Archive For June 22, 2016

Amrut Spectrum (50%) – Whisky Review

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Amrut Spectrum (50%) – Whisky Review

Innovation is not limited to technology in Bangalor, the heart of India’s silicon valley. Amrut has positioned itself at the cutting edge of whisky innovation. The distillery was founded in 1948 by JN Radhakrishna Rao Jagdale. India is the world’s biggest whisky market, but most of it isn’t what you and I would consider whisky, as it’s…

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Glen Garioch 15 Year Old 1998 Wine Cask Matured (48%)

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Glen Garioch 15 Year Old 1998 Wine Cask Matured (48%)

My personal affinity for Glen Garioch whisky is no secret. I like that almost everything coming out of the distillery is age stated (there are only two exceptions – the 1797 Founder’s Reserve, which is for some reason not age stated, but not priced significantly lower than the 12 year old (reviewed here) and the…

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Dailuaine 7 years old – Douglas Laing Provenance (46%)

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Dailuaine 7 years old – Douglas Laing Provenance (46%)

Dailuaine is one of those background distilleries you rarely hear about, until you come across a Special Release (like the 34 year old released in the 2015 batch) or a nice single barrel of the stuff. This is a blender’s distillery, serving as Diageo’s producer of character whisky for their blends. The distillery does not…

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Scallywag Cask Strength #2 – Douglas Laing Remarkable Regional Malts (54.1%)

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Scallywag Cask Strength #2 – Douglas Laing Remarkable Regional Malts (54.1%)

This blog was, from its inception, fascinated with malt blends (don’t you wish we could still call them vatted malts, which is really the proper name for them). The reason for that is that when put together well, you can you can enjoy a whole ensemble of influences, rather a solo player. Indeed, when all…

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Glenmorangie Milsean – Private Edition VII (46%)

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Glenmorangie Milsean – Private Edition VII (46%)

This review brings the blog up to date on the Private Editions. The Private Edition is a series of annual releases that are off the beaten path of Glenmorangie’s work in some way. The Sonnalta PX highlighted Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, and the second release, the Finealta, tried working off an old recipe, complete with peated barley. The next…

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Glenmorangie Private Edition VI – Tùsail (46%) – Just How Influential is the Barley on the Whisky?

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Glenmorangie Private Edition VI – Tùsail (46%) – Just How Influential is the Barley on the Whisky?

While five of the seven Glenmorangie Private Editions were about the casks (Sonnalta PX, Artein, Ealanta, Companta and Milsean – to be reviewed tomorrow) and the Finealta showcased the peat, Tùsail is all about the strain of barley used for mashing. But how much effect does the strain of barley used to make the whisky have on the…

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GlenDronach 12 Year Old, Green Welly Stop, Cask #4102 (55.2%)

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GlenDronach 12 Year Old, Green Welly Stop, Cask #4102 (55.2%)

The Green Welly Stop is celebrating 50 years of operations, and did so with a series of three private bottles, two of which were GlenDronach single casks. The other bottle, the second release, was an Arran. The first GlenDronach was 2003, a smidgeon under 12 Years, distilled 5th March 2003 and bottled January 2015 bottled at…

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