Archive For January 17, 2015

The Modern Version of my Puppy Love – Glenfiddich 12 Review

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The Modern Version of my Puppy Love – Glenfiddich 12 Review

Like so many other maltheads, I began my whisky journey with the Glenfiddich. It was 1976 or 1977, I was in second or third grade, and my father came back from a business trip with the Glenfiddich single malt. It must have been the Special Reserve, as I remember the bottle and tube very clearly….

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Balvenie 12 DoubleWood – Excellent Entry Level Expression

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Balvenie 12 DoubleWood – Excellent Entry Level Expression

The Balvenie needs no introduction, nor does the choice of including this expression in the entry level aged expression series need Justification. Incidentally, (and surprisingly) one of my most read posts ever was a review of the Balvenie Tun 1509. I took these notes at an official tasting hosted by HaKerem, Balvenie’s local importer and…

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Clynelish 14 Review – Bridging Two Blog Series

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Clynelish 14 Review – Bridging Two Blog Series

I’m long overdue on this next series, looking at some of the basic expressions out there on the market. Coming off a series of independent Clynelish bottlings, it’s fitting to start the ‘back to basics’ series with the Clynelish official bottling. In 1991, United Distillers (later the heart of Diageo) released a series of entry level…

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A Curious Clynelish – to end this Indie Run of Clynelish

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A Curious Clynelish – to end this Indie Run of Clynelish

One of the really fun things about regularly exchanging whisky samples with friends, is the ability to get to some bottlings deep in their collections, those that are no longer available on the market, one-off single casks. In case you snoozed while that very limited supply was sold, it’s gone. A curious Clynelish bottled in…

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An older Single Cask Clynelish that’s a lot Like a Brora

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An older Single Cask Clynelish that’s a lot Like a Brora

Today’s offering is a 29 year old Clynelish that was distilled in the year following Brora’s closing, and shares many of the Brora characteristics. Being a SMWS single cask, don’t get your hopes up for this to be a regularity, but this cask is very special in that way. It’s a refill ex sherry butt,…

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Another Wemyss 1997 Clynelish – Vanilla Summer

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Another Wemyss 1997 Clynelish – Vanilla Summer

This is going to be just a quick tasting note on another independent Clynelish, the Wemyss Vanilla Summer, a 14 year old. This is an enjoyable experssion, though not the most complex. Wemyss Malts Clynelish 1997 ‘Vanilla Summer’, 14 Year Old single cask, Yield of 363 Bottles (46% ABV, NCF, NC) Appearance: Gold with slow legs. Nose: Fresh…

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Yet another 17 Year Old Clynelish – or is it an Old Pulteney???

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Yet another 17 Year Old Clynelish –  or is it an Old Pulteney???

This Clynelish is fully of the sea. Wemyss names their single cask expressions with SMWS style descriptive names, and this Clynelish is aptly called “Bench with a Sea View”. This, of course, isn’t all that surprising, given just how close it actually is to the sea, as you can tell in this picture: In truth,…

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A Sherry Matured Clynelish With A Lot of Depth

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A Sherry Matured Clynelish With A Lot of Depth

I like heavier, full bodied whisky, and Clynelish (especially if not chill filtered) is right out there in front of the pack, known for its waxiness and heft. The modern day Clynelish distillery was built in 1968, with stills that are the exact replicas of the old Clynelish distillery which was built in 1819 (later…

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Sister Casks are Nice – Triplets are Delightful, Especially when Stumbled Upon

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Sister Casks are Nice – Triplets are Delightful, Especially when Stumbled Upon

What can be more fun than finding a large denomination bill in pants that came out of the wash? Stumbling on a triplet cask of whiskys you tasted bottled by another indie bottler! Geeks record as much information on their whisky as possible. This trait came in handy as I tasted the final indie Laphroaig…

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Back to our flight of Indie Laphroaigs – An Utterly SPICY Laph!!!

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Back to our flight of Indie Laphroaigs – An Utterly SPICY Laph!!!

A Laphroaig that’s a spice bomb? Sounds unlikely, doesn’t it? But there you have it, I had a 19 year old 1990 vintage Creative Whisky Company (David Stirk) Laphroaig at cask strength. David Stirk started the CWC in 2005, and keeps his operation small. He selects casks and bottles them into three ranges: Exclusive Malts…

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