Posts Tagged “Speyside”

Glen Elgin 1986 – 21 Year Old First Cask (46%)

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Glen Elgin 1986 – 21 Year Old First Cask (46%)

This is the story of a tasting that has left me with open questions. I sat with my friend and fellow blogger Yoav of the Whisky Gospel for an evening of tasting samples, and he whipped out a sample of a 21 year old Glen Elgin that was bottled a decade ago, in 2007. We…

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Glen Moray 2007, Single Malts of Scotland (59.1%)

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Glen Moray 2007, Single Malts of Scotland (59.1%)

With Passover behind us, I whet my palate with a young, yet well rounded, Glen Moray. This cask is a first fill ex bourbon cask, bottled by the Single Malts of Scotland. This is part of their 2016 outturn. The Single Malts of Scotland Glen Moray 2007, Cask 5134, Yield 231 (59.1% ABV, NCF, NC)…

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Gordon & MacPhail Strathisla 1963, Bottled 2009 (43%)

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Gordon & MacPhail Strathisla 1963, Bottled 2009 (43%)

Speyside’s Strathilsa distillery is the spiritual home of the Chivas Regal blends. This seems normal, the way it’s always been. Only it isn’t. Strathisla, which was officially named Milton (although it was founded in 1786 as Milltown) enjoyed a stellar reputation for making great whisky, which was named for the river that ran behind the…

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Glenrothes 26 Years Old 1989, Single Malts of Scotland (53.8)

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Glenrothes 26 Years Old 1989, Single Malts of Scotland (53.8)

On to the next tasting of the Single Malts of Scotland offering is the 1989 Glenrothes. Glenrothes is a peculiar one, as far as distilleries go. Young sherry bombs can be absolutely stunning, older single cask expressions can be majestic, but the middle range is a black hole to me. and don’t get me even started on the…

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Miltonduff 17 Year Old 1999 – Single Malts of Scotland (54.8%)

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Miltonduff 17 Year Old 1999 – Single Malts of Scotland (54.8%)

I Know it’s St. Patrick’s day and I should be reviewing Irish whiskey. Seeing that I don’t actually have any Irish whiskey I didn’t review, I’ll acknowledge the Emerald Island’s day, and review a Scotch whisky. The third cask from this Single Malts of Scotland flight is a 1999 single cask from Miltonduff. Yet another…

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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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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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