Archive For August 31, 2014

Ardbeg Supernova (Miniature) Mania – And One Blogger’s Response

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Ardbeg Supernova (Miniature) Mania – And One Blogger’s Response

We whisky bloggers have been looking at the Ardbeg mania with some bemused wonder. One must hand it to the Glenmorangie marketing department for creating this craze, much of it reminiscent of the Tulipmania which gripped the Netherlands in 1637. Two recent incidents come to mind, the first this past April surrounding the Ardbeg Auriverdes…

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Whisky Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive to Be Enjoyable – Reviewing the Glen Moray 10 Chardonnay

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Whisky Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive to Be Enjoyable – Reviewing the Glen Moray 10 Chardonnay

This is a youngish 10 year old, fully matured in chardonnay wine casks, offering a very high value for money. Glen Moray is La Martiniquaise’s sole malt distillery (they own a grain distillery at Bathgate, halfway between Edinburgh and Glasgow ), providing single malt whisky for the Glen Turner and the Label 5 blends. Incidentally, Label 5 is one of…

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Aultmore is Heading to a Whisky Store Near You – I Taste a 24 Year Old to Celebrate

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Aultmore is Heading to a Whisky Store Near You – I Taste a 24 Year Old to Celebrate

I previously wrote that the Bacardi’s Dewar’s corporation seemed to have little interest in the single malt market, thus leaving all of the group’s single malt distilleries (Aultmore, Craigellachie, Macduff, Aberfeldy and Royal Brackla) with no regularly sold core expressions except for Aberfeldy. While Aultmore was still owned by Guiness (before the formation of Diageo, which…

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Two Old Batches of Whisky Meet a Blender…This is NOT the Beginning of a Joke!

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Two Old Batches of Whisky Meet a Blender…This is NOT the Beginning of a Joke!

Blended Scotch whisky is not my thing. I’m not a snob, I’ve had quite a few, and will drink blends, but I just don’t really find them all that interesting. Apparently, whereas blends shoot for smoothness, I like the distinct flavors and rough edges single malts and well made vatted malts offer (there’s only one exception…

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A Cask Strength Sherry Bomb: Glendronach Style

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A Cask Strength Sherry Bomb: Glendronach Style

Cask strength sherry bombs have become quite the bon-ton in recent years, as a plethora of lovely expressions have become perennial favorites of maltheads. The Glenfarclas 105 (with 20 and 40 year old variants), Aberlour a’Bundha (going on its 50th batch), Glengoyne Cask Strength (currently on its second batch) and the GlenDronach Cask Strength (the…

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Start out with Sherry, Then Add Some Port, and Keep it Basically GlenDronach

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Start out with Sherry, Then Add Some Port, and Keep it Basically GlenDronach

This sweet, desert-y port gets its name from its tawny (reddish-brown) color, a hue you’re sure to recognize when you see a whisky aged in tawny port casks. I know there are many people who aren’t all that fond of port cask matured whisky, and it has definitely played second fiddle to sherry maturation over…

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Reviewing GlenDronach’s Most Non-Traditional Expression: The 14 Year Old Virgin Oak

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Reviewing GlenDronach’s Most Non-Traditional Expression: The 14 Year Old Virgin Oak

The first wood finishes appeared in the mid to late 1980s (Glenmorangie’s Sherry Wood finished Vintage 1963 was released in 1987) and only became a regular feature in the mid 1990s. In fact, the very same year Glenmorangie made the wood finishes part of its core expressions – 1996 – the stills at Glendronach went silent. After…

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Glendronach Single Cask 2002 Fresh PX Puncheon: Young, Sweet and Spirity

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Glendronach Single Cask 2002 Fresh PX Puncheon: Young, Sweet and Spirity

This week has been dedicated to the Glendronach distillery, reviewing the full core. We’ll continue the reviews of the special finishes over the weekend, taking a break today to review the Glendronach Single Cask 2002 Fresh PX Puncheon, which is a special Dutch edition bottled for De Wijnproevers. This bottle was distilled a mere 50 days after…

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Glendronach 21: A Sherry Bomb, Direct Fired Stills and a Bunch of Birds

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Glendronach 21: A Sherry Bomb, Direct Fired Stills and a Bunch of Birds

Today we complete our reviews of the Glendronach core range, the 12 Original, 15 Revival, 18 Allardice and the 21 Parliament. Close your eyes….OK, that was silly! If you close them, you can’t go on reading this post 🙂 Instead, imagine a thick sweet PX sherry with almost three times the alcohol. That’s the first…

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The GlenDronach 12 – Sherry/Rum, Spice and Everything Nice

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The GlenDronach 12 – Sherry/Rum, Spice and Everything Nice

Continuing the series of reviews on the GlenDronach core range we’ll have a wee dram of the 12 years old Original. The bottle I’m currently imbibing was bottled on June 26, 2013. If you took a look at the 15 Years Old “Revival” review I posted on Saturday, you know that any 12 year old…

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