Posts Tagged “One Quick Dram”

Isle of Jura, 26 Year Old, SMWS 31.32 Piri Piri and Teriyaki Chicken, (52.7%)

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Isle of Jura, 26 Year Old, SMWS 31.32 Piri Piri and Teriyaki Chicken, (52.7%)

This is a dram that made me cry. It’s a well known secret that Jura is nowhere near the top of my favorite distillery list. With the exception of the Turas Mara, I don’t like any of the official bottlings, and I always attributed it to the distillery character. Sadly, I can no longer do…

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Lagavulin 16 Year Old – Fèis Ìle Lagavulin Open day 2010 (52.7%)

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Lagavulin 16 Year Old – Fèis Ìle Lagavulin Open day 2010 (52.7%)

It’s once again the first day of the Fèis Ìle festival, which makes it time to taste a Lagavulin in celebration. Last year, I tasted the 2014 Festival bottling, but have somehow missed the 2015 release. I’m sure a sample will turn up eventually, but this is a good opportunity to reach back to the 2010 edition of the…

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Ardbeg 21’s Polar Opposite – An 8 Year Old Fiery Sherry Bomb

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Ardbeg 21’s Polar Opposite – An 8 Year Old Fiery Sherry Bomb

With Ardbeg, one end of the scale is the new 21 Year Old, about to be announced in the coming months. Old, dignified and matured in ex bourbon casks. If you haven’t heard of it, you can read Yoav’s take on this marketing screw up here. This SMWS single refill sherry butt is just the opposite. Young,…

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Fèis Ìle Caol Ila Open day – Tasting the 2014 Fèis Ìle Bottling

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Fèis Ìle Caol Ila Open day – Tasting the 2014 Fèis Ìle Bottling

It seems that for 2015 Diageo decided to make another use of their Distiller’s Reserve casks and do a triple maturation: First standard casks,  then using the DE casks (PX for Lagavulin and Moscatel for Caol Ila) for a second  maturation and “old oak puncheons”  for a third gentle maturation. I’m not really sure what…

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Fèis Ìle Bruichladdich Open day – Tasting the Quadruple Distilled Octomore Discovery

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Fèis Ìle Bruichladdich Open day – Tasting the Quadruple Distilled Octomore Discovery

Day two of the Fèis Ìle takes us to Bruichladdich, where master distiller Jim McEwan will be retiring in July after 52 years in the whisky industry, a major part of them with Bowmore. He’s been with Bruichladdich since 2000, and has made the idea of terroir his signature. I’ll be seeing him in a masterclass together with…

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Fèis Ìle Lagavulin Open day – Tasting the Lagavulin 1995 Sherry Bomb

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Fèis Ìle Lagavulin Open day – Tasting the Lagavulin 1995 Sherry Bomb

Last year’s Lagavulin festival bottling was probably the best of the Fèis Ìle crop last year. A sweet sherry bomb, this is a great sipper. As I mentioned in another post, Lagavulin has the most limited core range of all distilleries, holding a single expression: the 16 year old. Other regular bottlings include a yearly release of a 12…

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Best of Independent Bottlers: Part 5 – One of the First Longrows Ever

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Best of Independent Bottlers: Part 5 – One of the First Longrows Ever

Longrow is Springbank’s peated line of whisky, which was begun in the 1973. It’s named after the old Longrow distillery, which operated next door to the Springbank distillery from 1824 through 1896. In fact, Springbank’s bottling facility is the warehouse of the old Longrow distillery. This masterclass is, of course, about the independent bottlers, and…

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Jura 1977 – Juar: Can a Port Finish Save an Expression?

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Jura 1977 – Juar: Can a Port Finish Save an Expression?

It’s no secret that I’m not the greatest fan of Jura whisky. I keep being disappointed again and again, and that’s a shame, as it’s not really the spirit’s fault. At first, I thought it was just the Jura distillate I didn’t like, which is OK, but then I tasted an older style Jura, bottled…

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It IS Lagavulin!!! A Review of Lagavulin’s Entire Core Range…

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It IS Lagavulin!!! A Review of Lagavulin’s Entire Core Range…

I’m usually the guy poking fun at whisky PR and pricing and the crazy premiumization taking place in the world of whisky. And yet, Diageo’s work with Nick Offerman is just the type of commercials that were shot for the aficionado, and will leave even the most diehard malthead with a smile on his face (even…

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The Highlander of the Sea – Old Pulteney 12

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The Highlander of the Sea – Old Pulteney 12

This review completes my reviews of the Old Pulteney core expressions. I have previously reviewed the Old Pulteney 21 and the fabulous 17 year old, and have now come to the entry level 12. Of all the monikers distilleries adopt, I think that Old Pulteney’s “The Maritime Malt” is the most fitting. The salt is…

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