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[27 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 489 views]
The Balvenie 30 Year Old

I’m a Balvenie man. I’ve tasted a lot of OB Balvenies, Indie Balvenies, tea spooned Balvenies, Tun 1401’s, some older some younger, but for some reason I never got to try the 30 year old. It’s not cheap, so you can’t just buy it on a whim, and I still am looking forward to trying the 50 yo (hint). I …

Bourbon, Cask Strength, Elijah Craig, Featured, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[26 Aug 2014 | 2 Comments | 382 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 | 410 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 …

Canadian, Finishes, Headline, Pike Creek, Port Cask, Tasting Notes, whiskey »

[24 Aug 2014 | One Comment | 356 views]
Pike Creek 10 yo Double Barreled Whiskey (Port finish)

My brief summer Hiatus is over (almost, a few days here and there). It’s been a nice relaxing week, with some whisky, beer and chilling by the pool with kids and family (and friends), and it’s time to continue the summer dramming sessions with some whiskey (a few of those this week). The first one is a Canadian sample that …

Glenrothes, Headline, Independent Bottling, Single Cask, Tasting Notes, Wemyss »

[13 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 488 views]
Aromatic Orange Tobacco 1988 – Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes)

Another Single cask by Wemyss Malts from the last line of single casks release of last month. This time an IB Glenrothes , distilled in 1988  matured in a single butt. The cask was bottled in 2013 and bottled with an outturn of 730 bottles.
Aromatic Orange Tobacco 1988 – Wemyss Malts (Glenrothes) , 46.0%,£118
Nose: Starts with a classic cereal and …

Bourbon, Cask Strength, FEW, Featured, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[12 Aug 2014 | One Comment | 744 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 …

Aberfeldy, Headline, Single Cask, Tasting Notes, Wemyss »

[10 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 592 views]
Wemyss Malts – Melon Vine – Aberfeldy 1994

Photo credit : Whisky Speller
Been a while since i sampled a dram coming from the lovely distillery of Aberfeldy. Founded in 1896 and opened at 1898 , it’s located on the southern bank of upper Tay. The distillery closed down between 1917-1919 due to malt shortages caused by WWI, however it did operate through WWII , with only a few …

Grain, Headline, Invergordon, Single Grain, Tasting Notes, Wemyss »

[7 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 531 views]
Wemyss Malts  – ‘Lemon Cheesecake’ 1988 Invergordon (single grain)

Time to start a series of reviews for the latest batch of single casks from Wemyss Malts. Correct me if I am wrong, but this seems to be the first single grain bottling from Wemyss who usually do single cask malts. Very nice. Grain (and certainly older grain) can be lovely, and they deserve a place among the whisky shelves …

Glenrothes, Headline, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[6 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 629 views]
The Glenrothes sherry cask reserve – NAS

Sign of the times. More and more NAS whiskies are released, and The Glenrothes has also released one recently : the sherry cask reserve. The Glenrothes have released quite a few NAS whiskies in recent years, even before the big NAS trend (the select reserve, alba reserve, Robur reserve, Manse reserve etc. so as you can …

Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Islay, Tasting Notes, bowmore »

[5 Aug 2014 | One Comment | 677 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 …