Archive For The “Distillery” Category

Golan Heights Distillery, “Brewer’s Whisky Spicy Hummus” (50%)

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Golan Heights Distillery, “Brewer’s Whisky Spicy Hummus” (50%)

Whisky lovers are always on the lookout for interesting things, and while this isn’t technically a whisky, this is one I think you’ll find very interesting.  David Zibell is really into experimentation, and here’s an experiment that went pretty well. Working with a local beer brewery, Meadan Brewery, he distilled their gluten free malted chickpea ale….

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Cadenhead’s 175 Rosebank 25 1991 (50.5%)

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Cadenhead’s 175 Rosebank 25 1991 (50.5%)

2017 brought with it news of Rosebank being renewed by Ian Macleod Distillers, news that came right on the heels of Diageo’s announcement that Port Ellen and Brora will be brought back, making it the year of distillery resurrections. But this is an old Rosebank with a lot of depth and complexity…..   Cadenhead’s 175th Anniversary,…

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Springbank 14, Bourbon Wood (55.8%)

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Springbank 14, Bourbon Wood (55.8%)

2017 was a good year, and you’d think that I’d end it off with a review of some unobtainable dram from a long closed distillery. However, I think that it would be actually appropriate to end the year with a dram from the most traditional, social and community oriented distillery in Scotland.   Springbank 14…

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Golan Heights Distillery, Single Malt Cask 10 In Ex-Golani Cask (62.1%)

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Golan Heights Distillery, Single Malt Cask 10 In Ex-Golani Cask (62.1%)

David Zibell is releasing his second single malt whisky cask, aged three years in charred American Oak casks the previously held David’s two grain whisky – the Golani Black (reviewed here). I actually tasted this cask about 8 months ago, and my feedback to David back then was “it needs time”. David told me that…

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GlenDronach Peated Port Wood (46%)

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GlenDronach Peated Port Wood (46%)

Our guest editor Sean Russell has tasted the GlenDronach Peated Port Wood, and, well….He’s not a fan! And here we go. The competition to the current peated bottle is here. Whereas the current peated GlenDronach is influenced by sherry, this new one is its suit-wearing rosey-cheeked cigar-smoking chubby uncle holding a bacon sandwich.   GlenDronach…

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Mortlach 1978, 20 Year Old Rare Malt Selection (62.2%)

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Mortlach 1978, 20 Year Old Rare Malt Selection (62.2%)

The UDV (Today’s Diageo) Rare Malt Selection was a series of bottlings released between 1995 and 2005, when they were replaced by the Diageo Special Releases. The idea, though, is basically the same: To release special expressions highlighting the Diageo distilleries. Like the Special Releases, some distilleries were released almost regularly (like Brora with 10…

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Golan Heights Distillery – Golani Vino Single Cask 15 (64.7%)

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Golan Heights Distillery – Golani Vino Single Cask 15 (64.7%)

Golani is the Golan Heights Distillery’s basic core range. As I mentioned in the Golani Black review (here), David Zibell made this core line one of single casks, which is, to the best of my knowledge, the only distillery doing so. The core range of the small batch malted barley and wheat sour mash includes…

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North Port/Brechin 1975, 26 Years Old, Signatory Silent Stills, Cask 2960 (55.6%)

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North Port/Brechin 1975, 26 Years Old, Signatory Silent Stills, Cask 2960 (55.6%)

Sometimes your friends just blow you away, and that’s what happened when I opened a package of samples I got from a dear friend from Finland, whom we’ll call Mr. M. There were some really beautiful drams there, some of which I already reviewed. This one, however, I had a hard time with, and didn’t…

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Cadenheads 175th Anniversary – 1977 Caperdonich 39 YO (50.4%)

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Cadenheads 175th Anniversary – 1977 Caperdonich 39 YO (50.4%)

Being in business for 175 years is no small feat, and doing so as an independent bottler in the whisky industry is downright impressive. Yet it seems that the company chose to play down the fact that it’s also the 45 year anniversary of the purchasing of the company by J. & A. Mitchell and Co.,…

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Golan Heights Distillery – Golani Black Single Cask 18 (58.6%)

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Golan Heights Distillery – Golani Black Single Cask 18 (58.6%)

David Zibell, the proprietor of Golan Heights Distillery doesn’t stop even for a moment, and right after getting his three year old single malt launched (see here), he’s on to giving the basic core range whisky, the Golani Two Grain Sour Mash, its spiffed up permanent form, appearing as releases of single numbered casks in…

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