Posts Tagged “One Quick Dram”

Whisky and Norse Mythology – Highland Park 12

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Whisky and Norse Mythology – Highland Park 12

Highland Park is the most northern Scotch whisky distillery in the world. By a bit that is! The island of Orkney holds two distilleries, Highland Park and the much less known Scapa distillery. Highland park lies about 600 meters (2000 feet) north of Scapa. Highland Park adopted the Norse mythology that pervades Orcadian history and culture,…

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Sister Casks are Nice – Triplets are Delightful, Especially when Stumbled Upon

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Sister Casks are Nice – Triplets are Delightful, Especially when Stumbled Upon

What can be more fun than finding a large denomination bill in pants that came out of the wash? Stumbling on a triplet cask of whiskys you tasted bottled by another indie bottler! Geeks record as much information on their whisky as possible. This trait came in handy as I tasted the final indie Laphroaig…

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Back to our flight of Indie Laphroaigs – An Utterly SPICY Laph!!!

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Back to our flight of Indie Laphroaigs – An Utterly SPICY Laph!!!

A Laphroaig that’s a spice bomb? Sounds unlikely, doesn’t it? But there you have it, I had a 19 year old 1990 vintage Creative Whisky Company (David Stirk) Laphroaig at cask strength. David Stirk started the CWC in 2005, and keeps his operation small. He selects casks and bottles them into three ranges: Exclusive Malts…

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To Nicely Counter Yesterday’s Sherry Cask 1998 Laphroaig, a Bourbon Cask of the Same Vintage

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To Nicely Counter Yesterday’s Sherry Cask 1998 Laphroaig, a Bourbon Cask of the Same Vintage

Yesterday I reviewed a sherry matured 1998 Laphroaig, and today I review a same vintage Laphroaig matured in a bourbon cask, bottled for Aquavitae in 2011. It’s interesting to note that while the sherry matured Laphroaig has no vinegary notes, this one has them in abundance. This being the first Malts of Scotland bottling that I’m…

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Ultimate Laphroaig 1998 – Another Sherry Matured Laphroaig

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Ultimate Laphroaig 1998 – Another Sherry Matured Laphroaig

Earlier this year I was in Berlin, and bought a bottle of the Ultimate Laphroaig 1998 at cask strength (reviewed here). This cask was bottled just a few months short of its 14th year. At the end of last year, Dutch bottler van Wees released sister cask 700354 at 46% and my friend Erik Olink sent me a…

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The Lost Blend Whisky Tasting Notes – Clynelish, Allt-a-Bhainne and Caol Ila Vatted Malt

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The Lost Blend Whisky Tasting Notes – Clynelish, Allt-a-Bhainne and Caol Ila Vatted Malt

My fascination with vatted malts is something I have written about before, and John Glaser at Compass Box has really taken malt vatting (or malt blending, as it should be officially called) to an art form, combining breakthrough production methods with tenacious talent (which in blending is probably 95% methodical experimentation an patience) and great whisky sourcing…

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The next Karuizawa – Will you get your hands on one?

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The next Karuizawa – Will you get your hands on one?

Closing out our Japanese high end quartet is the 1981 Karuizawa, to be released sometime in the near future by Specialty Drinks through The Whisky Exchange. Pricing has yet to be announced, but it may be higher than the £375 of the October release, a speculation I’m making simply because tasting it cost a full…

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A Pair of New Karuizawas – Bourbon and Sherry with Mirror Geisha Labels

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A Pair of New Karuizawas – Bourbon and Sherry with Mirror Geisha Labels

Following yesterday’s post on the Joker, I’ll stay with Japanese whisky for a bit. As you know from reading my post on the first day of the Show, people were dashing out as fast as they were checking into show to get into the shop to stand on a queue inside the store to buy…

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Ships Ahoy….Old Pulteney 17 Puts the Open Sea in Your Glass

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Ships Ahoy….Old Pulteney 17 Puts the Open Sea in Your Glass

I’ve had several Old Pulteneny’s outside the core range, but the heart of the distillery, its seaside fishing village DNA, comes through in the core range which consists of the 12, 17, 21 and the relatively new 35, which I recently tasted at The Whisky Show. In my review of the Old Pulteney 21, I…

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If Ardbeg Would Release a 21 Year Old – Would it be Like This?

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If Ardbeg Would Release a 21 Year Old – Would it be Like This?

As day 3 of the Whisky Show was drawing to an end, I stopped by the Douglas Laing stand do say goodbye to Cara and Chris. Cara took my glass, and poured a straw colored dram into the glass, handing it back. One sniff made it clear – this is an Ardbeg. Like the 10,…

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