Posts Tagged “Palate”

Glen Garioch Renaissance Chapter 3 (50.8%)

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Glen Garioch Renaissance Chapter 3 (50.8%)

So it seems that after the long wait between Chapters One and Two was a one time glitch, and the Renaissance franchise is fully back on track with Chapter Two coming out in 2016, and Chapter 3 hitting the distillery shop in October, and European stores early this year. Following the Renaissance Chapter One (reviewed…

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“Orkney/Kirkwall” 17 Year Old – The WFFA Cask (58.1%)

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“Orkney/Kirkwall” 17 Year Old – The WFFA Cask (58.1%)

There are few things more exciting than bottling a cask with your friends, having your name alongside theirs on the label, and cherishing the comradery and esprit de corps of the brotherhood of malt. This cask was bottled by that reclusive group of whisky fanatics, WFFA, of which it is best not say too much….

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Laphroaig 30 – 2016 Version (53.5%)

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Laphroaig 30 – 2016 Version (53.5%)

There were few drams I dreaded tasting like this one. Seriously, I did absolutely nothing to acquire a sample of it when it came out, and I avoided it like the plague. Until it came to my Malt Mongers Israel whisky club in Tel Aviv, and I really had no choice but to partake. Laphroaig…

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GlenDronach 10 Year Old ‘Luke Skywalker’ (48%)

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GlenDronach 10 Year Old ‘Luke Skywalker’ (48%)

The Next Danish market release I’ll get to and the third in the series, is a 10 year old matured in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask. Why is it connected with Luke? It’s baby blue, so that makes sense (I guess). It’s also the color of his non green light saber, so there! What can…

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Glenmorangie Spìos, 9th Private Edition Release (46%)

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Glenmorangie Spìos, 9th Private Edition Release (46%)

This is the ninth Private Edition release, all eight of which were reviewed on the blog. This is part of an ongoing program allowing Dr. Bill Lumsden to try different approaches to whisky, and share the results with the whisky world: The Sonnalta PX highlighted Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, and the second release, the Finealta, tried working off…

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GlenDronach 9 Years Old ‘Darth Vader” (48%)

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GlenDronach 9 Years Old ‘Darth Vader” (48%)

The Danish market got a series of exclusive bottlings from GlenDronach, a 9, a 10 and a 12 year old, nicknamed for Star Wars characters in relation to their color. Later, a 25 year old vintage 1992 was released and was sort of appended to the series, but I guess you could do that with…

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Cadenhead’s 175 Rosebank 25 1991 (50.5%)

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Cadenhead’s 175 Rosebank 25 1991 (50.5%)

2017 brought with it news of Rosebank being renewed by Ian Macleod Distillers, news that came right on the heels of Diageo’s announcement that Port Ellen and Brora will be brought back, making it the year of distillery resurrections. But this is an old Rosebank with a lot of depth and complexity…..   Cadenhead’s 175th Anniversary,…

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Golan Heights Distillery, Single Malt Cask 10 In Ex-Golani Cask (62.1%)

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Golan Heights Distillery, Single Malt Cask 10 In Ex-Golani Cask (62.1%)

David Zibell is releasing his second single malt whisky cask, aged three years in charred American Oak casks the previously held David’s two grain whisky – the Golani Black (reviewed here). I actually tasted this cask about 8 months ago, and my feedback to David back then was “it needs time”. David told me that…

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GlenDronach Peated Port Wood (46%)

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GlenDronach Peated Port Wood (46%)

Our guest editor Sean Russell has tasted the GlenDronach Peated Port Wood, and, well….He’s not a fan! And here we go. The competition to the current peated bottle is here. Whereas the current peated GlenDronach is influenced by sherry, this new one is its suit-wearing rosey-cheeked cigar-smoking chubby uncle holding a bacon sandwich.   GlenDronach…

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Mortlach 1978, 20 Year Old Rare Malt Selection (62.2%)

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Mortlach 1978, 20 Year Old Rare Malt Selection (62.2%)

The UDV (Today’s Diageo) Rare Malt Selection was a series of bottlings released between 1995 and 2005, when they were replaced by the Diageo Special Releases. The idea, though, is basically the same: To release special expressions highlighting the Diageo distilleries. Like the Special Releases, some distilleries were released almost regularly (like Brora with 10…

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