Archive For May 30, 2014

Berlin as a Whisky Destination – Part One

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Berlin as a Whisky Destination – Part One

You’ve heard a lot about Berlin as Europe’s culture capital, the city revived by the wall coming down. Berlin also happens to be one of the most popular vacation destinations for Israelis, and I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon and come to Berlin for an extended weekend. Not being the clubbing type, my days…

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One Quick Dram: The Glenlivet Archive 21

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One Quick Dram: The Glenlivet Archive 21

The Glenlivet Archive 21 Years Old (43% ABV) This malt needs little by way introduction and is the fourth rung in the core expressions of The Glenlivet range. Color: Deep amber Nose: Flowers, dry fruit – prunes and apricot – and sherry, developing after 15 minutes in the glass to much more pronounced dry fruit notes,…

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One Quick Dram: SMWS 29.109 – Laphroaig 20 Years

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One Quick Dram: SMWS 29.109 – Laphroaig 20 Years

Today is the Laphroaig day at the Feis Ila festival, and I figured this to be a wonderful time to post my notes about  the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s Laphroaig 20 Years bottle 29.109 titled “Oak and Smoke Intensity”. Scotch Malt Whisky Society Bottle 29.109 – Laphroaig 20 Years, Refill Sherry Butt  (59.2% ABV, Single Cask, NCF, NC)…

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One Quick Dram: St. Magdalene (Linlithgow) 28 Years Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask

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One Quick Dram: St. Magdalene (Linlithgow) 28 Years Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask

In that accursed year of 1983, 10 distilleries were mothballed, never to return to production. Among them are the legendary Brora and Port Ellen, but the eight others include two I was especially curious about:   St. Magdalene (Linlithgow) and Dallas Dhu. I set out to taste both of them during this trip to Berlin, and …

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One Quick Dram: Linkwood 26 Year Old Rare Malt Selection

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One Quick Dram: Linkwood 26 Year Old Rare Malt Selection

I set out in search of a Brora in Berlin, and according to the internet lists, I actually found one at the Union Jack. I got my Caperdonich, Dallas Dhu and Imperial tastings (each to get their own OQD note), and saving the Brora for last, came to the special moment. I asked Schlange, the…

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One Quick Dram: Tomatin 14 Year Old Port Finish

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One Quick Dram: Tomatin 14 Year Old Port Finish

This is the second tasting in a blogger’s night I had with Yoav Gelbfish of the Whisky Gospel Blog . We tasted the Tomatin Vintage 1988 and the Tomatin 14, replacing the Tomatin 15 which is leaving the roster. Another expression that is being retired is the 30 year old, which is being replaced by the…

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One Quick Dram: Tomatin Vintage 1988 – Batch 1

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One Quick Dram: Tomatin Vintage 1988 – Batch 1

When two whisky bloggers get together for a dram, you’re sure to see reviews flying about, and last night Yoav Gelbfish of the excellent Whisky Gospel blog came over bearing a tasting of the two new Tomatin expressions, and we enjoyed them together. As the sherry cask shortage gets more acute, we’re apt to see…

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Another “est” Factor – Edradour – The Smallest Old Distillery and The Game of Wood

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Another “est” Factor – Edradour – The Smallest Old Distillery and The Game of Wood

Picture credit: www.thedrinkingmansguidetoscotland.com Not technically about the size or shape of the stills, this post will focus on the “smallest distillery in Scotland”. The reason I put that title – so proudly etched on the distillery’s sign – in quotation marks is that it’s, quite simply, no longer true. Typical for boom times in the…

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One Quick Dram: Whyte & Mackay 30 Year Old Blended Whisky Tasting Notes

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One Quick Dram: Whyte & Mackay 30 Year Old Blended Whisky Tasting Notes

Whyte & Mackay 30 Year Old Blended Whisky Tasting Notes (40% ABV) This is a premium blend by Whyte & Mackay, the Glasgow based whisky blender noted both by the colorful Richard Paterson who will kill you if you hold your glass in the palm of your hand, and for changing ownership every five years or so (on average)…

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One Quick Dram: Säntis Malt Dreifaltigkeit Whisky Tasting Notes

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One Quick Dram: Säntis Malt Dreifaltigkeit Whisky Tasting Notes

Säntis Malt Swiss Highlander Whisky – Edition Dreifaltigkeit (Cask Strength) Peated –  Whisky Tasting Notes This NAS peated whisky is like nothing we’ve tasted coming out of Scotland. This is something entirely different, honoring the Alps in a very pine-y way. The peaty flavor makeup is different both from Islay and from Highland peat, and is…

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