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[9 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 861 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 | 503 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 …

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

[3 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 521 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 …

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

[13 Jan 2014 | 4 Comments | 1,203 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 …

Featured, Headline, Islay, Kilchoman, Peated, Tasting Notes »

[5 Nov 2013 | 2 Comments | 1,262 views]
Tasting Kilchoman 2007 , 6 yo–oldest Kilchoman yet

Kilchoman has been releasing young and younger expressions in recent years, and patience does pay : they are now releasing a regular (non single cask) bottling of their oldest stock to date : 2007 vintage which is 6 years of age. After the brilliant 100% Islay, and Machir Bay editions(both reviewed on the blog). This is a vatting of 100% …

Blended Malts, Douglas Laing, Featured, Headline, Islay, Tasting Notes »

[14 Oct 2013 | 3 Comments | 1,224 views]
Is it Xmas already? Big peat says it is!

So, Another Xmas edition of one of the best blended malts of Islay profile you can find, Big peat, and this time a brand new edition for 2013, with a new label, and a new-ish profile. I am a big fan of Big peat, be it the standard, or the limited edition 50% big peat I’ve reviwed a few months …

Bruichladdich, Featured, Headline, Islay, Tasting Notes »

[8 Oct 2013 | 4 Comments | 2,143 views]
Octomore 6.1 Scottish barley–the new Peat monster?

I’ve been following Octomore since it’s early days a few years ago, when I started drinking more and more peated Islays and was looking for tons of peat. My palate has changed since then, and I tend not to drink that much RAW peat, and usually go for less peaty drams, but I always have a warm corner in my …

Caol Ila, Douglas Laing, Headline, Independent Bottling, Islay, Provenance, Tasting Notes »

[28 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 1,259 views]
Quick Dram : Douglas Laing young & feisty Provenance Caol Ila

Caol Ila “Young & Feisty” – Provenance (Douglas Laing) , 46% , £53
Sometimes whisky has to be whisky. nothing more. sometimes you reach for the “peat” shelf, in search for a young feisty Islay. This is what you might expect:

Nose: Sweet peat with pear drops , salt,  cinnamon tar and malt. Some kerosene. A young Caol Ila. Classic nose. …

Bunnahabhain, Douglas Laing, Headline, Islay, Laphroaig, Provenance, Tasting Notes »

[12 Aug 2013 | 2 Comments | 837 views]
Some fun with Douglas Laing & co.

The nice guys over at D.Laing sent over a few samples of their peaty whiskies among them a Caol Ila, Laphroaig, and Bunnahabhain. What can be nicer for a peat-head like myself than to try those lovely ones in one session. Summer or winter (as long as you keep your house cool enough) it’s always a grand time for some …

Featured, Headline, Islay, Kilchoman, Peated, Tasting Notes »

[6 Aug 2013 | One Comment | 1,023 views]
Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013 edition

Time for some more Kilchoman fun this time the 2013 edition of the Machir Bay. It’s a bit different than the 100% Islay (it’s not 100% Islay duh!) in cask composition : bine a vatting of five year old bourbon-matured whisky, and four year old bourbon-matured and Oloroso-finished malt, which should  give it a sweeter fruitier profile. It’s bottled at …