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

[23 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 1,087 views]
Port Charlotte Islay barley – Review

After reviewing the Octomore Islay Barley, it’s time for it’s “little brother” the Port Charlotte Islay barley.  Harvested in September 2008 from the farms at Coull, Kynagarry, Island, Rockside, Starchmill & Sunderland, peated to 40 PPM, then distilled in December of the same year, it is also around 5 years of age, diluted to 50% then bottled.
Port Charlotte Islay Barley …

Bruichladdich, Featured, Headline, Peated, Tasting Notes »

[17 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 1,426 views]
Octomore 6.3 Islay Barley – Review

Time for another Peat monster, and the latest offering from Bruichladdich in their line of Super-Uber Peated malts: The Octomore. Die hard peat lovers, will swear by the Octomore. I’ve been Following the Octomores from the early days of 1.1 and It is no secret I am quite the fan of the distillery (especially their peated lines) and the Octomore …

Featured, Headline, Kilchoman, Port Cask, Tasting Notes »

[3 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 651 views]
Kilchoman Port Cask– Review

Port Casks – you either love them or hate them. I know many that won’t drink a whisky aged in port, and many that would swear by them. I am not sure where I stand though. I’ve had exceptional whiskies aged in Port casks (mostly finished in port), and some over fruity and wine-y ones. I was really intrigued by …

Headline, Islay, Tasting Notes, bowmore »

[21 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 767 views]
Speaking of the devil–Bowmore Devil’s Cask  Batch 2 – Review

There are a few whiskies that attract a lot of attention every once in a while, and for some reason (well, for obvious reasons) Bowmore’’ Devil’s cask is one of them. It all started last year when the first edition came out, and sold out faster than lightning, then the price shot up in the secondary market (read: auction sites), …

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

[10 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 833 views]
Big Peat Xmas Edition 2014 Batch 61

Another wee sample from Maltstock, of one of my favourite Blended malts with a major peaty profile (and a cool looking bottle, mind you!) – Big peat Xmas Edition.
Big Peat Xmas Edition 2014 Batch 61, 55.7% abv
Nose: Fruity and smoky with caramelized apples with bacon and maple syrup. Some ash and leather too as well as cinnamon gum.
Palate: Big …

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

[5 Aug 2014 | One Comment | 1,004 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 …

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

[8 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 864 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 | 1,317 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 …

Featured, Headline, Islay, Tasting Notes, Travel Retail, bowmore, bowmore »

[9 Jun 2014 | 2 Comments | 1,510 views]
The Bowmore Travel Retail Range : Part II –‘White Sands’ 17 yo

After the lovely NAS Black sands with all that sherry influence, comes an age statement expression intended for travel retail, not something you see every day in the TR market.  This Bowmore was aged in 100% ex-bourbon casks, bottled at 43% (a bit higher would have been nicer). It comes in standard 700 ml bottles, and not in the 1 …

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[8 Jun 2014 | 2 Comments | 1,505 views]
The Bowmore Travel Retail Range : Part I – ‘Black Rock’ NAS

Time to take a look at Bowmore’s offering for the travel retail market (duty free), after Bowmore changed the entire line-up of offerings a few months ago. Currently the TR range consists of 3 whiskies : Black Rock (which I will review shortly), Gold Reef , and White sands 17 yo. While the first two are NAS (as many of …