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Balblair, G&M, Headline, Independent Bottling, Tasting Notes »

[12 May 2015 | No Comment | 479 views]
Balblair 1993–G&M cask #1962–Sherry time!

Big bold sherried Balblair, anyone?
A few weeks/ months ago (who remembers) I was able to share a bottle of this big sherry Balblair with some mates. Something told me this was worth getting. I was right …
Balblair 21 Year Old 1993 (cask 1962) – Cask Strength (G&M) , 53.4% , £87(available at MOM)
Nose: not that this comes as a surprise …

Independent Bottling, Peated, Port Charlotte, SMWS, Tasting Notes »

[5 May 2015 | No Comment | 384 views]
SMWS 127.40[Port Charlotte] – Mango chicken vindaloo

This is not a new SMWS edition, it’s from the Feb batch or so. I am quite a fan of Port Charlotte, when it comes to peaty whiskies. It’s not a secret I drink less and less heavily peated drams on a daily basis, I guess a palate or mood change, but sometimes when the weather is right, or when …

Blair Athol, Headline, Independent Bottling, Tasting Notes, Wemyss »

[21 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 562 views]
Quick Dram: Blair Athol 1991 ‘Foraged Fruit Fool’ 1991- Wemyss Malts

A quick tasting note today, maybe the last for this week due to a long weekend , while we celebrate the Israeli Independence day on Wednesday night.
Sometimes you just feel like an ultra fruity and exotic dram, and this Blair Athol is pretty much just that. Rich, sweet and lovely. Ex-bourbon maturation to the max.  I’ve not had many Blair …

Aberfeldy, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Tasting Notes, Wemyss »

[19 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 493 views]
Wemyss Malts ‘Toffee Tuile 1999’–Aberfeldy

After the exceptional cask strength Bowmore (yes, we want more CS version, dear Wemyss.) It’s time to explore another tasty expression from the latest batch. This one is still available, which is good news. I’ve not had a lot of Indie Aberfeldy (Or any Aberfeldy) lately, so this was an interesting one to try.
Toffee Tuile 1999 (bottled 2014) – Wemyss …

Headline, Hunter Laing, Independent Bottling, Mortlach, Tasting Notes »

[14 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 676 views]
Mortlach 22 ‘Platinum Old and Rare’ [Hunter Laing]

Another Indie today by Hunter Laing, this time a 22 year old Mortlach, which also sells for a hefty price of £335 (at the Whisky Shop). This is also a sample sent for review to the W club tasting panel – so cheers guys!. When you hear the name Mortlach you immediately think about BIG sherry, meaty notes, bouillon and …

Caol Ila, Headline, Independent Bottling, Malts Of Scotland, Tasting Notes »

[12 Mar 2015 | No Comment | 570 views]
Caol Ila 1981 [Malts of Scotland]Cask #4807 – Review

This sample of MOS CI has been sitting quitetly and waiting for its turn. Actually it’s a part of long gone bottle share arranged by Sjoerd two years ago or so, and I was just checking how aging samples would affect their flavor profile (not really)… the best explanation is Backlog. But I’m happy to have finally arrived at this …

BlackAdder, Clynelish, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Tasting Notes »

[11 Mar 2015 | 2 Comments | 690 views]
Clynelish 1996 [Blackadder] cask #8782

It’s a good rule of thumb not to base your opinion about a whisky based on a single tasting, at a given evening. It’s not always possible if you’re tasting a small sample that can’t be re-used, but It’s advisable if you have a generous sample, or a bottle. We’ve tasted this BA single cask last week with some friends, …

Headline, Independent Bottling, Linkwood, Tasting Notes, Wemyss »

[9 Mar 2015 | No Comment | 911 views]
Wemyss Malts Linkwood 1996 ‘Honeysuckle Bower’

A couple of weeks ago I reviewed the lovely Caribbean Crème (Invergordon 1988) single grain from the same batch of single cask released by Wemyss last month. This is a single cask Linkwood distilled in 1996 and from its name you can guess it’s going to be quite floral. I am not a BIG fan of floral whiskies, but On …

Auchentoshan, Headline, Independent Bottling, Single Cask, Tasting Notes, Whiskybroker »

[4 Mar 2015 | No Comment | 975 views]
Auchentoshan 1995, 17yo  [WhiskyBroker]

This is a rather interesting Auchentoshan from the British Independent bottler Whisky Broker, who sometimes has very good casks on sale, and what’s more important is they really have good prices on some casks.  This bottle is one of 306 , from a Refill Sherry Hogshead, bottled at 56,1% abv. It’s sold out at the WB site, but if you’re …

Headline, Independent Bottling, Mortlach, Signatory, Tasting Notes »

[2 Mar 2015 | No Comment | 1,204 views]
Mortlach 1990 cask 6074 [Signatory vintage] – Review

With the soaring prices of the new OB Mortlachs, The only reasonably priced good quality Mortlachs you can afford or find these days are by IBs. Thank god they still have quite a lot of casks laying around and we’re able to enjoy this lovely distillery without having to suffer the consequences of its Dalmorisation * . This whisky was …