Archive For The “Scotch Single Malt” Category

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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Two 27 Year Old Irish Single Cask – Whisky Agency TWE Exclusives (46.8% and 51.3%)

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Two 27 Year Old Irish Single Cask – Whisky Agency TWE Exclusives (46.8% and 51.3%)

The third day at the Whisky Show is the trade day, and us whisky bloggers were invited to a liquid breakfast by Billy. At the breakfast, we were informed that The Whisky Exchange itself will now be seeking to be more active in bottling independent bottlings. We tasted three bottlings, a 27 year old 1990…

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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 17 Year Old Renaissance Chapter Three Released (50.8%)

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Glen Garioch 17 Year Old Renaissance Chapter Three Released (50.8%)

The third chapter exploring the development of whisky distilled after the distillery’s resurrection in 1997 has been released, and is available at the distillery. Like Chapters 1 and 2, this is a vatting of sherry and bourbon casks, and has gotten a few more years in casks since the first chapter. It’s 50.8% ABV, down…

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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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Glenmorangie’s Wood Experiments – A Whisky Show Masterclass With Dr. Bill Lumsden

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Glenmorangie’s Wood Experiments – A Whisky Show Masterclass With Dr. Bill Lumsden

Getting to London’s Whisky Show this year was a real challenge. My flight was canceled, and I couldn’t get on another flight until the next day. I missed the first day of the Show, and with it I missed two outstanding masterclasses, One looking at Talisker from new make to the 35 Year Old with…

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Rosebank Distillery to be resurrected by Ian Macleod

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Rosebank Distillery to be resurrected by Ian Macleod

Following the announcement on the recreation of Brora and Port Ellen by Diageo yesterday, Ian Macleod, owners of Glengoyne and Tamdhu, announced today that they will be bringing Falkirk’s Rosebank distillery back to life. Here is the official Press release: Ian Macleod Distillers has today revealed plans to resurrect one of Scotland’s most cherished distilleries. “Rosebank…

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Brora and Port Ellen to be Rebuilt by Diageo, Operational 2020

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Brora and Port Ellen to be Rebuilt by Diageo, Operational 2020

It seems like many whisky fans are going to get their wishes granted, and Diageo just announced the rebuilding of Port Ellen and Brora, to return to distillation in 2020. Here is the full press release: Iconic “lost” distilleries revived in major scotch investment PORT Ellen and Brora, two of the most revered “lost” distilleries…

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Not Really a Rant: Addressing the Whisky Pricing ‘Crisis’ of 2017

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Not Really a Rant: Addressing the Whisky Pricing ‘Crisis’ of 2017

I don’t know about you, I hate admitting that I’m wrong. Ranting about whisky prices, especially on the secondary whisky market is nothing new. Everybody has done it. I’ve done it, hell, I even had a beautiful Port Ellen price chart tracing bottle prices in 2013 (here) and 2014 (here). While in the first one…

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