Posts Tagged “Single Malt”

Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1995 – Single Malts of Scotland (51.1%)

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Benrinnes 20 Year Old 1995 – Single Malts of Scotland (51.1%)

Diageo’s Speyside workhorse, this distillery is one that produces mainly for blends. Anybody who’s had a Johnnie Walker, has had Benrinnes whisky. Benrinnes is a special distillery even today, despite cutting out the partial triple distillation in the style of Mortlach and Springbank, as it still uses worm tub condensers (alongside several other Diageo distilleries…

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Glenfiddich Rare Oak 25 (43%)

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Glenfiddich Rare Oak 25 (43%)

William Grant and Sons has a brilliant marketing department.  Having two widely sold single malt distilleries in Speyside (I’m leaving Kininvie out of this post, as it’s really a blender for Grant’s), they have each catering to a different demographic. While Balvenie caters to the whisky anorak crowd, and does so successfully – despite my…

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Opinion: The Death of House Style and the Rise of Whisky Profiles

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Opinion: The Death of House Style and the Rise of Whisky Profiles

I recently published a review of the GlenDronach Peated, and that got me thinking that there’s a major shift happening in the tectonic plate alignment of the whisky world. We’re moving away from distillery house styles to a whole new way of looking, experiencing and thinking about whisky. The second decade of the third millennium…

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Aberlour 12 Non Chill Filtered (48%)

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Aberlour 12 Non Chill Filtered (48%)

Pernod Ricard did so many things right with this expression, that I’m not sure even where to start. I have a serious gripe with single malt entry level expressions that are chill filtered and presented at 40%. I think that’s the perfect way to serve up whisky to the “smooth seekers” crowd, but most of…

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GlenDronach 8 The Hielan’ (46%)

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GlenDronach 8 The Hielan’ (46%)

Together with the news that Billy Walker is moving on, which is hardly surprising following the BenRiach’s sale to Brown-Forman,  came the announcement of his successor, Morrison Bowmore’s Rachel Barrie. Rachel will be taking over the helm for BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glengalssaugh, and I admit to being curious to see what she’ll do with the…

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Glenmorangie Bacalta – Private Edition VIII (46%)

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Glenmorangie Bacalta – Private Edition VIII (46%)

Rituals have power, and I wasn’t surprised in the least when I got a message from Yoav on Whatsapp “So, am I ordering our annual Glenmo?”. My obvious answer was “of course”, as traditions must be kept up. This will now be the fourth or fifth year that besides the bottles each of us buys…

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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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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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Old Particular Clynelish 18 (48.4%)

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Old Particular Clynelish 18 (48.4%)

I’ll be brief today, as I’ve written quite a bit both about Clynelish and about Douglas Laing, although I can say that there’s a treat from Douglas Laing coming our way in the next few days. I’ve yet to be disappointed by an Old Particular bottling (and I’ve tasted quite a few of them), and…

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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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