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Headline, Tasting Notes, Tomintoul, whiskyBase »

[30 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments | 405 views]
Quick dram : Tomintoul 1969 3rd Release (Archives) – WhiskyBase

This is an old Tomintoul sample I got with a purchase of a few bottles on WhiskyBase shop. They are really nice to pop in samples of their Archives bottling which are rather excellent , by the way, with most purchases, and that is Uber cool. I doubt I’d get to taste that fantastic dram otherwise, so thanks guys!
This lovely …

Canadian, Canadian Club, Headline, Sherry, Tasting Notes, whiskey »

[29 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 483 views]
Canadian Club Sherry Cask batch SC-020

Time for some more Canadian whiskey. Today with one of the better known brands – Canadian Club. This expressions is a bit unique, as it was finished in Sherry casks. If you’re a scotch aficionado, chances you won’t be blown away by this procedure of finishing a whisky in sherry casks, as it’s very common in scotch these days, but …

Canadian, Featured, Headline, Highwood, Tasting Notes »

[28 Jul 2014 | 4 Comments | 480 views]
Highwood 25 Year Old Calgary Stampede Whisky

Time for one more Canadian whisky, from a sample I long ago recieved from the one and only Davin D.K, who run the most comprehensive Canadian whisky site , a true whisky lover, and expert, and a really nice man.  To be honest, I’ve never heard about this whisky before trying it (not that this comes as a surprise, as …

Amrican, Headline, Tasting Notes, whiskey »

[24 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 563 views]
High West American Prairie Reserve

About 50 years ago (so it feels, but it’s really a year or so ago I think – correct me if i am Wrong, Sjoerd) my mate Sjoerd who writes the brilliant whisky blog – Malt Fascination, and a very cool dude, arranged another one of his famous bottle shares. Meaning, he buys a few bottles of good whisky, and …

Glen Moray, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[23 Jul 2014 | One Comment | 620 views]
Tasting Glen Moray 10 yo Chardonnay casks

Time for a more down to earth, widely available and very affordable dram from the underrated (too underrated if you ask me) distillery of Glen Moray. This whisky was aged for its entire life in Chardonnay casks. Now I’m not a huge fan of Chardonnay (probably spent too much time drinking mediocre Israeli Chardonnay), but it might work here with …

Glenrothes, Headline, SMWS, Tasting Notes »

[22 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 471 views]
Burnt Crumpet & Highland Toffee – SMWS 30.71

Time for a bit of SMWS goodness (I got a lot of those babies I need to taste in the queue, but this was long due). Sample Provided by Johanne (whiskylassie), and seems to be a SMWS Canada release. This is a Glenrothes, so one can indeed expect a lot of that butterscotch and toffee going on (if OBs is …

Glenglassaugh, Headline, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[21 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 622 views]
GlenGlassaugh single casks batch #1 cask 7301 vintage 1975

After a few more affordable drams, time to dive into deeper and more exclusive waters.
Earlier this year (April), GlenGlassaugh released it’s first batch of single casks, (see my previous post about that), the youngest cask being 28 year old, and the oldest being 45 year old, those are of course old stocks which were bought together with the distillery when …

Bunnahabhain, Feis Ile, Headline, Tasting Notes »

[17 Jul 2014 | 4 Comments | 786 views]
A killer Bunny : Bunnahabhain Dràm An Stiùreadair – Feis Ile 2014

Coming to the last bottling from this year’s Feis Ile festival 2014, Bunnahabhain have released two different Festival expressions : Westering Home, a 17 year old selling for a whopping £250, and the  second is called  ‘Dràm an Stiùreadair’ (pronounced Draam an Yoù-radar – meaning The Helmsman’s Dram in Gaelic), that was cheaper and more approachable at £95. Not often …

Feis Ile, Headline, Tasting Notes, bowmore »

[16 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 578 views]
Tasting Bowmore Feis Ile 2014

This year Bowmore have released two expressions for sale on Feis Ile. The first is a 1989 vintage, and was very expensive (350 quid), while the second one (the one we’re about to review here) is younger, and bottled at Cask strength from ex-bourbon barrels. I was quite keen on trying it, being a fan of the Bowmore Tempests (batch …

Bruichladdich, Featured, Feis Ile, Headline, Peated, Tasting Notes »

[15 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments | 1,015 views]
7 Year Old Quadruple-Distilled Octomore – Feis Ile 2014

This year’s funky Feis Ile bottling prize has to go to Bruichladdich, who have always been the quirky guy on the block when it comes to crazy finishes, and unique bottlings. Octomore is ridiculously peated anyways, add a Quad distillation process!!!  and what do you get? you get an Ultra peated whisky at almost 70% ABV… which started its …