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[18 Sep 2014 | 5 Comments | 524 views]
Tasting Ardbeg Supernova 2014 -SN2014  Committee Release

Another Ardbeg, another media frenzy and another sold out edition. Much talk among the whisky nerds about the mini samples bottles this year, due to an onslaught of Ardbeg Mini collectors asking, begging, nagging and flooding anyone with a distant chance of getting one of those minis , which apparently are highly prized to sell, trade , or god knows …

Finishes, Headline, NAS, Sherry, Tasting Notes, Tomatin »

[15 Sep 2014 | One Comment | 519 views]
Tomatin to the power of four : Cuatro

Tomatin are on a Roll: releasing some brilliant products recently (loved the new 14 year old!) and now this: the Cuatro range. Unfortunately i was not able to take part in the tweet tasting in which all was revealed, but prior to the event with only the “Cuatro” name as a hint (they would not reveal anything, sneaky devils) i …

Featured, Headline, Highland Park, NAS, Tasting Notes »

[31 Jul 2014 | 3 Comments | 865 views]
Taking a walk on the dark side : Highland Park Dark Origins

It’s not everyday that Highland Park (yes, one of my favourite distilleries) releases a new expression, and every such release is quite exciting. This time (In accordance with the current trend), they chose to release it as a NAS, and call it Dark Origins.
If you’re not familiar with the HP history, this name might sound a little weird,However they chose …

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

[10 Jun 2014 | One Comment | 1,021 views]
The Bowmore Travel Retail Range : Part III  – Gold Reef

We’ve reached the third and final tasting note for the latest Bowmore Travel Retail range. After the lovely Black Rock and great White Sands 17 yo comes the third expression in the series : the Gold Reef. Bottled without age statement, and like the White Sands, it’s aged in mostly ex-Bourbon casks (while the 17 yo is aged in 100% …

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

[8 Jun 2014 | 2 Comments | 1,155 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 …

Featured, Headline, Islay, Laphroaig, NAS, Tasting Notes »

[2 Jun 2014 | 3 Comments | 761 views]
The new Laphroaig Select – impressions

This particular expressions of Laphroaig has been discussed quite a lot on social media (see my previous post: The Laphroiag ‘Select’ NAS fiasco … As i noted there, although I did not like the idea of this NAS mishmash, I really wanted to try it myself and see how I like it, and how true were the lukewarm reviews it …

Blends, Headline, NAS, Tasting Notes, Wemyss »

[15 May 2014 | No Comment | 652 views]
Lord Elcho Blended whisky (NAS)

The latest addition from Wemyss Malts, after the successful 15 year old similar blended whisky. This contains a fairly high percentage of malt (40%) and is bottled without an age statement, I tasted this one as part of the Wemyss Malts Twitter tasting session we just held.
Lord Elcho NAS, 40% abv, £23.95
Nose: Sweet dough, hint of butterscotch and a cooked …

Featured, Glenglassaugh, Headline, NAS, Peated, Tasting Notes »

[30 Apr 2014 | One Comment | 785 views]
Glenglassaugh Torfa

Just a few weeks ago I’ve written about this new expression from GG called the Torfa when it was released.  Young, peated GG (not that there are any old GG made by the new owners), but what’s unique is that they made peaty. Peated malts work well when young usually, that is if you’re into peat… I quite like peated …

Headline, Kilchoman, NAS, Peated, Tasting Notes »

[26 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 1,114 views]
Kilchoman’s first foray into the Travel Retail market : The ‘Coull Point’

It was only a matter of time until this happened, and does not really come at a surprise to anyone who’s been monitoring the whisky scene, A NAS for the travel retail. There you have it, Kilchoman also wants in, and the TR market has its own rules, basically, cheap NAS at higher prices due to the price pressure of …

Featured, Headline, NAS, Opinions »

[16 Feb 2014 | 23 Comments | 3,246 views]
NAS & Travel Retail – The Truth–Guest post

The NAS issue is still causing a stir. I was contacted last week by an industry insider who read the posts (mine,Lukasz’s, Billy’s) and wanted to shed more light on what’s going on in the Travel Retail market, and Why we’re seeing more and more NAS expressions (overpriced and young) there. My source (let’s call him James) wanted to share …