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Bruichladdich, Featured, Headline, Islay, Peated, Port Charlotte, Travel Retail »

[26 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 754 views]
The new Port Charlotte PC 12 (Travel Retail) – Review

I can’t believe Port Charlotte 12 is out, It seems like yesterday when the baby PC5 came out, and it was HUGE. This toddler is now a teenager, and I am loving the way it developed over the years. This is the oldest PC EVER (there are a few Indie PC of the same age).
Yesterday’s Octomore TR edition (7.2) proved …

Bruichladdich, Featured, Headline, Peated, Tasting Notes, Travel Retail »

[25 Feb 2015 | 4 Comments | 856 views]
A new Octomore for Travel Retail – 7.2 – Review

Lately Bruichladdich are releasing quite a few Travel Retail only editions of their Octomores and Port Charlottes and this one is the second wave of such releases. The Octomore “.2” usually stands out for wine finished Octomores, and this release is no different  – as the Octomore 7.2 is a limited edition in which Jim McEwan  has married American oak …

Clynelish, Featured, Headline, Sherry, Signatory, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[24 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 477 views]
Clynelish 1996 18 yo cask 6514 [Signatory Vintage]

You never know what you’re going to get when you’re shopping single casks. Each cask is an enigma, and sometimes you score, sometimes you are disappointed. I was browsing WhiskyBase shop when I saw this Clynelish, aged in a refill sherry butt, that looked promising, and decided to get it for a future tasting I am leading. 590 bottles were …

Featured, Headline, Highland Park, Tasting Notes »

[22 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 894 views]
Highland Park Odin –Review and tasting notes

If you’re a whisky fan,I probably should not tell you much about Odin, as you’ve probably heard all about this bottling long ago, but for those who are new to whisky, or have been on another planet in recent months : Odin is the fourth and final instalment (and much awaited) in Highland Park’s Valhalla collection (Valhalla being the home …

Featured, G&M, Headline, Linkwood, Tasting Notes »

[18 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 437 views]
Linkwood 1991-2009  [G&M for Van Wees] Cask #7271

When a good Linkwood comes around, I can not say no. Last night I was visiting a good whisky friend, and we shared a few drams. This was the first, and maybe the highlight of the evening (with another Linkwood by Cadenheads being runner up). Can’t ask for more.
Linkwood 1991-2009 , G&M for Van Wees Cask #7271 , 53.1 % , …

Featured, Headline, Ichiro's Malt, Japanese, Tasting Notes, Wine Finish »

[10 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 491 views]
Ichiro’s Malt Wine Wood Reserve -Review

Day #3 of our little Japanese Whisky review series , and today with Ichiro’s Malt.
For those who are not familiar with Ichiro Akuto, the grandson of the founder of now closed Hanyu Distillery. He started the Chichibu distillery in Japan’s Saitama prefecture in 2008, which by now released a few young (but good) expressions under the Chichibu label [check out …

Featured, Headline, Japanese, Shinshu, Tasting Notes, mars »

[9 Feb 2015 | 2 Comments | 422 views]
Mars ‘Komagatke’ 10 yo – Review

 
Day #2 of our wee Japanese Whisky series, and today with a quite unknown distillery : mars Shinshu. It is  the located at Miyata village in the Nagano prefecture owned by Hombo Shuzo Co ltd. It was founded in 1985 and was operating until 1992, and re-opened in 2011). Due to the high altitude (800 meters above sea level) it …

Featured, Headline, Japanese, Miyagykio, NAS, Nikka, Tasting Notes »

[8 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 463 views]
Nikka Miyagykio NAS – Review

The fact that Japanese whiskies are great is not a secret anymore. yes, we malt geeks have known this for a long while, but It seems most other people are just findint out about that, after this year’s Bible release and some major newspapers and sites picking up on it and claiming it has “defeated” scotch, or something like that. …

Aultmore, Featured, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[4 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 619 views]
More 25 year olders : The brand new Aultmore 25 year old  – Review

more 25 year old malts review this week (more coming tomorrow), and today with a rather different 25 year old : the new Aultmore.
Only released lately, it is a part of the “Last Great Malts” series of whiskies by Bacardi.  This is the oldest in the range (consisting of 12, 21,25) and is quite expensive at almost 300 quid (350 …

Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, MaltBarn, Tasting Notes, The balvenie »

[3 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 531 views]
Indie Balvenie Rocks!  or Burnside 25 yo 1989, Maltbarn 2014, bourbon cask – Review

Balvenie is a brilliant distillery, and that is no secret. I find myself enjoying most of its OB releases very much, and it’s always nice to try an independent bottling from the distillery. Of course, Balvenie does not approve of bottling its casks by IBs under their name, so those casks need to be teaspooned (meaning we add a tiny …