Archive For The “Core Range” Category

Aberlour 12 Non Chill Filtered (48%)

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Aberlour 12 Non Chill Filtered (48%)

Pernod Ricard did so many things right with this expression, that I’m not sure even where to start. I have a serious gripe with single malt entry level expressions that are chill filtered and presented at 40%. I think that’s the perfect way to serve up whisky to the “smooth seekers” crowd, but most of…

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GlenDronach 8 The Hielan’ (46%)

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GlenDronach 8 The Hielan’ (46%)

Together with the news that Billy Walker is moving on, which is hardly surprising following the BenRiach’s sale to Brown-Forman,  came the announcement of his successor, Morrison Bowmore’s Rachel Barrie. Rachel will be taking over the helm for BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glengalssaugh, and I admit to being curious to see what she’ll do with the…

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Kilkerran 12 Years Old (46%) and a Visit to the Distillery

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Kilkerran 12 Years Old (46%) and a Visit to the Distillery

The Glengyle Distillery was part of the historical glory of Campbeltown, when the city was the capital of whisky making in Scotland. At the time, 34 distilleries were operational in this rather small town, all working in close proximity to each other. In fact, different members of the Mitchell family had three distilleries next door…

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BenRiach Cask Strength – Batch 1 (57.2%)

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BenRiach Cask Strength – Batch 1 (57.2%)

It has pretty much become de rigueur for distilleries to have a (usually NAS) youngish cask strength offering. GlenDronach’s excellent sherried cask strength went into five batches before a comparable offering was made from BenRiach. This makes sense, as the distillery obviously wanted to use whisky distilled under the new owners, as nowhere does the distillery…

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Laphroaig 30 Year Old – First Bottling (43%)

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Laphroaig 30 Year Old – First Bottling (43%)

As part of our run up to Fèis Ìle here, our Malt Mongers Israel Whisky Club had a conference call with John Campbell during a Laphroaig themed meeting held last Wednesday. Responding to my question about age stated whisky, John revealed that later this year Laphroaig will be releasing a new release of a 30 year…

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Ledaig 15 Pre 2007 (43%) – Whisky Review

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Ledaig 15 Pre 2007 (43%) – Whisky Review

Ledaig is the brand name for the peated whisky produced by the Tobermory distillery on Mull. The distillery is not one with a very large number of core expressions. In fact, each of the two brands only have two core expressions. Tobermory has the 10 year old and the (excellent) 15 year old, and Ledaig…

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Springbank 10 (46%) – Different, but Oh, So Springbank

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Springbank 10 (46%) – Different, but Oh, So Springbank

I visited Budapest last week. Sadly, it’s not a great whisky destination, as there are no real whisky bars in the city, nowhere to go to find some exotic drams. Although there is a pretty good whisky shop there, called Whiskynet, with a nice selection and pretty good prices. If you are going to be…

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Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel (47.8%)

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Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel (47.8%)

For many years, the 15 year old Single Barrel was the only widely available and affordable Balvenie edition available to bourbon cask matured whisky fans from the distillery. There is a single barrel 25 year old to be had, but obviously at £500, it’s not really in the “affordable whisky” range (I’ll be posting notes on…

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Royal Brackla 21 Years Old (40%) – Whisky Review

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Royal Brackla 21 Years Old (40%) – Whisky Review

Royal Brackla is a beautiful highland distillery specifically geared at making light and fruity malt, with a very clear wort, long fermentation (70 hours) and stills designed to create massive reflux. It was established in 1812 by Captain William Fraser. In 1835, King William IV – a third son of King George III and one who was…

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Royal Brackla 16 Year Old (40%) – Whisky Review

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Royal Brackla 16 Year Old (40%) – Whisky Review

Royal Brackla distillery was the first of three distilleries that received royal designation, and was sold by Diageo to Bacardi, with the other Dewar’s distilleries of Aberfeldy, Macduff, Craigellachie and Aultmore in 1998, at the behest of antitrust regulators. Incidentally, reports have it that no maturing stock was included in the sale, but obviously seeing…

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