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GlenDronach 15 Year old, 1990s bottling (40%) 

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GlenDronach 15 Year old, 1990s bottling (40%) 

From Sean Russell’s review of the newest GlenDronach expressions (batch 16 review, see here), I’ll take us back to the old style, to the 1990s style 15 year old. This was the distillery style before the 1996 mothballing, so we’re basically talking about the same style of distillation and casks that we were getting with…

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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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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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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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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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