Archive For November 18, 2014

So You Like Madeira? Whisky Tasting Notes for the BenRiach Maderensis Fumosus

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So You Like Madeira? Whisky Tasting Notes for the BenRiach Maderensis Fumosus

The only 13 year old in the bunch is the Madeira finished Maderensis Fumosus, presumably because it needed a longer time in the finishing. I’ll be short in my general comments today and get right to the tasting notes: BenRiach 13 Maderensis Fumosus, Madeira Finish (46% ABV, NCF, NC) Appearance: Light gold, thin and quick legs….

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BenRiach 12 Arumaticus Fumosus Dark Rum Finish – Whisky Tasting Notes

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BenRiach 12 Arumaticus Fumosus Dark Rum Finish – Whisky Tasting Notes

My good friend Manny sent me a few BenRiachs from his native Austria, and I looked froward with anticipation to tasting them. Four of them were the four 12-13 year old peated finish expressions, all bottled at 46%. I have had the 17 year old Solstice, which is outstanding. So I know the BenRiach peated…

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The Many Finishes of BenRiach – Tawny Port 15 Whisky Tasting Notes

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The Many Finishes of BenRiach – Tawny Port 15 Whisky Tasting Notes

BenRiach came back to life just over a decade ago, after being mothballed by Pernod Ricard following Seagram’s colossal implosion in 2001. Billy Walker bought the distillery in 2004 backed by South African business people Geoff Bell and Wayne Kieswetter. The distillery sells about 60% of it’s annual production to Chivas Bros. for their blends. Currently,…

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The Lost Blend Whisky Tasting Notes – Clynelish, Allt-a-Bhainne and Caol Ila Vatted Malt

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The Lost Blend Whisky Tasting Notes – Clynelish, Allt-a-Bhainne and Caol Ila Vatted Malt

My fascination with vatted malts is something I have written about before, and John Glaser at Compass Box has really taken malt vatting (or malt blending, as it should be officially called) to an art form, combining breakthrough production methods with tenacious talent (which in blending is probably 95% methodical experimentation an patience) and great whisky sourcing…

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Glenmorangie Taghta – Crowdsourced Whisky 21st Century Style – Whisky Tasting Notes

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Glenmorangie Taghta – Crowdsourced Whisky 21st Century Style – Whisky Tasting Notes

In Gaelic, taghta means “the chosen”, and they mean chosen by the people. It started out by Dr. Bill Lumsden choosing three casks: Grand Cru Burgundy, Grand Cru Bordeaux and Manzanilla sherry, opening a website with Bill Lumsden’s video tasting notes for the “Glenmorangie Cask Masters”, which is the distillery’s official fan club and membership…

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1953 Linkwood – Gordon & MacPhail’s new Private Collection Ultra – Part 4

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1953 Linkwood – Gordon & MacPhail’s new Private Collection Ultra – Part 4

Now we reach the final post in the series reviewing the dram I found to be the top of these top drams – the 1953 Linkwood. G&M has a long standing relationship with the distillery, producing a 15 and 25 year old in the “Distillery Label” series, basically a stand in for official bottlings (like the…

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1957 Strathisla – Gordon & MacPhail’s new Private Collection Ultra – Part 3

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1957 Strathisla – Gordon & MacPhail’s new Private Collection Ultra – Part 3

At the Gordon and MacPhail tasting at the London Whisky Show I thought the two best whiskies were the first and the last ones we tasted. The 1953 Linkwood was the best of the four in my opinion, and will be reviewed tomorrow, and the 1951 Strathisla was the most interesting of the bunch. Strathisla…

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1952 Glenlivet – Gordon & MacPhail’s new Private Collection Ultra – Part 2

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1952 Glenlivet – Gordon & MacPhail’s new Private Collection Ultra – Part 2

This is part 2 of a four part series on the Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Ultra masterclass at the London Whisky Show. If you didn’t catch part 1,  you can read it here. The 1952 Glenlivet was chosen by the branch that didn’t make it to London for the show, Ian Urquhart and his…

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Gordon & MacPhail’s new Private Collection Ultra – Masterclass at The Whisky Show

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Gordon & MacPhail’s new Private Collection Ultra – Masterclass at The Whisky Show

Gordon & MacPhail’s just saw the transfer of management from the third to the fourth generation and the completion of this move, with the retirement of Michael Urquhart. To celebrate that, the four Urquhart third generationals each chose a cask together with their children continuing in the business, which were the basis for the new Private…

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The next Karuizawa – Will you get your hands on one?

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The next Karuizawa – Will you get your hands on one?

Closing out our Japanese high end quartet is the 1981 Karuizawa, to be released sometime in the near future by Specialty Drinks through The Whisky Exchange. Pricing has yet to be announced, but it may be higher than the £375 of the October release, a speculation I’m making simply because tasting it cost a full…

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