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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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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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Amrut Rye (50%)

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Amrut Rye (50%)

Rye is a fickle grain to work with, so much so that many distillers outside the United States and Canada just don’t even bother with it. Indeed, you can name the expressions of world rye whisky using just your hand. One hand, so you don’t even have to put your drink down. Enter Amrut, who since…

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Springbank Local Barley 11 (53.1%)

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Springbank Local Barley 11 (53.1%)

This expression is the second in a series of Local Barley expressions done by Springbank, following the excellent 16 year old (reviewed here). This expression is made from Bere barley, while last year’s was made from Prisma. Knowing that bloggers will, invariably, bitch about prices and value for money, the company has released the following…

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Scapa Glansa (40%)

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Scapa Glansa (40%)

It’s been only a few weeks since I’ve written about the death of house styles, and here comes along a sample of the Scapa Glansa, a prime example of the trend. I had a quick nip of the Glansa when I visited Scapa in October, but was unable to take notes, so I’m happy the…

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Ardbeg Kelpie – Committee Release (51.7%)

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Ardbeg Kelpie – Committee Release (51.7%)

I approached this expression with caution, after being quite underwhelmed with the Auriverdes, Perpetuum and the Dark Cove, and figured the NAS road chosen by Ardbeg will inevitably lead to  progressively uninspired festival bottlings. But I’m always open to be surprised, and indeed, I have been. The Kelpie is finished in virgin oak taken from…

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Highland Park Fire Edition (45.2%)

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Highland Park Fire Edition (45.2%)

The Fire joins the Ice in a series dedicated to the elements of creation in Norse mythology. I tasted the Ice Edition on Orkney, with Highland Park Appreciation Society‘s Orkney Ambassador, Ian Moir, at the wonderful Shed Bar. The Ice is a 17 year old matured in ex bourbon casks, like the Freya (but sadly is…

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Ledaig 19 Marsala Cask Finish (51%)

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Ledaig 19 Marsala Cask Finish (51%)

Tobermory is shutting down at the end of the month for a two year overhaul of both the stills and the visitor center, and general repairs to some of the older buildings, during which Ledaig (and Tobermory) whisky will be available as normal, including the special limited releases we see pop up like the 19…

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