Archive For The “Official Bottling” Category

Glen Garioch Renaissance Chapter 3 (50.8%)

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Glen Garioch Renaissance Chapter 3 (50.8%)

So it seems that after the long wait between Chapters One and Two was a one time glitch, and the Renaissance franchise is fully back on track with Chapter Two coming out in 2016, and Chapter 3 hitting the distillery shop in October, and European stores early this year. Following the Renaissance Chapter One (reviewed…

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Laphroaig 30 – 2016 Version (53.5%)

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Laphroaig 30 – 2016 Version (53.5%)

There were few drams I dreaded tasting like this one. Seriously, I did absolutely nothing to acquire a sample of it when it came out, and I avoided it like the plague. Until it came to my Malt Mongers Israel whisky club in Tel Aviv, and I really had no choice but to partake. Laphroaig…

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GlenDronach 10 Year Old ‘Luke Skywalker’ (48%)

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GlenDronach 10 Year Old ‘Luke Skywalker’ (48%)

The Next Danish market release I’ll get to and the third in the series, is a 10 year old matured in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask. Why is it connected with Luke? It’s baby blue, so that makes sense (I guess). It’s also the color of his non green light saber, so there! What can…

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GlenDronach 9 Years Old ‘Darth Vader” (48%)

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GlenDronach 9 Years Old ‘Darth Vader” (48%)

The Danish market got a series of exclusive bottlings from GlenDronach, a 9, a 10 and a 12 year old, nicknamed for Star Wars characters in relation to their color. Later, a 25 year old vintage 1992 was released and was sort of appended to the series, but I guess you could do that with…

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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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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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