Archive For February 12, 2015

It IS Lagavulin!!! A Review of Lagavulin’s Entire Core Range…

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It IS Lagavulin!!! A Review of Lagavulin’s Entire Core Range…

I’m usually the guy poking fun at whisky PR and pricing and the crazy premiumization taking place in the world of whisky. And yet, Diageo’s work with Nick Offerman is just the type of commercials that were shot for the aficionado, and will leave even the most diehard malthead with a smile on his face (even…

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Laphroaig 10 – Unchanged for 75 years???

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Laphroaig 10 – Unchanged for 75 years???

Laphroaig prides itself on the 75 years in which the Laphroaig 10 hasn’t changed. But that’s part of the unspoken fiction in the world of whisky: the idea of sameness in whisky. Whisky is not the same as it was decades ago, for many reasons: The barley isn’t from the same strain, the yeast isn’t the…

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The Highlander of the Sea – Old Pulteney 12

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The Highlander of the Sea – Old Pulteney 12

This review completes my reviews of the Old Pulteney core expressions. I have previously reviewed the Old Pulteney 21 and the fabulous 17 year old, and have now come to the entry level 12. Of all the monikers distilleries adopt, I think that Old Pulteney’s “The Maritime Malt” is the most fitting. The salt is…

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Glen Garioch 12 – The Crown Jewel Of Morrison Bowmore Entry Levels

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Glen Garioch 12 – The Crown Jewel Of Morrison Bowmore Entry Levels

Completing the Morrison Bowmore entry level trio, Glen Garioch was until recently, the less known of the three brands. This is changing now with more focus put into this distillery, a focus that is well deserved, as this Highland distillery is the true jewel in this company’s portfolio. Glen Garioch is one of the oldest…

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Glenfarclas 12 – So Very Glenfarclas!!

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Glenfarclas 12 – So Very Glenfarclas!!

2015 is a special year at Glenfarclas. 150 years ago, in 1865, father and son, John and George Grant, bought the distillery, so in a way, this is the really important anniversary, as for the past century and a half, the distillery has been independent (well, almost….there was the Pattison partnership in 1895 and the tsunami…

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Dalmore 12 – You Can Sense the Potential Greatness, But Not Unlock It….

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Dalmore 12 – You Can Sense the Potential Greatness, But Not Unlock It….

2014 was an exciting year at Whyte and Mackay, owners of the Dalmore, Jura, Tamnavulin and Fettercairn distilleries. Following the sale of India’s United Sprints to Diageo and the antitrust regulator’s demand that Diageo not hold on to W&M the company went into months of uncertainty. Last May,  W&M was sold to Emperador, a brandy producer from…

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A very curious Macallan Tasting in Tel Aviv – and the Macallan Sherry Oak 12 and Fine Oak 12 Going Head to Head

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A very curious Macallan Tasting in Tel Aviv – and the Macallan Sherry Oak 12 and Fine Oak 12 Going Head to Head

We’ve all been to countless whisky tastings, and they’re mostly good, some because of the presentation, and some despite it. But Macallan’s ambassador to the Middle East,  Patsy Christie, together with Shachaf Koren of Israel’s Edrington Group’s importer Akkerman, had a whole new experience in store for a group of 14 of Israel’s whisky aficionados….

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Just How Royal is Royal Lochnagar? Tasting the 12 Year Old

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Just How Royal is Royal Lochnagar? Tasting the 12 Year Old

The story is well known….Queen Victoria and Prince Albert came to their newly purchased castle at Balmoral in 1848, and were met by the owner of the nearby distillery at the time, John Begg. He invited them to visit the distillery, and they came the following day. The Monarch liked the tipple, Lochnagar received a…

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Ledaig 10 – Island Peat, and Better than I remembered it

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Ledaig 10 – Island Peat, and Better than I remembered it

Ledaig is the brand name for the peated whisky coming out Tobermory distillery on the island of Mull.   Ledaig represents about a half of the annual output of Tobermory, and was created to replicate the old style, but also to supply the needs of the Black Bottle blend, which used to rely on whisky…

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