Archive For The “World Whisky” Category

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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Milk and Honey Distillery – Tasting Cask 003 and an Update

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Milk and Honey Distillery – Tasting Cask 003 and an Update

Milk and Honey is rapidly moving toward the beginning of commercial production, with the last piece of the puzzle, the mash tun, set to be installed at the distillery by the end of this month, right as the new visitor center should be opening under the management of Keren Mosessco Kariel. At that point, the…

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Karuizawa 1981 La Maison Du Whisky – An Olympic Parisian

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Karuizawa 1981 La Maison Du Whisky – An Olympic Parisian

La Maison du Whisky is France’s leading whisky retailer, and the purveyors of Whisky Live Paris, which is one of the Continent’s foremost whisky events of the year. Whisky Live Paris is usually held on the last weekend  in September, one week before The Whisky Show in London. This whisky is linked also by another,…

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Redbreast 21 – More Irish than a Leprechaun

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Redbreast 21 – More Irish than a Leprechaun

Saint Patrick is the fourth century saint who brought Christianity to Ireland, using the shamrock to explain the trinity and driving all snakes off the island. We’ll complete the Redbreast core trinity today, and move on to a very promising sample I received from Douglas Laing, with a story all to its own. The Redbreast 21…

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Redbreast 15 – The Best Single Pot Still

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Redbreast 15 – The Best Single Pot Still

We’re in the midst of a flight of Irish whiskey, having so far tasted the very surprising Jameson Caskmates (reviewed here) and the Redbreast 12 (reviewed here). The 15 year old is, in my opinion, the best of the age stated Redbreast expressions, and is much more harmonious than the 12. It was initially released…

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Redbreast 12 – As Irish as They Get

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Redbreast 12 – As Irish as They Get

Who invented whisky is a question that will probably forever be contested between the Irish and the Scots. There is, however, no contesting the fact that while the Irish whiskey industry led the field during the 18th and 19th centuries, to the point of being able to choose a different spelling for the product, yet…

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A Short Flight to Ireland – Jameson’s Caskmates

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A Short Flight to Ireland – Jameson’s Caskmates

I have to start off this series of reviews of Irish whiskey with a confession: I’m not a big fan of triple distilled whiskey. This is not snobbery, I just find that the third distillation adds a certain musty note that I find rather disagreeable (yes, also in most Auchentoshan expressions). Yet, in a category with so…

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Karuizawa 1980 – Coming Your Way Soon

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Karuizawa 1980 – Coming Your Way Soon

Specialty Drinks is continuing to bottle single cask Karuizawa expressions, of which stocks are now down to below 50 casks,  and The Whisky Show is the showcase for the new expressions each year. Last year it was the two Geisha labels (reviewed here) and the utterly stunning 1981 vintage, which I reviewed here, and sadly…

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Born in the USA – Celebrating the 4th of July with the Whisk(e)y Geek’s Bourbon

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Born in the USA – Celebrating the 4th of July with the Whisk(e)y Geek’s Bourbon

Malt and Oak will have a double celebration today, as we’ll celebrate July 4th with an uncommon occurrence here, a Bourbon review, and a toast to Jim Rutledge, who will be retiring from Four Roses in less than two months. Jim has been at the helm for 20 years, and is single handily responsible for the…

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A Visit to the Milk and Honey Distillery – An Update on Progress and a First Tasting from Barrels

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A Visit to the Milk and Honey Distillery – An Update on Progress and a First Tasting from Barrels

Today’s post will be somewhat different than our regular posts, as it will contain no tasting notes. I’ll use today’s post to update you on the goings on in Israel’s first large scale commercial operation here. I say first, because others are in various stages of starting up, and I think Israel could be moving…

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