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

[9 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 813 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 …

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

[6 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 481 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 …

Featured, Headline, Master Of Malt, Mystery drams, Single Cask, Speyside »

[12 Mar 2014 | 3 Comments | 770 views]
The New Master of Malt 60 Year Old Speyside

Last week I got an email from Master of malt saying that they are sending over something for me to try, I can only blog about that Friday. something very interesting and unique , so naturally I was looking out for a wee delivery from the whisky fairy. However, you can count on the Israeli mail to fuck up whenever …

Balblair, Featured, Headline, Highlands, Tasting Notes »

[23 Feb 2014 | One Comment | 837 views]
Quick Dram: Balblair 1990 2nd edition

This Beauty spent time in both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry (Oloroso) casks, and is  replacing the 1989 vintage (which was a cracker) It’s the 3rd “newish” expressions to be released a few moths back with the 2003 and 1983 editions.
Balblair 1990 – 2nd Release , 46.0% , £92
Nose: Vanilla citrus and crystallized ginger. Fresh cut grass and a hint of spiced …

Balblair, Headline, Highlands, Tasting Notes »

[18 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 649 views]
Tasting Balblair 2003

This is the youngest offering from Balblair released last December , and tasted in a tweet tasting I had to miss out on (not even sure why).
Balblair 2003 , 46% abv,£45
Nose: fresh lovely and youthful. Vanilla. Pear drops. Green apples. Malty and zesty. With a hint of fresh cucumber. Classic ex bourbon. Young lion. Lovely.
Palate: lovely palate too …

Bunnahabhain, Headline, Independent Bottling, Islay, Kintra, Tasting Notes »

[3 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 516 views]
Kintra Bunnahabhain 23 yo cask 5741

A few weeks ago I reviewed the Dailuaine 21 year old , and it set quite high expectations, a Bunna aged 23 years old, usually means fun. And this one is indeed a lovely drop of drammage. Bottled at 46,1% abv, it’s not the highest abv monster around (I wonder if this is watered down or just a really funky …

Auchentoshan, Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, Lowlands, Tasting Notes »

[14 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 543 views]
Auchentoshan 1996 Bottle your own Cask # 11030

How does it go? oh yes: My whisky friend Yoav went to Scotland and all I got was this lousy sample … But really, this is a lovely little sample I got from Yoav who managed to fill a wee bottle (thanks mate!) and spared me a sample, which is very cool. This is a Bourbon cask, distilled 28/06/1996 and …

Bruichladdich, Featured, Headline, Islay, Port Charlotte, Tasting Notes »

[13 Jan 2014 | 4 Comments | 1,192 views]
Tasting Port Charlotte PC10

It’s time for an OB Port Charlotte tasting note isnt’t it? the last time I’ve posted such a tasting note it was for the lovely PC7. Since then I’ve tasted the PC9 (no notes, just for fun) and a few indie PCs  (here and here ) which were crackers. I love this profile of highly peated Laddie, one notch before …

Campletown, Featured, Glen Scotia, Headline, Single Cask, Tasting Notes, Wemyss »

[19 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 678 views]
Wemyss Malts Glen Scotia 1991 “Merchant’s Mahogany Chest”

This is another single cask from the latest batch of 12 casks released by Wemyss just recently. If you remember, I’ve reviewed another Glen Scotia 1991 by Wemyss a few months ago -  the “Salted Caramels”, but these two apart from the same vintage, are really very different, quite excellent each in its special way. It’s so very interesting to …

Blended Malts, Douglas Laing, Headline, Speyside, Tasting Notes »

[10 Nov 2013 | One Comment | 877 views]
Douglas Laing’s new vatted malt–Scallywag

Douglas Laing is one of the better known Indie bottlers, and have enjoyed quite a success with their much appreciated and loved vatted Islay whisky – Big peat. Now they have released another Vatted malt, but this time A 100% Speyside vatting including whiskies from  Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes among others. As a big big fan of the big peat, …