Posts Tagged “Port Wood”

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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The Skye is the Limit – Launching Talisker Week

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The Skye is the Limit – Launching Talisker Week

Last week, our Malt Mongers Israel Whisky Club held a beautiful tasting of Talisker, hosted by IBBLS, Israel’s Diageo importer and led by the very talented Adaya Lange, who heads up the Whisky division in the company. The tasting included some new make, the Storm, the staple 10 year old, the Distiller’s Edition, the 18 and…

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Comparing the Two Versions of the 21 Year Old Balvenie PortWood

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Comparing the Two Versions of the 21 Year Old Balvenie PortWood

I reviewed the standard 40% ABV 21 year old PortWood Balvenie here, and bemoaned the craft presentation of the crown jewel in the Balvenie core range both chill filtered and in a low ABV. I mentioned that a new version presented at 47.6% ABV with no chill filtration, and hoped that I would get a…

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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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The Final (and best) BenRiach Fumosus – the Port Finished Importanticus

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The Final (and best) BenRiach Fumosus – the Port Finished Importanticus

I found this expression to be the best of the quatret. It might just be my sweet tooth, but the tawny port finish works rather well with this spirit. Mind you, it’s not the Solstice, but it’s a solid expression. BenRiach 12 Importanticus Fumosus, Tawny Port Finish (46% ABV, NCF, NC) Appearance: Bronze, quick and thin legs….

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The Many Finishes of BenRiach – Tawny Port 15 Whisky Tasting Notes

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The Many Finishes of BenRiach – Tawny Port 15 Whisky Tasting Notes

BenRiach came back to life just over a decade ago, after being mothballed by Pernod Ricard following Seagram’s colossal implosion in 2001. Billy Walker bought the distillery in 2004 backed by South African business people Geoff Bell and Wayne Kieswetter. The distillery sells about 60% of it’s annual production to Chivas Bros. for their blends. Currently,…

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A Glenfarclas Like No Other! Glenfarclas Port Cask

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A Glenfarclas Like No Other! Glenfarclas Port Cask

Glenfarclas are known for their almost religious traditionalism, sticking with sherry and bourbon casks and staunchly opposing new ideas such as finishes. However, every once in a while, a non traditional gem pops up. When I say non traditional, I only mean that it’s a cask that you don’t traditionally see, because even the whisky…

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Distiller’s Edition Talisker – When a Finish Works….

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Distiller’s Edition Talisker – When a Finish Works….

I’ve mentioned Diageo’s successful “Classic Malts of Scotland” marketing in the past. Each of the six brands has a Distiller’s Edition, which is the basic expression in a finish. Dalwhinnie is finished in Oloroso casks, Glenkinchie in Amontillado sherry, Cragganmore in Port, Oban in Fino sherry, and Lagavulin in PX. The Talisker is finished in Amoroso sherry…

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A Talisker to Redefine Smoky – Port Ruighe

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A Talisker to Redefine Smoky – Port Ruighe

The Port Ruighe is a NAS Talisker (like the Storm, the Dark Storm and the 57 North which I previously reviewed together with the Talisker 10) finished in Ruby Port pipes. Ruby port is the “plain” port, that isn’t allowed to oxidize while aging. Talisker Port Ruighe (45.8% ABV) Appearance: Light bronze, quick forming legs. Nose:…

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Holy Moly, A Jura I Actually Enjoyed….And – OMG – It’s Even NAS

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Holy Moly, A Jura I Actually Enjoyed….And – OMG – It’s Even NAS

I have a strange relationship with Richard Paterson’s work. On the one hand, the man’s a super professional charismatic presentor and a great “face” for whisky. On the other hand, nothing that came out of either Dalmore, Jura or Whyte and Mackay has been able to excite me, and I’ve tasted all core expressions and…

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