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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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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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GlenDronach 1993, 24 Year Old for Abbey Whisky (60.6%)

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GlenDronach 1993, 24 Year Old for Abbey Whisky (60.6%)

This bottle appeared last week and was gone quicker than a Nicolas Cage or Vin Diesel movie. It’s a special bottling of the infamous year of 1993 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Abbey Whisky. Those who are familiar with Abbey Whisky and Mike Sharples know that they have a 6th sense for sniffing out…

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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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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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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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