Posts Tagged “Distillation”

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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Flight of the Port Ellens – Part II

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Flight of the Port Ellens – Part II

We continue Port Ellen week with a 27 year old from Belgian independent bottler The Nectar of the Daily Drams. I had this quaint dram as part of a private Islay Festival tasting Yori and I held in Tel Aviv in late May. Nectar of the Daily Drams 1982 Port Ellen, 27 Year Old (53% ABV, NCF,…

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Celebrating 300 Posts in Style: 1978 Port Ellen

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Celebrating 300 Posts in Style: 1978 Port Ellen

WOW, this 300th post kind of sneaked up on me. In my mind, I was somewhere past 200 posts in this blog, sharing the more interesting parts of my whisky journey. But the 200th post was published on February 14th, 2015 (we tasted the Aultmore 21), and here we are at another milestone. Again, let me…

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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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Aultmore 25 – Nice Whisky but £300??? Get a Grip, Bacardi!!

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Aultmore 25 – Nice Whisky but £300??? Get a Grip, Bacardi!!

This post completes the current Aultmore trilogy, as the future holds a release of a 30 and a 35 year old expressions. To this point, we have explored the Aultmore 12 (and loved it), and the travel retail exclusive 21 year old (and was less than blown away), which brings us to the 25 year…

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Aultmore 21 – Not as good as the 12 Year Old in a Milestone Post

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Aultmore 21 – Not as good as the 12 Year Old in a Milestone Post

This is a milestone post for Malt and Oak, as today’s post is our 200th. I did a year in numbers post on December 31st, so I’ll spare you the numbers recap, but will take this opportunity to thank you for your readership, feedback and engagement!! On to the whisky now….I’m tasting the new Bacardi…

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