Posts Tagged “Highlands”

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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Glen Garioch Renaissance Chapter 2 (51.4%)

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Glen Garioch Renaissance Chapter 2 (51.4%)

I recently visited Glen Garioch, and while a full account of my visit will be written, together with my tasting notes for the ‘bottle your own’ casks available at the distillery, today I’d like to put out my review of the second chapter of the Renaissance project by Glen Garioch, which I tasted at the…

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Seven Rules to Stay Sane and Win at Whisky Auctions. Or: Maybe The World isn’t Crazy After All

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Seven Rules to Stay Sane and Win at Whisky Auctions. Or: Maybe The World isn’t Crazy After All

This post is a quick followup on our story relating to the absolutely crazy  pricing of two 1999 single cask Glen Garioch bottles at last month’s auction. If you didn’t yet, read ‘In Whisky, Is Crazy the New Normal?‘ and then come back here. The short of it is that two Glen Garioch 12 year…

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The Favorite Distilleries of Secret Facebook Maltheads: A Survey

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The Favorite Distilleries of Secret Facebook Maltheads: A Survey

Facebook is full of secret whisky associations, and the most secretive of those, with only 104 of the most discerning whisky nuts, is the WFFA. While I can’t say any more about the group, since one can’t ask to join it, and as two of the three rules the group has were taken out of Chuck Palahniuk’s…

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