Archive For November 30, 2014

Bloggers, Distillers, Marketers and Readers – On the Integrity of Whisky Blogging

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Bloggers, Distillers, Marketers and Readers – On the Integrity of Whisky Blogging

Blogging about whisky is fun. Besides the personal interest and satisfaction it gives and the strong integration into the whiskysphere, it creates contacts and opportunities, not the least of which is receiving samples to review from distilleries. The collective of blogs furthers the education and the body of knowledge about whisky and helps whisky lovers…

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Highest Rung in the Core Range – Glengoyne 25 – What a Dram!!

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Highest Rung in the Core Range – Glengoyne 25 – What a Dram!!

The 25 is the last stop in our vertical tour of the Glengoyne core offering. Besides these six drams, I also had the Glengoyne Teapot Dram (heaven if you like sherry bombs), the Cask Strength 12 year old and the first batch of the NAS Cask Strength (which will be reviewed in a future series…

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And Now it Can Drink (in the US) – Glengoyne 21 – Welcome to Sherry Bomb Territory

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And Now it Can Drink (in the US) – Glengoyne 21 – Welcome to Sherry Bomb Territory

OK, the lines were crossed. We’re now squarely in sherry bomb territory. The Glengoyne 21 is the fifth expression in our Glengoyne vertical, and is a solid sherry bomb. A classic Olorso sherry nose palate. There’s a large proportion of first fill European oak sherry casks, but the whole expression was fully matured in sherry casks….

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It Can Vote!! Day 4 Gets Us to the Glengoyne 18

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It Can Vote!! Day 4 Gets Us to the Glengoyne 18

The 18 year old is the beginning of the “upper class” for Glengoyne. Gone is the perfumy Lowlands and the sherry and spice combine in the 18 to create a real spice banger. It’s different than all the other expressions in this massive spiciness, and makes for a great drink. This is the most “Highland”…

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Glengoyne Week – Day 3 – Whisky Tasting Notes on the Glengoyne 15

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Glengoyne Week – Day 3 – Whisky Tasting Notes on the Glengoyne 15

The Glengoyne 15 is the third rung up in the core range, unless you count the now NAS Cask Strength (which you would if it were still age stated at 12 – an expression reviewed by me here – but that’s no longer the case). The 15 has many of the same characteristics of the 10,…

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Glengoyne 12 – Day Two in the Valley of the Wild Geese

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Glengoyne 12 – Day Two in the Valley of the Wild Geese

The second stop on our vertical tasting of Glengoyne is the 12 year old. Matured in (relatively weak) sherry casks, it has more sherry notes and less fruity ones than the 10 year old, reviewed yesterday. Glengoyne whisky is made using totally unpeated barley that is fully air dried. Nominally in the Highlands, the fact that…

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A Week of Glengoynes – Vertical Tasting of the Distillery Core Starting With the 10 Year Old Whisky Tasting Notes

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A Week of Glengoynes – Vertical Tasting of the Distillery Core Starting With the 10 Year Old Whisky Tasting Notes

I wrote a bit about Glengoyne in the popular post about still shapes, in which I compared three basic entry level expressions based upon the size and shape of the stills, and I included the Glengoyne 10 as the slowest distillation process. Additionally, I reviewed the Glengoyne 12 Cask Strength. Following my visit to the TWE…

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Back to the Fin de Siècle – Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach Whisky Tasting Notes

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Back to the Fin de Siècle – Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach Whisky Tasting Notes

The Ceòbanach is a modern day recreation of the Bunnahabhain of old, like the Aberlour a’Bunadh and the new Glenfiddich Original (seeking to recreate the 1963 malt that began the single malt category worldwide). This expression harks back to the turn of the 20th century, and the first two decades of the distillery’s life. The Gaelic…

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The Final (and best) BenRiach Fumosus – the Port Finished Importanticus

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The Final (and best) BenRiach Fumosus – the Port Finished Importanticus

I found this expression to be the best of the quatret. It might just be my sweet tooth, but the tawny port finish works rather well with this spirit. Mind you, it’s not the Solstice, but it’s a solid expression. BenRiach 12 Importanticus Fumosus, Tawny Port Finish (46% ABV, NCF, NC) Appearance: Bronze, quick and thin legs….

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The Third BenRiach Fumosus – Pedro Ximénez Finish Whisky Tasting Notes

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The Third BenRiach Fumosus – Pedro Ximénez Finish Whisky Tasting Notes

Day three of the Fumosus series brings us to the PX finished Heredotus Fumosus. As opposed to the first two expression (the dark rum and the Madeira), the PX is a nice expression, second only to the port finished Importanticus Fumosus which will be reviewed tomorrow. BenRiach 12 Heredotus Fumosus, Pedro Ximénez Finish (46% ABV,…

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