Archive For June 27, 2015

It’s WAY Overpriced – But Darn Good! Finally a Macallan I REALLY Like…

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It’s WAY Overpriced – But Darn Good! Finally a Macallan I REALLY Like…

I’m not a huge Macallan fan, and that’s not really a secret, and my disappointment with the new NAS line (Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby) didn’t add points to the brand. I’ve tasted quite a few Macallans (Sherry Oak 12-25, Fine oak 10-25, the full regular retail 1824 Series NAS line, several of the 1824 Collection…

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On that Laphroaig-y Note – Tasting the Laphroaig 25

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On that Laphroaig-y Note – Tasting the Laphroaig 25

After comparing the Old and the new Laphroaig 15 year olds (see here) it’s time to go back to the Whisky Show (yes, I’ll be there this year too, and would love to see any of you who might be there!) where I tasted the Laphroaig 25, a curious easy drinker in a rather low…

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Laphroaig 15 – Comparing the Old and the New

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Laphroaig 15 – Comparing the Old and the New

Oh, how the wheel turns. In 2009 Laphroaig discontinued the popular 15 year old, and replaced it with the (quite fabulous) 18 year old, leaving the distillery with an irregular aged lineup comprising of the 10, 18 and 25, which if we think of it, is a lineup with rather large gaps in it (7-8 year gap)….

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Lochside Distillery – Short lived and Bitter

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Lochside Distillery – Short lived and Bitter

Lochside, in the Eastern Highlands, fell silent in 1992, after only 35 years of operation as a distillery, during which time it was owned by MacNab and was producing both grain and malt whisky for the “Sandy MacNab” brand. The distillery was sold in 1972 to Domecq, who used its output for a Spanish market low…

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A Visit to the Milk and Honey Distillery – An Update on Progress and a First Tasting from Barrels

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A Visit to the Milk and Honey Distillery – An Update on Progress and a First Tasting from Barrels

Today’s post will be somewhat different than our regular posts, as it will contain no tasting notes. I’ll use today’s post to update you on the goings on in Israel’s first large scale commercial operation here. I say first, because others are in various stages of starting up, and I think Israel could be moving…

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A 12 Year Old Craigellachie Done Right

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A 12 Year Old Craigellachie Done Right

My review of the Craigellachie 13 was quite unequivocal about how much I disliked that expression. Today I’ll be reviewing a 12 year old single cask bottled by Wemyss Malts that is one of the most interesting Craigellachie expressions I’ve had, even though it’s somewhat untamed and sits right on the cusp of losing its…

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Compass Box goes Back to its Roots – Hedonism Quindecimus

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Compass Box goes Back to its Roots – Hedonism Quindecimus

Most of the whisky that is consumed in the world is grain whisky, and yet, it has always been in the back seat compared to malts. John Glaser started out a decade and a half ago with a grain blend distilled in any of these distilleries: Cameron Bridge and the now mothballed Carsebridge, Cambus, Port Dundas or…

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When Peat and Sherry Go on Vacation Together

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When Peat and Sherry Go on Vacation Together

When you say single cask, you thing about the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, and having recently crossed the 160 Laphroaig cask mark (no, this isn’t the most bottled distillery, that distinction is easily Bowmore’s and Caol Ila, with close to 250 casks each). Laphroaig spirit does very well in sherry casks, as the wonderful PX…

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Linkwood 24 – Indie Style

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Linkwood 24 – Indie Style

Linkwood is one of those endearing distilleries that are hard not to like. Linkwood is a classic Speyside malt, with a very fruity, floral and fresh character. This whisky plays a major roll in the Johnny Walker blends, including the now dis-discontinued Johnny Walker Green Label. The distillery uses a very long fermentation (75 hours),…

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Know Thy Casks – Edradour’s Amazing Sauternes Cask Used Wrong…..

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Know Thy Casks – Edradour’s Amazing Sauternes Cask Used Wrong…..

Edradour is one of the most prolific distilleries as far as wood experimentation goes. There is nary a wood type not used, a wine type not tapped into and a maturation method not tried. It’s also one of the most rustic distilleries, priding itself on being Scotland’s smallest distillery, although this title has been recently…

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