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Bourbon, Featured, Headline, Rye, Smooth Ambler, Tasting Notes, whiskey »

[25 Aug 2014 | 2 Comments | 441 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 | 370 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 …

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

[29 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 671 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 …

Amrican, Headline, Tasting Notes, whiskey »

[24 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 662 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 …

Headline, Irish, Tasting Notes, Teeling, whiskey »

[26 Jun 2014 | One Comment | 508 views]
Teeling Whiskey Platinum Vintage Reserve 30

We’ve arrived at the oldest available Irish whiskey on the market (as far as I know).
In contrast to the other Teeling bottlings this has been exclusively matured in ex-Bourbon casks for the entire 30 years. It is non-chilfiltered and bottled at 46%.
The malt for this was double distilled at a distillery more famous for its triple distilled single malts.Just 250 …

Featured, Headline, Irish, Tasting Notes, Teeling, whiskey »

[25 Jun 2014 | 2 Comments | 552 views]
Teeling Whiskey Gold Reserve , 26 yo (White Burgundy finish)

We continue our journey through the Teeling range with an older expression. This whiskey was double distilled (at a distillery which usually triple distils its whiskey) in the year of 1987 then it was aged in ex-bourbon barrels , and finally it was transferred into old white burgundy barrels for finishing. I must comment that white wine finishes are not …

Amrican, Headline, Tasting Notes, Westward, single malt, whiskey »

[28 May 2014 | No Comment | 514 views]
Westward Small Batch Oregon Straight Malt Whiskey

Time for a bit of a change, with an American single malt whiskey made in Oregon in small quantities  from 100% malted barley grown in the Pacific Northwest. Fermented with a traditional ale yeast and distilled in copper pots, the spirit is aged in new charred oak for more than 2 years. I was given a sample of this whiskey …

Headline, Independent Bottling, Moonshine, whiskey »

[13 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 683 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 …

Bourbon, Corner Creek, Headline, Pappy Van Winkle, Tasting Notes, whiskey »

[1 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 1,009 views]
Tasting Pappy Van Winkle  15 and Corner Creek

Post Thanksgiving, two drops of liquid Americana. One is dirt cheap ($20 in the USA) and the other one a much hyped and sought after Pappy Van Winkle 15 which costs, well a lot, that is if you can buy it (Demand and Supply. and it’s in bloody crazy demand). Those two lovely drams were part of a 3 sample …

Amrican, Featured, Headline, Tasting Notes, Wigle, whiskey »

[21 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 917 views]
Wigle Organic Wheat Whiskey

Wigle? yep. Wigle (pronounced Viggle). I am not sure you have heard about this new distillery located in Pennsylvania  (I know I have not before i got sent a sample). But I’m always keen to get to know a new interesting distillery, and this one is pretty nice. First of all, I should thank Shai (@dsappl) whos recently wrote his …