Posts Tagged “Diageo”

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1995 – Single Malts of Scotland (51.1%)

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Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1995 – Single Malts of Scotland (51.1%)

Diageo’s Speyside workhorse, this distillery is one that produces mainly for blends. Anybody who’s had a Johnnie Walker, has had Benrinnes whisky. Benrinnes is a special distillery even today, despite cutting out the partial triple distillation in the style of Mortlach and Springbank, as it still uses worm tub condensers (alongside several other Diageo distilleries…

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present – 2016

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present – 2016

Here we are at the beginning of the holiday shopping season and gift buying is about to kick into high gear! I’ll give you my top 12 bottles that would make a great holiday gift. Obviously, they are all bottles I’ve tasted, and many of them adorn my own whisky cabinet. A small note on exchange…

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Teaninich 1973, Rare Malts Selection, 23 Year Old (57.1)

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Teaninich 1973, Rare Malts Selection, 23 Year Old (57.1)

Rare Malts Selection bottles are increasingly rare to come across, and getting to taste any one of them is a treat. The last Rare Malts Selections bottling was over a decade ago, and thus I myself missed out on the good times of buying them in the mid 1990s through early 2000s, and have only…

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Brora 25 Year Old, From the Year That Ended it All….

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Brora 25 Year Old, From the Year That Ended it All….

Just a week into the new year, and it seems like the right time to taste a Brora distilled in 1983, the distillery’s final year of operation. In the picture from 1930, of course, is the Clynelish distillery, put out of commission in 1968 after the building of the new, modern distillery, after which the…

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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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The Oldest and Rarest Oban Ever – 32 Year Old Vintage 1969

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The Oldest and Rarest Oban Ever – 32 Year Old Vintage 1969

A few months ago, I got to taste the second oldest Oban ever bottled. It was a 21 year old bottled at cask strength as part of the 2013 Diageo special releases. I absolutely loved it, and you can find the review here. I was hoping to get this dram to taste for my birthday,…

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present

Here we are just twelve days before Christmas (and it’s the first day of Hanukkah), and gift buying is at its height! I’ll give you my top 12 bottles that would make a great holiday gift. Obviously, they are all bottles I’ve tasted, and many of them adorn my own whisky cabinet. The rules? Easy: It has…

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The St. Magdalene Engineers’ Beauty – Lost Distilleries Finale

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The St. Magdalene Engineers’ Beauty – Lost Distilleries Finale

Having reviewed the five other drams that were part of the `Gone But Never Forgotten’, we now arrive at my favorite dram of the flight, the St. Magdalene 20 year old, bottled for the 100th anniversary of Diageo Engineering  at the Ainslie & Heilbron’s buildings at 64 Waterloo Street in Glasgow, also depicted on the…

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Royally Silenced – Glenury Royal 36 – Lost Distilleries V

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Royally Silenced – Glenury Royal 36 – Lost Distilleries V

Three distilleries got the distinction of being “royal”. You’d think that that would be a guarantee of longevity for a business, but it isn’t. Glenury Royal was located in the town of Stonehaven in the Eastern Highlands, south of Aberdeen and near other closed distilleries such as Glenesk, Lochside and North Port, in the vicinity of Fettercairn…

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A Surprising Old Convalmore – Silent Distilleries IV

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A Surprising Old Convalmore – Silent Distilleries IV

Convalmore is a fascinating distillery, albeit one you don’t hear much about. The distillery never had its own bottlings, although Gordon and MacPhail regularly bottled whisky from the distillery in the Connoisseur’s Choice series. There’s a saying that “Rome was built on seven hills, and Dufftown built on seven stills”. Two of the seven are no…

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