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[8 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 509 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 | 603 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 | 826 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 …

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

[8 Jun 2014 | 2 Comments | 850 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 …

Feis Ile, Headline, Islay, Kilchoman, Tasting Notes »

[29 May 2014 | No Comment | 538 views]
Celebrating Kilchoman day 2014 at Feis Ile with Kilchoman 100% Islay 4th edition , 2014

It’s Kilchoman day today at Feis Ile on Islay, and no better way to celebrate it from afar (sadly,but next year there is hope!) than drinking the latest offering from that excellent little distillery that you got to love. Time flies, and it seems that only yesterday i reviewed the 3rd edition of this expression. Let’s see how this one …

Headline, Islay, Single Cask, Tasting Notes, Wemyss, bowmore »

[15 May 2014 | One Comment | 564 views]
Peat Smoked Herring 2001 – Wemyss Malts (Bowmore) in preparation for #WemyssTT3

It’s Thursday and tonight we’re having another twitter tasting of Wemyss malts (the new Lord Elcho,Peat chimney 8 yo and two single casks). To get into the mood I’ve tasted a few of the recent releases of single casks by Wemyss, starting with this young Bowmore.  There are only 405 bottles bottled at 46% abv (yes, i know).
Peat Smoked Herring …

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

[9 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 1,569 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 | 816 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 | 649 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 …

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[26 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 729 views]
Kilchoman 5 Year Old 2008 – Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Can’t go wrong with a young peaty Kilchoman , can you? Well, you can’t really, but I’ve had some less interesting single cask Kilchoman (and one OB I own) which were not as good, I’ve also had a cracking 4 year old single cask Indie, so I was hoping this one was going to be a cracker, and it damn …