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[13 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 465 views]
Tasting some Moonshine

Moonshine. Sounds exciting Illegal and drives your imagination into picturing illicit stills somewhere in the open prairies of the USA, right? I guess so. I do not have a lot of experience with Moonshine (or shine for short), but I was very excited when this wee sample arrived at my doorstep (or rather, I had to frigging go and pick …

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

[18 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 655 views]
Mortlach 21 yo ‘Directors Cut’ [Douglas Laing]

There has been a lot of noise and dispute regarding Mortlach recently,  After the latest news from Diageo (if you’ve been not heard about it for some odd reason i can not think about, due to the amount of rants, dialogues and discussions online, read this ). Indeed I was one of those who ranted online, and I am still …

Archives, Deanston, Headline, Independent Bottling, Tasting Notes »

[9 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 477 views]
Deanston 1997 ‘Archives’ (Whisky Base)

It has been silent on the whisky front in the last few days as I was enjoying the wonders of Rome, Italy. What a great place, with amazing wine, grappa and food. Now that I’m back at Whisky Israel HQ, we can continue with some new and exciting tasting notes. a lot is planned for the near future, so keep …

Bunnahabhain, Headline, Independent Bottling, Islay, Kintra, Tasting Notes »

[3 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 525 views]
Kintra Bunnahabhain 23 yo cask 5741

A few weeks ago I reviewed the Dailuaine 21 year old , and it set quite high expectations, a Bunna aged 23 years old, usually means fun. And this one is indeed a lovely drop of drammage. Bottled at 46,1% abv, it’s not the highest abv monster around (I wonder if this is watered down or just a really funky …

Blends, Compass Box, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Tasting Notes »

[22 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 834 views]
Tasting an amazing blend: Compass Box “The General”

So, £180 for a blended whisky? This is what I was asking myself when I saw the first PR for this one. It seems a lot. But when you taste this thing, it all changes. really. So what is this “General” whisky all about?  The story goes that Two different companies approached us Compass box with similar stories: they each …

Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Ledaig, Tasting Notes, Tobermory »

[21 Jan 2014 | 2 Comments | 717 views]
Two very different Ledaig

So Ledaig (pronounced : Le-Chig), basically it’s the peated whisky made in the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull (only distillery there). When I started drinking whisky I was quite into the young NAS Ledaig peat, but since then I’ve had only a few Ledaigs. A good opportunity to try some more, and this time two Indie bottling, one …

Dailuaine, Featured, Headline, Independent Bottling, Kintra, Tasting Notes »

[20 Jan 2014 | 6 Comments | 606 views]
Kintra Whisky Dailuaine 21 yo

It has been a while since I’ve tasted the last batch of Kintra. However, I was lucky enough to have met Erik Molenaar, the man behind the Kintra range at Maltstock last September where he had a wee stand pouring Kintra as well as other brands. I managed to sample a few Kintras I never got to try before, but …

Caol Ila, Douglas Laing, Headline, Independent Bottling, Islay, Provenance, Tasting Notes »

[28 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 1,260 views]
Quick Dram : Douglas Laing young & feisty Provenance Caol Ila

Caol Ila “Young & Feisty” – Provenance (Douglas Laing) , 46% , £53
Sometimes whisky has to be whisky. nothing more. sometimes you reach for the “peat” shelf, in search for a young feisty Islay. This is what you might expect:

Nose: Sweet peat with pear drops , salt,  cinnamon tar and malt. Some kerosene. A young Caol Ila. Classic nose. …

Headline, Highland Park, Independent Bottling, Tasting Notes »

[9 May 2013 | No Comment | 802 views]
Highland Park 1994 18 yo [Glenkeir Treasure Selection]

This HP was bottled by the Whisky shop in their Glenkeir treasure series (previously reviewed the Jura) and kindly sent to me by my whisky mate Tom (thank you!). I quite like HP whiskies as you all know, and this one is a fine example.
Highland Park 1994 18 yo [Glenkeir Treasure Selection]  , £54.00 (0,5 L)
Nose: Nice sweetness and …

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[22 Apr 2013 | One Comment | 706 views]
Two very different Jura

I received two very different samples of Indie Jura whiskies from two whisky buddies, one from the UK (Cheers Tom) and another one from Glenn (Ta!) and thought it would be nice to post them together. Jura whisky is often considered a ‘lesser’ distillery, but they have really improved in recent years, and some of their stuff is really nice …