Whisky News – Wymess Lord Elcho & Single casks, Diageo Haig club, Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2014, Tomatin Cù Bòcan 1989

And you thought last week was a busy week with whisky news? hah!

Some good stuff is coming our way (us, whisky customers), read on to find out what to expect (Although the post title reveals most of what you need to know ;-)) Continue reading

Whisky Review – Ardbeg 10 Year Old 1996 Old Malt Cask #3058

I visited a good friend a while ago and while we chatted on whisky (as expected), we also had a couple of drams from his rich ‘library’. Since we were on a peat strike he pulled out this whisky bottle – a bit older Ardbeg indie bottling. This one was distilled before Ardbeg went through the last owner change and overhaul so it’s interesting to see what is the whisky character of this one comparing to older Ardbegs I tasted in the past.

Ardbeg 10 Year Old 1996 Old Malt Cask #3058 (50%)

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Whisky Review – Bunnahabhain Darach Ur Batch 9

Another whisky I tasted last month during a local whisky tasting charity event was the Bunnahabhain Darach Ur. I love the Bunnahabhain 12 (which I tasted blind. review is here), and I need to open and taste some of their older stuff I have here. But it was a nice surprise to encounter and taste their NAS offering.

Darach Ur was launched for travel retail and the name “Darach Ur” is Gaelic for “New Oak” – a reference to the fact that this whisky is matured exclusively in new American oak casks. Darach Ur is a very successful expression and reached Batch #10 already despite being available only at airports and other travel retail shops. Continue reading

Whisky Review – Dalmore 1981 Amoroso Finish

During Whisky Live Tel-Aviv 2014 I tasted many whiskies at the VIP lounge, stands and then there are some under the counter drams – just like this one: Dalmore 1981.

With only 484 bottles, finished in Amoroso sherry casks, it’s one of the high-end Dalmore bottlings available (Constellation and Patterson series notwithstanding), I was very eager to try this as I tasted only their core range whiskies so far.

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Social Media Distilled – Jaclyn McKie

Amazing thing happened this morning which is hard to believe: It’s Monday again!

It means that today we continue with “Social Media Distilled” interviews and this time in our series: how does a relatively new distillery handles social media.

Allow me to introduce the lady behind Arran Distillery marketing and internet presence – Jaclyn McKie.

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Whisky Review – Black Bottle

Whisky blends are somewhere between 92% to 96% (depends on your source) of the entire whisky market which is quite mind boggling – our love is to an almost aforementioned segment (quantity and economically wise) and most of it is taken up from brands like Ballantines, Bells and many others (cheaper and pricier).

So following my review of Ballantines Finest last Friday - how about we try some other blended whisky? It appears to me that Black Bottle is positioned as higher level blend than the It’s definitely produced in a lower quantity and the black color of the bottle does looks nicer. Let’s check how it tastes, shall we? Continue reading

Whisky News – Official announcement of Gartbreck distillery in Islay, GlenGoyne 25yo, Glenglassaugh single cask bottlings

While not as busy as last week, we still had some very nice new whisky announcements this week – the official announcement of Gartbreck Distillery (new Islay distillery, yay!), Glengoyne up the bar to 25yo from 21yo for their official bottlings and in the last minute, more news from Glenglassaugh – vintage releases from 1968 to 1986.

Gartbreck, the 9th Islay distillery aims to revive traditional methods of whisky making

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