Archive For September 29, 2014

Adventures in Malt Blends Part 2 – Wemyss Peat Chimney

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Adventures in Malt Blends Part 2 – Wemyss Peat Chimney

We continue our peated blends sojourn, today with contestant number two. Wemyss are both independent bottlers (see my review of the outstanding Glen Scotia Single Cask “Merchant’s Mahogany Chest” bottling) and blenders, with a line of three blended malts representing a sweet Speyside Style (The Hive), a spicy Highland style (Spice King) and a peated…

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The Rise, Decline and “Boutiqeification” of Vatted Malts – Starting a Series Tasting Peated Malt Blends

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The Rise, Decline and “Boutiqeification” of Vatted Malts – Starting a Series Tasting Peated Malt Blends

Well, we’ve gotten to the 100th post on the blog, and this is a great opportunity to start a series on vatted malts. I’ve been fascinated by vatted malts for a long time, because of their potential. Vatted malts can, at their best, take the best in several malts and enhance them. The potential for disaster,…

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Peat, Sherry and the Cù Bòcan Limited Edition

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Peat, Sherry and the Cù Bòcan Limited Edition

With peat being so highly fashionable these days, Highland peat is quite the rage. Ardmore has been doing it for ages, but Glenglassaugh have added the Torfa (as have some Speysiders like Knockdhu’s AnCnoc Rutter, Flaughter and Tushkar as well as BenRiach’s Extensive line of peated whisky) and the Tomatin’s Cù Bòcan line has been rather successful….

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Distiller’s Edition Talisker – When a Finish Works….

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Distiller’s Edition Talisker – When a Finish Works….

I’ve mentioned Diageo’s successful “Classic Malts of Scotland” marketing in the past. Each of the six brands has a Distiller’s Edition, which is the basic expression in a finish. Dalwhinnie is finished in Oloroso casks, Glenkinchie in Amontillado sherry, Cragganmore in Port, Oban in Fino sherry, and Lagavulin in PX. The Talisker is finished in Amoroso sherry…

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A Talisker to Redefine Smoky – Port Ruighe

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A Talisker to Redefine Smoky – Port Ruighe

The Port Ruighe is a NAS Talisker (like the Storm, the Dark Storm and the 57 North which I previously reviewed together with the Talisker 10) finished in Ruby Port pipes. Ruby port is the “plain” port, that isn’t allowed to oxidize while aging. Talisker Port Ruighe (45.8% ABV) Appearance: Light bronze, quick forming legs. Nose:…

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Glenglassaugh Torfa – Peated Highland Whisky

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Glenglassaugh Torfa – Peated Highland Whisky

like the BenRiach company. I enjoy supporting independent distillers, and GlenDronach is very high on my list of favorite distilleries. So I was happy to learn last year that Billy Walker’s BenRiach took over the distillery to take it to the next level. Obviously, all the whisky sold now is pre-walker times, but since last…

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Highland Park at Full Peat – Dark Origins

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Highland Park at Full Peat – Dark Origins

It seems that I’m writing quite a bit about NAS expressions lately, which is not surprising since almost all the new distillery expressions out there are NAS. I’ve said it before, and will just reiterate, I’m not opposed to NAS on principle (unless it’s on single cask bottlings). NAS whisky can be good, and several…

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Douglas Laing’s Aultmore XO – Much Ado About Marketing

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Douglas Laing’s Aultmore XO – Much Ado About Marketing

Two things I really like came together one afternoon this summer: I love Aultmore whisky (seriously, I adore this distillery), and I highly respect the Laing independent bottlers (Both Douglas Laing with Director’s cut, Old Particular, Provenance and the blends and Hunter Laing with Old Malt Cask, Old and Rare and Douglas of Drumlanrig) and…

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The Deadly Sins of Whisky – Diageo’s 2014 Special Releases

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The Deadly Sins of Whisky – Diageo’s 2014 Special Releases

The long anticipated 2014 Diageo releases has arrived, and I sadly stand vindicated. Just a few months ago I wrote a piece on the absurdity of Diageo’s Port Ellen pricing policy, claiming that whisky suppliers are as guilty as collectors for creating the bubble in whisky prices by setting prices that make the whisky so prohibitively…

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Cadenhead’s Bladnoch 23 – Lowlands from the Old Guard

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Cadenhead’s Bladnoch 23 – Lowlands from the Old Guard

Bladnoch is a Lowlands distillery that had been closed in 1938 and has been changing hands since. Brought back into operation in 1956 it changed ownership five times, ending up in Diageo’s predecessor’s hands and was later sold to the current owner Raymond Armstrong on the condition that the distillery not produce more than 100,000…

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