Archive For August 16, 2014

Glendronach 15 – Is it the Best Buy in the World of Whisky?

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Glendronach 15 – Is it the Best Buy in the World of Whisky?

After Jun Nunez’s head-to-head review of the Glendronach 18 and the Macallan Sherry Oak 18 yesterday, I thought I’d make it a series on the Glendronach core range.  I’ll mention that my own conclusion on yesterday’s contest, would have been different – as I prefer the Glendronach 18, and not only on the value for…

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Battle of the Monsters: Macallan Sherry Oak 18 vs. Glendronach 18 Allardice – Guest Post by Jun Nunez

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Battle of the Monsters: Macallan Sherry Oak 18 vs. Glendronach 18 Allardice – Guest Post by Jun Nunez

I have to admit that I love heavily sherried whiskies. The Macallan is usually my go to whisky but in the past few years I have learned to appreciate the beauty of Glendronach. Here are my tasting notes on two 18 year old from two very respected distilleries. Macallan 18 Sherry Oak (43% ABV) Glendronach 18 Allardice (46%…

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Smokehead – Teaching First Grade on Islay Whisky Tasting Notes

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Smokehead – Teaching First Grade on Islay Whisky Tasting Notes

This whisky is another Islay mystery malt, thought to be a young Ardbeg and bottled by Ian Macleod. Given the current Islay craze, it seems like anything that is distilled on the island is bound to fly off the shelves. Thus, Smokehead joins Finlaggan (who’s cask strength expression was reviewed here), the Ian Mcleod As…

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Once in a Lifetime: The Berlin Bottlings of Ben Nevis 34 and Tomintoul 44

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Once in a Lifetime: The Berlin Bottlings of Ben Nevis 34 and Tomintoul 44

One single barrel to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Big Market whisky shop in Berlin and another to commemorate the fourth of Finest Whisky – two local Berlin shops whose commemorative bottlings I tasted  while in Berlin a couple of months ago. Indeed, it seems to be quite the thing for whisky stores to bottle their own bottlings for…

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Springbank Goes to the Peat Shop: Longrow 18 Whisky Tasting Notes

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Springbank Goes to the Peat Shop: Longrow 18 Whisky Tasting Notes

Springbank is one of those distilleries that always raises the interest of maltheads. There’s this fascinating combination between craft distilling and old time traditions, unbroken since the 19th century, together with an almost playfulness with experimentation with different wood finishes and styles. Of the three Springbank brands – the Sherry and light peat of Springbank,…

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Celp – Everything But Seawater inside a bottle – Whisky Tasting Notes

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Celp – Everything But Seawater inside a bottle – Whisky Tasting Notes

Celp is a fun whisky. You can’t actually call it scotch whisky, because it has an branch of seaweed inside the bottle, and is aptly named “the seaweed experience” and thus holds the moniker “Single Malt Islay Spirit”. It’s thought to be either a young Laphroaig or a young Lagavulin, bottled by The Ultimate Whisky Company,…

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Glengoyne Cask Strength 12 Years Old: Sherry Goodness in Cask Sterngth

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Glengoyne Cask Strength 12 Years Old: Sherry Goodness in Cask Sterngth

I reviewed the Glengoyne 10 on this blog in the (very popular) post on still shapes and distillation speed, mentioning the effect of the slow distillation process on the Glengoyne new make and finished spirit. You can reach that post here. This expression is part of a popular class of mass market sherry bomb cask…

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An Imperial Moment: Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection Imperial 16 Whisky Tasting Notes

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An Imperial Moment: Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection Imperial 16 Whisky Tasting Notes

Imperial (of Glenlivet) was a Speyside distillery opened in 1897 by the owner of Talisker and Dailuaine, Thomas Mackenzie. Named Imperial to denote Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee on the throne and became operational just in time for the Pattison’s of Leith crash which caused a wide recession in the whisky industry, prompting its closure for over…

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A Vibrant and Tongue Dancing Glenlivet: The SMWS 2.85 Whisky Tasting Notes

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A Vibrant and Tongue Dancing Glenlivet: The SMWS 2.85 Whisky Tasting Notes

The Glenlivet is a distillery that needs no introduction. This particular expression is interesting because it’s just past half the Nadurra’s maturity, and thus can give us a nice comparison point of reference. I want to thank Yoav of the Whisky Gospel blog for sharing this dram with me. With no further ado, my tasting…

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Two Tullibardine Sauternes Finishes: The New 225 Meets The older Tullibardine Sauterens

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Two Tullibardine Sauternes Finishes: The New 225 Meets The older Tullibardine Sauterens

In a previous post on Sauternes finishes I wrote that since Sauternes casks are so expensive, we rarely see sauternes matured whiskys, and there are but a few Sauternes finished whiskys around. For a recent Sauternes themed meeting of the Malt Mongers – Israel Club held in July, we had two pairs of old vs….

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