Archive For The “Travel Retail” Category

Glenfiddich Rare Oak 25 (43%)

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Glenfiddich Rare Oak 25 (43%)

William Grant and Sons has a brilliant marketing department.  Having two widely sold single malt distilleries in Speyside (I’m leaving Kininvie out of this post, as it’s really a blender for Grant’s), they have each catering to a different demographic. While Balvenie caters to the whisky anorak crowd, and does so successfully – despite my…

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Glenmorangie Tayne (43%)

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Glenmorangie Tayne (43%)

Yes, I know….Yet another travel retail NAS expression being pushed at us by whisky companies’ marketing departments in a never-ending procession of boring, indistinct, and uninspired expressions. Yet, even within such a plethora of blandness, they are bound to be some expressions that are worth your time and effort and I’m happy to report that I’ve…

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Seven Rules to Stay Sane and Win at Whisky Auctions. Or: Maybe The World isn’t Crazy After All

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Seven Rules to Stay Sane and Win at Whisky Auctions. Or: Maybe The World isn’t Crazy After All

This post is a quick followup on our story relating to the absolutely crazy  pricing of two 1999 single cask Glen Garioch bottles at last month’s auction. If you didn’t yet, read ‘In Whisky, Is Crazy the New Normal?‘ and then come back here. The short of it is that two Glen Garioch 12 year…

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Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 2007, 8 Year Old – CC:01- Cognac Casks (57.8%)

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Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 2007, 8 Year Old – CC:01- Cognac Casks (57.8%)

Today is the Bruichladdich open day on Islay, and we celebrate it taking a look at the old Port Charlotte Distillery and with a tasting of a wonderful new Port Charlotte in Cognac casks. Port Charlotte Distillery was also known as the Lochindaal Distillery. It was established in 1829 and was operated under a succession…

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Macallan Rare Cask (43%) – Whisky Review

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Macallan Rare Cask (43%) – Whisky Review

The Macallan has moved almost wholly into NAS whisky in recent years, although a harbinger of change has appeared recently in the form of an upcoming 12 year old release called “Double Cask”, probably trying to get Macallan back on track with an age stated sherry matured whisky. The difference is that while the old 12…

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Glen Garioch 15 Sherry Cask Matured (Travel Retail) – 53.7% – Whisky Review

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Glen Garioch 15 Sherry Cask Matured (Travel Retail) – 53.7% – Whisky Review

I’m partial to Glen Garioch, as you already know if you read my review of the 12 year old. Not being a big fan of either Bowmore or Auchentoshan, I’m glad Glen Garioch gave me a distillery I can not only drink, but actually consider myself a fan of, in the Morrison Bowmore portfolio. Until…

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Laphroaig 21 Review – Small Bottle Packing a Big Punch

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Laphroaig 21 Review – Small Bottle Packing a Big Punch

With this one, the title of the post actually says it all, small bottle – big punch! Another bottle presented in a 350 milliliters, presumably to keep the price at £100, which would have been the high end of 21 year old full size bottles just a few years back.  This expression is a stunner, and if…

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Laphroaig 16 Travel Retail Pricing Strategy – Will We See More of the Likes of this?

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Laphroaig 16 Travel Retail Pricing Strategy – Will We See More of the Likes of this?

Travel retail has always been the testing frontier for the whisky industry, and Laphroaig, celebrating its 200th anniversary under Beam-Suntory is trying an interesting strategy to deal with the price inflation in the whisky industry – smaller bottles. As recently as March of 2015, when it was announced that Laphroaig will be discontinuing the 18 year…

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Oban Little Bay – Have Oban, Will Travel…Retail

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Oban Little Bay – Have Oban, Will Travel…Retail

Will you be traveling for the new year? If so, you’ll probably pass through an airport, where you can check out the Oban Little Bay. Now Oban means “Little Bay”, so this is a play on words, as this whisky is finished in quarter casks, after being matured in first fill European oak ex-sherry casks; refill…

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Macallan Rare Cask Black – Travel Retail

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Macallan Rare Cask Black – Travel Retail

When you think of Macallan whisky, the last thing that comes to mind is a peated whisky. Yet, this is what Macallan presented in the Rare Cask Black. This isn’t Macallan whisky that was aged in peated casks, like Balvenie did with the Islay Cask some time back, rather truly peated Macallan spirit aged in…

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