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[23 Feb 2014 | One Comment | 1,113 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 | 813 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 …

Headline, Highlands, NAS, Old Pulteney, Tasting Notes, Travel Retail »

[16 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 1,062 views]
Old Pulteney Noss Head–Travel Retail NAS

A few weeks ago the guys at Old Pulteney whisky announced a twitter tasting event featuring their new line of NAS travel retail, all very colourful NAS packaging of whiskies named after light houses in the Scottish highlands around Wick (where OP distillery is located). I was not able to take part in the event as I was vacationing with …

Glengoyne, Headline, Highlands, Tasting Notes »

[11 Jul 2013 | One Comment | 1,154 views]
Glengoyne 18 yo

This 18 yo dram is replacing the 17 year old which I reviewed a long time ago (my notes are here). Bottled at a standard 43%, It’s priced at around £70.

Nose: Starts with some wood, old wood furniture, lacquer, yet also fruity, with some red fruit tart, orange peel, sugar, and also a bit of vanilla goodness. rather interesting. some …

Balblair, Featured, Headline, Highlands, Tasting Event, Tasting Notes »

[3 May 2013 | 2 Comments | 957 views]
Balblair 1997 (2012 edition) at the #Balblair tweet tasting

When Lukasz of Alembic comms who does the media magic for Balblair (and some other Interbev brands) calls for a twitter tasting I am the first to join in, and with good reasons. Those events are always a treat, and Balblair is one of my favourite distilleries ever since I’ve visited a couple of years ago, and was very impressed …

Cask Strength, Featured, Glendronach, Headline, Highlands »

[10 Dec 2012 | 5 Comments | 1,996 views]
Tasting the new Glendronach Cask Strength

I heard about this new CS version quite some time ago, and waited to be released. GD is one of my favourites with a lovely OB of 12,15,18,21 and older expressions all sherried, and very well made, in addition to single casks which appear here and there, and are even lovelier. But it’s a first they release a NAS Cask …

Featured, Fino, Headline, Highlands, Oban, Sherry, Tasting Notes »

[7 Nov 2012 | 3 Comments | 1,630 views]
Oban Distiller’s Edition 1995 – Montilla Fino Finish

After quite a few single casks, something more widely available (or was available at the time). Diageo do have some lovely malts at their disposal, and some Distiller’s editions are really nice and add a certain depth to well known staple drams such as the Caol Ila, Lagavulin etc. I have not had many Obans and I think this one …

AnCnoc, Headline, Highlands, Sherry, Tasting Notes »

[23 Oct 2012 | 2 Comments | 1,223 views]
Peter Arkle Ancnoc edition  No.2

Time flies, and it seems only yesterday we reviewed the first Arkle edition. Here’s a 2nd one. You get the deal, it’s another lovely sherry focused (50%) dram from the knock.
Limited Edition No. 2 is a classic expression of single malt whisky from
Knockdhu Distillery with a twist. The whisky was matured in Spanish oak ex-sherry butts
(50%) and American oak ex-bourbon …

Headline, Highlands, Speyburn, Tasting Notes »

[10 Oct 2012 | One Comment | 1,765 views]
Tasting the new Speyburn 25 year old (and the 10 year old as bonus)

It’s Speyburn time again. 3 weeks ago on September 6th another twitter tasting took place, this time organized by Lukasz of Alembic Comms (who’s doing the magic stuff for inverhouse). The original date of the tasting was a few weeks before that, but they had to reschedule. I really wanted to participate, but I was flying to MaltStock the day …

Featured, Headline, Highlands, Old Pulteney, Tasting Notes, Travel Retail »

[23 Sep 2012 | No Comment | 2,130 views]
Tasting the new Old Pulteney: Wk 217 ‘Spectrum’

A long time passed since the last OP I reviewed (almost exactly the same time last year) the Row to the pole. And here is another Duty free only OP, this time named after another wick ship: the WK 217 ‘Spectrum’.The inspiration for the last installment came from WK217 ‘Spectrum’. She was built in 1920 and went down in local …