Archive For September 23, 2018

Golan Heights Distillery, Brewer’s Whisky 3, ‘OMG, this is Goood!’ (50%)

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Golan Heights Distillery, Brewer’s Whisky 3, ‘OMG, this is Goood!’ (50%)

David Zibell’s innovation is great, and he’s continuing his ongoing work on distilled beer matured in oak casks, or Brewer’s Whisky. Thus, following the Spicy Hummus (Brewer’s Whisky 1) and the BBX Amber (Brewer’s Whisky 2), we now get OMG cask finished brewer’s whisky. This whisky is one third of the parcel which made the…

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Elements of Islay Pl5 – Port Charlotte 2009 (63.1%)

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Elements of Islay Pl5 – Port Charlotte 2009 (63.1%)

This Elements of Islay Port Charlotte is your quintessential Islay dram, made not by your most classic Islay distillery. Bruichladdich is the quirky Islay distillery. From the Victorian equipment to the funky lacticity (that’s usually covered over in the peated expressions), from the numerous wine casks to Ugly Betty’s gin, things are just done differently…

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The GlenAllachie 12 (46%)

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The GlenAllachie 12 (46%)

Yes, the new GlenAllachie core range (or Foundation Range, as the distillery calls it) does start with a 10 year old, but it isn’t really the entry level expression for the range. Thus, I’ll begin my review of the range with the 12 year old, and move forward from there. We’ll start off with noting…

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Golan Heights Distillery Golani Black Cask 3 for Hermitage Stores (51.7%)

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Golan Heights Distillery Golani Black Cask 3 for Hermitage Stores (51.7%)

Golani Black’s cask 54 was a general market release and cask 3 is a private release for Israel’s Hermitage stores. I think this goes to show where the Israeli market has gotten in 2018. From a sleepy whisky market dominated by blends, to a thriving single malt market. This year, there have been several single…

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Elements of Islay CI11 – Caol Ila 2008 (55.4%)

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Elements of Islay CI11 – Caol Ila 2008 (55.4%)

The second dram in this new Elements of Islay release is a 2008 Caol Ila, at either nine or ten years of age. Like the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone, Caol Ila is smoky’s old faithful. It will rarely blow you away, but you pretty much know what you can expect. In CI11, Islay’s workhorse…

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