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Whisky Exchange Black Friday 2017, 16 Year Old Speyside Single Cask (54.6%)

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Whisky Exchange Black Friday 2017, 16 Year Old Speyside Single Cask  (54.6%)

A small box landed at my office from The Whisky Exchange and in it was a sample bottle labeled Black Friday. It stated it’s 16 years old, from Speyside and at 54.6% ABV. The accompanying letter said that the 582 bottles will go on sale on Black Friday, when the full details will be announced. I’m…

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present – 2017

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present – 2017

Here we are at the beginning of the holiday shopping season again, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday so gift buying is about to kick into high gear! Should we perhaps institute Whisky Wednesday for crazy sales on amber joy? I’ll start with this post! I’ll give you my top 12 bottles that would make…

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Benromach Triple Distilled (50%)

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Benromach Triple Distilled (50%)

Benromach is a distillery you just adore. Traditional to the hilt, nothing there is computerized, with that quaint old style of Speyside whisky. So yes, if I had to choose two distilleries to bring back the floor maltings to, Benromach would be the second, but you can’t really hold that against them  🙂 There’s also…

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Glen Garioch Bottle Your Own, 1999 Wine Cask 1420 (56.5%)

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Glen Garioch Bottle Your Own, 1999 Wine Cask 1420 (56.5%)

My last visit to Scotland was a short one, following the London Whisky Show. Short or long, though, a stop at Glen Garioch in Oldmeldrum is a must, as there’s a new bottle your own cask on tap from their two or three that are regularly available. The new cask is a first fill red…

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Bowmore 2001, 15 Years Old, Signatory TWE Exclusive (55.6%)

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Bowmore 2001, 15 Years Old, Signatory TWE Exclusive (55.6%)

In the package I got from The Whisky Exchange was a selection of the new TWE exclusive casks recently bottled. As I mentioned in the Irish whiskey TWE post (here), The Whisky Exchange is moving to significantly increase the number of single casks it bottles under its label, and the current batch includes several casks…

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Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 009 (58.1%)

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Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 009 (58.1%)

Yesterday was a very special day, as I made my way to Mishmar HaEmeq, a kibbutz in northern Israel, where my friend Yori Costa held a tasting he was putting together for the past three years. Through diligent work, he was able to bring together either samples (60-200 ml each) or bottles of all 11…

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Two 27 Year Old Irish Single Cask – Whisky Agency TWE Exclusives (46.8% and 51.3%)

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Two 27 Year Old Irish Single Cask – Whisky Agency TWE Exclusives (46.8% and 51.3%)

The third day at the Whisky Show is the trade day, and us whisky bloggers were invited to a liquid breakfast by Billy. At the breakfast, we were informed that The Whisky Exchange itself will now be seeking to be more active in bottling independent bottlings. We tasted three bottlings, a 27 year old 1990…

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Glen Garioch 17 Year Old Renaissance Chapter Three Released (50.8%)

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Glen Garioch 17 Year Old Renaissance Chapter Three Released (50.8%)

The third chapter exploring the development of whisky distilled after the distillery’s resurrection in 1997 has been released, and is available at the distillery. Like Chapters 1 and 2, this is a vatting of sherry and bourbon casks, and has gotten a few more years in casks since the first chapter. It’s 50.8% ABV, down…

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Glen Garioch 1973 – 40 Years Old – TWE Exclusive Single Cask 4297 (54.3%)

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Glen Garioch 1973 – 40 Years Old – TWE Exclusive Single Cask 4297 (54.3%)

I have always been careful using the term “best whisky in the world”, “whisky of the year/decade/century/millennia” or “platinum, gold, silver, bronze, copper, aluminum, tin” awards because those terms and their likes are obviously totally meaningless. In fact, I don’t even score my reviews using a numeric scale, as our palates and noses are not…

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Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair (46.3%)

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Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair (46.3%)

Bunnahabhain has always been high up on my favorite distilleries list, and the Bunnahabhain 12 (reviewed here) is one of the more complex entry level whiskies out there and my favorite go-to everyday drams. In this expression, the distillery is using the allure of 100% sherry matured whisky, to take some of the pressure off…

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