Archive For The “Whisky Tasting Notes” Category

Springbank 14, Bourbon Wood (55.8%)

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Springbank 14, Bourbon Wood (55.8%)

2017 was a good year, and you’d think that I’d end it off with a review of some unobtainable dram from a long closed distillery. However, I think that it would be actually appropriate to end the year with a dram from the most traditional, social and community oriented distillery in Scotland.   Springbank 14…

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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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Yula II – 21 Years Old Island Malt – Douglas Laing (52.3%)

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Yula II – 21 Years Old Island Malt – Douglas Laing (52.3%)

Yula is a celebration of the traditions of the islands around Scotland, much of which is Norse. While reviewing the first Yula, the 20 year old, I brought the full story which you can read here.  I will say, however, that Yula is deeply connected to the story of the formation of the islands. The…

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Glen Garioch Renaissance Chapter 2 (51.4%)

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Glen Garioch Renaissance Chapter 2 (51.4%)

I recently visited Glen Garioch, and while a full account of my visit will be written, together with my tasting notes for the ‘bottle your own’ casks available at the distillery, today I’d like to put out my review of the second chapter of the Renaissance project by Glen Garioch, which I tasted at the…

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Big Peat Christmas Edition 2016 “All Islay” (54.6%)

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Big Peat Christmas Edition 2016 “All Islay” (54.6%)

It’s that time of year again when the nights are getting longer and we drop back into standard time (or ‘winter clock’ as they call it in Israel) and at long last, temperatures begin to enter a comfortable zone. Sadly it’s nowhere near “fireplace range” here, but we can always imagine it. That of course means…

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Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe (49.2%)

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Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe (49.2%)

So they call This whisky a three-year-old. Now, of course, it technically is as 0.04 of it is, indeed, only three years old. Yes, you read that right, four tenths of a percent is three-year-old whisky from Clynelish that was aged by Compass Box itself in their own first fill American Oak casks. In the PR…

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Mortlach 18, Signatory Vintage 1998 The Whisky Exchange Exclusive (55.8%)

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Mortlach 18, Signatory Vintage 1998 The Whisky Exchange Exclusive (55.8%)

I saved the best of the quartet of TWE exclusives for last, and after my Baltic vacation and the crazy two weeks I had at work following my two week absence, I’m back to tasting whisky.   This is a cask strength Signatory Vintage Mortlach, that unlike the vast majority of Mortlach expressions I’ve had,…

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Ardbeg Galileo 1999, 12 Year Old (49%)

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Ardbeg Galileo 1999, 12 Year Old (49%)

With the 2016 Fèis Ìle Festival drawing to a close, we celebrate Ardbeg’s open day with a tasting of the whisky which, to me, is close to the epitome of the beauty of Ardbeg’s spirit. The Galileo was released to celebrate some Ardbeg spirit being sent up into space to study the effect of zero…

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Lagavulin 16 Year Old – Fèis Ìle Lagavulin Open day 2010 (52.7%)

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Lagavulin 16 Year Old – Fèis Ìle Lagavulin Open day 2010 (52.7%)

It’s once again the first day of the Fèis Ìle festival, which makes it time to taste a Lagavulin in celebration. Last year, I tasted the 2014 Festival bottling, but have somehow missed the 2015 release. I’m sure a sample will turn up eventually, but this is a good opportunity to reach back to the 2010 edition of the…

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Tobermory 42 (47.7%) – Whisky Review and Full Details of the Release

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Tobermory 42 (47.7%) – Whisky Review and Full Details of the Release

Just before we delve into the Fèis Ìle week celebrating Islay malts, I have an update on on of the most outstanding of my drams of 2015. Back In December 2015, one of my birthday drams was a precious sample of the Tobermory 42, which wasn’t released at the time. You can find the original post…

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