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Arran, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[13 Apr 2014 | 2 Comments | 500 views]
Almost Legal : The Arran malt turns 17  – review

Some whiskies shine at a young age, and some shine after quite a few years of maturation. Arran whisky seems to really benefit from longer periods of maturation and since Arran is quite a young distillery, It’s been a pleasure trying their whisky over the few recent years, and It just keeps on getting better. I loved the 14 year …

Ardbeg, Featured, Headline, Islay, Special Release, Tasting Notes »

[9 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 828 views]
Auriverdes – the new Ardbeg on the block

Unless you’ve been living on a distant planet, you’ve probably heard quite a lot recently about the latest addition to the Ardbeg range (Limited edition, not core range – mind you). A fast recap for those with short term memory  : The name of Ardbeg Auriverdes derives from the colour of the golden whisky (auri) in Ardbeg’s iconic green bottle …

Ballantine’s, Headline, Spirit Drink, Tasting Notes, Uncategorized »

[8 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 398 views]
It’s summertime with Ballantine’s Brasil

I don’t know about you, but summer is almost here (In Israel that is). Days are longer, and it’s beginning to get hotter, especially in the sun. It’s only April, and the summer here is very long, so it  was just in time that I was sent a mixing set of Ballantine’s Brasil to try and sample this new spirit …

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

[6 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 487 views]
Bowmore hand filled   1997-2013  55.5% abv

I’m a sucker for hand filled bottles you can get only at the distillery, and most chances that you’re too if you’re reading this blog I was fortunate enough to get a wee sample when I traded samples over at Maltstock with the Spellers (Ansgar & Thomas). I had a feeling it was about to be a cracking …

Bruichladdich, Cask Strength, Headline, Port Charlotte, Tasting Notes »

[2 Apr 2014 | 3 Comments | 672 views]
Port Charlotte PC11 (Travel Retail edition)

Bruicladdich released this PC11 along with Octomore 6,2 (watch this space for tasting notes coming soon!) a few months back to the travel retail market. This is the first time Port Charlotte or Octomore are sold there AFAIK, but there is a catch : They did not release it to the UK travel retail market ,perhaps because of the very …

Aultmore, Douglas Laing, Headline, Provenance, Tasting Notes »

[30 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 435 views]
Aultmore 5 yo  “Provenance” – Douglas Laing – Commemorative 1,000th Bottling Edition

Being a young whisky does not not automatically make one a lesser whisky, and with all the NAS phenomena going on and just taking over the whisky scene, it’s nice to see examples of independent bottlers indicating – 5 year old on the label, as if saying “I am 5 year old, and I am not ashamed of it, I …

Headline, Kilchoman, NAS, Peated, Tasting Notes »

[26 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 633 views]
Kilchoman’s first foray into the Travel Retail market : The ‘Coull Point’

It was only a matter of time until this happened, and does not really come at a surprise to anyone who’s been monitoring the whisky scene, A NAS for the travel retail. There you have it, Kilchoman also wants in, and the TR market has its own rules, basically, cheap NAS at higher prices due to the price pressure of …

Douglas Laing, Featured, Headline, Highland Park, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[25 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 558 views]
Quick Dram: Highland Park 17 yo , 1996 – Old Particular [Douglas Laing]

Time to try another D.Laing ‘Old Particular’ , and this time Highland park, one of my Fav. distilleries for sure. Distilled September 1996 and bottled in September 2013 , NCF.
Highland Park 17 yo , 1996 – Old Particular , 48.4% , £90
Nose: Aye laddie! It’s a very nice nose. Tons of heathery peat. Sweet cereal and hints of exotic fruit …

Featured, Headline, Irish, Jameson, Online Tasting Event, Tasting Notes, Twitter »

[24 Mar 2014 | 3 Comments | 474 views]
Tasting four Jameson expressions on St. Patrick’s Day : #JamesonWhiskey

St. Patrick’s day, what else can you do? Wear green? and drink Irish whiskey, right? what better than drink some whisky with whiskey/whisky mates from all over the world? well, nothing. I was extremely happy to be invited to this twitter tasting of four Jameson expressions by Steve Rush of the whisky wire, and get to taste maybe one of …

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

[18 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 645 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 …