Posts Tagged “Single Malt”

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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Teeling 24 Year Old – 1991 Sauternes Finish (46%)

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Teeling 24 Year Old – 1991 Sauternes Finish (46%)

After a somewhat extended holiday vacation (the first half of it forced by a cold, the second by a winter vacation in New York City), we’re back in business. Happy new year to one and all, may 2017 be all that you wish for. I’m just going to come out and say it: I’ve had…

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Highland Park Thor – Valhalla Series (52.1%)

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Highland Park Thor – Valhalla Series (52.1%)

Back in October, during my visit to Orkney, Ian Moir, our most gracious host and local ambassador to the Highland Park Appreciation Society, took us to the Cliffs of Yesnaby, and the first thought that popped into my mind was that right here, according to Norse mythology, Thor brought down his hammer – Mjölnir – and created…

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Visit to Glen Garioch and Tasting a Stunning 1997 BYO Sherry Cask

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Visit to Glen Garioch and Tasting a Stunning 1997 BYO Sherry Cask

Glen Garioch holds a special place for me among the distilleries of Scotland. I was captivated by the way the spirit holds the fruitiness, spiciness and in the older versions, also the peat. Combine that with a minimal standard bottling strength of 48%, and you’ll get a distillery that usually gets overlooked, but is well…

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GlenDronach Batch 14 Reviewed – 12 Single Casks Reviewed by Sean Russell

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GlenDronach Batch 14 Reviewed – 12 Single Casks Reviewed by Sean Russell

Malt and Oak is delighted to welcome Sean Russell, founder of the GlenDronach Appreciation Society, as a contributing editor to the blog! September 2016 saw the second of the years’ single cask batch release from GlenDronach. There appeared to be an even bigger craze in obtaining these batch #14 bottles faster than previous releases. The…

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Highland Park Single Cask Bottling for Braunstein & Friends Danish Market Exclusive (58.3%)

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Highland Park Single Cask Bottling for Braunstein & Friends Danish Market Exclusive (58.3%)

There is an onslaught of beautiful single casks from Highland Park hitting northern European markets in the past two months. They’re all market specific, and play on the special relationship between Orkney’s Nordic roots and Scandinavia. The distillery, well Edrington, invests quite a bit in this relationship (just follow Martin Markvardsen – HP’s Senior Brand…

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present – 2016

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present – 2016

Here we are at the beginning of the holiday shopping season and gift buying is about to kick into high gear! I’ll give you my top 12 bottles that would make a great holiday gift. Obviously, they are all bottles I’ve tasted, and many of them adorn my own whisky cabinet. A small note on exchange…

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