Archive For March 27, 2016

Consumer Trust and the Whisky Industry – Truth and Tales on the Isle of Jura

By |

Consumer Trust and the Whisky Industry – Truth and Tales on the Isle of Jura

“Ginny!” said Mr. Weasley, flabbergasted. “Haven’t I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain?” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets What is the state of trust between whisky producers and consumers? There…

Read more »

Clynelish 17 Year Old – Whiskybroker 1997 (54.5%)

By |

Clynelish 17 Year Old – Whiskybroker 1997 (54.5%)

Another quick tasting note, of a whisky I rather enjoyed tasting. I’ve written about the Whisky Broker in the past (see here), and am always happy to taste their expressions.   Clynelish 17 Year Old – Whiskybroker, Refill Hogshead 12380, Distilled 29.10.1997, Bottled 11.03.2015, 302 Bottles (54.5% ABV, NCF, NC) Appearance: Straw, very thin legs dripping off a…

Read more »

Ardbeg 21’s Polar Opposite – An 8 Year Old Fiery Sherry Bomb

By |

Ardbeg 21’s Polar Opposite – An 8 Year Old Fiery Sherry Bomb

With Ardbeg, one end of the scale is the new 21 Year Old, about to be announced in the coming months. Old, dignified and matured in ex bourbon casks. If you haven’t heard of it, you can read Yoav’s take on this marketing screw up here. This SMWS single refill sherry butt is just the opposite. Young,…

Read more »

Springbank 15 year old Fresh Rum Cask (46.5 ABV)

By |

Springbank 15 year old Fresh Rum Cask (46.5 ABV)

It seems that my opinionated review of the 16 year old Local Barley on Friday ruffled some feathers at Springbank, and I got quite a bit flack for suggesting that the distillery was in any way unfair in its pricing strategy. So much so, that I published a very (very!) rare clarification on the blog…

Read more »

Springbank Local Barley 16 Year Old (54.3%)

By |

Springbank Local Barley 16 Year Old (54.3%)

Springbank’s craft needs no further mention on this blog. Still making whisky the way it was made 100 years ago, and remaining a major employer in Campbeltown, many whisky connoisseurs would name Springbank as their favorite distillery. In fact, in an informal poll taken in a whisky fanatics Facebook group I belong to, it came…

Read more »

Mortlach 12 Year Old – G&M Bottled 1960s (40%)

By |

Mortlach 12 Year Old – G&M Bottled 1960s (40%)

I’ve come back to revisiting the other old Mortlach expressions we tasted at the Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach tasting at the 2015 Whisky Show in London. I published my full account of the masterclass in my review of the 75 Year Old Mortlach Generations, and recommend you read that account before coming back to this…

Read more »

Milk and Honey Distillery All Set to Begin Full Production

By |

Milk and Honey Distillery All Set to Begin Full Production

With the recent installation of the mash tun, the Milk and Honey Distillery is set to begin full production. Accordingly, the visitor center was completed and a two very promising “work in progress” casks were bottled. Happily, the cask chosen by Tomer Goren for bottling was cask 004, so I can keep following the development…

Read more »

Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel (47.8%)

By |

Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel (47.8%)

For many years, the 15 year old Single Barrel was the only widely available and affordable Balvenie edition available to bourbon cask matured whisky fans from the distillery. There is a single barrel 25 year old to be had, but obviously at £500, it’s not really in the “affordable whisky” range (I’ll be posting notes on…

Read more »

Glen Keith 1992, 22 Year Old – Signatory Vintage (54.9%) – Whisky Review

By |

Glen Keith 1992, 22 Year Old – Signatory Vintage (54.9%) – Whisky Review

Sam Bronfman of Seagram’s wanted a light blend badly. He saw how successful J&B and Cutty Sark were in the US market, and wanted a piece of the action. As a premium blend, Chivas Regal was too highly positioned in the market, and Strathisla, the Chivas main distillery, has too strong a character for making a…

Read more »

Balblair 1999 (46%) – Whisky Review

By |

Balblair 1999 (46%) – Whisky Review

Balblair has been sticking to vintages, in lieu of age statements, and it seems to be working pretty well for the brand. You can always find, in the ever changing core offerings by the distillery a 10 year old (currently 2005) 12-13 year old (currently 2003) a 15-18 year old (currently 1999) and some chosen vintages…

Read more »