Archive For February 29, 2016

Teaninich 1973, Rare Malts Selection, 23 Year Old (57.1)

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Teaninich 1973, Rare Malts Selection, 23 Year Old (57.1)

Rare Malts Selection bottles are increasingly rare to come across, and getting to taste any one of them is a treat. The last Rare Malts Selections bottling was over a decade ago, and thus I myself missed out on the good times of buying them in the mid 1990s through early 2000s, and have only…

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Deanston 20 Year Old (55.3%) – Whisky Review

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Deanston 20 Year Old (55.3%) – Whisky Review

After tasting, and liking, the bourbon cask matured and finished 18 year old, I tasted the new 20 year old, which was also part of a local bottle share. Part of the South African owned Burn Stewart Distillers, Deanston, together with Bunnahabhain and Tobermory make up the malts composing Burn Stewart’s Scottish Leader blend, a…

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Elements of Islay – Peat – Blended Malt (59.3%)

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Elements of Islay – Peat – Blended Malt (59.3%)

Elements of Islay is a series of single malt small batch offering from all Islay distilleries, started in 2008 by Specialty Drinks, the parent company of The Whisky Exchange. Until now, all offerings were single malts, but now they have produced a blended malt, presented like all other Elements at natural cask strength, with no…

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Deanston 18 Year Old (46.3%) – Whisky Review

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Deanston 18 Year Old (46.3%) – Whisky Review

This is a very interesting expression, using some interesting techniques. The whisky was first matured in hogsheads (presumably ex bourbon, probably second or third fills), and then finished in first fill bourbon casks. The result is a very malty and sweet whisky, which carries the Deanston maltiness so present in the 12 year old and the…

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GlenDronach 19 Madira Cask Finish (46%)

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GlenDronach 19 Madira Cask Finish (46%)

One of the things I love about the whisky community is the prevalent idea of sharing. It comes in the form of samples being shared (I’ve exchanged samples with friends on three continents) and in the form of bottle shares, someone buying a bottle and splitting it up into usually seven parcels of 100 ml,…

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Transparency, Compass Box and The Right Thing to Do – An Analysis

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Transparency, Compass Box and The Right Thing to Do – An Analysis

The whisky industry is pretty much self regulated by an industry association named The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). The SWA’s forerunner was formed in October 1912 as the Wine & Spirit Brand Association,  renaming itself the Whisky Association in 1917 and got its current name in 1940, while the SWA was fighting for the right to use cereals during the…

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GlenDronach 2003 – 11 Year Old PX Single Cask 2034 (53.7%)

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GlenDronach 2003 – 11 Year Old PX Single Cask 2034 (53.7%)

This single cask was is one of the biggest surprise I’ve had with the single casks by GlenDronach. This is one of the first whiskies distilled after the stills were turned back on, almost two months prior. If you read the review on the 18 year old (published here), you’ll notice that there was a…

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GlenDronach 18 Year Old, Vintage 1995 PX Cask 3302 (53.7%)

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GlenDronach 18 Year Old, Vintage 1995 PX Cask 3302 (53.7%)

Abbey Whisky’s blog was the first to carry the news that GlenDronach Batch 13 of single casks is about to hit the market. In the past, these releases have been eagerly awaited and have consistently delivered some of the best value on the market. Excellent whisky at very decent prices. Nowadays, the whisky is still…

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Royal Brackla 21 Years Old (40%) – Whisky Review

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Royal Brackla 21 Years Old (40%) – Whisky Review

Royal Brackla is a beautiful highland distillery specifically geared at making light and fruity malt, with a very clear wort, long fermentation (70 hours) and stills designed to create massive reflux. It was established in 1812 by Captain William Fraser. In 1835, King William IV – a third son of King George III and one who was…

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Royal Brackla 16 Year Old (40%) – Whisky Review

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Royal Brackla 16 Year Old (40%) – Whisky Review

Royal Brackla distillery was the first of three distilleries that received royal designation, and was sold by Diageo to Bacardi, with the other Dewar’s distilleries of Aberfeldy, Macduff, Craigellachie and Aultmore in 1998, at the behest of antitrust regulators. Incidentally, reports have it that no maturing stock was included in the sale, but obviously seeing…

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