Posts Tagged “Whisky Blog”

From ‘Project Overlord’ to Compass Box Affinity (46%)

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From ‘Project Overlord’ to Compass Box Affinity (46%)

I’ve been waiting for over a year and a half to write this post, although I had no idea back then it would be called Affinity. The beginning of the story is at the 2017 Whisky Show in London, where I took part in a great masterclass led by Becky Peskin bringing whisky makers to…

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Glen Garioch Virgin Oak No. 2 (48%)

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Glen Garioch Virgin Oak No. 2 (48%)

I’ll come out and say it: I’m a fan of the use of virgin oak in Scotch whisky and think that there isn’t enough of it used. I’m sure this will be controversial, but it’s my opinion, and I’ve stated it before. Of course, with a few exceptions, full maturation in virgin oak is something…

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Glen Garioch 2011, Cask 1409, Virgin Oak Distillery Exclusive (60.8%)

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Glen Garioch 2011, Cask 1409, Virgin Oak Distillery Exclusive (60.8%)

This 2011 Glen Garioch is a harbinger for the sequel to the very successful Virgin Oak. Indeed, a few months before the release of Batch 2 of the Virgin Oak, the distillery released a very limited single cask of the whisky that will make up that expression, at cask strength. I’ll have more to say…

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Springbank Local Barley 9 (57.7%)

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Springbank Local Barley 9 (57.7%)

This is the fourth installment in Springbank‘s Local Barley franchise, in its modern incarnation. In 2016, the series was launched with a 16 year old that was absolutely wonderful. It was followed in 2017 with an 11 year old, and last year with a 10 year old. We’re moving down the years, as we now…

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Highland Park Wings of the Eagle (44.5%)

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Highland Park Wings of the Eagle (44.5%)

Highland Park Wings of the Eagle is the third expression in the new travel retail series offering. You’ll recall that I was somewhat underwhelmed with the two first expressions in this series. I found both The Spirit of the Bear and The Loyalty of the Wolf quite mundane. This expression, despite being very much a…

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