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[26 Aug 2014 | 2 Comments | 352 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 | 385 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 | 730 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 | 670 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 | 719 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 …

Featured, Headline, Highland Park, NAS, Tasting Notes »

[31 Jul 2014 | 3 Comments | 804 views]
Taking a walk on the dark side : Highland Park Dark Origins

It’s not everyday that Highland Park (yes, one of my favourite distilleries) releases a new expression, and every such release is quite exciting. This time (In accordance with the current trend), they chose to release it as a NAS, and call it Dark Origins.
If you’re not familiar with the HP history, this name might sound a little weird,However they chose …

Canadian, Featured, Headline, Highwood, Tasting Notes »

[28 Jul 2014 | 4 Comments | 623 views]
Highwood 25 Year Old Calgary Stampede Whisky

Time for one more Canadian whisky, from a sample I long ago recieved from the one and only Davin D.K, who run the most comprehensive Canadian whisky site , a true whisky lover, and expert, and a really nice man.  To be honest, I’ve never heard about this whisky before trying it (not that this comes as a surprise, as …

Bruichladdich, Featured, Feis Ile, Headline, Peated, Tasting Notes »

[15 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments | 1,158 views]
7 Year Old Quadruple-Distilled Octomore – Feis Ile 2014

This year’s funky Feis Ile bottling prize has to go to Bruichladdich, who have always been the quirky guy on the block when it comes to crazy finishes, and unique bottlings. Octomore is ridiculously peated anyways, add a Quad distillation process!!!  and what do you get? you get an Ultra peated whisky at almost 70% ABV… which started its …

Featured, Feis Ile, Headline, Islay, Kilchoman, Tasting Notes »

[9 Jul 2014 | 3 Comments | 779 views]
Kilchoman Feis Ile 2014

The smallest and youngest of distilleries on Islay (that is until next year, when Gartbreck distillery is up and working)  did also produce a festival bottling this year, and as young as their whiskies are (oldest to date was 6 yo), they are crackers.
The festival bottling  was matured for around 5 years, initially in first-fill bourbon casks before spending a …

Featured, Feis Ile, Headline, Islay, Laphroaig, Tasting Notes »

[7 Jul 2014 | One Comment | 918 views]
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2014 Edition (Feis Ile 2014)

After that Spectacular Lagavulin FE 2014, who set the bar so high, it would be quite a challenge for the rest of the FE bottlings, won’t it? True. I chose to go with the Laphraoig of which I did not have very high expectations (mainly due to reading people’s reactions and SM remarks). Last year’s Cairdeas (also know as ‘the …