Posts Tagged “Highlands”

Opinion: The Death of House Style and the Rise of Whisky Profiles

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Opinion: The Death of House Style and the Rise of Whisky Profiles

I recently published a review of the GlenDronach Peated, and that got me thinking that there’s a major shift happening in the tectonic plate alignment of the whisky world. We’re moving away from distillery house styles to a whole new way of looking, experiencing and thinking about whisky. The second decade of the third millennium…

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GlenDronach 8 The Hielan’ (46%)

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GlenDronach 8 The Hielan’ (46%)

Together with the news that Billy Walker is moving on, which is hardly surprising following the BenRiach’s sale to Brown-Forman,  came the announcement of his successor, Morrison Bowmore’s Rachel Barrie. Rachel will be taking over the helm for BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glengalssaugh, and I admit to being curious to see what she’ll do with the…

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Glenmorangie Bacalta – Private Edition VIII (46%)

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Glenmorangie Bacalta – Private Edition VIII (46%)

Rituals have power, and I wasn’t surprised in the least when I got a message from Yoav on Whatsapp “So, am I ordering our annual Glenmo?”. My obvious answer was “of course”, as traditions must be kept up. This will now be the fourth or fifth year that besides the bottles each of us buys…

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GlenDronach Peated (46%)

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GlenDronach Peated (46%)

Like almost everybody I know, GlenDronach ranks high on my list of favorite distilleries. I have tasted 54 different GlenDronach expressions, and 53 of them were good. Some were even stellar, but each of those 53 were good. Each was a bottle that I could see enjoying, if not necessarily buying. Yes, the single cask batches…

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Timorous Beastie: The 21 and 40 Going Head to Head – Douglas Laing

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Timorous Beastie: The 21 and 40 Going Head to Head – Douglas Laing

I really like the direction Douglas Laing is going with the Remarkable Regional Malts line. The vatted malt (blended malt, if I must) line now encompasses five out of the six regions (missing only Campbeltown, which could be interesting with the variety of styles coming out the three distilleries in the town), and has expanded…

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Glen Garioch Virgin Oak (48%)

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Glen Garioch Virgin Oak (48%)

Glen Garioch’s Virgin Oak is an expression fully matured in new American oak casks. Virgin oak for Scotch whisky is  a phenomenon that’s pretty scarce, even scarcer than red wine casks, of which I definitely think there isn’t quite enough of in the industry. Yes, I like weird stuff…shoot me… Just how scarce? There are currently…

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Glenmorangie Tayne (43%)

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Glenmorangie Tayne (43%)

Yes, I know….Yet another travel retail NAS expression being pushed at us by whisky companies’ marketing departments in a never-ending procession of boring, indistinct, and uninspired expressions. Yet, even within such a plethora of blandness, they are bound to be some expressions that are worth your time and effort and I’m happy to report that I’ve…

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Visit to Glen Garioch and Tasting a Stunning 1997 BYO Sherry Cask

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Visit to Glen Garioch and Tasting a Stunning 1997 BYO Sherry Cask

Glen Garioch holds a special place for me among the distilleries of Scotland. I was captivated by the way the spirit holds the fruitiness, spiciness and in the older versions, also the peat. Combine that with a minimal standard bottling strength of 48%, and you’ll get a distillery that usually gets overlooked, but is well…

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GlenDronach Batch 14 Reviewed – 12 Single Casks Reviewed by Sean Russell

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GlenDronach Batch 14 Reviewed – 12 Single Casks Reviewed by Sean Russell

Malt and Oak is delighted to welcome Sean Russell, founder of the GlenDronach Appreciation Society, as a contributing editor to the blog! September 2016 saw the second of the years’ single cask batch release from GlenDronach. There appeared to be an even bigger craze in obtaining these batch #14 bottles faster than previous releases. The…

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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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