Archive For January 13, 2016

GlenDronach 18 Allardice Review – Starting to Get Older….

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GlenDronach 18 Allardice Review – Starting to Get Older….

In a guest post that has proven to be one of the most popular posts on the site, Jun Nunez of Whisky Blasphemy did a head to head review of the GlenDronach 18 and the Macallan Sherry Oak 18. After enjoying a dram of the 18, I realized that I didn’t publish my own notes…

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Glenisla 1977 – Rarest of the Rare, Weirdest of the Weird

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Glenisla 1977 – Rarest of the Rare, Weirdest of the Weird

But you’ve never heard of Glenisla, and when you checked the closed distilleries section in your ‘Malt Whisky Yearbook’ you found nothing. So what is this and how did it get to a bottle? The story is this: Glen Keith is one of Chivas Brother’s most important distilleries, and while not officially bottled, is quite…

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Glen Grant 1954 by Gordon and MacPhail – The Glory of Old Whisky

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Glen Grant 1954 by Gordon and MacPhail – The Glory of Old Whisky

At the Whisky Show, I was lucky enough to taste a 1952 Glen Grant, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail and served as one of the dream drams. The second 1950s G&M was a 1954 Mortlach as part of the Mortlach masterclass I took. I didn’t take notes for the 1952 Glen Grant, but as part of…

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Brora 25 Year Old, From the Year That Ended it All….

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Brora 25 Year Old, From the Year That Ended it All….

Just a week into the new year, and it seems like the right time to taste a Brora distilled in 1983, the distillery’s final year of operation. In the picture from 1930, of course, is the Clynelish distillery, put out of commission in 1968 after the building of the new, modern distillery, after which the…

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Laphroaig 21 Review – Small Bottle Packing a Big Punch

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Laphroaig 21 Review – Small Bottle Packing a Big Punch

With this one, the title of the post actually says it all, small bottle – big punch! Another bottle presented in a 350 milliliters, presumably to keep the price at £100, which would have been the high end of 21 year old full size bottles just a few years back.  This expression is a stunner, and if…

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Laphroaig 16 Travel Retail Pricing Strategy – Will We See More of the Likes of this?

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Laphroaig 16 Travel Retail Pricing Strategy – Will We See More of the Likes of this?

Travel retail has always been the testing frontier for the whisky industry, and Laphroaig, celebrating its 200th anniversary under Beam-Suntory is trying an interesting strategy to deal with the price inflation in the whisky industry – smaller bottles. As recently as March of 2015, when it was announced that Laphroaig will be discontinuing the 18 year…

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Kicking off 2016 in Ayrshire – Tasting the Rarest Distilleries

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Kicking off 2016 in Ayrshire – Tasting the Rarest Distilleries

I chose not to do a recap on 2015. Choosing my top ten drams wouldn’t do justice to the other fabulous whiskies I tasted, and wouldn’t really reflect the whisky year I’ve had. I didn’t recap the year the blog had, but you can see the 10 most popular posts here on the right. I’ll also…

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