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[12 Aug 2014 | One Comment | 668 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 …

Glenrothes, Headline, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[6 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 588 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 | 638 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 …

Amrican, Headline, Tasting Notes, whiskey »

[24 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 642 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 …

Featured, Feis Ile, Headline, Islay, Kilchoman, Tasting Notes »

[9 Jul 2014 | 3 Comments | 765 views]
Kilchoman Feis Ile 2014

The smallest and youngest of distilleries on Islay (that is until next year, when Gartbreck distillery is up and working)  did also produce a festival bottling this year, and as young as their whiskies are (oldest to date was 6 yo), they are crackers.
The festival bottling  was matured for around 5 years, initially in first-fill bourbon casks before spending a …

Caol Ila, Feis Ile, Headline, Islay, Tasting Notes »

[8 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 603 views]
Caol Ila 2002 – Feis Ile 2014 festival edition

Time to continue the FE 2014 tasting notes with the 2nd bottling for the Festival by Diageo. This expression is essentially a 12 year old at Cask strength, personally selected by David Wood, Caol Ila Distillery Manager. It was distilled in 2002 and has been matured in Refill American Oak Hogsheads. It has been bottled at 55.5% ABV in an …

Featured, Feis Ile, Headline, Islay, Laphroaig, Tasting Notes »

[7 Jul 2014 | One Comment | 896 views]
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2014 Edition (Feis Ile 2014)

After that Spectacular Lagavulin FE 2014, who set the bar so high, it would be quite a challenge for the rest of the FE bottlings, won’t it? True. I chose to go with the Laphraoig of which I did not have very high expectations (mainly due to reading people’s reactions and SM remarks). Last year’s Cairdeas (also know as ‘the …

Headline, Irish, Single Grain, Tasting Notes, Teeling »

[6 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 529 views]
Teeling  Single Grain Whiskey

After tasting the aged offerings from Teeling whiskey (namely the 21, 26 and 30), it’s time to get more realistic, and try the more affordable releases. Surely, not many can afford the more expensive stuff, but surely the two younger offerings are budget friendly drams. the first of the two I am going to visit is the single Grain. Grain …

Headline, Irish, Tasting Notes, Teeling, whiskey »

[26 Jun 2014 | One Comment | 497 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 | 534 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 …