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[16 Sep 2014 | 2 Comments | 450 views]
Tasting the brand new Old Pulteney 35 year old

I am still remembering the day I tasted the OP 40 about a year and a half ago, it was that good. So when I got the PR for the new 35 year old I know this is something I have to try too, as it’s going to rock.  Only 450 cases of this outstanding single malt were  rolled out …

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

[10 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 427 views]
Big Peat Xmas Edition 2014 Batch 61

Another wee sample from Maltstock, of one of my favourite Blended malts with a major peaty profile (and a cool looking bottle, mind you!) – Big peat Xmas Edition.
Big Peat Xmas Edition 2014 Batch 61, 55.7% abv
Nose: Fruity and smoky with caramelized apples with bacon and maple syrup. Some ash and leather too as well as cinnamon gum.
Palate: Big …

Australian, Featured, Headline, Lark, Tasting Notes »

[9 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 501 views]
A tale of two Australian Larks

I’m back from Maltstock. It was amazing as usual, but until i settle down again after a few days of boozing and having fun with friends, here are a couple of drams i’ve tried before i flew. more on Maltstock, later this week (or the next ).
Lark distillery is perhaps the the best known Tasmanian distillery, created by Bill Lark …

Featured, Headline, Japanese, Karuizawa, Tasting Notes, The Whisky Exchange »

[1 Sep 2014 | 2 Comments | 595 views]
Karuizawa 1984, cask #3663 (Speciality Drinks)

Karuizawa. the stuff whisky geek,lovers and aficionados dream about (they can hardly afford it nowadays), and even after all the hype is gone, Karuizawas are quite amazing drams, you have to admit that. A few months ago Speciality Drinks (a sister company of the TWE, owned by the same famous Sukhinder) announced it was bottling a cask from 1984, and …

Featured, Headline, Tasting Notes, The balvenie »

[27 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 677 views]
The Balvenie 30 Year Old

I’m a Balvenie man. I’ve tasted a lot of OB Balvenies, Indie Balvenies, tea spooned Balvenies, Tun 1401’s, some older some younger, but for some reason I never got to try the 30 year old. It’s not cheap, so you can’t just buy it on a whim, and I still am looking forward to trying the 50 yo (hint). I …

Bourbon, Cask Strength, Elijah Craig, Featured, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[26 Aug 2014 | 2 Comments | 500 views]
Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof

If you’re a Bourbon or whiskey fan, you’ve probably tried the 12 year old Elijah Craig, whic is brilliant and very well priced IMHO. This version however is a bit different – a limited release Small Batch, twelve year old bottled at Barrel Proof and without chill filtering, preserving the natural flavours produced during the aging process.  It’s just like …

Bourbon, Featured, Headline, Rye, Smooth Ambler, Tasting Notes, whiskey »

[25 Aug 2014 | 2 Comments | 530 views]
A couple of Smooth Amblers – A Rye and a Bourbon

Smooth Ambler is a  young craft distillery located in West Virginia , producing young spirit (Vodka, Gin and aged Gin), until its stock is old enough to be sold as whiskey. Like other distilleries it’s also sourcing Bourbon, Rye and Whiskey from older distilleries in bulk, and bottling those with their own label (disclosing it’s distilled elsewhere). I’ve heard good …

Bourbon, Cask Strength, FEW, Featured, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[12 Aug 2014 | One Comment | 796 views]
FEW Bourbon Cask Strength

This whisky was part of Sjoerd’s American Whiskey bottle share, and It is the first time EVER i’ve tried any of the FEW spirits. I heard good things about this one, so I was really looking forward to it. Not much info about this one except that the mashbill is predominantly made up of corn as well as rye and …

Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Islay, Tasting Notes, bowmore »

[5 Aug 2014 | One Comment | 736 views]
Bowmore Tempest  10 yo Batch #5

Bowmore Tempest has been one of my go-to Bowmores in recent years, with a few bottles polished off from older batches (1,2). I can say I’ve tried all batches until now, (with batch 1,3 as my favourites). A few months ago I compared Batches 3&4 head to head, and found batch 3 Brilliant (have a look here). So as you …

Featured, Headline, Kininvie, Tasting Notes »

[4 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 817 views]
Kininvie 23 year old Batch #2

I’m about to review the very first Kininvie on the blog , a happy moment for me, surely as you can imagine. Kininvie is an odd distillery indeed, a sister distillery to The Balvenie , and actually more a still room than a fully fledged distillery, as it lacks Mash tuns, and gets its mash straight from the Balvenie, to …