Apr 212016
Port Charlotte Cuan-Àrd - Valinch 06 - Grenache Blanc Cask (58.6%) - Whisky Review

With only a few exceptions, I like wine cask finishes and am usually intrigued by them. The evening I tasted this dram, I also tasted a Caol Ila matured in a Banyules wine cask, that I found not to my liking. Having mentioned that on social media, I seem to have somehow offended the wonderful people [Read full post…]

Apr 182016
Springbank 13 Year Old - Starkicker - Fresh Port (44.5%)

Springbank whisky is good. That’s not news to anybody. What’s slightly more surprising is the plethora of “officially unofficial” bottlings Springbank puts out. This is one of the less known series put out by the distillery, and there have been three bottled so far: A 20 year old matured in a sherry pipe and finished [Read full post…]

Apr 102016
Springbank 10 (46%) - Different, but Oh, So Springbank

I visited Budapest last week. Sadly, it’s not a great whisky destination, as there are no real whisky bars in the city, nowhere to go to find some exotic drams. Although there is a pretty good whisky shop there, called Whiskynet, with a nice selection and pretty good prices. If you are going to be [Read full post…]

Apr 072016
Macallan Rare Cask (43%) - Whisky Review

The Macallan has moved almost wholly into NAS whisky in recent years, although a harbinger of change has appeared recently in the form of an upcoming 12 year old release called “Double Cask”, probably trying to get Macallan back on track with an age stated sherry matured whisky. The difference is that while the old 12 [Read full post…]

Mar 272016
Consumer Trust and the Whisky Industry - Truth and Tales on the Isle of Jura

“Ginny!” said Mr. Weasley, flabbergasted. “Haven’t I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain?” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets What is the state of trust between whisky producers and consumers? There [Read full post…]

Mar 262016
Clynelish 17 Year Old - Whiskybroker 1997 (54.5%)

Another quick tasting note, of a whisky I rather enjoyed tasting. I’ve written about the Whisky Broker in the past (see here), and am always happy to taste their expressions.   Clynelish 17 Year Old – Whiskybroker, Refill Hogshead 12380, Distilled 29.10.1997, Bottled 11.03.2015, 302 Bottles (54.5% ABV, NCF, NC) Appearance: Straw, very thin legs dripping off a [Read full post…]

Mar 222016
Ardbeg 21's Polar Opposite - An 8 Year Old Fiery Sherry Bomb

With Ardbeg, one end of the scale is the new 21 Year Old, about to be announced in the coming months. Old, dignified and matured in ex bourbon casks. If you haven’t heard of it, you can read Yoav’s take on this marketing screw up here. This SMWS single refill sherry butt is just the opposite. Young, [Read full post…]

Mar 202016
Springbank 15 year old Fresh Rum Cask (46.5 ABV)

It seems that my opinionated review of the 16 year old Local Barley on Friday ruffled some feathers at Springbank, and I got quite a bit flack for suggesting that the distillery was in any way unfair in its pricing strategy. So much so, that I published a very (very!) rare clarification on the blog [Read full post…]

Mar 182016
Springbank Local Barley 16 Year Old (54.3%)

Springbank’s craft needs no further mention on this blog. Still making whisky the way it was made 100 years ago, and remaining a major employer in Campbeltown, many whisky connoisseurs would name Springbank as their favorite distillery. In fact, in an informal poll taken in a whisky fanatics Facebook group I belong to, it came [Read full post…]

Mar 152016
Mortlach 12 Year Old - G&M Bottled 1960s (40%)

I’ve come back to revisiting the other old Mortlach expressions we tasted at the Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach tasting at the 2015 Whisky Show in London. I published my full account of the masterclass in my review of the 75 Year Old Mortlach Generations, and recommend you read that account before coming back to this [Read full post…]