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Bruichladdich 1992 24 Year Old Cadenheads Small Batch Review

Happy Sunday y’all. It’s Bruichladdich day in Feis Ile 2018 and the focus at the distillery today is on the Port Charlotte launch and range, with the masterclass focusing on PC as well.

However, I’ll review a straightforward Bruichladdich from the old regime – A 24 Year Old 1992 vintage bottled by Cadenhead under the small batch brand. Three bourbon hogsheads (#3431, 3432 and 3435) were filled in new make on 6th november 1992 and after 24 years of slumber were vatted and bottled late 2016 to create 588 bottles of this excellent fruity laddie.

Bruichladdich 1992 24 Year Old...

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Would you ever pay £80 for Aberlour a’bunadh?

Well… would you? Let me be quite clear here. This, shockingly, isn’t a hypothetical question. I’m not talking about the very first five batches of a’bunadh; the un-numbered batches produced way back in single malt’s dark ages, the late ‘90s. No, I’m talking about the current batch, the next batch, and the batch after that. [...]...

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Blended Whisky #2 22 Years (TBWC)

Another new release from the latest batch from That Boutique-y Whisky Company : Blended Scotch Whisky # 2, the third batch, bottled at 22 years of age.



imageBlended Whisky #2 22 yo (41,8%, That Boutique-y Whisky Co 2018, Batch #3, 1650 btl.)

Nose: nicely aromatic waxed oak, mixed with some milk chocolate and the typical aromas of (rather old) grain whisky. Creamy coconut and vanilla pods. Hints of pine needles and tobacco leaves. Light whiffs of roasted nuts. Mouth: dry pencil shavings and nutty notes as well as sweeter hints of caramel. Lightly burnt cake. Sandalwood. Not far...

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A bag of new VHS rums

Nicaragua 18 yo 1999/2018 (59.2%, Hunter Laing, Kill Devil, 257 bottles) - Diamond 12 yo 2004/2017 (63.1%, Hunter Laing, Kill Devil, Guyana, 246 bottles) - Haiti 2004/2018 (63.1%, Transcontinental Rum Line, for ?& Fine Spirits Paris) - Monymusk 14 yo 2003/2017 (60.7%, The Rum Cask, Jamaica) - Caroni 20 yo 1998/2018 (64.6%, The Duchess, Trinidad, cask #19)...

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Caol Ila ad-lib

Caol Ila 13 yo 2004/2018 (45%, Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseurs Choice, Hermitage wood finish, 3166 bottles) - Caol Ila 14 yo 2003/2018 (57.7%, Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseurs Choice, first fill bourbon barrel, cask #302260, 212 bottles) - Caol Ila 17 yo 2000/2018 (57.5%, Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseurs Choice, first fill bourbon barrel, cask #309608, 180 bottles) - Caol Ila 28 yo 1990/2018 (49,6%, Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseurs Choice, refill sherry hogshead, cask #1112, 176 bottles) - Caol Ila 28 yo 1990/2018 (50.7%, Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseurs Choice, refill sherry hogshead, cask #1118, 191 bottles) - Caol Ila 10 yo...

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Longrow 2007 9 Year Old Sauternes Cask (Springbank Society) Review

While I was really planning a curfew on whisky reviews this week in preparations for Feis Ile 2018, today my social media feed is full of pictures of friends celebrating the Campbeltown Malts Festival, so damn this self-inflicted reviews break – I’m gonna break the break image

And what’s more befitting than a Springbank whisky review to celebrate Campbeltown Malts Festival? Let’s review this Longrow 2007 9 Year Old matured in Fresh Sauternes Hogsheads for Springbank Society. It was distilled 11/2007 and bottled 10/2017 (so one month short of being a 10 Year Old whisky). 1134 bottles were produced at 56.3%.

Longrow 2007...

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Caroni Rum 20 Year Old (1998-2018) The Duchess Review

Today we have another Caroni Rum review. Following the 1998 19 Year Old reviewed yesterday , now we have a 1998 20 Year Old Caroni Rum bottled by The Duchess (which I reviewed their Belize rum  a few weeks ago and loved it). Like the 19 Year Old, it was mostly aged on the continent and not at the Caribbeans. This is cask #19 that yielded 288 bottles.

Yesterday we had cask #6 and today it’s #19 so I’m wondering if it’s the same distillate batch or an altogether different distillate. There’s one major difference between those casks and it’s...

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Lagavulin 9 Year Old “Like A Villain” Wine Cask Finish Review

Today’s the open day of Lagavulin (Always on the first Saturday of the festival) and as usual, I’ll try to review during the festival a corresponding whisky for each of the Islay distilleries.

Instead of going for an official bottling, I’m heading the independent bottlers way and checking a young 9 Year Old Kildalton whisky from a new bottler, The Spirit Still.

The Spirit Still can’t call it Lagavulin, but the name of the whisky is a masterful stroke and it’s pretty clear which distillery does it hails from.

This whisky was matured in bourbon cask before going a second...

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Port Charlotte 2001 15 Year Old Dramfool (For Feis Ile 2018) Review

Along with the 2011 Octomore reviewed yesterday, Dramfool also bottled a 2011 Port Charlotte for (Islay Whisky Festival 2018 (Also known as Feis Ile).

You maj ask yourself how is it a 15 Year old and not 16/17 Year old, but that Ex-bourbon Hogshead (#0847) was in fact bottled december 2016 by previous owner before Dramfool snagged them a yeat later to be released now.

The hogshead yielded 195 bottles at 58.3%, no chill-filtered and natural colored.

Port Charlotte 2001 15 Year Old Dramfool (58.3%, £95)


Nose : Sweet peat (and lactic at first), vanilla and a dash of honey,...

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Croftengea 2008 9 Year Old Cask #272 (TWE Exclusive) Review

The Whisky Exchange keeps pumping out exclusive releases and this time, a 180 turn from the Old Pulteney 2004 that was released recently, going for a whisky from a far less familiar distillery and brand, matured in ex-bourbon casks – Croftengea 2008 Vintage.

Croftengea is the brand name given to the peatiest whisky produced at the highlands distillery of Loch Lochmond. Loch Lomond distillery has 4 types of stills that can produce 14 possible whisky styles. For Croftengea, the same setup as Inchmurrin whisky was used, but the barley is peated to 40ppm.

Croftengea 2008 9 Year Old TWE Exclusive (54.8%,...

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Caroni Rum 19 Year Old (1998-2017) Kintra/Rum Mercenary Review

A wee break from whisky before the Feis Ile 2018 hailstorm hits us with some Rum goodness. In the coming week (even along with the Feis Ile posts), I’ll review a few Caroni rums that I was fortunate enough to taste lately, starting with this Caroni 1998 Vintage.

Caroni distillery, located in Trinidad was closed in 2002 and the demolished, therefor many refers to it like the Port Ellen of rums because of the striking similarity between them: Caroni being dirty (PE was peated) Substantial stock waiting to be bottled and rapidly increasing prices. Flavor-wise I think the Caroni flavors...

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3 Whiskey Popsicles to Keep on Ice

Frozen treats are among the most nostalgic of summer eats—cool, refreshing, and suddenly sticky for those who dare to dawdle. But ice pops aren’t just for kids from the hands of Brooklyn freezemeisters People’s Pops . “We are the grand masters of boozy pops,” declares co-founder Joel Horowitz. Taking their inspiration from seasonal farmers’ markets and savory cocktails, People’s Pops offers inventive icy treats, many designed for legal drinking age lickers.

“When you freeze things you lose the flavor, so you need heightened flavors before you freeze, which makes whiskey, especially younger whiskeys, perfect for a pop,” says Horowitz, who...

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Smooth Ambler Big Level, Old Carter Rye More New Whisky

Memorial Day is on Monday, maj 28, and if you’re looking to show your support of our nation’s armed services through whisky, look into some of the distilleries founded and run by veterans . You maj just find your new favorite bourbon, rye, or corn whiskey.

Or check out this week’s newest whiskies. Smooth Ambler has unveiled Big Level, a 5 year old wheated bourbon made entirely at the West Virginia Distllery. Smooth Ambler had previously released a wheater, and this whiskey is made with the same mashbill, process, and barrels, but, according to director of sales John Foster, the...

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Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Whisky Will Cost $10,000

Wedding bells will ring across the Atlantic and beyond as Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle this Saturday, maj 19 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. As with any nuptials, the Royal Wedding 2018 calls for a toast, and scotch whisky blender  Royal Salute is releasing a limited edition whisky just for the occasion. Never mind that the ceremony starts at 7 a.m. EST, put on your best Burberry, grab your finest glassware, and prepare for regality.

Only 70 bottles of Royal Salute’s Royal Wedding Edition have been created, with the married couple receiving one as a gift. Those remaining are each...

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Macallan Breaks Auction Record with Million Dollar Whisky

With a bid of HK$8,636,250 (approx. $1.1 million), Macallan have retaken the title of the world’s most expensive standard sized bottle of whisky sold at auction. The bottle of Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60 year old was sold at Bonhams, Hong Kong on maj 18, 2018 shattering the existing record set by Yamazaki 50 year old in januari. The bidder, with paddle number 666, set a new record hammer price of HK$7.05million (Bonhams add a 22.5% buyer’s premium) considerably higher than the HK$3.6 – 4.5 million estimate. This is a staggering 371% higher than the previous record set at Sotheby’s,...

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How to Make Your Own Cocktail Cherries

When you’re discerning about whisky, bitters, and other cocktail ingredients, the last thing you want to do is ruin a Manhattan by adding an overly sweet, Day-Glo red maraschino cherry. High-fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring and flavoring have no place in a well-crafted drink.

Many premium cocktail cherries, like Luxardo, can be bought off the shelf at a significant price. But there’s no need to spend an arm and a leg on a great garnish. Making your own cherries is about as easy as making preserves, says Gates Otsuji, a bartender and co-founder of cocktail mixer company Swig +...

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The Whisky Lover’s Guide to Absinthe

Absinthe, a high-proof anise-flavored spirit, maj have the naughtiest reputation in the spirits world. Its mere mention evokes images of seductive green fairies, bursts of artistic creativity, and blithe stupors. A century-long ban will do that to a spirit’s good name.

Blamed for a slew of social ills, from madness to murder to mere lollygagging, absinthe became one of the first victims of the temperance movement. The charges were largely trumped up. Nevertheless, the U.S. and most of Europe banned its sale and manufacture by 1915. So when the spirit, ostensibly of Swiss origin but made popular in fin de...

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