Archive For May 18, 2015

The Skye is the Limit – Launching Talisker Week

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The Skye is the Limit – Launching Talisker Week

Last week, our Malt Mongers Israel Whisky Club held a beautiful tasting of Talisker, hosted by IBBLS, Israel’s Diageo importer and led by the very talented Adaya Lange, who heads up the Whisky division in the company. The tasting included some new make, the Storm, the staple 10 year old, the Distiller’s Edition, the 18 and…

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A Two Faced Bowmore Single Cask – The Wemyss 1998 Cacao-Geyser

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A Two Faced Bowmore Single Cask – The Wemyss 1998 Cacao-Geyser

Bowmore definitely has its ardent fans. I’m not one of them though. I must admit that I struggle with this distillery, as something in the profile doesn’t rub me the right way. It’s not to say that I don’t recognize the quality of the whisky they produce, of course I do. Especially since Rachel Barrie…

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Almost as Old as They Get – The Balvenie 40

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Almost as Old as They Get – The Balvenie 40

Israel is usually far off the beaten path for brand ambassadors, and the arrival of one is a great reason for a get-together. So when Balvenie ambassador Jonny Cornthwaite came to Israel to lead a tasting for local importer HaKerem, Israel’s whisky bloggers (all three of us: Yoav of Whisky Gospel, Gal of Whisky Israel and yours…

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Comparing the Two Versions of the 21 Year Old Balvenie PortWood

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Comparing the Two Versions of the 21 Year Old Balvenie PortWood

I reviewed the standard 40% ABV 21 year old PortWood Balvenie here, and bemoaned the craft presentation of the crown jewel in the Balvenie core range both chill filtered and in a low ABV. I mentioned that a new version presented at 47.6% ABV with no chill filtration, and hoped that I would get a…

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Another 17 Year Old – Teaspooned Balvenie from Vom Fass

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Another 17 Year Old – Teaspooned Balvenie from Vom Fass

17 Seems to be a good number for Balvenie, and Vom Fass, an independent “straight from the cask” retailer got hold of a batch of Balvenie. While it seems, however, that Balvenie is happy to sell the occasional cask here and there, the Grant family seem to have an absolute aversion to having independent bottlings…

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The Strangest (and Coolest?) Balvenie of Them All

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The Strangest (and Coolest?) Balvenie of Them All

One small, lesser know fact is that all Balvenie whisky is peated. Well, at 6 ppm you wouldn’t really call it peated, but the malt does get a few hours of peat smoke exposure. The distillery has two furnaces, and the peat exposure is done at the beginning of the kilning. That’s not, however, what…

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Double Balvenie – A Song of Oak and Sherry

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Double Balvenie – A Song of Oak and Sherry

If asked what Balvenie’s “thing” is, I’d say it’s finishes. Granted, some of the expressions are unfinished, but very few are “straight up” bourbon or sherry cask matured. But looking at Balvenie’s core range, it secreams finishes: from the 12 year old DoubleWood (reviewed here), the 14 year old Caribbean Cask (reviewed here), today’s 17…

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Balvenie Goes Tropical!

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Balvenie Goes Tropical!

I love getting mail from my readers, and this week I got an email from Malt and Oak reader and Balvenie fan Tiffany asking for a review of the Balvenie 14 year old Caribbean Cask. In truth, I’ve been remiss in publishing notes for several Balvenie expression I either have notes for, or have samples…

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Pulling the Vats Together: The Remarkable Regional Malts By Douglas Laing and a Taste of the Beastie

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Pulling the Vats Together: The Remarkable Regional Malts By Douglas Laing and a Taste of the Beastie

I like malt blends, it’s no secret. I think that when done right, they can literally make each of the component malts shine, and the whole can be more than the sum of its parts. This is, of course, true also for the the other end of things. Vatted malts are easy to botch up,…

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Tomatin’s New Cask Strength – Not What I Expected

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Tomatin’s New Cask Strength – Not What I Expected

When I got a dram of the new Tomatin Cask Strength I thought to myself that we’re getting another cask strength sherry bomb, the likes of the Aberlour A’Bunadh, Glenfarclas 105 and the GlenDronach or Glengoyne Cask Strength. Honestly, this is one of my favorite classes of whisky, and I always have 1-2 of the sherry…

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