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[21 May 2014 | 2 Comments | 641 views]
Darkness! Macallan 15 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish

Continuing the very interesting line of Sherry cask finished single malts from Master of Malt (Maverick Drinks). This time they took a 15 year old Macallan and finished it in 50 litre first-fill Pedro Ximénez casks for an additional 3 months. What happened?  Good things did happen, i assure you.
Darkness! Macallan 15 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish,52.3%,£109
Nose: A nice …

Calvados, Finishes, Headline, Springbank, Tasting Notes »

[25 Dec 2012 | No Comment | 1,346 views]
Springbank Calvados wood 12 yo

I’m always up to trying new expressions from Springbank, those are rarely below the very good mark. They have been toying with quite some wood finishes over there : Barolo, Shiraz, Marsala, and more, but Calvados is a finish I’ve almost never tried, not in SB’s and not elsewhere, and it was really interesting to see what this one might …

Caperdonich, Cask Strength, Featured, Finishes, Headline, Men o'Quaich, Single Cask, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[18 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | 1,228 views]
Tasting ‘Men o’Quiach’ – 1972 Caperdonich 38yo

Men o’Quaich is an IB label created by a group of Russian single malt whisky aficionados (Timothy, Paul, Vladislav, Alexis and Mikhail). It consists of old and older casks which are then transferred into an octave sherry cask of small dimensions (and volume) for a few months to ‘finish’ the liquid than bottled at cask strength with the help of …

BenRiach, Featured, Finishes, Headline, Speyside, Tasting Notes, Wine Finish »

[20 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 1,316 views]
Tasting The BenRiach 17 yo Rioja Finish

Continuing our Benriach sessions, with another finish, this time an older 17 year old Rioja wine finish. For those of you who are not familiar with the wine world, Rioja denotes a wine region in Spain. Rioja wines are made from vines growing in the La Rioja region, as well as some part of Navarra, and the Basque province of …

BenRiach, Featured, Finishes, Headline, Madeira, Peated, Speyside, Tasting Notes, scotch »

[18 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 1,682 views]
Tasting The BenRiach 13 yo Maderensis Fumosus (peated Madeira finished)

After two non peated beauties, we come back to the peated land. It’s Speyside, yes i know, but if you remember my previous BenRiach posts, i quite liked their peated line. How will this Madeira finish fare? will it be in par with the sherry / rum ‘Fumosuses’?  Let’s dive in. Nose first, of course!
The BenRiach 13 yo Maderensis Fumosus …

Arran, Blends, Featured, Finishes, Headline, Islands, Islay, Isle of Skye, Jura, Orkney, Six Isles, Tasting Notes, is »

[4 Apr 2011 | No Comment | 1,698 views]
Tasting Six Isles Pomerol finish

It’s blend time again. This time a finished blends which i find very interesting. Originally Six Isles is a blended scotch from Ian McLeod distillers consisting of  whiskies from each of Scotland’s whisky producing islands of Islay, Jura, Skye, Mull, Orkney and Arran. This wee dram was further matured (finished) in Pomerol casks (from the Pomerol wine Appellation)

Six Isles …

Featured, Finishes, GlenDronach Time, Glendronach, Headline, Port Cask, Uncategorized »

[10 Mar 2011 | 3 Comments | 1,431 views]
GlenDronach Time : Session #5–Tasting the 20 yo ‘Tawny Port’ Finish

Well, it’s nearly the end of the GlenDronach time period at Whisky Israel, and to sum up the finishes section I’ve saved the best for last (finish wise). I bring you the 20 year old Tawny Port finish, of a 20 year old GD whisky. After a good Sauternes, and even better Moscatel, it was hard to top those two, …

Featured, Finishes, GlenDronach Time, Glendronach, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[1 Mar 2011 | 9 Comments | 1,069 views]
‘GlenDronach Time’ , Session #3 : The 14 yo,’Virgin Oak’ Finish

After a short detour in Dalmore land, we’re back to GlenDronach country, and we’re beginning to explore some wood finishes . The first of which is the ‘Virgin Oak’ finish. While some may argue that a finish masks imperfections in a medium quality malt, others would argue that a good finish adds complexity, without overshadowing the underlying malt. I tend …

Finishes, Islay, Tasting Notes, Uncategorized, Wine Finish, bowmore »

[4 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 1,204 views]
Tasting wine finished drams part III : Bowmore Bordeaux finish

The last post this week in the Wine finishes series deals with a Bowmore. Yes, I’ve not really been a fan od Bowmore . So i liked the ‘Tempest’ 10 year old, but most of their OB line-up is not really exciting. But this finish did interest me and i decided to give it a try, see what’s it all …

Bruichladdich, Finishes, Islay, Peated, Tasting Notes, Wine Finish, scotch »

[2 Nov 2010 | 4 Comments | 1,908 views]
Tasting Wine finished drams part II : Bruichladdich Infinity 3.1

After the wonderful Barolo finished  (Nebbiolo grapes) Longrow, we’re staying in peat-land but this time we are moving from Campbletown to Islay – home of the Bruichladdich distillery.
A lot has been said about Bruichladdich, for good and for worse, but the fact is that in recent years they have been experimenting with all sorts of casks, finishes , up …