Archive For December 30, 2015

Karuizawa 1981 La Maison Du Whisky – An Olympic Parisian

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Karuizawa 1981 La Maison Du Whisky – An Olympic Parisian

La Maison du Whisky is France’s leading whisky retailer, and the purveyors of Whisky Live Paris, which is one of the Continent’s foremost whisky events of the year. Whisky Live Paris is usually held on the last weekend  in September, one week before The Whisky Show in London. This whisky is linked also by another,…

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Oban Little Bay – Have Oban, Will Travel…Retail

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Oban Little Bay – Have Oban, Will Travel…Retail

Will you be traveling for the new year? If so, you’ll probably pass through an airport, where you can check out the Oban Little Bay. Now Oban means “Little Bay”, so this is a play on words, as this whisky is finished in quarter casks, after being matured in first fill European oak ex-sherry casks; refill…

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The Oldest and Rarest Oban Ever – 32 Year Old Vintage 1969

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The Oldest and Rarest Oban Ever – 32 Year Old Vintage 1969

A few months ago, I got to taste the second oldest Oban ever bottled. It was a 21 year old bottled at cask strength as part of the 2013 Diageo special releases. I absolutely loved it, and you can find the review here. I was hoping to get this dram to taste for my birthday,…

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Advent Calendars and Blind Tasting Competitions – Celebrating December

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Advent Calendars and Blind Tasting Competitions – Celebrating December

For some, December is all about Advent Calendars and the countdown toward the holidays. For others, it’s about blind competitions and getting ready for vacations. With Hanukka bouncing around between late November and December, I took the route of participating in the 5th annual Usquebaugh Society 2015 blind tasting competition. So how it going for me? Not well at…

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Macallan Rare Cask Black – Travel Retail

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Macallan Rare Cask Black – Travel Retail

When you think of Macallan whisky, the last thing that comes to mind is a peated whisky. Yet, this is what Macallan presented in the Rare Cask Black. This isn’t Macallan whisky that was aged in peated casks, like Balvenie did with the Islay Cask some time back, rather truly peated Macallan spirit aged in…

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Glengoyne 35 – A Great Closer For My Birthday Weekend

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Glengoyne 35 – A Great Closer For My Birthday Weekend

I’ve reviewed quite a few Glengoyne expressions on the blog, including a week I devoted to the entire core range earlier in 2015 (in order: 10, 12, 15, 18, 21 and 25). I also visited the distillery in early October, and enjoyed the single malt blending session I did as part of my tour, the report…

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Tobermory 42 – Celebrating the Replacement of 42 Year Old Stills – With 42 Year Old Expressions

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Tobermory 42 – Celebrating the Replacement of 42 Year Old Stills – With 42 Year Old Expressions

I have a lot of respect for Burn Stewart Distillers. Taking all their whiskies to 46% (or 46.3%) with no chill filtration or coloring is a move that shows their commitment to quality and transparency, and above all, to the whisky drinking community. It is also no secret that one of their entry level whiskies…

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A Nice, Yet Unintended, Birthday Gift from BenRiach – BenRiach 35

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A Nice, Yet Unintended, Birthday Gift from BenRiach – BenRiach 35

My local retailer, Wine and Flavors, held a GlenDronach tasting on Wednesday. This store is at a great location, being only 650 meters (or about 2200 feet) from my house, and has the absolute best selection of whisky in Israel, with a rather impressive selection of independent bottlings imported by the store itself. Also, the store…

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present

Here we are just twelve days before Christmas (and it’s the first day of Hanukkah), and gift buying is at its height! I’ll give you my top 12 bottles that would make a great holiday gift. Obviously, they are all bottles I’ve tasted, and many of them adorn my own whisky cabinet. The rules? Easy: It has…

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Yula Princess or Goddess of Islay – Island Malts

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Yula Princess or Goddess of Islay – Island Malts

As my readers know, I’m intrigued by malt blends (vatted malts), and you really don’t get to see too many of them that were aged for 20 years. Douglas Laing has started a series of three very limited expressions of Island malts. This blend is made of paeated Island malts and is the first in…

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