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Featured, Headline, Highlands, SMWS, Single Cask, Tasting Notes, The Macallan, scotch »

[27 Apr 2011 | 2 Comments | 1,268 views]
The Macallan SMWS Cask 24.104 – “Chocolate box at Christmas”

After last month’s Whisky round table which dealt with Single Casks, I decided to taste some SMWS bottlings. I’m sure you all heard and know the SMWS, their mission, and their unique naming conventions and titles for their single cask bottlings. All bottlings by the SMWS are single casks, and some are extremely interesting. So, a Macallan with a very …

Balblair, Cask Strength, Duncan Taylor, Featured, Headline, Highlands, Independent Bottling, Single Cask, Tasting Notes, scotch »

[2 Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | 1,801 views]
Tasting Duncan Taylor Rare Auld : Balblair 1991 Cask 1612

As promised We continue our journey in Duncan Taylor land, this time with a dram coming from a Highlands distillery : Balblair. I’ve recently tasted  the Balblair OB 1989 (in addition to the younger 2000 vintage), and it’s interesting to compare how the profiles differ from the OB.
Ok, Let’s start dramming…
Duncan Taylor Rare Auld Balblair, 1991,21 yo , cask 1612, …

Cask Strength, Cragganmore, Duncan Taylor, Featured, Headline, Rare Auld, Single Cask, Speyside »

[27 Jan 2011 | 4 Comments | 2,095 views]
Tasting Duncan Taylor Rare Auld : Cragganmore X 2

As promised, i will be tasting a few Duncan Taylor bottlings from the Rare Auld line. All the Rare Auld expressions are at least 18 years of age, Single Cask, Cask Strength, Non Chill filtered …
I’ve tasted only the basic 12 year old Cragganmore before, on a few occasions, and i really liked it, but I never had the pleasure …

Cooley, Featured, Greenore, Headline, Irish, Single Grain, Tasting Notes »

[26 Jan 2011 | One Comment | 2,500 views]
Tasting Cooley Greenore 18 yo Single Grain

The Irish whisky market is controlled by two whisky giants. One of them is Cooley which produces quite a few whisky brands (Tyrconell, Connemara , Kilbeggan, and Greenore). Greenore is Cooley’s Grain whisky brand, and it’s core line-up consists of a 6,8,15 and a new 18 year old which is about to be released in the near future. The 18 …

Featured, Headline, Highland Park, Islands, Tasting Event, Whisky Israel Society »

[6 Jan 2011 | 3 Comments | 3,079 views]
Whisky Israel Society Summit #3 – Highland Park

Two months passed since the Whisky Israel Society summit #2 (which was all about Sherry aged whiskies), and it was time (long overdue) for summit #3. The idea for this summit’s theme was actually raised at the end of its previous as we had one Highland Park (1994), which was not all that impressive, and as some of the lads …

Featured, Highlands, Quick Dram, Sherry, Tasting Notes, The Macallan »

[7 Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | 1,918 views]
Quick Dram : The Macallan Sherry 18 yo, 1987 vintage

Xmas is near, and if there was a Xmas dram, this is it. It’s not new that The Macallan makes wicked sherry drams. I’ve tasted their 18 year old (1990) , their 12 and some of the FineOak (reviews coming, I know I am way way behind times).
Even that we do not celebrate Xmas here (most of us don’t anyways …

Aberlour, Dalmore, Glenmorangie, Highland Park, Highlands, Penderyn, Speyside, Tasting Notes, The Macallan, Whisky Israel Society »

[25 Oct 2010 | 10 Comments | 3,454 views]
Whisky Israel Sherry (mostly) Summit #2

A few good months passed since the Whisky Israel Peat (and others) Summit #1 we held at the end of July, and we were all very keen on having another summit, and the sooner, the better. Just like with the previous gathering, plenty of emails, phone calls, tweets and dates moving around were involved until we all were content with …

Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Islay, Mystery drams, Smokehead, Whisky Links, scotch »

[26 May 2010 | 17 Comments | 5,100 views]
Tasting SmokeHead 18 ‘Extra Black’

One of my first Islay malts was the “regular” Smokehead. I remember me sitting in a bar (The excellent Tel-Aviv based ‘Norma Jean’ which boasts one of the best whisky collections available here), asking the bartender for a dram of something peaty and reasonable priced. He suggested the Smokehead, and I never regretted this choice.
For those of you who never …

Islay, Laphroaig, Quick Dram, Whisky Links, scotch »

[18 May 2010 | 9 Comments | 2,154 views]

Laphraoaig is well known for its biting drams (at least when speaking of the younger versions), full of medicinal, iodine, tarry, briny peaty malts, and for a very good reason. Their 10 year old is quite rough, very powerful in terms of sheer phenol power and peat muscle, yet very popular.
Yesterday after sipping the 18 year old expression, it occurred …

Caol Ila, Islay, Tasting Notes, Whisky Links, scotch »

[30 Apr 2010 | 10 Comments | 2,772 views]

I’ve recently reviews Coal Ila Unpeated, and liked it a lot. It’s a decent dram, very complex and ultra strong when it comes to ABV. But, the bread and butter of Coal Ila distillery are the peated medicinal versions we all know and like. The 12 is a masterpiece, and I’ve sampled it before many times and loved it, But …