Glenmorangie Dornoch [Travel Retail] – Review

The new Glenmorangie ‘Tusail’ is just around the corner (released already, and I shall review it shortly), but prior to that Glenmorangie released another Travel retail only expression by the name of “Dornoch”. It’s not surprising this is a NAS expression. Why Dornoch?
Glenmorangie is Gaelic for ‘the glen of tranquility’ and the Dornoch expression was inspired by the distillery’s peaceful …

Abbey Whisky, Featured, Glendronach, Headline, PX, Tasting Notes »

[22 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 694 views]
Glendronach 1994  Cask #3400 – Abbey Whisky – Review

Another big sherry whisky today after yesterday’s Glenlivet, and this time from Glendronach and Abbey Whisky.
Abbey whisky does bottle some cracking stuff, and the last time I tasted a Glenronach they chose to bottle , the GlenDronach 1993 cask #33, It was good stuff (notes here). Apparently it was a big success and they were searciing to bottle a new …

Featured, Glenlivet, Headline, Independent Bottling, Signatory, Tasting Notes »

[21 Jan 2015 | 5 Comments | 594 views]
Glenlivet 1998, 15yo– Signatory for Whiskybrother – Review

Whiskybrother is a shop located in Johannesburg, SA, and owed by Marc Pendelbury who’s a fellow whisky blogger and friend. I had the pleasure of meeting Marc a few years back when he was visiting Israel, after knowing him online for some time, and he’s a real great guy and a gentleman. Marc has pursued his love of whisky and …

Aultmore, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[20 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 480 views]
The new Aultmore 12 yo – Review

Continuing this week’s reviews of new releases from the last month or so we arrive at Aultmore.
John Dewar & Sons Ltd. unveiled the  new range of proprietary bottlings from Aultmore distillery only a few weeks ago – forming part of its ‘Last Great Malts’ of Scotland, with the  12-year-old,  21-year-old (in Travel Retail only) and 25-year-old in limited quantities.

The …

AnCnoc, Featured, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[19 Jan 2015 | 2 Comments | 682 views]
The  new Ancnoc 18 year old– Review

I’m a big fan of AnCnoc, especially after visiting the place and falling in love with this lovely distillery. The 12 year old is a staple dram chez Whisky Israel towers, and the 16 and 22 year old are also excellent (if we’re talking core range, non vintage). I’ve tasted most new Ancnocs in recent years ( check those out …

Blended Malts, Douglas Laing, Featured, Headline, Islands, Tasting Notes »

[18 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 715 views]
A new vatted malt from Douglas Laing–“Rock Oyster” – Review

With nearly seven decades experience in the Scotch Whisky industry, leading independent Scotch Whisky specialist, Douglas Laing & Co announced the release of their brand new Island inspired “Vatted” Malt – Rock Oyster.
This is the 3rd vatted malt release in recent years , after the “Scallywag” and “Timorous Beastie”.
Paying homage the sea, Douglas Laing’s Rock Oyster is a Small Batch …

Headline, Japanese, Karuizawa, Tasting Notes »

[15 Jan 2015 | 2 Comments | 462 views]
Tasting Karuizawa 1977 cask # 7026 Noh Whisky

Last week when going through my stack of samples in several boxes, and trying to make sense of what I got and should taste, I came over a few gems, one of which was this whisky. I filled a wee sample of this last year when I visited Sjoerd who was lucky enough to buy some lovely Karuizawas when the …

Berry Bros. & Rudd, Headline, North Of Scotland, Single Grain, Tasting Notes »

[14 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 478 views]
Berry’s Own North of Scotland 1973 cask #14570 [single grain]

Quite a long time ago I was about to participate in a twitter tasting for BBR’s indie bottling (BBR being a very famous wine merchant from London, doing single cask bottling, and the current owner of the Glenrothes distillery – if you needed any introduction, probably not..) . I am not sure what happened, but probably samples arrived late, compliments …

Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Michel Couvreur, Sherry, Tasting Notes »

[13 Jan 2015 | One Comment | 584 views]
Michel Couvreur 12 Year Overaged Malt Whisky

Michel Couvreur was a Belgian independent bottler (passed away in 2013) of single malt scotch (his actual company is located in France – Burgundy)  His cellars are located in Bouze-les-Beaune in the heart of Burgundy. Michel ages his single malts for years in sherry butts and then in demijohns or giant bottles kept in total darkness in his vast cellars.  …

Headline, Independent Bottling, Littlemill, Tasting Notes, whiskyman »

[12 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 509 views]
Littlemill 24 yo 1988 ‘Sympathy for the Whisky’ [ The Whiskyman 2012]

The Blind tasting competition Littlemill (here), which was a nice one, reminded me that I still have a sample of another very interesting indie LM i got from the UK a year or two back when I swapped samples with Dave, a whisky friend. Those cold winter nights are a fine time to taste more whisky, and why not some …