Posts Tagged “Speyside”

Glentauchers 1996, Grindlay’s Selection (54.5%)

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Glentauchers 1996, Grindlay’s Selection (54.5%)

The second Grindlay’s Selection I tried was also from a distillery that’s off the beaten path for most whisky anoraks. Glentauchers was the signature malt for Buchanan’s Black & White, and later lent character to Teacher’s. After switching hands yet again, today under Pernod-Ricard’s Chivas Bros., it’s a main part of Ballantine’s.  In fact, Chivas…

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Mortlach 18, Signatory Vintage 1998 The Whisky Exchange Exclusive (55.8%)

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Mortlach 18, Signatory Vintage 1998 The Whisky Exchange Exclusive (55.8%)

I saved the best of the quartet of TWE exclusives for last, and after my Baltic vacation and the crazy two weeks I had at work following my two week absence, I’m back to tasting whisky.   This is a cask strength Signatory Vintage Mortlach, that unlike the vast majority of Mortlach expressions I’ve had,…

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Benromach Sassicaia 2007 (45%)

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Benromach Sassicaia 2007 (45%)

Sassicaia is a Bordeaux style dry red Italian wine, and I’m delighted that we’re seeing more and more of these red wine finishes, as I really do like them. The Sassicaia is a ‘super Tuscan’ wine, a term that denotes wines made in Tuscany from grape veriaties that are not native to the Italian region,…

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BenRiach Cask Strength – Batch 1 (57.2%)

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BenRiach Cask Strength – Batch 1 (57.2%)

It has pretty much become de rigueur for distilleries to have a (usually NAS) youngish cask strength offering. GlenDronach’s excellent sherried cask strength went into five batches before a comparable offering was made from BenRiach. This makes sense, as the distillery obviously wanted to use whisky distilled under the new owners, as nowhere does the distillery…

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Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 Cask 50252 – Signatory Vintage TWE Exclusive (50.8%)

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Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 Cask 50252 – Signatory Vintage TWE Exclusive (50.8%)

I’m back from the longest vacation I took since starting the blog, visiting seven different countries and meeting up with quite a few members of the whisky fabric on both ends of the trip – in Copenhagen and in Vienna. It was great meeting you guys, and I look forward to meeting many more members of…

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Old Particular Aberlour 21 Years Old (51.5%)

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Old Particular Aberlour 21 Years Old (51.5%)

Part of the Facebook event launching the Scallywag Cask Strength #2, we were treated to a few other whiskies from the Douglas Laing collection of Speyside malts, the highlight of which were a very young Dailuaine sherry bomb, and this quite dignified Aberlour. Not a distillery whos independent bottlings are awash in the market, and…

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Dailuaine 7 years old – Douglas Laing Provenance (46%)

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Dailuaine 7 years old – Douglas Laing Provenance (46%)

Dailuaine is one of those background distilleries you rarely hear about, until you come across a Special Release (like the 34 year old released in the 2015 batch) or a nice single barrel of the stuff. This is a blender’s distillery, serving as Diageo’s producer of character whisky for their blends. The distillery does not…

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Scallywag Cask Strength #2 – Douglas Laing Remarkable Regional Malts (54.1%)

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Scallywag Cask Strength #2 – Douglas Laing Remarkable Regional Malts (54.1%)

This blog was, from its inception, fascinated with malt blends (don’t you wish we could still call them vatted malts, which is really the proper name for them). The reason for that is that when put together well, you can you can enjoy a whole ensemble of influences, rather a solo player. Indeed, when all…

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GlenDronach 12 Year Old, Green Welly Stop, Cask #4102 (55.2%)

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GlenDronach 12 Year Old, Green Welly Stop, Cask #4102 (55.2%)

The Green Welly Stop is celebrating 50 years of operations, and did so with a series of three private bottles, two of which were GlenDronach single casks. The other bottle, the second release, was an Arran. The first GlenDronach was 2003, a smidgeon under 12 Years, distilled 5th March 2003 and bottled January 2015 bottled at…

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Aberlour 16 Year Old, First Fill Sherry Cask 4738, TWE Exclusive (53.5%) – Whisky Review

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Aberlour 16 Year Old, First Fill Sherry Cask 4738, TWE Exclusive (53.5%) – Whisky Review

I was happy to get this sample from The Whisky Exchange for two reasons: First, well, I love sherry bombs. Second, I have a warm spot in my heart for Aberlour. Not so much for the regular releases (although the 12 year old Non Chill Filtered is presented at a nice ABV – 48% –…

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