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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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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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Glenmorangie Bacalta – Private Edition VIII (46%)

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Glenmorangie Bacalta – Private Edition VIII (46%)

Rituals have power, and I wasn’t surprised in the least when I got a message from Yoav on Whatsapp “So, am I ordering our annual Glenmo?”. My obvious answer was “of course”, as traditions must be kept up. This will now be the fourth or fifth year that besides the bottles each of us buys…

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GlenDronach Peated (46%)

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GlenDronach Peated (46%)

Like almost everybody I know, GlenDronach ranks high on my list of favorite distilleries. I have tasted 54 different GlenDronach expressions, and 53 of them were good. Some were even stellar, but each of those 53 were good. Each was a bottle that I could see enjoying, if not necessarily buying. Yes, the single cask batches…

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Timorous Beastie: The 21 and 40 Going Head to Head – Douglas Laing

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Timorous Beastie: The 21 and 40 Going Head to Head – Douglas Laing

I really like the direction Douglas Laing is going with the Remarkable Regional Malts line. The vatted malt (blended malt, if I must) line now encompasses five out of the six regions (missing only Campbeltown, which could be interesting with the variety of styles coming out the three distilleries in the town), and has expanded…

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Wilson and Morgan Home Blend 35 Years Old, Sherry Butt 26, 1980-2015 (47,6%)

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Wilson and Morgan Home Blend 35 Years Old, Sherry Butt 26, 1980-2015 (47,6%)

Last night MMI – Israel’s Malt Mongers whisky club held its monthly meeting at the Milk and Honey Distillery in Tel Aviv. On the menu were four “legal” blends in the American sense, 21 years and older.   We had the utterly forgettable 21 year old Òrdha from Grant’s, the marginally more memorable Campbeltown Loch…

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Glen Garioch Virgin Oak (48%)

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Glen Garioch Virgin Oak (48%)

Glen Garioch’s Virgin Oak is an expression fully matured in new American oak casks. Virgin oak for Scotch whisky is  a phenomenon that’s pretty scarce, even scarcer than red wine casks, of which I definitely think there isn’t quite enough of in the industry. Yes, I like weird stuff…shoot me… Just how scarce? There are currently…

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Teeling 24 Year Old – 1991 Sauternes Finish (46%)

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Teeling 24 Year Old – 1991 Sauternes Finish (46%)

After a somewhat extended holiday vacation (the first half of it forced by a cold, the second by a winter vacation in New York City), we’re back in business. Happy new year to one and all, may 2017 be all that you wish for. I’m just going to come out and say it: I’ve had…

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