Posts Tagged “Diageo”

A Brora for the Ages – Silent Distilleries III

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A Brora for the Ages – Silent Distilleries III

The Brora was the only peated whisky in the Gone But Never Forgotten tasting, and was the anchor against which all other whiskies were nosed. Diageo’s Colin Dunn is not one to do things by the book, and his tastings leap all over the place between the whiskies in the glasses. There’s method to the…

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Lost Distilleries Part II – What Happened to Glenesk?

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Lost Distilleries Part II – What Happened to Glenesk?

Glenesk Distillery was known by five names over the eight decades it was in operation: Highland Esk (1897), North Esk (1899), Montrose (1938), Hillside (1964) and finally Glenesk (1980). This is one of the many distilleries that were born out of the late 19th century boom in whisky, and drowned in the great whisky loch of the…

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Lost Distilleries and Extinct Whisky – The Last Millburn

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Lost Distilleries and Extinct Whisky – The Last Millburn

There are quite a few lost distilleries, and I’m not talking about the lost distilleries of yesteryear, Like Towiemore, Scarnish or Glendarroch, rather of those distilleries that were lost in my own lifetime, in the big whisky loch of the 1980s. Some distilleries are household names and are still regularly bottled today, like Port Ellen and Brora, while…

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The 2015 TWE Whisky Show – Bigger and Better – Day One Recap!

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The 2015 TWE Whisky Show – Bigger and Better – Day One Recap!

Yes, I traveled to London again this year to take part in The Whisky Exchange’s annual Whisky Show. I flew to the UK on Tuesday, and spent three days up in Scotland (full posts on my distillery visits and my lovely afternoon at Douglas Laing, as well as my October Outturn tasting at the Scotch…

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Port Ellen Series – Post VII: Diageo’s 6th Annual Release

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Port Ellen Series – Post VII: Diageo’s 6th Annual Release

I think overall, this is my favorite expression of them all and with no further ado, the tasting notes:   Port Ellen 6th Annual Release (2006), Vintage 1978, 27 Year old (54.2% ABV, NCF, NC) Appearance: Gold, very thin and slow legs coming off a long lasting ring. Nose: The peat is, by far, the most pronounced in the…

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Port Ellen Series – Post VI: Diageo’s 5th Annual Release

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Port Ellen Series – Post VI: Diageo’s 5th Annual Release

The 5th release is the third 1979 vintage in the series, with the 1st release presenting a 22 year old, the 3rd release (reviewed here) with a 24 year old and now the 5th with a 25 year old. This annual alternation between the 1979 and 1978 vintage goes on upto, and through, the 11th release,…

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Port Ellen Series – Post V: Diageo’s 4th Annual Release

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Port Ellen Series – Post V: Diageo’s 4th Annual Release

The 4th release of 2004 was where Diageo started reducing the number of bottles toward today’s standard of almost 3,000 bottles, although there were exceptions to that (it seems like the desired level for those years was around 5,000 bottles, with the 6th not quite making it there). It seems that the 1st release was…

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Port Ellen Series – Post IV: Diageo’s 3rd Annual Release

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Port Ellen Series – Post IV: Diageo’s 3rd Annual Release

The 3rd annual release came in 2003, and is still a 24 year old, this time distilled in 1979. In 2003, alongside the Port Ellen 3rd release came a 50 year old Glenury Royal (it was priced then at £950), a 32 year old Oban, distilled in 1969 (one that I’ve been trying to get a…

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Port Ellen Series – Post III: Diageo’s 2nd Annual Release

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Port Ellen Series – Post III: Diageo’s 2nd Annual Release

My friend Eitan Tamir is an Israeli expat living in Helsinki, where they throw the most crazy whisky tastings on a regular basis. He went to a tasting of five Port Ellen official releases, the Second through the sixth releases. Conveniently, he was coming to Tel Aviv the following week, so I bought a virtual…

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Celebrating the Upcoming Autumn – 1986 Blair Athol

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Celebrating the Upcoming Autumn – 1986 Blair Athol

Blair Athol distillery serves as the spiritual home for Bell’s blended whisky, which is the best selling whisky in the UK. Bell’s became part of Diageo after Guinness eyed Bell’s success 1985, and acquired it through a hostile takeover. Bell’s signature malt is Blair Athol, but it also has malts from Dufftown, Caol Ila, Glenkinchie…

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