Archive For August 30, 2015

A 23 Year Old Ardbeg

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A 23 Year Old Ardbeg

Honestly, I don’t have all that much to add to this one beyond the tasting itself. This is a beautiful example of the old peat you just don’t come across today. Not coming from a sherry cask, this whisky if very different to the Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask 1975 Ardbeg I reviewed here. Gordon…

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A Fascinating Caperdonich from the Orchard

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A Fascinating Caperdonich from the Orchard

Caperdonich was one of those distilleries that were like a falling star. They show up, shine for a short time, are found to be redundant and poof, are gone. Brora is a prime example of such a distillery, being active between 1968 and 1983. Like Brora, which was a re-establishment of an the old Clynelish distillery…

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Throwing in Another Grain – Port Dundas Single Grain

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Throwing in Another Grain – Port Dundas Single Grain

Port Dundas was another of Diageo’s grain distilleries. Located in Glasgow, it was closed in 2010 as Diageo consolidated grain production at Cameronbridge and North British, casks of both were reviewed this past week (North British here and Cameronbridge here). Vom Fass is a lovely idea, in which whisky (and almost every other imaginable oil,…

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Cameronbridge – A Behemoth Tamed in a Bottle…

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Cameronbridge – A Behemoth Tamed in a Bottle…

Cameronbridge is a real monster in terms of the amount of whisky it produces, we’re talking about 140 million liters per year. This is ten times larger than Glenfiddich, which is the largest malt distillery. This is the old Haig distillery (hence Diageo naming the single grain brand coming out of Cameronbridge ‘Haig Club’) which opend in…

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A 25 Year Old Grain From the Distillery Built by Television

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A 25 Year Old Grain From the Distillery Built by Television

Built by television? Well, yes…In 1955 Britain entered the television age, and with it, came TV advertising. Only there were no advertisements for Scotch whisky. The reason is the DCL, which pretty much dominated the industry, and it did not want to get into advertising in this new media. Basically, they took the view that…

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Strathclyde’s Single Grain – Is this Scotch Bourbon?

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Strathclyde’s Single Grain – Is this Scotch Bourbon?

Strathclyde is Chivas Bros’ grain distillery, operating in Glasgow. The distillery has seven column stills used to produce grain whiksy, and while they also have the capacity to produce neutral spirit, the distillery doesn’t use that feature. The grain whisky is intended for use in the Chivas Bros’ blends. Strathclyde distillery was founded in 1927…

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Fred’s Grainy Day – Douglas Laing and Single Cask Grain Whisky

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Fred’s Grainy Day – Douglas Laing and Single Cask Grain Whisky

North British is a 130 year old grain distillery jointly owned by Diageo and The Edrington Group, so you’ll find their grain whisky in both The Famous Grouse and in Johnny Walker (alongside Smirnoff Vodka). The distillery goes through 3300 tons of corn per week (and some malted barley, needed for every grain mash), and the…

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Is the Benromach 15 the new 10?

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Is the Benromach 15 the new 10?

So we’re coming off three raving reviews on the Benromach 5, 10 and the 10 Year Old 100 Proof. I’ll recap them by saying that the 5 year old (reviewed here) is an excellent dram,  is age stated and fairly priced with a depth of flavor and an excellent finish (especially if you like bitter notes). Both…

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Benromach 10 on Steroiods!!

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Benromach 10 on Steroiods!!

I reviewed the Benromach 10 years old yesterday (here), and thought it was a “bright and vivid dram that harks back to the old Speyside whisky style combining sherry and peat. It also provides good value for your money … and provides a great combination of flavors”. Today’s review looks at the same whisky, same cask combination (80% first…

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Benromach 10 Year Old – Is the Hype Justified?

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Benromach 10 Year Old – Is the Hype Justified?

Last year, Benromach revamped their core range lineup and the 10 year old was relaunched (or repackaged) together with a new 10 year old at cask strength (to be reviewed tomorrow) and a whirlwind of attention rose around the got a lot of attention, especially from the geeks. There were also all kinds of prizes,…

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