Posts Tagged “Bourbon Barrel”

Tomatin 35 1978 Cadenhead’s (44.1%)

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Tomatin 35 1978 Cadenhead’s (44.1%)

Another Tomatin, this time a real beauty! Distilled in 1978, this expression harks back to the time when the distillery was the largest in all of Scotland, in that oh so optimistic pre whisky loch times. Incidentally, the distillery announced in a press release this week the release of a regular 40 year old expression…

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In Whisky, Is Crazy the New Normal?

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In Whisky, Is Crazy the New Normal?

I’m not big on ranting, and when I do it, I tend to back it up with quite a bit data. Unless I’m ranting on the prices people are willing to pay for whisky, and even then, there’s probably some research there. Thus, today I have a story to tell and it starts in one…

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Tomatin 1997 – Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseur’s Choice (46%)

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Tomatin 1997 – Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseur’s Choice  (46%)

Tomatin is one of those distilleries that’s pretty consistent in it’s distillery character. You’ll get some tropical fruit and a solid maltiness in every glass. Tomatin is in the Highlands, but right on the border with Speyside, and at one point was the largest distilleries in Scotland, boasting 23 stills after the fourth expansion in two…

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Glentauchers 1996, Grindlay’s Selection (54.5%)

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Glentauchers 1996, Grindlay’s Selection (54.5%)

The second Grindlay’s Selection I tried was also from a distillery that’s off the beaten path for most whisky anoraks. Glentauchers was the signature malt for Buchanan’s Black & White, and later lent character to Teacher’s. After switching hands yet again, today under Pernod-Ricard’s Chivas Bros., it’s a main part of Ballantine’s.  In fact, Chivas…

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Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 Cask 50252 – Signatory Vintage TWE Exclusive (50.8%)

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Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 Cask 50252 – Signatory Vintage TWE Exclusive (50.8%)

I’m back from the longest vacation I took since starting the blog, visiting seven different countries and meeting up with quite a few members of the whisky fabric on both ends of the trip – in Copenhagen and in Vienna. It was great meeting you guys, and I look forward to meeting many more members of…

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Isle of Jura, 26 Year Old, SMWS 31.32 Piri Piri and Teriyaki Chicken, (52.7%)

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Isle of Jura, 26 Year Old, SMWS 31.32 Piri Piri and Teriyaki Chicken, (52.7%)

This is a dram that made me cry. It’s a well known secret that Jura is nowhere near the top of my favorite distillery list. With the exception of the Turas Mara, I don’t like any of the official bottlings, and I always attributed it to the distillery character. Sadly, I can no longer do…

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Old Particular Aberlour 21 Years Old (51.5%)

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Old Particular Aberlour 21 Years Old (51.5%)

Part of the Facebook event launching the Scallywag Cask Strength #2, we were treated to a few other whiskies from the Douglas Laing collection of Speyside malts, the highlight of which were a very young Dailuaine sherry bomb, and this quite dignified Aberlour. Not a distillery whos independent bottlings are awash in the market, and…

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Amrut Spectrum (50%) – Whisky Review

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Amrut Spectrum (50%) – Whisky Review

Innovation is not limited to technology in Bangalor, the heart of India’s silicon valley. Amrut has positioned itself at the cutting edge of whisky innovation. The distillery was founded in 1948 by JN Radhakrishna Rao Jagdale. India is the world’s biggest whisky market, but most of it isn’t what you and I would consider whisky, as it’s…

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Kilchoman 10th Anniversary Release (58.8%)

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Kilchoman 10th Anniversary Release (58.8%)

With the Inaugural cask filled in December 2005, Kilchoman’s first decade of operation paints a very bright path for other start up operations in the whisky business. The distillery has set new standards, and new price levels, for young whisky that does not hide its age in any way. In fact, Kilchoman doesn’t do NAS. Just…

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Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Edition (55%)

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Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Edition (55%)

Ardbeg is crazy to put out the Dark Cove. Or brilliant. Having previously posted about the marketing strategies they have mastered, it’s probably the latter. Drinking it feels like this a collection of the casks that didn’t make it into (the new, lesser sherried) Ardbeg Uigeadail. It’s not bad whisky, mind you. It’s just not stellar in any…

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