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Glenmorangie’s Wood Experiments – A Whisky Show Masterclass With Dr. Bill Lumsden

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Glenmorangie’s Wood Experiments – A Whisky Show Masterclass With Dr. Bill Lumsden

Getting to London’s Whisky Show this year was a real challenge. My flight was canceled, and I couldn’t get on another flight until the next day. I missed the first day of the Show, and with it I missed two outstanding masterclasses, One looking at Talisker from new make to the 35 Year Old with…

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Balblair 1991 Single Sherry Cask 1712 – TWE Exclusive (51.9%)

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Balblair 1991 Single Sherry Cask 1712 – TWE Exclusive (51.9%)

Balblair should be a heavily favored distillery¬†among anoraks, as this Highlands distillery has forsworn the use of chill filtration and artificial coloration, as well as the production of NAS whisky. With that move, the distillery switched to using only vintages, and the age is to be deduced by the drinker from the bottling date, also…

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Golan Heights Distillery First Single Malt Whisky – 3 Year Old Cask 1 (61.4%)

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Golan Heights Distillery First Single Malt Whisky – 3 Year Old Cask 1 (61.4%)

Is Israel becoming a whisky powerhouse? Well, hardly, but the local scene is extremely interesting. There are currently three active distilleries in Israel, two of which have been covered in this blog, and following Milk and Honey’s first three year whisky bottled in May, we have Golan Heights Distillery’s first three year old whisky being…

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Festive 500th Post – Cadenhead’s Glen Garioch 1957 (45.6%)

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Festive 500th Post – Cadenhead’s Glen Garioch 1957 (45.6%)

April 23rd, 2014 was a special date for me. After a few years learning and tasting in the world of whisky, I started putting my thoughts to (digital) ink, and published the first post on Malt and Oak. This is post number 500, and honestly, I’m humbled at reaching this point. In the three years…

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part IV – Vintage 1978 and Two 1978 Single Casks

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part IV – Vintage 1978 and Two 1978 Single Casks

This post concludes the reviews of Glen Garioch’s Vintage series with the oldest expression, the Vintage 1978. This 30 year old was bottled in 2009 at 57.8% and has 1320 bottles altogether. But we’re not going to stop there, as I have two more single casks from 1978. The first, cask 11000, was bottled in…

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part III – Vintage 1990 and Vintage 1986

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part III – Vintage 1990 and Vintage 1986

In this third installment of the Glen Garioch Vintage review series, we’ll be looking at two expressions forming the heart of the lower half of the vintage expressions: Vintage 1990, Sherry and Bourbon casks, bottled 2009 at 54.6%. Vintage 1986, North American oak, 25 year old, bottled 2011 at 54.6%. As far as the distillate…

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part II – Vintage 1995 , Vintage 1994 and Vintage 1991

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part II – Vintage 1995 , Vintage 1994 and Vintage 1991

In this second installment of the vertical vintage series, we’ll taste three expressions from the first half of the 1990s. All three are bourbon cask matured: Vintage 1995, 1st fill bourbon barrels, bottled 2012 at 55.3%. Vintage 1994, North American oak, bottled 2011 at 53.9%. Vintage 1991, North American oak, bottled 2010 at 54.7%. While…

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part I – Vintage 1999 (Sherry), Vintage 1998 (Wine) and Vintage 1997 (Bourbon)

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part I – Vintage 1999 (Sherry), Vintage 1998 (Wine) and Vintage 1997 (Bourbon)

This is the first in a series of posts that will run down (or up?) the full Glen Garioch Vintage Series, culminating in a three way review of three official bottlings of vintage 1978 Glen Garioch: The Vintage series 1978 (30 Year old), a 33 Year Old single cask bottled in 2012 and a BYO…

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Elements of Islay – Lagavulin – Lg5 (54.8%)

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Elements of Islay – Lagavulin – Lg5 (54.8%)

Independent bottlings of Lagavulin are not overly common (although there’s probably more of it out there in unnamed bottlings than is known), as Diageo is loath to part with casks of Lagavulin for independent bottlings and has been for quite a while. Everything the distillery produces, some 1.4 million liters a year, will go into…

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G&M – The MacPhail’s Collection – Bunnahabhain 2006 (43%)

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G&M – The MacPhail’s Collection – Bunnahabhain 2006 (43%)

We all love reviewing (and reading reviews of) the 1955 Linlithgos and the ¬£2500 latest Port Ellens, but in truth, a blog should have many more daily dram reviews than those stellar outliers, and here’s a classic daily dram. The 2006 Bunnahabhain from Gordon and MacPhail’s The MacPhail’s Collection is priced around ¬£35 and is…

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