Posts Tagged “Highlands”

Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part II – Vintage 1995 , Vintage 1994 and Vintage 1991

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part II – Vintage 1995 , Vintage 1994 and Vintage 1991

In this second installment of the vertical vintage series, we’ll taste three expressions from the first half of the 1990s. All three are bourbon cask matured: Vintage 1995, 1st fill bourbon barrels, bottled 2012 at 55.3%. Vintage 1994, North American oak, bottled 2011 at 53.9%. Vintage 1991, North American oak, bottled 2010 at 54.7%. While…

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part I – Vintage 1999 (Sherry), Vintage 1998 (Wine) and Vintage 1997 (Bourbon)

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Glen Garioch Vintage Series Review: Part I – Vintage 1999 (Sherry), Vintage 1998 (Wine) and Vintage 1997 (Bourbon)

This is the first in a series of posts that will run down (or up?) the full Glen Garioch Vintage Series, culminating in a three way review of three official bottlings of vintage 1978 Glen Garioch: The Vintage series 1978 (30 Year old), a 33 Year Old single cask bottled in 2012 and a BYO…

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GlenDronach – Batch 15 Review

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GlenDronach – Batch 15 Review

In the 7 months since I did the review for batch #14, a lot has happened in the world.  A lot. Donald Trump is in the driving seat of the world’s biggest Super Power. Great Britain has its second ever female Prime Minister and is leading its exit from the EU, Star Wars Rogue One…

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Glen Garioch 21 Vintage 1994 – Abbey Whisky Rare Casks (55%)

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Glen Garioch 21 Vintage 1994 – Abbey Whisky Rare Casks (55%)

My affinity for Glen Garioch is well known. So well known, in fact, that Mike from Abbey Whisky sent me an email saying he has a sample of his new Rare Casks release, a 21 year old Glen Garioch he’d like me to taste. It took some time, but the sample is here and I…

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Tomatin 25 (43%)

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Tomatin 25 (43%)

Tomatin did a quick renewal of its 25 year old in a half bottle. It appeared in shops for a very short time, and offering an excellent value for money, disappeared off the shelves. I had a chance to taste it and was most pleasantly surprised by this dram. Tomatin 25 (43% ABV) Appearance: Gold…

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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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