Archive For July 15, 2014

One Quick Dram: Highland Park Svein

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One Quick Dram: Highland Park Svein

Highland Park has some pretty high end whisky, but I actually want to talk about the other end of the spectrum here: the Highland Park Svein. Highland Park introduced a series of NAS (no age statement) expressions for travel retail, and the Svein is the entry level  expression in this, the Warrior, series. Now, I…

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The Old and the New: Glenmorangie’s Sauternes Finishes – 15 Year vs. The Nectar D’or

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The Old and the New: Glenmorangie’s Sauternes Finishes – 15 Year vs. The Nectar D’or

Sauternes casks are just about as expensive as casks get. Thus, whisky maturing in Sauternes casks is both relatively rare (compared to bourbon, sherry or other wine finishes) and fairly expensive. Full maturation in Sauternes casks is almost unheard of, with only a few examples around (the Ballechin #8 Sauternes Cask comes to mind), and of…

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Springbank Week – Part VI: Springbank Vintage 1997 (Batch 1)

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Springbank Week – Part VI: Springbank Vintage 1997 (Batch 1)

The casks composing this expression were personally chosen Springbank’s Director of Production at the time, Frank McHardy, and Distillery Manager Stuart Robertson. Frank McHardy is one of the most highly respected master distillers in the industry, who retired last year after a long and fruitful career in the industry spanning almost four decades. He started working…

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Springbank Week – Part V: Springbank 9 Year Old Gaja Barolo Wood Finish Whisky Tasting Notes

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Springbank Week – Part V: Springbank 9 Year Old Gaja Barolo Wood Finish Whisky Tasting Notes

Barolo is an Italian red wine, name specific to a region of Piedmont around the commune of Barolo. It’s produced form the Nebbiolo grape in the  province of Cuneo and is a bright red, with darkening hues as it ages. Interestingly, a “purist” war is also waging in the Barolo community over the use of smaller barrique…

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Springbank Week – Part IV: Springbank 18 Whisky Tasting Notes

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Springbank Week – Part IV: Springbank 18 Whisky Tasting Notes

Today’s post brings us to the Springbank 18. To be fair, I got to the 18 after the very interesting Vintage 1997 and the Gaja Barolo finish, and must admit that it came a bit short of its younger brethren, which is very surprising. There is sherry on the nose, but a good deal of vanilla…

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Springbank week Part III: Springbank 15 Whisky Tasting Notes

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Springbank week Part III: Springbank 15 Whisky Tasting Notes

The epitome of tradition is to be found in this expression, fully matured in sherry casks. As I mentioned in the post reviewing the 12 Year Old Cask Strength, my choice of the best Springbank expression is between these two – the 15 or the 12 Cask Strength. The Springbank tasting I took part in…

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Springbank Week – Part II: Springbank 12 Cask Strength Whisky Tasting Notes

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Springbank Week – Part II: Springbank 12 Cask Strength Whisky Tasting Notes

I love going to tastings I don’t host. Seriously. It’s fun to hear other people talking about whisky, and especially when the lineup includes whiskys not available here. One of the whisky shops that regularly brings bottles not imported into the local market is Wines and Flavors, and they held a Springbank tasting the other…

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Springbank Week at maltandoak.com: Part I – Springbank CV Whisky Tasting Notes

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Springbank Week at maltandoak.com: Part I – Springbank CV Whisky Tasting Notes

Like many of us whisky aficionados, I’m a bit of a sucker for tradition. There’s something about floor maltings, hand written “computer” distilling logs and manual temperature controls that just sets our imaginations wild. I’ll dedicate the next week or so to a sampling of Springbank whiskys, undoubtedly the most traditional of  the Scottish distilleries….

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One Quick Dram: Double Barrel Caol Ila & Tamdhu Whisky Tasting Notes

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One Quick Dram: Double Barrel Caol Ila & Tamdhu Whisky Tasting Notes

Continuing my quest for an in depth study on vatted malts (officially dubbed “malt blends”), I had the Douglas Laing Double Barrel Caol Ila and Tamdhu vatting. As noted previously in my review of the Ardbeg & Altmore vatting, these are two single barrels of very different whiskys, vatted together to highlight the unique attributes of…

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Two Quick Drams: Double the Trouble With a duo of Taliskers

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Two Quick Drams: Double the Trouble With a duo of Taliskers

I clearly remember my first brush with the Talisker 10. It was brought out in a Johnny Walker Gold, Green and Blue labels tasting I attended, where some of the single malts at the core of the blends were shared too. It was love at first sight with two of those whiskys: Clynelish 14 and…

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