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┬áso 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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