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[15 May 2014 | No Comment | 605 views]
Lord Elcho Blended whisky (NAS)

The latest addition from Wemyss Malts, after the successful 15 year old similar blended whisky. This contains a fairly high percentage of malt (40%) and is bottled without an age statement, I tasted this one as part of the Wemyss Malts Twitter tasting session we just held.
Lord Elcho NAS, 40% abv, £23.95
Nose: Sweet dough, hint of butterscotch and a cooked …

Blends, Compass Box, Featured, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[24 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 788 views]
Two very different Compass Box whiskies

Today I’m tasting two very different whiskies from Compass Box. The only similarities is that both are Blended whiskies (containing Grain & Malt whiskies). The first one is Great King Street Experimental Batch #TR-06. I’ve recently tried the sister expression ( the 00-V4 ) which was lovely. TR-06 contains 33% Lowland grain whisky  and 67% Malt whisky from the regions …

Blends, Compass Box, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Tasting Notes »

[22 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 1,030 views]
Tasting an amazing blend: Compass Box “The General”

So, £180 for a blended whisky? This is what I was asking myself when I saw the first PR for this one. It seems a lot. But when you taste this thing, it all changes. really. So what is this “General” whisky all about?  The story goes that Two different companies approached us Compass box with similar stories: they each …

Blends, Compass Box, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[9 Jan 2014 | One Comment | 673 views]
Compass Box Great King Street – Experimental 00-V4

It has certainly been a long time since I reviewed a new Compass Box whisky. Some are in the queue. Gladly I have gotten a sample from a friend.  the previous GKS versions (NY blend and Artist’s Blend ) were both great blends with the former peated nicely.
Compass Box Great King Street Experimental Batch #00-V4 , 43% , £32
Nose: A …

Blends, Cutty Sark, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[11 Dec 2013 | One Comment | 1,172 views]
Cutty Sark Prohibition edition

So, Prohibition. Yes, that stupid period in American (and world) history when the government thought they know better… We all know how this ended.
Prohibition was a time when Cutty Sark established itself in the US and this  new blend is a tribute to the notorious Captain William McCoy,  who smuggled the brand into the country and whose reputation for fairness …

Blends, Headline, Lakes Distillery, Tasting Notes »

[8 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 1,107 views]
The “One” British Blend– Lakes Distillery

The Lakes distillery is a very exciting new whisky distillery that is in the processes of building in one of the nicest places on earth (in the UK, that is, ok?), and it is going to be the first distillery built there for the last 100 years or so. I really wanted to visit the distillery location last August when …

Blends, Featured, Headline, Jhonnie Walker, Johnnie Walker, Travel Retail »

[29 Oct 2013 | No Comment | 1,679 views]
Johnnie Walker “The Royal Route” [Explorer’s club collection]

This is the third and most exclusive (read: expensive) of the Travel Retail Explorer’s club collection. I wont bore you with the name, and the rest of the PR details. I’ve reviewed the previous edition a few months ago and concluded it was nice, but expensive. This is even more expensive, but also nicer IMHO.
JW Explorer’s club collection, The Royal …

Blends, Featured, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[15 Oct 2013 | No Comment | 930 views]
Tasting the Tweeddale blend batch #4

It’s always exciting when Alasdair releases a new batch of his splendid small batch blend called the Tweeddale. I’ve been following the Tweeddale and tasting all of its previous batches for a few years now, and it’s no secret that I’m a big fan. This Tweeddale is a lovely example of how blends can be absolutely cracking, without being overly …

Blends, Featured, Hankey Bannister, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[24 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 932 views]
Tasting Hankey Bannister Heritage

A while ago I featured this expression in one of the PR Corner editions, where you can read much more about it. In short: It’s a recreation of a H.B blend the way it used to be in the 1920’s (sort of, as we do not have the same building blocks of malts and grain). If you’re a fan of …

Ballantine’s, Blends, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[22 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 1,013 views]
Blended whisky time: Ballantine’s 12

After the Irish pot stills it’s time to get back to some scotch, and what better than to try a widely available whisky, one you can get hold of anywhere in the world : Ballantine’s 12 year old.
Ballantine’s 12 year old , 40% , £31.17
Nose: Some smoke comes to mind at first sniff, then tones down to reveal butterscotch, vanilla, …