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Glen Garioch 21 Vintage 1994 – Abbey Whisky Rare Casks (55%)

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Glen Garioch 21 Vintage 1994 – Abbey Whisky Rare Casks (55%)

My affinity for Glen Garioch is well known. So well known, in fact, that Mike from Abbey Whisky sent me an email saying he has a sample of his new Rare Casks release, a 21 year old Glen Garioch he’d like me to taste. It took some time, but the sample is here and I…

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GlenDronach 18 Marsala Cask Finish (46%)

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GlenDronach 18 Marsala Cask Finish (46%)

GlenDronach has a pretty loyal following, and for good reason. Their sherry cask matured whisky is a great basis for both their core and cask release batches. Yet the distillery has more to it than just sherry bombs. GlenDronach uses whisky matured in ex bourbon casks with a slew of cask finishes, from virgin oak,…

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Kilchoman Red Wine – Single Cask for K&L (60.3%)

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Kilchoman Red Wine – Single Cask for K&L (60.3%)

This is a single cask release, and to the best of my knowledge the first ever in red wine. Now this could have seemed to be a curios single cask showing up out of nowhere, and would have probably remained so, had this label not showed up for approval in the United States: With 50%…

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Springbank CV (46%)

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Springbank CV (46%)

I think Israel is the last place in the world you can still get Springbank CV and Longrow CV, and since they’re still available – and as they were put on sale in February – it would have been silly not to partake in a fresh round of restocking. Springbank CV was intended as an…

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Glenmorangie Astar Returning in 2017

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Glenmorangie Astar Returning in 2017

During the launch of the Glenmorangie Bacalta, I had the opportunity to ask Dr. Bill Lumsden about bringing back a cask strength expression. You can see my update on it here. So this wasn’t just talk, and Glenmorangie is, indeed, planning to re-release the Astar at 52.5% ABV. I think we’ll be seeing this one…

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Milk and Honey Crosses 3 Year Threshold – Single Malt Whisky Single Cask

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Milk and Honey Crosses 3 Year Threshold – Single Malt Whisky Single Cask

Milk and Honey Distillery in Tel-Aviv crosses a significant threshold with the release of one of its first experimental casks, aged 38 months (3 years and two months) in two casks: A virgin oak cask 2014-0001, filled on January 14th, 2014, and then into an ex bourbon cask last September. The cask was bottled on…

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Tomatin 25 (43%)

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Tomatin 25 (43%)

Tomatin did a quick renewal of its 25 year old in a half bottle. It appeared in shops for a very short time, and offering an excellent value for money, disappeared off the shelves. I had a chance to taste it and was most pleasantly surprised by this dram. Tomatin 25 (43% ABV) Appearance: Gold…

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Kavalan Peaty Cask – La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary (52.4%)

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Kavalan Peaty Cask – La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary (52.4%)

Kavalan has been expanding both in stature and in sheer offerings in the mere 11 years that have passed since their first distillation, in March 2006. There are currently close to 20 offerings from the distillery, from the Kavalan range, through the Solist and the Premium series – offered in a plethora of cask finishes….

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Ledaig 12 Year Old 2004 – Single Malts of Scotland (58.1%)

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Ledaig 12 Year Old 2004 – Single Malts of Scotland (58.1%)

In the latest sample pack I got from Specialty Drinks there were two Ledaigs. Today’s 12 year old and an 11 year old  in a sherry cask that I’ll get to reviewing in the next few days. Ledaig was actually the original name of the Tobermory distillery has been producing it’s dual brand since 2007,…

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Kilchoman Distillery Exclusive, 100% Islay Cask Vatting (57.1%)

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Kilchoman Distillery Exclusive, 100% Islay Cask Vatting (57.1%)

So you travel from wherever you are on this planet to Kennacraig, and catch the CalMac ferry to Islay. Then you get to the other side of Lochindaal and at the entrance to Kilchoman, you see the barley you’ll be drinking in about six years growing in a field. That’s exciting. You get to the distillery, and…

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